Maternity Photos in Hobe Sound | Shelby + Brian

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Maternity Photos in Hobe Sound | Shelby + Brian

Hobe Sound, FL Maternity Session

I seem to never grow tired of photographing maternity sessions. They are some of my favorite sessions. One of the things that I am particularly fond of is photographing first time mommies. The anticipation and joy that they have for what is to come is so refreshing. And, it brings me back to when I carried Easton and how I felt prior to his arrival. The best advice I can give to expectant first time mommies is to get enough rest and also enjoy the last few months of it just being you and your husband. 

I was so happy to photograph Shelby and Brian's maternity session at Hobe Sound Nature Center this past week. We had a wonderful session and perfect weather! I expected there to be mosquitos and humidity, but thankfully, none of that was apparent.  Both Shelby and Brian are a dream and their baby girl is expected to be here in early Sept 2018, what a lucky girl to have such amazing parents!

Here are some of my favorite images from our time together! 

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And here is their video slideshow!

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Surprise Proposal | Hutchinson Island, FL

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Surprise Proposal | Hutchinson Island, FL

He called me and told me of his plan to propose to her on the beach. The more he told me about his plan, the more I knew how much he cherished her. unbeknownst to Callie, Chris had secretly arranged to have me waiting at the beach, ready to photograph his proposal. He had kept a ring in a secret spot so that she would not find out, and devised a plan to have rose petals spread out in the shape of a heart. In the middle of the heart was a message in a bottle. I do not know what the message read, but I assume it was from the heart because that seems to be how Chris does things--from his heart.

As I waited on the beach for a couple that I had never met, I became increasingly nervous for some odd reason. Maybe because storm clouds were threatening? Or, I guess it was the anticipation that I had for what was about to go down. I checked my gear and kept it hidden, as to not be seen by Callie. The waves rolled in and lapped on the shore, setting the perfect scene. 

Soon, I heard voices. "What's that?!" Chris questioned as he walked down with Callie. A trail of red roses lead the two love birds down to the heart where Callie reached down and pulled out the message in a bottle. After a few moments, Chris knelt down on one knee and presented Callie with a gorgeous halo set diamond ring. Callie was elated!

Just as the sun came out, the two popped a bottle of bubbly and celebrated their engagement together. The moment was perfect, just like Chris had wanted it to be! To Chris and Callie, thank you for giving me the honor of documenting your proposal! I wish you all the best!!

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Maternity Photos on the Beach | House of Refuge

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Maternity Photos on the Beach | House of Refuge

This sweet family drove all the way from Boynton Beach to photograph their maternity session at sunrise! I am so honored that they would wake up so early to have me photograph them! Coming from someone who now has a toddler, I can say that it is no easy feat getting out of the house looking as good as they did. (Seems like it takes us at LEAST an hour to get out of the door these days!!)

We took advantage of the slightly cooler temperatures that we had that morning. Though, it was still hot, it was not nearly as bad as it is towards the end of the day when I do the majority of my sessions. So, we were happy that we opted with choosing this time. 

House of Refuge is a place that I have photographed at a lot in the past few months. Each time I visit, I try to see it and photograph it in new ways. Being that this was a sunrise session, we had beautiful soft light coming from the ocean. I prefer this time of day to the afternoon for this reason alone! Here are some of my favorites from our time together!

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House of Refuge Engagement | Traci + Jeremy

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House of Refuge Engagement | Traci + Jeremy

Among the hot summer temperatures, we found a refreshing breeze close to the ocean. It was Traci and Jeremy's love for the ocean that inspired us to photograph their engagement session here at the House of Refuge on Hutchinson Island. They both love to scuba dive off of Jupiter, Florida, so this was definitely a great location and I am so glad they choose it!

We spent just about the whole session laughing! Nothing too serious about our session, just fun! These two really brightened up my day, I'm so thankful for clients like them! And I am even more excited that I have the honor of photographing their wedding :-D 

Here are some of my favorites from our time together!

