Archive for February, 2012

We always have a lot of fun with our couples but some of them are just pure FUN. Because Leslie & David love a good time, they planned their dream wedding at Iberostar Rose Hall Beach Hotel in Montego Bay, Jamaica because it promised to be an amazing party!

As the time for the ceremony drew near, resort guests grabbed a seat to witness the event. When Leslie stepped out in her stunning ruffled gown, David’s eyes filled with tears as he watched the love of his life walk towards him. There were lots of happy tears going around that day, as well as tons of laughter and smiles!

The celebration continued with a quiet dinner with all their guests, including some heartfelt (and some hilarious) speeches. But the highlight of the evening was definitely the bonfire on the beach with the steel drum band. At one point, Leslie was dancing with David and just broke down in tears. I can only imagine how overwhelmed with joy she was as she looked around at those she loved most, including her new hubby, and soaked in the moment. Does it really get any more perfect?

Leslie & David are getting ready for Part 2 of their celebration back home in Canada. We hope that everyone has a great time remembering all those special moments that made the trip to Jamaica so memorable! Congratulations to two very sweet an amazing people! We raise our glasses of Red Stripe to you! <3 Iberostar-Rose-Hall-Wedding-Photos-Jamaica-01.jpg





























Two things that I love to see at a wedding are lots of sparkle and lots of fun! Bridgette & Bryant’s wedding at Hammock Beach Resort had plenty of both, and this week they are featured on the Weddings Illustrated website! I smile thinking back on this beautiful day and how much love Bridgette & Bryant have for one another!

Thank you Weddings Illustrated for featuring their wedding! And thanks again to the team of vendors who truly made this wedding shine!

Venue: Hammock Beach Resort
Planning and Decor: Alpha & Omega Event Consultants
Cake Designer: Metro Custom Cakes
DJ: Soulful Sounds NY
Videographer: Life and Love Studio

Hammock Beach Resort Wedding Photos Palm Coast

This Valentine’s Day, we’re giving a very special gift to one lucky couple! The love stories were sent in, and more than 7,000 votes were cast to choose 5 couples to be our finalists in the giveaway. The stories of those 5 couples were reviewed by a panel of wedding professionals and one of our couples (who won last year’s contest). They had the very challenging task of choosing which couple among the finalists should win a wedding photography package valued at $2,500!

Their choice was clear. Everyone on the panel ranked this couple toward the top of their list, with 3 of the panel members ranking them as their #1 choice. We are excited to announce that Ashley & Judd are the winning couple in our 2012 Wedding Photography Giveaway! In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we would like to share their love story:

How We Met:
Judd and I met almost seven years ago at the University of North Florida. He was a senior on the baseball team and I was a little freshman on the softball team. On Monday, Wednesday and Fridays both the baseball and softball teams had weight lifting at 5am. So after weeks of glances in the weight room and asking teammates about each other we finally met and made plans to hang out. What I remember most about those early days of our relationship is the ease that I found in simply talking to him. Around him I found that I could relax and be myself. Now, seven years later, through the good, the bad, a lot of growing and a year and a half of long distance, we finally made it back to Jacksonville, FL and are ready to build our lives together.

The Proposal:
We decided that for New Year’s Eve 2012 we wanted to do something different and get out of town. On the way back to Jacksonville from a family party in Clearwater (where Judd is from) we drove by Disney and spontaneously decided to spend New Year’s Eve at Disney World. After getting settled into our hotel room, we drove to the park, had a great dinner and decided to go to Downtown Disney to watch the fireworks at midnight. While waiting for the trolley to get to Downtown Disney we made some new friends from New Jersey who, unknown to me, were in on Judd’s plan to propose. We made our way to a great waterfront spot to watch the fireworks. The night seemed pretty perfect already. Finally, as we waited for 2012 to make its debut, the fireworks start to explode into the velvety, black sky and I was content. Life over this past year has brought me wonderful things; what else could I possibly ask for? Then, out of the corner of my eye I see Judd drop to one knee and my heart skipped a beat. This moment that I have dreamt about since I was a little girl, since seven years ago when I met Judd and I knew he was what I’d always wanted in another person, was coming to fruition. As he is down on one knee, fireworks are bursting in the distance, he pulls out a ring with a beautiful diamond that was passed down to him from his grandfather. At that moment, he said things that I am going to keep only for me and asked me to marry him. One of the best parts of the proposal was that as all of this is happening, our new friends from New Jersey are taking step by step pictures of every moment. They say that Disney is the place where dreams come true and I had no idea how true that is.

Us as a Couple:
As a couple we really are a great balance. Judd is laid back and goes with the flow while I on the other hand am a bit more high-strung and worrisome. He calms me down and helps me reign in my emotions while I keep him moving. The greatest part about us is the mutual understanding and support of my unique family situation. My twenty-four year old brother, Taylor, is special-needs. He has a disorder called Angelman Syndrome (AS). It is a neuro-genetic disorder that occurs in 1 in 15,000 live births and is often misdiagnosed as cerebral palsy or autism. Characteristics of AS include; developmental delay, lack of speech, seizures, and walking and balance disorders. Individuals with Angelman Syndrome will require life-long care. This means that one day, when my parents are no longer able to care for my brother, I become the caretaker. I love my brother more than words could ever express and his health and well-being are very important to me, but I would be lying if I said I didn’t sometimes worry about how he would affect my life and the dreams I have for the future. How could I burden someone else with the responsibility for caring for my adult brother who is unable to care for himself? Then I met Judd. Judd has become my support system and has developed a wonderful relationship with my little brother. He knows how important Taylor is to me and he has vowed to be by my side no matter what the future holds.


