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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Weddings + Engagements
Should you have a first look? This can be a question that can plague a bride. However, some know just where they stand. For those who may not know, a first look is when the bride and groom see each other prior to the ceremony. Yes, it is untraditional. But, there is a purpose behind it and I am happy to discuss why I advocate for the first look.
You can ask ANY wedding photographer and they will all agree. The moment that the bride sees the groom for the first time, she instantly becomes more RELAXED and her stress is alleviated. It's so true! So many times, in the hustle and bustle of getting ready the bride will inevitably become stressed to some degree, but the second she sees her man, she can finally breathe--it's a game changer!
Secondly, I heard a photographer say this one time and I completely agree, the bride and groom can spend more time with each other on their wedding day, rather than HIDING from each other! This made me laugh because it's actually a point that I had never considered before. Imagine spending most of your wedding day with your groom?!
Thirdly, you get to have the majority of your photos done before the wedding so that you can enjoy your cocktail hour with your friends and family! There's a few ways this can go down. When you do a first look, you can opt to have all of your formal photos done prior to your ceremony, just the bride/groom photos and bridal party, or just the bride and groom photos and save everything else until after the ceremony. Most of the time, I find that my brides will have their bride and groom photos along with their bridal party photos completed prior to the ceremony. Then, that just leaves the family formal photos to be done afterwards. Easy peasy!
I am an advocate for the first look. But in no way to I push my couples to this. I document their day as they see fit and it is not for me to decide how they should enjoy it!
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!!
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!
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!!
Two strikes and we hit a home run! After trying to schedule our session the first time, and getting rained out, we were FINALLY able to have our session at the House of Refuge! The afternoon was beautiful and I think you will love their images, go take a peek!
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
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 :)
sailfish point wedding
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
Spring wedding at a private barn in Palm City, FL photographed by Kristen Browning. Featuring getting ready photos at the Marriott on Hutchinson Island, outdoor farm ceremony and an indoor barn reception.
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!
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
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!
Up The Creek Farms wedding photographed by Kristen Browning Photography boasts beautiful images of massive oak trees and old Florida scenes. Alex and Holt, who were married at UTCF had a spectacular day. Take a peek at their images!
Engagement session photographed by Kristen Browning at the House of Refuge in Stuart FL. Come check out Alyssa and Pierson’s photos!
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! :)
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
Here is a slideshow of their day!
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!!
I rummaged through my closet, shuffling through every piece of attire that I owned thinking to myself, "Eh, why didn't I just make myself one of those capsule wardrobes so this decision could be easier?!" I promised myself that I would. But, it was irrelevant now, because we had to meet our photographers at the park in 15 minutes and I still had to choose what to wear. Feeling pressured, I grabbed a dress off the hanger, and hoped for the best. Turns out, our family photos turned out beautiful and I was very happy with my choice of outfit. But, I could have saved myself the trouble had I planned better.
Every bride often finds herself in the same dilemma after she books her engagement session. The choices for what to wear are endless. Today, I hope to help those who find themselves in a clothing crisis with four wardrobe tips by none other than, yours truly.
Tip # 1 Neutrals
Time and time again, I will say
Neutrals are the number one way to compliment your skin tone and bring the attention you in your photos. If the very first thing you notice when you look at your engagement photos is the glare from your highlighter yellow dress, then so will everyone else :) Flashy, bright clothing will become a distraction in the photos. You cannot go wrong with neutrals!
Tip #2 Flattering
This is a good time to set aside a couple of hours to hit the shops and try on different outfits. Take the time to find something that will compliment your body type, and don't get frustrated if you cannot find it right away. Plan ahead so that you have enough time to shop.
My biggest struggle is finding clothes that fit my 5 foot frame. I am constantly having to put things back on the rack because the pants are too long, or I have a train when I wear a maxi dress! Take a friend with you who can give you honest feedback. They will even choose clothes that you wouldn't normally try on and sometimes those outfits work the best!
In the images below, I loved how this long maxi dress fit Kate. She pulled it off beautifully!!
Tip #3 Variety
I always encourage my clients to bring a change of clothes to their session. Particularly one dressy outfit and one casual outfit. Variety is fun! First off, its fun to get dressed up for photos, so take advantage! Secondly, if comfortability is more your style and most days you and your beau can be found in jeans and a t-shirt (like me), there are some really cute ways to pull that off and still look great for your engagement photos!
Tip #4 Patterns
Go for patterns. But if you choose to wear a pattern, let your fiance wear a solid that will compliment the pattern. In other words, only one person should wear the patterned outfit. Having two outfits in the same photo that are "busy" will be super distracting! See examples of how my clients successfully wore patterns below!
I hope that these tips have been helpful! And if you want to go one step further, talk to Marianne Humburg, she is my friend and she is an amazing wardrobe consultant! She has great style and would be happy to help you!
Sarah and David's story begins in elementary school! That's right, they have known each other since they were children! Amazing, right? It's so rare that I have couples who have known each other that long! It's happened before, but it is definitely a rarity.
David and Sarah are planning on moving to the area after Sarah graduates from school. She is currently studying for P.A. school under neurologists in the area, something that I admire about her! David just adores her! Oh, he is truly in love! He proposed to her at the same elementary school they went to as kids! Howwww sweet!!
Here is a snippet of our session!
2017 was quite the year! The birth of our son, Easton took front and center stage in my life. I’ve never experienced anything like motherhood before! Lots of joy and a few tears, but all together nothing short of amazing.
My year was full of beautiful, wonderful clients with beautiful weddings. I am so grateful to them for entrusting me with the job of photographing their wedding day! What a distinct honor it was! 2018 is going to be full of even more wonderful clients and gorgeous weddings, and I am looking forward to it!
But before we step into the new year, I wanted to take a few minutes to share some of my favorite wedding images of 2017!! Here is to a fabulous year in weddings!
Hutchinson Island Marriot
She may have been a little nervous to walk down the aisle, but you wouldn't have been able to tell through her smile that was gleaming at Mario. As soon as she saw him, her eyes lit up...and so did his!
Kristy and Mario said their vows under a clear blue sky. Close family members and friends sat to witness their wedding. The surf pounded behind them as if it was cheering for them too. After their ceremony, Mario danced down the aisle with his wife on his arm, it was such a joyful time!
Congratulations to Kristy and Mario! I am honored to have documented your ceremony for you and I wish you all the best!! Special thanks to Frank Donnino for adding his talent to their day!