Haus 820 Wedding Inspiration - Lakeland, Florida

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At the beginning of this summer, Miguel said something to me that absolutely terrified me. He said that he wanted to photograph THREE styled shoots this summer! We love doing styled shoots because they are a GREAT way to work with and get to know other vendors that we might not typically get a chance to work with. They’re also an excellent way to stretch our creative muscles. However, they can also be a ton of work, especially for the main person organizing it. So, when Miguel said he wanted to do three over a short period of time, I was just as much nervous as excited.

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Once Miguel convinced me that doing three styled shoot over the summer was a good idea, I put together a few idea boards and posted them to my personal Facebook. Within a couple of hours, we had FOUR styled shoots almost completely planned! I LOVE that we got to work with so many new to us and incredibly talented vendors this summer!!!

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This particular shoot was born out of an awesome collaboration project by Every Last Detail. Lauren, the owner at ELD, wanted to create an awesome mega shoot with a ton of her vendors, and we were lucky enough to be able to participate. It was such an honor to be chosen for this shoot, and I had a blast doing it. Check out it’s feature on Every Last Detail here.

The theme for this shoot was a Citrus inspired Italian wedding (something you might see again later). I just love all the fun, vibrant colors!

Vendor Team:

Venue: Haus 820

Planner: Just Save The Date

Flowers: The Flower Studio

Rentals: Rentals by RW Events

Cake: Everything Cake

Balloon Garland: Paper Goat Post

Tabletop Rentals: Treasury Rentals

Stationery: Blush Paper Co

Hair & Makeup: Michele Renee The Studio

Gown & Accessories: The Bridal Finery

Signage & Place Cards: Chic Sign Designs

Linens: BBJ Linens

8 Best Engagement Session Locations in Central Florida

The sunshine state may be known for oranges and beaches, but it has so much more to offer! Here in Central Florida, there are tons of gorgeous locations for your engagement session. Whether you want a natural or an urban backdrop, there’s the perfect spot for you. These are just a few of our favorites (and yes, they include beaches and oranges!).

1) Bok Tower Gardens

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Bok Tower Gardens is located in Lake Wales, Florida. It’s a bit of a drive for most of our clients, but it is TOTALLY worth it! We love this location because it has so much variety, and the lighting is just superb. There is a gorgeous old bell tower (hence the name), orange groves, beautiful gardens, and open fields. Whatever your engagement session style, Bok Tower Gardens has a place for you.

Something to note about Bok Tower Gardens is that they close at 6:00 PM. For this reason, Bok Tower is better photographed in the late fall, winter, and early spring when the sun sets a little earlier. There are also a few days throughout the year with extended hours.

To see more from this gorgeous engagement session, click here.

2) Lake Runnymede Conservation Area

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This is probably the location we are at most often, and it’s not hard to see why! Lake Runnymede is filled with giant majestic oaks draped with tons of Spanish Moss. When the light hits it just right, it’s a truly magical sight. Lake Runnymede also has a few open fields for a different feel. This spot is great for nature lovers who want a break from city life.

Lake Runnymede Conservation Area is truly a wild and natural park. This is part of its incredible beauty, but there are a few things to consider. There are bugs and snakes, and so proper precautions should be taken if you choose this location.

To see more from this Lake Runnymede engagement session, click here. And check out another session here.

3) Rollins College

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For those who want a little more architecture in their photos, Rollins College is a great choice. Located in Winter Park, it’s pretty central to most places in Orlando. This makes it fairly easy to get to. The old buildings on campus are all beautiful and make gorgeous backdrops. Rollins College is also a great option for rainy days because there are tons of beautiful coverings and passageways to escape the storms if rescheduling your session is not an option.

If you’re interested in Rollins College for your engagement session, then please to be considerate to the students that call the college home. Also be aware that it may be difficult to find parking on campus.

The rest of this Rollins College engagement session can be seen here!

4) Cypress Grove Estate House

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Ah, Cypress Grove Estate House. One of my favorite places in all of Orlando. This is truly a dream venue for couples, and it makes a gorgeous backdrop for engagement photos as well. The manicured gardens, that golden light, and the oak lined path are all highlights of this stunning location. Cypress Grove is perfect for couples who want that old Florida vibe.

