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Memorial Park | Jacksonville, Florida


Twenty-six years of marriage is something to be celebrated. Kimberly and Phil wanted to capture that love with a anniversary session. We meet at St. Paul’s Catholic Church where they originally exchanged vows. Then headed to Memorial Park to make some new memories. They met in 1990. Phil was a ballroom dance instructor and was teaching a women Kim worked with. She was about 15 years older and was coming on to him when he told said she wasn’t his type. So, she asked what was his type. He replied, long red hair with ringlets, nice looking, smart and sassy. She said, I work with her. That same coworker told Kim about a party at the dance studio. It was there that they first meet, danced and fell in love.

Phil was going into the army to fly helicopters and Kim was going to college. They wrote to each other while he was away and on one visit home, he proposed at a park on their favorite bench. They were suppose to get married on February 9th – the anniversary of the day they met, but the Army and Desert Storm had another idea. That meant planning their wedding in less than two weeks. Because they were so young, Kim hadn’t finished paying for her dress, so she had to get married in a white suit instead. They had a simple wedding and moved to Alaska right after where Phil was stationed.

For years, Kim had dreamed about having professional pictures taken. One day, Phil said, why don’t we just do it and stop talking about it. Thats were I came in. I had just shot Kim’s niece Jessica’s wedding and they reached out to me about capturing this special anniversary session. It was hard not to get caught up in the emotion in the day. Kim finally got to wear the dress she bought 26 years ago. I was super impressed that it fit perfectly. I asked Kim what her favorite part was and she said, “It was a story book day with lots of sweet kisses, gentle nuzzles and little giggles. I am truly blessed that my husband was so willing to make my wedding picture dreams come true.”

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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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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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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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Jacksonville, Florida


I meet the Lee family at their home after having their first child, Grace. The couple have been married for five years and waited patiently for the right time to have a child. Now, they are so excited for their newborn daughter. Both are looking forward to the many adventures in their family’s future. Wayne told me that “by the grace of God and with love and understanding we can persevere in any situation.” I know that Grace has a great family support and will be loved for years to come.

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