It was a beautiful day in Palm Coast, FL for Bridgette & Bryant’s wedding at Hammock Beach Resort! I wish I could share all of the details right now, but I need to sleep and the newlyweds need to go on their honeymoon! Just trust me when I say it was gorgeous! Think orchids, crystals, and lots of sparkle! Oh, and a very stunning bride and handsome groom! It will be worth the wait, but until then here’s a peek at what to expect!
Archive for July, 2011
Sneak Peek: Bridgette & Bryant | Wedding at Hammock Beach Resort | Jacksonville Wedding PhotographersJuly 31, 2011
We’re going to spice up your weekend with a hot engagement session! Last night, we met up with Sandy & Ralph for engagement photos at Cuba Libre Bar and I love this session more and more by the minute! The inspiration for their session was retro Cuban style – romantic, suave, and glamorous. As Sandy shared her vision for their session, I started to think of the cover of Gloria Estefan’s “Mi Tierra” CD. It’s a gorgeous black and white image, and it comes from the video for the hauntingly beautiful song “Con Los Años Que Me Quedan.” The lighting and the mood of this video was a big inspiration for how we wanted to shoot this session.
All of these elements just came together so perfectly, and we hope that you enjoy these photos as much as we enjoyed shooting them! Thank you to Sandy & Ralph for your creativity and your passion! We hope that we were able to capture your vision! And a HUGE thank you Cuba Libre Bar for allowing us to shoot at your beautiful venue! It wouldn’t have been the same anywhere else!
And here’s the gorgeous video that was such an inspiration to us:
And just for fun, here’s a side by side of the CD cover and a shot of Sandy:
We had a great time tonight hanging out with Sandy & Ralph for their engagement photos at Havana Jax Cafe and Cuba Libre Bar! Their shoot was inspired by Cuban glamour, so we used a lot of light and shadows for a dramatic look. This is possibly my favorite engagement shoot ever! We may just make mojitos mandatory at all e-sessions from now on!
We can’t wait to share the rest, but we couldn’t resist posting one little sneak peek for ya! : )
It’s no secret that Matt and I LOVE to travel! We’re always been up for a trip, even if it’s just for the weekend. It could be a 2 hour drive to Savannah, a 19 hour road trip to Connecticut, flying to a tropical island or across the country to our favorite state, California.
So when we were contacted about Linelle & Jonathan’s wedding in San Ramon, CA, we decided to spend a few extra days for the 4th of July and do some wine tasting. It was the most relaxing weekend, and we had a fantastic time without breaking the bank! Wine country can definitely get expensive very quickly. A hotel in Napa/Sonoma is $200-300/night. Wine tastings can range from $10 to $50, depending on the winery and the type of tasting. And you can’t have great wine and NOT have great food, so wine country has an impressive selection of restaurants, most notably French Laundry, which is considered one of the best in the WORLD! A 9 course prix fixe dinner is over $500 for two people – and that doesn’t include your wine! Ouch!
Well, we don’t have that kind of budget, but you don’t need to in order to have a great time in wine country! First, we stayed outside of wine country. Our hotel was in Pleasanton (just 10 minutes from where the wedding was) but on our last trip to Napa we stayed in Vallejo, which is just 30 minutes from Napa. You can easily find a hotel on Priceline for around $50 if you’re flexible on what area you stay in. I always bid on 3 stars and up for hotels and have not been disappointed. When we stayed in Vallejo we scored a 4 star hotel for only $50/night. Not bad!
We spent one day in San Francisco and two days in Sonoma and had a FABULOUS time! Here are some ways to enjoy San Francisco and Sonoma on a budget!
Day 1 – Point Reyes National Seashore and San Francisco
We started off at lunch at a small Mexican restaurant that we found on Yelp called Taqueria los Pericos. I just searched for “Best Mexican restaurant in Pleasanton,” and the reviews were great. We split a quesadilla and a soda, and even between the two of us we were barely able to finish it!
