Archive for August, 2011

August was an AMAZING month, and what better way to close it out than with an engagement session with our gorgeous couple Tracy & Dennis in beautiful downtown Jacksonville! With temperatures *only* in the upper 80s, it hinted that summer really might be coming to an end! Pumpkin spice season can’t get here soon enough!!

Here’s a little sneak peek from tonight’s session! We can’t wait to share more photos and tell you all about where we went (and why!). : )

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We love intimate weddings, so we were thrilled when Monika & Jonathan contacted us about their destination wedding at Cinnamon Beach! They traveled from Pennsylvania with their family and friends to the sunny shores of Florida to say “I do” with the sand between their toes! Their wedding had so many personal touches. Instead of carrying a bouquet, Monika walked down the aisle with a candle inside a beautiful lantern. She said, “This will symbolize light and warmth for my husband that I’m bringing to his life and will be a direction for him and a way to always find me if he ever gets lost.” Jonathan held a bag of Starbucks coffee, which was a reminder of that special first date they had drinking coffee and getting to know one another. The sweetest part was that their kids made up the wedding party! Such a cute idea and special way to include them in the ceremony!

I think it’s pretty obvious in these photos how much Monika & Jonathan adore each other, but just to let you know just how excited they were about getting married, Monika ended up RUNNING down the aisle toward Jonathan and threw her arms around him! She just couldn’t contain herself! I think it’s safe to say that these two were meant to be! : )

After the ceremony and some photos, everyone went up to St. Augustine for dinner at 95 Cordova at the Casa Monica Hotel. We took a few photos around the hotel before leaving them to spend the evening laughing over great food and cocktails!

We hope that this sweet wedding leaves you feeling romantic and carefree! That’s what destination weddings are all about! : )


Ceremony: Cinnamon Beach at Ocean Hammock
Officiant: Valerie Waine
Reception: Casa Monica Hotel

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We are just amazed right now as we reflect on Meredith & Mark’s wedding. It was such a smooth day! The weather was beautiful, everything was on schedule (ahead of schedule, even!), and everyone partied like there was no tomorrow! It was a day that no one took for granted, as friends and family traveled to the coast of Maine while Hurricane Irene made its way up the East Coast.

But if you knew Meredith & Mark, you would do anything to be there for their special day, too! They are so devoted to their friends and family, and they are just quirky and upbeat and fun to be around! If we could go back in time and do it all over again, we’d still go through all the challenges of traveling through a crazy, unpredictable hurricane to be here for their wedding! Without a doubt!

Congratulations and many blessings to you both (and sweet Baby Blake)! : )

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We hope that you’ve enjoyed Part I of Alexis & Matt’s destination wedding in Telluride! It’s funny to read the comments on the blog and on our Facebook page saying how the setting is so beautiful that it doesn’t even look real! We always hope that a wedding day turns out perfect, but this really was the perfect wedding. Alexis & Matt deserve it so much, because they really are amazing people!

And they are surrounded by wonderful people, too! We first met Matt when he was part of Stephanie & Dave’s St. Augustine wedding last year! We were so excited to see them again, and we took the opportunity to get a pic with Alexis, Matt, Stephanie, and Dave at the end of the night (see below)!

There were so many great moments from Alexis and Matt’s reception at Allred’s. From heartfelt and funny speeches to the party atmosphere created by Denver-based live band Deja Blu, the whole evening was filled with moments to remember! One thing we’ll never forget is the cake cutting. Instead of having a single wedding cake that they cut, Alexis decided to have 18 unique mini-cakes from Telluride Truffle spread amongst all the tables, including one on their own. Each cake had a cake cutting set and the cakes were cut during a communal cake cutting. Afterwards, guests could move from table to table, sampling the other cakes and starting up conversations. What an amazing idea and a great way to involve everyone at the reception!

It was bittersweet to see the evening come to an end, but it was a day that will not be forgotten! Kudos to Soiree Telluride for making Alexis & Matt’s vision a reality and for making the day run so seamlessly! And a HUGE thank you to Alexis & Matt for choosing us to capture their amazing wedding! It was an honor to be part of your day, and we wish you both all the best! : )


Ceremony: St. Sophia Overlook
Reception: Allred’s
Officiant: Dave Rosas
Event Planner: Soiree Telluride
Floral Designer: New Leaf Design
Cake Designer: Telluride Truffle
Band: Deja Blu
Hair Stylist: Shayla
Makeup Artist: Carmen Wolcott
Dress Designer: Modern Trousseau

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Whenever people ask what has been our favorite place to shoot, we’re never sure what to say. There are so many venues and cities that we love, and we have wonderful memories of them all. But now when people ask, we will say Telluride – hands down!

It’s easy to see why Alexis & Matt chose to have their destination wedding in Telluride. The town is historic, charming, and the people are friendly. It’s surrounded by mountains, perfect for hiking and bike riding in the summer and skiing in the winter. It’s the kind of place that you look around, in awe of its beauty, and you know that God must have smiled after it was created! It’s a natural work of art!

There’s something very sacred about saying your vows from 10,000 feet. Like you are literally proclaiming from the mountaintops for all the world to hear – “I do!”

Alexis and Matt’s wedding was one of those events where everything just seemed to come together. The decor was amazing, the 18 miniature cakes were so unique and special, the planner was fantastic, and best of all, the threat of rain never materialized, allowing the wedding to proceed outside at the St. Sophia overlook, maybe one of the most majestic views anyone will ever see.

The best part, though, was the people. Everyone had a great time helping celebrate Alexis and Matt’s union. They enjoyed fine food, drinks, and dancing to the sounds of Deja Blu at the rustic-chic Allred’s Restaurant, which itself had a great view of the mountains and Telluride.

