Oh my word! I am so excited to share this post with you, not only is it swooning of gorg details and style, it’s from my very first workshop I got to host with the amazing Brandee from Blush by Brandee Gaar and guest speaker Michelle from BeatCreative (eeep, happy dance)! I have been dreaming about gathering a group of talented and inspiring ladies together for a workshop for quite a while now. As months passed, God spoke to me and told me to go for it! After a few awesome coffee dates with Brandee, serious note taking and our focus, we went for it and “Snap and Flutter” was created! I have a huge love for meeting, chatting and learning all about local wedding photographers and even more, educating + sharing thoughts and ideas. We have all started at some point regarding our business, with questions, fears, motivation and branding…what better to discuss all of this amongst our “sisters of the creative world” at a cozy brunch, greeted with mimosas, decadent pastries, tea time goodness! I had a complete blast meeting all of the attendees, and learning about your journey! After our workshop, we all took a step outside to capture a styled shoot where we were lead by Rev. Glynn of Sensational Ceremonies to recreate a ceremony with our model bride and groom. I could go on and on, but my excitement would leave you reading pages and pages. I want to send a HUGE thank you to all the vendors involved in making this workshop a dream come true. We cannot wait for the next one, date to be announced soon! For now, please “like” our Facebook page and enjoy the coverage below!
Styled Photography: Andi Mans Photography
Behind the Scenes Photography: Young Visuals
Venue: Highland Manor
Coordinator: Blush by Brandee Gaar
Dress: Calvet Couture
Tux/Suite: Men’s Wearhouse by Vera Wang
Videography: White In Revery
Floral: Lee James Floral
Officiant: Rev. Glynn Ferguson of Sensational Ceremonies
Cake: Party Flavors
Papergoods: Pearl Beach Paperie
Rentals/Furniture: A Chair Affair
Makeup/Hair: Lejeune Artistry
Chalk Boards: Chalk Shop
Sweets Station: Two Sweets Bake Shop
Chairs/Sofa/Farm Table: AFR Rentals
Oh boy! One thing I’m obsessed with, is any type of appetizer that is sweet and salty! These light delish bites are perfect for hosting a small celebration or really at anytime! It’s SO easy to make, literally! I added a little twist to the traditional goat cheese with a hint of herbal taste. This recipe calls for a pretty decent amount, if you want less, cut everything in half portion for prep. See below, and enjoy!
(4 oz) goat cheese ( your choice ) I bought ILE DE FRANCE, Chevre w/ garlic & herbs
3 oz. Abraham Air Dried Prosciutto, sliced thin ( you can get any type you like )
10 oz. whole pitted dates
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 tbsp. of finely chopped fresh basil leaves
In a small bowl, mix together the cheese and basil and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Open dates; insert cheese mixture into each date. To do this, I take a sandwich bag and place the goat cheese filling inside, cut a small opening at the end to make my “insert bag”. Wrap each date with 1 prosciutto piece; place dates on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a nonstick cookie sheet. Bake at 350° for 8 minutes. Serve immediately and enjoy!
Elise and Anthony were such a sweet couple to get to know! This adorable blended family shared tons of sweet words, personal vows and an adorable family circle of coming together during the ceremony for a blessing. Elise contributed a lot of the style and decor herself, the bouquet was stunning with bursts of color making this farm wedding completely Spring forward in happiness! Enjoy the personal details captured on this precious + intimate wedding with close family and friends.
Designs: The Bride
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!”
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