Archive for February, 2009

One Crazy Week

February 28, 2009

It has been a very interesting week! It started out last Friday with Christina & Brian’s very awesome & fun wedding in Sarasota. We drove all the way back to Orlando after the wedding and slept in late on Saturday. When we finally got up, we headed out to Waterford Lakes with my BFF Carl for some sushi and shopping. I had to find something to wear out on the casino cruise because I hadn’t really packed well, but also I wanted to buy myself a birthday outfit! I ended up finding really cute pink shirt and a super hot pair of shoes and also added a sweet little heart and key necklace.

My dad called to see if I was in town (good thing since I hadn’t had a chance to call him) and he met up with us to go out on the casino cruise. It was such a blast! We started off playing slots, and it wasn’t long before I was reminded of just how boring slots are! The card tables were all packed, but we found a couple seats at the three-card poker table and spent the rest of the evening there. Carl and I did pretty well. I ended up the night with $185 more than I started with and Carl finally got the straight flush he had been talking about all night! I think he ended up winning something like $500 or so!! We had a great table and all the players were so much fun. It makes everything much more enjoyable when you have a good dealer and good karma at the table. We are talking about doing Vegas for Carl and Matt’s birthdays. Hopefully it works out!! I have never been to Vegas and would love to get out there some day!

On Sunday, we slept in (again… it’s so nice to sleep in on the weekend) and then went to Cracker Barrel for our traditional Sunday brunch. Seems like we always go when we hang out together! After a lazy afternoon watching movies on TV at Carl’s place we went out to Cocoa to meet up with Lyndsey & Todd before coming back to Jacksonville. On our way home we stopped at Dixie Crossroads to grab dinner. Carl has been talking up their broiled rock shrimp, and now we know why! They were soooo delicious!!

I worked on Monday and was off again on Tuesday for Lyndsey & Todd’s wedding. They were such a fun couple to work with and hanging out with their families it felt like we were hanging out with old friends. They are just that cool!

So the first half of the week went really well. Two awesome weddings and a fun birthday celebration! I couldn’t really ask for more. But that is where the fun ends. On Wednesday I went in for my tonsillectomy, which was long overdue. I’ve been so sick over the past few weeks because of the crazy weather and my tonsils not wanting to heal. Really, I’ve been dealing with this for about 15 years now, and all signs pointed to this being the right time to finally have them removed. The worst part of the procedure itself was the IV (my hand is STILL bruised from that). Once they gave me the anesthesia I told them I felt it kicking in and the next thing I know I’m in recovery and some nurse is giving me oxygen and calling my name!

Matt had to snap a picture of me in the hospital. I can’t believe I am even going to post this hideous thing!

I’ve been sleeping quite a bit and eating a lot of popsicles. I couldn’t hold anything down yesterday, so Matt called the doctor and they said to give me Dramamine. So I haven’t been nauseous today, which is nice. My throat is very swollen, but the pain isn’t too bad. I am afraid to take my antibiotic because I think it’s what made me sick. Everything is so swollen that I can’t swallow my pills. I almost chocked the first time I tried. So we have been grinding them up and putting them in sweet tea, which I’ve gotten used to. I’m only awake for a few hours at a time, which is about the same as when my tonsils were swollen. This hurts a little more, but it will all be over in about a week! Hopefully I’ll be able to breathe better, sleep better, and be sick far less!

I just wanted to post an update since I can’t talk to anyone! I love how the hospital keeps calling my cell phone like I can answer it and talk to them. And I’m sure my mom keeps checking my blog to find out how I’m doing (Hi Mom!!). Everything went fine and I’ll hopefully be able to talk again soon! Thank you everyone who sent me words of encouragement. I have really appreciated everyone thinking of me! : )

She looks like she just stepped off the set of a 1950’s Hollywood picture. He looks like an MIB, dressed in black and sporting sunglasses. They are a perfect mix of classic and contemporary, blending beautiful traditions with modern touches into a wedding day that is uniquely them.

The skies were bright and sunny with just enough clouds to make things interesting. In the back yard of Todd’s parents’ home, bright pink lanterns were hung from shepherd’s hooks, framing the aisle runner that led Lyndsey to her soulmate. The well was adorned with pink and white sheers and floral balls made by Lyndsey. A table held 3 glasses vases of sand and a small candle with a photo of Todd’s late grandmother. It was an intimate occasion, and each detail added an element of Lyndsey and Todd’s unique style to the event.

Following the ceremony, we headed out to the Indian River for some photos. It was breezy and there was a chill in the air while choppy water danced around on the river. On the way back to the house, we stopped off at a convenience store for some fun and unconventional photos. Oh, the look we got from the cashier! I think she thought we were crazy, but it sure was fun and made for some interesting photos!!