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Hobe Sound Nature Center Engagement | Ashley + Ryan

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Hobe Sound Nature Center Engagement | Ashley + Ryan

The Florida summer has officially arrived! Rain, check. Heat, check. Mosquitos, check. Yep, folks we are smack dab in the middle of summer. Fortunately, I have wonderful clients like Ashley and Ryan who brave all of the summer elements to create fun engagement photos! Like, this one of their dog, how cute is that?!

Ashley and Ryan met me at Hobe Sound Nature Center for their engagement photos and we had such a fun time! I'm always eager to photograph my clients for the first time to see how they interact together as a couple. Ryan and Ashley were so great! 

We started our session by the river and then made our way to the hiking trails. The soft sugar sand added an extra obstacle as we walked up hills. Ashley and I both commented that we were so out of shape! Lately, photographing sessions has been about the only exercise I've been getting. Well, not to mention chasing a toddler around the house :) 

I'm so excited to share some of my favorite photos from our session, enjoy!!

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House of Refuge Engagement Photos | Melissa + Manny

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House of Refuge Engagement Photos | Melissa + Manny

Nothing is sweeter than these two! Melissa and Manny are the cutest, most sweetest couple ever! Our session had gotten canceled the previous day due to a bad rain storm that came through ten minutes into our session. The weather here in south Florida has been so crazy! I don't remember a time when we had this much rain. Luckily for us, the weather was perfect on the day that we had rescheduled. I was so happy that we had some beautiful sunlight to work with!

Melissa and Manny were dressed to the nine! When Melissa reached out to me about her wardrobe, I referred her to Treasure Coast fashion stylist, Marianne Humburg who helped her choose the perfect dresses! I just loved it and I love the fact that they were able to work together!

I photographed Melissa and Manny's engagement photos at House of Refuge on Hutchinson Island. We were just about the only souls on the beach other than a few visitors. It was so nice to have the place virtually to ourselves! I'm so excited to share some of my favorite images from our shoot!

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Megan + Brian | Delray Beach Wedding

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Megan + Brian | Delray Beach Wedding

Delray Beach, FL

The days leading up to Megan and Brian's wedding were flooded with sheets of rain on a daily basis. The clouds were gloomy and promised to leave the ground soaked. The morning of Megan and Brian's wedding came. It was overcast and windy. As the afternoon progressed, the clouds slowly started to dissipate and before you knew it the sun came out. YES! The sun! We could not believe that we were actually getting a break from all of the rain. Not only were we getting a break from the rain, but the fact that the sun was shining was just glorious!

Our day began and The Delray Beach Marriott hotel where Megan and Brian got ready. The hotel, which was right across the street from the beach, had beautiful Mediterranean inspired architecture, I was pleasantly surprised! As we scoped out the hotel and looked for places that might be a good place to photograph portraits, we were surprised to have so many beautiful options. 

Megan and Brian's ceremony was held at the Lake Worth Casino, about a 25 minute drive back north on the beach. Guests from all over the country came to witness their beautiful day. Their ceremony was just as gorgeous as the rest of their day had been. Megan and Brian, thank you so much for the honor of photographing your wedding! Frank would have been so happy with all of the photos! I wish you all the best!

Vendors to credit:

Coordinator: Carmengloria Davis

Getting ready + First look location: Delray Beach Marriott

Venue: Lake Worth Casino

Officiant: Neil Saffer

Florist: Mary Prokop

Cake Artist: Al pan pan

DJ: Mikey Nunez

Make up artist: Kim Keown

Hair: Hot Heads

Bridesmaids dresses: Etsy

Men's tuxedos: Nordstrom

 

 

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Ali + Adam | Delray Beach, FL

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Ali + Adam | Delray Beach, FL

She had spent all day getting ready, her makeup perfected down to the very eyelash. Her smile was contagious as was her positive energy. Simply put, her beauty radiated from the inside to the outside. All seven of her bridesmaids complimented her with their faces beaming and cheers of excitement for her.

