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Biggest Fan

If there’s ever a day in you life you’re not feeling so confident, you need this bride, Lisa, around! Besides the fact that she’s the only one I can think of that really reads this blog I tell ya, she could very well be the most encouraging person I’ve ever come across. The best part about it is that you know she really means it. Flattery can come and go so fast (especially in the photography world) but genuine gratitude and encouragement can impact someone for a lifetime. I can’t imagine that I would ever be able to forget her wedding, her family, her friends, the way her husband completely adores her, any of it. It was real, and in a true sense, all pictures aside, (though I loved the images as well) was one of the greatest experiences for weddings I’ve had yet. My cheeks literally hurt from smiling so much that day. 

Something else that made me smile…Seeing how much Brent & Lisa’s friends and family love them. Often times, in the chaos of a wedding day I find bridesmaids self-absorbed in mirrors doing their own make-up, their own hair, their own agenda. Not this group…They love Lisa, (I can’t blame them!) and made sure it was the most special day for her. And the guys…they are as true as they come. It’s easy for guys to skim over the wedding day with the assumption that the groom knows how tight they are and it doesn’t really have to be said. Again, not this group. These guys are the best of friends and they truly were there for Brent on this day and I know they’ll be there for him in the future. 
So…I should probably wrap up this wedding novel. (: I am truly glad that I got to witness such a day as this.

Florida Delight

Me and my fading tan already miss this wedding. (: For real though, there’s a mentality about Florida that’s super laid back and amidst a busy wedding season is just what I needed. Another thing I need more often? This bride, this groom, and their families! The great part about out of state weddings is I get to spend way more time with people and if there’s ever people I want to be around it’s this group. I LOVE them! Over the past year or so we’ve really gotten to know each other and they’ve become like a second family to me. I miss them…I miss my morning’s coffee, bagel, and encouraging conversation as I sit around the table with these people. I take heart in knowing we’re brothers and sisters in Christ and we will have many many more memories together. Did I say how much I love these people? (: 

Side note photo wise…Right when I walked up to this little church (that’s been a part of the bride & groom’s lives since they started dating when they were like 13!) I was inspired to do something different. I’ve wanted to do some vintage work for some time now it just wasn’t the time but this was.  And I’m pretty stoked about it.  (: 

Staying Focused…

Not a Hasselhoff Bay Watch wannabe, screaming children, or ridiculously hot temperatures could distract these two from each other. I love it…Everything about our environment could have made the day’s shoot really difficult but they never thought twice about it; they were so focused on one another. What a great quality to have. The world will always have one more thing for your to-do list, one more distraction, but in the end it’s your partner that will get you though.


Italian Love

I often times joke that my husband is so Italian he’d put parmesan on his cereal if I’d let him. For once, hes been topped. Jackie and Vinnie are just the cutest second generation Italians I’ve seen. We took pictures in the same same neighborhood and even on the same street that their parents immigrated to. How cool is that? 

Despite every possible distraction and loud noise known to man, these two manage to make everything seem serene. From construction workers to people literally going and sitting in my shot, they were super flexible and made what could have been a tricky situation completely work. I think their wedding will be a piece of cake. (: 


Strong Foundation

Despite my long history with the bride I’d have to say my favorite thing about shooting this wedding was to see how solid their foundation is on Christ. Without a doubt these two love each other and love the Lord. A lot. (: The love is also comin’ right back at em. They have so many friends and family they had two receptions!  Both were a great party. 

My not so favorite part? Having the worst cold than I’ve had in probably 10 years. In this industry there’s no “sick days” you just gotta push through it. Whether you’re secretly hiding somewhere to blow your nose or in my case having your mom drop off a boat load of meds to get you through the goal is always the same. Priority bride. It’s not the time to brag about how aweful you’re feeling and what a “trooper” you are for pushing through. It’s your job…And though it may not happen daily, today’s assignment is to make this day the best day of this couples life and to never let on that anything is amiss. 

At this point I’d like to give a shout out to my momma for overriding my stubbornness and still taking care of me. (: And I’d also like to thank Mr. Day Quill for hooking a girl up. (: