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Favorite Moments of 2011

January 20, 2012

I know it seems kinda late to share the highlights of our 2011 wedding season, but this has been such a hard project to put together. Part of the reason is that 2012 totally grabbed us by the hand and took us running full force! We ended 2011 on New Year’s Eve and started 2012 with a wedding the very next weekend! We launched our wedding photography giveaway on January 1st. We went to New Orleans for the ImagingUSA convention. We’re also in the process of opening our studio and launching our new website, in addition to streamlining our workflow so we can be more efficient in our business. We have barely blinked, and we find ourselves in late January! How did that happen?!

Another reason why it has taken so long to share this post is that it’s a challenge to summarize what an amazing year we had in a video with less than 6 minutes. Choosing our favorite images out of the thousands that we captured is almost an impossible task. I can’t even begin to count the moments that have captured our hearts – your beauty, your laughter, your tears – your hilarious moments of rocking it out on the dance floor (because who cares if the world is watching as long as you are having a great time!). We look at everything that has happened, all the precious moments that we have witnessed and shared with such amazing people, and it’s overwhelming. So many people tell us they love our photos, but over and over I say that the beautiful part of the images is not what we captured. It’s what all of you have given – how you’ve let us in to see who you truly are – that makes these images both meaningful and beautiful!

Okay, so admittedly we also got to shoot against some breathtaking scenery! We had the opportunity to shoot 3 weddings in California, thanks to some wonderful people (you know who you are)! We traveled to a quaint town in the mountains of Colorado to shoot a wedding at 10,000 feet! We raced a hurricane to shoot a lovely wedding on the coast of Maine and shot some of the most beautiful wedding photos ever in a place I never imagined – a cemetery! Seriously, beautiful images can happen ANYWHERE with good light and a couple in love! They can also happen with incredible sunsets on the cliffs of Negril, which is where Lisa & Omar hosted their closest friends and family for a destination wedding at Moon Dance Cliffs! Their stunning wedding is featured in the January/February 2012 issue of Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Magazine (on shelves now!). And of course, we bounced around the entire state of Florida to capture weddings from Jax to the Panhandle, to south Florida and the west coast. Though we love to travel, it’s just as exciting to shoot weddings right here in our home state!

So after more than a month of reviewing photos from the past year and 9 revisions of the final video, we are so thrilled to finally present to you our Favorite Moments of 2011. I knew it was ready to present when the tears started to fall. Thank you to all of our wonderful couples for the year of memories!


Emily & Justin | January 22nd | Delray Beach, FL
Sammy & Allen | February 5th | Pomona, CA
Latoya & Clarence | March 12th | Jacksonville, FL
Rachel & John | March 26th | Palatka, FL
Lori & Bob | April 16th | Jacksonville, FL
Sharifa & Jerry | April 23rd | Jacksonville, FL
Cassandra & Terrance | May 21st | Jacksonville, FL
Melissa & Josh | May 29th | St. Augustine, FL
Lisa & Omar | June 21st | Negril, Jamaica
Linelle & Jonathan | July 2nd | San Ramon, CA
Emily & Bart | July 9th | Jacksonville, FL
Bridgette & Bryant | July 30th | Palm Coast, FL
Courtney & Brody | August 9th | Seaside, FL
Alexis & Matt | August 13th | Telluride, CO
Monika & Jonathan | August 20th | Palm Coast, FL
Meredith & Mark | August 27th | Saco, ME
Jessica & Thomas | September 10th | Orange Beach, AL
Jamie & Chris | September 24th | Orange Park, FL
Melissa & Brian | October 7th | Bonita Springs, FL
Sandy & Ralph | October 8th | Jacksonville, FL
Erin & Rob | October 22nd | Charlotte, NC
Tey & Mike | October 29th | Ponte Vedra, FL
Christie & Shawn | November 11th | Jacksonville, FL
Andrea & Phil | November 12th | Oldsmar, FL
Claire & Oliver | November 19th | Huntington Beach, CA
Leigh Anne & Patrick | November 27th | St. Augustine, FL
Suzanne & Scott | December 3rd | Hilliard, FL
Gigi & Steve | December 31st | Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Wedding Wednesday is a weekly feature discussing all things wedding-related! To suggest a topic or question, contact Gwen at info@gwendolyntundermann.com.

