People all over the world like to take advantage of the day that the moon’s orbit brings the moon closest to the earth. Some people throw a blanket down and watch, some people go to shrines or monuments and pray, some people try to capture the image on film. John, he took advantage of this “Super Moon” by asking the girl of his dreams, Ellen, to spend the rest of her life with him.
Ellen and John met through a mutual friend. John, a musician, was playing in a band and a last minute decision by Ellen to see this band brought them together for the first time. They met and nothing happened. But, an impression that neither would forget was made. Some while later when John was out of his relationship they met again, this time they would not part.
This leads us to the “Super Moon”. An outdoor concert at a beautiful Bok Tower gardens seems like a wonderful place to capture the super moon. But little did Ellen know that this night would be forever etched in her memory. On a blanket, under the magical sky, John asked Ellen to be with him forever, to join him and his amazing daughter Rei as they navigate through this journey called life. Ellen and John, Jeff and I are so happy to have met you and thank you for giving us a glimpse into this incredible family. Oh and by the way, Ellen said YES!
This is John’s daughter Rei, she is a ball of energy and so stinkin cute! She joined John and Ellen for a few shots and I am pretty sure she stole the show.
We shot until the sun went down, and got this magical image of them walking into the sunset.
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I have learned so much in this business so far. I have learned that people love each other for so many different reasons, and even though the paths that brought those people together may be different, the outcome is the same. Robbie and Caitlin’s path started with warring Indians, fighting to protect their territory. Alright, so they were tailgating before an Florida State Seminoles game back in 2005. Never-the-less, it was an exciting time to be a football fan. This passion showed through when they walked down the aisle for the first time as husband and wife to the Seminole’s fight song.
These two love each other, you can see it in the way that they look at each other. They also share a love greater than some may ever know, and that’s the love of their little boy Brody. An amazing, wide eyed boy, who also played a big part in this whole process. A few weeks after Brody was born, Robbie and Caitlin were walking on a boardwalk and Robbie asked Caitlin to see what Brody had in his hand. When she leaned forward and opened his fist, he was holding a diamond ring. The two made sure that Brody was involved throughout the entire process, making him one of the cutest ring bearers that I have seen yet. Robbie and Caitlin held their wedding at his parent’s beautiful ranch house in St. Cloud FL. The backdrop could not have been more amazing, horses in the stable and a magnificent lake, not to mention the weather was perfect. I am so happy that these two invited me into their lives for this amazing event, I am grateful to you both.
Here’s to the amazing new family, may you always love like you do today.
LOVED Caitlin’s bouquet of peonies!You know I had to throw some details of the barn in there!Caitlin had the most gorgeous dress, I especially loved the back detailing with the cutout .Are these kids not the cutest ever!Love this picture of Robbie smiling at his soon to be wife.After the ceremony we headed out to the field right on the side of Robbie’s parents house for a few quick photos of the fabulous new couple.Orlando wedding photography, Orlando weddings photographer
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One year, 12 months, 365 days, 8765.81 hours, that is the amount of time that this business has been a part of my life. It seems like yesterday that my first wedding was approaching, nerves, excitement, anticipation all creeping up, giving me those dreaded yet so wonderful butterflies in my stomach. Those butterflies, still to this day creep up on me. After all that has happened in this year, learning the business, becoming an accountant, a client care specialist, being in charge of the stock room, becoming a troubleshooter, and mostly becoming a friend, in all that, those butterflies are still there. I hope they never go away. Those butterflies remind me how much I love what I do. My partner, my husband and my best friend gets them too before every wedding. He tells me about the feeling and it sounds so much like mine. Those butterflies remind me that nothing this rewarding can happen without hard work, the hardest that I have ever worked. I have met so many people, so many wonderful people. These people invite me in to the most intimate times of their lives, times that will stay forever. They start as strangers and end as friends.
As an extremely shy person, I thought that a career in the wedding industry was going to be out of my league. Not the photography side, I have been sure that this was my calling since I can remember. The side that required me to reach out, open up, and let people in, that was the side I thought I would have trouble with. But, it is amazing what can happen when you meet wonderful people, people that let you in, tell you how much they love the person they are meant to be with, tell you about the crazy uncle that might show up, have a bit to much to drink, and dance all night. When people let you in, you let them in. I have cried at the ceremonies, the toasts, and the first dances. And I have laughed. Laughed at the conversations that happen before all eyes are upon you, laughed at the words spoken in the privacy of the dressing room getting ready, and the stories shared by friends and family. Mostly though I have learned. I have learned what it means to take advantage of the time that we are given. Learned that when family is close, there is reason to celebrate. Learned to love those butterflies. One year, 12 months, 365 days, 8765.81 hours, a life time, a blink of an eye. To the 19 couples this year that have trusted me with capturing the moments you will someday show your grandkids, I thank you more than you know. Call me anytime. Jeff and I would love to meet you for a drink.
Heres to the wonderful friends I have met in this industry, that have listened to my fears, that have helped me grow personally and professionally, and most of all that have been there for me as a friend. Heres to my husband who has been the biggest supporter, cheerleader, motivator, best business partner and husband there could ever be. Heres to my new friends, and to the friends that I have still yet to meet. May happiness always be plentiful.
Sometimes the one that you are meant to be with can be right next to you for years without you even knowing it. This was the case with Sarah and Dave. Dave, along side of his brother owned a restaurant, and Sarah, while attending college worked at this establishment. For the next two and a half years she worked there, for the man that she would eventually marry. The irony of this is that it took Sarah leaving the restaurant to pursue her career for Dave to finally be able to ask her out. Maybe for Dave, the girl of his dreams leaving his restaurant was the best thing that could have happened to him. When Sarah came to pick up her last check, this time not as an employee but as a friend, Dave asked her out. Thankfully she said yes and so the story goes. But this story doesn’t end with the couple riding off into the warm Florida sunset, this is where it begins.
Sarah told me that she found one of my recent weddings on Style Me Pretty and liked my work. I’m so thankful that she did. Sarah got in touch with me and with her sweet warm voice told me that her, Dave and 18 of their close friends and family were going to escape the cold Michigan weather and come to Florida for their destination wedding. These two were amazingly nice, kind and totally in love. Some very good qualities if you ask me. Their wedding was at the Grand Bohemian Orlando, on the rooftop, with a ceremony lit by candles. Beauty was abound and as a photographer, I love when beauty is abound. They opted for a first look, and with that we wandered my beautiful city and I believe that we captured the emotion and feel that these two so deserve. I’m so thankful I met these two and I’m so thankful for people like these two coming into my life.
Here’s to the new Mr. & Mrs. Reinert, may your winters be warm and your hearts be warmer.
XOXO~AmalieI think this is one of my favorite ring shots to date. I love the way the light was shining through the diamond.Sarah’s dress was gorgeous, it had a stunning back with beading and lots of ornate details.Love the first look….I cannot say it enough!Lee Forrest did it again with the flowers, always beautiful !Rooftop candle lit ceremony at The Grand Bohemian, so romantic.This was Sarah & Dave’s entire wedding party and their guests.
Venue: Grand Bohemian Orlando
Wedding Planner: Heather Snively from Weddings Unique
Flowers: Lee Forrest Design
Cake: Bake Me A Cake
Wedding dress: Sharon Bowen Haute Couture
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