Hands off my poncho!

Brrr! Has the weather cooled down or what?! One clothing piece I thoroughly enjoy wearing when it’s chilly out is an over-sized poncho! I mean let’s be real, it’s comfy, loose and well, they fit all body types! I’m heading out to a mini vacation on Monday (eeep, so excited) I haven’t had a vacation in gosh knows how long! Where am I going? CHILE! If you don’t know, I actually lived in South America once in my life as a teenager, for about a year 1/2! What an amazing experience! My mom is from Chile, so I have tons of family there! I cannot wait to stuff my face with the delicious Chilean food, visit some vineyards, shop, see my family + take tons of pics! Stay tuned on my instagram for my travels, once I get my hands on free “weefee” aka Wi-fi, I’ll be posting! For now, here’s some cozy inspiration!

Boutique: Susie Q Boutique
Poncho Jacket: Bishop & Young
Denim: Genetic
Shoes: DV by Dolce Vita
Bracelet: CC Skye
Clutch: JJ Winters

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By the water

I loved styling Miss Lea for this bridal inspirational. If you aren’t following Lea already, you have to! She is an amazing makeup artist with must know advice on beauty! I wanted this shoot to reflect inner beauty and what that meant to me, strength, grace and love. Being amongst nature and the peace of water.  Also, I’m so excited to launch some shots in FILM! I had a blast with these and cannot wait to continue, something about film just brings photos to life…and I’m hooked!

Photography: Andi Mans
Styled + Floral: Andi Mans
Makeup: Lea Cakes
Dress: Calvet Couture by Sarah Seven
Hair Piece: Jennifer Behr

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Solutions Bridal Show! #sbfashionshow

What a magical night of fashion, wedding industry friends and fun! Solutions Bridal held their night of fashion bridal couture show at the stunning brand new Four Seasons! As I walked in I was greeted by the huge and gorgeous chandelier lights of the ballroom! Chic seating area, decorated with glitz + glam decor. The Four Seasons offers such an elegant and whimsy atmosphere for guests to enjoy, I loved the ambiance created for this event. Brides, if searching for the perfect dress, the lovely ladies at Solutions Bridal are such a helpful and knowledgeable group of gals! Always a pleasure to work with them! Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception before the doors opened, I mingled, and spent  some quality downtime with so many of my industry pals, what a delight! Bubbly was passed around and soon enough the double doors opened for the show to start. The beautiful floral wall was just stunning, as the models walked the runway we enjoyed featured designer dresses by Jim Hjelm by Hayley Paige. I’ve always been a huge fan of Hayley Paige, her approach to  bridal wear is youthful, whimsy but with an edgy sense of toughness. What a wonderful night, I cannot wait for the next show, I had a complete blast. Take a look at some of my recap shots below!

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Wedding: Leanne + Zach

What a beautiful couple Leanne and Zach are! This gorgeous and detailed vintage and travel inspired wedding had so many unique accents. Much of the decor was created and designed by the bride and her mother! I loved the balloon centerpieces, along with the globes with personal name settings. Zach’s best man is a 3rd generation bee farmer who owns a farm where he produces fresh honey, hence the adorable honey station (delicious)! I loved how Leanne and Zach had a 2nd private “first dance” at the end of the night! While all the guests were waiting outside for their grand exit, we stayed inside for one last moment, dancing to their song! What a sweet and romantic moment I’m sure they will never forget! Enjoy some of my favorite shots! Congrats again!

Photography: Andi Mans
Venue: The Lange Farm
Catering: Delectables
Floral: Events in Bloom

Officiant: Sensational Weddings

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Geometric Hoodie

Happy Tuesday everyone! Are you excited for Thanksgiving to arrive? I am! I cannot wait for the holidays to officially begin, in my household growing up, the Holiday spirit would always fill the air on the day of Thanksgiving! Anywho, today’s look is a casual comfy outfit I normally would wear during the day this Fall…geometric love! Have you visited Susie Q boutique? It’s located right in Winter Park Village, I love the selection of style, clothing, accessories and even shoes that are available. Lucky me, they carry my size…size 10 shoe. I’m currently obsessing over booties, and these Dolce Vita’s aren’t helping! I need to control my obsession though because Florida only allows enough cold days to sport them!

