Florida Wedding Photographer

I'll Love You for Always

I feel awful that it has taken so long for me to get back to blogging. I have had so many gorgeous weddings and sessions in 2015, and honestly, I just completely fell off the blogging train! Here's to jumping back on before the fall season begins and 2016 creeps in on me.  

It may have started a bit dreary and rainy, but the wind carried the clouds farther out to the water in Jupiter, FL for a most romantic wedding at The Old Fish House.  After years of dating, through school and many ups and downs, William ( Billy) and Liane finally found their way down the aisle.

The combination of neutrals with all the lush greenery surrounding the venue created such a delectable palette for the eye.  This is by far one of my favorite weddings to date.  I am a huge fan of the bridesmaids dresses in "oyster bay".  I also love the fact that the groomsmen were in gray while the groom opted for a darker shade, and then the Father of the Groom and the bride's escorts, her twin brothers were dressed in black. It made for a refined ombre look in the photos.

Every detail was understated and elegant.  I hope you all enjoy this set as much as I do.  I just can not get enough.

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Of Love and Country, Fort Myers Florida Engagement Photography

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So, I would be lying if I said that I have been secretly jealous of all these other photographers who have had the opportunity to photograph an engagement session with one of the participants being in uniform.   A good friend of mine did a session last year and as I looked through her images, all I could think was, I want my own military session.  Well, I got it!  Engagement photography is one of my favorites and we took advantage of a few local locations in Fort Myers Florida for this one.  Including the use of a horse farm thanks to a very generous family member of mine! ( Thank You again Kelly!) Megan and Tyler have a super sweet story that I just couldn't do justice on my own of retelling, so I'll let Megan do it in her own words.

Tyler and I went to the same high school, Estero High. Tyler was one grade ahead of me. We had mutual friends and knew of each other during our time in high school but never hung out alone. His best friend, Patrick, used to give me rides to school every day and one day when Patrick’s car broke down, Tyler gave us all a ride to school. But, Tyler has no recollection of this morning.

As years passed, we both graduated and went off to college. Tyler decided to join the Marine Corps after finishing his first year of college. He came home from Pensacola on annual leave in February of 2014 before he was moved to his unit, where he would begin his real job in the Marine Corps as a flight equipment technician. My best friend, Emma, was currently and still is, in a relationship with one of Tyler’s good friends, Dylan. Emma had invited me to meet at Tyler’s house before we went out to the bar to have our girl’s night out. From the moment I saw him again in his house, I knew he was going to be mine. I had this feeling that I never felt before. Every woman in my family had told me in previous years that I would know within the first five minutes of talking to a man if I were to marry him or not.

Tyler’s leave ended very quickly and had to go back to base in Jacksonville, North Carolina. I was very upset that I only had a few days with him before he had to go back, but that’s part of being with a man in the military. We talked every single day, for almost all of the day until I saw his face again in May of 2014. When he was home, we never left each others sight. We adapted very quickly to him leaving for a few months at a time and coming home for only a short period of time. We also got used to only being able to see each other on Face Time.

Tyler came home again for Thanksgiving of 2014 and I never caught on to any of his plans. He took me shopping on Black Friday at midnight, he took me shopping the next morning, he took me to get my nails done, all which was normal. We went out to dinner to our favorite restaurant, Carabba’s, which again was normal. While we were finishing eating at Carabba’s, our server came to our table to tell us that Matt would like to buy us dessert. Well, my step-brother’s name is Matt so I got up and started looking for him but I couldn’t see him in the restaurant, so I was quite confused who Matt was until the waiter came back around to inform me that it was the manager. I sat there and thought, “What did we deserve to get a free dessert?” Next thing I know Tyler is scooting his way out of the booth and the server gave him a plate, which Tyler then passed to me. The plate had four chocolate covered strawberries (my favorite) and in red icing it read, “Will you marry me?” Tyler got down one knee and of course I said yes!

All the best to these two! It was such a pleasure to meet them both and to get to record this chapter in their love story!

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Florida Destination Wedding : 3 Tips to Planning Your I Do in My Backyard

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Hi Gorgeous!  I am supremely excited that you have chosen to marry Prince Charming in my backyard!   I am lucky to call this area my home and I am more than happy to share it with you!  

Southwest Florida (SWFL) is composed of a local area including  Fort Myers, Sanibel Island, Captiva Island, Cape Coral,  Estero, Bonita Springs, Naples, and Marco Island.    We are home to some of the best beaches in the state, and gorgeous sunsets are plentiful.   We have a plethora of Golf and Country Clubs, as well as several other event hosting sites.  From beach to rustic to contemporary, there is a venue to suit every bride's style and needs.

