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I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect going into Olivia + Matt’s engagement session. I already knew that the couple would be fun to shoot, but they suggested a location that I knew nothing about. The location was very close to me at a barn owned by Olivia’s friend, Becca. That’s how it was explained to me at least. It wasn’t until I showed up to the property that this was a full on farm complete with horses, donkeys, pigs, a goat, multiple pastures, orange groves, and piles of hay, and of course, one, gorgeous, very large, barn.

Suddenly I wished we had planned a 5 hour session.

We stuck to the barn and a nearby pasture and came out with some beautiful images!

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The day before her birthday, Amanda and friends (including co-workers, her boss, and her boyfriend, Thomas) spent an evening at Universal, where she works. On their way to “The Forbidden Journey,” The group made a pit stop at the nearby stage. To Amanda’s surprise and embarrassment, Thomas got up on stage, even with Amanda’s boss present. Thats when Thomas got down on one knee and proposed. She said Yes!

Thomas’s previous proposal plans, like skydiving with a banner asking for Amanda’s hand, had fallen through and Thomas was not willing to wait! He made his move, with the blessing of her cow-workers and boss, and most importantly, her parents.

Even though they may work for Universal and are getting married at Universal, this couple is a Disney loving couple at heart. We stuck with a princess theme to accompany Amanda’s elegance and grace, and also Thomas’s charm.

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I already knew that shooting Nicole + Chris’ Wedding was going to be a blast after the time I’ve spent with the couple in meetings and during their super fun engagement session! Yet still, I wasn’t prepared for the entertainment the brought, just by their company! This was amplified with Nicole being around her close friends and family, as well as Chris being around his groomsmen and family. They were not short on laughs and jokes!

It was a rainy Friday, but that only made me happy because rain is good luck and their wedding is 100% indoors. That may sound boring to some, but their wedding was inside the Orange County Regional History Center! There are awesome exhibits, including one that highlights Disney and another with actual “Gone with the Wind” movie props! And the entire place in built around the original Orange County Courthouse, which is where the couple’s ceremony took place. We weren’t allowed to use flash the entire time, or even open the windows, because they wanted to preserve the wall mural and other artifacts. How cool is this place!?!

And the Orange County History Center is located in the heart of Downtown Orlando. It really couldn’t get any cooler.

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