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!

Carrie&Jordan

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.

Carrie&Jordan
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.

Carrie&Jordan
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!!

Carrie&Jordan
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

Hollis Gardens, Lakeland, Florida Editorial Wedding Shoot

2:00 o'clock Friday afternoon, June 26th, Hollis Gardens at Lake Mirror:      It was hot. It was drippy wet, ring-your-shirt-out-three-times-in-an-hour hot. And my lovely models, well they did amazing in my vintage,pink styled editorial shoot. Hollis Gardens is a beautiful location for a wedding that the City of Lakeland rents out regularly. Attached are plenty of locations for your wedding reception such as the Magnolia Building, the Peggy Brown Building, or Lake Mirror Tower. 

Dress by: David's Bridal , Invitations by PontoMountainPaper on Etsy, Hair & Makeup by Tabbi Brooks of Handmade N Lovin' It