A little taste of the south: Kristan and Sam

October 23, 2010 | Winter Haven, FL

Kristan and Sam are the epitome of love in the south. Florida gets a bad wrap sometimes for being a transient state, where you can’t find much by the way of true southern hospitality. But nothing could be farther from the truth when you know Kristan, Sam and their beautiful family and friends!

Childhood friendship that grew in to a deep love for each other, they lived just around the block growing up in Winter Haven, Florida. So it was perfectly fitting that they married in a backyard ceremony surrounded by the same Spanish Moss, orange groves and sweet tea.

It’s hard to imagine finding a better match for each other – they have the perfect blend of humor and respect, affection and love. They value the simple things in life. And if their wedding was any idea of how they’ll spend the rest of their lives, I can say with 100% certainty that it will be filled with lots of laughter, dancing, good food, good friends and an amazing family.

While I know Kristan is anxiously awaiting this blog post, I can say that I have been more anxious to post it! I loved every minute of their wedding, but I couldn’t possibly post this without a quick shout-out to Kristan and her mom for having a cooler filled with Coca-Cola and cheese cubes for my arrival! I can’t say enough times how much I adore my clients – and not just for being my clients. It’s pretty easy to hand over a check and say ‘take my pictures’ – but to get to know me, is honestly one of the sweetest things my clients do for me. Cheese and soda may seem pretty small to some people – but for me, it was everything. It was every hour that I spend editing at my desk, every day that I miss dinner with my family, and every week that I get to meet more amazing people like Kristan and Sam.

Coordination, Invitations, Decorations, Accessories: Ashley Pearce, Weddings by Ashley
Bridal Gown: Brides by Demetrios, Tampa
Bridesmaids Dresses: Watters
Flowers: Peggy Davis, family friend
Catering: Millenia Catering, Orlando
Cake: It’s a Piece of Cake by Maggi, Auburndale
Band: Pocket Change, FL
Ceremony and Reception: Private Residence, Winter Haven

Kristan did a B.Session back in June and gave Sam the album as a wedding gift! I LOVE this shot of him looking through the book!

It was really, REALLY, windy!

Gotta love a catering staff who sticks around during the formals just so the bride and groom have their drinks!