While Cypress Grove Estate House may be in a public park, it is important to note that it is still a hugely popular wedding venue. For this reason, if you’re interested in having your session here, it should be scheduled for a weekday. If there is a wedding on the premises, you will not be allowed admission to the house grounds.

Check out the rest of this Cypress Grove Estate House session here.

5) The Beach

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Perhaps what Florida is most known for, the beach is always a great option for your engagement photos! The beach offers a simple and plain background that really allows your love and chemistry to shine and take center stage. At the same time, the beach is beautiful in its own right and offers a calm serenity to your images.

There are gorgeous beached all around the state. This particular session took place in New Smyrna Beach on the East coast of Florida. Something to consider when choosing a beach for your session is whether you want the sun setting on the water or not.

The rest of this beach engagement session can be found here.

6) Rock Springs at Kelly Park

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One of Central Florida’s most beautiful hidden gems, Rock Springs at Kelly Park is a gorgeous little paradise in Apopka, Florida. The head of the springs is a stunning area that has crystal clear water and tropical foliage. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, the water is only about three feet deep in some spots, so some in the water shots are totally doable.

Rock Springs at Kelly Park is an INCREDIBLY popular swimming destination in the summer. The park often reaches capacity early on in the morning and will not admit any more people after this point, even on week days. For this reason, we only schedule sessions here at park open (8:00 AM).

More from this Rock Springs engagement session here.

7) Church Street - Downtown Orlando

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For couples who want a more urban flair, Church Street in Downtown Orlando is a great option. There’s lots of cool architecture, awesome walls, and a ton of variety. Plus, taking a stroll over to nearby Lake Eola park is super easy and offers some more natural elements. It really is the best of both worlds.

Check out the rest of this Downtown Orlando engagement session here!

8) Celebration, Florida

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Much like Downtown Orlando, Downtown Celebration has a lot to offer. We spent most of this particular session in the park just on the other side of Market Street, but there are lots of cool alleyways and buildings around Celebration too! It’s like a cute little All-American town from the 1950’s, and it makes a great spot for photos.

Want to see more from this Downtown Celebration engagement session? Click here :)

Are you ready to book your own engagement session? Click here to reach out!

So which of these locations is your favorite? Or do you have a favorite we didn’t mention? Let us know!

Celebration Engagement Session - Kate & Andrew

When life gives you tornado warnings, make beautiful pictures. Anybody who visits Central Florida has probably heard that if it is raining, just wait 5 minutes and there will be sunshine. Well, last week Central Florida really wanted to quash that stereotype. 

It was dark and stormy all week. Amanda and I were watching the weather all week because we had an engagement session scheduled on Wednesday at Lake Runnymede. Lake Runnymede is a beautiful area, but because it is a natural park, any rain can really make all the paths impassable. On the Wednesday of Andrew and Kate’s engagement session, the weather took a turn for the worse and even turned into a tornado warning!

We knew Andrew and Kate were driving into town from Jacksonville, so it was too late to reschedule We had to make a call to change the location and pray that the weather conditions wouldn’t worsen even more. We stayed in communication with Kate throughout the day and settled on downtown Celebration as the best spot with the weather the way it was. It still has plenty of the natural woodsy spots, while also providing enough shelter from the storms. After a short pit stop to pick up a couple of clear umbrellas for our couple to use during the session,  we were ready. 

Luckily, on our way to Celebration the rain had slowed down to barely a drizzle. We arrived a little early and scoped out the area to check just how wet the paths were, and we were ecstatic that the paths were wet, but not puddled. When Andrew and Kate walked up, they looked amazing in their outfits!

Kate and Andrew handled the bad weather like pros! Plus, we love how the clear umbrellas look in the photos. They add another dimension that’s so fun to play with. Kate and Andrew, thank you for trusting us with the location change and for being so great to work with! We can’t wait for your wedding later this year!

Are you looking for your own Orlando wedding photographer for your big day? Click here to reach out!

