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  • Psalm 19:1 // The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.

    Thank you for visiting our space here online! As creators of images and lovers of marriage, we get excited about documenting the stories of awesome people in love. We are digital and film photographers based out of Gainesville, Florida but love to travel to be storytellers. Taking a candid approach to photography, we focus on photographing raw, organic moments to tell stories as the day naturally unfolds. We aim to capture love stories as well as build genuine relationships with our incredible couples. So, take a look around and feel free to reach out! We would love to share a cup of coffee with you. Our hope is that you’d allow us to photograph your day or moment and reflect the beauty of the story…

    the work of His hands.

al + elizabeth | jacksonville wedding photographer

Ribault Club Wedding party cheering for couple.

These two have adored each other since MIDDLE SCHOOL. Their love story has some history, as they really did grow up together. Middle school, people! They met at a 7th grade church retreat and had their first date in the 8th grade! Parent drop-offs and all. Classic.

They took a bit of a break soon after when they both realized that they weren’t in a place for a commitment. These two remained friends though… best friends, actually. Fast forward to the 10th grade, when it became the real deal and there was no denying it. High school and college sweethearts. (I mean, I’d like to say they were middle school sweethearts!)

Al and Elizabeth really wanted to continue the theme of their history within their wedding day, as they had a “story walk” for guests to walk through and see images of their relationship hung from trees. They also had an intimate lounge area where guests could sit and read through scrapbooks of their story. Even during the ceremony, they had their youth leaders, who were there from the beginning, retell the story.

I really just resonated with that… the storytelling. Remembering where they came from and how far they have come. Remembering the blessings, the hardships, the victories and all the moments in between that led them under that tree. Remembering because it brings our hearts to thankfulness.

Psalm 103-1-2 “Praise the Lord, my soul, all my inmost being, praise His holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all His benefits.” Below is their story, His blessing.

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Two pairs of shoes. One for walking towards her groom and the other for dancing with her groom.

Bride

Bridesmaids laughing in floral robes at the Ribault Club

When asked about her dress, Elizabeth said this about her Coco Amsale gown, “I had actually wanted this dress for years. It was out of my dress budget though, so when it actually came time to dress shop I never even let myself try it on. I went to a bridal shop and found a dress close in style and was so close to buying that one. But something told me not to. That night I went online and found my exact dream dress way more affordable on EBay. I took a chance, bought it, and it fit me perfectly. I didn’t have to have a single alteration.” GOLD.

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Elizabeth walked down the aisle and met her sweet Al under a tree behind the historic Ribault Club.

The perfect Jacksonville wedding venue with a southern charm to it.

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window pane table seating

All about gold flatware.

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A private last dance under the market lights.

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Planning | Coastal Coordinating

Band | Oh No!

Invitation Suite | Zazzle

Flowers | Parker’s events

Cake/Desserts | Bliss Cakery

Catering | Potter’s House Soul Food Bistro

 Dress Designer | Coco Amsale

Suit designer / Suit shop | Men’s Warehouse

Bride’s shoes | Steve Madden + Kate Spade Keds

Photography | Molliner Photography

Video | Nick Leonard Creative

Rentals | All about events

Venue (Ceremony + Reception) – Ribault club

Bridesmaid dresses | Assorted: Jenny Yoo, Donna Morgan, David’s Bridal

 

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joel + stephanie | gainesville wedding photographer

I have never photographed more joy or excitement than these two. This is the display of true JOY OF THE LORD. Yep. No other explanation. Every wedding is special to me. I know I say that each time, but honestly I AM blessed by each couple. I am chosen. Chosen to come alongside and tell the story of something the Lord has done and put together. This wedding was special because even in the engagement, I left inspired by the joy of the Lord. After the wedding ALL OF THE GUESTS left on a spiritual high because they were marked by the spirit of God in some way.

It’s not uncommon for me to cry at weddings, but it is uncommon to see some of my tears way before the couple sees each other. The way God was displayed while these two spent time with their bridal parties was powerful. There is no other word but… POWERFUL. Joel worshipped the Lord in song and praise alongside his men. This man fell to his knees and literally asked God to bless Stephanie and to make his life about serving her. My arms filled with chill bumps. Then when I went to check on the girls, who were getting ready on the other side of the house, they had started doing the same. They overheard the guys singing to Jesus and they were led to do the same. YOU GUYS! I was so moved by the Spirit of God that after I took some images, I had to set my camera aside and worship at our marvelous Maker from the back. There was NO DENYING how powerful He made himself that day and it was not hard to join in on the movement. THEN… after the girls worshipped, Stephanie then fell to her knees in prayer. YOU GUYS I COULDN’T HANDLE ALL OF MY EMOTIONS. The beauty of both of them on their knees was incredibly captivating.

THEN… as if that wasn’t enough emotional for me… hours later, Stephanie walked out of the house. Joel saw her from the side and was completely overcome. He was undone and everyone in the audience lost it.

Thank You, Lord for YOUR display and YOUR stories. Everything about this day. Power of You.

Take a look for yourselves…

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That tear. Wrecked.

Joel had letters delivered to his bride throughout the day. Stephanie’s dear friend read her the one meant before the ceremony

as she finished up getting ready to meet him at the altar.

IMAGINE the will power of Joel here. He kept his eyes closed after Stephanie turned to hug him!

THIS.

This was Joel’s reaction when he realized the ceremony was coming to an end and he was about to kiss his bride. Uncontrollable excitement. Just the best.

“Joel and I have each had special moments with the Lord out on the Burks property. While seeking the Lord one day on the front porch God gave me

a vision of getting married under that tree. We prayed about it, talked about it, and the rest is history.” 

Stephanie had this to say for couples planning their own wedding, “Pray about everything- each portion of the day, make your request known to God,

and trust Him! Including trusting God with your given budget.”

“Our favorite detail were the Creole/ English signs down the aisle. Also, the letters we wrote each guest was pretty special for us!” 

DAS MY BROTHERRR! Shout out to the best dancer I know

This man, from beginning to end, pure excitement.

Planning – Friend
DJ + Entertainment – Friend
Invitation Suite – Allysen Kerr Antabellum Design Co. 
Flowers -Sam’s Club
Cake/Desserts – Friend
Catering – Kevin Griffin Catering
Dress Designer / Dress shop – Nileris Bridal Boutique
Video – Long Duong
Rentals – Party Time Rentals
Venue – Private Residence
Bridesmaid dresses – Azazi
Hair – Emily Mitchell

 

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