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Lisa and James were married at the Breakers West in West Palm Beach, Florida in October.  For fear of writing a novel, I am going to try to keep this somewhat short and sweet ... the posting is extra long and the photos speak for themselves!

 

From the first contact with Lisa, we instantly hit it off and we eagarly awaited her and Jame's wedding!  The couple lives in Chicago but have family in Florida, which is why they chose West Palm as their wedding destination.  We met the day before the wedding and were amused at some family member's relief that we "showed up" :-).  In all seriousness, both families wecomed us with open arms, and Lisa's family warmly opened up their home to us both on the day of the wedding and for the trash-the-dress shoot the following day.  Everyone was so wonderful to be around.

 

There were many highlights to the wedding day, not the least of which was a traditional Chinese Lion Dance performed immediately after the ceremony as a surprise from Lisa and James to their guests!  It was spectacular to watch and total eye candy for any photographer with all the stunning costumes and colors!  They also had hookahs and a bubble machine at the reception ... what fun.  I LOVE receptions with this much energy, even if I do get smaked around a bit on the dancefloor :-).

 

The next postng will have highlights from their trash-the-dress shoot and you don't want to miss it!  Thank you Lisa and James ... we had an unbelievable time!!

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The stone in the necklace is called Tanzanite.  It is very hard to come by these days, especially one of such color and clarity, and  Lisa's mom gave it to her to wear on her wedding day.  It was stunning and it is my favorite stone!!!
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Check out the super cool shoes!
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Lisa's pooch, Quizas, traveled from Chicago to be a part of the weekend festivities.
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OMG ... soooo cute :-)!!!!
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Lisa and James had a very sweet first meeting.
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Check out the Lion Dance!  It was a spectacular display!

Amazing!!!

Some Hookah fun :-)!!

I love these cake shots!

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Lisa's father gave an emotional and touching speech.
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Let the party begin ...
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Lisa and her twin sister, Leena.
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Thanks again you two and Congratulations!!!

 

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Lisa:

Tina,

I LOOOOOVE the photos! I There's so many fantastic shots, I can't pick a favorite. I love the cake shots, way more fun than the standard shots you see all the time. The character in the heart is "double happiness" the "symbol" for a wedding. You guys did fantastic work again! I'm so excited!

~Lisa

(12.08.09 @ 01:14 PM)

The day before we left Florida, I took Kevin to one of my favorite places ... the St. Augustine Alligator Farm.  Not only does it have one of the most impressive displays of alligator and crocodile species in the world, it also has one of the best natural bird rookeries (a communal nesting site) in all of Florida.  Afterwards, we headed back down the coast stopping one last time along the way to enjoy the sounds of the ocean ... I really do miss Florida!!

 

We decided to play tourists and pose with a young gator ... really, I just wanted to hold one - it was so cool :-).

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This is their star attraction, Maximo the Salty (croc) ... well his snout anyways.
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Having fun with shadows :-).
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This is a very rare albino alligator (one of two they have there.)  They were only discovered in Louisiana in 1991.
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This is so funny :-).
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Someone needs braces ...
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The bird rookery.  (Left) - Tricolored Heron (Right) - Snowy Egret 
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Snowy Egrets displaying.
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Tricolored Heron with egg.
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Great Egret displaying.
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Great Egret in flight.
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Great Egret in Flight.
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Great Egret with nesting material.  This is one of my favorites of the day!
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Wood Storks at nest.  I love this series ... they seem so happy to see one another :-).
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Roseate Spoonbills.  One of the most beautiful of the heron species.
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Wood Stork on nest.
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Lisa:

Great pictures Tina, looks like your trip to FL went well. I'm glad you guys had some time to take some fun pictures.

(04.21.09 @ 03:02 PM)
Michael Chansley:

I love to play tourist when I go on trips. Even if it's only for 1/2 a day. I'm totally jealous of the alligator farm. Hope you're having fun in FL.

(04.23.09 @ 08:07 AM)

We have hit the busy season and I am falling very far behind on my blogging, so for those couples waiting, I promise I will get your shoots up as soon as possible :-).

