Last year I had the privilege of photographing two gorgeous weddings up in Gainesville, Florida. 🌴 Meg and Sam were a couple of long-time friends who got married in May, and it wasn’t much later that Laura and David joined the married club! 💍 It was at their wedding in June that I just so happened to snap a shot of a young (and super cute!) couple, who were obviously in love as well as ROCKING the dance floor! 🕺💃 Before you knew it, Tori and Alec’s wedding date was in my calendar and a new friendship had been born. ❤ Getting to know this beautiful bride-to-be over the phone during the months leading up to her wedding was a sweet sweet pleasure! Their humility and kindness as a couple was obvious from day one. 😍 So when the time came to road trip up to Gainesville, I could barely contain my excitement. 🙌
From the moment I stepped outside last Saturday, I could tell it was going to be a beautiful day. ☀ The breeze was cool and Spring seemed to have bloomed overnight! Matt tagged along as my hunky assistant, 😘 and we arrived in Gainesville to discover Creekside Community Church surrounded by the most VIBRANT blossoms a photographer could hope for! 🌺🌸🌼 Boy is the Lord good or what?? 🙌 The day began as Tori and Alec got prepped along with their friends, eagerly anticipating the fast-approaching First Look. All the while I was blown away by the beautiful details and careful planning done by Tori and her loved ones! 😱 At last it was time for the love birds to set eyes on each other, so we strolled off to the nearby woods and got situated. 🌳 What a precious moment to be a part of! Alec grinned from ear to ear as Tori twirled in her lace and blue ribbon gown, and after a little picture-taking, it was time to get tucked away! Guests arrived, music began, and the wedding party stepped gracefully down the aisle one after another. 💒 The ceremony was beautiful and full of the Gospel (which is always the BEST kind of ceremony), and just like that, Tori and Alec were husband and wife! 🎉🎉🎉
After the ceremony we made our way to the Plantation Hall at Haile Village, where we wandered the streets during sunset, snapping some more pictures and enjoying a little bit of peace and quiet. Then the party got started! 🎊🎇 Delicious food, precious fellowship, and heartfelt toasts made up the evening of joyful celebration. It was a beautiful thing to witness the depth of love this group of family and friends had for one another! 🤗 The cake was cut, the bouquet was tossed, and then it was time to dance the night away! 🕺 After hugging the bride and groom goodbye, we slipped outside and started the journey back to Lakeland. 🚙 What a day! Tori and Alec, thank you for letting me play a part in this incredible occasion. 😊
Like always, it takes a lot of people to pull off a wedding! Check out this awesome vendor list:
Hair Stylist: Brittany Caniff. Make Up Artist: Jontrice Robinson. Florist: The Flower Shop. DJ: Innovative Entertainment. Caterer: Chef Brothers. Cake Designer: Grant Werthman. Officiant: Dan Werthman. Bar Service: Beer Brewer, Shaefer Lloyd.
Well done everyone! ❤