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!