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April 15, 2014

{H.appiness} 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...

March 30, 2014

{H.appiness} Mr. & Mrs. Foxx - Amelia Island, FL

Venue: The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
Hair: Kelly Brown
Make-up: The Ritz-Carlton Salon
Dress: Debra's Bridal Shop at The Avenues
Tuxes: Michael's Formalwear
Rings: Cartier, David Yurman
Catering: The Ritz-Carlton
DJ: DJ Krishan
Flowers: The Ritz-Carlton
Video: Adam Pressley Films

Sejal & Shawn's wedding in Amelia Island, FL was unique in that the day consisted of two wedding ceremonies. Sejal was able to showcase her family's vibrant Indian culture with a traditional Hindu ceremony. In the afternoon, a traditional Christian ceremony took place in the same spot. Both ceremonies were very beautifully intimate and it was fantastic to see two cultures merge into one large fantastic family.

It was great to capture my first Hindu ceremony, and to learn so much about their culture and what happens during their wedding ceremonies. It was so prideful and happy.

Sejal and Shawn's wedding day might have been a long one for all involved, but the pay off, especially for the bride who planned the entire thing, was definitely spectacularly satisfying!

My well wishes carry within these photos to the bride and groom and hope they cherish them, and each other, for many years that lie ahead of them. All the best to you, both! Here are some highlights from the big day!

March 05, 2014

{H.appiness) Crystal + Derrick Engaged - Jacksonville, FL

Crystal and Derrick have known each other almost their entire lives. They met all the way back in Elementary School, and you would think their love started then amidst the cootie epidemic which kids that age face but it didn't. The two of them even grew up in the same neighborhood. They mostly hung out in groups growing up, and didn't actually start dating each other until 2009.

Crystal is actually one of the first people I met when my wife and I moved to Jacksonville, and she has become a great friend. Obviously when she asked me to photograph her wedding, my two thoughts were "Well, thank God!" and "Of course I'm there!"

Their wedding will take place this September and the two of them both acknowledge their excitement and anticipation for the day to come. It's nice to see these two lifelong friends come together and take the big step towards each other down the aisle. It's going to be an amazing day! Below are some of the highlights from our urban-themed engagement session around Downtown Jacksonville.

February 22, 2014

{H.appiness} Mr. & Mrs. Williford - Myrtle Beach, SC

Ceremony & Reception: Garden City Chapel
Flowers: Danette Moen
Desserts: Pawley's Island Bakery
Decor: Bride's Family
Dress: David's Bridal
Hair: Buddy and Merry George

This wedding was a first for me as it took place on New Year's Eve. As soon as Arielle and Jaron asked me to photograph their wedding, I leapt at the chance to be there to ring in the New Year with the happy couple.

Arielle and Jaron got married in a quaint chapel in the Myrtle Beach area that has great significance to them. Surrounded by their friends and family, they rang in the New Year with a New Orleans Mardi Gras flair! I was able to photograph their Engagement portraits as well in the little town of Cairo, GA. What I learned in my time with them that day was that they know how to have fun and love each other every moment. Their personalities rang true on that day and even more so on their wedding day.

Not too many grooms cry, but it was touching to see Jaron well up at their rehearsal and the first look on their wedding day. He knows what he has in Arielle, that's for sure. The wedding ceremony was very intimate under candlelight and included a special time of praise and worship to honor God for bringing them together. The dancing and partying at the reception pumped us all into the New Year with some fireworks on the beach. I was honored to be there, and I look forward to seeing them grow together over the coming years. Here are some highlights from the big day...

February 10, 2014

{H.appiness} Mr. & Mrs. Kieu - Memphis, TN

Ceremony/Reception: Teton Trek @ Memphis Zoo
Coordinator: Deanna Stewart
Flowers: Emily Wood
Makeup/Hair: Gould's Salon @ The Peabody in Downtown Memphis
Cake: Mother-of-the-Bride made Gradma's Caramel Pound Cake and Brownies. Emily Burnison and Bethany Cowan made Tunnel of Fudge Cakes
DJ: Max Stewart
Catering: Corky's BBQ - Bonnie Phifer

When Laura and Alex asked me to photograph their wedding, I was more than thrilled to accept. Laura had become a friend to my wife and I while we were living in Atlanta, and I knew I wanted to be there to help her remember her wedding day. I had only been able to meet Alex on a Skype consultation, but upon meeting him in person and getting to know him over the wedding weekend, I knew Laura had found her perfect match. Which is good since they were about to wed and all. :)

Their wedding took place at Teton Trek in the Memphis Zoo. Just outside was the bear habitat and we could see a bear trying to watch the ceremony, or trying to figure a way to eat all the guests. The details were great at tying in the rustic warmth provided by the ceremony site. I had a great time traveling out to Tennessee to be there for them both and I hope they love their images for years and years to come. Congrats you two! Here are some highlights from your big day...

More to come!