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.






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!



Isaac & Justine Get Married / Crystal River Wedding Photography

I first met Justine and Isaac at Rachel & Chuck’s wedding back in 2013, so when she contacted me about shooting her wedding I was THRILLED! Not only was she getting married at a venue I’d never been to (which is always one of my favorite things to do), but it also meant that I would get the chance to photograph a really fun couple.

Justine promised a huge wedding with really fun family and friends and they did NOT disappoint. From the moment Scott and I arrived, we were made to feel like family and treated like celebrities. Another great perk is that I got the chance to see some familiar faces from Rachel & Chuck’s wedding, including Chuck’s mom, Amy, who you will surely remember as a crazy-talented florist.  Luckily she was the one responsible for Justine’s flowers because they brought the sunshine for the day:)

I had SO much fun documenting this wedding. Even though the weather did not hold up its end of the bargain and it poured through her entire afternoon, we were still able to get some of the most beautiful images. We had to get a little creative to avoid the rain, but in the end it was clearly meant to be, because if the weather had been any different, there is no way we would have these shots.

This edit took a bit longer than normal because of it’s sheer size–I just couldn’t narrow it down anymore. I tried to condense the day, but it was simply impossible. I have a feeling no one will mind:)

Wedding Details:

Venue – The Plantation on Crystal River

Bride’s Dress – David’s Bridal

Groom’s Attire – Men’s Wearhouse

Florist – Amy Stanley with Amy’s Community Florist

Bakery – Nonnie Cakes by Lisa

DJ – Erick with Your Next DJ

Blog_Stuiso_Wedding_03Blog_Stuiso_Wedding_06Blog_Stuiso_Wedding_05Justine’s grandmother passed away just weeks before the wedding and one of the many things Justine did to honor her memory was to wear her bracelet:

Blog_Stuiso_Wedding_02Blog_Stuiso_Wedding_04Blog_Stuiso_Wedding_12Blog_Stuiso_Wedding_14Blog_Stuiso_Wedding_09Amelia, sneaking some snacks before her long walk down the aisle!

Blog_Stuiso_Wedding_11Blog_Stuiso_Wedding_13Blog_Stuiso_Wedding_10If I had any doubts about how fun these guys were going to be, this image should have given me a pretty good idea!

Blog_Stuiso_Wedding_01Blog_Stuiso_Wedding_07Blog_Stuiso_Wedding_08Another sweet way to pay tribute to her grandmother was to give her the seat of honor front and center for the wedding:

Blog_Stuiso_Wedding_22Justine held out until the VERY last minute in hopes that the weather would clear and the wedding could still be held outside, but since it was so wet, it had to be moved to this beautiful room upstairs at the Plantation:

Blog_Stuiso_Wedding_16I’ve never seen anything quite like this entrance. When Isaac’s mom was walked down the aisle by these two crazy guys, the room erupted in applause! That set the tone for the rest of this ceremony and the energy continued throughout the day:)

Blog_Stuiso_Wedding_15Blog_Stuiso_Wedding_17Blog_Stuiso_Wedding_18Everyone should have to agree to these terms before saying “I do” . . .

Blog_Stuiso_Wedding_19Blog_Stuiso_Wedding_20Blog_Stuiso_Wedding_21Blog_Stuiso_Wedding_23Blog_Stuiso_Wedding_24Blog_Stuiso_Wedding_25Blog_Stuiso_Wedding_26Blog_Stuiso_Wedding_27Blog_Stuiso_Wedding_28When I asked the guys to pull up their pants for a shot, I never dreamed they’d keep them that way for the rest of the night . . . it was PERFECT!!

Blog_Stuiso_Wedding_29LOVE -LOVE – LOVE

Blog_Stuiso_Wedding_30Blog_Stuiso_Wedding_31Blog_Stuiso_Wedding_32Blog_Stuiso_Wedding_33Blog_Stuiso_Wedding_34Blog_Stuiso_Wedding_36Justine danced to “I loved her first” with her dad and during this emotional dance, they took a minute to poke some fun at Isaac:

Blog_Stuiso_Wedding_38There are NO words for how fantastic this dance was between Isaac and his mother. The pictures will have to speak for themselves:)

Blog_Stuiso_Wedding_39Blog_Stuiso_Wedding_40Blog_Stuiso_Wedding_41Blog_Stuiso_Wedding_42Blog_Stuiso_Wedding_35Blog_Stuiso_Wedding_43Blog_Stuiso_Wedding_44Blog_Stuiso_Wedding_50The DJ had Justine & Isaac play a fun game that included taking their shoes off–the crowd went wild!