The moment that Adam saw Ali, the room went silent and Ali's face gave a new meaning to the word Joy. She was just as enamored with Adam as he was for her. I am honored to have witnessed and documented a beautiful first look. 

Ali and Adam choose to be married at Gleneagles Country Club in Delray Beach. It was a beautiful location. Even despite the rain, we were able to capture some beautiful portraits of the two of them around the pool and veranda area. 

When night fell, their guests were seated under the veranda for their ceremony. Candles and roses lined the sides of the aisle and added a beautiful touch to the ceremony. Ali and Adam cozied up beneath their Chuppah which was adorned with a gorgeous arrangement of flowers (lots of roses!). The rest of the evening was spent partying and DANCING. It's always so fun to watch the guests dance the night away!

Ali and Adam, thank you for giving me the privilege of documenting your wedding day! I wish you both all of the best! I know that Frank would have been very pleased with these images :) 

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Vendors to Credit:

VENUE: Gleneagles Country Club

HAIR/MAKEUP: Tyler Presley Salon

FLORIST: J. Adan Events

CAKE: Johnson's Custom Cakes

DJ: Eddie B & Company

BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Azazie

MEN'S TUXEDOS: Men's Warehouse

 

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Elegant Private Estate Wedding | Morgan + Carl

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Elegant Private Estate Wedding | Morgan + Carl

There are a ton of beautiful, eloquent words that I could use to describe Morgan and Carl's wedding, but I would still feel at a lack because words just don't do their day justice. The photos from their wedding are by far some of my favorite all year! 

The best thing that I can do to explain their day is to simply begin by telling the story of their day.

Morgan's dress was adorned with hundreds of tiny beads, it was so regal, I felt that it would be perfect to hang in the orchid room for a photo. Morgan's mom helped her get ready and her soon to be sister in law helped her put on her veil. The veil was an heirloom, estimated to be about 80 years old and had been worn at weddings in the past by the women on the groom's side, a very special sentiment. At one point, right before Morgan's mom helped her with her shoes, her veil caught the air and made for a fantastic portrait.

The groom, Carl prepared for the day offsite on his family's yacht. This way, he had the opportunity to kick back with his groomsmen and enjoy the last few hours as a single man. I was fortunate enough to have my second shooter Kim and my husband Jeremy venture out into the water to capture those photos of Carl.

Before the ceremony, we snuck Carl into the orchid room for a first look with Morgan. We then had some time for a few portraits around the home. We were even able to dodge the rain and get a couple of outdoor portraits. 

The ceremony took place beneath tall cathedral ceilings and gave ample space for over 200 guests. Florals from Harbour Bay Florist added a beautiful touch of elegance. What a beautiful sight it was from the staircase. 

The night concluded underneath a tented reception, provided by Event Makers. Morgan and Carl's send off was grand, as they boarded a boat and drove off to their honeymoon destination. The crowd from the seawall wished them farewell with sparklers. I can't thank my team enough and the team from The Golden Pineapple Event Company for their collaboration on this wedding! 

Morgan and Carl, thank you so much for giving me the honor of photographing your BEAUTIFUL wedding! I had a spectacular time! I wish you both all the best and pray you will have a lifetime of wedded bliss :) 

Thank you to the amazing vendors:

DRESS: Lulu's Bridal

SHOES: Steve Madden

HAIR: Amora Bridal Beauty Co.

MUA: Makeup Artist Candace

FLORALS: Harbour Bay Florist + Dimar Flowers

CATERER: Elegant Events

CAKE: Magnolia Cakes

TENT: Event Makers

RENTALS: Atlas Party Rentals

PHOTOGRAPHY: Kristen Browning Photography and Kimberly Smith (thanks, Kim). Special thanks to Stephanie McLaughlin for assisting

VIDEO: One Concept Weddings

COORDINATOR: The Golden Pineapple Event Company

DJ/BAND: Tropics Entertainment

 

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Another Back Injury for Ollie?

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Another Back Injury for Ollie?

