She sat anxiously in a room surrounded by her best friends who made the atmosphere light for her. She was nervous. Her hair glammed up and her make up flawless, today was her wedding day. And in about an hour, Ashley was to meet Ryan for their first look. I promised her that once she saw him, all of the nerves would disappear. Come see Ryan and Ashley’s outdoor wedding ceremony at Tradition Town Hall in Port Saint Lucie, Fl!
Oxbow Eco Center Wedding
She delicately tip toed around the house as to not be seen by Greg, who was in the next room getting ready. She had dreamed about this day for months. For Marianne, marrying Greg was a dream come true. Giving herself a once over the mirror, she admitted to not being one bit nervous. There was a gentle stillness that settled over her spirit as she envisioned her future with him in there new home.
Greg laced his shoes as he sat in the living room just before he saw Marianne for there first look. He was dapper, from head to toe, handsome. He dabbed the sweat beads from his nose and took a swig of water before heading outside to wait for his bride. As Marianne walked outside to meet Greg, I kept quiet and let the moment unfold on its own. Marianne tapped him on his shoulder--I loved Greg's reaction as he saw her for the first time! His face lit up with joy. I just loved that!
After the first look, we headed to the ceremony site, The Oxbow Eco Center. We got there a bit early to take advantage of the grounds. The woodsy and rustic environment was the perfect place for the bride and groom photos. An advantage of having a first look is getting to take LOTS more bride and groom photos on the wedding day, something that you can never have enough of!
The ceremony site was nestled underneath a beautiful old Florida oak hammock, which lent to a stunning backdrop. Despite some sprinkles, Marianne and Greg managed to have their entire wedding outdoors without a hitch. A string orchestra serenaded the guests and added just the right amount of elegance to the day Everything was perfect.
Marianne and Greg, thank you, thank you, thank you! I am honored to have captured your gorgeous outdoor wedding! I wish you all the happiness and love!!
Thanks the amazing vendors:
VENUE: Oxbow Eco Center
DRESS: Jenny Yoo
SHOES: Nine West
HAIR + MAKEUP: Simplicity Salon
CORRIDINATOR: ECP Event Group
VIDEOGRAPHER: Stephanie Davis
WEDDING SUITE: Mica Carlile
CAKE: Addey Carlile
CATERING: Polito Catering
ENTERTAINMENT: Entertainment Connections
PHOTOGRAPHY: Kristen Browning Photography
My second shooter and I both agreed that the golden light that we got during magic hour was some the BEST lighting for the bride and groom portraits! The lighting paralleled with that of what the warm golden light of up north looks like. We considered it a win! It always adds a bit of magic when the lighting is soft, golden and buttery. So happy that Christine and Kevin got this kind of magic on their wedding day!
Their wedding at the Delray Beach Golf Club was full of FUN. And I am not just saying that. EVERYONE danced the night away. The bridesmaids all wore cream colored Tom's shoes and I know now that it was probably so they could all boogie on the dance floor :) How is it that almost all the guests have expert dance moves?! One of the sweetest things of the night was during Christine and Kevin’s first dance. They love each other so much and it shows. They way she gently cradled his face with her hands, tears coming down, so sweet!!
Christine and Kevin, I can’t thank you enough for allowing me the privilege of documenting your day! I felt so special to be a part of such a wonderful time in your lives!
Kevin was so happy to marry his bride, he swooped her off of her feet for a kiss! (I didn't tell him to do this!)
See what I mean about the warm glowy light?! It was incredible!
Outdoor Wedding on Private Estate
Kim + Wojtek
Happy Tuesday!! I am really excited to share Kim and Wojtek’s wedding on the blog today! These two are such an ADORABLE pair, their love story is so sweet! Kim and Wojtek come from two totally different worlds—literally. He is from Poland and she is originally from Michigan. Their lives intersected when they both had the opportunity to move to California; Kim had a job opportunity and Wojtek was going to grad school.
Among the busy hustle and bustle of the California lifestyle, God had it in His plan to bring them together. Instantly, there was a connection; there was no doubt. After having a first date at Starbucks, Kim and Wojtek spent nearly every day together! And Oh, Wojtek... he just LOVES his bride!
I had the honor of photographing their outdoor open air back yard wedding over the weekend. Everything about this wedding was beautiful! Their outdoor ceremony was amazing, and they said their vows at SUNSET! I just loved it! One of the most special moments was during their first look when they saw each other before the ceremony, such a breathtaking moment! Kim and Wojtek, I am so honored to have witnessed and captured your love! Thank you so much for making me a part of it, and thank you to these amazing vendors for helping make your day so great:
VENUE: Private Estate
FLORALS: Harbour Bay Florist
CATERER: Chef's Table
CAKE: Sweet Tiers
DJ: Tom Edunk
VIDEO: One Concept Weddings
OFFICIANT: Anna Marie Wintercorn
SECOND SHOOTER: Barbara Hilton
After a couple hours of prepping, Kim was ready to go meet her groom for a first look!
