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Amanda Olson said: | Nov 9, 2011 - 11:11:26 |

LOVED it! So beautiful.

Aunt Patty said: | Nov 10, 2011 - 03:11:54 |

Feel like I was there. BEAUTIFUL

Aunt Patty said: | Nov 10, 2011 - 03:11:56 |

Feel like I was there…BEAUTIFUL!!!!!

MrsOBrien said: | Nov 10, 2011 - 07:11:00 |

I love this! I've watched it only like a thousand times! Thanks so much! 🙂

MrsOBrien said: | Nov 10, 2011 - 07:11:28 |

I love this! I've watched it like a thousand times already! Thanks so much! You did a great job!

Amanda Dietz said: | Nov 14, 2011 - 08:11:38 |

one word = BEAUTIFUL!

Dawn and Terry said: | Nov 14, 2011 - 08:11:18 |

So beautiful, so glad we could be part of your special day 😀

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Jessica made for a beautiful and fun bride over on Anna Maria Island last weekend. She and Michael both live in Tampa, and had their wedding ceremony and reception close to home at the always popular Beachhouse.

Michael’s family came down from Wisconsin to join in the festivities too!

The day started with the ladies getting ready at Anna Maria Island Inn while the men were getting ready in a rented home just up the road in Bradenton Beach.

I loved working with Jessica and her bridesmaids in the little alleyway behind the inn. Jessica wore her hair long and loose, and she went barefoot for the ceremony on the sand. Her niece served as one of the flower girls.

It was great to be back at the Beachhouse again-I was last there for Jennifer and Bill’s wedding in Spring 2010, and I love the great sunsets that Anna Maria Island gets. Earlier in the day, it looked like rain, but there wasn’t a drop in the sky by the time we started the ceremony and formals afterwards.

The ceremony was set for right before sunset under a draped canopy, with the reception to take place in the adjoining pavilion. And we were able to squeeze in many portraits of the bride and groom together prior to sunset too!

Due to the sun setting, we moved fast through all the portraits (and my leggings got soaked in the ocean by a rogue wave!), but Jessica and Michael are so easy to work with and so fun, we really got to maximize our time.

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provided the evening’s entertainment, and the dance floor was certainly packed. Jessica’s sister gave a heartfelt toast, as did the best man, and there were some tears.

Jessica and Michael, I just loved working with you two on your big day. Thank you so much for having me aboard for your wedding day-it was truly beautiful!

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Amanda Olson said: | Nov 9, 2011 - 08:11:32 |

Love the pictures! Thanks for helping to make my sister's day special!!

Aunt Patty said: | Nov 14, 2011 - 09:11:08 |

What great photos. The difference between a good photographer and a GREAT one. I love it all! Writing to ANGIE'S LIST today and any other consumer's list to make a RECOMMENDATION. Thank you for capturing this event so that I could feel like I was there. Jessie and Mikey look very happy. Jessica you look AMAZING.

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This is one of my most favorite weddings ever, so I warn you, there are going to be a lot of photos in this post.

Jennifer and Bill are very laid-back and brought a ton of new ideas to the table as far as DIY is concerned. For example, Jen made a lot of her own jewelry.

I love how you can see Jen’s reflection in her shoes as she is getting ready.

Here, Jen is having a few minutes alone before all the craziness starts!

The location was gorgeous over on Anna Maria Island on Florida’s West Coast, a destination wedding for the couple. This wedding took place at The Beachhouse, a very unique location overlooking the gulf in Bradenton Beach, Florida.

You’d never know this was a destination wedding though because everything was planned so smoothly. It was almost as though this took place in their hometown near Buffalo, NY.

Speaking of Buffalo, Jennifer and Bill are HUGE Buffalo Bills fans and season ticket holders. (Much like my husband and I are huge Steelers fans). I loved Jennifer’s garter, very fun!

After Jen was all ready, we went out and got a few photos in front of the gorgeous beach house that they had rented. The sun was pretty hot, but we found a good spot under this tree in the front yard.

After working with the ladies, I headed over to the ceremony and reception location to work with the guys.

And before long, Jen and Bill were hitched. The moment they were introduced to the crowd:

We did some family formals, and then the couple had a few private shots alone.

The rocky shoreline also made for some fun shots with the whole bridal party!

The west coast of Florida has a huge advantage over other beautiful spots in Florida because of the amazing sunset over the water. I’ve never seen anything like it. The colors just took my breath away.

Then, I asked Jennifer and Bill to get in the water. It was kind of a crazy idea, and I am so sorry, Bill, for getting your pants all wet, but the shot was worth it! (Don’t worry, the groom dried out quickly in the hot sun!)

Swati was the maid of honor and she gave a really touching toast. I saw her crying during the ceremony and started to tear up myself. She met Jennifer back in middle school and, even though they live on opposite sides of the country right now, they’ve remained close.

The guest book was awesome; we all send our best wishes to the bride and groom!

The cake was delicious and the cake topper is actually reusable. It is a salt and pepper shaker.

At night, the couple had glow sticks out for the dance floor. One of their guests wanted to draw a heart in honor of the bride and groom, and I think she did a great job!

And they walked off into the sunset, and lived happily ever after! 😉 (Well, okay, maybe I didn’t take this shot at the end of the reception, but I loved it too much not to include it!)

Jen and Bill, it was truly a gorgeous day; I had SO much fun working with the two of you! Perhaps I’ll see you when the Steelers play the Bills!

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Anonymous said: | Jun 11, 2010 - 06:06:33 |

I think these pictures are absolutely GORGEOUS!!! You are a great photographer!

~Sarah Donaldson Edelen

Anonymous said: | Jun 11, 2010 - 11:06:51 |

HI Kristen!!!

Thank you for posting these beautiful pictures !!

Jennifer said: | Jun 12, 2010 - 08:06:50 |

Kristen – these are amazing and you were fabulous! Thank you so much for everything that day!!

Jarrod said: | Jun 12, 2010 - 09:06:24 |

Kristen – These pictures are wonderful ! Thank you for making this day so special for my sister and her husband. – Jarrod Ferguson

Jen McSorley said: | Jun 12, 2010 - 10:06:17 |

I love the pictures. You did an amazing job!

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