White City Park Engagement Photos | Chelsea + Fred

White City Park Engagement Photos | Chelsea + Fred

Chelsea and Fred opted to have their engagement session at White City Park in Fort Pierce, FL. I have to admit that I was a little bit apprehensive the afternoon of our shoot because the skies began to cloud up and that sun just wasn’t showing itself! I was afraid of how much light we would have for our shoot. But, thankfully, everything turned out amazing and the light actually stayed fairly consistent for the full duration of the shoot!

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Hilton Singer Island Wedding | Samantha + Donnie

Hilton Singer Island Wedding | Samantha + Donnie

What a spectacular wedding! I am so happy to have been a part of this DREAM day and photograph Samantha and Donnie’s wedding at Hilton Singer Island Oceanfront. Their beach themed, laid back wedding matched their personalities to a tee. Both Samantha and Donnie are laid back and easy going…and FUN!

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Tradition Town Hall Wedding | Ashley + Ryan

Tradition Town Hall Wedding | Ashley + Ryan

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!

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Stuart Engagement Photos | Mary + Daniel

Stuart Engagement Photos | Mary + Daniel

Mary and Daniel had never taken photos together, but that didn’t hinder their experience at all! From the very first time my finger hit the shutter button, I could tell these two were going to be naturals in front of the camera! Check out their engagement photos taken in Stuart Fl!

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Engaged + Celebrating at House of Refuge Beach | Carina + Antonio

Engaged + Celebrating at House of Refuge Beach | Carina + Antonio

After rescheduling Carina + Antonio’s session once due to torrential downpours, we finally got a break and were able to photograph in some of the prettiest light! The sun played nicely and I was so thankful for this amazing display of golden goodness that I had to work with at their session. Golden hour at House of Refuge was where it’s at. I had so many favorites from Carina + Antonio’s session, but I am sharing just a handful of my very favorites. Enjoy!!

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Hutchinson Island Marriott Wedding | Traci + Jeremy

Hutchinson Island Marriott Wedding | Traci + Jeremy

Nothing could stop this rainy day wedding from happening! Traci and Jeremy were married at the Hutchinson Island Marriott. A wedding that was supposed to be on the beach turned into an intimate ceremony under a covered patio where the guests lovingly watched the two wed. Click to see photos from their day!

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Stuart Engagement Photos | Anna + Michael

Stuart Engagement Photos | Anna + Michael

See the cutest pairs of Dachshunds who proudly announce that their humans are getting married! Anna and Michael’s engagement photos were photographed in Downtown Stuart and House of Refuge. Click to see more!

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Port Saint Lucie Botanical Garden | Engagement Photos

Port Saint Lucie Botanical Garden | Engagement Photos

Hi, my name is Kristen and I am a south Florida wedding photographer. Last week I had the honor of photographing Toni and Vincent’s engagement session at the PSL Botanical Garden. I’d love for you to take a look, click the link to see the photos!

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Should You Have a First Look?

Should you have a first look? This can be a question that can plague a bride. However, some know just where they stand.

What is a first look?

A first look is when the bride and groom see each other prior to the ceremony. Usually the first look is a private moment between the bride and groom (and of course the photographer) where they can get the pre wedding jitters over with without the company of their guests. Most of the time, the wedding party is not present at the time of the first look. An area that is low in foot traffic is the best place to have one.

why should I have a first look? (the pros)

Sounds untraditional doesn’t? Yes, it does. But, there is a purpose behind it. There are many varying factors that go into play on a wedding day and there are so many moving parts. The first look is good because it addresses a few key things which I will be pointing out here.

  1. First, your anxiety level. The anxiety level (butterflies, nerves) are extremely high for some brides the entire day up until the point that they see the groom. At that time, when the bride and groom see each other for the first time, the bride’s nerves go down and she is much more relaxed.

  2. You get to spend more time with your groom on your wedding day (instead of hiding from him). When brides have a first look, they will get to spend about 2-3 hours more with their groom prior to the ceremony.

  3. First looks affect the timeline. You get the majority of your portraits completed prior to the ceremony which means you can enjoy your cocktail hour.

  4. You get your photos done when your makeup is the freshest.

  5. You can take advantage of beautiful lighting during the day for your photos (if you’re ceremony is at sunset). You will have plenty of light for photographs.

  6. Walking down the aisle will be less of a nerve wracking and you may enjoy it more + take in the moment.

  7. You can have more time to hold on to the moment of seeing each other for the first time because you will be able to hug, kiss and cling to each other.

  8. You’re wanting larger family grouping photos and you will have time for this after the ceremony.

  9. You are having a receiving line after your ceremony which will take up some of the time in which portraits would normally be taken.

what are the downsides to a first look? (the cons)

Some brides do not want to see the groom prior to the ceremony. And that is perfectly fine. Here are some of the reasons why you may not want to have a first look.

  1. You just don’t want to go against tradition and you’re just not ok with that.

  2. Having more time for portraits of the two of you isn’t something that you want. You are ok with a handful of portraits only.

  3. Nighttime portraits is ok with you.

  4. You do not want to go to cocktail hour.

  5. Your family grouping photos are so small that they won’t take much time after the ceremony.

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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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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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