Lake Norman Engagement | Whitney & Shawn | Charlotte, North Carolina Wedding Photographer

E-sesh on a yacht?  Yes, please! We love Whitney & Shawn's choice for a lakeside engagement session. They selected Lake Norman in North Carolina. The picturesque location is romantic and peaceful. It was a relaxed session with all the right nautical touches. And isn't Whitney's black tulle + beaded dress to die for?! 

Gasparilla Inn Wedding | Natali & Mark | Boca Grande Wedding Photographer

Natalia + Mark's Boca Grande wedding was held at the Gasparilla Inn. If you follow our work, you know we love this wedding venue!  They have beautiful grounds and a resort "feel", while still being perfectly intimate. 

The couple held their ceremony on the beach. The soft sounds of the ocean and the gentle breeze was heavenly!  For the reception, the timeless color theme and coastal touches were the perfect fit for the venue and the couple. 

All expertly planned by Courtney at CocoLuna events!

Venue: Gasparilla Inn | Wedding Coordinator: CocoLuna | Florals:  Isn't She Lovely | Entertainment: Girl Meets Boy| Videography: Reel Treasures | Beauty: Duality Artistry | Illusion back Gown: Provonovia NYC  | Rings: Garden State Jewelers | Maid of Honors : Adrianna Papell | Bridesmaid: Joanna August Bridesmaid | Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Ralph Lauren  + Custom made blazers by Philippe Hass | Invitations: Luster Designs | Menus: Minted | Escort Cards and Itinerary: DM Paper Designs | Lighting: Lightworks | Linens + Chargers: BBJ Linen | Chiavari Chairs: Niche Event Rental

Lauren + Ryan's Gasparilla Inn Wedding | Boca Grande Wedding Photographer

When Lauren and Ryan told us, "We want a romantic ceremony and very fun reception. We plan on exiting our ceremony with fun music and sunglasses. We really want everyone to enjoy themselves. For out tent, we want candle-lighting and soft flowers. We want to be present for our wedding, we want to enjoy the day as much as we can!"  we instantly knew we'd love their Gasparilla Inn wedding day!  And we were right! 

Their ceremony was held on Banyan Street- with is one of our favorite locations in Boca Grande. It was officiated by one of Ryan's friends, which was made it unique and personal.  They also recited their own vows to one another, which were beautifully written and very touching 

The entire day was beautiful, elegant, and timeless. Which you know is our jam! ;) 

 Ceremony Location: Banyan Street | Reception venue: Gasparilla Inn  | Wedding Coordination: Southern Elegance |  Florist: Elleson Events | Entertainment: Grant Hemond and Associates Inc | Videography: Atom Visuals | Hair & Makeup: Lasting Luxe | Paper: Soozie Lazenby with Urban Coast | Tent: US Tent Rental Inc | Lighting:  SRQ | Dressmaker: Katie May | Shoe Designer: Christian Louboutin | Bride's Rings: Private designer | Groom's ring: David Yurman | Bridesmaid's dresses + shoes:  Badgley Mischka  | Grooms suits: Ralph Lauren

Christina & Chad's Ringling Museum Engagement Session | Sarasota Wedding Photographer

Christina & Chad's gorgeous engagement session was at The Ringling Museum in Sarasota.  It is a seriously stunning venue that happens to also host weddings. We love shooting here and think that it was the perfect location for Christina & Chad. It was so great to see them dressed for the occasion too! We always support black tie attire ;) 

Ritz Carlton Sarasota Wedding, Trish + Mike | Destination Wedding Photographer

Trish & Mike's courtship started as college friends in Vermont. Over the course of a few semesters, a bit of 'waiting it out', and a little liquid courage on Trish's part, it finally blossomed into a romance.  Their big day was five years in the making and we'd say it was worth the wait! The couple currently lives in Boston and planned their destination wedding at The Ritz Carlton in Sarasota 

The proposal from Trish's perspective (we live for these stories)! "One Saturday afternoon Mike said let's go to the Lowe's hotel for lunch and a cocktail. It was the most beautiful day in September so we walked over and had a fabulous lunch and some wine. After lunch, I asked Mike to check out the lobby of the hotel since it was new and just opened. All of a sudden he pulled out a room key. He brought me upstairs and had a suite all ready and all of my clothes packed. He said he thought it would be a fun night in the city. We had also been planning to go see the Lion King at the Boston Opera House that evening. After we got to the room I got a notification on Open Table that Mike canceled the reservation I had made. I thought something was going on but my mom threw me off completely by saying nothing was happening until the spring. 

That evening we get all dressed up and go to the play. The entire time Mike as acting very strange. After the play, we go to the restaurant and they say they cannot take us anymore because the play got out too late. I could tell he was panicking. Mike said okay let's go for a walk and skip dinner. We started to walk and ironically it started to rain so we went back to the hotel.
When we got back to the hotel there were roses, chocolates, champagne, and apparently a card that said congratulations that Mike threw in his suitcase. He had asked the hotel to go all out since we were supposed to have been engaged by then. Mike said he was sick and went straight to bed since he was so upset. I stayed up and ate chocolate all night as happy as can be. 
The next morning Mike asked me to take a walk with him and to dress up so we could take an updated picture of us. We hadn't had a picture taken in months so I believed him. As we crossed over the Boston Common Bridge Mike gave his phone to someone to record everything and got down on one knee. All of these people were screaming say yes and I thought Mike was going to faint he was so nervous! Even though nothing went according to plan it all worked out and he did a great job. "

The self-proclaimed foodies had an AMAZING menu (The Ritz Carlton always does a fantastic job) and the Motown music from the band kept the party alive all night!

Venue: Ritz Carlton Sarasota | Wedding Coordinator: NK Productions | Florist: Botanica Florist | Entertainment: Clint Wiley and The None Others | Video: Voila Cinematic | Hair + Makeup: Brides By Kelly Anne | Papergoods: Crane and Co. / Write On  | Live entertinament: Sarasota String Players, Classern Quartet  | Lighting: Encore Event Technologies | Chargers/ Linens/ Gold Glasses/Large Mirror with Calligraphy: Affairs in the Air | Calligrapher:  Dorothy "Dotty" McMillan Dress: Zuhair Murad from Kleinfeld Bridal- New York City | Shoe Designers: Flats- Badgley Mischka / Heels- Jimmy Choo| Rings: Engagement: Private Jewelers in NYC | Groom's Wedding Band: Long's Jewelers, Boston , MA | Bride's Wedding Bands: Stones taken out of Great Grandmother's bracelet| Accessories: Tiffany and Co. / Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaid Gowns: Amsale | Groom's Attire: Calvin Klein | Groomsmen: Men's Warehouse| Men's Shoes: Joseph Abboud 

Gasparilla Inn Rehearsal Dinner | Lauren & Ryan | Boca Grande Wedding Photographer

If you want to know what upscale coastal casual is, Lauren & Ryan's rehearsal dinner at Gasparilla Inn is it! It was a gorgeous night with so many wonderful family moments. 

Be sure to check out their wedding here!

Venue: Gasparilla Inn  | Wedding Coordination: Southern Elegance |  Florist: Elleson Events | Paper: Soozie Lazenby with Urban Coast | Lighting:  SRQ