We are praying that Ollie doesn't have another back injury like he did two years ago. I noticed that he wasn't wanting to jump and his energy level was low. Just like it started two years ago. Then he yelped when I grazed his back. Concerned, I immediately put him on crate rest and made an appointment with the vet. More than likely they will prescribe steroids and/or pain meds. The most important thing to remember is to keep Ollie on crate rest and absolutely NO jumping. Sometimes these things can be resolved with steroids, and we are hoping he won't need to have another surgical procedure. Updates to come!

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Rustic Farm Wedding | Ashleigh + Ryan

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Rustic Farm Wedding | Ashleigh + Ryan

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Six months ago, the barn in which Ashleigh and Ryan's wedding reception was held was not even there. In fact, the whole area was a pile of rocks and dirt. The venue wasn't a "venue", it was an empty field with tall pines along a dirt road. Ashleigh's desire to marry on the property slowly began the transformation of her parent's vacant property.

The land, nicknamed Three Daughters took on a bit of a metamorphosis. Rock by rock, Ashleigh's family began to work on making it a place that they could see their daughter getting married at. Six months of intense labor and sun drenched days in the sun, the land was transformed to a wedding venue. A new dock, a rope swing, sod, sitting areas, and an entire barn were built! It was a true labor of love. 

On Saturday Ashleigh, Ryan, and their guests delighted in the newly renovated property as the couple wed on the dock overlooking the pond. It was a perfect spring day for a farm wedding. 

After the ceremony we had some time for photos and we had the whole place to ourselves! I always gush over warm late afternoon light and was so thrilled that we had some of it to enjoy!The evening concluded under the newly built barn where the guests enjoyed signature cocktails and amazing food! 

Ashleigh and Ryan, thank you for giving me the privilege of documenting your beautiful rustic wedding! It was such a special day and I was so happy to have been a part of it!

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To see more from Ashleigh and Ryan's wedding, click to watch their slideshow!

Thanks to these amazing vendors:

VENUE: Private Estate, Palm City

COORDINATOR: Allison Lewis of The Golden Pineapple Event Company

HAIR/MAKEUP: Ronnie Green and Gia Anderson

FLORIST: Harbour Bay Florist

OFFICIANT: Joe Collazo

CAKE: Sandra Durbin of Sandra's Cakes

CATERER: Laura Ashley Catering and Events

VIDEOGRAPHER: Joseph Korecki

DJ: Thomas Edunk of Accent Sounds Entertainment

PHOTOGRAPHER: Kristen Browning Photography + my fabulous second shooter Kimberly Smith Photography

 

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One Tool That I Am Using To Help Ease Tax Season

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One Tool That I Am Using To Help Ease Tax Season

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MileIQ

Tax season! For most photographers it's the bain of our existence! Hey, it's not my favorite season, that is for sure. Most creatives are right brained thinkers which means that their organizational skills are usually not always the best. We are too busy dreaming big dreams! But, the fact of the matter is, sure we are living our dream but we are also running a business. And running a business requires that we use the other half of our brain. Well, pop my bubble why don't you?! 

Recently, I ran into a rut with mileage tracking. Who thinks about mileage? I know I don't! I've gone through several ways of trial and error trying to figure out which way of record keeping is best. Every time tax season rolls around I make little changes to my system and the way that I keep track of things to make it easier for the next year.

For mileage, I used to hand write everything every week on Fridays. I would glance back at my planner and see where I had gone that week and then I would open up google maps in my iphone and enter the locations. From there, I would get the mileage and write it into my spreadsheet. This worked fairly well until we hit the holidays. From December to January/February, I practically did NOT record any mileage! Why? Because life got super busy for me! 

The holidays are typically a busier time of year. Once January rolled around, I was already caught up in getting my 2018 year started and hadn't given mileage a second thought. Finally, once I started gathering all of my tax documents to turn into my accountant, I realized that I had completely forgotten to track my mileage! Ah! For the next couple of hours, I scoured back through my calendar and began taking record. 

