Florida Weddings · Weddings

KINGDOM HALL OF JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES & JUNIOR LEAGUE SOROSIS BUILDING OF LAKELAND, FL: SYDNEY & MICHAEL

2016-08-05_0001Upon 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!

kingdom-hall-jehovahs-witness-lakeland-floridaSydney and Michael tied the knot at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness in Lakeland, Florida.

2016-08-05_0004As 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!

2016-08-05_0005I just love the way he looked at her so affectionately!

2016-08-05_00072016-08-05_0008The reception took place at the Junior League Sorosis Building of Greater Lakeland, Florida.

Across from the building was a lake with beauuuutiful swans!

swan and wedding party at junior league of greater lakeland floridaThe 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!

groomsmen portrait at junior league of greater lakelandbride and groom kissing at junior league of greater lakeland floridabridesmaids at junior league sorosis building of greater lakelandgroomsmen at junior league of greater lakeland floridaDon’t those guys just look dapper!?

2016-08-06_0001I’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! ♥♥♥

bridesmaids at junior league sorosis building in greater lakelandgroomsmen with silly socksThere it is again– the bride with the infectious smile! And those ladies– their hair, their makeup, their dresses, their smiles– just breathtaking!

beautiful smiling bridesmaidsI 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! ♥♥♥

2016-08-05_0017smiling bride and groom portraitbride and groom against metal gate doorjunior league sorosis building weddingThe 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!

junior league sorosis wedding familyWe always have to take a fun photo– am I right, or am I right?

starfish and coral centerpieceSydney and Michael actually knew each other as kids! It wasn’t until many years later, however, that the two became a couple.

junior league sorosis weddingEach table had a numbered sign with a photo of the couple when they were kids.

2016-08-05_0039The table centerpieces were equally as breathtaking as the bride’s own bouquet!

wedding ring on shell2016-08-05_0041The bride and the groom shared their first dance together…

first dance of bride and groombride and grooms first danceDaddy danced away with his daughter…

father daughter wedding dancefather daughter wedding danceAnd the groom danced away with his mom.

mother son wedding dancebride and groom cutting cake at weddingAnd 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.

bride and groom cutting cakeBut seriously… THAT CAKE! I bet it was de-LISH.

bride feeding groom cakeIn addition to the mother/son & father/daughter dances, the bride and groom each shared a special dance with their siblings :)

2016-08-05_0033Thank 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!

bride dancing

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