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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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!
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!!
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!
Check out Hannah and Troy’s engagement session on Worth Avenue! Including photos taken in front of the green wall, the Clock Tower at Worth Avenue and the beach.
A compilation of some of the bouquets that caught my eye in 2018. Florists include Harbour Bay Florist, Anna Flowers, Polished Petals, J.Adan Flowers, and Simply Flowers. Click to see more!
Wedding at The Hilton Double Tree in Palm Beach Gardens, Fl. Featuring a tented wedding ceremony outdoors, portraits outside and an amazing rock candy cake! Click to see more!
Friends and family, along with the beloved couple, pulled together to create a gorgeous and inspired DIY wedding. Click here to enjoy the photos of Shelby and Alex’s wedding!
Hutchinson Shores Resort and Spa wedding. Featuring photos of Meghan and Charles' beach ceremony. Click to see more!
Come check out Shelby and Alex's rustic engagement photos in Stuart, FL!
This gorgeous wedding at Benvenuto's Restaurant and Banquet Facility in Boynton Beach, Florida, was incredible and filled with so much emotion from the bride and groom. Check out their wedding images!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
You get your photos done when your makeup is the freshest.
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.
Walking down the aisle will be less of a nerve wracking and you may enjoy it more + take in the moment.
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.
You’re wanting larger family grouping photos and you will have time for this after the ceremony.
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.
You just don’t want to go against tradition and you’re just not ok with that.
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.
Nighttime portraits is ok with you.
You do not want to go to cocktail hour.
Your family grouping photos are so small that they won’t take much time after the ceremony.
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 :)