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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Ocala Engagement | Alex + Robert | Victoria DeMore Photography | Central Florida Wedding Photographer

We often find ourselves meeting some pretty fantastic people when we're out and about shooting horse shows. Sometimes, we luck into those amazing folks wanting more than show photos and, as they hit major milestones in their lives, they remember us. It's always an honor to capturing more memories for them. 

Alex and Robert were a couple we met as we do many people, through our horse show coverage. The first impression I remember of them was just how dedicated they are to each other, supporting each other, what a great horse show husband Robert already was. I honestly didn't even know they weren't already married. They love each other so much, so supportive and encouraging, and smiles and laughs for days. So when they actually got engaged, I was surprised they hadn't already made things "official," and honestly excited that they were reaching out to us to capture their big day! To see two so in love and so great together, dang right I want to be part of that! 

We got to know each other over the past few months and through these engagement photos. I've never had an easier time getting two people to smile, to be natural around each other. Despite the laughs over kissing so much in front of me, I certainly didn't have to twist anyone's arm to get smiles, laughs, and romantic poses out of them. You'll see just how much fun these two have and how much they radiate in these photos. Can't wait for wedding day! Off to Ohio!

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