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Two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of getting to do a wedding for two wonderful people. I call these two a dynamic duo. They came from different parts of the country (Danielle from New Jersey and Dustin from Indiana), met in law school and landed jobs as lawyers right out of school as well, which is just amazing in this economy.

Their success and the fact that they have it all together really makes them role models to me.

At MGM Studios in Walt Disney World, one of their favorite spots, Dustin popped the question with Danielle’s whole family there at the end of The Great Movie Ride!

Dustin and Danielle were seated right across from me at Megan and Chris’s wedding last fall and I was so, so thrilled when they brought me on board for their big day. And it was SO great to see Megan and Chris again at this wedding too!

I love the two latest trends in bridal fashion-first, it is that dresses with straps or sleeves are back. Strapless has been popular the past five years or so, but sleeves are definitely back in style and I just love the look!

Danielle’s dad had a great reaction to seeing his daughter all ready on her wedding day.

Additionally, wearing the veil over the face is back in style and it is so romantic. LOVE that this is back in a big way.

Hair and Makeup: One Flight Up Salon, Fort Myers Beach
Ceremony Venue: Blessed Pope John XXIII, Fort Myers
Reception Venue: Holiday Inn Fort Myers Beach
Entertainment: DJ Ron Rutz

You know I love those first looks. Danielle and Dustin did their first look and took a private moment to exchange heartfelt cards.

Danielle’s younger sister Caitlin served as maid-of-honor and Danielle’s whole family was in from up north-they were just so, so great to be around. And Dustin’s family came in from Indiana as well!

During their ceremony, the priest referenced the movie “The Notebook,” and talked about writing down your thoughts on the first day you are married, during your honeymoon, and re-reading it over the years and adding more to it. This was one of the best homilies I have ever heard at a wedding; it really seemed like he was speaking right to Dustin and Danielle alone, who sat on chairs in front of the altar.

On the way back down the aisle during the recessional, Dustin’s dad reached out and shook his hand and gave him a pat on the back. I really loved that moment-those little unexpected things are what make a wedding great.

I think Dustin looks like Shia LeBouef!

Danielle and Dustin shared a second ceremony, a sand ceremony, on the beach with their guests. It ended just in time for a spectacular west coast Florida sunset. I was a little nervous we wouldn’t get a good sunset since it had been overcast a bit that day, but sometimes, you just have to wait it out. August in Florida is so hot and sometimes rainy, but those sunsets really are worth it.

This is actually the most images I’ve ever taken at a wedding, ever. We had a great timeline and a lot of time to make images.

I love that they incorporated a lot of Disney touches into their day, with cufflinks, a pocket watch, cake toppers, and a special handmade guest book, which honored where they got engaged and where they honeymooned. Getting to visit Disney a lot is definitely a perk of being a Florida resident. 🙂

Their first dance was choreographed and ended with a perfect dip.

Congratulations, Danielle and Dustin! I hope your minimoon at Walt Disney World was fabulous, and that your upcoming honeymoon is even more fabulous! Thanks so much for letting me be a part of your special day!

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Florida on site bridal hair and makeup company said: | Sep 7, 2011 - 09:09:59 |

That sunset is too beautiful to be real! That's the one perk of living in FL. Great work Krysten!

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Most times, when I receive an email to book photography, be it for a newborn, maternity, family shoot, or wedding, the email comes from the mom, the wife, or the bride (respectively). So it was refreshing to hear from a groom for once right off the bat! According to Sherry, her planning was actually stress-free because Jeff did all the work.

And on a hot day in June, they got married! The wedding was held on the beach at ‘Tween Waters Inn on Captiva Island near Fort Myers.

Sherry was pampered in the hotel spa and while she was relaxing, she told me how she and Jeff had met. Sherry was opening a restaurant and Jeff worked for corporate, so it was a match made at work. Knowing that Jeff was Mr. Right, she moved down to the sunshine state to get married!

I love this image of the three generation of women in Sherry’s family being beautified all at once. 🙂

Another really unique touch was Sherry’s engagement ring, unlike any I have ever seen before. It actually reminded me of the most recent Sex and the City movie, where Carrie is presented with a black diamond. But Sherry had it first, so the movie copied her!

When the ceremony began, Sherry made her grand entrance on a golf cart and was escorted down the aisle by her father.

The rain held off for the ceremony and for the champagne toast on the beach afterward.

Jeff and Sherry’s kids and families blended so perfectly together; it was very touching to see how they already bonded with each other. And everyone cheered when Sherry and Jeff entered the reception!

Sherry’s dad was tearing up the dance floor at the reception, which was held in the Canoe and Kayak Club. First, he was dancing with Sherry. Then, he took to the floor with his wife; this couple is an excellent example of a long-lasting marriage! Music was provided by the fittingly named Mr. and Mrs. entertainment group.

And after the rain cleared, this new Mr. and Mrs. headed out to the beach for a few final shots with just a glimpse of the sunset, the perfect ending to a wonderful wedding day.

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