Don't you hate that feeling of playing "catch up"? For a business owner, there is nothing more displeasing than having to spend MORE of your PRECIOUS time rifiling through your records to gather the information that should have been part of your weekly system. That is when I decided that at this point in my business I needed to fine tweak my system and find a better way.

I had heard about mileIQ before, but had never implemented it. I decided, as one way to automate a redundant task, using mileIQ just made sense. Now, I literally do not have to think about it. It does all the work for me. Its a super cool app that tracks all of the drives that you take. It IS up to you to open up the app either daily or weekly (or whenever you'd like) and specify whether or not the drive was for business or personal. There is a little notification that pops up when new drives are logged which will help you remember to go in and categorize each drive. If you are interested in trying mileIQ AND getting 20% off, here is the link! 

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Baby Easton | 12 Months

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Baby Easton | 12 Months

I still cannot believe Easton is a YEAR old!! It's incredible. This year has gone by so fast. It was super hard, but yet it went by like that.

This post is coming at you super late! (A lot happened in February)

That being said, Easton turned 12 months old 2 weeks ago! He subsequently got the flu on his actual birthday! Poor fella. He ran fevers all night and for about 48 hours after his birthday. A first birthday that we will never forget! Thankfully he survived it. More importantly WE survived it. A sick baby is no joke! They need you when they are sick! A couple of days later he ended up getting an ear infection. 

Before it gets any later I wanted to list out some of Easton’s milestones since turning 1 year:

  • He claps his hands all the time
  • he knows how to high-five,
  • he loves playing tug-of-war with Ollie
  • he says "maa" for more when he wants more food
  • he mimics what we say sometimes, like full sentences the other day he said "there it is!" after we said it
  • he loves to look at airplanes in the sky he loves to look at the trees outside
  • he loves to hold my hands and walk in the grass
  • he loves to play with sticks and rocks and do all kinds of little boy things
  • he is getting more persistent with his wishes and will protest when he doesn’t get what he wants
  • Naps are starting to become a real struggle, he is on the brink of transitioning to one nap, I think. He still a little young so I’m trying to maintain two naps a day but it’s getting harder!
  • He’s not quite walking but he is cruising along furniture
  • he loves to empty out all of my drawers and Tupperware and scattered all over the floor! My house is never clean anymore! There is always a little mess somewhere if not everywhere… Welcome to toddlerhood so they say! 
  • walks around with his little walker!!
  • got his first bike helmet and enjoys bike rides with us now :) 

I'm so happy to have documented a portion of his first year on my blog. It's nice to know that I can go back later and re read about his little milestones and smile.  Happy birthday sweet boy :) 

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The Cruz Building Wedding | Andrea + Derby

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The Cruz Building Wedding | Andrea + Derby

If there was ever a wedding with SO many moments, this one is it! From the moment that I began shooting, moments just manifested! Andrea and Derby got ready at the Hyatt Regency in Coral Gables, Miami and the energy in Derby's room was so upbeat and energetic. I soon learned that Derby was just as energetic and upbeat as his groomsmen, it was certainly a fun group! 

The ceremony was held at Andrea's church, where her father is the minister. To Derby's surprise (and sheer amazement), Andrea seranated an original song for her groom! How she EVER pulled that off without crying, I will never know! Derby was floored and tears began to flow immediately. I am so grateful to have not only witnessed such an amazing personal and initmate moment, but to document it for the couple. 

Later, we headed to the Cruz Building in Coconut Grove, Miami for their reception. The grand, three story venue made it the perfect place for Andrea and Derby. The moments continued on, father daughter dance, mother son dance and toasts! 

This wedding was special to me because I documented for my dear late mentor, Frank Donnino Photography. I was honored to shoot alongside of team member Gwen and Frank's son John. Andrea and Derby thank you for giving me the honor of documenting your day for Frank. I know that he would be proud! 

 The room was crowded with groomsmen getting ready as was typical on wedding days. But here, in this little corner we found a beautiful pocket of light for Derby to sharpen up.

