Please enjoy some additional images from Laura and Kenny’s wedding day!

As always, music is used with permission-“Imagine Anything” by Dan Phillipson.

Thanks again to all who made the day beautiful!

Hair and Makeup Stylists: Sorelli Hair Salon

Gown and Men’s Attire: Aurora Bridal

Accommodations: Courtyard Marriott in Melbourne

Ceremony Venue: Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Melbourne

Portrait Location: The WONDERFUL Rosetter House

Reception Venue: The Courtyard at the Oaks

Videographer: Space Coast HD Video

Floral: Roses Are Red Florist and Plants

Entertainment: DJ Ralph for DJ Shane

Photo Booth: Snap Yourself Silly

The full wedding image gallery is also online for guests and family and friends here. Please contact either Laura or Kenny for the password!



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I was awoken at 4am the morning of Elizabeth and Ryan’s wedding by the pounding rain on the roof and the loud slap of tree branches being blown into my window. “Oh no…” I groaned inwardly. I knew the forecast was supposed to be tropical storm-like conditions. It was calling for 40 to 50 mph winds and all weekend rain. I really jinxed myself after Kristy and Adam’s rainy romantic day, and it was continuing over for Elizabeth and Ryan.

But Elizabeth had dreams of an all outside ceremony and reception. She and Ryan had been together for thirteen years, engaged for six years, and brought a daughter into this world a few years ago. This day was a long time coming for them, and the wedding planning had been in full force for a year. Glassware had been rented, linens steamed, menus created, DIY projects completed, and bouquets crafted.

Wedding and photography blogs, including mine, often focus on these handcrafted details, the picturesque locations, the elegance of the reception—let’s be honest, the “looks” of the day, the designers, the beauty. But the old saying about people applies to weddings too, deep down. “It isn’t about the looks-it is what is on the inside that counts.”

Venue: River Palm Cottages
Catering: Dee-Stefano’s Restaurant
Videography: Verola Studios
Entertainment: Eclipse Entertainment DJ Frank

Inside this wedding, inside the eye of the storm, is love and a partnership. When Ryan forgot his dress shirt, Elizabeth was frantically tracking one down for him. When Elizabeth’s veil blew into the woods during the ceremony, dozens of guests jumped up and ran after it for her. When the reception tables were overturned with a strong guest, I saw Ryan serving as a coordinator to get everything reassembled in a borrowed hotel room before Elizabeth could see the damage.

On a wedding day, everything doesn’t always go as planned, and sometimes, nothing goes as planned. I’ve been honest and upfront on this blog since day one, and I’ll tell you that, due to the craziest weather east coast Florida has seen in years, this wedding probably won’t be featured in a magazine on newsstands near you. But it is featured here because, at the end of the day, Elizabeth and Ryan were married. Happily married. All of the vendors, the family, the friends, the bride and groom—we all came together and pulled it off.

Their daughter was a-okay with the rain!

Elizabeth managed to find a little space in between two groves of trees where the wind was literally not blowing-very cool.

And before we had to move the reception to higher ground, I was still able to get a lot of detail shots!

It was unconventionally beautiful and a day we will all always remember! I hope you two get to relax and go on your minimoon now that the storm has blown over-you deserve it for all your hard work. Thanks for having me aboard–I can honestly say I had a blast and laughed a lot. This was one of the most challenging and fun weddings I’ve ever had the pleasure to photograph!

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I absolutely love second shooting and assisting, where you work for another photographer for the day as a helper on one of their contracted weddings. There is a lot of freedom to go out and get the creative shot rather than the safer shot, and spending the day with a photographer friend is always fun too-makes the day go by faster with someone to talk with and laugh with and share the carrying of the heavy gear. Everytime you work with a new photographer, you learn more about posing, technique, and what they do, and then you can incorporate that into *your* work if it works for you.

In the wedding world, where many of us are self-taught or taught via the apprenticeship model, second shooting is invaluable. Jen Stevenson of Jen Stevenson Photo brought me along for this Orlando wedding, and I’m so grateful to her.

These are just a few of my favorites from my perspective for the day; see Jen’s blog for her favorites!

Thanks, Jen, for having me; I can’t wait to work together again! And thanks so much Don and Miriam for having me as well!

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Please enjoy some additional images from Kay and John’s Boca Raton wedding!

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Kay said: | Aug 5, 2011 - 12:08:01 |

Kristen, this is absolutely amazing!! I cannot wait to see the rest of the pictures.

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Sherrell first contacted me a few months ago, looking for a wedding photographer. I wanted to work for them because Sherrell was so sweet, but I was already booked.

Even if I’m already booked for your day, or your wedding was a few years back, or you went with someone else for photographs, I’m always happy to do a family session, couples session, or a just because session with you! There’s so many opportunities for photography, so send me an email, I’d love to work with you, no wedding commitment required!

Luckily, Sherrell and I still got to work together on her engagement photos! 🙂 She and Joey have been engaged for four years and she was in need of some images for her save the dates for her October wedding. I know Sherrell has been anticipating these photos being posted, so I wanted to get them blogged as soon as possible.

Four years is a long time to be engaged, but they got engaged young, so planning a wedding right away was understandably not the priority! Sherrell was a student at Florida Institute of Technology, while Joey was working and taking classes. Through the years they’ve been together, Sherrell graduated and relocated for a job, and Joey began on his career path as an electrician. They’ve moved to the west coast of Florida for work and now back here to Brevard County.

Sherrell currently is a software engineer and Joey’s apprenticing.

We decided to go to downtown Melbourne (during a busy street festival!) because of the great lighting and cute shops. Sherrell and Joey describe themselves as casual people, bu I loved Sherrell’s dressier outfit too for the shoot!

I have so much respect for Sherrell and Joey for staying together through the years and working together as a couple. We all change so much from our younger days, and it takes a strong couple to grow together through their early twenties than to grow apart.

It was so great to meet you! I know your fall wedding will be beautiful! 🙂 Thanks so much for coming out and creating some great images with me!

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Bri said: | May 11, 2011 - 11:05:30 |

love the interaction between them!

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