Continued from Part I Anna and Rob’s wedding! :)
Oh, how I love a sweet private last dance!
Anna and Rob, we wish y’all the absolute best and hope to see you soon!!!
Anna and Rob met about 10 years ago as they were finishing high school. Rob proposed to Anna during a weekend trip to St. Augustine when they were celebrating Anna’s birthday. When we photographed their wedding around St. Augustine, I knew their wedding would be one of my 2014 favorites, and I wasn’t wrong.
Nate and I had dreamed of shooting at gorgeous Bella Collina ever since I first saw photos of the venue- From the second I stepped out of our car until the last sparkler burnt out, I truly felt like we were photographing a wedding in Italy! I certainly hope and dream of returning, but if Anna and Rob’s wedding is the only one we ever photograph there, I couldn’t imagine a better bride and groom to share that experience. :)
I love when we’re able to work with a great vendor team on a wedding day; For us it makes the difference between a stressful work day and, well, one of our favorites of the year. We finally got to work again with one of our favorite wedding coordinators, Allison from Blush, who kept the day running smoothly and seamlessly. Teresa Knox is always a favorite officiant of ours that we don’t get to work with nearly enough, Patricia LeJeune was on hand to not only put finishing touches on Anna’s already naturally gorgeous face, but also to be her ever calming self on what could have been a very stressful morning- This was the weather that morning. :/
The photo on the left is my favorite- You’d never know that “snowy” Italian photo was taken on a humid Orlando day!
I love little nods to Disney at weddings outside of the parks.
Seriously, Root brides, pleeeeease bring us back here! <3
That liiiiiiiight!!!! I could have photographed them on this staircase for hours!
ANNA, YOU ARE GORGEOUS.
I love a good bridesmaid wall for hiding from guests!
Married!!!! Way too many favorites from this wedding- Come back Wednesday for part two! <3
It was a total surprise. Jenna received a message on Disney Company letterhead instructing her to report to Disney’s Boardwalk Inn for a magical moment. She assumed it had to do with her birthday later that week and headed to Sea Breeze Point. Jenna’s closest friends and family were waiting for her there, along with Liam, who asked if she was ready for the “next generation” of their lives together, along with a ring box made out of a custom Magic Band box, and painted bride and groom Magic Bands. It was one of the most thoughtful, creative proposals I’ve ever heard, and I cannot even imagine these two Disney obsessed cast members beginning their life together any other way. (You can read the extended story here!)
I was so excited to finally see THE box!
Lilly wedding shoes = The happiest wedding shoes! <3
Talk about a small world moment- I find out Jenna’s family and her bridesmaids are all from Winnetka, Illinois, and with some quick detective work, find out they all went to high school with my cousin, Jamie. What are the chances?!
I can’t believe we got the fabulous Patricia LeJeune in a photoooooo! (Haven’t booked your hair and make-up artist yet? Stop what you’re doing and book her here!)
PS- These are always my favorite photos to stumble upon while editing. <3
I love a good wedding day letter exchange!
First look time!
And then we went on a wedding adventure. A reeeeeeeeally big one.
Jenna, you were gooooorgeous. <3
That’s only part one! Come back tomorrow for the ceremony and reception!! :)
When Nate was in college at the University of Central Florida, he got his first dSLR and spent countless hours photographing anything and everything he could. He’d sell his work on Deviantart.com where he worked as an admin and a handful of friends had his prints on their walls. Three of those people I remember best: My practically-perfect-in-every-way mother-in-law, Nick, and Maria. Maria was one of Nate’s biggest supporters, with her living room covered in work by one Nathan Root. Nate didn’t have a car at school for a while, and Maria was the one to drive him to get his prints developed and occasionally to browse the frame aisle at Target. Maria was so instrumental in keeping Nate’s passion for photography alive, and I’m eternally grateful! :)
She was among the first of Nate’s friends I met when we first started dating, so photographing her wedding was so special for us. It’s a wonderful thing seeing old friends so happy. :)
I can post these because we’re friends, but Nate’s other college best friend, Danielle, served as maid of honor and had the best faces while helping Maria get dressed. <3
Maria and Chris were married at the beautiful Annunciation Catholic Church in Altamonte Springs. It was so surreal shooting here, because Nate and I rented a condo maybe a 1/2 mile away while we were engaged. We’d walk Huck around this empty property at night allllll the time! :)
Oh yeah- Remember that time we photographed that ridiculously adorable Christian singer around Nashville? That was Sarah (right), who happens to be the maid of honor’s sister. :)
Married!! I rarely shed a tear at weddings, but I maaaaay have lost it a little during their recessional. :)
Nate always sneaks photos of people sneaking photos during group photos, but this may be one of my favorite reactions ever. :)
FAVORITE. So glad Nate had such great women in his life before I showed up on the scene!
Fact: I’m in love with Maria’s brother Noel and how much they completely adore each other. I kinda want to rent him out for holidays. :)
We made it to their reception at the Lake Mary Events Center just in time to catch the last little bit of sunset light.
Oh yeah, and Lydia was there to assist us for the evening, and our pal Tracy Marini of Eventfully Yours was on hand to coordinate the reception! That meant two things- Silly face photos and juice boxes for us during our break! <3
Loooooove this shot Lydia grabbed as their DJ announced them in to their reception!
Another great Lydia shot! :)
They won the anniversary dance by being married the longest. <3
Maria and Chris, we’re so happy for y’all and thrilled you let us capture your day!!
Veronica and I were both Fantasyland cast members during our Walt Disney World College Programs and we’ve kept in touch ever since. She was one of those friends who would always comment on our photos saying she wanted us to photograph her wedding someday, and I wasn’t holding my breath because sometimes you don’t know if people are just saying that and they’ll forget about us when that day comes. Sure enough, Veronica wrote us immediately after getting a ring on her finger. She and Jamie booked us so far out from their wedding date- One of those bookings that seems like it’ll never come, but at the same time you kinda don’t wanna rush it because it’s one you’re really looking forward to and I love having those on the calendar. :)
I love when friends get engaged, because I’m able to put them in touch with other wedding vendor friends who I know will take good care of them. I can’t imagine being engaged today and not knowing anything about wedding vendors and just Googling for a wedding planner and hoping for the best! I immediately put Veronica in touch with “friendors” of ours and crossed my fingers they were good matches for each other! Veronica ended up going with our pal Tracy Marini of Eventfully Yours who took great care of them through the planning process, and Patricia LeJeune of LeJeune Artistry, who took an already gorgeous Veronica and made her the best version of herself. :)
I can’t remember if this moment was Veronica freaking out excited about getting her wedding dress on or freaking out because her maid-of-honor just suggested they all jump in the pool at the end of the night! ;)
Favorite moment of the day? Jamie walking to the first look. ;) Nate told him not to look to the left because Veronica was waiting there, so Jamie decided to walk sideways like this the whooooole way, facing away from us. I mean- The poor guy could have covered his eyes or just turned his head to the right, but this was so much cuter and took about 10 times longer than necessary. Veronica and I were cracking up. :)
I know I shared this on this month’s First Look on the 1st, but I have to one more time. So much love!! <3
Veronica and Jamie had their ceremony and reception at Orlando’s Rosen Shingle Creek Resort.
Veronica, you’re gorgeous. <3
Love this shot of Tracy and Veronica! <3
I loooooove photographing weddings when I have friends in the bridal party! I also worked with this gorgeous face at Disney. :)
Love this shot Nate got of Veronica and her dad starting their walk. :)
Ring warming ceremonies are my most favorite. :)
Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for part two! <3
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