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Kim + Kyle’s Vow Renewal | Alys Beach Wedding Photographer

Beach Elopement

I’ve known Kim + Kyle for a few years now. They are also local wedding professionals based here in Gainesville (they own Heart Happy Films). What an honor when they asked me to shoot their 10-year vow renewal. It took place in late March and was my last event before Florida officially ordered residents to stay at home. With the world rapidly changing, unfortunately, vow renewal plans were following suit in the need to adapt. Over the course of a few weeks, Kim and I had a lot of hard conversations. Ultimately, it was decided that a smaller, more elopement styled vow renewal was the best for them. While it was far from what they originally planned, it was the most beautiful, moment-driven day.

Every moment of their renewal focused on reminiscing about their love story that began even years before they got married. Something that I loved was that they made space in the day to reflect on their relationship. Kim looked through a memory box from their dating years before slipping on her renewal dress. They each shared special moments with each child while getting ready, so that they could look back on THIS moment when the kids get married one day. For Kyle, he shared a sweet reveal with Eva after she got dressed. As I shot this moment, I couldn’t help but think of one day in the future when they might have a father/bride reveal when she’s getting married. While hair and makeup took place, the kiddos played with the original cake toppers as if they were dolls. So crazy to think that they are playing with pieces of decor that were from the day their family began! Every moment of this day was intentionally planned to celebrate the past, be grateful for the present, and look ahead towards the future.

Kim’s dress was a flowy pale blue dress from Wtoo by Watters – perfect for an elopement. It had a romantic flowy material and delicate off the shoulder sleeves. When Kim got married 10 years ago, she wore a stunning gown from Wtoo by Watters. She knew that when she began the search for a vow renewal dress she didn’t want to wear a white dress and she also knew she wanted to go with a similar style as her original gown. She found this beautiful dress on a re-sale site. The dress was her size and fit her perfectly. It was meant to be!

The florals for the day were designed by my favorite florist Jenna with Baug-haus. On my way to the beach, I met Jenna to pick up florals. She sent me on the road with florals, a diet coke, and my favorite snack (so very kind!). I love having vendor friends who are… friends. Jenna designed a bouquet that was BEAUTIFUL but also was a nod to Kim and Kyle’s wedding day story. When they wed 10 years ago, their wedding took place in mid-May. Jenna used bright summer blooms to pop with color. Those brightly colored poppies were the real MVP of this bouquet! Add in some – snapdragons, butterfly ranunculus, ranunculus, and hanging pink peppercorn and we had a jaw-dropping bouquet!!  One thoughtful detail of Kim’s bouquet was the addition of little daisies Jenna added as filler flowers (Kim had daisies in her original wedding bouquet).

The beach was quiet and the sun was setting in the background as Kim + Kyle said their personal vows to each other. They reflected on the love they’ve shared for the past 10 years and what their marriage has brought them, as their kids played behind them in the sand. It was the perfect, most serene setting. What a moment to witness.

There were too many favorite moments about this vow renewal. It was so personal and emotional. Here are a few:
  • I absolutely MELTED over the snuggles Kim and Eva had on the bed before getting into their dresses. Sweet quiet moments together, before they met up with the boys.
  • The reveals with the kids were so cute! For Kyle, his moment was a bit more unplanned. Kyle was in the kitchen preparing things when Eva turns the corner, all dressed up in her princess dress. The actual reveal was supposed to happen later, but Evie walked out excitedly and surprised her dad. He got down to her level and just embraced her. I really love the shot where Tanner sees his mommy dressed up because you can peep Kim‘s reaction in the mirror.
  • The vows were so emotional. At one point Kim was crying and Kyle was laughing because he KNEW she was going to cry. It is SO them. When they kissed at the end, they had a crowd of strangers cheering for them behind me.
  • At one point, as the sun was going down during their portraits, Kim and Kyle sat on the sand to watch their kids play in the water. Kim has said that all her and Kyle had ever wanted from the beginning was a family together. Here they were, watching their next-generation play in front of them because of the vows they made.

Kim and Kyle, thank you so much for inviting us to document this renewal of your love! It was so special to be included in this moment of your life. Thank you for including me in such an intimate moment in your love story. Praying you both are blessed with many more years together!

Vendors who made this day extra special…Film Processing: The Find Lab | Florals: Baug-haus  | Hair + Makeup: Femme Akoi | Video: Aqueous Films

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Mackenzie + Conner | Orlando Wedding Photographer

Kelly Rock Springs

Mackenzie and Connor are college sweethearts! They met each other at FSU due to mutual friends but it wasn’t until senior year that they hit it off!  Since they were in the same circle, they were able to get to know each other as friends while they attended social events together. Everything from football games to sorority functions they spent together as “friends.”

One thing Mackenzie and Connor laugh about is the “timeline” of their relationship. They first started “talking” during the Fall of their senior year but they didn’t “officially” start dating until the end of March when Connor took Mackenzie to breakfast and asked her to be his girlfriend! Mackenzie told us, “I had been waiting and waiting for him to finally ask me to be his girlfriend. I was nervous about what our relationship was going to look like after we graduated and started our careers.”

As the oldest of four girls, bringing a boy home is a pretty big deal and Mackenzie knew it would come with the typical 20 questions from her parents and sisters. Because of this, she hadn’t really told her family that things were serious with Connor. July 4th weekend was the first time Conner came home to meet Mackenzie’s family. Mackenzie thought to herself…”okay, this whole long-distance thing has been going pretty well so far. If my family likes him, I’ll tell them we’re officially dating and no one will even know the difference!” Well, at some point during dinner, Connor calls Mackenzie his “girlfriend” and immediately all of Mackenzie’s family turn to her with a “…what the heck?!?!” expressions on their faces. To this day, they all laugh about that first introduction. And it will forever make them giggle when people ask them how long they’ve been together…the answer depends on who you ask the question to, lol ;)

This engagement session was my last session before Florida issued a stay-at-home order! I went out the best way I could, because Kelly Rock Springs is so magical! This location has been one of my Florida bucket list locations for a long time! Whenever I would travel for an engagement session, I suggested this location to couples who were trying to decide on a location.  I was so thankful when Mackenzie and Connor told me they were up for it!

They were both so easy going and patient during their engagement session! A little behind the scenes: I photographed them mid-March, which is prime spring break time for high school students. Students were everywhere. They were swimming in the background (thanks Photoshop!), splashing around, hanging out on the rocks, and their belongings everywhere. Not a problem! Mackenzie and Connor were so patient as we waited in between swimmers and made the best of it shooting in such a chaotic location. While we waited on teenagers to move, we chatted through their wedding details and honeymoon plans. It makes my job so much easier when a couple is flexible and fully trusts me. Can’t wait for that same vibe for their wedding in December!

Side note: For anyone reading who watches the Bachelor, doesn’t Mackenzie look just like Hannah B?! There was one moment that I had to take out my iPhone and snap a picture of Mackenzie just so I could show my Bachelor super fan cousin!

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