When Alexis and Matt finally disembarked from the gondola back at the base of the mountain, everyone was waiting to give them one last cheer and a rousing send-off to finish off a spectacular day.

With Alexis and Matt back from their surprise honeymoon (Matt didn’t tell Alexis where he was taking her!), we know they’re anxious to see their photos! So please enjoy Part I of their amazing destination wedding and be sure to come back for Part II tomorrow!


Ceremony: St. Sophia Overlook
Reception: Allred’s
Officiant: Dave Rosas
Event Planner: Soiree Telluride
Floral Designer: New Leaf Design
Cake Designer: Telluride Truffle
Band: Deja Blu
Hair Stylist: Shayla
Makeup Artist: Carmen Wolcott
Dress Designer: Modern Trousseau

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We always tell people how much we adore the small, intimate destination weddings some people plan. There’s always something so special and personal when a couple chooses to share their special day with a small group of family and friends. Courtney and Brody departed from Arkansas to get married on the beautiful beaches of Florida’s Emerald Coast!

We loved all the personal details, including Courtney’s gorgeous bouquet, borrowed jewelry and mementos, and creative pieces found on Etsy. One of my favorite parts was doing some ring shots on top of Brody’s fireman’s coat and helmet.

While Gwen and the ladies hung out, getting hair and makeup done, I met up with Brody for his getting ready photos at another house. When I arrived, I managed to catch him helping change baby Collin. The room had such gorgeous light and what was supposed to be getting ready photos quickly turned into a mini-baby photo session. Collin is an adorable little guy and it was so fun seeing proud daddy Brody help get Collin ready for the wedding.

Courtney made for a gorgeous bride and you could see how captivated Brody was when she walked down the stairs and aisle towards him. After a quick but beautiful ceremony, we took some family photos on the beach before getting Courtney and Brody alone to let them enjoy being newlyweds in front of a setting sun. They have such a natural chemistry and the fading sunlight made for the perfect backdrop.

Our time with Courtney and Brody was all too short and we sincerely hope to meet up with them again on their next trip to Florida, but in the meantime, we feel so blessed and honored that they picked us to help capture such a meaningful day in their lives!

Courtney and Brody (and Collin), best wishes to you! : )

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On a few rare occasions, we don’t get to meet some of our couples before their big day. Such was the case with Courtney and Brody, who traveled from Arkansas for a destination wedding in sunny Seaside, FL with their closest friends and family. Luckily, we arrived a day early and found some time to meet up with Courtney and Brody for a little “get-to-know-you” session. We walked around the fun and quaint little town of Seaside, with it’s central square, cute little restaurants and shops, historic post office, and a fun row of old airstream trailers that had been converted into restaurants. One in particular, Frost Bites, sold very tasty shaved ice and root beers float and its owner was so amazing in letting Courtney and Brody come inside for a fun photo!

We eventually found a quiet green nearby where Courtney and Brody’s playful side came out. They did a lot of hugging and flirting with each other. We even found the coolest little wall that perfectly matched their outfits!

We always tell couples how an engagement session really helps us get to know them and their style and we were so thankful that Courtney and Brody gave us some time amidst all their wedding planning to let us get to know them. And of course, knowing how they were as a couple in front of a camera really came in handy the next day during their gorgeous wedding. But you’ll have to come back to catch their gorgeous destination wedding photos!

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After their e-session, we went back to the beach house and did a few family portraits with everyone. We just had to post this one! : D

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We just got back from shooting a sweet destination wedding at Cinnamon Beach in Palm Coast! Monika & Jonathan had an intimate wedding on the beach followed by dinner at 95 Cordova in the gorgeous Casa Monica hotel! We had a great time hearing about how they met and how their relationship began, and it just brings a huge smile to my face knowing how much these two lovebirds are meant to be together! They are so genuine and so affectionate!

We look forward to sharing more of their wedding photos (including photos of their adorable kids) after we get back from Maine! We have quite a bit of blogging to catch up on this week, so look for Monika & Jonathan’s full blog post on August 29th! Until then, here’s one of our favorite shots from today!

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I’ve enjoyed sharing some of my images from this Indian wedding at the Georgia Aquarium! It was such an incredible opportunity to shoot with my talented friend Rupa Kapoor (the best Indian wedding photographer in Atlanta!). This last entry focuses on the reception details, which include a swanky lounge area, gorgeous lighting, and some of the aquarium’s features. The decor was created by Shushil of Utopian Events, and it was beyond amazing!

I hope that you’ve enjoyed some of the details of this amazing Indian wedding in Atlanta! Hopefully I’ll have some images from an Indian wedding in Jacksonville to share with you in the near future! : )

All images are copyright of Love Captured Simply.

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Yesterday I shared images from an Indian wedding at Ventana’s that I shot with Atlanta wedding photographer Rupa Kapoor of Love Captured Simply. Today, I’m sharing an Indian wedding at the Georgia Aquarium – and this bride is the twin sister of the one in yesterday’s post! These two gorgeous girls had separate wedding ceremonies and one elaborate, elegant wedding reception (which will be posted tomorrow!).

The fantastic part about having a wedding at the Georgia Aquarium in the Oceans Ballroom is the array of fish, sharks, and whales that swim by during the ceremony! Every once in a while you heard guests going “ooh” and “ahh” when something would swim by. It was a beautiful place to get married!

Tomorrow I’ll post a few details from the reception. You won’t believe how this space was transformed into a very swanky reception area with a lounge, casino, and a dance floor in addition to dining and dancing space! Thanks again to Rupa for allowing me to come shoot!

All images are copyright of Love Captured Simply.

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