We then drove out toward the coast. On the way, we saw a road sign for a mission, so we made a slight detour and stopped at Mission San Rafael Arcangel. After learning more about the mission, we continued onward to the Point Reyes National Seashore. This is possibly one of the most diverse and beautiful places I have ever been! Our main purpose was to visit the lighthouse, but the long drive took us past a quaint small town, several ranches, and beautiful beaches. We saw deer crossing the road and LOTS of cows! I absolutely adore cows, so I was thrilled when we had to stop while they crossed the road! There are over 300 steps to get down to the lighthouse, and the hike back up is pretty intense, but it was so worth it! The view was incredible!
After leaving Point Reyes, we made our way toward San Francisco, making a stop at Muir Woods. We got there right at 6pm, and as it turns out they let you in free at that point! I wish I could tell you that we are so savvy that we timed it that way, but we were just lucky! The redwood trees at Muir Woods are an impressive sight, and it’s a great place to just get in touch with nature. There’s a stream, mossy tree stumps, and tons of wildlife. We saw a variety of birds, a deer and two fawns, and my FAVORITE – a baby chipmunk! Matt had a hard time dragging me away from it! I can’t resist cute fuzzy little critters!
Once I realized that I couldn’t take the chipmunk home with me, we made our way down to San Francisco for “Friday Nights at the deYoung Museum.” Free admission to the museum, music (that night’s band was LoCura, and they were PHENOMENAL), and free coffee from Peet’s Coffee & Tea! Sounds like my kind of night! We had a great time and ended our visit to San Fran with a late dinner at Tommy’s Joynt. We’re suckers for any place that has been on Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives!
Lunch at Taqueria los Pericos – $10
Mission – .25 to park
Point reyes – free
Muir Woods – free
Museum – $26 (parking and drinks)
Tommys Joynt – $28 for two sandwiches and beers
Total – $64.25
Day 2 – Sonoma
Our second day was much more relaxed! We stopped at Trader Joe’s to get some goodies for a picnic at Cline Cellars. The grounds at Cline are so tranquil that we spent the entire afternoon there! The tasting was free, but we loved their wines so we joined their club. We bought a bottle of Mourvedre to enjoy with our picnic, found a spot in the grass and listened to the wind blow through the trees and birds singing.
If that wasn’t perfect enough, Cline Cellars is also the site of the beginnings of the Sonoma Mission. They have a mission museum on site with models from all of the missions that were on display at the World’s Fair. Fascinating, but it gets better! They also have a bird sanctuary and two Sicilian miniature donkeys named Pudding and Fancy! Too cute! But the BEST part of all… the Cline family bought Villa Laura – the house from “Under The Tuscan Sun!” As if we needed another reason to LOVE this winery!!
After spending most of the day at Cline, we went to Sonoma Plaza and shared some ice cream (because when you’re on a trip you should always have dessert first!). We also saw Mission San Francisco Solano, the last of the California missions. Then we shared a fantastic pizza from The Red Grape for dinner. A perfect end to a wonderful day!
Picnic lunch from Trader Joe’s – $12
Wine tasting at Cline cellars – the tasting is free, but we spent $15 on a bottle of Mourvedre
Missions museum – free
Sonoma plaza – free
Mission San Francisco Solano – free
Ice cream – $7
Dinner at The Red Grape – $22
Total – $56
Day 3 – Sonoma
We had such a wonderful time in Sonoma that we decided to go back again the next day. We knew we would spend most of our day at Cline Cellars, so we decided to visit a few other wineries to compare. Cline was by FAR our favorite for their wines and for the scenery. We spent the afternoon there before heading out to the airport for a redeye flight.
