Thursday, August 17, 2017

Florida Wedding Planning Trip - Sanibel Island Wedding Photographer

There is no better time to come check out Florida for your destination wedding. Summer deals are always great this time of year, but come September when it's still the off season but all the kiddos have gone back to school those hotel deals get even sweeter!

I stumbled across this great list in the Palm Beach Post listing all of the deals happening now. Get a free night at The Ritz Carlton, Naples or Casa Ybel on Sanibel Island. You can stay at the Edgewater Hotel in Naples and get an extra 20% off of your stay. These are some of the most beautiful wedding destinations in Florida. If you are planning an elopement.... now might just be the time to hop that flight to Florida!!! Or for those couples that are considering the endless options for a Florida destination wedding, a planning trip to SWFL might just be in order!

The Palm Beach Post list includes dozens of great wedding venues throughout Florida all offering summer specials. Every one on the list is a worthy weekend stay and you can easily venture from there to look for the wedding venue that is the best fit for your destination wedding.

Pictured above is one of my absolute favorite spots for a wedding, Casa Ybel Resort on Sanibel Island. The resort is Old Florida meets fine dining... think rustic elegance. It's filled with lush tropical foliage, quaint ponds and of course an amazing stretch of beach that is perfect for a wedding ceremony. I love photographing weddings at this tropical destination.

If you are considering Casa Ybel or any of the amazing properties that the Palm Beach Post listed for your wedding, I would love to chat with you! I love photographing love! And would love to hear your story and see if I can bring something unique to your wedding photography! Shoot me an email or give me a ring 239.437.1838 and let's chat soon!!


Monday, August 14, 2017

South Sioux City Wedding - Nebraska Photographer

Since so many of us are getting in the back to school mode, I thought it would be the perfect time to share this adorable first grade teachers wedding day. When Lindsey and Corey tied the knot they were excited to incorporate some thoughts from her 1st grade class into their wedding reception. Lindsey asked all of her students to add a few words of advice to be shared at the wedding. Their comments ranged from hilarious to spot on! "Never forget to be happy and kind" and "Buy Mrs. Hilts a puppy" were among the many well thought out suggestions that these adorable little kiddos shared!

The couple had their wedding reception at the Marina Inn in South Sioux City, Nebraska. The property is currently undergoing a huge renovation and is looking stunning! They are due to be taking on a new name soon too. Delta Hotels South Sioux City Riverfront will be their new title. As part of the Marriott chain I'm sure they will maintain their superior service and perhaps even offer more to wedding couples.

If you're planning a Delta Hotels South Sioux City Riverfront wedding, don't hesitate to reach out! I'd love to share images that I've captured right there on the Missouri River with the Sioux City skyline as a backdrop. The property is stunning for wedding pictures and we never fail at capturing something unique and special at every event we photograph!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Captiva Island Wedding - South Seas Resort Photographer

We are doing a little website updating this week and had to add this intimate South Seas Resort wedding to our gallery of events! Their adorably sweet wedding day and very fun contemporary style were too perfect to not add to our gallery! Here are a few of the images from their wedding day. A larger group of their best wedding pictures was added to the website. Check that out too!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

South Seas Resort Wedding - Captiva Island Photographer

 There are so many things that make South Seas Resort on Captiva Island special for a destination wedding. I've been a part of dozens of weddings at South Seas and there are a few things that make this tropical island wedding destination one of the best in Florida. The fact that it is on an island definitely makes it a little more secluded and Captiva Island in general is known for being a little more quiet with less traffic (except for the occasional golf cart or trolley slow down!). Long stretches of beach with remote spots for wedding ceremonies are perfect if you are looking for something private. Beautifully maintained lawns overlooking the water make a great spot for a "no sand in your shoes" wedding ceremony or a picturesque reception site with sunset views. And the fact that these spots all are on the grounds of the hotel so no guests have to drive anywhere and your party can go into the night without a worry all make this an ideal destination wedding location.