Congratulations Ashley & Judd! We look forward to working with you! : )

We also want to thank the couples who shared their stories and participated in this contest and everyone who voted for them! Last, but most certainly not least, we would like to thank our panel for playing such an important role in the giveaway:

I Do Wedding Consulting

The Event Divas

Amanda Hopcraft

The Wedding Yentas

Leigh Anne & Patrick (our 2011 Wedding Photography Giveaway winner!)

We wish all of you lots of love (and chocolate) on this Valentine’s Day! <3

We were excited to see Emily & Bart’s pretty wedding at the Cummer Museum featured on Smitten last week! Thanks so much to Della at Smitten for the feature and big props again to the amazing team of vendors we worked with on this wedding!

Ceremony Venue: Riverside Baptist Church
Reception Venue: The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens
Officiant: Pastor Russ Austin (Southpoint Community Church)
Makeup Artist: Amanda Hopcraft
Hairstylist: Casey Powell (Casey Does Hair)
Florist: Rose of Sharon
Cake Designer: Metro Custom Cakes
Caterer: Biscottis
DJ: Footloose Entertainment
Bridal Gown: Sottero and Midgley from The Bridal Shop at the Avenues

Wow! What a week it has been! We want to thank all of the couples who have participated in our wedding photography giveaway and also thank everyone who voted for and supported each of them! In the end, it was a close contest for the Top 5, but your votes put these finalists in the running to win a free wedding photography package from Gwendolyn Tundermann Photography:

Now it is up to our panel to choose a winner! Each couple was asked to send us their love story, and after reading through the stories of the finalists I can say that choosing a winner will NOT be an easy task! We’d like to thank the wonderful people who have agreed to take on this challenge:

I Do Wedding Consulting

The Event Divas

Amanda Hopcraft

The Wedding Yentas

Leigh Anne & Patrick (our 2011 Wedding Photography Giveaway winner!)

The panel is currently reviewing the stories from all of the finalists and will rank each couple based on who they feel has the best love story. The winning couple will be announced on Valentine’s Day, along with their story! Make sure to check the blog or our Facebook page to find out who will win our 2012 Wedding Photography Giveaway!

The Wedding Yentas is so proud to offer its very first FREE KETUBAH GIVEAWAY! As you may know, this is a very important part of the Jewish ceremony and couples usually spend hundreds of dollars on a beautiful piece of artwork to hang in their home that also serves as the Jewish marriage contract that’s signed on the wedding day. It is with great pride that The Wedding Yentas partners with Ketubah Studio by MP Artworks to give away a cash prize toward a ketubah of the winning couple’s choice.

The official rules can be found here (and on Facebook):

Photo submissions can be sent to by February 16th. Voting begins on the 17th. The winner is announced on March 1st.

Best of luck!! : )

We just had the most amazing week with Leslie & David, who traveled from Canada down to Montego Bay for their destination wedding at Iberostar Rose Hall Beach! It was a week full of memories, including celebrating with the newlyweds at a beach bonfire with a steel drum band to the entire wedding party jumping in the pool for the Trash The Dress session! It was AWESOME! We can’t wait to share the photos, but we’re actually in Orlando today celebrating our own anniversary (happy 4 years Matt!!). But I always like to post a sneak peek! Here’s one of Leslie & Dave by the gorgeous infinty pool at night! : )

Iberostar Rose Hall Beach Wedding Photos

Today is a day that I know many of you have been (anxiously) waiting for! Over the past month, we have received submissions from couples all over the U.S. (and beyond) who have shared their inspiring (and sometimes humorous) love stories.

It would be impossible for us to choose someone to give a free wedding photography package to. Every one of these couples has a story that is both unique and beautiful. So in order to decide who should win a photography package valued at $2,500, we are inviting all of our blog readers to vote for their favorite couple! When the voting period ends, the top 5 couples will have their entire love story read by a panel, who will ultimately decide who has the best love story. Meet the 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!


Here are a few details about the contest:

Voting begins on February 4th and will end at 11:59pm EST February 11th. The winner will be announced on February 14th.

We have made an effort to make the voting process as fair as possible, so only one vote will be counted per computer per day. So if you vote, you will be able to vote again after 24 hours. Please note that on some networks, multiple computers will be recognized as one computer.

We encourage you to use social networks to spread the word about the contest. However, please do not spam forums or violate any website’s terms of service.


And the most important part… the CONTESTANTS!

These are the incredible couples who have entered our wedding giveaway! To vote for your favorite couple, scroll down to the bottom of this blog post (below the images). Please remember, only one vote per computer per day.

Don’t forget to check back February 11th to find out who makes it into the Top 5!

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