I’ve been having too much fun with styled shoots this Summer! I had the blessed opportunity to have not one, but two at the beautiful venue The Stetson Mansion! This time, in their gorgeous and luscious Zen garden located at the Mansion! The first time saw this beauty, I’m pretty sure hearts came over my eyes like a cartoon! The sense of peace and nature just filled the air! Not only did I get to capture, I also styled the shoot and had creative direction! Bold jeweled tones and pops of succulent/moss re-create the refuge that a Zen garden exudes. How stunning is our model?! I completely fell in love with the dress by Jenny Packham, it’s stunning! What a unique location for an outdoor ceremony or even a reception! Huge thanks to Channel 13 news and Allison Walker for taking time to visit us at our shoot, I had a nice little 15 second local news debut! Look for the video/article link below! Wahoo! I’m on TV!
I have to say, styled shoots are one of my most favorite projects to be a part of! I get to the chance to see my fellow wedding industry pals and meet new ones at the same time! I had the amazing privilege of meeting the lovely owners of the Stetson Mansion in Deland, Florida. We discussed weddings, details and a styled shoot over some delicious mimosas! I was in total awe as JT gave me a grand tour of the mansion’s beauty and lovely history. As I took in each and every architectural eye candy, the magical feeling of being a whimsy princess as a little girl emerged again! I just couldn’t help it! I imagined what beauty this stunning home would ignite in a bride for her wedding day in such a unique and special way that I haven’t seen at any wedding venue in Central Florida. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places and designed by the noted architect George T. Pearson in 1886, the Stetson Mansion was built in the frame vernacular style. A blend of cottage, Gothic, Tudor, Moorish, and Polynesian details were incorporated into the building of the Stetson Mansion which presents an excellent example of the high style Victorian architecture. The largest, most opulent and historic home ever built in Florida before the 20th Century! The Stetson Mansion is an architectural and historical treasure that has hosted the likes of President Cleveland, King Edward VII and Thomas Edison to name a few. the Stetson Mansion has recently been named Florida’s “Most Popular Tourist Attraction” by the worlds largest travel site TripAdvisor. This is the very first time that the Stetson Mansion has opened its gates and doors to welcome a stylized shoot! Brides, if you want a unique, stunning and special wedding venue for your your big day, please visit this gem, I guarantee you will fall in love with it as much as I did!
I was so excited when owner and buyer Alexandra Calvet of Calvet Couture asked me to capture their special 1 year anniversary shoot celebrating all that is pretty and stylish of this beautiful bridal boutique! How stunning is this Hayley Paige dress on the gorgeous model?! Her flirty, yet feminine gowns are perfect for any blushing bride looking for THE dress of her dreams! Our model Katie, what a looker, also one of my 2015 brides! I am so excited to capture her own wedding as well! Now get ready for some swoon worthy style!
Brides, looking for super soft, comfy robes for the big the day? Look no further, Love Ophelia robes are the perfect gift for you and your closest girls! Ultra soft fabric with delicate crochet trims, these adorable robes come in 8 different colors, pick a different one for each friend, or select one for all to match your wedding! Here I am wearing “Lemon“, I couldn’t help but throw my little pup Shevy in there, isn’t he just precious? Ah! Cheers to comfy wear!
I have to say, as a photographer who spends half of my time tugging around my camera, it’s been hard to find a camera bag that really does the trick in comfort and did I mention, style? Wait no longer, I found THE perfect bag by Epiphanie! Epiphanie Bags are ultra soft, adjustable and extremely useful! I love a bag that doesn’t necessarily look like a “camera bag” but an actual pretty tote, and these bags completely fit. As a fashion freak myself, my personal favorite in “Austin Black” shown below, fits my everyday style for engagement sessions, portraits and weddings. Tons of storage, all dividers are fully removable and can be adjusted to your gear, I fit comfortably: 2 lens, flash, camera body, memory cards, batteries, cell phone and more! Ok, so want one for yourself? I’m having a giveaway! Enter below and good luck!!
What a beautiful day it was for Lindsey and Bret’s vintage chic wedding at the beautiful Lange Farm. I always enjoy shooting at this location, it’s so spread out with cascading trees + lush landscape…a dream! The weather was perfect, not a cloud in the sky! How gorgeous is Lindsey?! As the evening arrived, it was filled with dancing, performances by the groom himself who sang a personal song he wrote for Lindsey, so sweet! Enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed capturing this gorgeous day filled with love, details and more! Make sure to check out the video at the end of post!
