We just love these two and we’re so excited for their Long Boat Key Club wedding this fall! :)
We just love these two and we’re so excited for their Long Boat Key Club wedding this fall! :)
We are so excited to have been a part of Every Last Detail Blog’s 5th Blogiversary Celebration! Lauren of ELD asked V-List members (which we are honored to be V-List members) to collaborate and use elements from her brand to create inspiration shoots for brides – so we teamed up with one of our friends and faves, Kelly of Kelly Hancock Event Planning to create this inspiration shoot!
It all started with the silhouettes from ELD’s logo and we ran from there. Since we are in Southwest Florida a large majority of the weddings we photograph are on the beach with palm trees – so we wanted to inspire Florida brides to see beyond that. How could we bring a Napa Valley vineyard/barn wedding to Florida? That was our goal!! It needed to be elegant, organic, and classic without going rustic at all.
From Kelly: “The point of inspiration shoots is to give real couples ideas that they can incorporate into their own wedding day and I truly think we achieved that with this shoot. We took a farm in Florida and were able to achieve the feel of a Napa winery. We chose a color palette of white and gray with a little bit of gold trim on the dishes and stuck to natural elements for decor and details. The dress from The White Magnolia was perfection with its delicate tulle and illusion top. It fit our vision perfectly and was lightweight and comfortable for our bride to wear outside. I am obsessed with the invitation suite that The Magnolia Tree Paperie came up with. Not to mention the slate place cards and the bread bag menus! I am a lover of unexpected details and I think those place cards and menu bags fit the bill! She also did an excellent job on our bride and groom signs which we paired with the silhouettes again to carry on that theme. Another favorite detail of mine was the wine and cheese pairing station. Nothing says “Napa” better than local wine and cheese during cocktail hour. And can I just mention the cake for a second? Hands on Sweets hand painted this beauty and I wanted to take it home. Watercolor cakes are my favorite at the moment and they did an incredible job bringing my vision to life. The table itself might be my absolute favorite element of this shoot. Taylormade Floral and Event Decor did an outstanding job (as always!) and Kate Ryan Linens provided the perfect compliment to the florals and the rentals by A Chair Affair. Those french country chairs were a must on Tiffany’s list for this shoot and A Chair Affair came through for us in the best way. I am so thankful because they really are perfection!”
So enjoy the inspiration from this shoot and to see more head over to Every Last Detail blog!!
Here’s who made it all happen:
Photographer: Hunter Ryan Photo | Planner & Designer: Kelly Hancock Event Planning | Rentals: A Chair Affair, Inc. | Cake: Hands on Sweets | Linens: Kate Ryan Linens | Hair & Makeup: Lasting Luxe Hair & Makeup Artistry | Invites & Calligrapher: Magnolia Tree Paperie | Floral Designer: Taylor Made Wedding and Event Flowers | Venue: The Lange Farm | Groom’s Attire: The Tuxxman | Bride’s Attire: The White Magnolia Bridal Collection
We’ve had to wait over a YEAR to show this full gorgeous wedding – and I’ve been DYING!! Super excited to share Venessa & Scott’s wedding finally – and bonus – you can see a beautiful full featured spread of it in the latest issue of The Celebration Society magazine!
Kate Spade glam meets New Years Eve – that is how we’d describe this incredible wedding! Black & white stripes with gold sparkles all over???Seriously every detail was just amazing and we were overwhelmed by all the gorgeousness of their day – everywhere we turned were amazing little touches that Venessa and Hollie from Elleson Events meticulously curated. This goes down as a unique fave for sure!!! (I mean I have a ‘slight’ Kate obsession – so duh!?)
Venue: The Rustic Barn
Event Designer: Elleson Events
Wedding Gown: Patricia South
NYE Gown: Rent the Runway
Hair/Makeup: Duality Artistry
Stationary: DM Paper Designs & Minted.com
Floral: Elleson Events
DJ: DJ Dayve
Cake Artist: Ellas Cakes
Video: Sweet Apple Films
You may have noticed we’ve been a bit more quiet than usual here at Hunter Ryan. Well THIS is why! We’re patientely, ok – scratch that – NOT patiently on my part (get this baby out!!) waiting the arrival of our second child right now. We’re over the moon elated to be welcoming a little boy into our family soon. Like as in any day now – yup – patiently waiting – lol! :)
So in the meantime, I’ve been in full on nesting mode. Spending an entire day freezer cooking up a storm to have meals when he arrives, cleaning like a crazed lady, folding and sorting little tiny baby clothes and of course – preparing the nursery!!
