A Sweet Engagement- Natalie + Ryan | Jacksonville, FL

I’ve known Natalie for several years and I must say, she seems fully alive and in love with Ryan. It’s absolutely adorable!

These two lovebirds met last year. They have a shared love for the great outdoors, and their relationship is full of wonderful outdoor adventures.

The bike you see in these photos has serious sentimental meaning for Natalie and Ryan. You see, back in the fall Natalie saw this bike for sale and loved it. However, Ryan talked her out of buying it because he was planning to go back and purchase it for use in the proposal!   I’m sure you’re dying to hear the proposal story… so here it goes!

Natalie works at a Hospital and had the Christmas Eve shift. Her workday had been long and tiring, and filled with a tinge of disappointing knowing that she was missing out on her first Christmas Eve with Ryan and the rest of her family. Because she was working late, she knew she would be missing out on her favorite Christmas traditions. Being the romantic that he is, Ryan had different plans up his sleeve!

Unbeknownst to Natalie, when the early evening holiday hospital stress was at its highest, she was going to be given a quick break. Of course, this break was coordinated by Ryan and. A co-worker. Her co-worker wrapped her arm around Natalie and walked her outside.  Where Ryan right was down on one knee, with her new bike and engagement ring! Although she was utterly confused, she said YES without a doubt in her mind! Lightheaded and beaming, her Christmas was shaping up to be better than she could have ever anticipated.  After coming down from the cloud, she explained to Ryan that she has  to get back to work.  To her surprise, Ryan informed her she was now off work and it was time to head to a Christmas Eve Engagement party. A few weeks before the holiday, Ryan called Natalie’s boss and got permission for her to get off work a few hours early. Their friends and family were ready and waiting to celebrate!  This was just the start of their life adventure.

You truly can see their radiance. The way Ryan makes Natalie laugh is precious.  I’m so happy for them! They get married in April and I was disappointed to know I was already booked for their wedding date, but they are in good hands with another photographer. Luckily I had the joy of capturing their engagement photos!

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Caleb & Kelly- Treasury on the Plaza Wedding in St. Augustine Florida

As a wedding photographer, few things please me more than a beautiful couple getting married at a beautiful venue. So when Caleb and Kelly told me they had selected Treasury on the Plaza in St. Augustine, I may have squealed a little.  Until their wedding, it was on my must shoot list. I had a vision of how it would be and my goodness, this space did not disappoint!  I LOVE it. It is a new favorite venue! The architecture is stunning. Between the sky high white columns, the massive circular bank vault (that they’ve converted into a bar), the shiny marble flooring and colorful up-lighting…  it makes me feel as though you’ve stepped into an upscale New York City venue.

On a blistering hot June day, with thunderstorms rolling through the sky, Caleb and Kelly began their journey as husband and wife. Their first look was in one of St. Augustine’s adorable cobblestone alley ways. Caleb’s nervous smile was adorable. You could feel the excitement. As Kelly walked up behind him for the first look,  I stepped back and captured the sweet moments of them embracing, laughing and seeing each other for the first time that day.

The way these two embrace life together, laugh together, and stay chill about everything is inspiring.  I loved capturing the raw beauty of their love that shined so brightly on their wedding day.

Their ceremony was ever so sweet with Caleb’s father as their officiant.  The sweetest tears flowed freely throughout the room as Caleb and Kelly’s vows were said, rings were exchanged and they were announced husband and wife.

After additional family photos and couple’s portraits, it was time to celebrate! The reception was a blast- the dance floor was full of energy. These two threw an awesome party from start to finish. And of course, one’s wedding day isn’t complete without a grand exit!

I have no doubt that Caleb and Kelly’s love will continue to shine as bright as their super fun sparkler farewell! Wishing you two all the best in your new journey.

