A Romantic Spring Wedding at the Addison in Boca Raton, Florida
On Sunday, May 22nd, Andrew and I had the honor of documenting Rochelle and Scott’s stunning spring wedding day at The Addison in Boca Raton, Florida. Every single detail was perfectly crafted and thought out. From the colorful fragrant florals to the decadent dreamy wedding cake by Earth and Sugar to the elegant Tuscan venue setting an inviting mood, every detail was perfection.
The Addison in Boca Raton, FL. was the perfect venue for this special couple. Not only is this wedding venue absolutely breathtaking but I was also very impressed by the level of professionalism the team upheld. They treated the guests, the vendors and most importantly Rochelle and Scott so well. They were on top of every little detail. They bustled the bride’s dress and made sure the couple had their share of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres just to name a few of the many things they handled seamlessly. The Addison is a top notch wedding venue here in South Florida and I hope to document many more weddings there soon.
Everywhere I turned there were warm smiles and tender tears shared by close family and friends. But what made this day so special was the sweetest couple with hearts of gold. Rochelle and Scott are just perfect together. They have been together for over 8 years! During most of their relationship they were both medical students and now they are officially doctors! One of my favorite details from their wedding day was the incorporation of a special story that they held close to their heart. The story was Disney Pixar’s “Up”!
My favorite moment of the entire day was when Rochelle was about to walk down the isle. The music softly changed, the doors slowly opened, Scott took a deep breath and with the first note, I heard it — the theme song to the movie “Up”. It played softly and tears quickly dropped down many faces, including my own. It was truly a precious moment, one I will never forget. Scott and Rochelle– it was a complete honor being a part of your wedding day! Thank you for allowing Andrew and I the pleasure of documenting your wedding day and your beautiful love story.
These SHOES!! I was (still am) obsessed with them! Aren’t they adorable!?How stunning is this bouquet!? Love this little ring box!Okay, so THIS is SO CUTE!! Just another little nod to the movie “Up”! It’s actually a ring box and Scott used it to propose to Rochelle! Just LOVE this!The stunning bridesmaid look! Love the rich purple and the pop of color in the florals! Ivory hydrangea, pink roses, and light green orchids. Just stunning. Bride getting ready with her mom.My FAVORITE image to date!! Just love everything about this shot! Rochelle, YOU ARE GORGEOUS!! The three generations. First, look with dad! His expressions were so precious!!
Gift for dad. How cute are these!?The gorgeous bride with her stunning bridesmaids! These bouquets!! Meanwhile, the guys are getting ready!The Addison was such a gorgeous venue! This floral wedding arch was breathtaking and smelled heavenly. Rochelle’s sweet sister and Maid of Honor walking down the isle trying to hold back tears. Scott’s expressions when he first saw Rochelle’s were priceless. This image, so much emotion packed into one frame. Why I love weddings. Another one of my favorite moments. That veil! LOVE!Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. MacDougall!Those sweet moments right after the “I Dos”!Portrait time!Andrew captured these shots from the side and I just love them! Love this one!And this one! Loved the groom’s Vera Wang suit!They are just the cutest!Loved these leaf place cards the were hand written by the groom! Great job Scott!This CAKE!! An amazing job by Earth and Sugar.First dance. Father/Daughter dance.Mother/Son dance. Toast!
The couple on the left are John and Danielle! You may remember them because they are a 2015 CBP couple! Party time!Cake time!Love this image captured by Andrew! The cake plated beautifully! Bouquet toss! This was the funniest garter removal EVER!! Check out the father of the bride in the bottom left photo! HAHA! Poor father of the bride… his second daughter caught the bouquet! He was watching that young man like a hawk!
The creative team that brought this lovely wedding day together:
As some of you may know, most of Andrew’s family lives in Ohio. So sometimes it makes things hard but we always try to make the big moments. This year Andrew’s baby sister graduated from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH. This was definitely one moment we weren’t going to miss! We are so proud of her and all her hard work these past four years!
As an added bonus we got to finally meet Andrew’s older brother’s 3-week-old baby girl, Emerson! Andrew and I were so excited to meet our niece and were even more thrilled when we found out that she was going to be dedicated in church that Sunday! She is just the most precious little girl and has some of the funniest expressions! When Andrew held her she looked at him with the weirdest gaze. Almost like she knew he looked familiar but was still keeping a close and intense watch on him! LOL!
