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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!

Emily & Bart chose to have their wedding at Riverside Baptist Church, which has a stunning and fascinating sanctuary. You can read more about its architectural design and history HERE.

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
Caterer: Biscottis
Videographer: Adam Pressley
DJ: Footloose Entertainment
Bridal Gown: Sottero and Midgley from The Bridal Shop at the Avenues
Alterations: Martha Shump Designs

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3 Responses to “Emily & Bart | Wedding at Riverside Baptist Church | Jacksonville Wedding Photographers”

  1. Cindy Kamsler says:

    Wow! Gwen & Matt — you have really outdone yourselves!! Can’t wait to see the rest!

  2. Lisa Pollock says:

    Keeping up on wedding Tuesdays, lol! Gorgeous wedding! Nice work :)

  3. Administrator says:

    Thanks Mrs. Kamsler! There are tons more coming soon!

    Lisa, you are so perceptive! We do usually post weddings on Tuesdays!! : )

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