I am SO excited to share Kelby Jo’s Honeymoon Island Senior Picture Session with you all!
So, if you have lived in Florida for more than 2 weeks, then you know how CRAZY unpredictable our weather can be.
It can be bright Sunny skies one minute, then a massive thundering cascade of storm clouds can scoop in out of no where, torrential downpour for 5 minutes then roll away to unearth those beautiful blue skies like nothing ever happen.
The day that we were scheduled for Kelby’s destination Honeymoon Island Senior Picture Session, the weather was taunting us. Kelby Jo had traveled all the way in from Kansas (as she and her mother do almost every summer vacation!) and the first few days of the trip did not showcase our “Sunshine State” motto. I was praying hard the day of her session for the rain to stay away and to allow Kelby to have an epic Senior session that she was hoping for. And Hallelujah! The rain stayed away long enough for Kelby Jo to ROCK her Senior Picture Session.
Though we did not have the sunny bright blue skies that we see so much here, the skies did not disappoint with showing the more moodier side of Florida’s climate for this Senior Picture Session. Kelby Jo gracefully traveled across the island with me (including staying so poised when the mosquitoes began to zone in on us!) We started at the Honeymoon Island nature trail, but when we made it over to the water, there was a new life in her eyes. Kelby, I think the water calls to you (insert Moana reference here) but, seriously!
Kelby Jo, being an amazingly talented ballet dancer for 14 years of her life, wanted to include this aspect of her life into her Senior Picture Session. When she shared her vision with me, I literally was jumping with excitement thinking about how I was going to help her bring her vision to life. And I knew that Honeymoon Island would be the perfect pristine location to dance along the shores of the Florida coast for her Senior Pictures.
Make sure to scroll all the way to bottom to see what the extra moody Florida storm sky gave us. <3
At the end of last year, (by a very dear and insistent friend) I was introduced to the soundtrack of the Hamilton: An American Musical. I started listening to it while I was editing and not before long I had it on loop and was belting out the lyrics along with my computer speakers.
I am pretty sure I must have listened to the entire soundtrack 100 times in the span of 2 weeks.
And of course, as many other Hamilton fans will probably agree with, my thoughts were consumed with the musical!
Not only is it one of the most magical listening experience (Lin Manuel Miranda is a freaking genius!) it was the story that was brought to life within the musical that really got to me.
There are SO many concepts within the story that are so relevant today.
And of course the story Alexander + Eliza’s love and marriage struck a chord with me,
hence the idea of a Hamilton Wedding inspiration shoot was born.
With the help of many AMAZING vendors, (in Lin fashion) with a blending from the 18th century to modern day,
Welcome to the wedding of Alexander Hamilton + Eliza Schuyler!
Your Wedding date is set and the fun of planning one of the most memorable days of your lives has begun!
*Cue party music*
The biggest celebration of your lives is so exciting to dream of and to create, no doubt it is going to be EPIC.
But, what happens after the dances are done, the cake has been eaten and the sparklers are out?
Have you put as much thought into the many years you have ahead together, AFTER your big day?
I tell you with candor, that my husband and I did not.
We knew that we were madly in love and knew that we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together… and that was about it.
We, like SO many couples, came into our marriage with our own ‘blueprints’ on what marriage would be like.
It was a stark reality that set in the months after our wedding day, that our individual blueprints were not going to build the same design.