The room was crowded with groomsmen getting ready as was typical on wedding days. But here, in this little corner we found a beautiful pocket of light for Derby to sharpen up.

 Looking dapper, for sure. I love Derby's unique cufflinks, they are gears!

Looking dapper, for sure. I love Derby's unique cufflinks, they are gears!

 This photo just encapsulates Derby's personality and the vibe of the day. This group was FUN!

This photo just encapsulates Derby's personality and the vibe of the day. This group was FUN!

 I have one addiction on wedding days: the ring. Isn't this yellow stone beautiful?!

I have one addiction on wedding days: the ring. Isn't this yellow stone beautiful?!

 Putting the finishing touches on Andrea's lip.

Putting the finishing touches on Andrea's lip.

 Again, more amazing light. Is Miami light better than everywhere else?

Again, more amazing light. Is Miami light better than everywhere else?

 This is always a special moment for the bride's mom. I love that Andrea's sister is helping her too!

This is always a special moment for the bride's mom. I love that Andrea's sister is helping her too!

 The moment when the bride came out of the elevator and her entourage lost their minds over how gorgeous she looked!

The moment when the bride came out of the elevator and her entourage lost their minds over how gorgeous she looked!

 This moment right here. On a wedding day you must be ready to photograph on a moment's notice or you will miss it. 

This moment right here. On a wedding day you must be ready to photograph on a moment's notice or you will miss it. 

 Her girls carried her dress for her so it wouldn't get dirty.

Her girls carried her dress for her so it wouldn't get dirty.

 Andrea sang flawlessly as she came down the aisle to meet her groom.

Andrea sang flawlessly as she came down the aisle to meet her groom.

 The reaction on Derby's face when he saw Andrea for the first time was priceless. 

The reaction on Derby's face when he saw Andrea for the first time was priceless. 

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 Beautiful performance; he sang the Lord's Prayer.

Beautiful performance; he sang the Lord's Prayer.

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 The moment they have been waiting for...married!

The moment they have been waiting for...married!

 Such beautiful architecture here at the Cruz building.

Such beautiful architecture here at the Cruz building.

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 Andrea and Derby's first dance together as husband and wife was touching.

Andrea and Derby's first dance together as husband and wife was touching.

 So much love.

So much love.

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 They made Derby's father get out there to catch the garter! 

They made Derby's father get out there to catch the garter! 

Here is a slideshow with MORE images!

Thanks to these amazing vendors:

WEDDING COORDINATOR: Annesia Pyfrom

FLOWERS: Terra Flowers Miami

CAKE: Edda Cakes

DJ: Dj BoogieG305

MAKEUP: SitiArt LLC

HAIR: Michelle Whitaker

BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: Konchellah

TUX: Jc Penny's

PHOTOBOOTH: Yuliia Embon

DRESS: Boca Raton Bridal, The designer Martina Liana

VENUE: The Cruz Building

CHURCH: Bethel Church

 

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Downtown Stuart Engagement Photos | Meghan + Charles

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Downtown Stuart Engagement Photos | Meghan + Charles

They were the first couple of mine who ever wanted to be photographed in a coffee shop. I consider Coffee Blue Door my second home and was ecstatic. I met Meghan and Charles this past week for their engagement session. I am so happy to have gotten so many wonderful images and now I get to share them all with you!

Meghan and Charles escaped the hustle and bustle of Washington, D.C. come down to south Florida and tie up some loose ends wedding planning and to enjoy a relaxing day with me! We took all of their photos in Downtown Stuart, one of my favorite places to shoot. There are so many cute little areas that just beg to be backdrops.

I could help but admire Meghan and Charles’ chemistry together. They are each other’s “other half” in the sense that they completely compliment one another. I cannot wait for their wedding this fall! Here are some of my favorite images from our session!

 

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Up the Creeks Farm Wedding | Alexandra + Holt

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Up the Creeks Farm Wedding | Alexandra + Holt

The massive oak trees scaled the lawn and the moss gently swayed as it tossed back and forth by the breeze. There, in the distance was a farm house where Alex and her bridesmaids where preparing for the big day.