Boutique: Susie Q Boutique
Top: Bella Luxx
Hoodie: Jamison
Jeans: Genetic Denim
Shoes: DV by Dolce Vita
Necklace: Virgin Saints & Angels
Bag: Botkier
Bracelets: Tai, CC Skye & Chan Juu
Shades: House of Harlow 1960

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Wedding: Laura + Phil

What a sweet couple! Laura and Phil were such a joy to capture during their engagement that I knew the wedding would just the same! Her southern chic wedding at the unique Quantam Leap venue was definitely up my alley, I mean who doesn’t like celebrating a wedding inside a wine cellar? Vino please! Enjoy my favorites below and congrats again you two!

Photography: Andi Mans
Venue: Quantum Leap Winery
Coordinator: Busy Bee Events & Design
Rentals: A Chair Affair
Caterer/Linens: Arthur’s Catering
Florist: Bluegrass Chic
Videographer: Cat Melynk Photograhy
Lighting: Git Lit Productions
DJ: DJ Thompson Entertainment
Cake: Frosted By Laura

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Lumber Jack Gal

Whew! Hello there! I’ve been busy away with wedding season, but a girl can’t resist all of the adorable Fall wear that I’ve passed by this season so far! I’m all about comfort, and what screams some easy steppin’ with comfy booties, a flannel top and a vegan fur vest! I love animals, so be sure this is faux fur! I’m so excited to start seeing the lights going up around town and houses, twinkles here and there and hot chocolate mornings. Happy Friday!

Boutique: Susie Q Boutique
Top: Tolani

Vegan Fur Vest: Tart
Denim: Genetic
Bag: Botkier
Necklace: Virgins Saints & Angels
Bracelet: Chan Luu
Booties: Steve Madden

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Engagement: Katie + Austin

These two, what can I say, beautiful couple! I’m so thrilled to be a part of their big day next year! Katie has such an infectious smile! I had such a wonderful time, filled with giggles and stunning sunset of Florida Fall weather! Take a look at these two lovebirds!

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Wedding: Julie + Peter

I loved meeting Julie and Peter last year when the two were in town from California, where they reside! Julia wanted a southern feel for the wedding, and I can definitely say the Florida soft sun of Fall was shining and the beautiful weather was definitely on point. I loved Julia’s dress, so elegant and pretty by Tara Keely. The two enjoyed and danced to 80’s pop/rock through out the reception and enjoyed many laughs and smiles. Check out some of my favorites, congrats again!

Photography: Andi Mans
Venue: Cypress Grove Estate House
Coordinating: RW Events
Floral:  Anna Floral & Gifts
Catering: Big City Catering
DJ/Lighting: Meister Productions
Cake: Anna Cakes
Photobooth: Photobooth Rocks
Hair/Makeup: Beaute Speciale
Dress: Tara Keely

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J.McLaughlin Grand Opening in Winter Park!

I love the breezy, Floridian and preppy style of J. McLaughlin, so I was very excited to step into the opened doors on Park Avenue! I was kindly greeted with a fabulous mimosa at the soft opening. What beautiful sunny dresses, captivating the maritime at heart and beach lovers style. Perfect selections for wedding guests, bridal shower, rehearsal dinner and more! I love the prints, tunics, scarves and even unique totes and clutches match so sweetly with their bright colors and soft fabrics. Make sure to stop by, you won’t be disappointed!

