Shannon & Jon’s beautiful, romantic wedding at Paradise Cove

Many of our current couples are making a wise move and are choosing to do a “First Look” session with us and get all of their romantic pictures done before the ceremony even starts. It’s not traditional, but it certainly makes a lot of sense in certain situations….and believe you me, if a marriage fails it will not be because the couple broke tradition and saw each other before the ceremony.

Actually, it’s a smart move for several reasons. It allows for a private moment where the couple can see each other without being on display, without dozens of eyes starring at them, without the worry of being judged, and they can be emotional and tender alone, privately. Every time we do a First Look I get tears in my eyes.

Another great reason is the couple can then participate, if they want to, in the cocktail hour. Many use this time for pictures, but many of our couples also want very much to mingle and participate in the cocktail hour. This allows them to, and also, it gives us a second photo opportunity if something went wrong earlier. Let’s say the weather was not ideal earlier, or the pictures started late because the bride was not ready on time, or the zipper on the dress broke and needed a quick repair. Whatever the reason may be for a delay, and believe you me this is the day for little things to unexpectedly happen, we have extra time to get the pictures.

If our First Look session does not happen, we can use the cocktail hour time to get the pictures done. It allows us two opportunities for those Romantic pictures, if the need arises and it’s a win-win for everyone. Stan and I did the same thing when we got married in 1992!

Shannon and Jon did exactly what we’re talking about, and it worked wonderfully, and they have amazing pictures! Congratulations to a lovely couple, married on April 28th at Paradise Cove. We started with Shannon’s pictures, then rolled into the First Look, continued on with the pictures of Shannon and her girls, her family, Jon and his group, and then covered the ceremony.

After the ceremony we did the group pictures, a few fun shots with the bridal party, and off the couple went to mingle and enjoy the cocktail hour with their guests before their Grand Entrance. This might not work for every couple, but it is becoming more acceptable and is worth considering.

The Details:

Shannon’s hair was done by Kristy Alonzo, 407-766-3335 and her flowers by Windermere Flowers 407-900-9604.
The officiant was Rev. Kevin Knox, 407-521-VOWS, and her DJ, Tom Sturges, 386-314-6344.
Big City Catering handles the food, 407-438-3488 and the cake came from Publix.

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Emily & Kenny’s Paradise Cove Wedding!

Finally a ” Trini ” Wedding in Orlando! Oh how wonderful to hear the melodies of home and to see familiar faces. Congratulations Emily and Kenny! You are both special and your wedding day couldn’t have turned out better, ” buss zip ‘an all . ” What a crowd! Aren’t we lucky to have so much fun working!

Thanks to Coco Bean Productions for the great Trini music! We had a great time capturing the wonderful and beautiful memories of this wedding!

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Jessica and Kelvin’s stunning wedding at Paradise Cove Orlando

Jessica and Kelvin were married this March 15th at the very beautiful Paradise Cove. The newlyweds dated all through high school and college, and choose to get married near their 10th anniversary. Kelvin is an A1C in the U.S Air Force and his new bride has joined him where he is stationed in Charleston, South Carolina. They are celebrating the start of their new lives together, with their smiley faced 20 month old daughter, Aliyah. She is soooooo cute!

Jessica’s gorgeously flattering dress came from Meredith’s Bridal in Melbourne. Her fragrant flowers came from Carousel Florist in Rockledge. Her cake was from Party Flavors here in Orlando and lastly, the musical talent of Soundwave Entertainment provided her with lots of great music and set the mood for the evening.

A personal note here, my bride has thanked me several times for her pictures.

She realized how “pretty” everything was that day , through the pictures. To her, and to most if not all brides, the day is a blur, and most of it missed. As sad as that is, it’s the norm because so much is happening so very quickly. It was nice of her to thank us, and tell us just how important those pictures are to her and Kelvin. It’s nice to be appreciated and to be told so! Through the images we shot, they see their day from an entirely new and different perspective. Through our images, she can relive the day, over and over, in slow motion.

Jessica told us that the more she looks at the pictures the more she falls in love with them. Words to the wise, do not neglect the importance of picking an experienced, good photographer. The images we capture for our couples are all they have when it’s all said and done. Call us if you are interested in capturing the wedding of your dreams!

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