I got the call for Kara's wedding through my good friend Whitney. Kara's parents had requested that Whitney photograph the wedding, but the date was the same as Whitney's due date (Welcome baby Henry!). So, I got the referral and happily booked the date. Jenn and I started our day off at the TRYP hotel where Kara, her mom, and bridesmaids were getting ready. The matching robes and bright tropical florals made every photo pop. The bridesmaids all helped with Kara and Trevor's 2 year old son, keeping him occupied with food and toys until he was ready to put on his adorable complete with his own bow tie and suspenders. Once Kara's mom helped her into the dress, both her and Trevor's mom helped Kara put on her jewelry and do all the final touches.
From the hotel I rode with Kara and her mom to meet dad at a secret location for a father daughter first look. We pulled around the corner and found this beautiful cobblestone area with a beautiful oak tree. It was such a perfect place for a first look. Meanwhile Jenn was at the Barracks getting photos of Trevor putting on his finishing touches as he waited to begin this new chapter of their lives.
The ceremony was held in the rose garden against a coquina stone wall that was constructed sometime around 1755. The bridesmaids wore bright coral dresses that complimented the tropical bouquets that they held. After Kara and Trevor read each other their hand written vows, they performed a sapling ceremony. They each poured dirt from their home towns into a potted tree and then their son came and watered it.
The building is in a U shape, and in between the halls is this closed in brick parking area with market lights stretched across the pavers. The round tables were set up with white table clothes, a pineapple, some tropical plants, and Daytil pepper jelly in a jar. Daytil peppers are grown only in Saint Augustine, which makes this wedding favor unique to this area.
Not only were the toasts personal and touching, but the best man added a bit of comedy into his toast as well. A few times he stopped toasting the groom to ask certain ladies in the crowd if they would save him a dance later on that evening. Then he would continue his toast. (All three ladies did indeed dance with him later on)
With the toasts complete, the bouquet and garter tossed, and a final private dance under the hanging market lights; Kara and Trevor exited their wedding surrounded by people they love waving sparklers through the air. It was a perfect day to be married. Congratulations Kara and Trevor!
Please feel free to comment below with your love and well wishes for the happy couple. Also, as always I want to give a shout out to my AMAZING photography assistant Jenn Ross. If you haven't already, you can find her on Facebook and Instagram and follow her work there too!
The Enchanting Barn is a newer wedding venue in Central Florida. The venue has a spacious barn, with a beautiful bridal suite on the second floor. Outside, they have a dance floor, a cocktail bar, a wishing well, and a beautiful tree to get married under. Trish and Tony found Jenn and I through Classic Photographers, and booked us for their wedding day. Trish's best friend, as well as her soon to be daughters, assisted her in getting ready. When it was time, Tony's brother and sister in law walked Tricia down the aisle, where Tony waited misty eyed. It was a beautiful family affair, and you could really feel the love. After the exchange of rings and vows, there was a beautiful cocktail hour outside under twinkle lights. As the sun went down, a beautiful warm glow fell across the acres of farm land. The reception then moved inside the barn, where several chandeliers hung, and twinkle lights lined every beam and pole. The warm, rich lighting made a beautiful atmosphere for dinner and dancing. The evening ended with a sparkler exit under a full moon. We hope you enjoy the photos and leave the couple your well wishes in the comments below!
Photography by Daniella Koontz of Koontz Photography and Jenn Ross Photography for Classic Photographers
Venue: The Enchanting Barn
Caterer: Senior Pepe's Paella
When Carla first contacted me, I wasn't available to photograph her destination engagement session. Reading the e-mail about Carla and Karen's plans for their engagement made me check my schedule and move around some dates so that I could make it work! Both went to school at DeLand's Stetson college, but graduated in different years. Carla studied biology (focusing on birds), and Karen focused on business. The two of them met years down the road, and decided to come back to Stetson for their engagement, well, half of it. Carla decided that she would propose to Karen at the Stetson fountain, and Karen decided she would surprise Carla by taking her out to Lake Woodruff where Carla spent a lot of time bird watching during her studies. Carla had a violinist and celloist play "All of Me" as she went through note cards that ended with the big question. Karen waited until we hiked to the Audubon tower, and then held out a box with tiny birds on it, inside was her matching wooden core ring! The sunset couldn't have been more perfect that evening, with the skies turning pinks, purples, and blues. It was the perfect day! I hope you enjoy all the adorable moments captured!
Alexandra and Sean found me and booked my services through Classic Photographers. Their destination wedding took place here, in Orlando, at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel. Leanna McDonald from Just Marry coordinated the wedding for them, and she did a wonderful job keeping everything running smoothly and on time. Alexandra included so many personalized details from the aisle runner to M&M favors with their names on them. Every detail was planned, and it turned out beautifully. I honestly could have spent hours photographing Alexandra and Sean at such a beautiful location and wish I could have included more photos and descriptions in this blog, but there is only so much time and space. I hope you enjoy!
I'd also like to thank my assistant Jenn Ross, who has been working side by side with me for about 5 years. Having her as my assistant photographer makes every wedding a breeze. Since we have worked together for so long, I am familiar with her equipment and her style, and can trust her implicitly to understand what I am asking for her to cover. I know she will get the shot every time! I think it is a very important thing to trust your photographer and their team. Thank you Jenn for being such a great second shooter and teammate!
Photos: Daniella Koontz and Jenn Ross for Classic Photographers
Editing for blog: Daniella Koontz
Officiant: A Beautiful Ceremony, Rev. Kevin Knox
Videography: Classic Photographers - Isaiah Concepcion
Floral: Carly Ane’s
DJ/Photobooth: Our DJ Rocks - Kristin Wilson
Lighting: Get Lit Productions
Hair and Makeup: Mandara Spa
Chairs: Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals
Cake: Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
Not only do I photograph weddings, families, and pets.... I also photograph corporate events! Since the company began, I have been photographing Voyage Retirement's end of the year awards party. I've known the owner, Daniel Rey, since I moved back to Florida in 2005. I have watched his family grow, and his business ventures blossom into what it is today. My husband currently works for Voyage Retirement helping teachers navigate their 403b, FRS, and DROP. Even if you already have your retirement planned out, it is never a bad idea to get a second opinion. The reason that I like working with Voyage so much is because not only do I know the people who work there, I trust them. The value they place on integrity is forefront to every company meeting. I truly enjoy being a part of the Voyage family, and I encourage any of you, even if you aren't a teacher, to check in with them after you finish checking out this blog!
The evening started out at Cooper's Hawk where there was wine and appetizers. Daniel spoke of how each person could grow as an individual and as a team member of the company. Several national reps from different firms also had the chance to speak for a moment about their products, goals, and visions for the future. Awards were handed out for top sales, MVP, and other merits. A small video was played for each winner that included testimonials from co-workers, friends, and family about how hard these individuals worked during the year, and how proud they made their friends and family.
Once the award ceremony concluded, the top earners, regional reps, and office staff then drove down the street to Del Frisco's for dinner and one final speech by Daniel. The evening ended with a few more staff photos, and some silly ones as well. Keep an eye out for Voyage Retirement Solutions in your area, and I cannot wait for another great year photographing their events!