Matt and I just returned from an amazing trip to New Orleans for the annual ImagingUSA Expo! Imaging is the big convention held by Professional Photographers of America (PPA). We’ve been PPA members since the start of our business, but this is our first time attending Imaging. We’re definitely planning on going again next year! I’ve been to the big convention and trade show held by Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) and while they are similar in a lot of ways I got a lot more out of attending Imaging.

Part of the reason is that Matt was there with me, so we were able to sit down and review everything we learned and all the products we saw and start doing a lot of business planning on our trip. We were on the expo floor almost the entire time that it was open, meeting with vendors, asking questions about their business, and looking at their products. We are really excited about the changes we will be making to our packages very soon! We also found lots of pretty things for our studio (REALLY can’t wait for you to see that!!). We also attended seminars presented by some incredibly talented photographers, such as Jerry Ghionis, Robert Evans, and Kenny Kim!

We got some snippets of everything on our iPhones so you can see for yourself what Imaging is all about! : )


Rachael and David had a very specific idea in mind for their wedding day: intimate, relaxed, fun – and with great music! By choosing to have their wedding at Out of the Blue restaurant in Jupiter, FL they created the perfect atmosphere for a great celebration! The location overlooks a waterway with provided the perfect backdrop for their sunset ceremony.

Rachael and David’s ceremony included several traditional Jewish elements, including the Seven Prayers, the sharing of wine, and the breaking of the glass. As their closest friends and family looked on, and with a full-moon overhead, Rachael and David shared their vows and promised themselves to each other. Their ceremony was so touching, with lots of smiles.

After whisking them away for a few couple shots in the fading light, it was time to get to the fun part of the wedding! Their reception featured a cocktail hour complete with hand-rolled cigars and live music from a seven-piece band! The tables were lit by candlelight with beautiful orchid centerpieces.

The rest of the evening was filled with hanging out and lots of dancing. Though some guests enjoyed the gorgeous weather and great conversation out by the marina, the dance floor remained packed the entire evening! Except for a small break to cut the elegant wedding cake featuring strawberries covered in chocolate and decorated like little brides and grooms, the reception was a non-stop party right up until it was time to leave.

Rachael & David’s wedding was such an incredible time, and a great way to kick off our 2012 wedding season! It was beautiful and such a fun event to be part of! : )


Venue: Out of the Blue Restaurant
Hair/Makeup: Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa
Floral Design: Julie Campbell and Carina Woods
Cigar Roller: Pablo Romay
Band: The Brass Evolution

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Wedding Wednesday is a weekly feature discussing all things wedding-related! To suggest a topic or question, contact Gwen at info@gwendolyntundermann.com.

Before the holidays, I was having coffee with our bride Whitney and we were talking about Pinterest. I had been avoiding Pinterest because I knew how addictive it would be. I love inspiration boards, so joining a social network based on pinning things you are interested in was a dangerous place for me. But I caved in and asked Whitney for an invite, and over Christmas break I probably spent at least 30 hours on there. While I do have boards for my multi-million dollar dream home and exotic places where I want to travel, I have found some practical use for my boards. I’ve created an online recipe book (plus helpful tips for the kitchen) and DIY projects for the house that I’ve actually used already.

But the reason why this is a Wedding Wednesday post is that I’m also pinning lots of wedding pretties! Flowers, wedding attire (including fabulous shoes!!), cake designs, and misc. wedding inspiration. I’m so excited about having a place to store all the things that inspire me instead of trying to remember where I saw it! So there are basically two ways to add to your boards: 1) you can re-pin things from other boards on Pinterest or 2) you can download the “Pin It” button and pin just about anything on the web. Love love love it!!

If you’re on Pinterest, we’d love to follow you! You can find my page at http://pinterest.com/gwentundermann. I’d love to see what inspires you!

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We opened the 2012 wedding season with the beautiful wedding of Rachael & David at the Out of the Blue Restaurant & Marina in Jupiter, FL! All I can say is that this wedding ROCKED! We loved the venue, the band was beyond awesome, and of course Rachael & David are just two incredibly sweet and amazing people! They have really set the standard high for this year’s weddings! We can’t wait to share more of their details with you (like the beautiful chuppah made by the groom and a very fun cake design). Here’s a little something in the meantime! : )

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Written by Matt Tundermann

When Gwen first told me that we were going to ring in the new year with Gigi & Steve’s wedding, I remember thinking that it was going to be a great way to close out 2011 and start 2012 with style. And then I met Gigi and Steve and I just knew that not only would it be a fun, amazing wedding, but it was going to be one heck of a party! And they did not disappoint.