Meeting Lyndsey & Todd was like meeting up with old friends. They came all the way down from Canada to share their vows in the Sunshine State with their families. We first met them on Sunday on our way back to Jacksonville from Orlando, and I said to Lyndsey that Matt and Todd looked like buddies. On the way home, Matt said to me “It’s too bad they live in Canada. They’d be so cool to hang out with!” I couldn’t agree more! So we are hoping to be able to get up to Canada later this year to meet up with them again and do a Trash The Dress session.

Congrats Lyndsey & Todd! We wish you all the best and the same for sweet little baby Loralai!!

It was a sunny but chilly day on Friday down in Sarasota’s Bayfront Park. On a peninsula in the middle of the marina, underneath the beautiful banyan trees, Christina & Brian exchanged their vows in a joyful ceremony in front of their friends and family. People passing by stopped to listen to the guitarist playing love songs and stayed to witness the sacred event taking place there in the park.

Following the ceremony, Christina & Brian celebrated their marriage at the Pelican Pointe Country Club. Every elegant detail in rich, bold purple and black set the tone for a classic, memorable reception. Then enter the newlyweds for their announcement and first dance… to “Don’t Cha” by the Pussycat Dolls! It was definitely THE BEST first dance I have ever seen! It was a very lively reception, and Matt and I were pretty exhausted by the end of the night. I’m used to long days, but these two wore me out! That’s how you know when you’ve really had a good time!

We spent the rest of the weekend in Orlando celebrating my 30th birthday (more to come on that later). For now, here’s a peak at Christina & Brian’s memorable day…

I love discovering how connected we all are in this small world!

Last month, Matt and I had the privilege of shooting an engagement session with one of our April couples, Jennifer & TJ. When Jennifer showed her best friend, Giovanni, the engagement photos on my blog, he was surprised to also see one of his designs on there! Giovanni of Unique Designs was the creative genius behind the whimsical “Let’s Eat Cake!” fundraiser artwork!

When Jenn told me about the connection, I went to Giovanni’s website at and fell in love with his work! From the first look at his website there’s no question that he has a bold and sexy style that is truly, well, UNIQUE! He also has some of the most elegant and beautiful invitation designs I’ve ever seen. If you are looking at wedding invitations, programs, and more, I definitely recommend giving Giovanni a call!

I was thrilled this morning to get an email from Jenn that their engagement photos were featured on the Unique Designs blog! It’s always exciting to see your work appear on other sites and blogs. : )

Hopefully I will finally get to meet Giovanni! I keep hearing about him and I’ve referred couples to him, but I’ve never actually met him! Jenn & TJ’s wedding is in April, so if not before I’m sure we’ll get to finally meet him then! : )

I’m off to go do some shopping before heading out tonight for my birthday celebration! Photos coming soon to the blog, as well as photos from Christina & Brian’s fabulous Sarasota wedding last night! It was a par-tay! I’m so worn out from that one! : )

My Funny Valentine

February 19, 2009

Matt and I enjoyed a fun little getaway in Destin for Valentine’s Day. We had a fun time doing a romantic engagement session with Beth & Mark on the beach on Valentine’s Day, but the rest of the weekend we enjoyed spending time together.

We had a beautiful beachfront room and left the sliding glass door open at night to listen to the waves. The ocean breezes filled the room and now I am convinced that we need to sell our townhome and get a beachfront condo! I really didn’t want to leave!

Before the photo shoot, Matt and I did a little shopping around Destin. Our biggest stop was at AT&T where we bought our matching Valentine’s gifts… two beautiful, wonderful, fabulous, we’re-so-in-love-with-them iPhones!! Not only is the iPhone WAY cooler than we imagined (we are not, by any means, trendy people) but they have revolutionized the way we live! We are super busy and always on the go, and now our lives can go with us! Yes, we’re mobile!

Destin has sooooo many amazing restaurants. Matt, the planner that he is, made sure to check out reviews of restaurants and we decided to check out Pompano Joe’s for their famous Creamy Coconut drink and some seafood with a great view of the beach.

After shooting Beth & Mark’s engagement session, I took a nap! I was totally exhausted, but I just needed a short nap to get some energy before heading out for sushi at Osaka (which Beth & Mark suggested… thanks guys!). It was a very nice (and huge) restaurant and a great spot for dinner with my Valentine! Oh, and they also had a coconut frozen drink, so I indulged a bit. Hey, now! I only had one! : )

On the way back to our room, we saw the strangest thing. Thank goodness I had my little point and shoot tucked in my purse. How could I miss capturing this moment?! We never did see Scooby and the gang, but I’m sure they must have been discovering the truth behind the mysterious happenings at the aquarium next to our hotel!

After reluctantly packing our bags and saying goodbye to our gorgeous beach view, we headed off to Another Broken Egg, a MUST for anyone visiting Destin. They had the best breakfast I have ever had in my life. If you go to Destin, go to this restaurant. Wait in the line if there is one! You will not be disappointed!

