From the moment I met with Sarah and her mother at Starbucks about a year ago, I knew we would be a great match. Her mom found me on Instagram, and it was mutual love at first sight! Sarah and I just happened to graduate from the same master's program within UF's College of Education, so it was fun having that in common. They told me about their plans for florals. their wedding colors, and their plans to use her grandmother's milkglass collection. I'm not sure I've ever been more excited to photograph a wedding!
The moment my second-photographer Nikki and I stepped out on the patio upon arriving at Kanapaha, our jaws dropped. (There may have been an audible gasp as well). The combination of navy, gold, colorful milkglass and florals were almost too much to handle! They thought of nearly every detail, from spare ballet flats to small blankets to share with guests for their comfort. The decor was stunning, and the Gardens was the perfect backdrop for the event. The family designed a triangular arch for the ceremony site, which was nestled in the bamboo garden! I love that they honored her grandmother's memory by including a portrait on a beautifully upholstered chair as well.
Sarah made all my first-look dreams come true. First, she had a first-look with her father. I love that they chose the plant maze for theirs! There were some tears, and I love that Sarah's father was able to have a special moment with her before the excitement began. Next, her and Matt had their first look near the giant oak tree on the edge of the lake. We had lots of time for their bridal portraits, and it was so much fun moseying around the gardens utilizing the various plants & pathways for our shots.
Perhaps the most memorable part of Sarah & Matt's wedding were there friends & family. They were so welcoming, so celebratory, & so joyful. Nikki and I both agreed that this event felt less like "work", and more like a good time we'll never forget!
Venue: Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
Bridal Gown: Grace Loves Lace