August and Kareem

There are times when you work with couples that end up impacting you, more than you’ve impacted them.

August emailed me about 6 months ago while planning her one-year anniversary vacation with hubby, Kareem. They were coming down to Florida and wanted to get some post-wedding photos down near Disney! After all of her wedding photos were lost by her photographer (?! I know… right?!), she knew she wanted some memories to take back to New York, and I was more than happy to help! Little did I know that they would teach me to get back to the fundamentals of unrequited love.

The story of this amazing couple spans decades…. from the early 90’s when they first met, to their long distance relationship and in to the last few years – when August donated her kidney to save Kareem’s life. Yeah. There are times when I won’t even give up the last Root Beer for Anthony….

August and Kareem are just the sweetest, fun-loving couple! They were more than willing to trek around with me and visit some of my favorite spots!

I also wanted to post this amazingly sweet review that I noticed August wrote everywhere! :) I can’t tell you how much it helps my business when my clients review me! I REALLY appreciate it, and just wanted to share :)

I know many people provide reviews and when verified, they may not be all that believable. Well, I would provide my TELEPHONE NUMBER, if I could, along with my photo shoot portraits as a source verification as to the EXCELLENT work Kristen does! It’s NOT just the photo’s that made our session wonderful, although they were flawless; it’s her personality and demeanor during our session. She is an absolute pleasure to work with. And I really want to express my appreciation for Kristen Weaver. Kristen is the warmest and inviting photographer I have had the pleasure of meeting, and I have met a few! I am a very skeptical, “hard-to-please” individual, when it comes to pictures, and very particular about everything. My husband looks like a club bouncer, lol, with a very intimidating presence and an introverted attitude until he feels your personality out. Well, Kristen had the ability to not only satisfy my entire list of needs during the session but make my husband SMILE! I was amazed! He is not a “picture taker” and he was smiling and laughing and having a ball before the session ended. Before the session was half way through, Kristen had both our trust and comfort in her hands. I was so pleased I wanted to send my family out to Florida to take more pictures.

My previous wedding pictures were lost by the photographer and I was devastated!!  I explained to Kristen what I was looking for in my pictures, I was very nervous and skeptical as a “photographer seeker” for my “retakes” and Kristen simply made my “retake” dreams come true!! The action pictures, candid pictures and portraits were awesome! Her website is completely true and ALL that is encompassed in it!!! Every picture she took of my husband and I was phenomenal!! All I can say is Kristen Weaver is thee best photographer EVER! If I could recommend ANYONE to take photos it would be Kristen, hands down! She made our photo session very comfortable. She worked around our schedule and was extremely patient, accommodating and fun! We were visiting from NY and she provided not only pictures but a small tour of the Disney area during our shoot.

A huge thank you to the General Manager over at Celebration Hotel who graciously allowed us to use their gorgeous hotel for photos! The hotel has been undergoing some gorgeous changes, and in true Kessler tradition, their art gallery is stunning!

August’s hair and makeup was done by the oh-so-talented Jillian Caro!

Since August and Kareem had never been to Disney before, I decided to take them over to the hammocks at the Polynesian Resort, and then the Grand Floridian – for some true Disney elegance!