We also had one more celebration during this trip: Andrew’s birthday! I know this was one of the best birthdays he has had in a while because he was with his family! Since Andrew’s family moved to Ohio nearly 8 years ago he hasn’t been able to spend many of his birthday’s with them. So this was a good one!
This trip was a special one for many reasons! I was even able to see and spend some time with my own baby sister who recently got married and moved four hours away! She is best friends with Andrew’s sister so she wasn’t going to miss the graduation either!
Overall this was a wonderful trip to relax and hang out with family! I took this time to take a break from the busy season and relax. I didn’t even bring my highest grade camera. Just my Fujifilm x100 and my iPhone! 🙂 If it wasn’t for the fact that it was below 50 degrees the entire time then it probably would have been a perfect trip!! My sister and I with our South Florida blood were not prepared for how cold it was in mid-MAY and nearly turned into popsicles!! 😉
Till next time Ohio!
This amazing confetti was so beautiful to capture but it shot out of these canon-like things on the stage and scared many people because they were so loud! I personally jumped and may have shouted a bit! lol The Bolin family plus my sister!! 😉 Andrew standing proudly with his newly graduated baby sister Amber! Meeting Emerson for the first time! Sunday morning we made our way to a little town called Waverly to see sweet Emerson get dedicated. The two-hour car ride was gorgeous!! I got some Tim Hortons coffee!! 😀Really loved this cool building! After church, we gathered at Andrew’s brother’s in-laws home for a BBQ!
Monday the 16th was Andrew’s 25th birthday! We started the day with breakfast at a lively spot called Sugar n’ Spice! This place has been around since 1941! It has super yummy food and a really cool atmosphere! If you are visiting Cincinnati this is a great place to check out but make sure to give yourself time or go on a weekday because it gets very busy!! We went on a Monday morning and had to sit at the bar because it was pretty full! But they let you choose a cute little rubber ducky on your way out! Haha! After breakfast, we went to a local park called Ault park! But this wasn’t just any park, this place was so gorgeous! An incredible view, a stunning wedding venue on a hill and a colorful garden!Check out this view! Yup, that’s me in sandals. Somehow I’m never prepared in the shoe department on trips…Warm hugs because it was so cold! Andrew just looks comfortable but in reality, he freezing. He said he wouldn’t need to bring a jacket to Ohio in MAY! 😉So much gorgeousness everywhere and this is the moment my camera battery decides to die. Thankful for beautiful iPhone pictures! 🙂So many beautiful flowers!! One of the last pictures I was able to squeeze in before my Fujifilm x100 battery died! But it’s my favorite! Love the colors and bokeh this little camera produces! After the park, we went to an adorable ice cream and candy shop called Aglamesis Bro’s! They had been around since 1908 and their ice cream and gummy bears are delicious! Their story is quite interesting, you can read about it here. How cute is this place!?Love these exotic Tiffany lamps!
My coconut ice cream in a crispy waffle cone! So yummy!!This little shop is packed with so much charm and history. After some delicious ice cream, we went shopping in downtown Cincinnati! Then we made one more stop before heading to the airport! A coffee stop!! We hung out at Rohs Street Cafe playing some cards (“Three to thirteen”… and I won! :D) and sipping on coffee. Then it was time to say goodbye and head to the airport. This was a great trip! Short but packed with celebrations and fun! Till next time Ohio!
On Monday, May 9th I had the pleasure of capturing Jaisa and Bruce’s Worth Avenue engagement session! This session is filled with many colorful Palm Beach scenes and joyful moments! Jaisa and Bruce’s shoot was a special one because they brought their adorable son Bruce Jr.! This little guy who is five years old was so well behaved and such a cutie! He plays a unique role because he is actually the reason Jaisa and Bruce met in the first place!
Bruce and Jaisa, met about three years ago. Jaisa worked at a daycare where Bruce Jr. attended when he was two years old. Jaisa fell in love with this sweet little boy and when she met his daddy it was love at first sight. Even though Jaisa did not really believe in such a thing, their relationship bloomed quickly. Soon after their first date she knew he was the one she wanted to spend forever with. After nine months together, Jaisa was invited to Bruce’s family Christmas vacation to Walt Disney World! It was a special trip but what made it even more magical is on December 25th, 2013, Bruce popped the big question, in front of Cinderella’s castle! Jaisa told me, “It was just magical and an unforgettable moment.” Now, after a two-year engagement and a three-year relationship, they are excited to be tying the knot on December 10th, 2016! Jaisa said these past three years raising Bruce Jr. together have been amazing. I can tell they are so excited for this new season of their lives! They are such a beautiful family!
