Please enjoy more images from Krysten and Billy’s big day at the Lake Mary Events Center. As always, music is used with permission and proper licensing.




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It was mid-November, Thanksgiving was just around the corner. I was standing outside a hair salon in Orlando, right next to the restaurant where Krysten and Billy first met. I opened up the invitation to photograph it, and a little slip of paper tumbled out. On it was a typed message from Billy to all of his guests, apologizing for the last minute date change.

They were moving their date up, not back. “I have decided to enlist in the Air Force and would like to be married beforehand,” he wrote. “I trust that it is going to give us the strong foundation to start our lives together.”

I thought about how rare it is for a young man to make such mature decisions. Billy is truly a stand-up guy.

Krysten contacted me just about a month before her wedding, which is short notice in the world of weddings, as I have brides that book over a year out. But there had been a date change, a change of plans, and she was starting at square one. I instantly knew we’d be a good fit, besides the fact that she has an AWESOME name. 😉

Krysten is a student in education and is also in the wedding industry as an employee of a catering company, while Billy is also in the service industry and enlisting in the Air Force. A few years ago, Krysten started working her first job at a brand new restaurant in town-Outback Steakhouse. Billy happened to be working there too, and they built their life together from there.

Hair and Makeup Styling: ESBI II
Venue: Lake Mary Events Center
Catering: Arthur’s Catering

We did all of the standard bridal photos, and then Krysten asked if we could do a few more with some attitude. Absolutely! I love doing different looks for all my brides! The couple exchanged wedding day gifts-NY Giants cufflinks for Billy and an hourglass for Krysten.

Krysten and Billy opted for a sunset ceremony, so they did a first look outside Lake Mary Events Center, and the light was just right for it.

After the ceremony in the Rotunda, the reception was held in the Grand Ballroom. The evening was capped off with the last dance and a sparkler exit to a getaway car.

I hope you two had fun on your cruise and had a fabulous Thanksgiving! It was such a pleasure to work with you! 🙂


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corey holmes said: | Dec 9, 2011 - 12:12:24 |

Wow these photos of my sister and brother are amazing!!!



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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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I know Chantelle’s in a different time zone than me and it is still nice and early there, so plenty of time to view her slideshow tonight! 🙂 Enjoy, you two!


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Chantelle CAVAZZON said: | Aug 18, 2011 - 11:08:44 |

It's fantastic!!!

You're right. It's only 9:30PM here in BC.

Love it. Thank you so much for all your hard work!



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They grew up across the country from each other, Mauro in Toronto with his big Italian family and lots of sisters, and Chantelle in B.C. with her little brothers. And they didn’t meet until Mauro relocated and came into Chantelle’s parents’ television store, the family business.



Chantelle wore a garter with handcuffs on it in honor of Mauro’s career in law enforcement, while an antique bracelet baring her middle name was her something old.

Chantelle’s father told the story best when he gave one of the many reception speeches, a Canadian tradition at weddings. He said that while waiting on this very tall young man, he thought instantly “Oh, Chantelle, this may just be the one…”

Chantelle was there that day in the store, and indeed he *was* the one. In a twist of fate, Mauro and the store’s phone numbers are very close to each other, and at the wedding, Mauro got quite a few laughs when he promised his new father-in-law that he would make sure to still forward the mistaken calls he gets!

Venue: ChampionsGate Golf Club

Accommodations: Bahama Bay Resort

Hair and Makeup: LaJeune Artistry

Entertainment: Orlando’s Got Talent

Videography: Creative Cinemas

These two are pretty much a photographer’s dream. First look in 100 degree weather? Okay! Doing all the formal photos prior to the ceremony? Done. Not panicking when the sprinklers came on suddenly and we had to run across the street? Yep, that too.

Dozens of friends and family flew to Orlando from all over Canada to celebrate with them. And I’m so glad I was able to be there with them too-thanks you two for bringing me on for your big day. You were truly SO, SO wonderful and the perfect couple for a photographer to work with.

They had the best first dance I’ve ever seen. A lot of brides choreograph a first dance now, or start off with a slow song and then switch to a fast one. But I’ve seen these dances get more and more elaborate lately, and Chantelle and Mauro really took the cake with songs from Grease and Dirty Dancing, including the lift!

I hope you enjoyed your cruise and time in our state! Please enjoy your photos and keep in touch!




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