The house, adorned with vintage furniture and fixtures welcomed you in with a true sense of southern hospitality. Perfect for a girl such as Alex who was from Alabama.
Holt was joined by his groomsmen who kept the mood light and even had me laughing. They sure are a funny group of guys! Holt is southern to the core and that is one reason why Alex was drawn to him.

As Alex’s dad walked her down the aisle, Holt’s expression beamed. He was so taken away with her beauty, it was so sweet to watch!

After the ceremony, Holt and Alex had a private moment together down by the creek where they shared personal vows with each other. Nothing could have been more beautiful than this scene. The sun was low in the sky and the band was playing far in the distance. There, underneath one of the many oak trees, both Alex and Holt shed tears as they recited their vows to each other. Holt gently wiped away tears from Alex’s cheek, such a tender moment.

The day concluded with their reception in the boat house. I adored their details and of course, the rustic atmosphere fit Holt and Alex’s vision to a T.

Alex and Holt, thank you so much for inviting me to document your day! Your wedding at Up the Creek Farms was beautiful and I enjoyed capturing these precious moments for you!

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To see more of Alex and Holt’s day, click to watch their slideshow!

Thank you to these amazing vendors:

VENUE: Up the Creek Farms, coordinator Briana Hoover

HAIR/MAKEUP: Divine Beauty

FLOWERS: Up the Creek Farms
CATERING: Executive Catering
CAKE: Cakes So Simple

BAND/DJ: Blender Live Music

 

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House of Refuge Engagement | Alyssa + Pierson

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House of Refuge Engagement | Alyssa + Pierson

The more I photograph at House of Refuge, the more I fall in love with it. On Saturday, I had the pleasure of photographing Alyssa and Pierson's engagement session at the House of Refuge. It was such a beautiful day. We were so blessed to have gorgeous light and perfect weather! Definitely not something that is always promised here in south Florida.

I was so excited to meet Alyssa + Pierson, they are a beautiful couple. Alyssa grew up in Stuart, so she was naturally fond of the beach. Pierson is tall, laid back and loves to surf. The two of them together=a perfect match. They photograph beautifully and have perfect chemistry. I am so honored to be photographing their wedding this winter! 

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Abacoa Golf Club Wedding | Cara + Brandon

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Abacoa Golf Club Wedding | Cara + Brandon

My heart is FULL after Cara + Brandon's wedding this past Saturday at Abacoa Golf Club! There were so many beautiful details with an emphasis on the FLORALS! Just wait till you see Cara's bouquet! It was STUNNING. 

The day began at the Wyndham Grand in Jupiter. We started off photographing Cara's details. I was so happy when her florist supplied us with fresh rose cuts! Come to find out, Cara's coordinator Allison requests that extra clippings be provided just for detail shots. She clearly knows the way to a wedding photographer's heart :) Back to the roses. They were huge and still had dew! Of course, this meant that I photograph Cara's engagement ring in the rose!! Perfection.

Next, after Cara had gotten her dress and jewelry on, we headed over to meet Brandon for their first look. Brandon looked so handsome! I love approaching the groom just before the first look. They are usually a little bit nervous, but they are always SO excited to see their bride. Prior to the first look, my (fabulous) second shooter, Kim got some great shots of Brandon as he waited patiently for Cara. One of my favorite images of the day was Brandon's reaction to Cara, embracing her in a huge romantic hug! 

Afterwards, we headed outside for some portraits. Having a first look lent to plenty of time for relaxed portraits of Cara and Brandon. Their ceremony was held at their church in Jupiter Farms. A lot of the congregation attended and it was so great to see them show support for Cara and Brandon's marriage. Cara looked stunning coming down the aisle. As soon as she entered, her bridesmaids became emotional. I've never heard bridesmaids break down into tears as the bride came down the aisle. I wasn't sure if Cara heard them, but they were right behind me. It was so moving! They love their sweet bride!