It was super hard for me to describe what “theme” I was going with when friends and family asked. So it ended up sounding like some crazy idea that I’d try to explain as “vintage – ish with modern patterns in all grey and white, some touches of natural wood here and there – but no real color – oh and bunnies – lots of cozy and vintage bunnies.” Um yeah – that’s my theme. I wish I was one of those people who could just walk into Babies R Us and say “that one – yup that set right there – baseballs or elephants or whatever” and be satisfied and excited to decorate my nursery. But unfortunately/fortunately (depending on the day) I’m just not. The creative in me – just has to – well – create! So I hadn’t seen anything on Pinterest that wow’d me – so I came up with “vintage-ish modern patterns in all grey and white with bunnies!” It was a crazy idea I saw in my head and I am so happy it actually all came together!
I picked a bed sheet here, a blanket there, a changing pad cover custom off etsy, made almost 100% of the decor myself – from Goodwill to JoAnn’s to Craigslist (including my little attempt at calligraphy), had an amazingly talented friend crochet/knit the entire mobile custom for me, sewed the valences, found the rocker on craigslist and upcycled it myself – along with the dresser, crib and changing table. All upcycled stuff we DIY’d. I just knew I wanted it to be personal – so I poured my heart into it. The biggest things I knew I wanted were: a funky “gallery wall,” a custom mobile with crocheted animals and a funky upcycled (and comfy) rocker. I’m no designer, but I’m really happy with his bright happy little bunny nursery.
While we wait – we wanted to invite you into our little home and share our son’s room – just waiting for him! :)
And as you might have noticed – his name is: ASHER DAVID!!!! It’s very special to us – it means “blessed beloved.” The name David is also after his late grandfather – my daddy! :) And I hope he looks like a mini-Cody.
We’ve heard it called “first glance,” “first sight,” “first touch,” -and we personally call it a “first look…” and we think first looks are awesome! But what is it?? Simply put – it is the bride and groom seeing one another prior to the wedding ceremony.
We know that some couples are turned off by them because they are “un-traditional” and they immediately write it off. I’ve been a bride myself, so trust me I know all your feelings – so I’ll help you understand “first looks” as both having been a bride and now being a photographer.
Let me tell you our story – we DIDN’T do one…
I can talk about those brides because I WAS one of those brides. I wanted a REACTION- I had to have tradition….I wanted Cody to be so surprised and overcome with joy when I walked down the aisle, and I wanted our photographer to capture his immense joy forever in photos! Isn’t that what every bride wants? THE reaction? I wanted to be traditional though and yes the photographer caught Cody’s reaction, but we never had a private moment to just soak each other in. In addition, we were SUPER rushed for time because we were married in the winter, so we were fighting against daylight(the sun waits for no one) and we were trying to smash in all our family formals and groups portraits before we even had time for “us.” We hurriedly took those photos – all of the group photos were taken in a less than stellar looking location due to time (which to this day I regret). Since we weren’t super stoked about the interior of the church being where we had our “couples” formals – we quickly drove downtown to grab a few pics of just the two of us. We had maybe 10-15 minutes, and then we once again rushed off to the reception to be announced, straight to our first dance and then dinner was served. Then because we’d missed cocktail hour we felt like we needed to walk around to all the tables and say hello to everyone -and boom – next was cake cutting, parent dances, some open dancing and then it was over. A total blur – tons of planning, and then rushing and it was over. We didn’t have one minute to us – alone – to revel is one another and all that we’d planned for months in anticipation and for that – I regret not having a first look.
Why do a first look then?
Since I didn’t do a first look – I think brides want to keep tradition because they think their groom won’t be as emotional when she walks down the aisle if he’s already seen her. Then she doesn’t get that magical reaction picture she’s dreamed of! We’ve actually found that to be just the opposite. Wedding days tend to be pretty busy leading up to the ceremony, you have to be here by a certain time, make sure so&so has this or that taken care of and sometimes there isn’t just a moment to sit/breathe/soak it all in. So what started as excitement for the day can sometimes mount to nerves as you get ready to walk down the aisle. When the groom walks out with the rest of the guys – he stands at the front only to find 150 or more people staring right at his face! Then as the doors open to reveal the bride, everyone’s eyes are on her. You end up sharing that magical moment with everyone. Doing a first look allows for that moment to be between just you two – no one else and then with the pressure off, photos already out of the way – you’ve already had time with each other -you have time to enjoy your beautiful day that you’ve spent A LOT of money and time planning! And your nerves are gone too. Out of all the couples we’ve ever done a “first look” with we have never once had someone regret doing it, we’ve only had some who didn’t – wish they had. Like us.