Gigi’s vision for her wedding was to gather her closest friends and family for a classic Catholic ceremony at Our Lady of the Star, followed by a reception at the Sawgrass Beach Club, complete with a balloon drop, New Year’s favors, and champagne.

The reception featured personalized seating cards, each with a photo of the guest, New Years hats and noisemakers, signature drinks, cigars, and boxes of Godiva chocolates. The décor and favors set the tone for flat-out New Years party, with non-stop dancing well past midnight.

The evening finally came to a close with a grand exit, where Gigi and Steve ran through a tunnel of sparklers.

Gigi and Steve, we are so honored that you picked us to capture your amazing wedding! Best wishes to you and Eli as you start your new lives as a family!!


Ceremony: Our Lady Star of the Sea
Reception: Sawgrass Beach Club
Bridal Makeup: Jill Stonier (team member of Makeup by Paulina Perez)
Hair: Ten Salon
Transportation: Carter Limousine Service
DJ: Charlie Roberts
Photobooth: Red Eye Photo Booths

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Right after Gigi and Steve shared their official first kiss as husband and wife and turned toward their guests. Gigi’s face was a mask of complete joy and excitement. She couldn’t help but bounce up and down, reveling in the fact that she had found her soulmate!

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The adorable pooch below is Lucky. She was the center of attention during the cocktail hour, saying hello to everyone and running around with the flower girl’s shoe in her mouth. Isn’t she precious?!

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We often feel a strong connection with the brides and grooms who contact us, but every once in a while I read an email that just makes me say “There’s no way this is just a coincidence.” Late one night, I received an email from Stacey that was so incredible, it almost knocked me out of my chair!

I won’t get into the entire story, but let’s just say that somehow Stacey came across our blog, and of all the places in the world where she could live it happens to be 2 minutes from where Matt’s parents live. And at the time she emailed me, she had no idea that we lived in Florida and that we had a Middletown, CT connection!

Stacey also didn’t know that in a couple weeks we would be going to Middletown for the holidays! After an exchange of… well, more emails than I can count… we decided to meet up with them during our trip for an engagement session. Stacey & Adam are two of the sweetest people we’ve met, and we were fortunate that fate brought them in contact with us! We braved the elements to take photos at Wesleyan University, using some of the old buildings on campus. But really, it was all about Stacey and Adam, who have no qualms about snuggling up and sharing some kisses!

We took a break to warm up at the Tavern Inn with some drinks and a few casual photos before heading out again to The Barns at Wesleyan Hills to take advantage of the fading light. The Barns overlooks a pond with some little islands with great big trees and beautiful bridges. The setting sun created warm tones on the bare trees while Stacey & Adam kept each other warm.

Stacey & Adam are such a warm, friendly couple who instantly put you at ease. It felt like we had known them for years! Thank you both for an amazing time! It was one of the highlights of our trip to Connecticut!

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2011 was an AMAZING year, and we couldn’t have asked for a better way to end it than capturing Gigi & Steve’s gorgeous wedding at Our Lady Star of the Sea and the Sawgrass Beach Club. It was an evening to remember, and certainly one of the highlights of our year! We just can’t say enough about how much we adore this couple!

Since their wedding began on December 31st and carried over into January 1st, I thought I should post two pics for the sneak peek. Can’t wait to share the full blog post soon, because it was everything that a New Year’s Eve wedding should be – glamorous, festive, and full of joy and new beginnings! Cheers to Gigi & Steve and to the new year!

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We always love when a bride has a vision for her engagement session, and Erin definitely had some great ideas. She and Jason love boating and being on the water, but they also love dressing up and channeling their inner chic. Having their engagement session in downtown Jacksonville allowed us to capture both styles without having to drive 45 minutes between locations!

We started off walking along the St John’s River at the Jacksonville Landing, with the golden sun shining off the water and the Main Street bridge overhead. We eventually found some places for Erin and Jason to snuggle up together. They have such a natural chemistry and they had no problem getting close.

With the sun starting to set, Erin and Jason changed into their evening outfits, with Erin rocking an amazing black dress and Jason in a sharp black pinstripe suit. As we walked around the downtown, we found an amazing alleyway that let Erin and Jason show off their best model poses.

We ended the session with some fun night shots of the city and the Main Street Bridge.

