Jason and Sarah’s wedding was so fun to photograph! We loved all of there handmade details that perfected this beautifully styled southern vintage wedding! This was our first time shooting at The Veranda (previously Called The Summerlin House), it was gorgeous! Not only was the place gorgeous and well kept, the service was fantastic! Emily, the Veranda Manager was great to work with and did an awesome job coordinating the day!

Since we arrived a little bit before the bridal party, we had lots of time to take detail shots of the beautifully handcrafted bouquets and boutonnieres created by Sarah and her friends and family! Soon after Sarah and her bridesmaids arrived and the fun began! We had fun getting creative with the wedding dress as well as the getting ready shots! Sarah was stunning (Jason looked quite handsome too!)! We had a great time shooting at all the new locations this venue had to offer.

Keep reading to find out more about Sarah and Jason and there wedding! 🙂

Tell us a little bit about yourselves and your love story (how you met, fell in love, got engaged…) 

Jason and Sarah met through friends several times before really hitting it off in January 2008. They fell in love over the course of the next year, laughing and supporting each other as Jason contemplated a career change and Sarah graduated UCF and subsequently decided to pursue a Master’s degree at FSU. When Sarah moved to Tallahassee for a semester in 2010, their commitment to each other was tested and ultimately reinforced. Jason proposed to Sarah on December 26, 2010 after spending the Christmas holiday with his family (and ring shopping with his father) in Fort Myers. He proposed after they had dinner together, which was full of garlic as Sarah did not know a proposal was imminent. Her first response was, “Did you ask my Dad?” and, after confirming that he had, Jason got a big “Yes!” with lots of tears of joy. They decided to wait to plan the wedding until after Sarah finished grad school and found a job… so they started planning the wedding in May 2012 and got married a short 5 months later!

How did you come up with the overall concept or theme of your wedding?

The venue really guided our ideas for the wedding. A historic house built in 1915… huge oak trees with Spanish moss in the back… how could a romantic, Southern-styled wedding not be on your mind? I (Sarah) drew from memories of my childhood in the rural Florida/Alabama line area of cotton, fireflies, gracious nature and even more gracious neighbors.

Did you have any special traditions or unique details at your wedding?

We used cotton and lavender over and over in our details, and were very happy to have a “in memory of” table with cotton and lavender scented candles and photos of Sarah’s maternal grandparents and Jason’s aunt who we feel were able to be with us in spirit, if not corporeal form.

Josh and I loved your Bouquets and Boutonnieres can you tell us a little bit about how you made them?

The bouquets, boutonnieres, and corsages were all made by Sarah, her sisters (and bridesmaids) Amy and Rachel, Rachel’s girlfriend Caroline, and their mom Kathy. Jason helped a little 🙂
We purchased the dried lavender from Purple Haze Lavender and the cotton from CottonMan online. The lace was from Sewing Studio in Maitland, FL and the ribbon were from Michael’s, twine from the dollar store I think, lol. We played around with some ideas of cotton and lavender for weddings we found on Pinterest (here’s my board for all wedding stuff). It was a weekend long process, starting with the boutonnieres and working our way (and courage!) up to the bridal bouquet. We all burned ourselves on hot glue guns and poked ourselves with skewers (used to extend the stem of the cotton), but we had a great time, and they came out really well! -We think so too! 🙂

Photography is a big investment and a very important part of your wedding — what were the most important factors to you in choosing your wedding photographer?

We set a budget for photography before we made the mistake of falling in love with someone we couldn’t afford. We both have art backgrounds, so looking for someone who’s portfolio showed solid composition and unique photo ideas was also very important. Finally, we were looking for someone to have fun with. Having your picture taken for a couple hours is very trying, and finding photographers who make it quick, easy, and bring out the best in the couple is so important. Josh and Rachel had complementary personalities to Jason and I’s, unique and yet classic composition, and were in our budget – it was an easy decision after meeting with Josh and clicking instantaneously.

What was your favorite part of your wedding day?

The reception! The pressure of walking down an aisle without tripping and saying vows without mumbling was over! Just having fun with friends and family was so amazing and relaxing after the stress of planning a wedding.

Any advice you’d like to give to newly engaged couples?

I would like to say don’t sweat the small stuff, don’t be a control freak, etc. but then I’d be a huge hypocrite! What I will say is never forget that you are celebrating your love and your decision to blend your lives together – this is not about one day, it is about all the days after. Planning a wedding is a huge exercise in compromise and budgeting, and can bring out some serious emotions. If you can successfully navigate the pitfalls and plan a wedding together, your marriage will be strong, and you will know each other better than you ever thought possible. Finally, you can’t please everyone, so focus on pleasing yourself and your partner!

Is there anything else you would like to share about your wedding day?

Our wedding day was wonderful! We were lucky enough to be surrounded by supportive family and friends, and had the help of some delightful, innovative wedding professionals. If something went wrong on our wedding day, I still don’t know about it and that’s perfectly fine with me!


Photography: Best Photography

Event Location: The Veranda, Orlando,FL

Coordinator: Emily Bessette – Veranda at Thornton Park Wedding & Event Manager

Floral Design: Sarah along with Family and Friends

 Wedding Cake: Publix

Hair: Natalie Schnitker – Maestro’s Studio

Caterer: Puff n Stuff

DJ: Darren with the Fun Factory

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  • Benny - You have some of the best wedding photos I have ever seen…ReplyCancel

Sam and Zaira are such a great couple! We really enjoyed our time with these soon-to-be newlyweds! The joy and originality of their personalities truly emerge in all of their engagement pictures! We found some great spots to shoot, and were able to get in one wardrobe change in before the sun went down. 🙂  As always we talked a lot during the session, so we were able to get to know each other pretty well by the end 😉 We are super excited shooting their wedding this year 🙂 Enjoy!

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