Sarah and Sam’s destination Florida wedding could not have been any more gorgeous. From getting ready in the morning until the last dance of the night, everything was flawless. Sunshine, warm weather, good spirits, and the most perfectly in-love pair anyone could ever imagine. Sarah and Sam were the real deal!
I loved meeting ALL of Sarah’s many, many siblings, their spouses, and nieces and nephews. One of Sarah’s sisters is my sweet friend Maureen – whom you may recognize from many a Maryland sessions. I loved seeing Maureen and her crew somewhere near the beach and yes I still had to fight Sophie for a smile 🙂 I just knew that if Sarah was anything like her sister, that we would get along just fine and I was absolutely right. Sarah was the sweetest, most beautiful bride. She has a quiet, serious confidence and her smile feels like you’ve earned her trust, whereas Sam just bubbles with joy and adoration for Sarah. I had the privilege of meeting Sarah and her sisters bright and early on the wedding day, capturing her final moments as a fiancee. However, because their wedding ceremony took place inside a temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, my first time meeting Sam was actually AFTER they were married (photographers are not allowed inside the temple). For Latter-day Saint weddings, the “big moment” not to miss is the newly-married couple walking out of the temple for the first time together. As soon as I saw Sam’s smile I knew that he, too, was going to be easy to get along with: he was clearly already having the happiest day of his life.
After one of my largest family portraits to date, I was able to take the bride and groom around the temple and create gorgeous, intimate portraits of just the two of them. We met up again at the beach to make sure we captured the essence of their destination wedding: the beach, of course! Then, just as the sun was beginning to set, spilling its last rays onto the ocean, everyone gathered for a meal in honor and celebration of Sam and Sarah’s unity. A breeze swept throughout the night, which, once the dancing began, was much welcomed. If I knew anything about Maureen, it’s that she and her family knew how to dance — and I quickly learned so did the rest of the Flanigan and Yoder bunch!
Many thanks to the team that made this wedding day so gorgeous!
Venue + Catering | Mariott at Pompano Beach Resort
Cake | We Take the Cake
Bride’s Dress | The Perfect Dress
Bridesmaids Dresses | Show Me Your Mumu
Florist | Johnny Mangos
Second shooter | N.O. Photography