Hello there ladies! I love visiting the downtown College Park area, mainly because of Calvet Couture! Owner and buyer Alexandra Calvet always has a warm and welcoming smile to the boutique, I’ve had the opportunity to work with her on a few styled shoots and I just love the collections that are offered for the blushing bride! This particular visit lead me to her special line of “Little White Dresses”! Gosh, I just love all of them, I wanted to showcase 4 of my favorite picks, though it was hard! Different styles for each gal, from the more preppy to the sassy sexy, these dresses are the perfect choice for your rehearsal dinner, bridal shower, reception dress and much more! “Wow” your guests with any of these and make sure to stop by Calvet to see more of their bridal gowns, dresses, accessories and more! Take a tour below and check out some of the adorable dresses I got to try on!
Kim and Nick’s wedding at the New Smyrna Yacht Club was a nautical dream! I loved all the beachy, maritime feel and the water surrounding us in every corner. It was a breezy and a little overcast but the weather gave us a unique feeling to create beautiful moments! Intimate and sweet, The Rego wedding was filled with a ton of dancing, sweet toasts and lots of smiles! Enjoy some of my personal favorites below and congrats again you two!
How did they meet?As for myself and Nick, we were introduced by our friends who were both at the wedding. We grew up in the same small town and never knew the other existed. He lived in Charleston, SC at the Coast Guard Station but was home for the Thanksgiving holiday and he asked me to dinner. After that he was only home for 4 days and we were together every second. We talked nonstop until Christmas when he came to visit again. I swear we were inseparable and then he had to go back. So I knew him for just a few weeks and I drove up 6 hours to spend New Years Eve with him in Charleston. After that we drove back and forth about every other week until he proposed that July (less than 6 months of knowing each other). We planned the wedding and were married May 31st. It was the most unexpected thing either of us had encountered.
Hi there loves! I’m so excited to share this unique line of bridal dresses with you. I first came across Armour sans Anquish from one of my favorite wedding blogs, I was immediately intrigued from the unique style, fabrics, layering and colors used in the dresses. I’m a huge dreamy, organic and boho gal at heart, so I just fell in love with Asa’s line. Owner and designer Tawny Holt, located in Oakland, California uses garments from recycled materials such as bedsheets, tablecloths, old prom dresses and nighties to “re-fashion” these whimsy pieces! If you’re a bride looking for a different approach for bridal wear, completely unique to the eye ( and awesome to capture), please take a look at Armour sans Anquish! Perfect for a Boho beach wedding, can you imagine barefoot on the beach or a mystical woodsy/forest wedding? LOVE!
One thing I know about being a Florida native, is all about HEAT! Did I mention, most of my time is spent outside in scorching conditions of the Summer, I have to be prepared to stay as comfortable and protected as possible! Are you having an outdoor ceremony or reception? Need some ideas for yourself (the bride) or your guests to stay protected from those harsh rays and heat? Take a look at my top 7 tips to help you get through the day! Cheers and stay cool!
1. Wedding Canopy – This is perfect for mid-day ceremonies, where the sun sits directly above you beaming down. I would suggest renting one for your ceremony! With all the nerves already in place and excitement, you don’t need extra heat from above that could potentially make you extremely uncomfortable during such a special moment of vows shared.
2. Custom Umbrella Shades – When I saw these I just smiled! How cute! These bright monogrammed umbrellas are a perfect dose of style and cover up for your guests while sitting. Grab a few to place in a basket or have someone pass them out, 2-3 people can fit under each while sitting, talk about a nice shady seat.
3. Facial Re-hydrating Mist – Brides, if you need a quick pick-me-up now and then, mist this lightweight relaxing facial mist on that pretty face of yours! It soothes skin with magnesium PCA and white & blue lotus extracts, which are known to help skin combat stress!
4. SPF 20 Tinted Moisturizer – HSN offers an amazing selection of Skin products and this is one of them! Keep that skin bright and healthy! If you want a moisturizer that not only covers your skin but has light-defusing color. Trich McEvoy’s beauty booster is it! It’s lightweight and oil-free so it won’t add shine to your face, but protect it with added tint!
5. Still Standing Foot Spray – I discovered this amazing spray from my ladies over at Solutions Bridal. This cooling mini spray is made to keep your feet and skin staying cool + comfortable for those long hours in your heels! All you do is spray the top, side and bottom of your foot generously and allow to dry! Say bye bye to your pretty feet suffering in pain! And hello to hours of dancing!
6. Youth Lip Serum – Keep those lips from going dry and from the sun! Keep your lips hydrated, full, volumized and soft, while helping to improve the look and feel of fine lines around the lip! So you stay puckered up for the night and be smoochable!
7. Detox Water – So easy to make, sip on this through out getting ready or offer to your guests outside in a pretty glass water dispenser! 1 sliced cucumber (thin), 1 sliced lemon (thin), handful of fresh mint leaves, let soak with water and ice! It’s extremely refreshing, and will wake you up from tired dull skin and helps detox your system to be prepared for the Summer heat!
