Today we are sharing with you Valentina + Wesley’s Casa Marina wedding! Before we jump into the photos we wanted to share a little about this beautiful day.
When we first arrive on a wedding day Landon and I have different roles. Landon focuses on capturing candids of everyone getting ready, while I gather and style all gorgeous bridal details. While photos were being taken the Amazing Lia Croke made the girls look even more stunning than they already are. Once hair and makeup was complete the girls headed upstairs to do some group photos, this is when things got interesting. As the girls were on the bed taking a group photo we suddenly heard a loud CRACK. Thankfully the bed was unharmed, but the expression on the girls face was priceless lol. Once Valentina was in her dress we headed to the Casa Marina for more group photos. Valentina and Wesley opted out of a first look, when our couples do not want to do a first look we still get photos of the bride with her girls and the groom with his guys prior to the ceremony. Coastal Coordinating were the event coordinators for the day and they made sure to keep things running flawlessly. First we photographed the girls and once the bride was safely out of sight the guys were brought in for their photos. This is why we love when a bride hire a wedding coordinator, the day just seems to easily flow. Once photos were over it was time to head to Immaculate Conception in Downtown Jacksonville for the ceremony.
Let us say, we love when a groom sees his bride and can’t hold back the emotion it brings. Wesley definitely was one of these grooms. As Valentina walked down the aisle Wesley couldn’t hold back his tears. It was obvious just the sight of his beautiful bride took his breathe away. It was such a tender and sweet moment, we aren’t sure there was a dry eye in the building. Once the ceremony was complete we headed outside for the bride and groom portraits. Valentina and Wesley previously had an engagement shoot with us, which made their wedding portraits very easy. Normally when a bride and groom gets the opportunity to work with us prior to the wedding day it helps them to feel much more confident in front of the camera on the actual wedding day. These two were naturals and the photos look amazing.
After portraits it was back in the car and time to head to Casa Marina for the reception. Fabulous Flower (Amie Peterson Flowers and Event Design) certainly outdid themselves at this wedding. As soon as we stepped into the room, the romantic atmosphere surrounded us. The night was filled with special moments, heart felt toasts, and lots of dancing. It was obvious Valentina and Wesley’s guests were having a wonderful time, and at end of the night they sent the couple away with a grand sparkler exit.
Venue: Casa Marina
Planner: Coastal Coordinating
Makeup: Lia Croke
Florist: Fabulous Flower
Videographer: Native Expressions
DJ: DJ Pristean
Photo Booth: Smiley Face Photo Booth