Sunflowers and a country wedding with a whole 'lotta LOVE!

I was bursting with excitement Saturday morning as I was driving from the East Coast to photograph Corey and Kasey’s wedding that was located near Fort Myers. After a week or two of cold spells and rain, it was such surprise to finally have sunshine and a beautiful breeze through out the day. Their wedding and reception was held at the Buckingham Community Center. If you ever have the chance to look up the history of this place, please do so. First and foremost, the building itself is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been in existence since 1895. It was first used as a school house all the way until 1945. When you walk in to the house itself, you can easily see how it was used as a school house. The wood floors and the beautiful details of the building was pretty cool to see.

Corey and Kasey have been together for almost ten years and they were s o excited to get married in the sight of this historic building along with their family and friends. The groomsmen were funny and you can tell that they were all really good friends with one another. What I thought was really sweet was his Dad was one of his Groomsmen. I can see why too. They were really close and considered to be each other’s best friend. They all wore a gorgeous blue vests and yellow ties and helping one another get dressed by adjusting and putting on their ties and adjusting their boutonniere’s. The flower girls I absolutely fell in with! Each of them looked adorable in their yellow dresses adorned with lace and sunflowers. Kasey looked so beautiful in her wedding dress and her bridesmaids coordinated so well in blue just like their groomsmen. Look at the pictures. You’ll see why I loved this wedding so much. From the historic building of the Buckingham Center to the sunflowers lovingly match with everything….it was a day with filled love, laughter and happiness!

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Tere, Stephen and the twins....

Living in South Florida has it's ups and downs when it comes to being a Photographer.  We have the unique opportunity to enjoy great weather all year long.  The last time it snowed around here was in 1978 when I was 8 years old (oh boy, I am showing my age!).  Because of the lack of weather changes here, you can pretty much photograph anything all year long.  However, the summer is usually slow here because it is too damn HOT to get married.  I'm serious....it gets HOT here in South Florida.  Though there is still business here, there are more opportunities to go up north since it's a big deal that the weather there is great.  That's the thing about us Floridians; we take for granted that we don't have to deal with the snow.  I personally know of a lot of Wedding Vendors who take extended vacations during this time.  Nothing wrong with that.  For me though, I like to keep busy.  This is where I started to explore the idea of doing year round work.  First and foremost, I LOVE to travel and I LOVE to photograph.  When you put these two things together, you end (at least I do) flying up north to photograph weddings, family sessions and such.  As much as I love the beach and fun in the sun, it is so nice to photograph in areas that are new.  For the next few posts, I will be sharing with you my adventures up north.  Here is my first one of those trips.  Tere and Stephen live in Boston with their two beautiful girls.  They invited me to spend a weekend with them to photograph their family and enjoy the sights of the New England area. We not only took some great pictures in Boston, but we also went to Rhode Island for a day.  Here are some photographs of their family along with a summer picnic I tagged along to as well.  I hope you enjoy!   

A second chance at love....

For people that I know me, I say this often....Facebook is an amazing thing.  To think that 20 years ago, you were lucky enough every once in awhile to bump into someone from high school at random.  That is the way we saw people from our past.  Not anymore, with the creation of Facebook you can connect with family, old friends and strangers alike.  It truly is an amazing thing!

Anyway, I'm rambling....on with today's feature...lol.  

I had to REALLY sit back and try to remember when I first met Eddie.  It was the night before our session that I realized I've known him since the 3rd grade.  How crazy is that?  When we first reconnected on Facebook, it took me a while to remember who he was (sorry, Eddy!).  Not because I couldn't remember him, he had totally transformed to a handsome man.  Before that, I knew him in class as the guy who always told jokes and made everyone laugh.  Now when I see him....totally different guy!  No more baby face and no more curly hair.  Okay, I'll stop.  Maybe this is too much information to share (again, sorry Eddy!).

He reached out to me saying that him and his fiancee were getting married.  It was a second time for the both of them and they didn't want all the 'hoopla' like the first time around.  They did want to remember this special day by taking photos, that my friends was music to my ears.  

This wasn't only  to photograph this great moment, it was because I related to finding love the second time around.  Love is a precious, precious gift and it is not to be taken lightly.  When it is presented to you twice in your life, you hang on to it, learn from your mistakes and treat it as the gift it is.  I don't know what happened to Eddie the first time around and frankly I don't care to know.  All I know is, like myself, he had the chance to love again. We all grow up and change from our past.  More importantly if we can learn from it, then we can appreciate all aspects from our lives.  As people, I think we are deserve a second chance at things and for Eddie I am so happy that he found such a beautiful woman both inside and out.  

We met at Colee Hammock Park in Fort Lauderdale and took some amazing photographs.  You can truly see the love for each other and I felt honored that I was there to capture it.  Hope you enjoy....I certainly enjoyed documenting the love between this awesome couple!