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Vy & Scott Wedding {West Palm Beach Wedding Photographer}

Approaching this wedding was quite different from other weddings... I was extremely nervous because I've never met the bride & groom -- not in person... Vy & Scott live in New Orleans, and decided to have a destination wedding in Florida where Vy's parents live...  Since January when Vy and I spoke on the phone to finalize their wedding contract --- we've been kind of like pen pals... Every so often we'd exchange emails to see how wedding plans were going... or she'd email for wedding vendor ideas... or just to share the excitement of their upcoming wedding & finally meeting their photographer...

So on their wedding day, I was super excited to meet them (and anxiously nervous)! But once I met Vy, at her parents house packed with wedding guests, my nervousness melted away... everyone was so kind and so friendly... Vy & Scott were so much fun to get to know in person... they're sweet, caring people with a terrific sense of humor... and the icing on the cake? They were awesome models!!! After the ceremony I even got to steal them away for an hour and a half for their bride & groom portraits! Inside --- I was screaming "Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyy"and giggling like a kid in a candy shop! Oh yea, and it didn't matter that we were outdoors the entire day in the blazing heat --- because well, everyone was sweating -- not just me =) And who can think about the heat when there was love, laughter, family, food, and a huge celebration to be had? Nothing mattered, but Vy & Scott's wedding celebration... I'm so excited to finally share some pictures from their big day... and with so many favorites --- this is only part one of their previews... enjoy!

Scott gifted Vy these beautiful jade earrings which matched the ring her mother lent her for the wedding...
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what a beautiful bride...
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and I absolutely loved her red shoes... which was their wedding color...
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love the bouquets? her girlfriends made them at home! along with the rest of the wedding decor... oh so lovely!
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gorgeous bridal party...
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and so much fun, they were!
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handsome groom...
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one of my favorites...
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this was sweet... & funny because the priest made him kiss her hand twice =)
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you may now kiss the bride...
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I love this mother/daughter moment...
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ahh yes, the stunning bridal party...
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remember this teaser?
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here are more parasol fun shots =)
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she called this a cupcake picture... but isn't she stunning?
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oh I didn't tell you? Yes, there were three parasols -- one for each lady =) to my delight...
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love....
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and the laughter just kept coming... it was such a fun day!
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love this vintage, romantic moment..
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simply stunning... I told you they were AWEsome models!! Just wait for the rest...
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Make sure to come back for part two to see more of Vy & Scott.... Happy Wednesday!

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I LOVE this image... some people (like my sister) wonder why their heads are cut off... I simply tell her, it's suppose to be... it's -- artistic... so whether you're curious to see this couples missing heads, or if you want to see their beautiful wedding --- be sure to come visit tomorrow =)

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What I've been up to...

via pictures... (some highlights of our vacation)

family time... with my sister, niece, & three rambunctious nephews...
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we stopped along the way to site see... in Atlanta: the world's largest aquarium...
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simply amazing...
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visited family in North Carolina...
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we jet-skied...went tubing... and white water rafting...
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and even snuck in a couple of shoots... some family fun...
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stylishly clad couple...
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and finishing up on this lovely wedding my husband and I shot...
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I hope everyone is enjoying their summer... my husband & I have one week left of vacation, and will surely enjoy the rest of it =) Happy Monday!


iheartfaces: "celebrating teens"

Although my husband and I are on a road trip (as I blog this), I had to join this weeks  photo challenge at iheartfaces --- "celebrating teens"... thanks to the wifi on his iPhone and my Mac was good to go =) This image is of beautiful Christina taken last year when she was 15, approaching her senior year... I not only love this image, but I loved this session... I wish Christina nothing but the best in her bright future...

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 click on this link to check out other bright eyed teens at iheartfaces...

Laurie...John... & Jane {Family Photography}

In my recent visit to Michigan, I finally got to say hello to my friends and captured their sweet family of three.  John and Laurie were high school sweethearts who eventually got married.  Now they live in a beautiful home raising their first baby girl, Jane... who is such a cute baby!! John & Laurie are the most genuine people you'll meet! I'm glad to be (long distance) friends with them! Here are some previews from our little shoot... enjoy!


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so cute...
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I love this picture...
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I like this one too...
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awww...
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love the bottom right! those bright, blue eyes and the hair sticking up!
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so sweet...
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Tears of Joy...

So for the last few weeks I've been updating my website... working on my logo... and completely updating every aspect of my business... because if I make one tiny change, like changing my logo... I have to change it on my website, my splash page, my clients' site, my blog header, on my contracts, on my facebook page... and  -- well, it's time consuming! And exhausting...

Today as I was trouble shooting the website --- looking through all my sessions... the babies, the couples, the weddings... (with my favorite love song playing in the background) I actually started -- to get teary eyed... tearful... not at my work... but tearful at the joy so many have shared with me...

I've been truly blessed to have been a part of so many joyful moments in peoples' lives... from children & family joy... the joy of expecting a baby... newborn baby joy... the joy & excitement of an engaged couple... and the blissful, joy of a bride & groom... nothing -- compares... I've been truly blessed to have captured all of these joyful moments for my clients, family, & friends...

Photography for me doesn't feel like a job... or work... (well, the business part of it does)... photography is a gift... for me --- a gift I can give back time & time again... a creative outlet to capture life's fleeting moments that we can never chase or get back... it's a gift of a timeless moment... this is why I love photography... this is why I love what I do... and love the smiles & tears that are evoked by simple images of life...

With the launch of my updated website... I wanted to share with you what makes me fall in love with photography... over and over... and all over again... each time...

Please visit my WEBSITE and let me know what you think of the updates =) comments welcomed & loved..


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kinda tugs at your heart, doesn't it?