So, this one is REALLY special to me. Jennifer was my very first, official, completely legit DeeLee Bride. Her wedding holds a truly unique place in my heart. And not just because it was beautiful and romantic and beachy, but because she and I have kept in touch. She knew me when I was engaged, before I had daughters… and I’ve had the pleasure of seeing her family grow, too.
Jennifer and John traveled all the way from the Minnesota to get married at Casa Ybel on Sanibel Island, which is on the west coast of Florida. To give you an idea of the sheer beauty of this place, imagine baby powder soft white sand, calm blue waters and the perfect temperature of an October day.
These two met in high school! John had galantly chased Jennifer since 8th grade but she didn’t return the love until after they had graduated. They’ve been together ever since. Marriage wasn’t really on their plate since they were both so in love anyways and it was just a legal hoop to jump through. Despite that, John surprised her and he proposed on their 10th anniversary. A dinner at their favorite Thai restaurant saw Jennifer say ‘yes’ when he popped that question.
Jennifer and John have incredible chemistry and you can just tell that they’re best friends as well as man and wife. The wedding day was so easy and relaxed because of their laid back personalities. It was so easy to slip in as a photographer and capture Jennifer getting ready with her bridal party. After she’d made herself even more beautiful, we ducked away from friends and family to get some fabulous first look pictures. It was full of giggles and gentle kisses.
After those first look shots, the wedding ceremony took place at sunset right on the beach. I even jumped into the Gulf of Mexico to get some pictures! The bottom of my pants were wet the rest of the night but it was completely worth it! Those golden-hour pictures are some of my personal favorites.
Jennifer and John, I was so blessed to have your wedding be my first official DeeLee Wedding. I’m even more blessed to still be a part of your life and I cannot wait until we get the chance to meet up again on one of your Florida-bound vacations!