We have an even busier schedule ahead of us over the next few days. Tomorrow we are off to Orlando to hang out with Carl before going to Sarasota on Friday morning for Christina & Brian’s marina wedding. On Saturday we head back to Jacksonville for my 30th birthday celebration (still working on the details). Then on Tuesday we have Lyndey & Todd’s destination wedding in Cocoa Beach (which will be lots of fun because they are so creative!). And on Wednesday I’m having a tonsillectomy. Oh yeah, just throw that into the schedule. No big deal! So it will be a little crazy, but you know we like to keep life interesting!

I’ll try to post as much as possible before my surgery and I’ll keep everyone updated on my recovery. I’m sure I will have plenty of time to blog since I won’t be able to talk for a while!! : )

She lives on the East Coast of Florida. He lives 5 hours away on the West Coast of Florida. For Beth & Mark’s engagement sessions, we decided to do something a little different… we captured their engagement in two cities. You may remember this fun couple from their Engagement Photos at the Jacksonville Zoo . They also wanted to capture some photos at the beach, but we didn’t  have a chance to do it after the zoo. Always looking for an opportunity to travel, we agreed to meet up with them over in Mark’s part of the state for a second engagement shoot.

How fitting that we would meet up on Valentine’s weekend! We knew they would want to be together on Valentine’s Day, and Matt & I were looking for the right place to get away to celebrate Love Day. Though the weather wasn’t perfect and sunny, the Emerald Coast didn’t disappoint with its jewel-toned waters and sugar sands. Beth & Mark were playful and sweet despite the chilly wind and very cold water. We were soaked by the end, but it was so much fun.

The next and final part of the trilogy will be coming in May when these two exchange their vows with friends and family (and some giraffes and elephants) as their witnesses. Stay tuned for Part III – Beth & Mark’s Jacksonville Zoo wedding! It will be gorgeous! 

On a beach… somewhere

February 14, 2009

Just wanted to give you a hint at where Matt and I have escaped to. It is absolutely beautiful out here with tons of upscale shopping and restaurants. The beaches are a gorgeous blend of white sand and turquoise water. Sadly, when the Weather Channel forecasts 90% chance of rain, I have to believe that we are not going to see everything in its full glory (today, at least). It was still nice to wake up and open the balcony door and hear the sound of the waves. We are going to head out shortly to explore some of the fun places we saw on our drive in last night.

More to come later… for now, a view from our balcony…

Happy Love Day!

February 13, 2009

Matt and I are heading out of town tomorrow for a romantic weekend in an undisclosed location! Before we go, I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope that you are blessed and filled with love in your life. This is not just a day to reflect on the love for your sweetheart, but a day to celebrate ALL who have touched your heart.

I can’t wait to get back and tell you about our weekend getaway, but until then here’s a blast from the past… a photo of Matt and I on a Valentine’s trip in 2006 to beautiful Stone Mountain.

It’s Classic Car Night at Old Towne Kissimmee, FL. She’s out with her girlfriend, just having a good time, not knowing what the evening has in store, when she bumps into a handsome stranger. Laughing at her clumsiness, she apologizes… and realizes hey, maybe she’s not sorry after all! He’s pretty cute!

Throughout the night, they continue to run into each other. Was it just fate, or was the attraction so strong that they made the “accidental” occurrences happen? Neither will admit it, but the look in their eyes suggests that there may have been some intentional bumping-into going on. Fortunately, they did finally have the nerve to talk to each other that evening, proving that sometimes you don’t need to look where you are going to find where you need to be.

We met up with Karen & Vincent in Savannah on a fair February day. The first time I spoke with Karen on the phone, I just fell in love with her. She’s so genuine and caring and outgoing that I felt like I had known her for years. I had only spoken to Vincent briefly a couple times before the engagement session, but it didn’t take long for me to see in his eyes that Karen was his sweetheart. Even though he didn’t share Karen’s enthusiasm for being in photos (she affectionately calls him the “ghost”), he was patient and posed shot after shot just to make her smile.

Karen & Vincent, we had such a blast with you both! We definitely can’t wait until 2010 to see you again. Hopefully we’ll be able to meet up again before your wedding date! : )

They met at college orientation while standing in line to register for classes. She notices the cute guy standing next to her in line and wants know what his shirt says. He sees the beautiful girl next to him… and what started out as small talk turned into the start of a love story.

We met up with Mika & Jonathan at the place where it all began – Clark Atlanta University. It was a beautiful HOTlanta day with a bright blue cloudless sky. The campus was quiet, fitting for a day of reflection such as this one. Watching this couple walk down the paths of their yesterdays, hand in hand, I tried to picture how they might have grown from a carefree young couple into the strong and loving couple that they are today. This summer, around the same time that they met, they will take yet another step in their journey together.

Mika & Jonathan, thanks for letting us share in your story. We can’t wait to see you again this June!