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

    My name is Ingrid and this is my husband, Wayne. We both grew up in South Florida and are both Gators. I studied architecture and he studied exercise science. On 11.11.2011, my wish came true and I got to marry my best friend.

    As creators of images and lovers of marriage, we get excited about documenting the stories of awesome people in love. We are a husband and wife photography team based out of Gainesville, Florida but love to travel to be storytellers. Taking a journalistic approach to photography, we focus on capturing raw 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. Our purpose is to take your day or moment and reflect the beauty of the story...

    The work of His hands.

Grace + Felix | Tampa Wedding Photography

This beautiful day began with Grace getting ready with her bridesmaids in her childhood home. It was so sweet. Her bridesmaids danced around together out of pure excitement, they did a catwalk practice to teach the flower girls how to walk down the aisle and were just incredibly happy just being together in Grace’s home. We took so many group shots because they were just so joyful to be hanging out with each other. When Grace slipped away to change into her wedding dress, I spotted a dollhouse. I asked her mother about it, and she told me that was the dollhouse that Grace used to play with for hours growing up. It was still set up in her bedroom like no time had passed. One of my favorite moments from that morning was seeing Grace meet her daddy. She had just finished getting ready and she walked downstairs to meet him. He was waiting for her in the living room, in front of the mantle. YOU GUYS, his face when he saw her was one of pure love and excitement! You know I teared up a little bit.
Felix was so sweet and tender toward Grace all day. Portraits between the two of them were a delight with him being just so romantic. During the toast, one of Felix’s groomsmen talked about how no girl could settle him down until he met Grace. Everything changed when she came into his life.  Their entire wedding day felt like a celebration! Their live band kept the dancefloor packed with hardly any space for me to roam around with my camera! I may have even danced a bit with a bridesmaid ;)
This wedding day was especially memorable to me because it was Kim’s first wedding day as Associate Photographer! She shadowed and trained alongside Wayne! She was SO helpful, we didn’t have to ask her to do anything. Most of the time, she was already in the middle of assisting with the need! Such a blessing! Plus, she was really great at meeting the guests and becoming friends with the vendors. I couldn’t be prouder! It was such a sweet confirmation from God that her joining our team was His perfect plan.

What were two of your favorite moments from the day and why? 

Grace – Walking down the aisle with my dad and his father of the bride speech.

Felix – Nailing the first dance that we had been practicing

What were some of the most meaningful or special parts of your ceremony?  The pastor who married us had baptized me when I was a little girl. My 93-year-old grandmother (my last living grandparent) was able to walk down the aisle – my brother and my cousin also got married in 2018 (November and August respectively), and she was in all 3! Felix’s two nephews and best friend’s son and his other best friend’s three daughters were our ring bearers and flower girls. My cousin, who is a performer on Broadway, sang a Gershwin song during the ceremony.
What was your design inspiration for your wedding? What themes or elements did you follow?  We wanted something classic and timeless. Lots of whites and greens with a touch of gold accents.
What was your favorite detail from your wedding?  Maybe not my favorite, but the one I worked the most on was our table numbers. I had pictures of both Félix and I at every age that represented that table number.
What advice would you give to someone currently planning a wedding?  We had a long engagement – over a year – which I ended up really appreciating. We could do bite sizes of planning over time and never felt too overwhelmed. Do the big things way in advance – venue, band/DJ, photographer, videographer.

The Fabulous Vendor Team

Bridesmaid Dress Designer/Shop | Jenny Yoo

Band | Phase 5 Band 

Catering | Palma Ceia Golf & Country ClubMr. C’s Grilled Cheese Food Truck

Ceremony Location | Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church

Calligrapher/Signs | Kirby Wilson & DVC Marketing

Cake | Wright’s

Dress Designer/Shop | Theia, Malindy Elene Bridal Boutique

Florals | FLORA 

Hair | DB Studio

Invitations | The Write Stuff

Makeup | DB Studio

Planner | The Apostolic Wife

Shoes |Badgley Mischka

Reception Venue | Palma Ceia Golf & Country Club

Videographer |Simple & Speraw

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Julie + Drew | Orlando Maternity Session

 

I have known these two beautiful people for years now. I met both of them in college. Drew and I met and he quickly became part of my closest group of friends. We would gather together with other friends and plan the most random, last-minute trips that were always quite the adventure. I met Julie in my interior design classes. I quickly learned that she was the sweetest, most full-of-grace girl you could ever meet. I don’t know why I didn’t think to set them up on a date! But that doesn’t matter, they ended up meeting each other without my assistance.

After they found out they were pregnant, they called me to tell me while they were on their babymoon in San Francisco. Tears filled my eyes to hear that my friends are having a child. They were present when Wayne and I announced to our group of friends that we were expecting Ethan. What a blessing to be able to rejoice with them as they enter this season. Drew’s kindness, sincerity, and silliness,  Julie’s selflessness in the way she loves those around her, are among the many reasons I think will make these two good parents.

 From college adventures to babies. Excited to see these two begin their best adventure yet!

How did you find our/tell your spouse you were pregnant? I took a pregnancy test at 5AM one morning (right when I woke up) and was completely overjoyed and in disbelief to see it read positive.  Drew was still sleeping.  Naturally, I immediately went to a 24 hour Walgreens get another pregnancy test to make sure it was true .. and then stopped by a 24 hour Dunkin Donuts because we would need to celebrate if it was in fact, true.  Drew was super sleepy and confused when he saw me come into our home with a box of donuts before 6AM … which was when I told him I was pregnant, and we were celebrating!

Tell us a funny story relating to pregnancy! When we told my brother and sister in law that we were pregnant, we thought we would surprise them by sneakily adding it into our cheers/toast at dinner one night.  Little did we know, WE were the ones who would be even more surprised.  When we told them we were pregnant, they immediately started laughing and said: “so are we!”  Our son and our newest nephew have due dates just 2 weeks apart from each other.  It was such a sweet and funny surprise.

Describe a hurdle you’ve had to overcome in this transition to becoming parents. Honestly, becoming pregnant for us was a journey in itself.  We had to patiently trust in God’s timing, which of course doesn’t always align with ours.  Our marriage experienced a lot of tears, but even more support, love, and growth leading up to this gift of life.  This struggle turned into an opportunity to strengthen our relationship and love each other better.  We both became more gentle with each other and with ourselves.  In hindsight, this journey has multiplied the gratitude in our hearts more than we could ever imagine.

What has been the best part of preparing to become parents? Taking part in the miracle of creation has been so incredible.  Pretty much every night we take time just in awe of his movements.  He’s an active little guy (especially after mom has ice cream) and we can both feel and see him moving around.  It sounds so basic, but it really is amazing.  Hearing Andrew’s heartbeat for the first time was also something we’ll never forget.

What is the best thing you’ve learned since becoming parents? It’s given a clearer view of God’s love for us.  We have this crazy amount of love for our son who so small and completely dependent on us, and so much excitement towards meeting him. It’s a peek into the love Christ has for us – simply because we are His creation, not because of anything we’ve done ourselves.  It’s also been amazing to learn about the way my body just “knows what to do” with creating our son.  Everything in my life typically gets done with a series of to-do lists, and things that I am actively working on and towards to accomplish and check off.  With pregnancy, it’s like I blinked and all of the sudden our baby was growing fingernails and able to open and close his eyes.  All I was doing was living my normal life and all the while this amazing creation is developing without me actively having to do anything to make that happen.  I was just going about my normal life (eating right and taking vitamins) but other than that doing nothing and this new person just continues to grow.

Congrats Julie & Drew!

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