There are few things more quintessentially Florida than an Amelia Island Shrimp Boat. This past weekend, Bryn and I had the pleasure of celebrating our anniversary evening on this wonderful island. Almost 15 years ago now, when Bryn and I had just started dating, we discovered the rural southern charm of Amelia Island and have been finding our way back ever since. We began our anniversary night with a wonderfully scenic trip along the coastal road between Jacksonville and Fernandina, then stopped in to Cafe Karibo for some great local seafood. After dinner we strolled along Center Street and popped our heads into a few shops while we waited on the sun to light up the sky with its beautiful sunset colors. Over the past week, there have been some truly amazing sunsets in our area and while the sunset itself wasn’t spectacular, soon after the last sliver of sun disappeared over the horizon, the richness of the colors grew and the manifold layers of clouds began to glow bright pinks, oranges, and purples as day gave way to night. What a wonderful ending to a splendid night out!
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Over the Thanksgiving weekend, we had the pleasure of shooting this wonderful wedding up in Fernandina. In classic form, Rick and Elizabeth arrived by carriage at the front of Florida House Inn, where both the wedding and reception were held. The hotel (the oldest continuously operating hotel in Florida) was decked out for the holidays – a perfect compliment to the couple’s theme!
The Florida House is known for their wonderful family-style meals. I thought this was a great way to serve a meal at the reception – it made everything feel so comfortable and welcoming. Interesting fact – when Bryn and I were dating, some 12 years ago, our first out-of-Jacksonville date was to Florida House. And, as a note, the food was as good as I remembered!
But I digress. Check out some of our favorite photos from this wonderful wedding. Congratulations Elizabeth and Rick!
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This week, we had the opportunity to spend a few days at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, supporting the photography needs of Darden Restaurants (They operate Olive Garden, Longhorn, Capital Grille, Seasons 52 [the first one in the Jacksonville area opens in just a few weeks at the St. Johns Town Center] and Bahama Breeze). We provided the conference with 0n-site printing and studio photography, as well as conventional event coverage – all while learning a bit about the restaurant industry!
Darden is passionate about serving the community – and at this event they spent a fun afternoon assembling 1,000 backpacks full of school supplies for the region’s Boys and Girls clubs.
We even got a chance to preview BMI’s latest traveling show, The Southern Gentlemen Tour, featuring Ed Roland of Collective Soul and Kevin Griffin of Better than Ezra. And yes, memories from my high school years did come rushing back. I would certainly encourage checking them out when they’re nearby!
This weekend we had the pleasure of shooting two wonderful weddings. Angela and Randal’s wedding was at the always-beautiful Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. The weather was absolutely beautiful as they said “I do”. Thanks to both Angela and Randal for making our job so easy and here’s to many years to come!