Connor + Kaley | Hollis Gardens Engagement - Lakeland, FL

Connor took some time off during college and jetted off to Germany. During that time, it gave him a lot of clarity to whom he'd want to share his future and adventures with. As they say, absence makes the heart grow fonder, and he knew exactly who his heart belonged to. His heart guided him right back to Kaley. They've been in the same circle of friends since the 6th grade, but the stars never did quite align for them until their early college years. However, all that time helped them develop a sweet friendship that really poured into the foundation of their (now) relationship.

In their time off you can find them gaming together, getting lost in the world of classic literature, or spending time at the orchestra. All the things that make up who they are will be represented on their wedding day, and I can't wait for their October nuptials. Below are a few favorites from their Hollis Gardens engagement session. Enjoy! 

STEVE + CRISSI | RUSTY PELICAN - TAMPA,FL WEDDING

Steve (an airline captain) and Crissi (a flight attendant) met when they ended up on the same route together. Steve has really good instincts when it comes to people, and after one conversation with Crissi, he felt an immediate connection. That led to Steve commuting back and forth for the first year of their relationship between Chicago and Florida. Shortly after, Crissi decided to leave the windy city to be closer to Steve and his children. Navigating through a long distance relationship in the beginning, traveling different schedules, and blending a family hasn't always been easy. But in the end, it was all worth it. You won't find anyone more dedicated and loving than these two. Not only for each other, but anyone who has the privilege to be in their circle. 

Travel was, and still is, a big part of their life. Therefore, it was only natural to incorporate it into their wedding day. From the airline ticket place cards, to the airport code table markers, and the luggage tag napkin holders--it was a perfect representation of how their love story began. 

Steve + Crissi--thank you for allowing me the great honor of documenting your special day. You two are one of a kind and I truly wish you all the best. Much love-Elaine 

 

VENDORS 

Wedding Planner/Invitations/Florals | Save the Date Florida

Reception & Catering | The Rusty Pelican

Cake | Frosted by Laura

Hair | Terri Tsavaris

Make-up | Justina Benet

DJ |  Grant Hemond & Associates, Inc. 

Cookie Designs | The Enchanted Oven

Caricature artist | Rick Barrett Artworks  

Officiant | Joanne Zito 

Second Shooter | Shawna Meadors

Steve + Crissi opted for a quick glance before the ceremony. Just enough time to exchange hugs + kisses, and shake off any pre-ceremony nerves. 

Danielle of Save the Date FL really out did herself with all the florals. Heart eyes for daysss...

Their sweet pup Lila! <3 

Save the Date FL is a mom and daughter dream team: Danielle on florals and Phyl as the wedding planner. I mean, look at this reception space!! 

Officially Mr. + Mrs!!

They hired a caricature artist for the reception and guests took home their own custom portrait. How fun!?

They ended the night on the dance floor. Completely swept away by the music and each other.

DAVID + BRITTANY | VINTAGE RUSTIC WEDDING - OCALA, FL

Brittany always imagined getting married in a historic church with stained glass windows. So when she + David walked into The First Presbyterian Church of Ocala--with it's architecture dating back from the early 1900s--they knew it was the perfect place to exchange their vows. And all the same goes for why they intentionally chose The Ocala Ballroom for their reception. It's vintage aesthetics won their heart and their wedding day was just as charming as they are. David + Brittany are some of the most loving and kind people you will ever meet. After being introduced to their families, I know exactly where they get it from. 

David + Britt--Thank you for allowing me to capture your wedding day. Words cannot express how the day + the people you chose to stand by you, perfectly represents who you are. I'm so grateful our paths crossed. Xoxo!

VENDORS

Ceremony Venue | Ocala First Presbyterian Church 

Reception Venue | Ocala Ballroom

Catering | Brooklyn’s Backyard

Cake | Publix

Hair | Amy at  Salon 209 East

Hair & Make-up | Make up by Hollingsworth

DJ or Band | Ray Major

Table Linens + Centerpieces | Party Time Rentals 

Wood Cross at Ceremony | The Event Warehouse

Videographer | Matthew Rathmell

Second Shooter | Shawna Meadors

Prayers before the ceremony <3

Oh these mismatched lanterns have my heart! Also, a vintage wedding wouldn't be complete without an Instax + all the Poloroid film to go around.

First Dance w/ a classic chandelier. Perfection.

They spent the rest of the night on the dance floor with all their people. Even the little ones!

The night ended with sparklers and friends + family who ushered them into their new adventure together as husband + wife.