What: J. McLaughlin
Where: 348 S Park Ave Winter Park, FL32789

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Wedding: Fiorela + Colin

If you’ve  been downtown St. Augustine in the Fall, you know that’s it’s just a beautiful area to walk around and explore the art + history . I love the magic and charm that St. Augustine exudes! Fiorela and Colin’s wedding was so unique! How so? Well.. at the last hour of the reception started “Crazy hour”! Ok…I didn’t know what it was either but it’s a Columbian dance/festival party! Party hats, sunglasses and props stole the guests away! As the “Crazy Hour” continued…out came down entertainers from the staircase in masks and even a stilt walker, yes a stilt walker! I had to focus myself after a bit, I was so intrigued and thought to myself “this is so awesome, I feel like I’m in a carnival in Brazil”!  What a celebration and way to end a beautiful wedding! Congrats to you two, now go see these pics! Ha!

Photography: Andi Mans
Coordination: Blush by Brandee Gaar
Venue: Casa Monica and Lightner Museum
Church: Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine
Floral: Lee James Floral
Brides Dress: Monique Lhuillier
Band: The Leonard Brothers Band
Linen: GBS Linen
Rentals: A Chair Affair
Lighting/Draping: PRI
Hair/Makeup: Brides be Beautiful
Cake: Party Flavors
Popcorn Bar: Two Sweets Bake Shop

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Winter Wonderland at the Four Seasons Orlando

What can I say about this styled shoot that I haven’t already, gosh it was stunning all around! All the amazing wedding professionals involved were on point and brought a winter wonderland to the brand new + gorgeous Four Seasons Orlando. What a beautiful venue for the elegant bride looking for lush landscapes, modern detail inside with a twist of whimsy and sparkle. I had an amazing time brainstorming on the style of this shoot with Brandee Gaar of Blush and capturing it! Cheers to everyone involved, now let’s get cozy!

Photography: Andi Mans
Coordinator: Blush by Brandee Gaar
Venue: Four Seasons Orlando
Dress/Boutique: Solutions Bridal, Kenneth Pool, Marchesa, THEIA
Sweet Station/Hot Chocolate: Two Sweets Bake Shop
Hair/Makeup: LeJeune Artistry
Floral: Cheryl’s Distinctive Creations
Furniture Rental: CHIC Event Furniture Rental
Red Sweater: J.Crew
Paper-good/Invite: Dogwood Blossom Stationery
Mirror Board: Chalk Shop
Chandelier/Lighting: Kaleidoscope Lighting/Signature Chandeliers
Chair Rental: A Chair Affair

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Wedding: Eliza + Kevin

Hi there! Fall has hit, and so has wedding season! One of my first wedding’s to kick off this glorious time of year was capturing the wedding of Eliza and Kevin! This adorable couple were out of state from Maryland and Kevin, Scottish…what a hilarious group of groomsmen! I love the kilts, unique ceremony tying of a scarf and more. What a fun wedding, congrats you two! Enjoy some of my personal favorites!

Photography: Andi Mans
Venue: Lange Farm
Floral: Events in Bloom
Makeup: The Bride
Hair: Collective Creations
Cake/Catering: Puff n’ Stuff
Dress: Grace Loves Lace
Bridal Party Dresses: Amsale
Brand: Phase 5
Officiant: Sensational Ceremonies

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Engagement: Kaitlyn + Mike

These two Atlanta natives just moved to Orlando and I actually met Kaitlyn at a coffee shop! One day on my usual espresso or coffee run I shared my contact info and she contacted me to inform she was engaged! What a pleasure it was to capture these two cuties! They are getting hitched in North Carolina next Spring! Enjoy and happy Friday!

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Apple Cider Pumpkin Dessert Float

Doesn’t it seem like we are waiting forever for the cool weather to arrive? Creating an ambiance each season is important to me, since it doesn’t last too long! Decorations, fall colors, treats and more! I love a light dessert after dinner and this float will for sure please your guests sweet tooth just in time for all your celebrations! I love apple cider and everything that this delicious personal recipe of mine offers!

Ingredients:

Apple Cider juice (chilled)
Ginger-ale (chilled)
1-2 small spoonful scoops of Pumpkin ice cream (I used Edy’s)
1 tablespoon Diced Red apple (per glass)
Sprinkle of Cinnamon powder
Cinnamon stick garnish

Pour your serving glasses half way with the apple cider juice, drop a tablespoon of diced red apples into each glass. Take 1-2 small spoonful scoops of the pumpkin icecream into each glass. Finish the float topped off with a splash of ginger-ale, sprinkle cinnamon powder on top to garnish. Enjoy and Happy Fall season!

