If there’s one thing you need to know about me, it’s that my FAVORITE place in all of Lakeland is Hillcrest Coffee! ☕ I’ve adored this homey coffee spot since day one, and if you like hole-in-the-wall treasures, then you are super likely to find me at this one! In fact, my part in this particular wedding story begins at Hillcrest. ☀ I’ll never forget when I first met Autumn, one of Hillcrest’s amazing baristas. She had already been following my work, which made it feel like we had known each other forever right off the bat! 🙌 We shared SO many similarities, and easily fell into friendship. From our first conversation she assured me that I would be the one she called to be her wedding photographer, whenever that day might come. 😍 Little did I know that this girl was just DAYS away from getting engaged! 😱 So it wasn’t too long later that we were gushing over wedding plans and admiring that beautiful ring. 💍 I got to meet Kyle soon afterwards, who exceeded ALL expectations of a gentleman worthy of Autumn’s beautiful heart. ♥
I knew when the wedding day began that it was going to be unlike any other. ⛪ First of all, my new friends were SO sweet, and had very little to NO expectations! 🙌 I felt SO free to simply be creative and capture the magic. The day started when I arrived at Autumn’s house and spent the afternoon with her and her family. 🏠 I could hardly believe it when she pulled out a guitar and began leading a family worship session (This girl can sing you guys)! I found myself praising the Lord alongside Autumn and the lovely family that surrounded her. Such a perfect way to begin a wedding day! 🎶 Preparations continued as the ceremony drew closer and excitement increased. Soon enough I headed over to the Magnolia building to meet up with Kyle. 🏃 I could barely speak two words to him about Autumn without making him cry! 😭 Guests began to trickle in, and before you knew it, Autumn had pulled up in the family’s mustang outside. Time to get married! 💑
These two love birds are so beautiful to me. ♥ I knew from the beginning that they were saving their first kiss for the wedding day, and boy was it worth the wait! 👈 Cheers and applause rang throughout the building as Autumn and Kyle sealed their vows with their very first kiss. Then it was off to take pictures! 📸 Family, wedding party, and some beautiful sunset snuggles filled our evening. ✨The reception itself was full of dancing, heartfelt toasts, and delicious food! At 8:40 PM the couple climbed into their Mustang and drove off to their honeymoon as Autumn tossed her bouquet behind her. 💐
I’ve been reminded of the beauty of waiting, friends. WAIT for the right one, WAIT for the intimacy, WAIT for a greater joy. I promise you, IT IS WORTH IT! ♥️
Love you all and enjoy!