Christina’s extended family was in town from up north for a family vacation, so she decided to get some images done! Unfortunately, a few of her grandkids fell sick, but we decided to do the session with the out-of-town relatives anyway. (We’ll have to do another session when the little ones are feeling better!)

The weather on the night of the session was absolutely perfect for beach photography. Christina and her family were so nice and fun, including Christina’s niece, who quickly became obsessed with gathering shells. She even filled up her dad’s shoes with them and had huge handfuls of them as she left the beach. I don’t usually think of Brevard beaches as being good for shells, but I guess I was wrong (at least through the eyes of a child)!

As the light faded, I really enjoyed capturing this silhouette shot for them. We pretty much had the beach to ourselves, so it was nice, unspoiled, and quiet. I hope you guys had a great time creating some images.

Thank you so, so much for choosing Kristen Wynn Photography! πŸ™‚

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Natascha and Thomas decided to have an intimate beach destination wedding-almost an elopement. The couple hails from Hamburg, Germany, so it was quite the vacation! Natascha’s parents came along to witness their nuptials in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea at the Sealord Hotel. Makeup artistry was done by Aimee Ortega.

For several years, Natascha and Thomas have vacationed here, so they knew it was the perfect place to tie the knot. After dating for six years and being engaged for three, they wanted to do something different than the traditional German wedding, which takes place at the city hall.

Natascha loved planning all of the little details for the big day. I know she loved her shoes!

Natascha and Thomas chose to do a first look on the grounds of the hotel. First looks are great because the emotion is there, you can talk to each other, and share a kiss before heading down the aisle. It is a really private moment in a day of wedding craziness.

There wasn’t a language barrier between Natascha, Thomas, and me at all; they speak excellent English! We even talked about one of the shows we have in both Germany and the U.S., the Office. Their wedding ceremony was done in German, and I don’t pretend to know what was said, but it was intimate and sweet. And everyone had a moment of laughter when it appeared the wedding bands were just a little tight, but they ended up fitting just fine.

Natascha loves Tiffany and Co. and Thomas treated her to some wedding day gifts. Shopping in the stores here in Florida is something they really love to do on vacation because of the selection here in the U.S.

Thomas is a store manager and Natascha is a flight attendant, and the story of how they met six years ago is really sweet. Natascha was working in a computer store when Thomas came in; she waited on him.

According to Natascha, they moved in together practically that night and have been together ever since. They even have a special stuffed animal momento from the beginning of their relationship-I think Thomas said his name is “Ratschinsky.” Obviously, my spelling of the name is not accurate! πŸ™‚

Natascha and Thomas, thank you so, so much for having me as your wedding photographer. I hope you enjoyed your honeymoon and vacation! I wish you so much happiness as a couple and many years of wedded bliss!

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Anonymous said: | Apr 28, 2011 - 03:04:12 |

love the pictures!!! great job! and natascha and thomas: love you too πŸ™‚ big kisses from france, djΓΆ

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(Thanks is owed to Katie’s bridesmaid who helped me with the dress! We breathed a sigh of relief when the strap came off, but thank goodness it was made that way!) πŸ™‚

Usually, fathers of the bride are pretty hands-off in wedding planning. So I was pleasantly surprised when I heard from Katie’s dad last year. He was planning some of his daughter’s wedding, since she was living and working in Michigan, but wanting Florida nuptials in her hometown.

Katie’s dad has an eye for photography and really enjoys it. His entryway at home is covered with photos of Katie and her eight brothers and sisters, and he also likes to edit in Photoshop. (Photographer friends, I planted the seed in his head about getting Lightroom, hope Katie’s mom doesn’t mind).

On the wedding day, I even spotted Mr. J with his 40D, but he was able to sit back and relax once we started with the formals.

Mrs. J is no stranger to weddings either, having put on many a wedding for her children over the years.

I met Katie for the first time during the week of her wedding and I knew it was a perfect fit. She was laid-back and happy and very go-with-the flow.

Katie’s currently back in school for a second degree, but her current job is as a gymnastics coach; she specializes in trampoline. So she didn’t need to do any extra toning to feel great in her dress. Her twin sister served as a bridesmaid.

David is also an instructor of sorts, a skydiving instructor. His skydiving nickname is Bart. I was so confused when told, “The groom’s name is Bart. Well, David, but also Bart.”

They met when Katie decided to go skydiving. The first jump you do is tandem, so they were strapped together for it and even have photos of their jump, the first day they ever met.

I know jumping shots are kind of cheesy, but we had to show off Katie and David’s athletic skills!

I even overhead Katie telling the videographer that David first pursued her and she wasn’t too receptive, but eventually came around! πŸ™‚

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Ryckman Park, Melbourne Beach, Florida

Videographer: Sarah Walker Productions

Bart picked out an antique-style round diamond engagement ring, and Katie said yes.

They held an intimate wedding right down the street from Katie’s family home, making the wedding day run smoothly. Katie had hair and makeup come to her, and the ceremony and reception were in the same spot, which always is nice for guests and for the couple as well.

Katie only had one request, and that was to do some photos at the beach. It was packed on such a gorgeous weather day, but that didn’t stop us from finding a little empty stretch and getting some fun shots.

Katie and Bart, I hope you had an AMAZING time in Mexico on your honeymoon! Thanks so much for letting me be part of your special day; it was a privilege to work with you two interesting, amazing people!

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Anonymous said: | Apr 5, 2011 - 09:04:38 |

I love these photos, Kristen. Such a good job of capturing the emotion of the moment. Thanks for playing such an important role in such an unobtrusive way. Can't wait to see the rest of the photos. – Paul Julich

Libby said: | Apr 19, 2011 - 09:04:46 |

Very nice Kristen! They look so in love!

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