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Choosing Your Florida Beachside Destination Wedding Venue Click here to view ONLY this message
     


    Search the Internet for "planning Florida beachside destination wedding" and you'll find tons of helpful information to plan your wedding from afar. One topic that is most often overlooked is how public or how private you want your venue to be. Every venue can be made to look great online as distractions can be omitted thru photos when taken at different times of the day where there is less traffic. 

     

    Living on the Space Coast and as a wedding photographer I get inquiries from out of the area brides to photograph their wedding. Sometimes the venue has already been established……site unseen. Most venues look good online but to prevent disappointment on your wedding day, ask yourself, in addition to a pretty Florida beachside view, how private or public are you comfortable with your wedding being? The well known, larger hotels, offer lots of amenities but can be pretty touristy! If you are getting married poolside or under a gazebo or right on the beach, keep in mind at a busy venue you won't' be able to control the flow of non wedding guests. The hotel, unless you've booked the entire place, is not going to shutdown the public traffic areas for your wedding. They are not going to ask that guy with the big belly, skimpy swimsuit, beer in hand lounging poolside to move so he won't be in the background of your wedding photos as you walk down the walkway (aisle). Venues are not going to talk about that issue when you call to book. It's a balancing act for the hotels. Yes, they want to do your wedding, but they need &  want all the vacationers they can book as well. Bottom line, ask  yourself how private or public you want your venue to be? Do you love the idea of lots of strangers watching your ceremony and offering lots of congrats in swimsuits, casual dress, etc to you later? Do you view that as intrusive or part of the fun? Some brides love the idea, some not so much…………


     

    Some of the lessor known, but beautiful, boutique hotels offer a fantastic wedding atmosphere if privacy and low beach traffic is important to you. We are so lucky to have 3 or 4 of these beautiful venues in south Melbourne Beach & weddings  there are gorgeous.



    When considering a beachside wedding, if you have a friend or family member that lives in the area, ask them to go to the location around the time of day your venue would be and snap a few photos to assess the traffic flow. Keep in mind, the day of the week is a big factor (i.e Saturdays are most always busy!) as well as the season (January vs May or October).

    If you do book at a busy location, don't stress, just ask your photographer to search around and find some out of the way niches at the hotel for your couple photos. I love the challenge of finding private, unique little alcoves, etc.  for those intimate photos after the wedding since many of those photos are the ones you want in your wedding album! 

    Happy wedding planning & I look forward to hearing all about your  "dream" wedding details! 


      Posted on May-26 15   


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    It was such a joy to photograph this small & intimate wedding. All weddings at this chapel are small. There is seating for only 120 people which makes it ideal for couples wanting to keep things simple. (This venue is all about history so be sure to visit their page.) I've met couples now getting married here whose parents were also married at this location, which makes the memory of getting married even more special!



    Ringing the bell as the couple walked out of the chapel was super fun! (Sidenote: On the wall the plaque says " Please turn off your cell phones." This chapel was built in 1892 & every time I see that plaque I wonder what the church members of 1892 would have thought about that statement! Just as 100 years from now cell phones will be ancient history!) 



    Prior to this wedding, another wedding preceded us and it rained the entire time and all their pictures had to take place inside. The rained stopped just as our wedding began and I love how the wet pavements made everything so beautiful. I was beyond thankful for our streak of luck, good karma or angel on our shoulder........whatever it was, super grateful!



     



    Donna & Trey, you are so meant to be together. I wish you many happy & beautiful memories together forever!










    Downtown Melbourne Beach offers so many little nooks & crannies for beautiful wedding photos. I've noticed that many photographers stick to 2 or 3 of the same "hotspots" there for photography. That's not a criticism but it's not my nature to produce "sameness" so keep in mind, if you choose me to photograph your wedding, we'll be doing some walking.......bringing along a pair of flip flops is aways a good idea! And of course, we'll hit those "hotspots" too just not only those. I strive to create extra special & unique photos for you!







    Donna, you are so elegant & gorgeous!





    What a beautiful day.........Heartfelt thanks for trusting me to document your wedding day memories. I truly hope the photos equally match your memories as you reflect back on your wedding day throughout the years! Love & happiness to you both!

      Posted on May-21 15   


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    Sometimes capturing fun milestone photos for a 3 month old can be a bit challenging. They aren't yet sitting up or doing as many exciting activities as they do at  the 6 month old milestone. However, Miss Azalea (beautiful name, eh?) was a total entertainer during her session. We even captured her gaining control over holding up her head. Of course, she chose to do it with a little pose! She is such a gorgeous child! 










    That expression? One in a million! Can't wait to see this little angel again in a few months for another update!

      Posted on May-15 15   


Kids Capturing Milestones Click here to view ONLY this message
     



    Another milestone for one of my favorite little guys. Birthday #3. I am so happy I have been able to follow him since age 1. Each year I say he can't get anymore handsome, but he's proving me wrong. He has so much energy and zest for learning, everything in life seems to be a wonder to him. Don't we all want to feel that again?!




    So now you can see how this little guy started out so handsome. Mom is gorgeous!





    Fast forward to age 16. If he's still this handsome (and I'm pretty sure that's a yes).......his poor Momma is going to be fending off the girls..........










    He's the sweetest kid ever.



    And he knows how to dress for success!






    And social media?!!! "Here I am!"

    Can't wait for next year's update!



      Posted on May-11 15   
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