Have I mentioned how much I love traveling for weddings?? Near or Far, I'm your girl. Now, this wedding was something special. It was a first. The very first time I have ever shot a wedding inside an aquarium. I will be the very first one to tell you that I was scared to death. My anxiety level hasn't been that high during a wedding in at least a couple of years. I am happy to report that my insanity was well worth it - the bride and groom love their images! And I love knowing that I can rest easy again and I now know what to expect should anyone ever need me for a wedding at The Florida Aquarium again! Ashley is a special one. She is near and dear to my heart, when I was in the beginning of my career she bravely modeled for me. She was fearless and sweet, and nothing I said was crazy to her. Little did we know that first shoot would be the beginnings of a great working relationship and friendship. Because of her crazy charisma in front of a camera, her Princess Bride series is the first work I have ever had published! It was a big deal. As I got to know her, I then had the opportunity to meet her amazing boyfriend (at the time) Brent. To say these two are the best of counterparts for one another would be stating it mildly. In one funny adventure, I expressed interest to Ashley about wanting to get into Wedding and Engagement photography, she volunteered to model and she volunteered Brent as well.... without his knowledge.
I am happy to say that although I didn't photograph his surprise proposal, I was able to not only capture the "engagement-esque" images, but later I did shoot their engagement and now I have had the distinct pleasure of photographing their wedding.
The Florida Aquarium is a gorgeous location, and how many couples can boast they were photobombed by a shark during their first kiss? It is an experience I will never forget and one I am grateful to have had. Most of all, I am thankful to call this sweet couple my friends! And I appreciate that they believed in me before and then trusted me later :) Ashley and Brent: Thank You both from the bottom of my heart!!!!! And thanks for an awesome party too!!!! ;)
Now, please enjoy this photo heavy post! LOL