Not only is this fête the perfect blend of sentimental details, but it’s also the perfect example that true love is worth waiting for. After holding onto a cherished alexandrite for 12 years, this Groom finally found his long distance love. So, when it came time to plan their Big Day they chose the talented Joey Kennedy Photography to capture every lucky-in-love moment.
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Form the beautiful Bride… The night I met Chaz I had no idea that he would be the man I would spend the rest of my life with. Fortunately he knew almost right away and pursued me from that day forward. I lived in Jacksonville, Florida and Chaz lived in Orlando, Florida. For roughly 4 months he drove to Jacksonville every weekend to see me. While we denied we were in a relationship for a long time, our family and friends knew better. I was always someone who never wanted to get married or have children. I was perfectly happy on my own and so was Chaz. But falling in love with him was the greatest adventure of my life. Charles is my game changer and will forever be the most wonderful surprise.
When we first got engaged, Chaz did not have a ring. He told me that he had cut a stone years ago (12 to be exact) and that he had always envisioned setting this stone for his future wife; however, he wanted to confirm that I did not have my heart set on a diamond. I was so incredibly happy that he proposed that I forgot a ring is typically involved. The fact that Charles had something so valuable and special to him all these years and decided I was worthy of receiving it took my breath away. A few months later I received my ring and it was well worth the wait! A one-carat alexandrite set in diamonds. I receive compliments all the time regarding how beautiful and unique my ring is and it just makes me smile. Charles has so many talents and gifts that this is just another example of one.
We were engaged for 2 years and while some thought that was a long time, it could not have been more perfect for us! Shortly after we got engaged we moved to Dallas, Texas and lived together for the first time.
Photography: Joey Kennedy Photography | Floral Design: Lee Hamby Design | Cake: Metro Custom Cakes | Invitations: Charles Forster Design | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Catering: Chef’s Garden Catering And Events | Makeup: Jill Stonier | Hair: Once Upon A Stylist | Lighting: Mark Grandin Events | DJ: McGee Entertainment & Events, Inc. | Officiant: Michele Donovan | Ceremony And Reception Venue: The Cummer Museum Of Art & Gardens | Day Of Coordinator: Adair Currie | Gown/Veil/Earrings: The White Magnolia
These two southern sweethearts are proof that sometimes a blind date can result in happily ever after. They strolled through Jacksonville Treaty Oak Part for a love session documented by Stephanie W Photography, and the result is one adorable capture after another. Click here for so much more.
From the Bride and Groom-to-be… We met in Jacksonville, Florida through a mutual friend who was one of my sorority sisters and also his childhood friend. She set us up on a blind date, the first for both of us. We had dinner and drinks at a local restaurant in Atlantic Beach called Ragtime Tavern. Our first date lasted three hours long and we knew it would only be the first of many. Flash forward two years later, we took a trip to San Diego to visit friends who were relocated to the naval base there. He proposed at sunset in Temecula, California while we were wine tasting at Leonesse Winery. The proposal was absolutely perfect and I was so happy when he got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife.
We decided to go with the traditional southern chic look for our engagement session back in Jacksonville. We love the big oak tree surrounding Treaty Oak Park downtown and also the historic area and houses of San Marco. I chose to wear white and blush pink shades, keeping with our traditional southern look. I also wanted to incorporate wearing some lace in our engagement shoot, keeping with my style of my wedding dress. We were so comfortable with Stephanie and she really made the shoot memorable. We can’t wait to have her capture our special moments on our wedding day this October!
Photography: Stephanie W Photography | Dress: Nordstrom Rack | Makeup: Paulina Perez | Hair: Aura Salon- Kati Hogan | Earrings: Kate Spade | Shoes (gold Ballet Flats): Nordstrom Rack | Shoes (neutral Pumps): Nine West
Sometimes we plan and God laughs. And guess what? It turns out even better than we hoped. Like this adorable duo who planned to have their e-session shot in a canoe on the St. John’s River. But thanks to some rough waters, they had to settle for a little 50′s inspired, oh so sexy goodness in the gardens and the result? Was all. out. romance. Click here for more from Flora + Fauna.
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Jade & Ben knew they wanted a canoe for their engagement session. After weeks and weeks of searching for the perfect canoe, they finally found one. On the day of their shoot, we launched the canoe into the Saint John’s River. Only to find out, the water was too rough! We turned foiled plans into amazing photos. …And I’m actually pretty happy the water was too rough because I adore these photos! Oh, and they brought along their adorably pudgy English Bulldog. I fell in love at first sight!
Photography: Flora + Fauna | Cinematography: Fauna Films | Park: Alpine Groves Park
Want to know what the easiest way to find your wedding style on budget is? Create a wedding brand. Whether it’s a monogram or an icon or a distinct color palette, find an element that you can weave easily through your details. Like this Florida duo who used a tandem bicycle to take center stage from their engagement pictures through the I Do’s. Make sure to click here for more from Love Flora and Fauna!
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Jenny + Harley are avid bikers, not the Harley kind! Fixed gear bikes. They’re huge advocates for making Jacksonville a safer place for bikers, which we truly need here. With that said, their wedding couldn’t have gone on without the appearance of bicycles! One of their friends brought a yellow vintage Schwinn tandem bike to their wedding as a gift, so we obviously needed to use it in photos!
Photography: Flora + Fauna | Wedding Venue: San Marco Preservation Hall
So this is what happens when an uber-stylish duo joins forces with a seriously talented team of photogs and frolics around the gorgeous Jacksonville countryside… pure magic. A day of drop-dead gorgeous magic, to be exact, complete with towering Spanish Moss trees and one totally adorable puppy. It’s what we’re calling a love-fest to the extreme and you can see every last glamorous moment captured by J. Layne Photography right here in the full gallery.
From the Bride… My fiance, Michael and I just recently relocated to Florida from New England. Not long after we moved he popped the question on a gorgeous August morning on Atlantic Beach. He had made engraved dog tags that he secretly placed our our dog’s collar with all of the reasons he wanted to marry me. I just about died!
After MAJOR research we came across the most amazing photographers, Chelsi and Justin, the couple that make up J. Layne Photography. We didn’t get the chance to meet until the night of our engagement photos but within minutes we were all laughing and joking like old friends. I’ve always wanted a “woodsy” feel for our engagement photos with a hint of glam and I knew I wanted to incorporate the amazing Spanish Moss trees in Florida as we don’t have anything even close to that in New England. Chelsi and Justin suggested the most amazing park in our new hometown to shoot and it was exactly what I had pictured!
I was then on the hunt for the perfect outfits as fashion is something we both love. Once I found an amazing black Free People dress I knew that Mike’s slim fit suit, J. Crew buffalo check tie and suspenders would make for the perfect glam fest in the woods! We then (well, I really) shopped for a more casual outfit to tie in some spring colors, as our wedding will be in May of next year. After realizing I had the perfect bright orange skirt in my closet already I went on a hunt for an outfit for Mike to match. Oso, our sharpei/pug mix had to be a part of this special day so we found him an adorable plaid bow tie to wear to complete the look.
We started off walking all through the park and posing in different area’s under the beautiful Spanish moss trees. Towards the end of the session we broke out the Veuve clicquot, and had a little picnic shoot under the fading sun on a pale blue blanket and cozy pillows. We then finished off the champagne with our new friends, Chelsi and Justin and shared stories until the sun went down.
Photography: J. Layne Photography | Makeup: Paulina Perez | Hair: Frangipani Hair Studio | Engagement Session: Rivertown Riverfront Park, FL