Jaisa and Bruce, thank you so much for choosing us to capture your engagement photos and you wedding day! Andrew and I are so excited to be a part of your big day!
The details that brought this Worth Avenue Engagement shoot together:
On Thursday, May 5th (Cinco de Mayo!!) I had the honor of capturing Kelsey and Ben’s engagement photos in Palm Beach, Florida. This dreamy Palm Beach engagement shoot may be my favorite session to date! Kelsey and Ben were just a dream to work with and as if the entire shoot wasn’t gorgeous enough we ended the session on the beach and it was the most stunning beach day I have ever witnessed! A dreamy pastel sky, teal crashing waves, and the most adorable couple made this engagement session one for the books!
I could go on and on about these two cuties! They were a pleasure to work with and made my job too easy! Kelsey is just the sweetest girl I have ever met. She had the most gentle spirit and I’m pretty sure we could be best friends! We both share a love for Nantucket, Lilly Pulitzer, and Nicolas Sparks!! Ben is such a gentlemen, it is so evident how much he cares for Kelsey! He is also such a sport! Toward the end of the shoot went to the beach. The waves were incredible!! So much so, that surfers were out catching waves! Well, I had the idea of having them stand on the tallest rock I could find as the waves crashed around them! It made for an amazing portrait! One of my favorites to date!! Ben got pretty wet but was totally cool about it!!
Yesterday, I asked Kelsey if she could send me the details about their “love story” and oh my goodness, I was not prepared for how incredible their story was!! I might have been balling my eyes out as I read it! I was planning on rewriting it from my point of view but as I read it I realized how impacting and powerful their story was! I left it just as she wrote it and I hope you enjoy as much as I did. But I must warn you, you may want to grab a box of tissues!! I think Nicolas Sparks may have his inspiration for a new book!
I spent my first two years in Chicago getting my associates degree and was transferring to a four-year college. I was all applied at Aurora University in the suburbs of Chicago. My education classes picked, books ordered, roommates messaging me planning the arrangements, and I was all set. Then July hit. Only six weeks until classes started. My family and I went down for our Fourth of July vacation. I had always dreamed of going to school in Florida. Palm Beach Atlantic University had been brought up from a friend from church. With curiosity, I looked it up. I realized it was only three hours south of my parent’s condo in Daytona. Out of nowhere I got this strange urge to see it. I had a sudden interest, that quite honestly almost stressed me out. School started in six weeks…no way could this workout. Well, I brought it up to my parents and sister to have a visit. So we made the trip down. My mom said I didn’t stop smiling the entire tour. She said I was glowing. A thousand miles away, and I had this comforting feeling of being on this campus. We all went for lunch afterward, and of course, my parents hated to see my go so far but saw this immensity of happiness coming from me. I prayed about it on the drive home and said, “God if this is where you have me planned to go, then I trust your hand will work it all out with this quick time frame.” I was cautious not to get my hopes up to high because there was no way. It was already the middle of the July with only four weeks before classes would start. Within the next week, I had gotten a call that I was accepted, classes were picked, and there was a room left in the on-campus apartments. Words will never come close to expressing the joy I had receiving the message in a bottle containing my acceptance letter. My friends and family know I’m obsessed with love stories, Nicholas Sparks being one with his novel A Message in a Bottle. I packed my car, and off I went.
Within the first week, I had met so many great transfer students, some I still am very close with now. One of them being Melo. He was from Africa and had this presence about it. Looking back now, I see in more ways than one he was at the work of God. That first Friday of school was my twenty-first birthday. Taking extra time that morning I got all ready for a fun filled day, and night with friends. In between classes in the morning, I went to run an errand and realized God had a different plan for that day than I did. I was in a car accident. My car was total, and I was rushed to the emergency room. With honesty I say, I wasn’t wearing my seatbelt. My head hit the windshield and cracked it. Luckily my steering wheel had a rubber cover, that tore my leg up terribly but saved me from hitting it harder and flying out. The firefighter said I was blessed by someone above because I blacked out and hit my head hard. I was bruised and beat up back. My neck was sprained, my hip was out of whack, toe cut open deep, and my head bruised from the hit. Thank the Lord for great friends, as one of them took me into her families house for the weekend. My friends came to visit me for my birthday, but with painkillers so stronger I fell asleep. My friend texts me the next Thursday and asked to get dinner. I was still struggling and in a lot of pain. She said I needed a fun night out. That day I really wasn’t feeling up for it, so I text her asking to just wear sweats and get soup. She quickly responded, “Look cute and get ready to have your first legal drink with some fun girl time!” She picked me up, we walked into dinner together….and there was a table full of friends!
