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Brian & Jaclyn’s Mom created the sweetest proposal plan together & I was SO excited to capture it. Brian and I met the week before and picked our spot in Bayfront Park and talked about how everything would happen & discussed all the particulars, even down to making sure she wasn’t wearing her purse in the park 🙂 I was waiting on a park bench with my gear hidden waiting for them to walk in front of me. He was supposed to snuggle with her for a minute (so I could get in proper position) and then he would get on one knee. What happened instead is one of these sweet young girls in the background saw them (didn’t see me at first) and offered to take their photo!! This threw things off a little and I have to hand it to Brian because he completely kept his cool & handed the girl his phone while I jumped behind a tree 🙂 The girl noticed me and realized what was about to happen so she switched to film video and then magic unfolded. Jaclyn was completely surprised, and meanwhile their families and friends were watching all of it from across the water at Marina Jack’s. I LOVE capturing proposals & this one was maybe my favorite so far!

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Jeri & Rob planned the sweetest beach wedding (with the help and direction of BeWed SRQ) with only family attending but a ton of elegant details. The decor details included blush, greens, gold accents and amazing shoes! Cottage on the Rocks at the end of Siesta Key was the perfect venue for this sweet celebration, and they loved kicking off their reception with a first dance as the sun set over the water. Such a pleasure to be part of this beautiful day!

Jeri & Rob’s Wedding @ Cottage On The Rocks, Siesta Key FL // Planning: Be Wed SRQ // Florals & Decor: So Staged Florals // Beauty: Fresh Sarasota Brides // Bride’s Dress: Jenny Yoo NYC // Groom’s Fashion: Ted Baker // Officiant: A Wedding with Grace // Catering: The Loft 5 // Cake: Thompson’s Cakes // Videographer: Storybook Films // Music: Total Entertainment by Matt Winter // Rentals: So Staged & Linens by the Sea // Transportation: Alpha Limo FL

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Beth & Richard planned their Sarasota wedding from Alabama & quickly had to change all those plans due to the pandemic. With a new venue, a much smaller guest list and some extra party favors (peep those custom face masks!) they ended up with a beautiful, intimate ceremony & reception at the home Beth grew up in. The home & backyard was transformed into an elegant backdrop for Beth & Richard’s celebration and everyone was so grateful to be together! One thing I love about weddings this season is that priorities have shifted and togetherness is the number one goal. This day was such a great reminder of that!

Beth & Richard’s Wedding @ Private Residence // Catering: Morton’s Gourmet Market // Florals: Sue Ellen’s Floral // Beauty: Ana Molinari Salon // Bride’s Dress: Pronovias // Officiant: Beach Breeze Weddings // Cake: Cakes By Ron // Music: Total Entertainment By Matt Winter // Rentals: US Tent Rental // Lighting: Palacios Events

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After Jake proposed to Kristina at the Ringling Bridge, we knew this would be the perfect location for their engagement session! Add in their precious pup and the session was magical. I LOVE spending an engagement session walking around a location, getting to know my clients and capturing their relationship. I also love seeing a couple just absolutely giddy to be together like these two!

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The temperatures are FINALLY dropping and the pumpkin spice lattes are flowing. That means it’s time for your fall mini session! Capture timeless photos with your loved ones and update those holiday cards. We need smiling faces hanging on our wall more than ever this year, right?

Check out some of my favorite sessions from last year’s round of Holiday minis here:

Fall mini sessions will happen on three dates @ two locations (The Nokomis Beach path & Phillippi Estate Park. See photos from those locations below.) The 15-minute session is $250 and includes 10 hi-res files & an online proofing gallery. You can upgrade to your own date and location for $50! LIMITED TIMES AVAILABLE.


Nokomis Beach Path

Phillippi Estate Park

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