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!
I hope 2017 was a good year for all of you! I had a great year full of weddings, family sessions, and time spent with my three daughters as they tackled FLVS (virtual school) for their second year in a row.
As with the closing of each year, I sit down and assess my numbers, and prep for this year's taxes. In doing so, I also see what changes need to be made in our structure and price list. For the past few years I have priced my weddings separate from any products to really focus on what people purchase most of. I've taken those figures, and added them into our wedding packages for 2018.
I have also decided to start my own newsletter, which I've lovingly called my *P*ewsletter - a mix of "P" for photography and "pew" for the sound the blasters in Star Wars. If you aren't making the noise in your head, we can't be friends ;) lol.
Anyway, the *P*ewsletter will be a place where I can send out coupons, sales, and little tid bits of information, like what is found in my FAQ page to people each month. I'm hoping that it will keep photography in people's minds as something that is quite important; because life is short, and memories are the most precious things that we leave others.
Cleaning up and organizing my businesses also means all the extra websites that I am on. Since word of mouth is really the largest factor in getting business, I really would appreciate more reviews/testimonials on these websites. Even if you copy and paste the same review to each one, I would really appreciate it and promise cookies in return. Seriously, let's get together and bake some cookies.... put a little ice cream in the middle and voila, ice cream sandwiches!Here are some links if you'd be so kind: Google Review, Facebook Review,
If you have any ideas for 2018 let me know! I look forward to working with you in the new year!!!!