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Friday the 13th Sydonie Mansion Wedding

Triskaidekaphobia. Man that’s a big word! I’m not sure how to pronounce it, but it means you’re afraid of the number 13. I know it sounds ridiculous, but even horror legend Stephen King suffers from it.

If you have Triskaidekaphobia, then Friday the 13th is probably one of those days you don’t leave your house. You definitely wouldn’t plan a big event, like say a wedding. 

Well Katie and Tim don’t suffer from such a phobia. In fact they embrace the superstition as well as the supernatural. It’s so much a part of who they are that Tim proposed in a cemetery. 

It’s perfectly fitting that they planned their wedding on Friday the 13th within 24 hours of the last full moon of the decade. The Sydonie Mansion in Mount Dora, Florida was the perfect  backdrop. They even have a resident black cat, which Katie says is what sealed the deal for her in selecting the venue.

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Tybee Beach and Guard House Wedding

There was a single boutonniere on the table next to the wedding rings. Mike was supposed to be wearing it as he officiated Jim and Debbie’s vow renewal. Unfortunately he lost his battle with cancer, so the white rose stood as a reminder. 

The sky was overcast and the light was fading fast, but just before Debbie was escorted onto the beach the sun began to poke through the clouds. Jim smiled as his daughters, Jenna and Katie, kissed their mom on the cheeks.

It was a beautiful December day on Tybee Island that was warm enough, you didn’t even need a jacket.

It had been 30 years since Debbie and Jim first said “I do”. They joked about needing glasses as they read their heartfelt vows to one another.

After the ceremony everyone headed to the Tybee Guard House. The reception was all about the food as Thrive Catering put out a delicious spread. Debbie and Jim ate, danced, and reminisced as they celebrated with family and friends.

As Jim said, “let’s do it again in 20 years”!




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Savannah Bed and Breakfast Anniversary Session

Coliene crossed her ankles as she bashfully looked away. It had been 12 years since she and Aldo had stood in that very spot by the fountain and said “I do”. 

Back then they didn’t have the money to hire a photographer to document their day. So, for their 12th anniversary they returned to the Savannah Bed and Breakfast Inn to celebrate with a photo session. 

Coliene had a bouquet done, picked out a beautiful dress, and even wore the same shoes as her wedding day. Aldo and Coliene are absolutely adorable together.

Happy anniversary!

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How do You Let Go of Self Doubt?

You ever have one of those days where everything is cruising along, and then suddenly, out of nowhere something completely smacks you in the face? It’s crazy how fast our brain can shift from “everything is great” to “get me out of here”. That’s exactly what happened to me the other day.

It really was a good day.  I caught up on work and had the best wedding, with an amazing older couple. I mean it was one of those weddings where you just felt the love. I think everyone was in tears as they read their vows. I left them on a high, just loving my job. 

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Fun Fall Wedding at The Mackey House

They say you can learn a lot about someone, just from the music they listen to. If that’s true then a wedding playlist says quite a bit about a couple and their guests. So, what do you think a trio of songs by The Four Seasons, Bruce Springsteen, and Bon Jovi says about Kaycee and Louis? For starters they’re from New Jersey and second they love to sing. 

Kaycee and Louis’s wedding day was gorgeous. The weather finally felt like fall, which I’m sure made them feel right at home. They chose to have a first look, so we could get all of the photos done while there was plenty of light before the ceremony.

As they exchanged vows the glow from the setting sun spilled through the trees creating a background right out of a Bob Ross painting. Following the “I dos” the party moved to the pavillion for the cocktail hour and then up to the deck for the remainder of the festivities. 

Kaycee and Louis were surrounded by family and friends as they danced and sang the night away.

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