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Happy anniversary to our best friends, Jeffrey and Lisa! <3

Happy Anniversary, Stoners!

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We’re often asked if we get bored of shooting so many weddings. I mean aren’t they all, like, the same?

That statement could not be more false. That’s like saying to a parent, “Why have three kids and not just one? Aren’t they all the same?” Ok, maybe that’s a bit of a stretch, but you know what I mean! We could shoot the same venues back to back and they’ll be completely different. The people, the weather, the decor, the vendors- There are so many ingredients that go into a wedding and thankfully, I’ve never gotten to a place where I feel like they run together.

I love when weddings like Jessy and Bligh’s come around. So completely crazy and wonderful and out of the box that to say we were kept on our toes is an understatement. Hey, let’s go out on the balcony for some bridesmaid robe photos! turned into Hey, let’s do a flashing photo! We didn’t just pose them around a yellow float plane for photos, Bligh (a pilot) made his entrance into the ceremony by flying in that float plane. Wish lanterns being launched by a crowd who truly enjoyed the open bar at the reception turned into OK so do we call 911 now because a wish lantern is stuck in that tree and has been for a good 30 seconds or do we wait for the flames to- Oh, thank God, there it goes!

This wedding was fun, hilarious, and filled with wonderful, wonderful people (I’m a bit biased, but best of were our mutual friends, Jeffrey and Lisa!)

Jessy and Bligh’s wedding day began at the Embassy Suites in Downtown Orlando.

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Four page love letter from the groom? Swoooooooooooooooooooon! <3

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Then it was off to the Winter Park Racquet Club! <3 Bligh proposed to Jessy at Winter Park’s Kraft Azalea Garden, which sits on the same lake as the Winter Park Racquet Club!

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Jessy, you were stunning.

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Nate’s favorite!

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Oh, just the groom landing for his entrance. No big deal. Whatev’.

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Wedding Guests

For years, Jessy was Lisa’s right hand girl at her wedding planning and coordinating company, E-Events. Jessy is truly like a third daughter to Lisa, and I tear up seeing these photos of her holding back tears at the ceremony!

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My favorite part of the ceremony was when Jessy’s brother sang while their parents joined them for prayer.

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Faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaavorite! <3

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Had to take a “Stoneroo” photo in the photo booth! <3

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Past sister-of-a-Root-bride Allison! She announced she was pregnant a few weeks after Jessy’s wedding, so I think I know who her wish involved! :)

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Jessy and Bligh, we had such a wonderful time at your wedding!!! Thanks for letting us be a part of the adventure. :)

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Sarah and I were in the first and second grade together.

It was the second grade when I decided I didn’t like her. No… I hated her, even.

You see, my elementary school had this sort of contest every year. Each student would draw a picture and in each classroom, one child’s work was chosen to hang as a banner outside the classroom. The child’s parents would then help make the picture come alive on fabric so it’d serve as a little flag. Super cute, right? Well, Sarah’s Wizard of Oz inspired piece was so good, the art teacher chose it to hang outside the main office! The same art teacher ripped my work to shreds, saying at my age I shouldn’t be drawing people looking like hot dogs. Isn’t it funny what you remember as a kid?

The worst thing I’ve ever done to another person was to Sarah. We were in the second grade and long story short, I tried stealing her adorable horse necklace and passing it off as my own. Of course I got caught, our teacher threatened to tell Mom, and yadda yadda yadda, Sarah asked us to photograph her wedding ~20 years later. :)

Obligatory first grade class photo! Ps, can I just point out how cute my childhood bff Kolby looked rocking that American flag dress?! Good on ya, Cheese! <3 Oh, and random fact: I was shooting a wedding at the Boardwalk Inn a few years back, and bumped into my first grade teacher, the beautiful lady in this photo! Small world, indeed. :)

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You may remember Sarah and Nick’s engagement session around Memphis Botanic Gardens. She and Nick held their ceremony at the Butler Memorial Presbyterian Church in Youngstown, Ohio.

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Love her momma.

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One of our all-time favorite getting ready photos! So much going on in one frame.

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Sarah has always loved color, so her floral was rainbow inspired. :)

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Remember how I told you out of our huge elementary school, Sarah’s drawing was chosen to be the one representing our school outside of the main office? Well, lo and behold, she’s an artist today! Sarah couldn’t have picked a better reception venue than The Butler Institute of American Art.  Besides the cool factor of having your wedding reception in the middle of this gorgeous art museum, there’s a walkway connecting it and the Butler Memorial Presbyterian Church where they got married. It was super convenient for their guests!

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Each guest got to take home a little postcard featuring a different work of art by Sarah herself.

