This is one of my most favorite weddings ever, so I warn you, there are going to be a lot of photos in this post.

Jennifer and Bill are very laid-back and brought a ton of new ideas to the table as far as DIY is concerned. For example, Jen made a lot of her own jewelry.

I love how you can see Jen’s reflection in her shoes as she is getting ready.

Here, Jen is having a few minutes alone before all the craziness starts!

The location was gorgeous over on Anna Maria Island on Florida’s West Coast, a destination wedding for the couple. This wedding took place at The Beachhouse, a very unique location overlooking the gulf in Bradenton Beach, Florida.

You’d never know this was a destination wedding though because everything was planned so smoothly. It was almost as though this took place in their hometown near Buffalo, NY.

Speaking of Buffalo, Jennifer and Bill are HUGE Buffalo Bills fans and season ticket holders. (Much like my husband and I are huge Steelers fans). I loved Jennifer’s garter, very fun!

After Jen was all ready, we went out and got a few photos in front of the gorgeous beach house that they had rented. The sun was pretty hot, but we found a good spot under this tree in the front yard.

After working with the ladies, I headed over to the ceremony and reception location to work with the guys.

And before long, Jen and Bill were hitched. The moment they were introduced to the crowd:

We did some family formals, and then the couple had a few private shots alone.

The rocky shoreline also made for some fun shots with the whole bridal party!

The west coast of Florida has a huge advantage over other beautiful spots in Florida because of the amazing sunset over the water. I’ve never seen anything like it. The colors just took my breath away.

Then, I asked Jennifer and Bill to get in the water. It was kind of a crazy idea, and I am so sorry, Bill, for getting your pants all wet, but the shot was worth it! (Don’t worry, the groom dried out quickly in the hot sun!)

Swati was the maid of honor and she gave a really touching toast. I saw her crying during the ceremony and started to tear up myself. She met Jennifer back in middle school and, even though they live on opposite sides of the country right now, they’ve remained close.

The guest book was awesome; we all send our best wishes to the bride and groom!

The cake was delicious and the cake topper is actually reusable. It is a salt and pepper shaker.

At night, the couple had glow sticks out for the dance floor. One of their guests wanted to draw a heart in honor of the bride and groom, and I think she did a great job!

And they walked off into the sunset, and lived happily ever after! 😉 (Well, okay, maybe I didn’t take this shot at the end of the reception, but I loved it too much not to include it!)

Jen and Bill, it was truly a gorgeous day; I had SO much fun working with the two of you! Perhaps I’ll see you when the Steelers play the Bills!

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Anonymous said: | Jun 11, 2010 - 06:06:33 |

I think these pictures are absolutely GORGEOUS!!! You are a great photographer!

~Sarah Donaldson Edelen

Anonymous said: | Jun 11, 2010 - 11:06:51 |

HI Kristen!!!

Thank you for posting these beautiful pictures !!

Jennifer said: | Jun 12, 2010 - 08:06:50 |

Kristen – these are amazing and you were fabulous! Thank you so much for everything that day!!

Jarrod said: | Jun 12, 2010 - 09:06:24 |

Kristen – These pictures are wonderful ! Thank you for making this day so special for my sister and her husband. – Jarrod Ferguson

Jen McSorley said: | Jun 12, 2010 - 10:06:17 |

I love the pictures. You did an amazing job!

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Once upon a time, I was a high school teacher. I don’t know if many of my clients know that, but I loved teaching.

Something else you may not know about me…I met my husband in fifth grade homeroom!

So therefore, I have always wanted to do a photo shoot in a school.

Enter Sarah and Chris. They met in high school. They got engaged years later. And they have all the right connections, so we traveled back to their old high school near Tampa for some engagement photos.
The school staff was great about letting us use the place, and the shots are some of my favorite to date.

We incorporated the classroom where they met and their love of soccer from their high school days, as well as using an abandoned bus and a ton of other great stuff.

Sarah’s feeling a little under the weather right now, so if you leave some comments for her, I’m sure it will cheer her up! 🙂

When I was a teacher, we certainly didn’t let the students do things like this! 🙂
This photo shoot was a once in a lifetime opportunity, so thank you two for the incredible chance to make this shoot happen. You two are an incredibly comfortable and relaxed couple; I had so much fun working with you and I love all your unique ideas for your big day! 🙂
Why not make your engagement photos special and do them where you met your future spouse, be it school, a bar, the park, at a party, work, wherever! Tell the story of how you met with your photographs!

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I love, love, love my job. When I meet people like Tina and Bobby on the job, it makes my job that much better.

You’ll remember Tina and Bobby from their engagement shoot: Engaged!

They got married at sunset on March 6th on Manasota Beach on Florida’s west coast. Here’s the story of their day:Tina discovered her curling iron wasn’t working that morning, so her plans to DIY her hair went out the window. She and the bridesmaids made a last minute trip to a few hair salons and finally found one that could take them! 🙂 The hair was saved and everything went along smoothly from there on out!
She wasn’t a big fan of the hairspray!

Tina also rolled with the punches when her son didn’t want his photo taken, but don’t worry, he warmed up to the camera and we got some VERY sweet shots of him.

Bridesmaid Aimee was a pro at helping out as well!

After the ladies got ready, I met up with Bobby and his groomsmen at the beach. They were willing to try out any creative ideas I threw out there.
The ceremony was short and sweet and a few tears were shed by both the bride and groom.

The wind was brutal on the sand, so Tina was again a super flexible bride; we moved to an area overlooking the beach. We got some great formals and of course, some not-so-formals, which are always the most fun.

We finished up back at Bobby’s parents’ home, where the food was delicious and everyone had a great time. Tina’s decorating vision really came to life!

It was great to meet such a wonderful couple! Enjoy your new home and your life together! 🙂

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