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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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Rustic Farm Wedding | Ashleigh + Ryan

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Rustic Farm Wedding | Ashleigh + Ryan

Private Estate Palm City, FL

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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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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What to Wear to Your Engagement Session

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What to Wear to Your Engagement Session

 

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

keep

it 

simple. 

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!

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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!!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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Sarah + David | Engaged

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Sarah + David | Engaged

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!

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Best of Weddings | 2017

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Best of Weddings | 2017

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! 

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Kristy + Mario | Beach Ceremony

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Kristy + Mario | Beach Ceremony

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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!

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Cara + Brandon | Engaged

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Cara + Brandon | Engaged

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I met Cara and Brandon at Hobe Sound Wildlife Center, where I've shot many times before. The lighting is never the same, and on this particular day, I was very pleased!  I'm so glad it held out because a week prior, it was a total downpour and we were forced to reschedule! The perks of shooting on location :) 

Not only did the weather hold up perfectly for us, it also gave us some of the best end-of-the-day late fall sun. The kind that softly streams through the trees and slowly creeps down on the horizon illuminating a golden glow that makes you feel warm and cozy. You following me?!

Cara and Brandon have got the best chemistry! She glows when he hugs her, and laughs when he whispers sweet nothings (jokes, of course) in her ear :) Brandon is genuine and laid back, I can see why Cara fell for him! I am so excited to have the honor of photographing their wedding next year!!!

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Jupiter Island Engagement | Vanessa + Juan

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Jupiter Island Engagement | Vanessa + Juan

I've known Vanessa for like 20 years! We met in middle school and I have always thought of her as such a kind person. She is compassionate and friendly, so naturally, when I met her fiancé, Juan, I was happy to see that he brings out the best in her! These two kept each other (and me) laughing the entire time! 

We couldn't have asked for a more perfect afternoon on Jupiter Island. It was absolutely perfect. The lighting was spot on, too! Here are some of my favorite images from our session!

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Jessyka + Jesse | Tradition Town Hall

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Jessyka + Jesse | Tradition Town Hall

She was flooded with all kinds of emotions as she sat there to get the finishing touches done to her hair. She just couldn't wait to see him. The only person she wanted was him. The minute Jessyka saw her groom, Jesse at the end of the aisle, all of her jitters melted away. 

Jessyka and Jesse got married under a cloudy sky.  The tears flowed just as much as the rain poured. It was so emotional becuase, for Jessyka, she wasn't just saying her vows to Jesse, she was also saying her vows to his daughter, Jazz. Jazz was nine years old and the apple of his eye, and now, Jessyka's too.

My favorite thing about their wedding was how unique it was! Their theme was based off of comic book super hero's! The bridesmaids carried bouquets made out of comic book paper! How cool!

After their ceremony, we took a few portraits around the grounds. For a brief moment we got graced with beautiful sunlight that lent to wonderful backlit portraits. (My fav kind of light!)

Jessyka and Jesse, I wish you the very best! May your marriage be blessed with deep love and laughter!

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One of my favorite moments of the day was when Jessyka's father saw her for the first time. Best father-daughter first look ever!

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Vendors Who Helped Make This Day Amazing:

DRESS: David's Bridal

HAIR: Brianna Johnson, Miracle on 34th Street

MAKEUP: Alek Primm

VENUE: Tradition Town Hall

CAKE: Magnolia Cakes

PHOTOGRAPHER: Kristen Browning + Frank Donnino

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Kate + Shaun | Fort Pierce Wedding

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Kate + Shaun | Fort Pierce Wedding

Her dress fit her as though it was handmade just for her. She delicately grasped a handful of ruffles and gazed down as her sister helped her put on her shoes. A bit nervous, yes. But you couldn't tell. Kate gracefully prepared for one of the most important days of her life well poised and ready. 

Her groom got ready in a flash, as all guys do. He was just as nervous as she was. But Shaun had his brother to crack casual jokes and deflate any lingering nerves for him. Shaun was sharp as he was beaming. A few tears shed when his Mom pinned his boutineer in place. Such sweet moments.

More tears would be shed by Shaun as he first saw his bride coming down the aisle towards him. A bet had been made that Shaun would be the one to break down first, and he was. 

After their ceremony, we headed outside and spent some time getting some really beautiful bride and groom portraits. One of my favorite images was with Kate holding her bouquet. Her bouquet was one of the most unique arrangements ever! Beautiful red and green colors with lots of different textures. 

Kate and Shaun, thank you for giving me the privilege and honor of photographing your wedding day! Kristy and I had a blast and your wedding was beautiful!! 

Venors that helped make this day amazing:

DRESS: Morilee

MAKE UP: Kaitlyn Rice

FLOWERS: South Forty LTD

CHURCH: St. Anastasia Catholic Church

CAKE: Sunrise City Cafe

DJ: Traxx Entertainment

WEDDING COORDINATOR: Rachel Snyder

PHOTOGRAPHY: Kristen Browning Photography with second shooter Kristy Arias

 

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Sandi + Tyler | Vero Beach Wedding

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Sandi + Tyler | Vero Beach Wedding

 

Vero Beach, FL

This past Saturday, I had the honor of photographing Sandi and Tyler as they committed their lives together in marriage. Sandi was a beautiful bride! She wore an ornate beaded gown with a longggggg veil (I just loved it when brides wear long veils!). Before the ceremony, Sandi's sisters, her mom, and good friend helped her prep for her big day. My second shooter, Kristy, mentioned to me how relaxed they were. It was so true! 

