Upon meeting Sydney, the first things I noticed were her natural beauty, her infectious smile, and the amazing complexity of her floral and sea shell bouquet!
Sydney and Michael tied the knot at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness in Lakeland, Florida.
As Sydney was preparing to place the ring on Michael’s finger, he accidentally gave her the wrong hand. She quickly corrected him while everyone joined in on the laughter!
I just love the way he looked at her so affectionately!
The reception took place at the Junior League Sorosis Building of Greater Lakeland, Florida.
Across from the building was a lake with beauuuutiful swans!
The first population of swans in Lakeland, FL were completely wiped out by 1954 due to predators and disease.
In 1957, a Lakeland native who was residing in England, petitioned the Queen of England to donate swans to help restore the bird’s population. The Queen donated two white swans, and their offspring are still thriving in the same waters today!
Don’t those guys just look dapper!?
I’ve always wanted to photograph a wedding with sequined dresses! Ahh… and that color– it’s just so creamy and kind on all of their skin tones! So pretty! ♥♥♥
There it is again– the bride with the infectious smile! And those ladies– their hair, their makeup, their dresses, their smiles– just breathtaking!
I always pick a favorite photo from every wedding. The photo on the right… OH. MY. GOODNESS.
THAT’S my favorite! THAT is why I love shooting weddings. THAT is what I strive to capture! REAL, RAW, GENUINE EMOTION! ♥♥♥
The Sorosis building at the Junior League of Greater Lakeland had the PERFECT steps for photographing large groups of people! I mean, really… it’s like it was designed with the idea that people would be taking photos there– so smart!
We always have to take a fun photo– am I right, or am I right?
Sydney and Michael actually knew each other as kids! It wasn’t until many years later, however, that the two became a couple.
Each table had a numbered sign with a photo of the couple when they were kids.
The table centerpieces were equally as breathtaking as the bride’s own bouquet!
The bride and the groom shared their first dance together…
Daddy danced away with his daughter…
And the groom danced away with his mom.
And that cake! What a show-stopper!
I can’t vouch for the way it tasted, but I CAN vouch for the meal that was served at dinner time. I wish I knew who the caterer was because WOW, was it the most delicious Italian dinner I’ve EVER. HAD.
But seriously… THAT CAKE! I bet it was de-LISH.
In addition to the mother/son & father/daughter dances, the bride and groom each shared a special dance with their siblings :)
Thank you Sydney and Michael for letting me capture your wonderful personalities, your special day, and most importantly… your love for each other! It was truly an honor!