Evan Hampton: Florida & Destination Wedding, Family & Portrait Photographer

August 13, 2014

Mr. & Mrs. Christine | Bedford, VA

Venue: The Bedford Columns - Bedford, VA
Hair: Jenny Hughes of Strands Salon - Lynchburg, VA
Make-up: Katie Hurd
Dress: DB Studio from David's Bridal / Reception Dress: Galina from David's Bridal
Rings: Kay Jewelers
Catering: The Bedford Columns
DJ: Barry Tosh
Flowers: Willow Oak Peonies & Wedding Flowers - Carla Bruce
Cakes: Angela Hudson Cakes

The Force is strong in Katherine and Russ. Two lovably nerdy souls who found each other in unlikely circumstances, fell in love, and wrote the rest of their future together. I knew Katherine since high school, almost 13+ years of friendship. We were two awesome kids in marching band together and everyone was jealous of us. Maybe not really, but now people should be jealous of what Katherine and Russ have.

I couldn't have been more excited to be able to photograph their wedding at The Bedford Columns in Bedford, VA. It was a very fun, quaint wedding with a Southern flair. The ceremony took place outside under a gazeebo and the reception went well into the night and greeted the arrival of a red-colored Moon.

The couple loves Star Wars and really wanted a photo together that demonstrated their Jedi-adored passion for the franchise. You can see that result below along with the rest of these highlights from their magical July afternoon.

May 21, 2014

Mr. & Mrs. McHugh | Jacksonville, FL

Ceremony: Saint Anastasia Catholic Church, St. Augustine, FL
Reception Venue: River City Brewing Company
Hair: Kari Vince, stylistkari.com
Makeup: Jamie Benedict, Makeup by Jamie B
Bride's Dress: Alfred Angelo
DJ: Skip Kelly, Skip Kelly Productions

I can't say enough about how happy I am for Brittany and Jake McHugh! Having the honor to photograph each wedding I do is always a delight no matter what. I had the pleasure of doing their engagement session this past Summer/Fall, and their goofy, perhaps nerdy, personalities shined through each photograph. I say nerdy with adoration of course, because we're all a bit nerdy. Their wedding turned out to be no different. The groom's cake featured photos of Apple devices on it, and he even wore Apple logo cufflinks.

The bride's dress shimmered when she first appeared in the center aisle of the church and all eyes were on her. Even Jake's teary ones.

After the Catholic ceremony, I got to ride in the limo with the wedding party to the reception in downtown Jacksonville. There we did photos around Friendship Fountain before the reception party began. The reception featured fantastic Italian cuisine and a first dance from the couple that encouraged everyone in attendance to participate.

Like all weddings, the day zipped by quickly, and it wasn't long until we were waving goodbye as the happy couple left for their honeymoon in St. Lucia. I wish them nothing but the best in their marriage together and I look forward to what new chapter they start next. Here are some highlights from their day...

May 07, 2014

Mr. & Mrs. Boyle - Washington, D.C.

Venue: Smokey Glen Farm
Hair: Clint Portfolio - Clint McPherson
Makeup: Priscilla Johnson
DJ: Chris Laich Music Services
Live Music: Jon Rooks
Videographer: Precision Lens Productions - Valon Imeri

To me, this wedding was extra special because I was photographing the wedding of a good friend. I've known Sylvia since college, and she was always one of those friends you could guarantee on making you laugh. She's always been so bubbly and joyous. When she asked me to do her wedding I knew I couldn't say no because I knew the wedding day would be bright, cheery and fun! It's exactly what I knew it would be.

Sylvia and Jason met online, and the two of them are so cute together. I must admit that I got a bit teary when Jason began to say his vows while his voice was breaking. There wasn't a dry eye in the area seeing these two fall more in love at their wedding ceremony. It was extra cute as the crowd started singing "Kiss the Girl" from The Little Mermaid as they were announced as husband and wife.

The wedding was very festive and rustic at the Smokey Glen Farm in Gaithersburg, MD, a 30 minute drive from D.C. Since it was Easter weekend, the cocktail hour featured a special Easter Egg Hunt, as well as corn hole and ping pong. The whole day went off without a hitch and I know their marriage will be the same. I wish them, and each couple I photograph, nothing but the best and brightest future in their marriage. I look forward to seeing where this journey will lead my friend Sylvia and her new husband Jason. Here are some highlights from their big day...

April 25, 2014

Mr. & Mrs. Brummell - Jacksonville, FL

Venue: Private Residence
Planners: Lynette Self & Linda Howard
Florist: Rose of Sharon - Lynette Self
Hair/Makeup: Dante's Salon
Band: Blonde Ambition
Officiant: Judge Tyrie Boyer
Cake: Publix
Caterers: Country Caterers - Teresa Sass

I first got to work with Jen and Greg when I photographed their Engagement portraits last October. We took them on a Ranch in St. Augustine where Jen's horse was kept. It was my first successful photo that involved two people, one horse, and three dogs...all looking at the camera.

It was from that experience that I knew their wedding was going to be amazing and fun, and it quickly became one of the most anticipated weddings I was hired to shoot. They didn't disappoint. The wedding was held at Jen's Parents' house along the St. Johns River. It was the same house the bride grew up in. The ceremony was held in their beautiful courtyard with a reception under a big white tent in the backyard and an amazing live band.

Though it was one of the shortest ceremonies I've seen (roughly 7 minutes) it was crammed with love and admiration for each other. The bride and groom couldn't fight back their smiles as they read their vows and exchanged rings. The rest of the night was quite a party! The band was so loud that the police were called over the noise, but we kept the party going! They had amazing BBQ and sides. Being that they are a very country couple and the wedding had a rustic vibe, it was no surprise that they decided to leave in a unique way. Some people do bubbles or sparklers, but the bride and groom left while firing cap guns into the air. There was even a cap gun for everyone to fire as they left. It was a great day and I was thrilled and honored to be there. Congrats to you both, Jen and Greg! Here are some highlights from your beautiful outdoor rustic wedding...

April 15, 2014

Mr. & Mrs. Obenauer - Amelia Island, FL

Venue: The Golf Club of Amelia Island
Hair/Make-up: Serenity Salon in Fernandina Beach
Dress: Love Bridal Boutique
Tuxes: Men's Wearhouse
Rings: Underwoods, Beards
Coordinator: Kellie Douzuk, Golf Club of Amelia Island
DJ: Ernie Vega of Top Spin Sounds and Lights
Flowers: D-Ann Gassett

Perhaps online dating used to sound weird to you. Now, however, that is becoming more and more common. For Amy and Pete, they found each other using Match.com and it clearly worked well for them! They got engaged while on vacation with the Bride's family in Georgia while on a walk at Reynolds Plantation. Pete got down on one knee, Amy said "Yes!" and when they got back to the house Amy's parents had champagne waiting.
Pete is an Entomologist with the U.S. Navy and serving at NASJAX. He wore his dress blues for the ceremony, and the groomsmen showed their support by telling him it looked a bit full in the midsection. The ceremony took place at The Golf Club of Amelia Island overlooking the fairway. The weather couldn't have been more perfect. Amy looked ecstatic, with a smile that never seemed to fade until well after the reception. The two of them were happy to announce the expectation of Baby Obenauer later this year!
"I know it sounds cheesy, but the wedding day truly was everything I've ever dreamed of." said Amy.
Here are some of the highlights from their wedding day...