Archive for August, 2012

We hope you enjoyed Part I of Chanchal & Naresh’s wedding at the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island. Today we’re delighted to share their wedding day, a fusion of Indian and Sri Lankan traditions. What I love is how they engaged all the senses. Visually it was stunning – vibrant and colorful and Chanchal was bejeweled like a princess. The music provided a subtle ambiance while beautiful scents filled the air. It was all so captivating!

The ceremony was conducted by Chanchal’s father, which I thought was so special. I thought about how it was such a reflection of past and present, of two people and their families joining to become a new family. We are so honored to be part of documenting this family history. <3 Ritz-Carlton-Amelia-Island-Wedding-Photos-20.jpg

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We’re excited to share Part I of Chanchal & Naresh’s beautiful wedding at the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island! The evening began with the ladies gathering on the hill for the mehndi. As everyone arrived, Chanchal greeted them with her warm, beautiful smile! Shortly after the ladies arrived, the men started arriving and everyone enjoyed dinner, drinks, and conversation overlooking the beautiful shores of Amelia Island. After dinner, everyone moved inside for speeches and dancing and partying the night away!

We have so many beautiful details in store over the next couple days, but we hope you enjoy the first part of Chanchal & Naresh’s wedding festivities! : )

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Candace & Jonathan’s wedding in Marianna, FL is as sweet and southern as pecan pie! Their ceremony took place at the charming First Baptist Church of Marianna. But before the ceremony, Candace & Jonathan chose to do a first look at the historic Russ House. The look on both their faces was priceless. These two are absolutely smitten with each other!

After family photos and a short break, it was time for the ceremony. Candace looked at her dad and then walked down the aisle with that sweet smile of hers toward her soon-to-be-husband. During the ceremony they smiled, whispered to each other, and exchanged their secret way of saying “I love you” as they held hands.

The reception was full of surprises and fun! There were desserts galore and, of course, all things southern on the dinner menu! Candace & Jonathan surprised everyone with their first dance – a choreographed number that showed off their fun side! Later on, everyone got silly in our photo zone (they brought the greatest props). After an exit through a tunnel of sparklers, we took the newlyweds back to the Russ House for a few more photos. Even the fountain sparkled on their wedding day! : )

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It has been a busy week for GTP as we prepare for our move to the west coast! In the midst of packing boxes we shot Chanchal & Naresh’s beautiful wedding at the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island! We have two days of absolute gorgeousness to share soon, but in the meantime here’s a little teaser! Can’t wait to blog more! : )

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Tina & Mike’s wedding at the White Room in St. Augustine was such a special occasion. Yes, all weddings are unique and special, but this one in particular warmed my heart like no other. It was more than a wedding day. It was Tina & Mike’s 25th wedding anniversary! They decided to have a beautiful, intimate vow renewal to celebrate this milestone. Joined by their 3 children and their closest friends and family, they made a vow to one another. The only thing better than saying “I do” is saying “I’d do it all over again!” after 25 years.

There were a lot of happy tears as Tina & Mike turned to their guests during the ceremony and thanked them for their years of love and support. I can’t tell you how hard it is to look through a camera with tears in your eyes! It was such a touching ceremony. Even weeks later it still chokes me up thinking about it! But perhaps my favorite part of the day was when Tina & Mike shared dances with their children. Of course, we see mother/son and father/daughter dances every week, but this was different. <3 Even though it was a very sentimental day, it wasn't all teary! The evening was full of laughter and smiles as everyone danced the night away (who doesn't love a good soul train?). To make the evening one that their guests would never forget, Tina & Mike hired a caricature artist to provide wedding favors for everyone. It was such a hit! We really care so much for our brides and grooms, but Tina & Mike have a special place in our hearts! It was such an honor to be part of their vow renewal and we wish them continued happiness for the next 25 years and beyond! Congratulations!! White-Room-St-Augustine-Wedding-Photos-01.jpg

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We shot a lovely wedding in the cute town of Marianna this past weekend. Can’t wait to share the colorful and sparkly details, the photos at the historic Russ House, and some fun stuff from the reception! But while our bride and groom are on their honeymoon, you’ll just have to sit tight and enjoy this sweet sneak peek for a bit! : )

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What could be sweeter than an intimate Sunday wedding at a boutique hotel and lots of carefully selected vintage details? Choosing to have their wedding at the Casa Marina in Jacksonville Beach, Jessica & Demetrius said their vows in a romantic setting. One of the things I like to do is guess what the bride will wear, but I was surprised when Jessica chose a unique wedding dress with flirty ruffles. I just loved it!!

After a quiet dinner, Jessica & Demetrius took turns thanking their guests before the party was moved to the courtyard. The couple shared their first dance and then danced together with their parents. Then the DJ stepped it up and brought everyone out to the dance floor for the Cupid Shuffle and some other fun songs. A few of the guests also got silly in our Photo Zone! The kids especially loved it!

At the end of the evening, we sneaked out of the party with Jessica & Demetrius for a few more photos in front of the hotel. Loved this quiet moment between the two of them!

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I have to say that Deyanna & Brandon’s engagement photos at Barnsley Gardens are different from any other engagement session we’ve ever done! When Deyanna told me they were considering the beautiful grounds at Barnsley Gardens for their session, I was in awe. It’s such a beautiful location, perfectly landscaped around the ruins of a historic mansion. What an ideal place for a photo session!

Then Deyanna asked if it was okay if they brought their motorcycles! Okay?? After hearing that I would have been heartbroken if they HADN’T thought to bring them! We love when couples make the session not just about pretty pictures, but a way to document who they are as a couple. Plus motorcycles are just awesome! : )

I think these two completely different aspects of their engagement session really sum up Deyanna & Brandon as a couple. On one hand, they are gorgeous and just as sweet as can be. But along with all that sugar comes a little bit of spice! I love how confident they were when they were on their motorcycles! Talk about hot!!

Can’t wait to see what they have in store for their wedding! It’s guaranteed to be amazing!! : )

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We recently met up with Biana & Gary for their engagement photos in downtown Boston. Love was in the air that day. We witnessed a proposal in the Public Garden. Church bells were ringing as couples throughout the city were getting married. And in between the “I will” and “I do!” was Biana & Gary, shooting their engagement photos and counting down the days to their wedding!

We started at the Public Garden, which is such a beautiful location! And on this perfect day, it seemed like everyone was there! For Biana & Gary, it was like they were the only ones around. They got lost in hugs and kisses, forgetting the rest of the world but each other!

As we strolled around the city, we got to know this sweet couple a little better. We got to see where Biana worked (and they even let us shoot there) and saw the jewelry store where Gary bought the ring! At the end of the evening, we grabbed dinner with them, wrapping up an amazing day! Boston is one of our favorite cities, and we are glad to have some new memories from there! Thanks Biana & Gary for showing us around! We can’t wait to see you again next spring! : )

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