Lunch at Taqueria los Pericos – $10
Picnic dinner from Trader Joe’s – $15
Nicholson ranch winery – $10
Gundlach Bundschu – $10
Sebastiani – $15 (we joined the club, so our tasting fee was refunded)
Cline Cellars – free tasting, but we bought another bottle of their smooth Mourvedre ($15)
Total – $75
We hope this inspires you to take a trip out to the Bay area and wine country! And if it does, please bring back a bottle of red for us! Cheers! : )
Happy Monday!! : )
We hope everyone had a fantastic weekend! Matt and I did some more work around the house. It’s so weird having two weekends completely off, so we’ve been utilizing our free time to install new floors in our house! It has been fun just spending time at home with the hubs working on our home!
Since we don’t have a new wedding to share this week, I thought I would post a slideshow that I just created for Lisa & Omar’s destination wedding in Negril. Last month, they joined their closest friends and family for a wedding at Moon Dance Cliffs. Everything about this wedding was incredible, so we hope that these images give you some inspiration to start off your week! : D
From the day Josh met Kirsten, he knew he couldn’t let her go. She came into the bike shop where he was working and they struck up a conversation, but he didn’t get her number. Fortunately, Josh is both clever and determined, and he found her number on the receipt and called her! And we’re so glad that he did, because it’s hard to imagine this adorable couple not being together!
We met up with them for engagement photos at Jacksonville Beach – at the spot where Josh proposed one month ago! They sat in the same lifeguard stand where the proposal took place, recalling how Josh pretended to be fixing his keys when he was really pulling out a ring! Their laughter was contagious, and we were soon laughing with them as they made funny faces at each other and snuggled up for photos.
Somehow we ended up with the perfect day for photos! The air was a little cooler with a slight breeze, and there was the most incredible sunset with bands of pink and purple across the sky! It was AMAZING! Thank you Kirsten & Josh for sticking around a little later than planned! That sunset was just too incredible to not take advantage of! We hope you had as much fun as we did! : )
When we blog about a wedding, we usually share about 30 photos. As I went through Emily & Bart’s wedding images, I had over 90 shots that I absolutely wanted to share, but I finally narrowed it down to something more reasonable. It’s still a lot more than we usually post, but I hope you’ll forgive us! : )
The day began at the beautiful Laterra Resort and Spa. The girls spent the morning getting ready there, with Casey Powell doing hair and the lovely and talented Amanda Hopcraft on makeup. I could do an entire post just on this part of the day. As the hours passed, Emily got more and more excited about marrying the love of her life, and as she walked out fully dressed in her wedding gown everyone was in awe of how beautiful she looked. The excitement quickly turned to teary eyes from friends, family, and finally Emily. It was so touching, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a happier bride!
Though they got married at Riverside Baptist Church, they were able to bring in their pastor from Southpoint Community Church to officiate the ceremony. It was at Southpoint Community Church that they first met, developed a foundation of friendship, and deepened their passion for Jesus, so it was so special that Pastor Russ Austin was able to conduct their wedding.
Following the ceremony, Emily & Bart left in a 1928 Marmon for their wedding reception at the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens. The evening was full of fun and laughter, especially during the speeches and a very playful cake cutting. You’ll be happy to know that they didn’t waste the icing – they kissed it off each other! You just can’t waste cake when it comes from Metro Custom Cakes!! : )
The thing I remember most from that evening was Emily’s father’s speech just before they danced together. He told everyone the story about a music box that he and his wife were given for their wedding. The music box had a stork on top with 3 bassinets. They went on to have 3 children, and he explained how each one of them was so special and unique. Emily, he said, was the caregiver. He played the music box into the microphone, and then danced with Emily to “Butterfly Kisses.” It was one of the most tender moments between a father and daughter that we have ever witnessed at a wedding.
We hope this wedding inspires you as much as it inspires us! A huge congratulations to Emily & Bart! You are both so genuine and loving, and we wish you all the best!
