Gainesville Wedding Sneak Peek | Jordan + Jared | Central Florida Wedding Photographer

God works in amazing ways. For a full week, Florida's forecast for Sunday showed 100% chance of rain through most of the day. Not just rain, but severe weather, damaging wind, possibility of tornados, lots of lightning... basically the stormiest day ever throughout the entire wedding. 

Held at the beautiful Clark Plantation, the plan was to have the ceremony outside amongst the picturesque oak trees and Spanish moss. Plans had to be changed, ceremony moved inside to where the reception would also be held. Thanks to a brilliant wedding coordinator, outstanding vendors, and two families full of love and support, the rain day plan was pulled together and we had a fantastic ceremony. Shortly after, as Dustin and I were swapping gear around for the reception, I felt a familiar warmth. Light started radiating through the rustic hall, illuminating the bride and groom at the head table. I took a step outside and the rain clouds had broken way to the loveliest sky. Yes! We would get a sunset! 

Jordan and Jared are the sweetest, humblest, most loving couple. We've been so lucky to be along to document this step in their lives. Jordan didn't have many requests for specific photos she wanted to have outside of standard wedding photos. She just wanted sunset photos at the tree-lined hill on the Clark Plantation property. As soon as I felt that sun on my face, I was so relieved that we would get the photos she was so excited for on their wedding day. I like to think the earlier-than-expected storm departure was God's wedding gift to the newly minted Petersens.

In preparation for their honeymoon, we wanted to get a quick blog up of sneak peek photos. A full blog post will follow in the coming weeks once the gallery is ready. So much thanks to the Petersen and Coyne families and best wishes to Jordan and Jared on a very long and happy life together.  

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See Jordan and Jared's engagement session here: Jordan + Jared Engagements

Venue: Clark Plantation - Newberry, FL
Wedding Planner: Julie Herman Events - Gainesville, FL
Cake: Kat's Kreations 
Catering: Chef Brothers - Gainesville, FL
DJ: Innovative Entertainment - Gainesville, FL
Florist: Pranges Florist - Gainesville, FL
Hair & Makeup: Elegant Occasions Gainesville - Gainesville, FL
Officiant: Gary Bracewell, Christian Life Fellowship Church - Newberry, FL
Photobooth: Graingertainment - Gainesville, FL
Photography: Victoria DeMore Photography - Longwood, FL
Plant Rental: Emerson Nursery & Rental Plants - Lake Butler, FL
Chair Rentals: The Event Group - Gainesville, FL
Tent Rental: Aviant Party Rentals - Gainesville, FL
 

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Ocala Engagement Session | Jordan + Jared | Victoria DeMore Photography | Central Florida Wedding Photographer

2017 was a very busy, very full year. Our plate was so full with amazing horse shows, we were not able to take on a single wedding. And we LOVE weddings! A little past halfway through the year, I was hoping to start on developing our wedding marketing some more when an inquiry came in. I stared in disbelief at my screen as a Facebook notification stared at me that Jordan messaged me and the preview of the message had wedding in it. I was shaking and jumping around the room. Total fan-girl moment that surely all equestrians can understand. Two top level show jumping riders getting married and wanting us to shoot the wedding?! Yes! Yes! A thousand times yes!

Jordan and Jared are such an amazing team we have had the pleasure of photographing at a number of shows over the years along with Jared's dad, Derek. I'm always behind a lens at the shows and the most I had ever gotten to say to any of them was a "congratulations!" or "great ride!" or frantically during award photos "eyes on me!" or "it's okay, let him walk a circle and let's try again!" The past couple months since Jordan's inquiry, we've gotten to know them better and her and Jared remind me of Dustin and I so much. They are clearly best friends and partners first and foremost. They share the same passions: faith, family, horses, each other. We are so excited for them to be embarking on this adventure together and cannot wait for their big day!

We had so much fun with their engagement shoot. It was thrilling to capture these photos at the Petersens' lovely Legacy Farm. Words don't do justice to how gorgeous of a backdrop it served for romantic engagement photos Everywhere I looked was beautiful light, huge oaks trees with those wisps of Spanish Moss that catch the sun so perfectly. We even got to use the famous Lazaro and Titus 2:11 as props! What a dream to get to work with such amazing people, beautiful inside and out, and their fabulous horses!

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Winter Park Family Session | The Stainthorpe Family | Victoria DeMore Photography | Central Florida Family Photographer

Every once in a while, you see one of those families where you go "oh my gosh, they'd be so fun in front of the camera!" We've known Brook for a few years now from shooting horse shows she brings her students and horses to. She's always energetic, super fun, full of laughs and positivity, always a joy to see in the morning to kick off the day! From seeing her Facebook posts, I could tell her and her family are all cut from the same cloth. When Brook asked if I could fit them into our schedule while everyone was in town together, I was so excited to finally get to capture them! We opted for an area where we could get a bit of both worlds - a little bit natural with a bit of the city mixed in. Park Avenue in Winter Park was the perfect place to stroll and shoot and I'm so happy with how these turned out. Without further ado, some personal favorites from our session with the beautiful Stainthorpe family!

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