Sue & Colett Get Married / Winter Park Wedding Photography

Sometimes you meet the woman of your dreams, get married and live happily ever after. Easy. Simple. Other times, you meet the woman of your dream, wait 16 years for a Supreme Court decision, then get married, and live happily ever after:)

Sue and Colett planned the BEST celebration. Their good friends Jen and Darrell closed down their cafe (Bikes, Beans & Bordeaux in Winter Park), filled their walls with pictures and artwork from Sue and Colett, and filled the cafe with their closest family and friends. From the moment they walked down the aisle, Sue escorted by her mom and Colett by her dad, there wasn’t a dry eye in the place. The celebration went on into the wee hours of the night and I have no doubt it was well worth the wait!

Sue & Colett have a house full of beautiful orchids. I cannot keep these flowers alive to save my life, but somehow Sue has the magic touch–which I’m thankful for because it meant I got to take this picture of their rings:

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Blog_Sue_Colett_Wedding_04Blog_Sue_Colett_Wedding_07Colett’s dad was so excited to be there to celebrate her big day. I now understand where she gets her sentimental side:)

Blog_Sue_Colett_Wedding_06Blog_Sue_Colett_Wedding_02Blog_Sue_Colett_Wedding_03Blog_Sue_Colett_Wedding_08Their cake topper was perfect–two chicks:)

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Blog_Sue_Colett_Wedding_15Blog_Sue_Colett_Wedding_14Colett’s dance with her dad was perfect–difficult to photograph through the snot and tears (this one got me)–but perfect nonetheless:

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Blog_Sue_Colett_Wedding_21Blog_Sue_Colett_Wedding_22It was such a joy to document this day for Sue and Colett–I just wish I didn’t look so worn out at the end of the night!

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Linda Esposito - What wonderful photos and what wonderful beautiful faces! Congratulations! Thank your for sharing.

I’m so happy you both find each other and have been enjoying a wonderful life. I wish both of you 60 more years of love and laughter!

Love your rings too.

All the best,

Linda

Theresa Gagne - It was an amazing wedding and we are glad we were able to be there to celebrate their very special day!!!

Wanda Jernigan - Wonderful pictures of this beautiful event. Love the story/comments. This is the next best thing to being there! Thank you for the posting. Congratulations Colett & Sue.

Marrero Family / Winter Garden Family Photography

It was so nice catching up with Andrea & Pete for their family session. This time, they even convinced Christian to get up early to come along for the shoot:)Avalise is getting so big. She absolutely adores Christian and seeing those two interact was so much fun. When you’re working with a two year old, you are working on a very tight schedule. You’ve gotta be fast and ninja like because before you know it your time is up. Thank goodness I was able to get all of these before she declared the shoot a wrap!

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Welcome to the World, Gavin / Central Florida Newborn Photography

After celebrating Amanda & Thiago’s wedding, I was lucky enough to meet this new little guy. Kristin and Tom welcomed Gavin into this world and into their family just after New Year’s. Four days later I was snuggling with him for his debut photo session.

Once in a while a newborn will outdo themselves. In this case, if there was one thing Gavin had mastered at such a young age, it was how to sleep and strike a pose at the same time. He was a big fan of the setup for his session and snoozed his way through almost the entire thing. No doubt Gavin did such a great job because his parents are two of the calmest people I’ve ever met. Oftentimes, new parents are a bit nervous or anxious during these shoots, but not these two. In some small part, I know it had something to do with one of my favorite clients, Jenny giving them the thumbs up before I got there, but mostly I think it’s just their nature. Gavin is one lucky kiddo–that’s for sure:)

Meet Gavin–he’s pretty new around here:

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Amanda & Thiago Get Married / Winter Garden & Ocoee Wedding Photography

I cannot think of a better way to kick off 2016 than to spend the day documenting two of the sweetest families I’ve ever met. I’ve known Amanda’s family for a very long time and I was lucky enough to photograph her big sister, Crystal’s wedding back in 2011. I have stayed in touch with everyone as Crystal and Garrett’s family has grown and have enjoyed every minute spent with them.

I had never met Thiago and not knowing his family or much about him, I wasn’t convinced that he would be worthy to be Amanda’s husband. I was wrong. It was like meeting my kid sister’s fiance and the minute I met him, I instantly understood what she saw in him. There was such a genuine kindness and love that surrounded him and seeing the two of them together during their engagement shoot made me realize that I had made a mistake about him.

When I met Thiago’s family and friends, that traveled from all over the world to be there on his wedding day, his kindness and love made so much more sense. The way they spoke about him and his love of God and the level of respect they showed him made me realize that he was, in fact, perfect for Amanda.

They were married by Amanda’s grandfather in a very personal ceremony at the Ocoee Christian Church–a beautiful church built in 1851. Every moment of their wedding service was perfectly tailored for them and it couldn’t be any sweeter. Even her flowers were handpicked by a family friend and talented florist, Rilla from Betty J’s Florist.

The reception was held at the Stoneybrook West Golf Club and emceed by one of Central Florida’s best DJs–Chrisanne Jensen with Crystal Lake DJ Productions.

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Amanda & Thiago Engagement / Cocoa Beach Photography

What better way to ring in the new year than with a super-sweet couple for their engagement session? Oh, wait! I know . . . being able to shoot their wedding TOMORROW–that’s how :)

I’ve known Amanda since she was in diapers–which makes it such a thrill (and such a shock) to be the one to document her relationship with Thiago. From the moment they met it’s been a bit of a whirlwind leading up to this big day. Family and friends are coming in from all over to see these two say “I do,”  but first we need to celebrate their engagement.

I met Thiago for the first time when we met bright and early at Cocoa Beach last weekend for their engagement session. I knew I had to find a way to blend a guitar-playing surfer with a beautiful dancer and I am so excited with the result!

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