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SO fun doing a family session with these two the morning of the wedding and then seeing them later on in the day. :)

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The Butler Institute of American Art Wedding Reception

Sarah and Nick, you know we love y’all! Here’s hoping our paths cross again soon! :)

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I’ve seen billboards for Harmony for ages. Their “sleep under the stars” slogan with photos of Celebration-type homes always made me want to visit! Jocelyn and Kevin’s wedding finally gave us an excuse. :)

They were introduced through a friend a few years ago, kept in touch, and didn’t begin dating for a couple of years. It’s hard to see how it took so long as these two just fit so perfectly together, but clearly things ended up just as they should!

We met Jocelyn at Harmony Golf Preserve where she was surrounded by adoring family members. (No, seriously- This girl is loved by all, and it’s easy to see why!)

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Nate and I fell in love with Jocelyn’s sweet dad!

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Jocelyn’s an only child, but you’d never know her 5 cousins weren’t her sisters when you’re around them all!

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While Nate was taking bridal portraits, I snuck these of Jocelyn’s veil holder-downer without her knowledge. :)

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Smartest move of the day? Having the girls and guys swap places because of the crazy wind coming off the lake!

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Favorite. :)

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Harmony Golf Preserve Wedding in Kissimmee Florida

Jocelyn, you’re gorgeous.

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My favorite thing about Harmony? The on-site stable!

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Loved this idea- Kevin and Jocelyn’s guests signed what will become their family Bible.

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Oh, and I love that she changed into this little number for the reception!

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Another favorite. ;)

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Jocelyn and Kevin, thank you so much for having us! We wish you the happiest of ever afters!!

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Root Photography First Look on the 1st at the Grand Bohemian Orlando

I knew I was going to do a first look before I was even engaged. I had been blogstalker of Root Weddings for quite some time when I came across the post they did on their first look. Initially I thought that it wasn’t for me, but by the end of that post, my mind had been changed. The pros they listed outweighed any concerns I had and the kicker was learning that seeing each other before the ceremony is not actually bad luck, but was a way to make sure grooms didn’t skip out on their future wife if she was ugly back in the ol days. Ok, maybe the real kicker was the fact that Jensey said she likes those brides a little bit better, but still, the other points played their part. 

Fast forward to when my then boyfriend finally decided to put a ring on it and marry me. One of the first things I let him know during wedding planning was that we would be doing a first look. He’s super laid back and he agreed instantly, as I figured he would. That was the easy part, the hard part was ahead of me…..I had to tell my mom. I knew telling her wasn’t going to be a walk in the park, so I prepared by making sure all of the blog posts that Nate and Jensey had done on First Looks were pulled up on my phone and took her out for wine (because wine makes everything better). I will never forget her reaction – we were sitting on the patio of the restaurant, on our second glass of wine and I said something to the effect of: ‘Umm, just so you know, J.W. and I decided that we want to do a first look before the wedding. It’s amazing and Nate and Jensey will be there to capture the whole thing and it’ll be awesome because it’ll be a special moment for J.W. and I to enjoy’ To which she started balling. At the restaurant. It wasn’t even a slow cry that built up to actual crying; it was immediate tears flooding out. Which happened to be the exact time our waitress came out to check on us (of course). After assuring the waitress that I did not just deliver some horrible life altering news – although my mother disagreed – I pulled out my phone and had my mom read the same post that had changed my mind. But she just was not on board. She couldn’t believe that she wasn’t going to be there to witness when the bride and groom first saw each other. She was positive our reactions when I walked down the aisle wouldn’t be as emotional as they would if we waited to see each other.  She KNEW she was going to miss that *one* special moment she was so looking forward to. While I was not a fan of upsetting my mom since she’s amazing and was doing everything for our wedding, doing a first look was something that I was not going to budge on. So in the following months, I continued to try to tell her all of the benefits of a first look, I emailed her photos of other first looks and how amazing they were, but there was no changing her mind either. While she was ‘ok’ with it, and wanted me to have my wedding the way I wanted, I knew she was still upset and this was going to just be something we didn’t agree on.

So, come our wedding day, I left the room early to go down and see my soon to be husband. It was amazing! Everything I hoped for. We were able to kiss and hug and tell each other how beautiful/handsome the other looked and how much we loved each other. We were also able laugh, get rid of some wedding day anxiety and enjoy the calm before the storm, just the two of us. During our first look, I cried, J.W. did not. But do you know when J.W. did cry? When I walked down the aisle to marry him. And I cried more than I did at our first look. Walking down that aisle to be married to my best friend was an emotional experience that cannot be replicated. I had different tears, different emotions than when I saw him a few hours before. My mom got to see that *one* look she was hoping for. She missed nothing and saw everything. And her favorite pictures from the entire day……are from our first look =)

Root Photography First Look on the 1st at the Grand Bohemian Orlando

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