Ceremony Venue: Riverside Baptist Church
Reception Venue: The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens
Officiant: Pastor Russ Austin (Southpoint Community Church)
Coordinator: Kathy Hoover
Makeup Artist: Amanda Hopcraft
Hairstylist: Casey Powell (Casey Does Hair)
Florist: Rose of Sharon
Cake Designer: Metro Custom Cakes
Videographer: Adam Pressley
DJ: Footloose Entertainment
Bridal Gown: Sottero and Midgley from The Bridal Shop at the Avenues
Alterations: Martha Shump Designs
Sometimes you meet people who just brighten up your day. I knew from the first time I talked to Tiffany that she was special – the kind of person who was genuine and full of nothing but positive energy! Yesterday, I finally got to meet her in person along with her fiance Michael (who is just as sweet as Tiffany is). We met up with them for some engagement photos in Gainesville, and they chose the historic Thomas Center, which is also where they will be getting married this fall!
We can’t wait for that special day! I just can’t get enough of Miss Tiffany, and Matt chatted with Michael for quite a while after the session, so we’re both super excited about their wedding! Hopefully you’ll see why in their photos! I don’t think there’s ever a time when these lovebirds aren’t smiling! : )
Wedding Wednesday | Trends: Colorful Bridesmaid Dresses | Dress Talk with Solutions Bridal Designer HouseJuly 13, 2011
Dress Talk is a bi-weekly post featuring wedding dress shopping and gown advice by guest blogger Amanda Fraser of Solutions Bridal Designer House. Make sure to check back for more bridal fashion information and also add The Bridal Closet, official blog of Solutions Bridal Designer House, to your blog reader!
While brides are still going with the uniformed look of all of the bridesmaids in the same dress, there is a growing trend of not only choosing a few different styles but different colors. A popular option is choosing blue but going with all different shades. One of stylists was recently in a wedding where as maid of honor, her dress was a different style but the same color. Sashes are a good way to add a pop of color but still getting the same dress for your ladies.
We are also seeing brides choosing dresses that are two toned. One of our stylists recently bought herself a dress that was charcoal on the bottom and pink on the top. These dresses come in a wide variety of color combinations for any theme. I hope to see more brides choosing prints for their bridesmaids. We have two samples in adorable prints that makes for a very eye catching and fun look.
We recently flew out to beautiful California to shoot Linelle & Jonathan’s wedding at The Canyon View in San Ramon. Now, I’m told that the temperature there is pretty nice, so I was expecting 70s and perfect. You know… Cali weather! Well, it seems we brought some Florida weather because it was HOT! But it was also sunny and beautiful, and that you can’t complain about!
It was a beautiful day from start to finish. The girls all got ready in adjoining rooms, and they wore dresses all created by Linelle’s mom! She’s fantastic! Meanwhile, Matt was with the guys, who all wore gorgeous barongs in gray and blue. Jonathan, of course, wore a white barong with blue details. The ceremony was very personal, with the officiant sharing Linelle & Jonathan’s story, a butterfly release honoring loved ones, and a sand ceremony between Linelle, Jonathan, and their kids. Following the ceremony we ventured over to the San Ramon Waterfall for photos.
The party really started at the reception! The dance floor was packed all night, and there was a special choreographed performance by some of the guys (Jonathan even joined in at the end). I think everyone joined in for the money dance, because it must have last like 10 songs! At the end of the evening Linelle & Jonathan shared a last dance circled by their friends and family. After the last song was over, they thanked Linelle’s sister, Leslie, for all of her help on the wedding day. In addition to being the Maid of Honor, she ran all over the place making sure everything went according to plan. I made it through the whole day only allowing myself to get teary, but at that point the tears just fell. A beautiful day, amazing couple, and the greatest friends and family you could ask for. It was sad to see it all come to an end!
Thank you so much for bringing us out to CA to share this day with you! We had a great time, and we wish you and your newly joined family all the best! : )
Venue: The Canyon View
Hairstylist: Tripletwist Bridal
Florist: Victoria’s Florals
Butterflies: Swallowtail Farms
DJ: Dynamic Sound and Lighting
Cake/Cupcake Designer: The Sweet Side