I knew the moment I met Katie & Olivia over beers at Dog Rose Brewery, in St. Augustine, that we were going to be fast friends. The planned the entire wedding weekend, not only around each other and their love, but their families and AWESOME friends, who traveled from all over the country. The decor in the barn was super unique (and showcased their outdoor-sy nature), featuring US national parks at each table—and they even had hiking boots to change into during the reception. Olivia is in the Navy and they are about to relocate to CA. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for them (and to visit, of course...)Read More
For those who groan at the thought of an engagement session—this is my PSA to you AND other photographers who struggle explaining to clients the importance of one.Read More
Farrah and Issac selected the gorgeous St. John Club in Burlington, VT for their wedding day. It has one of the most stunning views of Lake Champlain! The ambiance was fantastic and everyone had a wonderful time. It was the windiest I had seen the lake in the summer months but we used this to our advantage and got some awesome shots during the windy sunset. Who doesn't love flying hair if it's met to be?Read More
What a year...
2017 was NUTS—I spent almost every weekend in October in a different city. I shot my first International wedding in Mexico for my friend/photo mentor, Lindsay Pullen, and love of her life. I photographed more gay weddings than any previous year and was part of TWO pride weekends, one in Baltimore and Seattle. I began building my wedding biz in Vermont (more successfully than in 2016) and was able to spend most of the summer near my family.Read More
Vermont is near and dear to my heart because Burlington is "home". Even though I spend the majority of my time in St. Augustine, where I reside (or traveling, as you know if you follow my journey on IG, FB or here), I spend at least a month every summer in Burlington. Melissa & Bri's wedding day was my first of my 2017 Vermont summer season. And what a great way to kick it off!Read More
Dani & Jarrod’s St. Augustine wedding is one for the books. They planned their wedding for their families and friends (while keeping their style) and thought out every little detail—including margaritas as you walked into the ceremony.
Dani's dress was absolutely UNREAL and she rocked it. During the first look you could see how blown away Jarrod was. It was a really sweet moment for them.Read More
Mel & Ana’s love story is extremely unique. They met (after being introduced by a friend on Facebook) in the Bangkok airport for the first time, while Anna was abroad in Thailand in the Peace Corps. They knew right away that they were made for each other. After Ana finished her time in Thailand, she moved in with Mel in Baltimore and they began their lives together. Currently, they’re on their way to Sweden where Ana is pursuing her dream in Peace Studies sponsored by Rotary International.Read More
Ansley and Carter met in college at UF. Both of their parents are also UF grads (go Gators!) and this was a running theme throughout the weekend. Ansley’s parents were wed in Memorial Presbyterian and they decided to choose the same venue. Bummer part? Her parents didn't receive most of their wedding images due to a failure in loading film. So, I spent time recreating photos of Ansley’s parents on the steps and also photos of her father’s groomsmen who were all present at the wedding. It was SUCH an awesome weekend—they rented out all of the White Room, including the beautifully decorated second floor ballroom and the Bay Kings Band playing on the rooftop into the night.Read More
Alex & Justin met in Gainesville though his best man (who is also his best friend) and they recall the food they were eating the first night they met. They are both complete “foodies” and they spent their honeymoon exploring southern France, drinking wine and eating everything in sight. They also spend many evenings in JAX beach with their dog, Trigger, and this is why they chose a beach location for the wedding. They wanted to see the ocean from their ceremony and reception site and loved the Lodge’s ballroom due to the huge windows and ability to watch the sunset. It was an intimate wedding with around 120 people. We took their portraits during the “blue hour” —my favorite—which is the few moments after sunset, when the sun is just barely below the horizon and the residual light leaves a predominately blue shade. Passerby’s on the beach kept yelling, “congrats” and they laughed as they held each other, running back toward their reception.Read More
Recently I photographed Nancy Shaver, the Mayor of St. Augustine, for a magazine article she is featured in about unleashing femininity in your home and workspace.
Nancy does not consider herself to be ultra-fem—particularly working in the male-dominated sector of city government—but there are pieces of "her" spread around her beautiful home in downtown St. Augustine. She is an art collector (her original Sally Man prints always catch my eye!) and for those who haven't been graciously hosted at her home, she has a wall of wine glasses to choose from, each with a story. I have always felt welcome, as her neighbor and friend, and am excited to share with you a more intimate view of this incredible home and woman.Read More