Saturday, January 28, 2012

Come Visit Me on My New Website and Blog! :)

I first started my little business in December 2009/January 2010, and I started with this simple free blog. This business has grown far beyond what I hoped for when I first started out, and so I'm transitioning to a brand new website and blog!

I've brought all my posts over there, but this blog will live on here too.

Come and join me at the new Kristen Wynn Photography website and blog!

You can always contact me at as well!

I thank you for all your continued support!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Rachael and Mark-Married!-Slideshow

Please enjoy some additional images from Rachael and Mark's Orlando wedding with the ceremony at Highland Manor and the reception at Winter Park Farmer's Market. As always, music used with permission and Auld Lang Syne is one of my absolute favorite songs. :)

Friday, January 20, 2012

Rachael and Mark-Married!-New Year's Eve

This was my second groom in one weekend named Mark! I first met Rachael and Mark in person in Winter Park around Thanksgiving to begin planning their timeline for their big day. They were such a sweet couple and picked New Year's Eve for their wedding because it was available and they would be back in Orlando for the holidays at that time of year!

I don't usually blog a lot of details (I photograph details for over an hour total on the wedding day, but I usually only show a few favorites here!), but in Rachael and Mark's case, there were a lot of really neat elements I want to share!

A garter as an ode to the alma mater...

The theme was vintage travel and was carried out in a lot of little details. Rachael and Mark both attended high school in Orlando and now make their home in Illinois, where Mark is in medical school and Rachael works in publishing.

The preparations were done at the Sheraton Orlando North in Maitland. Hair and makeup styling was done by Absolutely Gorgeous Brides.

Rachael's something old was a relative's vintage watch.

And there were mustaches on a stick for everyone in the bridal party, which matched the detail on the invitations.

The bridesmaids' bouquets were made entirely of baby's breath.

After the preparation, we headed to Highland Manor, which is now under the management of Dubsdread Catering. This property has vintage charm and a ton of great spots for the bride's prep, groom's prep, portraits, ceremony, and after ceremony formals. Rachael and Mark took advantage of the best possible light and had their ceremony with about one and a half hours before sunset. They also did a first look. Emily from Dubsdread was the coordinator and did a wonderful job accommodating everything!

One of the ways they carried out their theme was with custom tie tacks for each groomsman's personality, and one featured a map piece with Orlando on it.

Mark is a medical student, and I noticed just by coincidence that in the room where he and the groomsmen were getting ready had antique medical textbooks in it on the mantel.

The first look had some great hazy light.

The whole bridal party posed outside Highland Manor with their mustaches on a stick.

Then we did the intimate portraits around the grounds of the venue.

The reception seating cards were vintage train tickets, and a steamer trunk held all kinds of New Year's Eve noisemakers and goodies. And don't forget the biggest part of the theme-the reception venue was the Winter Park Farmer's Market, the former train station, and trains rode by all night just a stone's throw from the partygoers. Meister Productions provided the entertainment.

After the clock struck midnight and 2012 arrived, the newlyweds headed out on a honeymoon cruise before they traveled back to Illinois as a brand new Mr. and Mrs. Rachael and Mark, thank you for a great end to 2011 and the start of a fabulous 2012-you are amazing!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Michele + Mark-Married!-Slideshow

Please enjoy these additional images from Michele and Mark's big day, one of my last 2011 weddings!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

I Do's-Michele and Mark-Married!

I've said it before and I'll say it again-it's a very small world.

Michele actually grew up just five or so miles away from where I grew up in the Pittsburgh suburbs. After relocating to Florida and meeting Mark, she decided to plan her wedding in her new home, the Miami area. Her family and bridesmaids traveled down from Pittsburgh for the big occasion right before New Year's Eve.

Michele is an engineer and was a very laid-back bride. I just loved working with her and Mark, and I hope they didn't mind too much that I lost my voice due to sickness in the middle of the day!

Mark made everyone laugh when he shared with us that he purchased two wedding bands-a good one and a spare, just in case. But he definitely got a good value--I think he said each band only cost a few dollars!

The preparations began in a beautiful balcony suite at the Westin Colonnade in Coral Gables. The hotel was beautifully appointed. Claudia with Art of Hair by Claudia was Michele's hairdresser. As a photographer, I sometimes find that "down-do's" for hair don't stay in all day or can get a little messy in the winter wind--but not Claudia's styles! Michele's hair looked absolutely picture perfect all night.

After capturing the bridal portraits around the hotel, I headed over to the church in Coconut Grove for the groom's portraits.

We were blessed to have perfect weather and no traffic issues, which is rare for South Florida! The ceremony was held at Plymouth Congregational Church, which had an old-fashioned charm and the grounds are very lush.

All of the bridal party and bride and groom intimate portraits were taken on the grounds of the church, and then the couple climbed into the limo for a short ride to the reception.

Michele and Mark definitely had a bit of an old-fashioned classic look to their wedding with the venues that they selected. Michele complimented the look of the church with the selection of the reception site-Comber Hall. Her cocktail hour was held on the lower level and outside, with the reception space preserved for great photos!

One big plus to having a holiday-time wedding is that many ceremony and reception sites need little decoration. At Plymouth Congregational Church, the altar was already covered with poinsettias, and at Comber Hall, the large lit Christmas tree made a great background for images in the reception space. Mark and Michele even incorporated the holidays with their boxed favor ornaments.

After a night of dancing, the newlyweds ran out to their car in a shower of sparklers! I hope you two enjoyed every single moment of your wedding day-I loved working with you, Michele and Mark!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Amy and William-Engaged!

On the day after Christmas, I met up with Amy and William for their engagement session in Oakland. Amy is a referral from one of my previous brides, Kristina. When they were younger, Amy and Kristina did dance together, and Amy is having a late fall/early winter wedding the way Kristina did!

I knew I would love working with Amy right away! She managed to get Heinz Chapel for her ceremony, which is really difficult and an accomplishment in and of itself. When she contacted me, I think it was a matter of only days before I had her down in my books as booked-we just clicked really well.

Amy sent me a photo of her and Will taken over Thanksgiving, and it was in black and white-she really likes the classic clean look of black and white imagery, so we made sure to focus on that during the session.

Although it was a little cold (and I think we were getting over colds too!), Amy and Will came dressed up. I love when a woman wears heels and a dress to her session-it gives a great timeless feel to the images and really elongates the legs too!

Will, an engineer, proposed to Amy with a very unique rose gold ring. Rose gold isn't something I get to see every day as a wedding photographer, but I love the warmth of it. Will also dressed up in a suit for the session, and it really went well with the classic locations we had selected-the CMU columns and the Pitt Campus.

You two are an awesome couple and I can't wait to work with you this year--I know this wedding is going to be amazing! Thanks so much for giving me the honor of working with you two!


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