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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Please enjoy a few more images from Lisa and Nate’s 9.10.11 wedding in Ruskin, Florida!

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Kay’s dad stood in the doorway of her childhood home in south Florida and offered me some water on this hot, hot summer wedding day. Kay is the oldest, the first to leave home, move out on her own, move north, and the first to get married. I asked him: “Do you miss her a lot?” I didn’t have to ask, I could tell by the look on his face that he did. I choked out a “I know my parents miss me too,” tearing up.

Weddings are a celebration, and for some brides, it marks a true grown-up moment, leaving the nest for good to make your own way in the world, to form your own family. This is one of the reasons wedding days are so emotional.

Venue: Boca Bayou Yacht Club
Entertainment: Eddie B and Company
Cake: Publix
Makeup: Amanda Eve

Kay and I have so many similarities, and I was excited from the first moment we talked. We both are mid-twenties (I won’t give away either of our ages!), the oldest, have a younger brother and a younger sister and consider ourselves part of close families. Kay moved from Boca Raton to Maryland for love, while I went in the opposite direction, from Pittsburgh to Florida, for love. This is love so strong you are willing to change your whole life and take a leap of faith because you KNOW he’s the one.

John is a tennis coach in Maryland, and Kay has the coolest job yet of any of my brides-she works in sweepstakes and contests. What a great job to get to bring some surprise and joy to people! They met in south Florida when John was working to recruit new players to his team. A year to the day later, he brought her back to the bar where they met and proposed.

Since John is a tennis coach, they wanted to incorporate a few tennis touches into their wedding, so we made sure to hit the courts for some photo ops. It was a hot, hot, hot day here in Florida, but Kay and John hung in there for the portraits!

And at the reception, it was truly a family affair, as I saw Kay’s grandma dancing to Soulja Boy and her brother leading the Dougie on the dance floor.

Thank you so much for having me as a part of your wedding day! Please enjoy your Key West honeymoon!

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Anonymous said: | Aug 5, 2011 - 08:08:39 |

GORGEOUS photos!!! Thanks so much for sharing.

Ashley Q said: | Aug 5, 2011 - 08:08:55 |

Those shoes are amazing!

Amanda Z said: | Aug 5, 2011 - 09:08:52 |

These are just gorgeous! I love the one on the tennis court and my absolute fav is the one of the Trudel family. The colors are stunning and Kay's mom's yellow dress just POPS! Great job. Lots of Love to you Kay & John. I am so happy for you! : )

Kristen Cory Mack said: | Aug 5, 2011 - 08:08:28 |

Kay- your pictures are BEAUTIFUL! It's hard to believe that I have known you since you were born…and that I grew up around the corner from your house. 🙂 I am sooo happy for you – and for your mom and dad too!!! You can truly see all the love you have in your life!!! Congrats and best wishes for many happy years (just like your mom and dad) xoxoxoxox

Jeremy and Mindy said: | Aug 6, 2011 - 10:08:59 |

ok kristen, these are sooooo good 🙂 the bride must be ecstatic 🙂 and I seriously love her shoes!!!!!

Jennifer said: | Aug 17, 2011 - 09:08:44 |

What a lovely wedding! Love the close-up of the bride and groom; they look so happy together. You did a fab job, K!

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I wanted to share a few additional engagement portraits from Phillip and Shayla’s session. I am always striving to improve, and I started thinking I had some other favorites from the session too…it was tough to decide. So I decided to post them too! 🙂 There’s no rule saying you have to fit all the images in one blog post!

Here’s an encore to Part One!

Maybe my favorite, don’t know why I overlooked it before!

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