Just a few weeks before their wedding, I finally met with Katie and TJ for a coffee and to break the ice – hard to believe they had booked me months ago and I still hadn’t met them in person. We sat in the brightest corner of Starbucks and talked for a bit about their “retro, tropical backyard” wedding day. TJ kept his sunglasses on the whole time (don’t blame him) and once Katie pushed hers aside I about lost it. “Holy crap your eyes are so pretty!” No wonder TJ was crazy for this girl. After a few minutes of wedding talk, I dragged them to a park nearby and we took advantage of Katie’s makeup trial and had a quickie engagement sesh. 

Fast forward to March 21 : Katie and her girls were getting ready at the Hilton Garden Inn in West Palm.

 

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Thank goodness Katie and TJ opted for a first look – it was BLAZING hot that day, and Katie’s makeup was fresh for their first few portraits. 

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AC break! 

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Congratulations, Katie and TJ! And I hope you weren’t joking when you said you want me to photograph more events with you guys – cuz I kinda love y’all!

xo

Getting Ready | Hilton Garden Inn West Palm Beach

Katie’s Dress | Free People

Bridesmaids Dresses | Awesome. (Their own.)

Makeup Artistry | Anne Hennessy

Hair | Carla Snow and Ashley Hoggat

Florals (Seriously, that bouquet?!) | Simply Flowers

Cake | Publix Greenwise

Catering | Whole Foods

 

  • jamielauren - Gah! Sonju. You’re just amazing. So incredibly talented and awe inspiring. Just ridiculously talented.ReplyCancel

When I met with Michelle and Michael to go over the details of their wedding day, I could not get enough of Michael’s smile. It lit up our little corner of Starbucks, and I could tell Michelle was just as enamored. When I asked if they had any questions, Michelle was quiet and reserved, and Michael was the one to bust out his phone to show me a photo.

“Here it comes,” I thought, “the dreaded Pinterest pose they want me to recreate.”

But instead, it was a photo of a wedding party running from a dinosaur. I’m sure you’ve all seen it. But the way Michael’s face lit up as he told me there would be a Jurassic Park Jeep in attendance, I knew I couldn’t let him down…

Michelle and Michael were married at the Coach House in Wellington, FL (formerly known as The Players Club.)

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You know I love me some flower girls, and this one did not disappoint. 

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Oh! And this one’s for you, Michael. Congratulations, you two! 

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Getting Ready, Ceremony, and Reception | The Coach House

Florist | Aldo Rodriguez (561) 687-5416

DJ | Kenny Mondo party@kennymondo.com

Wedding Dress | Bacio Bacio Bridal

Dinosaur Wrangler and Photoshop Expert | Michele Anne michelleannephotography.com

It started to rain just as I pulled up to Caitlin’s dad’s house, where she and her best friend, Stephanie were getting ready. I noticed this awesome tree in the backyard (which is apparently a tangerine/tangelo mix of some sorts) and freaked out over how awesome it would be to do their ring shot in the rain. Secretly, I was kinda lovin’ the rainy weather and overcast skies.

Even with the ceremony moved inside, Caitlin and Michael celebrated their marriage with a couple dozen of their closest family and friends – and some killer BBQ too, I might add.

 

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(Shit Just Got Real.)

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In the weeks leading up to a wedding, I send out a questionnaire to my brides to learn a little more about their wedding day. Ashley sent me an email with some bad news – her father passed away unexpectedly in January, and there were a few things she wanted to add to the shot list and timeline. To honor his memory, she was planning on pinning her dad’s wedding band to her garter, and wanted to release a single balloon after her first look with her groom. Her grandfather was going to walk her down the aisle and share a dance with her at the reception, and I was honored to capture those moments for her. Ashley and her girls got ready at the Hilton in Boca Raton on a breezy Saturday, February 21, 2015.

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Meanwhile, Steven was hanging with his groomsmen at the Westchester Country Club, patiently waiting for a “first touch” with Ashley before she got in her dress.

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Beth, Ashley’s mom gave her the first diamond bracelet she received from her husband, and Ashley struggled to keep it together before the ceremony. I admit, I got a little teary too.

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Since we had the time before the ceremony to do Ashley and Steven’s portraits, we also photographed the wedding party and family formals so Ashley and Steven could enjoy the cocktail hour with their guests. As I was finishing up the family formals, I noticed little Fenix and his mom’s hands perfectly framing his little face. I couldn’t resist.

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Oh Luciano. You slay me, kid.

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Ceremony and Reception | Westchester Golf & Country Club 

Hair | Jessica Brand

Florist | Deerfield Beach Florist – Ken & Joy

DJ | Outrageous Productions – Brett Marks

The second I met Sterling, I fell for the kid. I told him I liked his outfit and thought he looked cool and he answered with “I know.”

And his parents know he’s pretty dang special too. Halfway through our session, as Sterling was running away, his dad said to me “we hit the jackpot with this one”. Heck yeah you did.

Ladies and gentlemen, the many faces of Sterling:

 

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