Friends.  Friends of friends that become your friends.  Those kind of friends are the best.  You can pick a conversation topic out of thin air, and most likely you're going to have a mutual interest in it.  Not only are Leslie and Tyler now my friends, through friends that I made a few years back when I photographed their wedding...my beloved Tim and Elisa...but this is also how Tyler and Leslie met.  Through a mutual friend.  And it is clear that they obviously have that bond of friendship in their relationship.  When a couple is speaking the same language, there is an ease about them.  These two have it.

I cannot wait to photograph their wedding next fall...it is going to be a classy, romantic affair...
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I just have to say, I love it when a couple dresses to the nines for their shoot. These two were no exception. Dressing up to celebrate your engagement is so worth it...
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Their first date was at Bryant Lake Bowl...so they had to go there for a few nostalgic beers...
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Off-script.  Sometimes wedding days go just a little off-script.  You can never predict with one hundred percent certainty that things are going to go according to the plan.  My philosophy is that no matter what, it is your wedding day...and it should feel perfect, like it is going the way it is meant to go.  That way...you'll have no regrets. 

And that is just how Michelle and Dan handled their day.  After a few last minute changes, we decided to move the location for their first look and it turned out perfectly...as did the rest of the events that followed.  Dan and Michelle are such a quiet and sophisticated couple.  But somewhere in that silence, when no one is looking, there is a goofiness just waiting to come out in each of therm.  I think it might just be the hidden secret to their romance.

Their first look started at Aria...which is quickly becoming one of my new favorite local venues.  Its vintage spaces provide the coolest setting for a reception.
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Girls try not to drool on her shoes...yes...Manolo and Badgley...her feet are very loved and pampered...
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Thanks Michelle, for being adventurous in the frigid February air...I think it was totally worth it!
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There is usually a first for me at every wedding...but this was definitely a big time first...a bride, in Cuzzy's...it was awesome.
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Liane and Kari from Hyacinth Events definitely outdid themselves with this chic winter wedding...it was breathtaking.
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Dan and Michelle...may your marriage be richly blessed and full of secret, goofy surprises.
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Cold. It wasn't even that cold, when you compare it to the weather we've had so far this winter...but it was still cold enough to be a little chilly.  Which was the perfect opportunity for him to snuggle this gorgeous girl.  Sonia and Adosh are a little bit of sweet and a lot of spice.  Watching them make each other laugh...and watching her tease Adosh warmed my heart.  I can't wait for their wedding day.
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They are naturally this affectionate.  It is adorable.
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Alert.  For being so tiny...this little guy was very alert during his session...and aware of every movement being made around him...but no baby can resist the temptation to fall asleep in an 80+ degree room for too long...and we finally got him to close those beautiful eyes of his for a little while.  Baby N is going to be one of the most intelligent and loved children on this planet.  Not only are his parents wonderful and some of the most kind friends I have in my world...they are extremely intelligent.  He is one lucky little boy and I'm so excited he is finally here.

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Naples.  They told me their wedding was going to be in Naples, Florida...and I instantly said yes!  I was so excited to go with this group to another destination wedding.  Every time I travel with these people it is a blast...  I have photographed most of their entire wedding guest list at one wedding or another... so, I knew it was going to be an amazing time. 

Courtney's parents developed a beautiful hotel in Naples, called Bella Sera.  I highly recommend it if you are looking for a relaxing get away.  It is beautiful.  The day started out there...and then we moved over to the reception location at La Playa... 

The entire day was classy, beautiful, and so perfect.  Matt and Courtney are so passionately in love, it is fun to just sit and watch them together.  I adore them. 
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Courtney was the most stunning bride...and her dress was gorgeous, one of my favorites of all time...when she showed me a sneak peak of her dress...I died with excitement...Vera Wang...and of course...she had a gorgeous party dress for later in the night too...
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Courtney, her mom, and her sister are so full of emotions...I could capture their facial expressions all day long...
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So beautiful...
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She wasn't sure about going out on the beach...I made her.  So glad I did.
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Sometimes you spill a little...it's ok...
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Ok - the dance party that I had planned in my head did not quite work, since no one seemed to know...What does the Fox say??
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A moment of sunset before the ceremony...
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Courtney's dad was a big teddy bear...he may have shed a few tears...so sweet.
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Their reception was just stunning...the balloons in the ceiling were the perfect finishing touch...
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Ok - I am a sucker for the father daughter dance...but this one took the cake...
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Courtney's party dress.  Obviously, Matt is smitten.
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And no one can dance quite like this pair of sisters...except for maybe me. ;)
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Matt and Courtney - I LOVE YOU GUYS!!
Thank you so much for having me come to be a part of your day.

Joyce Sieben says:

I know it helps when the couple you are photographing is as gorgeous as this couple is, but once again, you nailed it!!! Beautiful photos!!!

(12.24.13 @ 11:57 AM)
Paige Simpson says:

Great job just amazing!! Come back to Naples again!!!!

(02.13.14 @ 08:21 AM)
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