 

While we were in Florida, Brittany and Stephen had one last shoot - a spectacular Trash-the Dress shoot.  Again, we can't stress enough how much fun these shoots can be ... they are becoming increasingly popular and are highly recommended!!!

 

Bee and Stephen started the shoot in Downtown Orlando in the Church Street Station district ... I personally love the ice cream shots :-).  From there we headed out to Blue Springs State Park where they got down and dirty - and just a little water-logged.

 

Thank you both so much!!  It was such a blast and we just love you guys!  Hope you love them as much as we do :-)!!

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Love the ice cream shots ... how fun!
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Beautiful "Deep South" old plantation shot - so charming.
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This is such a cool infrared shot ...
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AMAZING!!!
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A little fun ...
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Lisa:

Tina, the pictures look fantastic! ~Lisa

(04.21.09 @ 02:59 PM)

I first met Brittany when she was eight years old.  I went to meet my friend Aubrey at her house for a photo shoot and there she was ... the only blonde in the family.  I remember thinking how pretty she was going to be when she grew up.  I couldn't have been closer to the mark in that prediction.  Today she is a beautiful young woman and I never dreamed at the time that I would one day be photographing her wedding.  Funny how life works sometimes :-).

 

Brittany and Stephen are a wonderful couple and I was so glad to be a part of their very special day.  I have felt blessed to be able to cover each sister's wedding (Ashley and Aubrey before this) and Bee's was no exception.  Brittany comes from a large family - 4 sisters and 3 brothers total - and I just love all of them, including their wonderful parents.  Stephen's family was just as wonderful to get to know, very warm and gracious.

 

Side note: As you view the photos you will think your eyes are playing tricks on you, and in a way they are.  For the record, that is not former President George W. Bush, but he sure is a darn good look-alike!!  In fact Stephen's father, John Morgan, is a bit of a celebrity himself having taken third place in ABC TV's celebrity reality show, "The Next Best Thing."  It really was mind-boggling how much he looked like him.

 

Brittany and Stephen, it was a beautiful wedding and you two make the cuttest couple.  Thank you for your hospitality and for entrusting us as your wedding photographers.  Stephen is a videographer and Brittany has always grown up around the camera so photos were extremely important to both of them.  It meant a lot that they trusted us to document their special day.  Hope you love them and we wish you the very best in life!!  Hope you have a chance to stop by and visit while you are out this way :-)!

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I love this shot with Bee holding her extensions for the stylist to fix up :-).
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Proud Mama!!
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Stephen is a real ham.
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John Morgan as George W. Bush ... uncanny!!
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Bee is soooo beautiful!!!
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It was just a tad windy.
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A total ham :-)!
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Love the way they lit the stage.
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Bee's sister Ashley made the cake ... so talented!
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I love this departure series. It is so theatrical!!!
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Finally had a photo taken with all the Jarvis sisters ... I felt really short (and I'm 5'5). Love you guys :-)!!!!
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Aubrey Reel:

The pictures are fabulous!! We are so blessed to know you and even more blessed that you are so amazingly talented! haha What would our weddings be without you! Plus I like all these Florida destination weddings! I have seen you more in the last month than I have in the last 5 years..haha Miss you! Aubs

(04.15.09 @ 01:54 AM)
Leslie Styler Photography:

I love how you really get in there and close up with your work. It is truly unique!!

(04.17.09 @ 07:32 AM)
Brittany Morgan:

I am speechless, the pictures are absolutely breath taking! i just love them all. You captured our wedding day so spectacularly! I couldn't be happier. You're work amazes me every time. I thank God for you and your friendship to the family. Stephen and I are so lucky to have a little bit of Sierra Blanco in our lives. Thank you!

(04.29.09 @ 02:44 AM)

It has become a bit of a tradition among the Jarvis sisters to have their rehearsal and reception as one event the day before the wedding and far be it for Brittany to break with tradition :-).  After the rehearsal we all headed over to the Longwood Community Center, which is a beautiful old Victorian, to enjoy great food and celebrate!!

 

The reception was decorated and catered in a southwest theme.  It was a wonderful evening and Brittany and Stephen were just glowing with happiness!

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