I've photographed weddings in tropical destinations around the world. The Bahamas, St. Lucia, Barbados are all amazing too. I had my own wedding in the Bahamas, so I'm definitely a fan of the islands. The fact that guests don't need a passport to get to Captiva Island though (which is equally as stunning) is a plus. The other thing that I know from my own experience planning a tropical destination wedding is that finding wedding vendors can be a challenge when you are planning for some of the Caribbean Islands. I've traveled as the wedding photographer for lots of Caribbean wedding events, but the florist, band, DJ, hair, make-up etc. are a little more challenging. Southwest Florida is very fortunate to be a hub of some of the best wedding professionals I've known anywhere. With these great vendors all accessible to Captiva Island, you have the feel of a remote island get-away without having to accept the services that are only available on a remote island!

Here are a few pictures from Nicole and Julian's South Seas Resort wedding. The couple tied the knot in a very romantic seaside ceremony with an outdoor dinner reception to follow. Their November wedding was the perfect time of year for an outdoor event!


Sioux City Wedding - Iowa Photographer

How much can you fit into one weekend? Emily and Eric definitely made their wedding weekend extra full when they arrived at their wedding with their car already packed and ready to leave their reception heading towards their new home in Chicago!

The celebration that took place after their wedding ceremony was definitely memorable. The couple tied the knot at Sunnybrook Community Church in Sioux City, Iowa. They were joined by friends and family for a reception in the beautiful church foyer. A romantic dinner and some really touching toasts left everyone with smiles.

Immediately following their wedding reception, the couple exited the church with a bubble send off and headed to their car (adorably decorated to make their drive to Chicago extra special for the newlyweds!).

Congratulations to Emily and Eric! So thankful that I could be there to photograph their special Sioux City, Iowa wedding!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Wedding Feature - New Orleans Photographer

 This wedding just makes my heart happy! Sarah and Boone had the most perfect New Orleans wedding. From the kumquats decorating their wedding cake to The Columns, historic wedding venue, the day just ooozed New Orleans wedding charm. I was so happy to see that Diamond Bridal Gallery agreed! This seriously inspiring wedding blog featured Sarah and Boone's wedding day. Check out their entire story on Diamond Bridal Gallery blog and hear all about their so very perfect New Orleans wedding!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Marina Inn Wedding - Nebraska Photographer

 Nikki and Jared tied the knot in the most perfect way in July. Their ceremony was overlooking the Missiouri River, one of their favorite locations. The Sioux City couple has enjoyed boating on the river since they first met, so the location they picked for their wedding ceremony was not only beautiful, it also had special meaning to them.

Their photographs also captured the river as well as the beauty of their venue, The Marina Inn in South Sioux City, Nebraska. The hotel has a very romantic courtyard with a fountain as well as a tree lined walkway that added a little something special to their wedding pictures. The couple did a first look on the walkway just hours before their wedding ceremony. They were able to capture all of their pictures before the ceremony and took their evening to celebrate and enjoy their time with their guests.

 Nikki looked stunning in her wedding gown from Rhylan Lang in Omaha. The bridesmaids coral color also popped among the summery green background.

At the end of the evening we did leave the wedding reception for a few minutes to enjoy the sunset over Sioux City. I always ask my clients if they want to sneak back outside for sunset pictures. The Marina Inn is a great venue for getting those extra special pictures. The sun setting over the river and Sioux City is absolutely stunning.

Congratulations again to Nikki and Jared! Their day was so much fun and definitely left us smiling!!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

50 Weddings Project

July was a great month for the Impressions Photography 50 Weddings Project! If you're not familiar, I have a goal to photograph a wedding in every state in the United States. This past month I photographed weddings in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New York, Iowa and Nebraska. I've definitely made progress with my project, but I have a ton more weddings to photograph!

If you are planning a North Dakota wedding I want to talk to you!! Or if you have a friend in Missouri who is getting married, pass my info along! Depending on my availability, I can offer a package upgrade if you can help me meet the 50 weddings goal! I'm almost half way there, but many more states to be added to the list. Definitely reach out if you want to be a part of my adventure!!!

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