Last year I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Clearwater, Florida and be a destination wedding photographer. We had an absolutely incredible time with the bride and groom as well as their family and friends. The venue, Shephard’s Beach Resort, was a perfect (and fun) beach location for the wedding. My husband and I flew in the day before the wedding. We shot the rehearsal and a few family pictures on the beach before the couple and their family headed off to the rehearsal dinner. The next morning the sun was a blazin’ and we were ready to shoot. It was so much fun to have everyone staying in the same place as the wedding and reception. We were able to easily pop in on the bride and her daughter getting dressed and beautified. Then we headed to another floor of the resort to shoot the groom getting ready with his friends. We did as many pictures as we could before the ceremony and then got ready for the big event. The ceremony was set up right on the resort’s private beach area. I’m pretty sure every ceremony should have the ocean waves in the background. After the I Do’s were done we headed right inside the two story club area for the reception. There was music, dancing, cake, great food, champagne and lots of laughter. I was able to steal the couple away later in the evening for a few more beach pictures in the beautiful evening light. (Which I might add is basically every photographer’s dream come true.) We finished out the reception with the bouquet and garter toss and some more dancing. When we were all done shooting I stood with my bare feet in the Gulf of Mexico and thanked my lucky stars that I was the destination wedding photographer chosen for that awesome wedding.
Alright guys, take a seat…grab some coffee because this is going to be a long one. I blogged Brittney’s bridal session last week so you all know what a gorgeous bride she was. And I gotta say that Nic was looking pretty dapper too. Hope you enjoy a few photos from their special day.
We had a gorgeous day in May and I started it off in tears. Brittney had asked to make sure I shoot her dad and her seeing each other for the first time that day. Dangit, there wasn’t a dry eye in the whole room. So incredibly sweet.
While I was with the girls wiping away the tears, Josh was over with the guys. Naturally they were playing games, drinking and shooting guns. I mean, that’s what you do a few hours before you get married!
The girls headed out to meet up with the guys and we had our first look. Bride and groom first looks are always so exciting/special/emotional/all of the things. Nic and Brittney enjoyed a few minutes alone before we got started on formals.
We headed to Downtown Pontiac, IL for a different setting and to finish up pictures. We also lucked out because an older gentleman drove up in a killer old car. We asked if we could borrow it for a couple pictures and he happily obliged.
We finished up formals, followed by family pictures and had a few minutes to spare. The ceremony was a meaningful service that included a beautiful song and reading by friends. And just look at that adorable bride as they walked down the aisle. I always try to get a picture of the bride and groom headed out of the church after they are pronounced husband and wife. These pictures are often blurry, slightly off centered or maybe even a little out of focus but they are consistently my favorites. Something about the imperfection is what captures the moment so perfectly. Hurried excitement as they head into the future.
After the ceremony, all of the guests made their way to the Elks Club which Brittney and Nic had decorated expertly. So many lovely details and personal touches made the reception hall perfect. I was also able to steal Brittney and Nic away for a few minutes during the reception and head outside. Those are always some favorites of mine because the couple is relaxed and feeling good now that they’re officially married. And of course we ended the night with some dancing.
It was a fantastic day. Spending the day with Nic, Brittney and all of their friends and family was a blast. Congratulations again to the new Mr & Mrs! We wish you many, many years of happiness!
Last year I joined a photography group on Facebook where we share photos, receive critique and support one another. I am constantly inspired by the other photographers in the group. One of the photographers, a very talented woman from Louisiana, frequently shares amazing bridal portraits. Apparently in the South having a bridal session before your wedding is very popular. The bride has the opportunity to wear her dress, get dolled up and have some beautiful pictures done in the process. I instantly knew I had to do a one and I had just the bride.
Brittney is one of those people that you meet and instantly notice her beauty. It probably takes less than two minutes talking to her that you see her beauty goes much deeper. I suggested a bridal session to her and she was game. We met up on a gorgeous autumn day in Humiston Woods just outside of Pontiac, IL. It was the perfect time of year to be out there. The wooded area has amazing tall trees that all had gorgeous yellow and orange leaves. I was not disappointed by the afternoon light either…so warm and perfect. As I took the pictures I just got more and more excited. I could hardly wait to get the images on my computer when I got home. I think I immediately emailed one to Brittney because I was so thrilled by the images. The worst part of the whole thing was not being able to share the photos anywhere until she got married in May.
I’m so glad we had the opportunity to do this bridal session. It’s always a pleasure to spend time with Brittney and this was no exception. I’ll be sharing pictures from Brittney and Nic’s wedding soon so stay tuned for more of this gorgeous bride.