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A Garden-Inspired Bed & Breakfast Wedding | Tory & Kevin

Tory and Kevin’s wedding took place on a beautiful warm winter day in Palmetto, Florida at the Palmetto Riverside Bed & Breakfast. I absolutely loved the setting and how it mimicked our locations for their engagement photos.

Lili of Lili’s Weddings was the hair and makeup artist – she is so talented and made Tory and her girls look just stunning!

A special gift from his bride-to-be :)

Choosing to do a First Look allowed for more time for portraits of just the two of them – always a good thing on your wedding day!

The flowers were by Kathy of Oneco Florist.

The bridesmaids’ lovely convertible dresses were actually an Etsy find!

I love how Gary used some hanging spanish moss for the foreground of this one below, it’s so dreamy and really captured the mood . . .

The day is finally here! It’s wonderful to watch couples as they finally make it to this moment – Tory and Kevin were no exception.

Kevin’s uncle Randy officiated their ceremony.

Officially Mr. & Mrs.!

I. just. love this one. Tory you were a stunning bride!

When Tory first contacted me and told me a bit about what she and Kevin were planning she said it would be right up my alley because she was going with a garden theme. She was right! It was beautiful and I do have a weakness for all things gardeny :)

The wedding cake was done by Pastries by Design – a favorite of mine!

DJ Kevin Quinn of Storybook Events kept the party moving throughout the evening. He was great!

Have you all heard/seen the fun new dance The Wobble? This was the second time I’d seen it and these girls really had fun with it! Now I need to learn it :)

After all the events of their perfect day Kevin & Tory went out with a sparkle, a lot of them actually!

Tory & Kevin, it was such a pleasure sharing your day with you and your friends and families, we didn’t want it to end either! Gary and I wish you many many years of love and happiness as you embark on this next phase of your lives.

All my best,

Tory CarrJanuary 19, 2013 - 11:03 PM

Love them all!

Ellie WittingJanuary 19, 2013 - 11:33 PM


Rhonda Pulsifer BroscoJanuary 20, 2013 - 12:29 AM

What a beautiful story, the photographer put her whole heart into these beautiful happily ever after pictures! I love them all, the photographer captured every special moment and put it into a story book, love it!

Jennifer CrossonJanuary 20, 2013 - 2:00 AM

You chose a great photographer. An amazing job, but look at the perfection she had to work with. Conratulations! Beautiful!

Linda WolfJanuary 20, 2013 - 2:41 AM

gorgeous.. Beautiful bride, handsome groom. magical setting….

Krisena Watson RiegerJanuary 20, 2013 - 5:37 AM

Great photos. It was such a wonderful wedding.

Victoria Soravilla-BighamJanuary 20, 2013 - 12:37 PM

absolutely gorgeous!

Jessica BrueggerJanuary 20, 2013 - 1:45 PM

Love these… the ones on the swing are so cute and the shot of just the bride is stunning! great job at capturing the details like the design of the cake and the tie clip.

MaryAnne Kelly WaldtJanuary 21, 2013 - 3:59 PM

OMG, The most beautiful wedding of anybody I know!

Judy KellyFebruary 2, 2013 - 4:29 AM

The wedding pictures are beautiful.

Bobbi Jo Gibson RoyFebruary 2, 2013 - 4:04 PM

Tory and Kevin these pictures are absolutely beautiful.

A Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Wedding | Brandy & Drew

Brandy and Drew are good friends of ours so getting to shoot their wedding was really fun and quite an honor! Like us, they currently live in Colorado Springs but their wedding took place on the beautiful beach of Secrets Royal Beach Resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Quite a departure from the weather and landscape of Colorado that we shot in for their engagement session! In fact, working on their wedding for the past couple of days after shooting a New Year’s Day wedding here in Colorado where it was literally 2 degrees or less has been quite the contrast – more than an 80 degree temperature difference! I digress. Without further ado, please enjoy this warm-weathered break from winter, Brandy and Drew’s rustic-with-Southern-touches beach wedding:

This lovely ring is a family heirloom – it’s so dainty and lovely, and blue!

The flowers were done by neighboring/sister resort Now Larimar. They turned out beautifully!

I was lucky enough to get to go gown shopping with Brandy a few months ago and I just love the Essence of Australia gown she chose. Lightweight (after a few layers of tulle were removed) and with just the right amount of Southern lace for the beach :)

That the bridal salon we shopped at had something as perfect as this in Colorado was such a wonderful surprise! Nice job Something New Boutique!

Close up of her stunning jeweled belt:

Isn’t technology wonderful?? Even in the Dominican Republic Brandy was able to FaceTime with her sweet grandma who couldn’t be there in person.

What a gorgeous bride you are, Brandy!

Brandy and Drew chose to see each other before their ceremony, I’m always so glad to have the opportunity for more portraits in another location and think it’s such a neat way to enhance your wedding day experience.

After months of planning and anticipation, it was pretty magical to see it all come together at their beach ceremony.

Brandy’s mother, Lynn, created the adorable “Shoes Optional” sign as well as all the other embroidered burlap details you’ll see throughout the reception.

I love this one below on the left of the bridal party – so happy for the new Mr. & Mrs.!

The Bill Levkoff bridesmaid dresses flowed so nicely in the breeze and you know I loved the floral detail!

Suits by Jos. A. Bank.