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How to photograph a wedding at a recurring venue

As a wedding professional and photographer, we know the fan favorite venues for brides locally. I’m sure many of you have already shot numerous of times at a particular venue and may feel the lack of newness when you continue returning to the same location. You may feel like you have taken the same photo a thousand times in the same spot and feel stuck. But no despair, here are some tips to keep you creative and ready!

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DO YOUR HOMEWORK: Scout your venue, show up about 30 minutes early and study your grounds. You might have missed a nice open space that you haven’t explored, pick your spots for portraits, so when time comes, you know exactly where to go. At times you may miss potential eye swooning areas when you’re in photography zone mode, so look around!

IS IT SUMMER, IS IT WINTER?: Depending on the season and time you are capturing the wedding, the sun changes location, the trees change a shade or two, watch for color tones! Fall weddings have a very different ambiance than a spring wedding, so rest assure if two weddings are at the same venue but on different dates, you are sure to have different photos due to the fact of vibrancy alone!

THE SPOT: Each venue tends to have THE typical spots where you will find constant portraits taken at, bridges under and over, patterns, textured doors, walls, lush green areas, etc. Instead of taking your bride and groom straight to the same spot, try to think less is more. At one of my past weddings, a couple and I were being escorted in a golf cart, the driver parked us under a bridge because as he said, “this is where all the photographers like to take portraits”, as I appreciated the care, smiled and thanked him, I changed direction to a more unique area that I hadn’t seen much of! The photos taken at the not so popular spot turned out to be the couple’s favorite shots! What I mean, that funky door that you see everywhere or that huge tree could be used for something else.  But what if the bride and groom really want a shot with THAT tree? That’s quite alright, you can absolutely get that shot, but once you have it, think outside the box rather than the usual and move forward, don’t get stuck there!

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SUGGEST A FIRST LOOK: “First looks” are a great opportunity to capture emotions that nobody can steal. Each couple reacts differently to this moment, no matter where you are, it will be special and one of a kind. Place the couple in an area you might have used for portraits with your last wedding and switch to use for the first look! Most of these images are pretty close shots or hip area and up, so you won’t be able to really see the whole frame. Another option would be to capture the first look at the getting ready location if its separate from the wedding ceremony/reception. This will give you a chance to take photos that are completely different and also steal some portrait time in as well!

BACKDROPS AND PROPS: I love any pop of color or pattern! Once you find out your couples style and decor theme, suggest props like a blanket, large round balloon, custom backdrop, chalk board or even a floral arch can add to fun, charming + cuddly photos!

At the end of the day, the couple, their personality and guests truly paint the mood of the wedding. As a photographer it’s your job to search and find those moments happening from the second you arrive to the farewell at the end of the night. Remember to always smile and have fun! The beautiful thing about photography, you’re just a click away from capturing THAT smile and THAT look, no matter where you are, it’s always special and new! Happy snapping!

Watercolor Love

I’m so excited to share this shoot with you. Not only did I get to capture it, I designed and styled as well. Here at Andi Mans Weddings, we are now not only offering photography services but also design and styling for your intimate wedding or celebration. I had such an amazing time creating the watercolor backdrop, isn’t the color pop just so fun? The floral makes me just smile, specialty bouquets? Yes, we offer that as well! Make sure to check out “Services” to learn more about our new additions! My wedding season is officially kicking off and what better way with this styled shoot. I love everything about it! Enjoy!

Photography: Andi Mans Photography
Table Design and Styling: Andi Mans Weddings
Makeup: Alaina D. Artistry
Dress: Calvet Couture Hayley Paige  |  Sarah Seven
Hair: Ashley Loerzel Hair + Style
Menu: Andi Mans Weddings
Floral: Andi Mans Weddings
Backdrop: Andi Mans Weddings

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