Amy and Mike were married in a beautiful spring ceremony over in Harmony, Florida. The colors were yellow and blue, and the weather was beautiful.

This photo above was taken by Jen Stevenson, the second shooter.

Amy is an avid runner, and she even had tennis shoes to put on under her dress in her wedding colors.

This wedding had a lot of great professionals working behind the scenes. Thanks so much to Michelle, the Harmony coordinator, and the following wedding pros!

Second Professional Photographer: Jen Stevenson Photo

Hair Styling: Re Jones in the Salon and Spa on the Boulevard in Melbourne, Florida

Floral: Beautiful Bouquets and Baskets in Palm Bay, Florida

Ceremony Venue: Cat Lake in Harmony, Florida

Reception Venue: Harmony Golf Club in Harmony, Florida

After the ladies’ prep, we headed over to meet the groomsmen and get a few shots around the golf course.

You can really see how nice the weather was with the blue sky and the clouds.

After Amy was dressed, we did a matching golf course shot for her as well.

Amy had a special surprise for her dad-a horse-drawn carriage to take them to the ceremony at Cat Lake. After the ceremony, the bride and groom rode away in the carriage as well before starting their portraits. It was definitely something unique that the guests were excited to see.

The sunset was glowing orange through the trees, so there were a lot of opportunities for beautiful photos with that light.

This image is courtesy of Jen Stevenson.

After some additional photos in the field of wildflowers at Harmony, we headed to the reception. There, Amy and Mike had a candy buffet and, instead of one wedding cake, they had a collection of dessert cakes.

After an evening of dancing, the newlyweds exited to a bubble send-off and climbed into the limo to start their new lives together. Please enjoy your fabulous honeymoon in New Zealand; it will be amazing! Congratulations and thank you so much for having Kristen Wynn Photography as your wedding day photographer.

-Allison Wynn on behalf of Kristen Wynn Photography

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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 don’t feel like I get to do enough engagement sessions, really, especially for being a wedding photographer. And I LOVE doing them, might even love them more than shooting weddings.

So when Casey and Rob wanted to do an engagement session prior to their upcoming March wedding, I was excited. We headed down to Church Street Station in Orlando for their shoot.

Here’s why I love engagement sessions:
1. We’re not rushed. On the wedding day, we almost always are. We really took our time and got a ton of different shots for Casey and Rob.

2. We can choose a supreme location for both lighting and background. On a wedding day, we’re limited to what is near the venue/on the way to the reception, most times. And the lighting on a wedding day? You have to work with it, and it can be crazy!

3. We can have an outfit change for variety.

4. We can more easily incorporate props and your interests.

5. Capturing emotions and fun is often easier during an engagement session. On the wedding day, you will be pulled in 800 directions. Mom wanders off during the portraits, bridesmaid Susy doesn’t feel well, the time is ticking on the limo, Dad and Grandma are arguing again, etc. You might feel a bit stressed. You might be exhausted or overwhelmed. During an engagement shoot, it is no worries. Just having fun. No eyes on you; it is just the three of us working together!

I love learning about my couples during the engagement session too. Casey and Rob are getting married on Florida’s West Coast in the spring. I also learned that they got engaged in the Bahamas on a cruise, and that Casey’s ring was her special souvenir from the trip!

Casey also was down for anything to get the shot, including hanging from the train. 🙂 Thanks for being such a good sport in the name of the image!

6. Freedom of movement and posing! This is HUGE. On your wedding day, you can’t really get dirty. We have to be careful at all times. Your dress might be a bit uncomfortable, or heavy, and fragile. But during the engagement session, you can sit, lie down, jump, walk around, lean on something less than pristine, giving us a lot more variety in posing.

7. More photos to hang on the wall. Engagement photos are really your *first* family portraits. You’ll build on these portraits for years to come, adding fur-children or human-children. It’s nice to have something different than just wedding photos on your walls. And you can use the photos for many wedding-day related details, like programs, table numbers, and the guest book.

8. You get to know your photographer. She/he gets to know you. It is the perfect trial run. If you don’t like the results, there’s still time to find someone else for the big day. You also learn about yourself and what poses you like best for the two of you as a couple.

Casey even used her engagement session as a time to trial run her hair and makeup. That way, she knows exactly how everything will appear in photos…great idea!

So for all of those reasons, I highly recommend that all my couples do an engagement session prior to the wedding day! 🙂

I can’t wait to work with you two! I had a blast during our engagement session and look forward to making more images with you at your wedding!

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Bri said: | Nov 29, 2010 - 10:11:45 |

LOVE the location and the interaction that you caught between the couple. Gorgeous!

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I had never met Colleen before her wedding day, but I knew it was a good fit when I got her invitation. We had the same wedding colors, yellow/black/white. So right away, I knew this girl had very good taste! 🙂 I also know she’s been eagerly awaiting her sneak peek since her wedding two weeks ago!