I cried and was hugging everyone. They were happy to see me out and smiling again. But there across the table was one guy I had seen at school, had a quick hello with before, but I couldn’t remember his name if you asked me. As dinner went on, I noticed this guy across the table looking at me smiling. He was gosh darn cute. Dinner finished up, and I hugged everyone. Then there he was standing next to Melo. Melo said he brought along his friend Ben from the soccer team. I gave him a hug and thanked him for coming. Come to find out, this good looking guy played soccer. My friends and I were big soccer fans, all growing up playing ourselves, so we went to first game. There he was. Number twenty-one, starting at back right defense. My gosh did he look good out there! We had a quick glance during the game. Our friend groups all hung out together, and little by little I fall hard for this boy. Come to find out he liked country, and was from Chicago too. God talks about finding a man who pursues a woman…well let me tell you, this boy was pursuing me. Each night he’d asked once my homework was done if I’d go for a walk on the intercostal with him. We’d walk for hours, and talk. I felt so comfortable with him, and how incredibly sweet he was. Our friendship grew stronger and stronger. That May I had jaw surgery scheduled for the week after I got home from school. I’d be wired shut for eight weeks, and have a long recovery road after that. Ben and I talked about the future all the time. We had the same dreams for a family, and the connection between us was undeniable. He brought up the conversation about us dating. I knew after just a few short weeks of talking with Ben he was the man of my dreams and the guy I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. I couldn’t grasp how fast and hard I fell for Ben. But, I knew with surgery coming up, my emotional, physical, and spiritual state was going to be tested. I felt wrong to start a relationship not being on my own two feet. So, I told him if we could get through this surgery together, that I would date him. I knew I would be able to see him truly in a hard situation, as well as him see me through good and bad. My eyes tear up thinking back to this. He was there in the hospital, making me still feel like the prettiest girl in the world when I knew I looked awful. For eight weeks, I couldn’t talk to him, kiss him, laugh with him, or smile. No amount of words will ever explain this feeling of how difficult it was. He saw me on days when I couldn’t eat I was in so much pain, I wasn’t sleeping, and I couldn’t take any pain medicine because the risk of vomiting and choking. I had to carry wire cutters everywhere I went in case I started to choke. He drove out to my hours an hour away every other day. Without talking, or being able to do anything he came just the same each time. His words of encouragement each morning and night showed me so much of his heart. July 16th, once my wires were cut, he planned a whole day with a scavenger hunt ending at a garden and asked me to be his girlfriend.
We’ve been dating for two and a half years, but a year and a half of it has been long distance. We talked for a year before actually dating. While I was nannying in Nantucket Island for a month, he drove to my house in August and asked my parents for permission to marry me. Needless to say, he wasn’t asking until December but wanted to make sure it was okay with my parents before purchasing the ring. My parents were honored and said yes! He went and spent two hours designing the ring he felt I’d like. He did amazing!!! December I graduated and was planning to move back. Ben still had a year and a half of college to go. I was bummed. The day after Christmas he planned a special outing for us together. Without having any idea of what we were doing he picked me up. With a carriage, a walkway of lights, hot cocoa and mugs, Ben got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! 😀 I got teary-eyed, smiling from ear to ear, and shouted yes! In burlap on the carriage, it said, “Marry Me” and the back said, “Just Engaged”! My sister, as well as my soon-to-be sister-in-law, had helped set it all up. They were hiding in the trees taking pictures of it! My friends and family had all known for five months! hee hee, It was an absolute dream come true!
In exactly 82 days I get to marry my absolute best friend….and the man I prayed to find since I was a little girl! God called me to Florida, a thousand miles away, to meet the man I am beyond blessed to call my fiance, and soon hubby! “I have found the one whom my soul loves”. With the ceremony in an absolutely precious outdoor setting and reception inside the elegant barn, I will become Mrs. Ben Vogeney at Fishermans Inn in Elburn Illinois on July 30th, 2016.
The details that brought this dreamy Palm Beach engagement shoot together: