The summer temps are at it’s peak in Florida right now, and as much as I wouldn’t mind walking around in my gym clothes, we have to dress up ladies. I love Sole Society everything, from their accent pieces to their clutches and more. Perfect for a girls night out or a sweet early date. Stand out in this beautiful pop of orange!
This wedding was so very special for me to capture! Why? Corban is a dear friend of mine and also my amazingly talented 2nd shooter + video wiz! I am so happy for these two, the facial expressions on Corban clearly shows pure joy! You can tell these two lovebirds are completely in love! Corban, originally from Indiana, had his whole family fly down along with relatives and friends to Orlando. Smoked BBQ was being grilled to perfection outside, a James Bond 007 boat entrance by the groom and groomsmen to the ceremony plus beautiful smiles field the air by the gorgeous bride Mandy. Many emotions felt this day of happiness. Congratulations again you two sweeties! PS. Mandy’s younger brother in pink suspenders was the “Flower girl” + “Maid of honor”, hilarious and awesome idea, ha! Enjoy some of my favorites!
I’ve been learning to love prints and patterns more, not really sure why I always stay close to more of the blocks of color but once I tried these bad boys on, let’s just say they felt so comfy, like pajama comfy…I had to get them! Don’t be afraid to sport your favorite hat, having a bad hair day? Put a hat on it, fixed! I love this ally way located in downtown Deland, so artsy, airy and rustic! If you’re ever in the area, stop by this amazing bistro located right across the street, called Dally in the Alley, you won’t be disappointed!
Though my college days are over and I don’t even want to talk about my nerdy highschool years, I do know school is definitely back in and gosh do kids have cool clothes to wear these days! I remember when I was in 3rd grade, I had to wear plaid culottes to school every single day! Ha! Since the back to school feel was in the air, I got inspired to put together an outfit just for that, yes to education and style!
This is my “So you think you can dance” look, ha! It’s ridiculously hot right now, and sometimes you have no choice to bust out those short shorts that give you tons of leg exposure, being 5’10, I really don’t mind showing some leg in this 99 degree weather, phew! Forever 21 has some awesome selections of fun shoes to pick from! I saw these blush colored high top sneakers while browsing and fell in love with them, super comfy and can we say pizza time? The 80’s vibe from wearing this outfit, so retro, made me smile. Don’t be afraid to literally “step out” of your comfort zone, I surprisingly really enjoyed sporting my “urbanista” look, I could dance to the beat while walking in this! By the way, I had the chance to really take time and scope out the wall art located near downtown Orlando! Such talent!
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!
One thing I know about being a Florida native, is all about HEAT! Did I mention, most of our time is spent outside in the scorching conditions between May-August?! We have to be prepared to stay as comfortable and protected as possible! Seems like detox water recipes have been showing up all over my newsfeeds! The great thing about these refreshing drinks, they are so easy to make and boy do they work! Detoxing also helps tired or dull skin, in return, staying healthy and youthful!
1 sliced cucumber (thin)
1 sliced lemon (thin)
handful of fresh mint leaves
Combine all three ingredients in a pitcher, let soak with water and ice to chill for about an hour, serve per glass and enjoy!
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.
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! Julia 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 Julia 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!
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