How would my “first look” look like??**
You’re away from guests, details, and things that might distract you from the sweetness of the moment. You’re away in a beautifully picked out private place. Most likely your groom has his back to the location in which you will come in and meet him. You walk in and tap him on the shoulder and he turns around to finally get his first look at you and not only does he get to see you… he can hold you… cry with you…. kiss you… and ENJOY that moment with you for as LONG as you both want. You can twirl around to show off your dress to him and enjoy his response. All the while we are there to capture EACH of your reactions using long lenses as to not be intrusive or interrupt your special time. We stay back at a distance but close enough to capture the moments, but we are still far enough away for it to be private. When you’re ready to begin taking pictures then YOU will let us know when you’ve had enough time to calm your nerves and enjoy your moment. That moment is yours and yours alone. You can read one another private vows if you want, exchange a gift, a card, pray – anything at all – or nothing but simply seeing one another.
Now you aren’t in a time crunch, you’re free to move into your couple portraits. No one is around, parents and well meaning guests aren’t watching your every move as the camera clicks and you can breathe and be natural. It’s just the two of you and us….. capturing the excitement and the joy of your wedding day. From our experience at our own wedding without a first look you never get that time alone on your wedding day until you’re in your getaway car.
FROM REAL BRIDE CAMILLA: “I had my reservations about doing a first look. I had always dreamed of my husband seeing me for the first time while walking down the aisle. I was afraid that doing a first look would take away from that special moment. However, I am extremely glad we chose to do the first look! I did not realize how nervous I was during the day, but once I was able to talk and pray with Andrew, I felt so much more at ease. The wedding day carries a plethora of emotions, but there is something special about spending a few moments of stillness with your best friend. Logistically speaking, I really liked being able to take pictures with Andrew, our families and bridal parties before the ceremony. This allowed us to enjoy our cocktail hour and our guests!”
**If you decide to do a first look –we’d also encourage you to plan for family pictures and bridal party pictures beforehand. If you do them in advance you can go to cocktail hour – I mean do you really want to miss the cocktail hour? Probably not. With photos out of the way, it frees you all up to mingle, catch up with other guests, and just enjoy the day. Some couples spend cocktail hour with their guests because time is so limited during the reception, but some still do family formals during the first 15 or so minutes of cocktail hour too.
And even though you’ve seen each other in advance – as you walk down the aisle to your groom finally – he is smiling ear to ear and we STILL capture that too! With both your nerves gone -you get to really be IN the moment.
FROM REAL GROOM ANDREW: “I completely understand a groom’s desire to not want to do a first look – I was one of those grooms. I was concerned the first look would diminish the “specialness” of the moment when I first saw Camilla walk down the aisle. However, I am really glad we chose to do the first look. It gave me a chance to talk to Camilla, ask how she was doing, reassure her, and have a quiet moment amidst a crazy day.I must say, I will never forget the moment when I first saw her walking down the aisle.”
Couples who opt for a First Look experience these benefits:
*Couples who do a first look get about 50% more photos of them as a couple than those that don’t. Purely based on time constraints. This is a great return on your investment :)
*You have more time to relax on your wedding day. This definitely includes experiencing your cocktail hour too!
*You can have a later ceremony (especially helpful in the winter months) because you’re not fighting the sunset light for photos
*You actually get alone time on your wedding day together. Usually when you walk down the aisle, he can’t speak to tell you how amazing you look… he can’t touch you or embrace you or kiss you (yet). You have to wait until the ceremony is over for him to react and tell you how amazing you look.
*You get rid of your nerves! Your portraits are more fun and relaxed and you’re not so nervous for the ceremony.