 

{Vendor Credits}

Venue: Treasury on the Plaza

Hair and Makeup  – Amanda Hopcraft

Florist: Jade Violet & Event Florals

Event Planner: Coastal Celebrations

Photographer: Sarahdipity Photos

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Jessica & Robert – Jumbolair Wedding in Ocala Florida

The day was absolutely beautiful. Every last detail had the sweetest meaning and purpose. Jessica and Robert said their vows in the church Robert’s grandfather pastored for most of his life. The bridal suite had a sofa which resembled the  same one Jessica’s grandmother had during Jessica’s childhood years and memories. Jessica added little white paper butterflies to her sisters bouquets in memory of her grandmother.  Ever so thoughtful gifts were exchanged between Jessica and Robert before the ceremony, and the perfect first look was planned for Jessica and her dad, which happened just before the ceremony. As the church doors swung open, and Robert saw Jessica, his bride,  walking down the isle, I had chill bumps. It was the sweetest most sincere moment. From saying “I do”, dancing their first dance, toasts which brought laughter and tears, there was so much joy. And at the end of the night, one last dream came true. Robert surprised Jessica with a getaway car she had always dreamed of! Go look for yourself and watch this story unfold.

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Venue | Jumbolair Estate

DJ | Barry Carew

Hair | Rachel from Chrissy Noell Salon

Cake | Betty Cakes Cafe

Catering | Martha Jane with Woodlea Gardens

 

 

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GORGEOUS girl! The light for their portraits…swoon! And that first kiss shot is perfect!! Love the candles and greenery in the foreground!

Mike & Colleen’s Wedding | The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens | Jacksonville FL

Cummer Art Museum and Garden never fails to create the perfect canvas for a beautiful garden wedding in Jacksonville. Colleen and Mike said their vows in the gardens, on the river, on the 18th of May. They were absolutely radiant as the officiant told their love story which created the sweetest wedding ceremony as their title as “best friends” turned to “Mr. & Mrs.” I smiled behind my camera all day as I captured them, their story, their bridal party, their family, their guests. Many lovely moments were captured and painted from the viewpoint of my camera. Go see for yourself!

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Venue | The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

Dress Designer | BERTA

Dress Boutique | Chic Parisien

Wedding Coordinator | Christina Kreations

Cake | Sweet ‘n’ Flour

Florist | Wilson’s Limited

DJ | DJ Thundercat

Caterer | The Chef’s Garden Catering & Events

Hair & Makeup | Makeup by Paulina Perez

Photography | Sarahdipity Photos

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A Sweet Engagement – The Candy Apple Cafe & Cocktails | Mapple Street Biscuts | Bold Bean – Jacksonville, FL

It was a sweetest of engagements. Gilbert proposed to Lauren on the eve of the new year. Overlooking the river and the skyline of Jacksonville, Gilbert got down on one knee to pop the question. Without a doubt in her mind she accepted.

We embraced their favorite places in Jacksonville, revisited their favorite date spots, and captured new memories for their spring engagement session. From bike riding to Bold Bean Coffee Roasters and enjoying a cup of coffee we headed to their favorite park for a picnic breakfast Lauren had packed including a scrumptious Maple Street Biscuit. Lauren pulled out the classic game of checkers where once again they played and as always (from what I am told), Gilbert won. (Though let’s be real, I’m sure Lauren was distracted with me taking photos.) The perfect cup of coffee, picnic in the park, and with a quick wardrobe change the engagement session was topped off in the best of ways, at The Candy Apple & Cocktails, the most scrumptious Engage and fabulous candy shop in town. Oh it was sweet in every way.

Now that you’ve heard the story, enjoy the photos. Their love is radiant and their love for life shines through. Here’s to love and sweet dates!
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Now that you must be craving all of this wonderful food, you must add these places on your “to visit” list. You won’t be disappointed! And let’s be real, a photoshoot and amazing food? Yes, please!

Candy Apple Cafe & Cocktails

Bold Bean Coffee Roasters

Maple Street Biscuit

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