Before I dive into how sweet Peggy (Michele) and Paul are, take a quick minute to check out their magical horseback engagement session on Hutchinson Island.
Oh great, you're back. (If you didn't really click over to their engagement sesh, I ain't mad. But I do expect you to hop over there after this one. Because HORSES ON THE BEACH YOU GUYS.)
Peggy is the mother to one of my past brides - Ruby. When Peggy booked me, she didn't even have the venue booked, and told me "I have decided if I have to get married in a parking lot I still want you to be the photographer." I mean really. Is that not the sweetest compliment?!
Peggy and Paul planned an intimate ceremony and dinner at a private residence on New Smyrna beach. Her pink wedding dress complimented the cotton candy skies, and if you ask me, Peggy knew exactly what she was doing keeping everyone waiting before the ceremony. I truly believe she was waiting for the perfect light. ;)
(Also, if you're wondering why all the pictures of adorable children, then A. You don't know Sonju and how obsessed I am with nuggets, and 2. This family apparently only breeds beautiful offspring.)
This is Landon. Landon likes to collect sea shells. Then put them back. Then collect them. Then bring them over to Peggy to place them over her ear to listen to the ocean.
Landon stole my heart the other day, and as you'll see, played a major role in the ceremony.
Paul snuck in and stole a moment with his bride.
We didn't really have a timeline for the day, so thank goodness Landon was there to let us know when it was time.
"Hi! Hi! Hiiiii!" Landon made this the BEST entrance ever.
So, here's a little known Sonju fact: I'm absolutely creeped out by butterflies. I don't like the texture of their wings, and the term "caterpillar soup" comes to mind. So naturally, the couple who made me face my fear of horses during their engagement shoot, decided to one-up themselves and have a butterfly release after their ceremony. Their reasons for the release are personal and beautiful, and yes, it was a sweet moment. (I'm just glad there wasn't a videographer there to capture my fun little ninja dance and squeal I let out as one got close to my face. Embarrassing.)
Also, did you know butterflies remember being caterpillars?! Don't you think that's weird!?
Last year, while photographing Mike and Ruby's vow renewal, I made a joke about Baywatch and they totally committed. So you know we had to recreate it.
Once the sun set, we headed to the deck for cake cutting, lasagna dinner, and their first dance. (Also their first Whip/NaeNae)
It started to rain, so the party moved inside where Peggy sat in Paul's lap and they listened to toasts from loved ones and stories from the kids.
Peggy and Paul, thank you so much for choosing me to document such an awesome day. It hardly feels like "work" when you feel like part of the family. (Cute kids always help, too!)