When it rains it pours here in Florida, luckily for Jessie and Andrew they took it with a grain of salt and moved their ceremony indoors. They were blessed with a the skies parting and giving us a beautiful sunset for portraits. Can’t ask for much else besides a great couple who are really into photography and beautiful location. I had them all on this one.
Jessie and Andrew got married at the Don CeSar Hotel in St. Pete Beach this weekend amid a intimate of their closest family and friends – with loads of laughs and tears all over the place. The resort itself was awesome to work with and really made their day run smoothly even with the crazy rain and wind that hit all day. That didn’t matter as these guys tied the knot – complete with a ton of personal touches, fun moments, and pair of coffee cups true to any Star Wars nerd’s heart (like me). Jessie’s gorgeous looks threw back to the 20′s and definitely made my day shooting easy.
Thanks a lot for having me you guys – and may the force be with you. Always.
The Eleven Weddings family tree is growing rapidly. In general, I book brides and grooms through no advertising whatsoever. I rely on word of mouth, someone who knows someone, etc…but mostly it’s a former bridesmaid or bride or family member or distant cousin or random friend I met for 30 seconds who recommends the guy who shot “X’s” wedding. That’s me. Luckily, I was already in the circle with Jill and Eric through a really amazing friend and past wedding couple – Melissa and Chad. My wife is friends with all these guys as well and through a shared love of wine the pieces just fell into place. It’s a small town. We find each other.
Jill and Eric had an awesome ceremony at St. Martha’s Catholic Church in Sarasota, where the father was awesome to work with as a former photographer. Free reign. That is rare at church services. They followed up that with a great reception at the Bird Key Yacht Club in Sarasota. Jill and Eric were awesome to work with as I knew they would be. They were easy to shoot, completely comfortable, fun to be around and just like making pictures with friends, because essentially that’s what we were doing – just on the biggest day of their lives. Their friends and family were great and totally made the night so much fun ending with a crazy “Call Me Maybe” soundtracked trolley ride.
Congrats you two! Hopefully next time we see each other it’s over a bottle of wine (but I’ll take Hendricks on the rocks).
This wedding rocked.
Set to 80′s hair metal music all night, Dayna and Peter wed under the falling moss of Myakka River State Park in Sarasota last night. Dayna was stunningly beautiful. From the handmade paper flowers to the photo booth set-up, she transformed a park pavilion into her storybook wedding. Everything was perfect and even a few alligator encounters and rain threats never materialized into anything.
It’s always a pleasure to photograph a bride who is really into making pictures. She knows light and definitely knew how to find it and pose. ”That’s the sound of heaven” as my camera clicked it’s first rectangles of the day. It kind of makes my job to just be there and make sure to document it (just follow the dress). Both Peter and Dayna are awesome writers and were absolutely rad to work with in every way. Laid back, stress free and absolutely fun to be around. From camera clicks to sweaty hugs and selfies they definitely made me feel right at home and amongst friends. Beer flowed like wine, and Poison and Warrant blasted through the darkened skies over the swamp for one really awesome day.
Thanks again for having me and here’s to many, many more years of rocking out as only you two can.
ginna + garrett’s wedding | quantum leap winery + loch haven park + st. michael’s | orlando, florida
The #altarselfie – I see Garrett starting a trend with this one.
Ginna and Garret got hitched yesterday among some amazingly fun family and friends…me included. I know Garrett through our mutual college professor back at the University of Colorado at Boulder where we both learned about stalking light and chasing color. Somehow he ended up in Orlando killing it at wakeboarding photography and publishing, and I ended up down here at a newspaper back in the day now on my own doing my thing. I’m always honored to shoot a photographer’s wedding and this was no exception. Garrett and Ginna (who did almost everything DIY and awesome) took over three venues – St. Michael’s Episcopal Church for a touching ceremony, Loch Haven Park for sunset, and the really unique space at Quantum Leap Winery in Orlando. Everything was beautiful as I expected, but moreover is was completely them. Loaded with color and creative touches pretty much everywhere, I couldn’t really focus. We were blessed with an amazing sunset with that warm Florida light only this state gets.
Now for a rundown of inside jokes that no one but those in attendance will get: altar selfie, random cursing, wasabi nuts, ottoman dancing, kid chicken fighting, parking lot naps, twin switching, eskimo kisses, flaming sparklers, smore stations, non-flat cakes, exploding sparklers in a can, liquor runs, ring bearer u-turn, and Coors light among Eagles Scouts. Such a fun time.
Thanks again Garrett and Ginna for having me….and here’s to many, many years of fun and living your life like you do – awesomely.