Chelsea and Matt are one of those couples that you just instantly fall in love with. They are both so laid back and seem to genuinely love life and living in the moment. We met them this past Fall while shooting Jessica & Kevin’s wedding. Matt was very intrigued by our style of shooting and approached us immediately at the reception. It wasn’t but a week or so after that we had our first consultation with them and I knew instantly they were our kind of couple. They told us they wanted to have a simple and elegant wedding near the beach and most importantly make sure everyone who came was having an incredible time! They trusted our vision for shooting their wedding and capturing all the important moments giving us complete creative freedom. We love that! When we showed up on their wedding day everything was running smooth as can be. Everyone was so relaxed, enjoying the moments leading up to the ceremony. Chelsea looked stunning in her Monique Lhuillier sheath gown and ridiculously brilliant diamond earrings. She was absolutely glowing as she walked down the aisle to meet her soon to be husband. The ceremony was held on the lawn of the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island overlooking the ocean. The breeze kept everyone cool as the sun began to set behind the hotel. After Matt & Chelsea said “I do” cocktails started flowing while live music played. Everyone was having a great time exactly as Matt & Chelsea predicted. The rest of the night was spent dancing and celebrating inside the ballroom of the Ritz followed by a sparkler send off.
Chelsea & Matt we are so happy to have been part of such a beautiful day in your lives. You two are so perfect for one another and we have enjoyed every minute with you both. We hope your honeymoon in Antigua was incredible. We wish you both lots of love and happiness together!
Mel & Brad
Here are some of my favorites from the day. Be sure to check out the slideshow at the end… it’s chock full of deliciousness!
Venue provided all flowers and catering: The Ritz-Carleton Amelia Island
Ceremony and Reception Band: The Michael Munn Band
Bride’s Attire: Sharon Batten
Last Sunday I hosted a bridal shower in honor of my little sister Kari. She will be getting married on August 1st in Gainesville. We had wine, cheese, cupcake pops, and lots of fun. In spite of a serious thunderstorm everything turned out beautifully. Kari, I can’t believe your wedding is almost here!!! I’m so happy to stand by your side as you marry the man of your dreams. I love you both so much! Only 6 more weeks to go!
The lovely bride to be
Kari & my momma
My mom’s dog Cody trying to make sense of all the hubub
The beautiful Amanda B Young
Wanda and Sue worked so hard to create this killer bouquet. I think they did an amazing job!
Please note that this was held at my parent’s home in New Smyrna Beach. My house does not have as many antlers on the walls (nor does it have a couch currently.) Sigh… but thats an entirely different story.
Ever since we arrived back in Jacksonville last week we’ve been up to our eyeballs in work. I’ve been racing through my to do list as fast as I could so I could finally get my hands on Lori & Justin’s wedding photos and share a sneak peek with you all. We had an amazing time in Mexico with these two. I’ll be honest I had a hard time leaving when it was time to go. Not only was the resort perfection but Lori, Justin and their families are just incredibly wonderful people. I pretty much want to keep them all and claim them as my own. We have been truly blessed to work with some fabulous clients that value photography and go above and beyond for us on their wedding day. Lori & Justin allowed for three hours of post ceremony photos and we were in absolute photography heaven! It always makes such a huge difference in the photos when our brides allow for ample photography time. We got to visit a bunch of great locations, stop for drinks at the seaside bars, relax and have a ridiculous amount of fun while shooting. Here is just a little sneak peek of their wedding as well as some of their cave-tastic day after session in the beautiful cenotes near our resort. There is so much more coming soon, including our adventure filled trip to the Mayan city of Chichen Itza.
Hello beautiful beach… you were my favorite!
And the AMAZING day after session!
Hello wonderful blog readers. As most of you know, Brad and I work together very well, balancing each other and bringing two different perspectives to our work. When I’m hitting my head up against a creative wall I can always count on him to come over and see things in a different light, helping move me past my editing road block. Normally I will start down the path he pointed and end up somewhere beautiful making him very proud. Today is not a normal day it would seem. I called Brad over to view the finished product of this photo and when he looked at it he decidedly did not like it. I understand his point that the editing I chose to do took away some of the natural beauty of our location, but I wanted to focus on the magic and emotion that was happening between our couple. He does not agree with my choice so we thought why not see what you all think. Below each of our favorites and we want to hear which one you like best. Not to worry our feelings will not be hurt either way you choose. They are both beautiful images, just slightly different. So please leave us a comment letting us know your favorite so we can settle this “argument” and get on to posting Lori & Justin’s real sneak peek.