Below and to the right? Not posed, just the hilarious sisters! :)

Because of the weather report, the reception was moved from poolside to a covered pool and beach-side open air restaurant, Castaways. It was meant to be and turned out beautifully!

Brandy’s mom made the lovely monogrammed table runners, “Better” and “Together” signs and table numbers.

Another Southern touch was their Savannah-style thumbprint tree complete with Spanish moss.

Drew and Brandy danced to Otis Redding, “These Arms of Mine” for their first dance.

The “T” shell cake topper was an Etsy find.

LOTS of dancing and fun was had at the reception :)

It was such a fun and special celebration for Gary and me to be part of, and made even better by the fact that we were able to share a vacation with Brandy, Drew and their family and friends! We had a wonderful time and are so happy for the two of them and glad to have them in our lives :)

Tabatha Marshall WatersJanuary 5, 2013 - 6:04 PM

Gorgeous pictures!!

Jessica BrueggerJanuary 5, 2013 - 6:10 PM

so pretty I love the way they had the chairs and everything set up on the beach in a great little personal touches like the better together signs… great pictures as usual!

Jenn RichardsonJanuary 6, 2013 - 5:15 PM

Wow everything is amazing! Your work is incredible! I also love how you laid out the pictures in the post. How did you do that?

Erin DavenportJanuary 7, 2013 - 5:40 AM

Thanks Jenn! I created Photoshop actions to pair them based on a program called BlogStomp that I used when I first started blogging :)

David BurnettJanuary 7, 2013 - 6:36 PM

My daughters wedding pic’s.

Joan DavisFebruary 12, 2013 - 12:56 PM

Beautiful pictures and even more beautiful bride and groom!!!! Proud Grandmother.

A Colorado Springs Wedding | Sarah & Landon

Sarah and Landon were married here in Colorado Springs at the beautiful Shove Chapel on the campus of Colorado College downtown. Even living here for over a year now this was my first wedding actually *in* Colorado Springs! Their big day kicked off a crazy 2.5 weeks for Gary and me as we departed the next evening for the Dominican Republic to shoot our friends Brandy & Drew’s wedding followed by almost a week in Florida where we shot Tory & Kevin’s celebration and also enjoyed the most wonderful baby shower honoring our little guy who will be here before we know it! We’ve been back in Colorado for just over a week now and I’m still a little exhausted from the trip and what felt like a packed schedule but I’m so glad to be able to share this lovely wedding with you tonight.

Sarah and Landon are currently Austin dwellers but Landon grew up in the Springs and his family still lives here. The pair traveled here for their celebration and started their day getting ready at Colorado Springs’ newest and in my opinion most charming downtown hotel, the Mining Exchange by Wyndham Grand. Restored to feature original brick and with a very charming courtyard that we used for their first look, I loved their choice!

While I stayed with Sarah as she finished getting ready, Gary was capturing Landon in the lobby enjoying the grand piano and a scotch.

Downtown isn’t generally a very private place so I was thrilled to discover this little courtyard just behind and part of the hotel that is lighted in a European style and turned out to be perfect for their sweet first look.

Gary and I shooting from opposite angles yielded my view above and his below on the left :)

Completed in 1931, Shove Memorial Chapel is on the campus of Colorado College downtown – it’s a gorgeous building inside and out and we were thrilled to get to shoot there!

These kind of doors and stone arches make me swoon on a normal day, add this bride and groom and I’m in Heaven!

A vintage Chevrolet was waiting for them at the Chapel – it was their getaway car from the ceremony and added to the wonderful nostalgic feel of the location.

Hello gorgeous! My goodness I couldn’t get over Sarah’s wedding day ensemble/look.

Sarah and Landon’s pastors each officiated part of the ceremony.

Gary as the second shooter has more freedom to get creative throughout the day which is exactly what he did during the first kiss for the shot in the middle below!

The reception was held at a downtown restaurant called The Warehouse which has a similar feel to the Mining Exchange hotel with wood floors and exposed brick.

All in all it was an absolutely wonderful day that Gary and I were so glad to have been part of, we wish Landon and Sarah a lifetime of happiness!

Debbie Leatherman HudnallDecember 14, 2012 - 1:24 AM

Congratulations on your new life together! The wedding photographs are so well done and captured the beauty and love of your wedding day. Blessings forever and beyond….!

McComb StephanieDecember 14, 2012 - 4:33 AM

Beautiful! Congratulations again!

Jessica BrueggerDecember 14, 2012 - 6:24 PM

Beautiful as always! love the shot of them in front of the red painting, the cake cutting, and the final one of them walking away you really captured their happiness on film.

Nancy Wind ClarkDecember 15, 2012 - 4:04 AM

That is some amazing photography! Beautiful wedding. Congratulations to Landon and Sarah!

Sarah MacKellar WattsDecember 15, 2012 - 4:13 AM


Chuck SwobodaDecember 15, 2012 - 12:33 PM

Congratulations all around, not only to the bride and groom, but to the parents, as well. By the way, beautiful photography, too!

Bill Linnea HobartFebruary 12, 2013 - 12:58 PM

What a beautiful wedding for a beautiful couple! Congratulations!

L. Lenae PhotographyFebruary 12, 2013 - 1:00 PM

Can’t even handle the ring and shoe photos! SUBMIT THOSE TO STOCK PHOTO COMPANIES like right now girl! LOVE!