On the phone the week of the wedding, I ran through my ideal timeline. And that’s when I knew Colleen was the perfect bride to work with…so laid back. And when I arrived at Palma Sola Botanical Park, Craig, her groom, was taking a little nap on the porch while the ladies got everything ready for the reception. Now that’s relaxed. 🙂

Colleen really carried her color scheme throughout the whole day, including in the bridal suite, where the walls were even painted yellow.

I love eyelash shots!

You can tell she’s a Florida bride since she was *glowing* with a golden tan on her wedding day. 🙂

She assembled all of her own bouquets and centerpieces the night before, truly a labor of love. And her mom pitched in and made her cake, which was enormous! And this was no homemade looking cake, either. There were three huge layers with tons of filling inside, including a pumpkin filling, perfect for fall. The outside was covered with a fondant black and white damask pattern.

But Colleen loves cake, she told me, and her day-of coordinator told me she loves cake so much that she incorporates the word “cupcake” into her Twitter handle. (I’m not on Twitter, so I don’t know how all that works!) 🙂

Colleen and Craig met while at work and have a very deep bond. During their wedding reception, there was a medical emergency with a guest. Colleen and Craig were excellent hosts and made sure everyone was attended to and that the guest was okay, always putting others first. Definitely no bridezilla here! And they still found a way to carry on in a respectful manner for the remainder of the party. It just shows you how awesome they are as people and as a couple.

And then they headed out for a unique honeymoon, a Florida road trip. I hope you two had an awesome time at your many destinations and at Harry Potter at Universal Studios! 🙂 It was such a pleasure to work with you!

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JenStevensonPhoto said: | Nov 21, 2010 - 09:11:57 |

LOVE those first two rings shots and the last one with the sunflare…beautiful! What a sweet couple. : )

Ruby P. said: | Nov 21, 2010 - 09:11:55 |

wowww!! love! these are so beautiful, great work.

Kim H said: | Nov 21, 2010 - 10:11:06 |

What a beautiful bride, great pictures!!

Anonymous said: | Nov 21, 2010 - 11:11:57 |

Beautiful photos, beautiful bride….BEAUTIFUL everything!!!

Ann H. said: | Nov 22, 2010 - 11:11:10 |

Love the kissing on the stairs photo! So pretty.

Victoria said: | Nov 22, 2010 - 04:11:20 |

Beautiful bride, looks like a gorgeous day!

Christina said: | Nov 23, 2010 - 04:11:36 |

Wow! Beautiful! Love the closeup one of her looking down and laughing!

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Just a week ago, Lisa and Mark got hitched! I was eagerly awaiting Lisa’s big day because I knew she had a lot of really cute, interesting details planned from our emails back and forth. And she certainly didn’t disappoint! 🙂 There was SO much to photograph!

The shoes were gorgeous and my favorite pair thus far this year because of the glam factor.

And all the vendors working this wedding were working really hard to make this event perfection. It was so great to meet all of you!

Coordination: An Affair to Remember
Ceremony and Reception Site: Lake Mary Events Center
Hotel: Hyatt Lake Mary
Catering: John Michael Events
Videographers: Jared Curtis and Seth Cohon with Visual Effects by Seth
DJ/Band: Beautiful Music by Shannon Caine
Florist: Peddles-Vicki McCullough
Officiants: Reverend Kevin Knox and Rabbi Robert Lofkowitz
Cake: Sweet! by Good Golly Miss Holly
Transportation: VIP Transportation
Hair/Makeup: Tiffany McKimmey

Lisa personalized her wedding with a lot of elements that were integral to themselves as a couple. For example, Lisa and Mark met each other in high school, but it wasn’t until many years later that they started dating (more on that story further down!). So, Lisa folded up her ceremony programs the way we used to fold up notes in high school and displayed them in a vintage lunch box.

She had a tea ceremony during her ceremony to honor her Asian heritage, as well as a wine ceremony and the breaking of the glass to honor Mark’s Jewish heritage. Lisa had two gowns (and of course two pairs of shoes), one Vietnamese gown for the ceremony and a party dress for the reception.

And Lisa and Mark were both in marching band in HS and incorporated that as well. Their guest book was a signed arrangement of Ben Fold’s “The Luckiest” and they both brought their instruments out for a quick photo op. Lisa and Mark are self-described “band geeks,” so I would dub this wedding theme as “Geek Chic.” Lisa even put a drum corps championship ring on her bouquet.

Facebook played a part in this wedding as well, as I snapped a few photos of the couple changing their statuses to “married” right after the ceremony and we all wore personalized pins with our Facebook “likes” on them as our escort cards.

Now, getting back to the instrument incorporation, I believe the story told in the toast by the best man went like this: Mark traveled to California for a big drum corps championship, having not seen Lisa for many years. Lisa also happened to be at the same competition. They met for the second time and it was fate.

