K & P, Lori Wilson Park, Cocoa Beach, FL

Joy....absolute pure joy. These are the only words I can use to describe Kathryn & Paul's Cocoa Beach elopement ceremony. From Kathryn's first email on the morning of their marriage telling me today was already a great day to Paul's unstoppable smile before, during, and after the vows, I could tell these two had found their forever in each other and couldn't wait to get on with it.

The rain moved out minutes before Kathryn & Paul's elopement ceremony at Lori Wilson Park in Cocoa Beach.

Love this handmade bouquet incorporating all their friends and family from back home in New York!

Mom and Grandma as their witnesses. Beautiful ladies.

When I asked about how the proposal happened I got this wonderfully eloquent answer :                                    

Paul: It’s interesting -- the time was just right. It wasn’t something planned around a grand vacation or set up with a surprise band playing or written with a plane in the sky. It was something that felt right, and it was time. No one agrees exactly when ‘the time’ is. But when you feel it, you can’t pretend it’s not there. We were on the couch, enjoying each other’s company, and I told her that I loved her. And somewhere in next several sentences, I (almost automatically) said “Let’s get married. Do you want to be married? Will you marry me?” It was really almost conversational, but there were tears of joy and lots of happy hugging and “I love you”s.

Those smiles......did I mention joy earlier? 

Kathryn & Paul- Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your incredible day. Wishing you so very much joy & happiness on your walk through life together. All the best- CBlackwell

D & J Florida Southern College Landing, Lakeland, FL

After several months of emailing back and forth, I finally had the pleasure of meeting Desiree & Jon on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon at the Florida Southern College Landing here in Lakeland. Desiree had requested old books, an old blanket, and a family photo of everybody (including the family pets) in matching Christmas sweaters for their engagement session. Yes, yes, and even more yes to all of the above.  So loved trying to make their requests a reality!

It turns out, this is one of Jon's favorite Harry Potter books...we almost lost him to the book there for a few minutes. :)

Love the outfits they chose to wear!

This was entirely Desiree's idea and it turned out beautifully!

And then at the very end, this total bit of awesomeness happened....

Desiree & Jon- I cannot wait to be a part of your celebration in June! Thank you so much for choosing me to capture the memories of your special day! As a thank you, if we can get 18 comments on this blog post (there's that number 8 for you!), I will add an extra hour of photography on to your wedding day. 

With Regards- CBlackwell

C & J Lakeland, FL

These two....where do I start? Have you ever heard that phrase "those two wild and crazy kids?" That explains Carrie & Jordan in all their wonderful, happy, include-everybody, always making somebody smile way, pretty much exactly. Their wedding was built with the love of family and friends. Everything from the big potluck dinner to a special dance for one of their ring bearers at the reception was designed to highlight community and togetherness. Even the list of photos Carrie wanted to capture was a testament to those around the couple and how much  they were loved. Thank you allowing me to be apart of your beautiful, music and laughter filled day!

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Let's start this off right here with Carrie & Jordan's first look...one of my favorite times of the whole day. Carrie, you looked so amazing walking towards Jordan that he couldn't take his eyes off you....love.

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Family & Bridal party formals next...no shoes...adored it! 

Family & Bridal party formals next...no shoes...adored it! 

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One of my favorites from the day. A moment of prayer before the ceremony with the pastor.

One of my favorites from the day. A moment of prayer before the ceremony with the pastor.

Incorporating both sets of parents in the giving away of the bride....

Incorporating both sets of parents in the giving away of the bride....

Yes, yes that is Jordan trying to sneak an extra kiss.

Yes, yes that is Jordan trying to sneak an extra kiss.

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Carrie&Jordan
Carrie&Jordan
Carrie and her bridesmaids and friends spent many hours designing little special touches for the wedding. Loved all the sweet signs.

Carrie and her bridesmaids and friends spent many hours designing little special touches for the wedding. Loved all the sweet signs.

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The signage in action!!

The signage in action!!

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Carrie&Jordan
Carrie&Jordan

Carrie & Jordan- may your road be filled with all the family and laughter that the two of you hold so dear. Wishing you much joy & happiness on your walk through life together-

CBlackwell

L & B Oak-K Farm Lakeland, FL

Last year, after dating several months, Bob planned to ask Lonnie to marry him on Christmas day. But after asking Lonnie's visiting mom Cheryl for permission to marry her daughter and then dropping Cheryl back off at her hotel, Bob couldn't wait any longer. As Lonnie & Bob were walking back to the car across the parking lot, Bob told Lonnie he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her, forever and ever and then some. Lonnie, not realizing what was going on simply said "deal." Bob instantly dropped to his knee, said "really?", and offered Lonnie her adorable Mickey Mouse engagement ring. 

Lonnie and Bob made good on that deal last Saturday.  They were married on a rainy, thundering afternoon outside but inside there was nothing but laughter and warm wishes for the happy couple from their surrounding friends and family. Lonnie loves all things Disney and especially the Disney movie Tangled. This was reflected in everything from the flowers in her cascading hair to the quote on the top of their wedding cake. Here is a little journey through the newlywed's "Best Day Ever."

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Lonnie's dress made her look just like a princess from every little girl's dream.

Lonnie's dress made her look just like a princess from every little girl's dream.

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Love the Mickey Mouse engagement ring and the invitations with the floating lanterns. All the little details to create the Tangled theme were gorgeous!

Love the Mickey Mouse engagement ring and the invitations with the floating lanterns. All the little details to create the Tangled theme were gorgeous!

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The flowers were amazing!

The flowers were amazing!

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Just down the stairs from the spacious bridal suite, Bob was excitedly waiting for the first glimpse of his soon to be wife.

Just down the stairs from the spacious bridal suite, Bob was excitedly waiting for the first glimpse of his soon to be wife.

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And then, the beautiful princess was ready.

And then, the beautiful princess was ready.

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Is there anything better than seeing your intended's smiling face waiting for you?

Is there anything better than seeing your intended's smiling face waiting for you?

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The kiss...always a favorite moment!

The kiss...always a favorite moment!

May I introduce Mr. & Mrs. Robert Jones? These two never stopped smiling for the rest of the night!

May I introduce Mr. & Mrs. Robert Jones? These two never stopped smiling for the rest of the night!

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 Lonnie and some of her Sigma Kappa sisters. So lovely, they were able to join the festivities.

 Lonnie and some of her Sigma Kappa sisters. So lovely, they were able to join the festivities.

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The very best day ever!

The very best day ever!

Handmade "Tangled" inspired Christmas ornaments...so creative!

Handmade "Tangled" inspired Christmas ornaments...so creative!

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Not enough words to describe their level of cuteness...

Not enough words to describe their level of cuteness...

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Standing out in the rain at the end of the reception as everybody was leaving. No cares, no worries, just the brand new promise of their vows and two hearts full of love.  Lonnie & Bob- hoping that every day for you is the "best day ever"  & wishing you much joy and happiness on your walk through life together.   CBlackwell      

Standing out in the rain at the end of the reception as everybody was leaving. No cares, no worries, just the brand new promise of their vows and two hearts full of love.

Lonnie & Bob- hoping that every day for you is the "best day ever"  & wishing you much joy and happiness on your walk through life together. 

CBlackwell