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Wild horses, the ruins of a mansion, antique car skeletons, canopies of trees and moss, pristine beaches – there’s nothing about Cumberland Island that isn’t captivating. To add to the island’s mystique, John F. Kennedy, Jr. and Carolyn Bessette had a very private wedding ceremony on the island. The wedding was photographed by the incomparable Denis Reggie, who spoke at our local PUG meeting last year!

It was the perfect location for Kaci’s Trash The Dress session! Kaci was one of our brides from 2008. She and Dusty had their wedding at Club Continental, and it’s still one of my favorite weddings ever! In fact, I have a 24×36 print on my wall from their wedding that might be replaced only by one of Kaci’s Trash The Dress photos from this weekend!

This shoot took a while to put together. Kaci first started told me about her cowgirl photo shoot idea last fall, but we couldn’t find the time to make it happen before the holidays. But she planted the idea in my head and a few weeks ago I had a random vision of Kaci on a beach with horses in the background, and I emailed her immediately about doing her photo session at Cumberland Island. Finally, after we had to reschedule twice, Kaci’s rockin’ Trash The Dress session took place yesterday!

And it was sooooo worth the wait! It was also worth the exhaustion and complete soreness from a photo shoot that required a commitment of 12 hours to shoot and miles and miles of walking. But we knew all that going in to the shoot, and everyone was committed to making it happen! Kaci brought Aunt Clara along and she helped so much with the shoot. Plus it’s always nice to see Aunt Clara!

Kaci is very natural in front of the camera, so we shot about as many images for this session as we would a wedding! We were just having a lot of fun and there were so many different locations to shoot that we couldn’t help ourselves! There were parts of the island that inspired a kind of fairytale look and other parts where we felt like we were shooting in Arizona. An interesting combination, for sure, but both really matched Kaci’s elegant dress and also her country style! It’s really hard to choose favorites and we even had to narrow it down from those, but here’s a peek at some of the ones that topped the list:

6 Responses to “Kaci’s Cumberland Island Trash The Dress Session | Jacksonville Wedding Photography”

  1. Julianne says:

    WOW! I love the 5th one down and the 2nd one from the bottom. What a unique shoot, and seriously, loving her red hat!

  2. Ginger says:

    Love all of them!! What a long day for y’all but it paid off!

  3. steph says:

    Girl… totally love the location! I have always wanted to go to CI now I know why! Fab location… Great session! These are really fun! Great job!

  4. Star says:

    Wow! These are so beautiful! I especially love the last 2 photos.

  5. WOW! GORGEOUS! I know right where all those place are… Are you still picking burrs otu of your dress!?!?!? Your tenacity paid off! If you ever get back over, look me up and I’ll drive you….I’m here 24/7/365, retained rights holder.
    Best Wishes, Sandra Henderson

  6. I posted a link to these photos on my blog. they are just so beautiful! Also, you are they type of woman who belongs on C.I.!

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