FROM REAL COUPLE STEPHANIE & ADAM (pictured above): “As a couple we were very torn on whether to have a first look or not – we were given a lot of mixed opinions from other couples and were initially leaning towards approaching things very traditionally and waiting to see each other for the first time when I walked down the aisle. Part of me (selfishly) liked the idea of seeing my soon-to-be husband standing at the end of the aisle overtaken with emotion (dare I say tearing up) when he saw me walking down the aisle…what girl doesn’t:) BUT we agreed that what was really important to us was to find a way to maximize our time together and our guests and enjoy every second of the night. Our friends were not lying when they said your wedding day fly’s by in a spectacular flash of excitement and emotion – and we knew we wanted to savor every moment of it! So after plotting out the day of timeline, we knew in order to spend time with our family and friends it made more sense to get as many photos done before the ceremony as possible. So we decided a first look would be the best thing…. Now looking back, I think we made the BEST decision. In addition to saving time, the BIGGEST reason I would suggest having a first look is that it’s the one time you and your husband will have a moment together, alone. It’s even more emotional than I anticipated, a private, intimate connection that was full of love and excitement. It was the moment when it felt like just the two of us – it also led to some pretty fantastic, REAL, moments that Cody captured. Also having our first look made walking down the aisle a little less nerve-wracking, but still very special and emotional. The first look also gave us the opportunity to enjoy our cocktail hour with our family and friends because we were able to accomplish a lot of other important photos before the ceremony. Again, I think the special thing I took away from the first look was sharing a brief moment just the two of us together, soaking in the moment as a couple and all of the anticipation and excitement that led up to the big day.”
WHAT DO I DO?? To first look or not to first look:
Honestly, we prefer when a bride and groom does a first look because we know the benefits and we know our own experience, but this day is about YOU and it really doesn’t matter to us either way. This is totally up to you two. We only share this information because we know you’ve probably never really been educated on what the heck a first look is anyways!! It’s totally ok if you choose not to share a first look! We just want you to understand your options. There are no rules to wedding days –only your rules – so do whatever makes you both happy! This is YOUR day – and we cannot wait to capture it!
Cody & Tiff
Two Words : Geronimo Balloons!!
OH. MY. WORD. These two had the cutest first look at The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota. Erik hid behind giant geronimo balloons as Michelle peeked under – and they caught their first glimpse of one another. Cutest thing ever!!! The four of us had so much fun playing around with the balloons and enjoying the amazingly gorgeous weather over at The Sarasota Yacht Club. Their whole day was absolutely perfect and we were honored to capture it for them!!!
Congratulations Dr. and Mrs!!!!
Brides Shoes: Ferragamo
Groom’s attire: Proud Uniform of the Navy!
Getting Ready & First Look Venue: The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota
Church: St. Martha Catholic Church
Reception Venue: The Sarasota Yacht Club
Planner: NK Weddings, Nicole Kaney
Hair/Makeup: Alysse Thomas
Stationary: William & Arthur, Ashley Bigley-Lilly Pulitzer
Floral: Elegant Designs
Cake: Publix & Le Macaron
Lighting: Affairs in the Air
Linens: Linens by the Sea
DJ: Stereophonic DJ’s – Jim Gable
Trolley: SRQ Trolley
This might be one of our favorite inspiration shoots we’ve ever done. Um, and we’ve had to wait to share it with the world since February – I’ve been DYING!!! While we love shooting weddings and engagements – this was just so different for us – it was just really fun to do something new!! The whole shoot was meticulously planned by Kelly of Kelly Hancock Event Planning. Her vision was to have an inspiration shoot for brides revolving around her “Besties” – her bridesmaids – and honoring them, all while infusing Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year – Radiant Orchid! Kelly assembled an amazing team of local vendors – even down to the models dresses – to make this vision a reality!
The real gem of the whole shoot was that our models are 2 sets of real life besties- and I’m beyond blessed to say that Kelly has quickly become one of mine too (what an amaing blessing)! The “bride” is getting married in November and our “maid of honor” is her actual maid of honor and best friend. The other two models/best friends had one getting married this past May, with the other as her MOH and then in November they switch roles and the May bride becomes the Matron of Honor. How fun is that for a real life “Besties Bridesmaids” shoot!? The laughs, joy and smiles we all shared were so genuine and the authenticity of “Besties” was carried throughout the whole day. And then of course at the end of the shoot we did what besties do – we continued to laugh and chat and ate up all those cupcakes! :)
Without this creative team – this shoot would never have been possible. Much love & thanks goes out to:
Design/Planning: Kelly Hancock Event Planning
Venue: Private Estate, Sarasota Florida
Floral: Taylormade Floral & Event Decor
Custom Stationary: Ashley Brooke Designs
Dresses: Camilyn Beth
Desserts: Pastries By Design
Linens & Chairs: Kate Ryan Linens
Dishes: Dishie Rentals
Furniture: Wish Vintage Rentals
Clutch: Oatmeal Lace
Monogramming: Hugs by Wendy
Hair/Makeup: Lasting Luxe
Much Love –