The day concluded at Abacoa Golf Club for the reception. It was at this time that we took the bridal party outside for portraits and Cara put on her flower crown. The entire bridal party were so easy to work with, I just loved their laid back personalities and willingness to hang around for photos! :) You can tell that they love Cara and Brandon!

Cara + Brandon, thank you both for giving me the honor of documenting your day! I am truly humbled! I had a wonderful time photographing your wedding and you two truly made me feel right at home! I wish you many years of wedded bliss! :) 

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CREDIT TO VENDORS + CREATIVES:

GETTING READY: Wyndham Grand, Jupiter @ Harbourside Place

CEREMONY: Beacon Baptist Church

RECEPTION: Abacoa Golf Club

DRESS: David's Bridal

MAKEUP: Team Beauti

FLORALS: Simply Flowers

CAKE: Two Fat Cookies

WEDDING COORDINATOR: The Golden Pineapple Event Company

VIDEOGRAPHER: Dana Lynn Photography

DJ: Kenny Mondo Productions

PHOTOGRAPHER: Kristen Browning Photography + second shooting Kimberly Smith Photography

Here is a slideshow of their day!

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Jupiter Beach Resort Wedding | Jackie + Derek

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Jupiter Beach Resort Wedding | Jackie + Derek

Gusts of wind howled off of the ocean and the palm fronds swayed the wind swept over them. Luckily, for Jackie and Derek, they were still able to have a beautiful outdoor wedding ceremony at Jupiter Beach Resort that was moved to the terrace. And, we were able to escape some of the wind and shoot some amazing outdoor portraits! Yay!!

Jackie and Derek had a first look prior to the ceremony which allowed us plenty of time to take photos and their day was not rushed in the least! I'm so happy when my clients can actually relax and enjoy their day and not be crazy pressed for time. Jackie looked so gorgeous in her form fitting gown. One of my favorite things was her elegant up-do! Jackie, you made a beautiful bride!!!

Following the ceremony, Traxx Entertainment provided excellent entertainment and had guests out on the dance floor continuously! It's always a pleasure to work with them.

Jackie and Derek, I cannot thank you enough for giving me the honor of photographing your wedding day. You two were amazing! I wish you all of the best in the years to come!!

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Vendors who helped make this day amazing:

Venue: Jupiter Beach Resort

Dress: Maggie Sottero

DJ/Entertainment: Traxx Entertainment

Florals: Harbour Bay Florist

Cake provided by Jupiter Beach Resort

Photographer: Kristen Browning + the wonderful Kim Smith assisted me!

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Easton | 11 Months

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Easton | 11 Months

11 months old already! 

WOW. 

I cannot believe how FAST Easton's first year is going! I am so behind on his monthly updates! Life has been BUSY! 

Since  my last update, Easton has had so many changes. 

Here are some of his milestones to note:

*He is eating SO well! He has been eating three meals a day since about nine months. He prefers fruit over anything else! He still loves to eat meat and he loves cheese! Veggies are hit and miss, but I am continuing to offer them.

*The "cruising" has begun. Easton will stand up and cruise along the furniture and balance himself without any assistance for a few seconds. Yesterday he faceplanted into the floor and hit his newly erupted front tooth on the wood floors of our home. I felt so bad! Thankfully he is alright and the tooth is fine! 

*Sleep is going well at night! Naps are still hit and miss! But, whatev's.

*The other night at dinner, he said "hungry" CLEAR. AS. DAY. Jeremy and I looked at each other in disbelief! He also tries to say "more", but it comes out "ma". Water is "bar". By the way, his favorite drink is water, he sips it really well now from an open cup! I havent gotten him to use a straw yet, but I need to start working on that.

*He LOVES playing fetch and tug of war with Ollie! I have to really supervise the two of them because they really get into it :) 

*His new favorite activity is his red wagon. He lights up everytime he goes for a ride! 

*One of his favorite pasttimes include looking out of our bedroom window. He will stare at the trees and the neighbor's house forever! 

Here is a precious photo of Easton from yesterday!

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