Lyndsey + Samuel, Florida Wedding

I was back in Southwest Florida earlier this month for this gorgeous fall wedding!  Had to take a quick break from editing the wedding photos to post a little sneak peek. 😉  This couple was too sweet, loved every minute of their special day.

Here’s a few…

1 2a 3 4 5Congratulations, Lyndsey and Samuel!  More coming soon! 🙂

Jianna + Matt | Engagement Portraits

This couple made my job easy! Not only are they so incredible sweet together, they look like Barbie and Ken, but they were super comfortable posing in front of the camera for their engagement shoot.

I photographed them last month when I was back in Florida. We covered a lot of grounds in the River District of Fort Myers, FL capturing their engagement pictures.  And we lucked out with some awesome natural lighting, thank you clouds! 🙂

It was hard to narrow down my favorites engagement photos to put up here, so warning..there’s a lot!

Congratulations, Jianna and Matt…looking forward to your wedding day! 🙂

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Julia + Michael, a Sanibel Wedding

Julia and Michael were the sweetest couple!  I so enjoyed getting to know Julia over the phone and was excited to finally meet her in person.  It was a destination wedding for them.  They had a lovely, intimate wedding with their close friends and family on Cove Beach at Sanibel Harbour Resort and Spa.

So here is a little sneak peek of their wedding with more photos to come! 🙂

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8Congratulations Julia and Michael!  Your wedding was amazing and I wish you both a lifetime of happiness!

With love,

Alison

Emma + Elise, Portrait Studio Session

Unending cuteness is how I can sum up this session!  Love these two little girls, their big smiles and gorgeous eyes!

With each session I always feel totally blessed that I have the best job in the world …and with these two girls there is no exception.  😉 They make my job easy!

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Jenny, senior portraits

It is graduation season!  And as we are gearing up for the summer of photographing the next year’s class graduates, we’re also finishing orders and books for this year’s seniors.  We did Jenny’s photos on Sanibel Island, a beautiful beach session.  She brought along a variety of great outfits, from casual cowboy hat to prom dress.  Loved it!  We also lucked out with a pretty amazing sunset!  Congratulations Jenny!

Stefanie + Keith, Country Church and Veranda Restaurant

I’m soooo excited to finally get to share the images from Stefanie and Keith’s wedding.  I actually shot this wedding back in November, but since I got married that month and then there was the holidays and then life kept getting crazier…well, I just haven’t gotten it up!  This was such a unique wedding, it was an intimate affair that took place at a small country chapel in Alva.  The church happened to be next to the old Alva Library, now museum, which made for a great backdrop (especially since this couple loves books!).  After the beautiful ceremony, the reception took place at the Veranda Restaurant in downtown Fort Myers.  All the florals were done by Fort Myers Express Floral and they were gorgeous!  Congratulations Stefanie and Keith!!!

Ireland Travel, need a holiday?

I’m dying to go on another trip!  I keep checking the local time in Germany because my parents are there right now visiting my brother.  It’s about 11pm now, so they are probably asleep…after a long day of touring Heidelberg, the castles, the amazing food, the beer, everything…. I want to go!  I love traveling, I’ll live off of rice and beans if that means I can go somewhere new at least once a year.  🙂 Last year as my husband (fiancé at the time) and I were deciding on honeymoon locations, Ireland ended up being at the top of both of our lists.  I always knew I wanted a November wedding for two reasons, Florida’s weather is perfect in November and travel to Ireland is less expensive 🙂  November is the start of their off season, so yes we were able to get incredibly cheap tickets and off season pricing.  So I thought, while I’m longing to go on a trip somewhere, that I would share a few of my travel tips and recommendations for your Ireland holiday.

St. Stephen’s Green

First tip, traveling in Europe’s off season, October-April will save you some $.  I personally like November because the weather wasn’t too bad yet (yes we did have some rainy days) and if you go toward the end of the month, they are decorated for Christmas!  I book my international plane tickets about 3-5 weeks before the trip, plane tickets typically go down closer to the travel date.  We also opted not to book all our hotels before we left.  We wanted to wing it for part of our trip, which did prove to work out well.  We did book our first few nights in Dublin via Priceline before we left.  Since there are only about five 5-star hotels in Dublin, we named our own price on Priceline for a 5-star hotel and ended up with a killer deal.  We stayed at the Conrad Dublin for about $100 off per night on their normal rates.  I highly recommend the hotel, the staff was wonderful (we arrived in Ireland at about 4am, the Conrad let us check in when we arrived for no extra charge!), the rooms were clean and comfortable, and we were walking distance to St. Stephen’s Green and Grafton Street.

We got a late start our first day, we finally woke up around 3pm (Ireland is 5 hours ahead of FL time) and enjoyed a stroll through St. Stephen’s Green…

Which brought us right to Grafton Street which was always quite busy.

Our first official stop?  I couldn’t help but grab a cup of coffee at Starbucks and get my souvenir mug (note how thrilled the hubs is, haha). 🙂

Christmas decorations at night on Grafton Street!!!

We ate at the Vat House located in the center of Temple Bar on Anglesea Street.  I must say I have never really craved Irish food until I ate in there in Ireland.  I partly think it is because they don’t have all the MSG, pesticides, hormones, and whatever else that we add here in the States.  It is simple food, done VERY well!  My husband and I still drool over the thought of ALL of the meals we had over there.

We then completed our first evening in Dublin with Irish coffee and a walk along the River Liffey.

I have more tips on travel there in Ireland, but alas I must stop here…I need to go check airline tickets and see if there are any cheap ones coming up!  All this reminiscing is making me want to go back 🙂

Sarah + Brandon, Engagement Shoot

Whoa…it’s Friday again!  Another crazy week but I have to get this hot couples engagement photos up here!  I met with Sarah and Brandon the very day they got engaged, talk about on the ball, haha!  They are such a sweet couple and was glad to hear they had a good time on the engagement shoot.  It is always good prep for the wedding day!  And I just have to say, I love Sarah’s smile, its beautiful and she uses it all the time!  Congratulations Sarah and Brandon, I can’t wait for your wedding day!!!

Puppy Love

I can’t believe it is already Friday afternoon!  It has been another crazy week of editing, shoots and album design…and none of my projects are quite blog ready.  So before I start packing up my equipment for the weekend, I felt the need to put something up here!   I think I will introduce you to my little helper.  She’s technically my husband’s dog, Baylie, but ever since we started dating, Baylie prefers me 🙂  She follows me around everywhere, sits smack dab next to me (even while my husband is on the other end of the couch begging her to come sit by him!) and gives kisses away a bit too freely (dog breath, ugh!)!

As I was swapping out backdrops and prepping shoots this week, I decided to make Baylie pose for a few shots.  Wow is she so much easier than my cat.  Modeling is not Baylie’s favorite thing to do, but she’s fairly easily convinced with treats…although she wasn’t too fond of the bow/veil I made her.

Happy Weekend everyone!  And if you are at the Red Sox game tonight, maybe I’ll run into you!  Yay for spring training!!!