I sat down to write this post after realizing that I have a list of items I routinely find myself covering with destination brides.   Here are my main 3 tips to planning your Florida destination wedding.

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Consider our Weather   | Florida  Destination Wedding

You are sitting up north in your cozy home with either some Fall leaves or a Winter snow happening around you.   You decide to think  Florida.   What is the first picture you see in your mind?  It is that beach isn't it? You can feel the sun on your face and the sand in your toes.  Breathe it in. Is that salt in the air?  Perfect.

While it is true, we are known for the gorgeous weather and lack of seasons.  We do actually have a seasonal pattern all our own.

Our humidity is high almost always year round.  It is not until very late in the Fall where we find a gentle reprieve and typically only for a couple of weeks.     If you or your groom tend to sweat a lot, it is something to consider.

You have Summer and Fall:   We have a Rainy Season.   While most people have become aware that Floridians joke about setting a watch by the summer rain shower, this is both a figure of speech and a fact.   We do get rains in the summer that are like clock work.  Usually late afternoon between 2 and 4 o'clock.   The showers do not last very long, but they do occur and the humidity I mentioned earlier is going to increase.    All the way into late October we tend to find longer rain times and more rainy days.  I don't feel venues educate clients enough on our weather patterns.  I would keep an eye on things from your neck of the woods, and if you choose to have your wedding during our rainy season, have a contingency plan you are comfortable with.

( By the way,   a wedding in the rain isn't so horrible.  I've seen many many galleries where it was actually quite beautiful.)

Oh! And,  the sunsets after the storm are always AMAZING!

 

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Hire a Local Planner   |  Florida Destination Wedding

I can not stress the value of a good event planner, especially if you are planning a Florida destination wedding!   You will find that the service is invaluable.     Who better to help you with finding reputable local vendors than someone who has been in the trenches with these folks?   Besides that,  you will only have one set of contact information to keep up with, your planner, will be a fantastic liaison for you and all your other vendors.   While many of our event locations offer a coordinator for the day of your wedding,  you will find that hiring an actual planner will provide you with a more personalized service.   No longer a number in a years calendar,  you and your Florida destination wedding become personalized and cared for.

 

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Meet with Your Vendors    |   Florida Destination Wedding

Because of the modern technology advances, there really isn't an excuse left as to why you can not have some sort of personalized meeting with your vendors.   I personally have done meetings sitting across from the table,  over the internet via FaceTime or Skype, or even as simply as scheduling out a time to have a phone conversation.

You want to work with people you like, who understand your vision of the day and who are on your team to make it a memorable one.   I personally would steer clear of anyone who couldn't find the time to discuss details with me regarding my wedding.   If at all possible to make a trip down before your wedding, meet with as many of your vendors as you can!   Plan a trip to have your engagement session with your photographer, tour the venue together, meet with your caterer, have your cake tasting, etc.

Meeting with the team you want around you is vital.   Some way, some how, you have to make sure that it all meshes together smoothly!

 

So there you have it!  My top 3 tips for planning your Florida destination wedding!   I hope you find them helpful.  There are so many more steps to planning as well, but I find that these 3 do not seem to be discussed enough early on in the process.  Happy planning and I can't wait to see you here!

 

Jonathan + Tristian, Sanibel Island Lighthouse Wedding

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Those of you who have been a friend/fan of Brooke Price Photography for a while will remember that last year, I photographed my brother in law's wedding.   Well, this time, it is my little brother's turn to take a bride! My brother Jonathan and his new wife, Tristian live in Nashville with my ever adorable niece Gianna.  I don't see them nearly enough, so to get the call that they were going to elope locally kind of made my day!   So, in a perfectly simple and sweet ceremony, I joined my brother, Tristian, my niece, and Tristian's sister Cheyenne on the beach of the Sanibel Island Lighthouse.

I'm not sure I have ever shed so many tears during a ceremony.  I think seeing how excited my niece was for the wedding might have been the best part.   So, congratulations Jonathan & Tristian!!! I love you both and my sweet Baby G too!

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Beware! The scary trend in Wedding Photography

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Can we have a Come to Jesus Moment?  There is a super scary trend in Wedding Photography happening everyday, and awesome people like YOU are getting burned. Bad.

So, here's what is going down -

You are searching for a photographer for your wedding.   Your budget is so tight it's squeaking, and then the clouds part and the angels sing!  You just landed on a photographer's page with amazing images and they are SUPER CHEAP!  No, I mean you just can't believe your luck!

So, in your haste to snag this photography guru,  you book no questions asked and then months down the road you get your images back.  Only, something is wrong.

