October 30, 2015
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She sold me my Acura TSX at the young age of 19 this was 3-4 years ago.  I was so upset coming from a local Volkswagen dealership and she got me as a client.  I was pretty pissed while we were test driving the car I was interested in. Luckily, I didn’t scare away her that evening. I bought that car from her that very day, she ended up getting the same exact one and a wonderful friendship came out of it.  I didn’t even realize she was that young. But it didn’t matter… I thought she was amazing and I now call her one of my best friends.  I think we’ve been long distance besties longer than we were ever friends here in Sarasota.  I love this girls Minnesota accent, sense of humor and loving nature. She has been my rock the past couple of months too…always texting me just to check-up on me and just say hello.  I’m so grateful Volkswagen pissed me off that night and I ended up at the Acura dealership…otherwise we would have never met.

Megan, Tony and her family planned a trip to visit Sarasota and stay by Siesta Key Beach just right before she gives birth. I was so happy because I would get to see her belly, hug her, meet Tony and take her images.  I would have been so upset if someone else took them…haha!  I know she would have been too.

She looked amazing that evening and I loved watching her and Tony together.  I’m so happy for you both! I can’t wait to meet the little man!

Megan & Tony – I’m so happy I finally got to meet you Tony!!!!  Megan, I love you my friend… I’m so blessed to have you in my life. I’m so excited for you to embark on this new journey.  You will be such an amazing and fun mom!  Abe is lucky to have you both as parents.

 

October 29, 2015
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First of all… how amazing is it to be reunited with an old and dear friend after 20 years of not seeing or talking to each other.  But how CRAZY is it to photograph her engagement session, meet her hysterical fiancé and their new Frenchie, Riggins (yes for all you FNL fans that’s where its from…Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose!).  Not only that but I get to document her wedding next year!  OMG!

I’ve known Megan since we were in the 6th grade. Quick fun fact… I found out she grew up and has family in a city called Venice… just south of where I currently live here in Florida.  I was shocked by this piece of information.  Megan (Meg now… but sorry I can only call her by what I called her in the 6th grade..ha!) moved to the Valley in LA.  She was the new girl in the class and I befriended her. I remember that she used to cry and say that she missed the small town where she was from.  Yes that small town is south of Sarasota…see the connection? Her and I still talk about how I tried to make her feel better by using an analogy of a “Jolly Rancher vs. Blowpop.”  What was wrong with me? What I said…I can’t event tell you.  I have no clue if she felt better, but we became friends after that.  Remember how I shot Kiersten’s wedding and engagement?  Well Kiersten, Megan and I were in the same class.  Megan was dropped off at my house in the morning, then we would walk over to Kiersten’s house and then all walk together to school. Yup thats how I know these wonderful ladies and I love that even after all these years we can get together, catch up and talk like 20 years of separation never happened. I love how life comes full circle like that.

I’m so honored and so lucky that I got to shoot Juan and Megan’s engagement session.  They picked the Venice Canals because they use to live in Venice and well she grew ip in Venice, Florida (Hmmm you guys should go to Venice, Italy for your honeymoon!!!!) I’ve also never shot there so I approved. We walked the canals and I just sat back and watched these two goof off and be themselves.  It was awesome.  I was giddy the whole time and kept thinking how cool it was that I was taking pictures of my dear friend and the man that she is going to marry soon.

Megan & Juan – I love you both so much!  Riggins too (even though I’m a Jason Street fan).  Thank you for your love, friendship and trust.  I’m so honored and feel so lucky that I got to take your engagement pictures.  I feel even more blessed because I get to join you and document your wedding next year. Gah! See you in a few days!  Love you guys!

 

October 23, 2015
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Blush Bridal Sarasota is taking our small little town to the next level with the Couture Gowns they are bringing into their shop. I love the owners with all my heart. And their style and taste is just perfect.  Thank you Fondren & Nicole for bringing amazing designers into Sarasota.

This weekend they are having a much awaited truck show featuring one of my favorite wedding dress designer’s, Reem Acra. Sip champagne, enjoy sweet treats and preview the designer’s newest collection along with some of her best selling styles. Blush Bridal are offering 10% off your purchase this weekend only.  Call 941-316-1615 or email brides@blushsarasota.com to schedule your appointment.

Below is just a preview of the gowns that came in this week.  All are STUNNING!  I love the Coco dress from their Fall 2016 collection that they previewed this month at bridal week in New York. The lace tiered gown looked so gorgeous on our model Alene. I loved that I was able to get a sneak preview of their gowns this morning during our shoot.

Special thank you to Alene Sartori Fowler for modeling, Liz & Sam of Influence Style & Kelly Kane for the venue.

Dress 1: Reem Acra, Coco Strapless Tiered Lace Panel Gown, Fall 2016
Dress 2: Reem Acra, I’m Extravagant, Fall 2015
Jewelry: Influence Style
Hair & Make-up: Kelly Anne, Styles by Kelly Anne