Hey there ladies! So, I’m very excited to share this post with you! The lovely folks over at Simply Bridal gave me the awesome opportunity to choose my top 3 dresses from their huge collection of lovely gowns! Not only was it so much fun to pick my favorites, I also had some time in front of the lens this time! What gal doesn’t want to play dress up in pretty gowns?! The three dresses below are available for “quick ship”, which means you can receive them in two weeks or less! Why Simply Bridal? The gowns are stunning, they are made with quality and feature an array of styles that aren’t going to burn a hole in your pocket. The 3 I chose were each a small part of my personality and style, boho + natural, southern + lace, and of course a bit of glam thrown in there! If you’re a bride that wants a beautiful dress but wants to have a bit more wiggle room in your budget for decor, your dream photographer *wink wink*, floral or anything else…this is an awesome opportunity to still look stunning without breaking the bank! I want to say a big thank you for Rachel V Photography, Makeover Station and Ashley Loerzel Hair & Style for making me feel so glam! Make sure to check out their website and find your favorite!
Loved capturing these two! They flew in all the way from the west coast, Los Angeles to be exact! Julie has the coolest job, she’s a creative director on Oprah’s OWN Network, how awesome is that?! I’m looking forward to capturing their October wedding this year at Cypress Grove! Peter and Julie first met at Florida State where they both went to college, and the rest is history! Enjoy some of my personal favorite shots from their sweet session!
Even though Summer hasn’t officially hit, here in Florida we are already feeling the heat! I was so excited to receive my custom bikini from RahRah! Why do I love it so much? Well, RahRah swimsuits can be custom monogrammed, and you can even mix & match separates! Here I’m sporting the white ruffle bandeau top monogrammed with my initials in bright pink! Fun and flirty, this halter top has removable straps, side boning for support and extra front lining (for those confident canon balls into the pool)! What an adorable gift idea for any occasion, even for a bridal party! Get yours today! I hope everyone is having a safe Memorial weekend with friends and family, remembering all who have and are still fighting for our freedom! Never forgotten!
Summer is just around the corner and boy has it been a busy one! Not only am I enjoying capturing all the recent stunning weddings, I’ve been having a little fun attending some awesome local happenings! Don’t forget to check out Orlando Magazine’s 2014 wedding guide, where you can find yours truly starting on pg.61! Below you may come across this delicious raw juice bar called “Wheat Berry“. If y’all haven’t heard of them, you must visit! Their cold pressed juices are nothing short of heavenly+healthy, I think I had a taste of every single flavor I could get my hands on! Some of the ingredients include ginger, spinach, pineapple, young thai coconut, dates, honey, almond and more! I also had the pleasure of meeting with lovely CEO/Fashion Blogger Ariana Pierce to chat about her gorg Superstar Nail Lacquer. This past Saturday, I attended an awesome event to support my buddy Lauren Nicole at the Spring 2014 show at the Amway. Ladies, if you’re looking the outfit for any occasion, you will find it at Lauren Nicole, located in Thornton Park downtown area. The evening was filled with beautiful airy skies, signature cocktails and the latest local boutiques all benefiting a great cause to charities hosted by Guys with Ties. Bring on June!
I received some bright and bold goodies in the mail! Ariana Pierce, CEO of the lovely nail polish line Superstar Nail Lacquer, has the perfect color pallets for your hands this Summer! I always tend to lean towards corals and pinks for Spring/Summer. ..so these two fit right into what I will be applying constantly! Make your hands happy with her vibrant colors! Superstar Nail Lacquer are super fast drying and formaldehyde-free. Take a visit to the website here and shop for your favorites!
All the decorations, from the wall and the trellis to the chalkboard table numbers and the wood planks on the tables that the lanterns sat on, are all handmade. Creative bride Brittney, even glued on lace to old jelly mason jars for an extra southern feel! Britney really wanted to be budget friendly and still give it the country/southern feel she was going for that couldn’t be found in a store! When the big day came, Britney had so many compliments on the look and feel of the ceremony and reception! The two sweeties enjoyed their wedding to the fullest and are so grateful! Enjoy this adorable DIY wedding!
Photography: Andi Mans Photography Venue: Private Eustis, Florida property
Gosh I love rompers and jumpsuits! They can literally go for any occasion, casual, beach day, throw on a nice pair of wedge heels or even a nice flat, so comfy! I found this cute little navy blue floral gem at Forever 21. Being 5’10, I have a hard time finding rompers that are long enough and fit, but this one was perfect! It’s extremely lightweight for those hot summer days coming up in Florida!