If someone asks you if you could photograph their intimate wedding on a relative’s GORGEOUS Mount Dora property, you nod very enthusiastically. These ladies came to me about 2 years ago asking if Karlyn and I would be their wedding photographers and we jumped at the opportunity. Aside from the stunning property, they made sure that the wedding had many thoughtful touches (like handprinted favors from a relative) and it was the perfect setting for their wedding. There was a ceremony under trees and dinner al fresco; February in Florida is made for days like this. I asked Sarah and Lindsey to answer some questions for me, and they obliged. We are so thankful to these ladies for letting us be a part of their day, and we wish them all the happiness in their life together.

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How did you meet?

We met at a dinner and awards ceremony for Master of Public Health students at our Associate Dean’s home. Sarah swears there were instant sparks. After the dinner and awards ceremony, we had drinks at a local bar but didn’t see each other again for about 6 months. When we did see each other six months later, we went on our first date and haven’t stopped dating since.

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Who proposed and how?

Lindsey proposed to me on December 8, 2015 in our new home. Each year we exchange Christmas ornaments. So that year, Lindsey made two ornaments for me and put a love note in one ornament. The love note included all the things she love about me and how thankful she was for our relationship. The second ornament only had one small piece of paper that read ‘will you marry me?’ Lindsey kept the engagement ring in her pocket so that I wouldn’t shake the ornament and hear the jingle.

How did you decide on the location of your wedding?

Lindsey’s Aunt and Uncle own a beautiful piece of property and it was always our dream to get married there. When Aunt Shelley and Uncle Rex said we should get married and they should host – we leapt at the opportunity. It was perfect.

Did you have any specific visions or themes for your wedding? What were they?

We wanted our wedding to be outdoors, simplistic, fun and easy-going. We wanted an informal, romantic and intimate wedding with our closest friends and family. We wanted it to feel rustic but also beautiful. It was exactly as we envisioned.

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What was the most memorable part of your wedding day?

The most memorable part of the wedding day for Sarah was saying the vows and the first look. The most memorable part for Lindsey was the anticipation before the first look–the nervous and anxious feeling of seeing Sarah in her dress on our wedding day.

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What is the best piece of advice you have for couples planning their weddings?

Hire Kaylee, so you will have beautiful memories forever. It goes by so fast and memories fade. Don’t sweat the small stuff and remember what is most important (the person you are marrying). Finally – have fun.

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