None of what you've been given looks like the images on the photographers website.  As a matter of fact, you're finding it hard to believe that these images and the ones you saw were even taken by the same person!

*cue the DUN - DUN - DUNNNN! (Also if you love The Croods like I do, imagine Belt.)

You've just been had by a Fraud.   And it is happening - every day.

There are some awesome sites out there like stopstealingphotos.com  That are trying their best to keep up with this mess.  They are calling would be photographers out left and right, for stealing!   Yes, you heard me.  STEALING.

These "photographers" are wanting so badly to break into wedding photography that they are willing to con you and jeopardize their standing in the community at the same time. What happens with this scary trend in wedding photography, is these photographers slap up "the kind of work I would like to do"  on their websites, only they aren't telling the client YOU; that these are images they have not taken. They aren't telling you that this is a wedding shot by a seasoned pro - by someone who understood what to do when the light got tricky, or had the equipment in place to handle the No Flash rule at your church - the one that also wouldn't let them within 5 feet of the altar.

There is nothing wrong with being a new photographer looking to break into weddings.  We all do it.  We all have had to do it.  But there is a right and a wrong way.

Stealing and then coning you into believing they can produce a product they have no way of making is not the way.

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So - What can you do to protect yourself from this scary trend in wedding photography?

I'm glad you asked.

 

1.  Look for Consistency

All photographers develop their own style of shooting and editing.  Take a look around. If you see differences in the images you are looking at, there is a good possibility that the images are from different photographers.

2.  Ask to see a Complete Wedding

I don't care how it happens, if a photographer shoots a wedding they get it from beginning to end.  I have shot elopements (Just 2 people and the officiate) and guess what - there is a beginning, middle, and end to the photo story.  Ask for a complete wedding.   There is absolutely no reason that a photographer should not be able to show it to you.

3.  Check their Reviews or ask for References

Guess what?  Vendors network at events.  It happens.  Know what else - happy clients tell one another.   Look for their online reviews.  Ask for references if there are not many.  I personally only have 12 recorded online reviews on wedding wire - I've sent double the emails for requests - but not everyone will answer them.   However,  there are reviews by others on Facebook as well - so look around, somewhere, someone is talking about your photographer.  If you can't find anything at all, be worried.

4.  That brings us to -  Stalk them  ,   Check their social media

I don't know a single business owner that doesn't have their name out everywhere possible.  Check their social media.   You should find consistency in the work you are seeing on all platforms.  Look at Facebook, Google+, Twitter,Instagram - make it a priority to check up on them.   As a matter of fact - hang around for a bit, you can learn a lot about them by how they conduct themselves.  Maybe - even if their images are legit, they aren't a good match for you!  Just a thought.

5. Google Them

Yep, I am dead serious.  Google their name.  If they are online, you will see where.  And guess what - if they've ever been caught stealing photos you can bet there is a good chance you will find out about it.

6.  Pay attention to geographical clues

Unless your photographer advertises as a destination photog - seeing a fabulous Parisienne wedding in Utah might not be kosher!  Look around, dig, you're about to hand over thousands of dollars to this person, make them accountable to be who they say they are!

7. When all else fails - Trust Your Gut

I know you want to stick to your budget - I know that weddings are crazy expensive and hectic ( they don't have to be, I promise.)  But -  if something seems too good to be true, it probably is.  So, trust your gut.  If you get the skeevies from your photographer, it might be time to find a new one!

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Trees, Florida Portrait Photographer

I am lucky to have friends in this industry.  I feel even more fortunate that the small group that I have selflessly allow me to pick their brain, bounce ideas, share techniques.  They are always helpful, be it a critique, or in this case, as a model in the trees. Meet my friend, fellow photographer, and sometimes wedding right hand man; Logan of Logan Newell Photography.    Logan is an accomplished photojournalist by trade, entrepreneur by blood, talented musician, and now, a beard model.   I jest, but seriously.....

So, what does two photographers with time on their hands do?  Buy an axe from Home Depot and stomp around a wooded field of course!

I would like to thank Logan for being a good sport.  Making an excellent axe man, and for his willingness to teach, even when he doesn't realize how much knowledge he has to share, but mostly for being my friend in this crazy industry.

Now - on to the majesty that is The Beard. :)

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The Florida Aquarium, Wedding Preview

The Florida Aquarium in Tampa Florida makes for such a beautiful backdrop!! What a stunning venue. I simply can not wait to share this gallery with you soon!Stunning and sophisticated in teal and black, you don't want to miss a single detail.

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Jessica + Doug : Sanibel FL Wedding

“And when her lips met mine, I knew that I could live to be a hundred and visit every country in the world, but nothing would ever compare to that single moment when I first kissed the girl of my dreams and knew that my love would last forever.” - Nicholas Sparks

 

Jessica and Doug were married on April 26th 2014  at a private residence on Sanibel Island Florida.   Nicholas Sparks himself could not have scripted a better sunset for their day.  The effortless interaction between the two of them appeared taken right from the pages of one of his novels.

Hues of deep purple and blue gave an air of sophistication to the casual soiree.   The ceremony was held directly on the beach with guests then enjoying a casual dining experience with delicious seafood fare and dessert plates offering perfectly portioned bites of the couples favorites.

The sunset that ended the evening was the icing on the cake so to speak!  It was the perfect finishing touch to a wonderful evening for a very special couple.

Congratulations again Jessica and Doug!

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Mr. + Mrs. Naples Beach Wedding Style

Something pretty for your eyes!  Lovely in shades of Lavender and rose, although it was an overcast and somewhat rainy day,  these beach wedding inspirations are still pleasing.   Simple and understated, the look and feel is romantic.  Perfect for our South Florida beach wedding style. JorgensenPotter-147_WEBJorgensenPotter-149_WEBJorgensenPotter-151_WEBJorgensenPotter-153_WEBJorgensenPotter-158_WEBJorgensenPotter-164_WEBJorgensenPotter-172_WEBJorgensenPotter-181_WEBJorgensenPotter-185_WEBJorgensenPotter-188_WEBJorgensenPotter-197_WEBJorgensenPotter-199_WEBJorgensenPotter-201_WEBnaples beach hotel and golf club, naples wedding photographer, florida wedding, beach wedding, naples beach wedding

Joyce + Carl, Barefoot Beach Wedding Photographer

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It is official. I am a full blown Floridian.  I can not tolerate temperatures falling at 75 or below. This to me, is now "sweater weather".   So, for Carl + Joyce's Wedding Portraits, I was freezing. Barefoot Beach is one of my favorite places this time of year.  We are officially in the midst of our "season", meaning, all the folks who have homes up North and also homes here, move down for the winter. They are affectionately referred to as  "Snow Birds".    Our regular traffic increases tremendously so that a 15 min commute can be anywhere from 30 to 45 min or more depending on your destination.    Fortunately,  in the evenings when the sun is just about to set, Barefoot tends to be quiet in comparison to other beaches making it perfect for a newlywed couple to have portraits in privacy.

Incredibly sweet and joyful, celebrating this wonderful moment with Joyce + Carl was a pleasure!  Albeit we were a bit chilly and the wind attempted to carry us away.   Enjoy!!

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The Engagement Session is So Much More Than Pretty Pictures

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"But, we don't want the engagement session."

I strive to have an engagement session with every couple who pick Brooke Price Photography. The true value of an engagement session is so much more than what is on the surface.

An engagement session gives you the opportunity to become comfortable with me and in front of the camera. While you are getting used to being in front of the lens, I am learning about you, as a couple. I can begin to understand who you are together, your quirks, your personalities, etc.

For those who may be camera shy, you can become awkward around cameras. This discomfort can cause you to make the same false smile every time the shutter snaps. During the engagement session, I work to build your trust.  I look for ways to make you relax and settle in so we can capture more natural, honest expressions.

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beach engagement

Even if I am not the photographer for you, heed this advice. Have an engagement session with the same photographer who will be covering your wedding. The idea of the engagement session isn't just for Save the Dates and a Reception Book, it is to build trust with your photographer. That trust will make your wedding day run smoother and with less stress.

Knowing and liking your photographer, is key in the success of your wedding. It will help keep you focused on the real reason you are having a wedding in the first place, each other.

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Rustic Engagment discussing a Zombie Apocoplypse

2 minutes.  2 minutes was all it took during the very first phone call I answered from Rene to know we were kindred spirits.  That first call lasted nearly  two hours.  The last 10 minutes was discussing wedding details.   So, from a Hi how are you to zombies, to rustic charm and feel good atmosphere, I KNEW I really, really wanted to work with her and the awesome guy who stole her heart! In the couple of months from booking to setting up engagement pictures, Rene and I have become full on social media stalkers  friends.   We're FB friends, and Pinterest buddies, oh, and Walking Dead Fanatics.    Zombies, people.  We are seriously talking about zombies!  Oh yes, it will be epic!

My heart goes out to Brian, Rene's other half. Rene and I joke that we feed off one another's flavor of crazy. He was a trooper for the engagement pics, even if he confessed, he was there for her to make her happy.   I have never laughed so much with one couple.  These two.  *sigh*     They compliment each other perfectly.  Her boisterous laugh,  his quiet strength.   For all the differences one common thread that ties them all together,  their own brand of quirky love and how smitten they truly are with one another.

So, on the Saturday after Valentine's Day, these lovebirds flew the coop to tromp around Koreshan State Park with me, and I'm so very glad they did!    I can not wait for the wedding in October!!!

Cinematic Love

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When your Love Story begins with THIS proposal,  you have no choice but to make things epic!     Tony and Michelle's wedding was red carpet worthy in Cape Coral Florida on February 8, 2014.   Their love of movies was all around, from the star treatment of their attendees to the names of their reception tables.   The day began at the gorgeous Westin Hotel at Tarpon Bay, where the bride was made ready for her close up.  Then on to a traditional ceremony followed by the after party of the century! I adore these two.  They are not just clients, they are friends.  Seriously!  Tony is a firefighter at the same department as my husband, we all hang out together, and after the " I do."  We officially got to welcome Michelle in to the wives club!  I couldn't have been happier to be a part of their day, be it guest, or photographer. Lucky me, I got to be both!

One of the most wonderful things about their ceremony was the ring exchange.  Not only did Michelle and Tony exchange rings,  they also gave rings to each of their 5 children.  It was a beautiful moment representing the joining of their families as one.   Before Steph chimes in -  Yes, I cried.

Hats off to my ever awesome Right hand woman, Steph Jones for her awesome coverage of this wedding!  She took  on the rest of the reception party after I officially became one of the guests.   As usually, she rocks my socks! Thanks a ton Doll!!!

Now, please enjoy all the awesome that is Tony and Michelle's gorgeous day!

DIY Wedding Splendor

Oh I have a beauty for today!!  A gorgeous neutral palette, amazing and relaxed outdoor ceremony, and honestly, two of the sweetest people you'll ever meet! Bri + Zach's intimate nuptials are like taking a deep breath of fresh air!  I instantly am calm when looking at these. From the ombre bride's maids dresses to the baby's breath bouquets. Every fine detail is simple yet stunning. Sentimental details surrounded this couple from the ring bearer carrying the rings on the Groom's childhood Bible, to the Jar of Love Notes  Bri wrote to Zach for each day leading up to their wedding day! Guests were asked to choose seats and not sides for the ceremony and then joined the couple for an outdoor dinner of barbeque and salads.  Southern staples of Sweet Tea and Lemonade were served as well. Instead of a traditional guest book, the couple opted for a few different items that will become heirlooms and works of art in their home. It was such a blessing to work with this amazing couple and I wish them lots of love and blessings for the future!

Rustic Wedding at Koreshan State Park and Historic Site

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A beautiful rustic wedding is on the blog today! Full of cowboy hats and boots, with lots of dreamy light and two extra special people to be celebrating!  My brother in law and his new wife!  This wedding is extra special as it marks the gaining of a new sister for me! The added bonus - my new niece and nephew, Kelsey and Kaden! Seriously, hearing "Aunt Brooke" for the first time was amazing!  OK, obviously, this wedding is not all about me.  It is however one of many amazing blessings for my family. We are so overjoyed to have Aubrey and her babies in our lives.  I have always shared a close relationship with my brother in law, and I love her to pieces for making him so happy, for challenging him, and mostly for completing him.  Ryan is a better man for having Aubrey in his life, and I know that he will treasure her for how precious she is to him. A lot of prayers have been prayed by my in laws for the women that would one day marry their sons. I'd like to think that now, all those prayers have come full circle. With Aubrey and Ryan's wedding, our little core family is complete, and I know that our amazing extended family feels the same way too! We love big around here.  Shew, okay enough tears, on to the goods.

Aubrey and Ryan's ceremony was held at Mid City Christian Center in Bonita Springs Florida where my brother in law is one of the teachers for the new satellite college.  Directly following, the reception was held at Koreshan State Park and Historic Site.  Lots of fabulous rustic details were abound from mason jars and burlap to South Florida lending it's own dose of Southern charm with dreamy light and Spanish Moss covered trees.  Guests dined on barbeque and had their fill of sweet tea.  Surrounded by their closest friends and family the couple danced the night away, even under a few falling stars.

Please enjoy this extra special post and gallery, and another big CONGRATULATIONS to my awesome brother in law and new sister in law!!! LOVE YOU BOTH SO MUCH!

Quick shout out to my amazing Second Shooter - Steph Jones.  If not for her, I would have been an absolute mess at this wedding!  I love you so much girly! My Wedding P.I.C.!