Sana + Jafar's New York City Engagement

I've had the pleasure of traveling to New York City recently to capture the engagement portraits of Sana + Jafar. The two of them met, like most couples in the 21st Century, by online dating. Hey, it works, because these two are clear proof of that. When I asked how they got engaged, the story gets more magical. Sana thought she was being handed a phone charger. "I feel so silly about it, but I had told him I needed a new phone charger," she said. "So, when I was handed this box, I just simply thought he was gifting me a new charger." I must say I laugh about it now just typing it because it's so funny to remember them telling me about it. Obviously the misunderstanding was quickly made clear, Sana said "yes," and the rest is...as they say...history. With Jafar living in NYC already, and the two of them living there after the wedding, The Big Apple was a great place for us to tell their visual story together through the engagement session. We had a great time visiting places all over the city during an entire cold day. From Central Park to DUMBO in Brooklyn, it was a real delight getting to get to know them more and shoot some fun images together. Here are some of my favorites...

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Nicole + Rusty's Fernandina Beach Engagement

Nicole and Rusty are two high school teachers, and they're probably the coolest teachers I'll ever know. They were so much fun and easy going during their engagement session in Fernandina Beach. It was almost one year to the day that Rusty proposed to Nicole, as he did so around Christmastime 2016, so it was great to do these engagement photos around the same time of year. We did photos in various places around Amelia Island and at the beach. I really can't wait to photograph their wedding this coming summer 2018! Here are some of my favorites from their engagement session.

Lauren & Tim's Florida House Inn Wedding | Amelia Island, FL

When I got the call to photograph Lauren and Tim's wedding in historic Amelia Island at the Florida House Inn, I was so excited. It was going to be a very small wedding with just a handful of family and friends. It really was a perfect intimate wedding.

Lauren and Tim got married outside under the Florida sun as casual passersby walked along the sidewalk, slowing to catch a glimpse of the bride and groom. The party moved inside to the restaurant of the Florida House Inn for dinner, cake and conversation, and it ended with a horse drawn carriage ride off into the darkness. It was a real delight getting to be there and document the day for them. Here are some of my favorite images from the day.

Rebekah & Skyler's Beaches Museum Wedding | Jacksonville Beach, FL

Ceremony: Beaches Museum & History Park
Reception: Ocean City Church
Planner: To-Doer's - Monica Bernhardt
Video: Tim Dornbrock
Cake: Publix
DJ: Jesse Crouch
Makeup: Bardot Beauty Bar
Tuxes/Bridesmaid Dresses: Michael's Formalwear

Rebekah and Skyler's wedding, though on a hot day on Memorial Day weekend, was perfect and beautiful nonetheless. The chapel at Beaches Museum and History Park is so quaint and timeless and it was the perfect setting to watch this gorgeous couple tie the knot. Afterwards, the reception was held a few blocks away closer to Jacksonville Beach at Ocean City Church. We got to do some portraits on the beach as onlookers wished the happy couple their best congratulations. Here are some of my favorites from the wedding.

To see their Engagement Session, click HERE

Jena & Luca's Epping Forest Yacht Club Wedding | Jacksonville, FL

Ceremony & Reception: Epping Forest Yacht Club
Flowers: Carroll's Creations
DJ: ProShow DJ Service - Bill Jones
Hair: Holley Wagner
Dress: David's Bridal
Tuxes: Dillard's

Jena and Luca's wedding was the most quaint and special I've had the pleasure of witnessing in a while. Held at the beautiful Epping Forest Yacht Club along the St. John's River in Jacksonville, their wedding was so beautiful. These two, like myself, are big Disney fans but didn't go overboard with their Disney decor. A few hidden Mickeys here and there like on the cake, etc. Their reception was one long table for their close family and friends and everyone danced into the evening as the sunset painted the sky. Here are some of my favorites from their wedding.

Megan & Scott's Ribault Club Wedding | Jacksonville, FL

Venue & Reception: Ribault Club
Planner: CK Design & Events
Flowers: Publix
Cake: Publix
DJ: Mike Bristol
Hair & Makeup: Elite Look Productions
Dress: Debra's Bridal
Tuxes: Men's Wearhouse

Megan and Scott had a really beautiful and simple wedding at The Ribault Club in Jacksonville, FL. From the elegant and classy details all the way to the groom's purple/maroon tux, everything was done with a nice taste. They truly couldn't have asked for a more perfect wedding day outside, and I wish them all of the best in their new marriage together as they live in New York. Here are some of my favorite images from their wedding.

To see their NYC Engagement Session, click HERE

Kat & Chris' Ponte Vedra Inn & Club Wedding | Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Ceremony | Reception: Ponte Vedra Inn & Club
Wedding Coordinator: Save the Date Weddings & Events - Madyson Kovatch
Videographer: Siberian Pictures
Florist: Rose of Sharon - Lynette Self
Cake: Classic Cakes
Band: KTG Entertainment
Hair | Makeup: Styles of Ponte Vedra
Bride | Bridesmaid Dresses: David's Bridal | Bella Bridesmaid
Tuxedo: Men's Wearhouse
Other: Luxe Party Rentals

Kat and Chris had a simple and beautiful wedding ceremony that was greeted by a nice ocean breeze and a lot of happy friends and family who traveled from all across the country. Many of them battled crazy weather and delayed flights to make it to Florida on time to see their good friends tie the knot. Their ceremony took place on the patio at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. I'm 90% certain that the bride and groom actually never stopped smiling from the moment the ceremony began to the moment they were brisked away at the close of the evening. I had such a great time capturing some of these moments for the two of them and I hope you enjoy some of my favorites I have posted below. All the best to you, Kat and Chris!

 

Jillian & Adam's Omni Amelia Island Wedding | Fernandina Beach, FL

Ceremony: Omni Amelia Island Plantation
Reception: Walker's Landing at Omni Amelia Island Community
Videographer: Adam Pressley Films
Band: Bay Kings Band
Florist: Liz Stewart
Makeup: Patricia Kozack
Hair: Emily Mastronicola

Jillian and Adam met while attending the University of Florida in Gainesville. A lot of jokes were made on their behalf about it, but they were dating for 13 years before getting married. They have celebrated many events together over the years, but I think they will agree that their wedding is the cherry on top.

Their ceremony took place at the magnificent Omni Amelia Island Plantation right on the beach as the sun inched closer to the horizon. Their dog, Riley, AKA "Adam's Bestie", was even on hand to watch his parents tie the knot. Friends and family from all over gathered to witness a love story reach a new chapter. The reception afterwards at Walkers Landing, just on the other side of A1A, was a joyous party that blasted well into the night.

It was a real pleasure getting to photograph my two friends celebrate the new life in their long relationship. I wish them all the best in the future together, and smile with them as I showcase some of my favorite images of the day.