On the way to their ceremony, we noticed a park with these beautiful live oaks that would be just perfect for bride and groom portraits. I didn't see anywhere to park but I was hoping we could take photos at that location afterwards. Sandi and Tyler's ceremony was held in a beautiful church with huge stain glass windows and super tall wood ceilings, it was beautiful!

After the ceremony was over, we all escaped to Riverside Park and photographed Sandi, Tyler and their bridal party. Then, we headed to the area with the gorgeous live oaks! We finished the rest of the portraits of Sandi and Tyler beneath the canopy of trees. This was my favorite part of the day. The light was SO glowy!! It was basically like every photographer's dream come true!

Sandi and Tyler, thank you again for the opportunity to photograph your wedding day! I am truly honored that I was chosen to document so many beautiful moments for you!

VENDORS WHO HELPED MAKE THIS DAY AMAZING INCLUDE:

CEREMONY: Holy Cross Catholic Church

RECEPTION: The Royal Ballroom

DRESS: Stella York from Elda's Bridal Boutique

HAIR: Energy Salon

MAKEUP: Maria Sommers

FLORALS: Lara Andrews

DJ: Class Act Productions

CATERER: Any Occasion Catering

CAKE: Sweet Creations

SECOND SHOOTER: Kristy Arias

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Casa Feliz Wedding | Lorena + Nathan

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Casa Feliz Wedding | Lorena + Nathan

 

Winter Park, FL

Wow! Where do I begin?! Nathan and Lorena's wedding at Casa Feliz was pure magic! Everything, and I mean everything, went perfectly. It is rare that you have a wedding where everything sticks according to the timeline. But, I think a lot of credit has to go to Lorena's wedding planner Carly. She was simply amazing at keeping everyone on track! Also, the team of vendors were great. The videographers worked so well with myself and my second shooter. It really pays to have a great team! 

Nathan and Lorena got married at the historic Casa Feliz home in Winter Park. It was my second time shooting a wedding there and it was just as fun the second time as it was the first. 

One of my favorite parts of the day was when Nathan saw Lorena for the first time. Their first look took place underneath the arch. As soon as Nathan turned around and saw his bride for the first time, his jaw dropped to the floor as he was amazed at her beauty. Both the videographers and I agree that that was one of the best first looks we have ever seen! Lorena looked stunning! She wore a beautiful lace embroidered dress with the prettiest Betsey Johnson shoes!!  

Their reception took place under a beautiful tent with a gorgeous chandelier and string lights. It was such a romantic reception! Their wedding planner, Carly, had them close their eyes and wait until they were under the tent to surprise them with the finished area. Nathan and Lorena were both amazed at how perfect everything came out. I was so happy for them! 

To Nathan and Lorena, thank you for giving me the HONOR of documenting your love story on your wedding day. I wish you many, many years of happiness together!!! 

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The Vendors that made this day beautiful include:

Venue: Casa Feliz

Shoes: Betsey Johnson

Hair + Makeup: Beautiful You Make Up (Karen Boni)

Dress: Maggie Sottero

Videographer: Corban & Mandy Young,

Second shooter: Vanessa Velez

DJ: Kristin Wilson, Our DJ Rocks

Florist: Sarah Leung, Flower Girl Designs

Planner: Carlisha Magnarella, A Rose Designs Events

Caterer: Marie Fattore, Arthur's Catering and Events

Cake: Nicole Giordano, Florida Sweets & Co

Wood Sign Decor: Andi Mejia

Officiant: Harry Rubi- Sensational Ceremonies

Lighting: Kaleidoscope Event Lighting

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Ashleigh + Ryan | House of Refuge Engagement Photos

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Ashleigh + Ryan | House of Refuge Engagement Photos

 

Hutchinson Island, FL

We couldn't have been any happier to have NO RAIN during our session! Ashleigh and Ryan's engagement session had already been postponed once before due to downpours. Finally, the day of our rescheduled session, the forecast called for 85% chance of rain! I just couldn't believe it! But I decided to wait it out and see what it would do. Sure enough, the later in the day it got, the chances of rain actually decreased. The fact that Ashleigh and Ryan were driving down from Melbourne, Fl meant that the weather just had to cooperate--thankfully, it did!

Our session was at House of Refuge in Stuart, Fl. I love shooting here. I never get tired of it! Ashleigh and Ryan arrived and they looked so cute! We started our session on the boardwalk and then moved to the beach. As soon as we walked over to the beach, we were greeted with the prettiest RAINBOW! Not only did the rain hold off, but we got a rainbow too! Bonus! Ashleigh and Ryan deserved it! I immediately positioned the couple on the rocks for a shot. It is rare that you get a rainbow in the sky in just the right place for an epic photo! Mission accomplished!

I left our session feeling so good about our time together. Ashleigh and Ryan are the sweetest couple, and I am not just saying that--they truly are good people! :) I am so happy to have the honor of photographing their wedding next year in Palm City, Fl!! 

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