We’re so excited for Erin and Jason’s wedding this spring. They’re so sweet and fun to hang out with, and if their engagement photos are any indication we can definitely expect a very stylish and beautiful wedding!

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It’s hard to believe that the year has come to an end! We finished our 2011 wedding season with Gigi & Steve’s wedding at the Sawgrass Beach Club, and it was EPIC! 2011 truly was an amazing year, and we are excited about what 2012 has in store for us and our couples!

To kick off the new year, we are doing our wedding photography giveaway again! Yes, one lucky couple will win a wedding photography package worth $2,500! We started this last year, and the contest was such a blast! We got the opportunity to hear some amazing love stories and in the end the contest was won by a very incredible couple!

The contest will take place in two parts. The first part is a popular vote (where the couples in the contest will have all their friends and family (and probably all of THEIR friends and family) vote for them on our blog. The top 5 couples with the most votes will have their love story reviewed by our panel of wedding industry pros (and last year’s winning couple) and they will ultimately choose the winner of the contest. We are thrilled to announce the members of our 2012 Panel:

I Do Wedding Consulting
I Do Wedding Consulting is a unique full-service planning company in Charlotte NC. Nancy & Salim are the dazzling duo that makes I Do Wedding Consulting the very personal, attentive, and creative firm that it is. We specialize in full planning and we {love} to wow guests with all the little details. Built on integrity, driven by passion, I Do Wedding Consulting is THE choice for Charlotte’s smart and savvy couples.

The Event Divas
From elegant florals down to the details of your cake, we design it all! The Event Divas are the Experts in Floral & Event Design, Lighting, Props, & Coordination of all rentals. Serving Gainesville, North Florida, and South Georgia.

Amanda Hopcraft
Amanda Hopcraft Makeup Artist specializes is on location airbrush makeup artistry for anyone wanting to look beautiful whether it be a special occasion, a photo shoot or a night on the town.

The Wedding Yentas
Alison Friedman owns and operates The Wedding Yentas, an online community of brides, grooms, vendors, and well, yentas, who come to learn and dish all about weddings. The Wedding Yentas is a resource for couples planning a traditional Jewish wedding, an interfaith wedding, or even a Jew-ish wedding with features of Real Jewish Weddings, explanations of traditions, the latest trends in the wedding market, a vendor guide, and regular sponsored giveaways! Casual, conversational, and fun — like a couple of girlfriends dishing over coffee — The Wedding Yentas is your go-to wedding planning blogsite!

Leigh Anne & Patrick
Leigh Anne and Patrick are the winners of our 2011 Wedding Photography Giveaway and are looking forward to help choose this year’s winners!

Now for the fun part – how YOU can enter the giveaway! Here is a detailed list of what the contest is, important dates, and how to enter:

What’s included?
The winning couple will receive up to 8 hours of photography coverage on their wedding day, two super cool photographers (Gwen and Matt), a disc of all their rockin’ images, a DVD slideshow, and an online proofing gallery for 90 days!

Sweet! How do I enter?
Send an email to info@gwendolyntundermann.com with “Wedding Contest” in the subject line and include the following information:
– A photo of the two of you
– Your love story (how you met, the proposal and a little about you as a couple)
– Your wedding date and ceremony/reception location(s)
– Other wedding details (number of guests, wedding theme, other vendors who are involved)
– How you found out about the contest
– And at the very end, please include 1-2 sentences about what winning a free wedding photography package would mean to you

Rules
Submissions must be received by 11:59 EST on February 3, 2012.
The couple must have already set a date and location and we must have the date available.
We must be the exclusive photographers, so to participate you must not have a photographer already booked. Current clients of Gwendolyn Tundermann Photography ARE eligible to participate in the contest (please email us for specific details).
The wedding can take place anywhere in the world, but the couple agrees to pay any related travel costs.
We will notify winners via email. Failure to respond within ten days will result in the prize being awarded to another couple.
Gwendolyn Tundermann Photography retains copyright to the images and the couple agrees to allow use of the images for commercial purposes.
This prize is non-transferable.

Voting
All eligible contestants will be listed on the blog with their photo and statement about what winning the contest would mean to them. Voting will take place from 8am EST on February 4, 2012 and end at 11:59 EST on February 11, 2012.
Tell all your friends to stop by and vote for you during this period (email, Facebook, and Twitter are all great ways to spread the word!).
The top 5 vote getters will be reviewed by the panel and the winner will be announced at 8am EST on February 14, 2012.

Best of luck to everyone!!

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