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Historic Downtown | St. Augustine, Florida


I shoot in St. Augustine a lot and sometimes think I should move there. There is so much about the city to love. There is a rich history that can be seen and felt. I think that is why so many people want to have their picture taken there. You feel like you are somewhere special. Today was very special for Keena and Nemiah. Today was their wedding day. Wanting something intimate, the couple married at the court house and then meet me for photos. I knew it was going to be a great session when I arrived at the Lightner Museum to find Keena in a silver sequin dress – she looked amazing!! Then, the couple, myself and their two closest friends walked and laughed through some of my favorite cobblestone roads, taking advantage of the soft golden hour light. Everything went so perfect I almost didn’t want to stop shooting, but I didn’t want to make them late to the party. Their friends and family were at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse for a reception dinner.
But before any cake was cut or toasts made, Nemiah was actually Keena’s personal trainer.  The couple developed a friendship that later blossomed into a relationship. They saw each other daily and before we knew it they were in love. The proposal was a huge surprise. Nemiah tricked her by saying they were meeting a new client to sign a contract at Ovinte. To her surprise after waiting on the “client,” two men walked over with their hands behind their back. One at a time they revealed canvas signs that read “Will You Marry Me.” When Keena turned to look at Nemiah, he was on one knee with the ring. All of their family and friends were gathered around cheering. I was actually there. One of Nemiah’s clients is a friend of mine and she was there to video the big moment. Having never meet either of them, I was there to help sell her cover story as an ordinary dinner guest at the restaurant (and I’m a sucker for proposals). Now, I feel like I have made two new friends and so happy that I was there to witness the happiest days of their lives. When I asked what their favorite part of the wedding day was they answered, “it would be after the ceremony and looking at each other with joy that we did it and would be spending the rest of our lives together.”

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Treaty Oak Park | Jacksonville, Florida


I was truly delighted when Samantha reached out to me about doing family photos. Sam and her husband Stephen were one of my first wedding couples. I also felt a little old because their eldest son, Sawyer was one of my very first newborn sessions! I’m always grateful to those gave me the opportunity to become the artist I am today. And now after 6 years, I get to capture this sweet, energetic family again. When planning their shoot, Sam had sent me a few Pintrest ideas and Treaty Oak Park fit them perfectly. The Treaty Oak is a large Southern live oak in downtown Jacksonville, Florida. The tree is estimated to be 250 years old and may be the single oldest living thing in Jacksonville. It is also a great space for the boys, Sawyer and Swede to run, throw leaves and climb the immense branches. I wish I had pictures like this of my sisters and I at this age. I had so much fun with the Daigle family and as always laughed the entire time. I think my favorite quality is their ability to be spontaneous and silly.

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Alpine Grove Park | Fruit Cove, Florida


One of my favorite parts of being a photographer are the opportunities I have to meet new people and capture the special moments in their lives. Nicole and Steven are expecting their first child. Today we celebrated this exciting time with a maternity session at Alpine Grove Park. I like shooting at this park and my favorite space is the old plantation house with the wrap around porch. The white home created the perfect reflector. It allowed us to shoot in low light and still get those light and airy images. I loved Nicole’s navy dress and accessories. As we walked around the park we laughed and I think Steven’s sense of humor will make him a great dad. I am excited for them both and can’t wait to meet their little boy, Cameron.

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The River House | St. Augustine, Florida


When shooting a wedding you like to have good weather, a great location and an amazing couple. Autumn and David’s River House wedding in St. Augustine had all three!! From the moment I arrived at the Casa Marina to capture all the getting ready excitement Sam and I were instantly treated like family. That is how I would describe the entire day. Both families were warm and welcoming and you could see that this was truly a blending of two families becoming one. There was so much happiness and I even caught myself tearing up when Autumn’s dad delivered his reception speak. It was a honor to be part of their day and know they have forever to look forward to. When writing my blog, I like to share the couple’s love story. Below is Autumn and David’s story in their own words.

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All About Ballroom | St. John’s, Florida


This year for New Year’s Eve I got to celebrate with Jessica and Kevin at All About Ballroom. I started the day at a home in Switzerland, Florida where Jessica was getting ready. She wanted a small intimate wedding, so no huge bridal party, but her best friend, aunt and mother were all there to help. The home belonged to a family friend and I was so thankful when shooting details to find a gold tray. It matched her jewelry perfectly and added warmth to the photos – the purple and pink bouquet was gorgeous too. Kevin arrived early in the day to do a first look in the homeowners back yard. I know at first you would think why the backyard. However, this home had a beautiful lush yard and a boardwalk desk leading out to a creek. There was still evidence of hurricane Matthew, but one of the fallen trees helped me get off the deck to capture a nice profile shot.

After the first look we drove over to Alpine Grove Park. There we did all of Jessica and Kevin’s couple portraits. I so enjoyed spending that time with them. One of my absolute favorite pictures were taken under the dock near a large piece of drift wood. With the suns setting, we headed to meet their family and guest for the ceremony and reception at All About Ballroom. There ceremony was performed by Jessica’s uncle and given away by her grandfather. I loved how everyone dressed up for this New Year’s Eve wedding and the cake was made by the bride’s grandmother. There were so many sweet moments that really made Jessica and Kevin’s day perfect.

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