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They felt their families deserved a vacation, so they planned their wedding around one of their favorite destinations:  Key West. Their family enjoyed the Cuban coffee shops, drinks, and beach time. Oh, and don’t forget about the quintessential Florida sunset.

Summers in Florida overwhelming warm, but no one minded a bit. Their girls threw flowers down the aisle, Jeff teared up seeing his bride, and Alison beamed. After they were pronounced, we waded through tourists as Alison waved to everyone walking by. “We’re married!” she exclaimed. Their state of bliss was hard to miss.

Even though their wedding was small, the dance floor was never empty. Guests enjoyed ice-cream and funfetti cake while the music played on.

The team:

Photography:  MorningWild Photography
Planning:  Simply You Weddings
Venue:  Ocean Key Resort
Florist:  Durate Floral Design
Band:  Rusty Lemmon
Cake:  Key West Cakes
Hair + Makeup:  Studio Marie Pierre

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Kitt Year Two

My sweet boy. I cannot believe you are two. You started this year trotting along with your newfound skill of walking. You’re running out of your second year and jumping off of everything. You surprise us with a new word almost every day (although we rarely hear the same word repeated again). You’re obsessed with golf…even more than your dad. You are incredibly creative and make a golf club out of anything that resembles it. Your goofiness and mischievousness keep us on our toes, but it’s one of my favorite personality traits you have. You always make us smile and laugh. In fact, I think I’ve smiled and laughed more in my entire life since the day you were born. You still let us snuggle you (somewhat) after naps. You are still nursing and request it frequently. Weaning will be an experience in year three for sure. This week you’ve started saying “no” to everything along with a very fun spell of temper tantrums when you don’t get your way. I guess this is the official welcome into turning two.

I thank God almost every day for all that you are and all you will ever be. You are such a gift, and I’m grateful to be your momma. Happy birthday my son. I love you more than you could ever know.

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Photo on the left by Perry Vaile.

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It was one of the hottest days of the year. Friends and family flocked to areas with shade and fans, while Jewel + MacRae took it all in stride. They gleefully danced around the camp, remembering the first day they met. It was on a dance floor at a friend’s wedding where their hands connected, and the music took over. They talked of how in sync and perfect everything felt from that first moment. They were meant to be.

Their personal vows were sentimental with inside jokes that had everyone chuckling. While their guests enjoyed the wedding feast, we snuck away to the lake for a reprieve from the heat. We climbed over the locked gate to dance on the dock before returning to the party. It was no surprise that the couple stayed on the dance floor the entire evening, enjoying every last minute of music.

The team:

Photography:  MorningWild Photography
Second Photographer:  Bailey Batten
Venue:  Kanuga Retreat Center
Planning:  Events by Kiersa
Florist:  Poppins Posies
Band:  Steel Toe Stiletto

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Erika and Matt spend their careers in nature, guiding others with outdoor skills and leadership training. I thoroughly enjoyed our hike at Hawksbill, especially since we spent most of the evening laughing and discussing the beautiful flora and fauna along the trail. I’m looking forward to their wedding next spring in Asheville!

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It was the official start of their lives together, and the day also marked the first of three weddings that they would be celebrating. Asheville is their home, so it suited them to elope in the mountains where they spend their weekends. After, they would travel to Germany and Sri Lanka to continue the festivities with their respective families.

Abhi and Peter wed beneath a beautiful intertwining of trees. They intentionally chose the spot because they weren’t sure if it was two trees or one–a beautiful symbol of marriage.

We hiked and ran around the grassy field on an early June day. The summer heat hadn’t yet reached the mountain air, and the breeze was glorious. After, they sat with their community of local friends and family enjoying a feast at Rhubarb.  The space was beautifully decorated with candles, wildflowers, and  ceramic bowls + planters that Abhi + Peter had crafted for their guests to take home.

Thanks to Bailey for helping me out with this day.

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