Love Kim's reaction, caught by my second shooter Barbara Hilton!
Kim, you look absolutely stunning!
He loves her!
The lighting was PERFECTION!!! A sunset ceremony, absolutely nailed it!
This amazing outdoor wedding in the Keys was at Coconut Palm Inn in Tavernier, FL. Featuring an outdoor ceremony by the water, elegant family style open air reception seating, bride and groom photos by the water, cigar bar, live band and beautiful wedding decor photographed by Kristen Browning.
The muffled sound of laughter came from the crowded bedroom where Kristy's bridesmaids were gathered as they donned their pale pink gowns. Their hair and makeup were perfectly applied and they were all smiles.
Kristy, preparing for her outdoor Ballantrae wedding, sat perfectly calm in the dining room of her parent's home where she received the finishing touches to her makeup. Poised, she raised her chin up and allowed the girls from Bombshell Makeovers perfect their final work. One dabbed her lips with a rose colored shimmer, while the other gathered strands of hair and wrapped it around the hot silver barrel, steam rising towards the ceiling.
A few spritz of hairspray and she looked fabulous!
Once Kristy was completely dressed, we took a few portraits of her with her girls and then we were off to the ceremony! I have to admit, having Cindy Morley, a dedicated wedding planner with Eventful Moments, help orchestrate the timeline was a real plus!
Meanwhile, the groom, Brian, and his guys had been waiting at the ceremony site. . .Brian was surrounded by some of his best friends and was seemingly excited to have his forever moment with Kristy come to furition.
He watched her intently as she strolled down the aisle with a huge smile of excitement, her step father and mother at her side. The sun poured down upon them, the breeze blowing off the river broke the heat. I can see how he adores her, Kristy you are a blessed girl ;) I thank you both for commissioning me to document your wedding!! I wish you both a lifetime of unending joy and happiness!
Ah! Kristy, I know what this ring means to you. And I know what you and Brian went through for this ring. So, I made it my mission to give your ring it's own showcase :-)
A little story about this: We were walking around the golf club and came around the corner to see the most spectacular warm light, illuminating the spanish moss. We had struck gold! I quickly took advantage, when the light is like this, sometimes you only have a few moments to play with it before it sinks lower in the sky.
Over and over again, I would question and second guess which venue would be best for us. It was daunting. The wedding planning process. The details. The dilemmas. The budget. All the decisions.
Unless you have a specific and clear vision of what you want, searching for a wedding venue can actually be quite the struggle. I was in your shoes a couple of years ago. I get it. The best advice I can give is to not think about the actual wedding. Instead, think about who you and your fiancé are as people.
What defines you?
What shapes you?
What inspires you?
Jeremy and I both grew up in similar fashion. We both spent 99.9% of our high school days at the beach working on our cutbacks and elevating our desires to look like Kelly Slater and Lisa Anderson in the water :). We could easily wear flip flops every day of the week and spend time as much time rocking in a hammock beneath swaying palm trees.
After we had set our wedding date, we carefully considered a venue. This was one of the very first things in the wedding planning process that I was eager to check off my list. Here in south Florida, there were TONS of great places. I remember feeling overwhelmed by all of the possibilities. Weather you were looking for a small intimate venue or a bigger, high end venue, the options were endless!
Think about the atmosphere you want.
I will give the same advice I give my engaged couples when I ask them to choose a location for their shoot: what kind of location expresses who you and your fiance are as a couple? What are your hobbies and adventures centered around? Think about the feeling you want during your day and what you want your surroundings to be like.
Remember how I described Jeremy and I at the beginning of this text: We were surfers who loved the outdoors.
After milling over the options, we decided to have our wedding at River Palms Cottages in Jensen Beach. It had everything that we wanted: it was quaint, it was on the water, it was beautiful and it was outdoors. Plus, it was an appropriate place to have a beach themed wedding. Initially, I wanted to have my wedding on the beach, but opted for a river-side wedding for fear that I might risk getting too wind-blown at the beach (a girl's gotta think about the frizz factor, lol!).
Take away Tip:
what location tells your story? Every couple has their own story. The wedding day should be a reflection of the two of you and the venue should help illustrate your story.
Happy Wedding Planning!
I am so EXCITED to share my featured wedding of Grace and Matt in the January issue of Stuart Magazine!! Their wedding was at the 7 Mermaids River House in Downtown Stuart. If you are looking for a quaint, vintage, wedding venue retreat, you MUST check this place out! When the editor of the magazine told me that their wedding was going to be featured in the Now + Forever section, I was ecstatic!Here is the link: http://www.stuartmagazine.com/up-front/now-forever/grace-louise-burns-matthew-scott-fritchie
I texted the bride, Grace, tonight expressed my excitement. Loved photographing her wedding, her family was so sweet! I remember Grace telling me that everything that day turned out so perfectly. You can see more photos and read about her wedding day here
Grace and Matt, thank you SO much for the privilege of photographing your forever-day! I am forever greatful!!!