On the big day, Mark’s cuff links read “Blue Devils.” For a second, I thought Mark and the groomsmen were into stunt flying planes. Then I remembered, that’s the “Blue Angels.” Oops! 🙂 But looked up the Blue Devils on Google- very cool.

The cake was something unique as well, again paying homage to their heritage, as it was a Norwegian wedding cake. Tell me these little flags aren’t cute?!

Lisa had a brunch reception, so she had activities other than dancing to entertain the guests (but there was dancing too, naturally).

One of those neat things was a DIY photo booth that she and Mark created. Everyone had a ton of fun with the different props.

You can tell that Lisa (and the ladies at An Affair to Remember) put so much hard work into this wedding; it was truly a labor of love. And speaking of love, Mark’s card to Lisa was printed with the following message: “Marriage is a celebration of eager promises and an endless number of beautiful tomorrows.”

At the end of the day, the bride and groom were sent off in style with a ribbon wand exit.

You two were just an awesome couple to work with, so laid back! I wish you two both many, many happy tomorrows together! 🙂

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Lisa and Mark said: | Oct 23, 2010 - 04:10:28 |

LOVE these Kristen!! You are a rock star!!! I can't wait to see more!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Have you ever just met someone and clicked? No, I’m not talking about Jenifer and Dennis, but about Jenifer and me. 🙂 From the moment I first talked to her, I knew she was such a good person, very honest, sincere, and hardworking.

Jenifer called me one hot summer day with about two months to go until her wedding. She was looking for a photographer. We spoke, we clicked, she booked, and we were all set to go. I hadn’t met her yet, but she was easygoing, fun, and upbeat, and I knew we were a good match.

Jenifer made most everything for her wedding, including her bouquets. There were so many handmade items, I can’t possibly show them all here on the blog, but she had a charm for her bouquet to represent her dog, she and Dennis exchanged sweet wedding notes that day, and they wrote their own vows.

Jenifer and Dennis are a good match too, of course! And when I showed up at her hotel, Jenifer was off handling a minor manicure emergency. It didn’t even set us back one minute, because she was super organized and built plenty of time into her timeline. Organization is key when planning; Jenifer had it down. 🙂 And when there’s plenty of time, there’s more of a cushion to get some great photographs. We can really look for the perfect location, move around if the sun changes, and try some creative angles.

Jenifer and the ladies readied themselves. The guys, on the other hand, got dressed for some photos, then got undressed, hit the hotel pool for awhile, got redressed, and STILL beat us all to the ceremony site. It must be easy to be a man.

Manicure fixed, hair and makeup complete, the ladies arrived and the beach ceremony at Hobe Sound Beach was underway.

This quote, taken from their wedding ceremony, describes the day perfectly. “These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and full of love for you, that are holding yours on your wedding day, as you promise to love each other today, tomorrow, and forever.”

I love the expression on Jenifer’s face here. On your wedding day, it is so important to allow how you are feeling to show on your face and in your body language, no matter what the emotion. So if you are excited after you are pronounced husband and wife, throw your arms up!

Jenifer’s friends came out and decorated the hall, and their hard work made it look gorgeous. It is located right near where Angelique got ready this past June. The DJ was amazing and kept the party going smoothly. And the cake was really tasty and SO cute.

There was some cake smashing, but it wasn’t between Jenifer and Dennis. Rather, Dennis’s groomsmen came over at the end of the night and smeared him a whole face full. After a quick wipe off, he was ready to dance the last dance of the night with his beautiful wife, the perfect ending to a perfect day.

I hope you had a fabulous time on your honeymoon, Jen and Den! 🙂 Enjoy your first days as newlyweds!

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Jenifer said: | Oct 9, 2010 - 07:10:54 |

Oh Kristen… for once in my life… I am speechless. 🙂 I am so thankful that I found you! The pictures are beautiful and I am ecstatic and can't wait to see the rest! Thank you so much for everything. You helped make my day perfect and seamless!

Nicole said: | Oct 9, 2010 - 09:10:30 |

What a beautiful bride! I love the photo of them walking away where her arm is up in the air. The colors are fabulous!

Jaidean said: | Oct 11, 2010 - 09:10:39 |

Beautiful wedding! Love the location!

Elatia said: | Oct 11, 2010 - 03:10:23 |

The pictures were breathtaking! Jenifer and Dennis are such a beautiful couple. Superb photogrophy!

Andrea said: | Oct 12, 2010 - 02:10:04 |

What a gorgeous bride and wedding! LOVE these!

Danielle said: | Oct 12, 2010 - 11:10:32 |

amazing pictures!! love them!

Jac L said: | Oct 26, 2010 - 07:10:33 |

good job! I love the detail shots!! And I have a thing for clouds – what a beautiful sky!

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