Luxmore Grande Estate Wedding - Kim & Thomas

We love working with wedding planners! They are always organized and make any wedding day go by infinitely smoother. We’ve never worked with a wedding planner like this though. This time, the wedding planner was our bride!!! Kim is the owner of Pearl White Events, a great wedding planning business located here in Central Florida.

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We love Kim and have worked with her and her team of planners in the past. When Kim approached us to photograph her wedding, we were BEYOND honored! As a planner, she knows of all the photographers in the Central Florida area and chose us to capture her big day!

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After photographing Kim and Thomas’ incredible destination engagement session at Red Rock Canyon in Las Vegas, we knew that their wedding was going to be EPIC! They planned a two part wedding, with both parts being hosted at the beautiful Luxmore Grande Estate. The first part was a traditional Vietnamese tea ceremony honoring Kim’s Vietnamese heritage, followed by a break where everyone could change and relax before returning a few hours later for the second part: a fun, evening wedding reception.

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There were so many special and sweet moments throughout the day. And also, Thomas makes the best faces. Keep an eye out for a few of them scattered through this post.

Kim and Thomas spared no expense on their wedding day. There were so many moving parts throughout the day, and so we were grateful that Kim had her team of planners from Pearl White Events assisting everywhere.

While the Tea Ceremony lunch reception was super cute and classic, CHECK OUT THIS EVENING RECEPTION! Holy guacamole, this was one of the prettiest weddings we have ever seen!

Kim and Thomas, thank you for trusting us to capture your wedding day. It was truly an honor, and we wish the two of you a lifetime of happiness.

Club Lake Plantation Wedding - Ana & Kris - Apopka, FL

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A single tear fell from Kris’ eye as Ana handed the microphone back to the officiant. Ana’s vows had been heartfelt and personal. There wasn’t a single person there who wasn’t also wiping away tears. I may be six years into photographing weddings, but I was sniffling a bit too. This wedding was a little bit more special than most weddings we get to be a part of, and everyone could feel it.

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Kris and Ana’s Club Lake Plantation wedding was special because it wasn’t just about a couple joining to become one, but a whole family. Kris has four beautiful children, and to see how much love they have for Ana and her whole family was so extraordinary. They all had a role to play in the wedding party, and they all did so well.

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This next image is exactly why we encourage all of our couples to have a first look. Many couples are worried that a first look might ruin the aisle moment. Well, Kris is proof that it absolutely does not. He still had that reaction when he realized the love of his life was walking down the aisle toward him to become his wife. He still had tears in his eyes.

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This next image is exactly why we encourage all of our couples to have a first look. Many couples are worried that a first look might ruin the aisle moment. Well, Kris is proof that it absolutely does not. He still had that reaction when he realized the love of his life was walking down the aisle toward him to become his wife. He still had tears in his eyes.

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Also, can we talk about how sweet it was that Ana and Kris included Kris’ kids into their sand ceremony?

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This wedding had a few firsts for us, and one of them was that we finally got to work with the talented ladies of Bella Sposa Events for our first wedding together! Jennifer and her team are simply some of the best planners in Orlando, and we would work every wedding with them if we could. They ran the day so seamlessly and smoothly, and it was such a pleasure.

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Kris and Ana’s first dance song brought me wayyyyyy back. They chose I Cross My Heart by George Strait. There’s just something about country music lyrics that get right to the feels, and this song is no different.

🎶I cross my heart and promise to give all I've got to give to make all your dreams come true. In all the world you’ll never find a love as true as mine.🎶

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Ana and Kris, thank you so much for inviting us to capture your wedding day It was truly an honor, and we wish the two of you a lifetime of love and happiness.

Amazing vendor team:

Venue: Club Lake Plantation

Planner: Bella Sposa Events

Florist: In Bloom Florist

Officiant: Ceremonies by Catherine Pick

Dj: Xclusive Deejays

HMUA: Before the Aisle Weddings

Cake: Sweet by Holly

Caterer: Foodie Catering

If you’re in need of an Orlando wedding photographer of your own, click here to contact us!

To see Ana and Kris’ engagement session, click here.