Blog_Stuiso_Wedding_37I never did get this kid’s name, but he had some SERIOUS dance moves!

Blog_Stuiso_Wedding_45Blog_Stuiso_Wedding_46Blog_Stuiso_Wedding_47Blog_Stuiso_Wedding_49Big thanks to my partner in crime, Scott for coming along for the ride!




Michael & Cheyenne Get Married / Crystal River Wedding Photography

The holiday wedding season is in full swing! For those of you who know me, you know I love exploring new locations–especially for weddings. When I got the text from Betsy telling me their son, Michael was getting married in Crystal River, I was thrilled to be able to work it out to be there. They’d picked the Lion’s Club Train Depot in town and it couldn’t have been more perfect. Toni & Malcolm from Bryant Production Events were on hand to work their magic, transforming the main building into a winter wonderland complete with the most beautiful lighting and decor. This duo never ceases to amaze me with their talents. And even though it rained like crazy, the wedding couldn’t have been more beautiful. It was a such a pleasure to document this sweet event for such a great family.

Here’s a collection of my favorites from the day:

Blog_Monk_Wedding_01Blog_Monk_Wedding_02Check out the trinity knot in his tie:)

Blog_Monk_Wedding_04I had some extra time with Michael in the daylight, so we made good use of the time and light and goofed around taking extra pictures!

Blog_Monk_Wedding_05Blog_Monk_Wedding_09Blog_Monk_Wedding_10Blog_Monk_Wedding_07Blog_Monk_Wedding_06Blog_Monk_Wedding_12Blog_Monk_Wedding_11Blog_Monk_Wedding_13Blog_Monk_Wedding_14Blog_Monk_Wedding_20Blog_Monk_Wedding_15Blog_Monk_Wedding_17Blog_Monk_Wedding_16Blog_Monk_Wedding_19Blog_Monk_Wedding_18Blog_Monk_Wedding_21Blog_Monk_Wedding_23Blog_Monk_Wedding_24Blog_Monk_Wedding_30Blog_Monk_Wedding_22Blog_Monk_Wedding_08Blog_Monk_Wedding_27Blog_Monk_Wedding_26You would never know these were shot in the complete dark and in a total downpour!

Blog_Monk_Wedding_29Blog_Monk_Wedding_25I have to mention what a great family this is–in more ways than one–but for especially for this last shot of the night.  They pulled this off in only 2 takes–you have NO idea how hard this is when you’re writing numbers backwards:)


Benson Family Christmas / Waldorf Astoria Photography

Now this is how you celebrate the Christmas Season Florida style! Amanda keeps finding ways to up her game on the previous year’s session and I am so thankful to be a part of the entire process. This year’s family session was no exception when we hit the golf course at The Waldorf Astoria. The weather was beautiful, the colors she picked out were perfect, and Nathan was happy to hit a few golf balls during the session:)

I adore this family and I’m so thankful to be the one to document them each year. Here are some of my favorites from our morning together!

We started off by updating Amanda’s headshots–I must say, I’m pretty darn happy with how they turned out:

Blog_Benson_Family_Christmas_16Blog_Benson_Family_Christmas_03Blog_Benson_Family_Christmas_02Blog_Benson_Family_Christmas_04Blog_Benson_Family_Christmas_05Blog_Benson_Family_Christmas_06Blog_Benson_Family_Christmas_07I cannot get over how grown up Allyson has become:

Blog_Benson_Family_Christmas_08Blog_Benson_Family_Christmas_09Blog_Benson_Family_Christmas_10Blog_Benson_Family_Christmas_11These remind me of the classic story Eloise and I couldn’t resist posting them!

Blog_Benson_Family_Christmas_12The northern relatives will be so jealous: