This engagement session, seriously…I’m in love with it! Leanne and Zack were a perfect picture of a 1940′s romantic era. Filled with the all the classic attire at an antique train museum, I just adore the sweetness of these two! I cannot wait to capture their vintage inspired wedding this year! Swoon over these.
How did they meet? Zack and I met in middle school. I moved to Cape Coral from Wisconsin in 8th grade and he lived a few blocks away. We both got our first jobs at Target and I would give him rides home from high school or work every now and again. There was interest between us then, even a kiss on the cheek (I know, scandalous!) but nothing came of it. He had a “crush” on me during high school, but girls weren’t his main focus. Mostly building cars, skateboarding and other shenanigans. So, life flew by and fast forward a few years I had moved from Cape Coral to Saint Petersburg to go to College. I was just finishing up my internship at Bayfront and I was online one night (probably procrastinating school work) and happened to find him on Facebook via a friend. We started messaging back and forth and even talked on the phone until ungodly hours of the night. We had a lot of catching up to do! He had planned to come up to visit me when I was offered a job back home (Luckily because I was ready to head out to Colorado and be a gypsy! I moved back to Cape Coral the first week of December and he took me on our first official date December 16th. As he was dropping me off at my parents house, we were saying our awkward first date goodbyes…he came in and had dinner with my family. They loved him immediately, or shortly after there was talk of hockey and golf. We were quite literally inseparable ever since. He proposed in our kitchen – just as my father had done with my mom. As we were eating dessert we got from a restaurant downtown it reviled this lovely message and he got down on one knee. The ring is a family heirloom that he had been passed down to me from my great grandmother who wore it everyday for 65 years. It was bought during WWII and has a European Cut diamond that I am told is a style no longer made. We have quite a few sentimental pieces in our wedding including earrings, cufflinks, bow ties and wedding rings!
Oh how I love mixing up some tasty, healthy cold salads! This super easy recipe is perfect for a mid-day snack, side dish or for your next get together. Refreshing and low in calories, it sure is a guilt-free deliciousness! Enjoy!
1 cucumber ( quarter sliced )
2 cans of garbanzo/chick peas
1/2 cup of feta cheese ( I like Vigo )
1/2 cup diced red onion
salt & pepper to taste
1 tbsp. of apple cider vineger
Refrigerate for about an hour to let the flavors marinate and serve!
These two were so much fun to capture! The lovebirds both are entertainers/actors at Universal Studios, and you can tell by their big smiles and fun expressions! I cannot wait to cover the big day, it’s going to be a blast! It was a chilly morning ( 39 degrees to be exact, brrr) as we met up to take the engagement, but we had a lil break of coffee and hot chocolate to warm us up, and boy did it help!
How did they meet? Joshian and Kayla met at Valencia Community College in 2008 and quickly became friends during a theatrical production they were both cast in. They were close friends for over a year and then started dating! Joshian and Kayla transferred into the BFA Musial Theatre program at the University of Central Florida. Now graduated, they both are employed by the Orlando theme parks; Joshian sings and swims with the funny fish in Finding Nemo the Musical at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Kayla is a Gryffindor Prefect Universal Studio’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter where she conducts the Frog Choir! Christmas morning 2012, Joshian gave Kayla the best Christmas present ever when he proposed! Having been together almost five years, they both love traveling, watching movies, eating Chipotle and the series “Friends!”
Oh goody, I am so excited to share this shoot with you! Are you a succulent fan? Organic goodness? Well, below you will definitely find some eye candy! I had the chance to style and photograph this shoot and it was so very fun! I knew that this location would fit my inspiration + vision for the rustic setting and tablescape I wanted to bring to life. Lovely dishes with sweet accents by Dishie Rental, gorgeous flapjack succulents by Lee James that blew me away, and how can I forget the delicious local and fresh treats served by the American Bistro, Dally in the Alley. Please make sure to visit this amazing southern influenced cuisine located in Deland, as a foodie myself, you won’t be disappointed. The grouping of natural centerpieces, tying up the rustic yet simply unique wedding inspiration, the warmth of this makes my heart smile. Seriously, this dress? GORG!
Photography: Andi Mans Photography
Tablescape/Styled: Andi Mans Photography
Location: Dally in the Alley & Cafe Davinci
Dessert Station/Salad: Dally in the Alley
Rentals: Florida Victorian, Architectural Antiques
Floral: Lee James Floral Designs
Dress: Calvet Couture by Sarah Seven
Makeup/Hair: Makeover Station
Bridal Accessories: Olivia Nelson
Dishes/Flatware/Goblets: Dishie Rentals
Invitation Suite: Lanas Shop
Cake: Anna Cakes
Desserts/Food: Pistachio Pudding, Coconut Chocolate Almond Bars, Cinnamon Sour Cream Cupcakes w/ Chocolate Frosting, Cheesecake Bites, Raspberry & Mascarpone Parfaits, Fennel Coconut-Milk Tart and Organic Baby Salad w/ Mushroom Polenta
I get so excited when new local shops open not only is it fun to explore a new local spot but it’s even better if it’s a friend of yours who bakes deliciously! Tara, owner and baker of P is for Pie has just opened the doors off of Corrine Drive in Orlando! I love the rustic interior and vintage accents. This amazing lil bake shop offers, mini pies, hand pies, whoopie pies, cookies, cobblers, pie pops plus you advance orders of whole pies! I made my early order already for Christmas! I’m a huge coffee lover, which brings me to the specialty coffee straight from Portland that is offered in house hot or cold! Please stop by, you won’t be disappointed! All the baked goodies are created at the shop and fresh to pick up!
Location: 2806 Corrine Drive, Orlando Florida
Opens: 11:00 am
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East End Market is a neighborhood market and cultural food hub inspired by Central Florida’s local farmers and food artisans. I love the ambiance of a place just like this, reminds me of a shopping experience I’ve had out in the west-coast, which gives me a little taste of difference for the Orlando area. As I walked inside I was swooned by all the different shops! I stopped and ordered myself a delicious cold coffee Lineage, might have to push Starbucks aside for a while, my cup of joe was gone in seconds, all organic, all delicious. I’m a huge cheese freak, so Le Femme Du Fromage was a must, serving artisan cheeses! Yum! Olde Hearth Bread Company had a variety of fresh bread, I got my hot little hands on a French Baguette, ready for some olive oil dipping at home! Overall, this adorable shopping market filled with unique merchants is a must visit, I love it and I will sure be a regular here. Other awesome shops I discovered, Houndstooth (scrumptious butternut squash soup) and Porch Therapy, beautiful succulent plants, gardening goodies and more!
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