Enchanting Wedding in the Woods | Megan & Raven | Paisley, FL

I have a very special wedding to share with you today! You miiight recognize the bride because she is now my business partner and co-photographer!

Megan and I have known each other since high school, we bonded in art class and have been friends ever since! We went on to be roommates at UCF and all through college, as we were doing our Chemistry homework, we would daydream about being artists. Megan is an amazing painter and always thought it would be cool to own a coffee shop that doubled as my photography studio. Despite our daydreams we both got degrees in other things. After graduation Megan moved to the other side of town with her now-hubby, Raven but we never fully dismissed the idea of working together someday…

Fast forward to last year, I was busier than ever and definitely needed a hand. Raven decided to join the Army which presented Megan and I with the perfect opportunity to be roomies again. Megan left her job in the hospitality industry and joined SFP full time! She also took a trip to Costa Rica, got ENGAGED ( see their adorable engagement photos here) and then planned a beautiful wedding in THREE months. Talk about an eventful year. I was fortunate enough to be a bridesmaid on Megan’s wedding day so I brought along 2 other talented shooters from our team (my Mom, Kim & Sara) and together we got to capture Megan and Raven’s absolutely stunning day.

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One of my favorite dress shots ever…especially since Megan’s mom MADE her dress…unbelievable right?!
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Loved their groomsmen’s gifts.
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Their first look photos are so darn cute…if you look closely you can see a couple of the bridesmaids creeping though the drapes :P
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Megan opted for an earthy color scheme and decor to fit her love of nature! Isn’t my friend so purdy?!
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Hey look, it’s me! This was the first wedding I’ve been to where I was IN the photos! Being a bridesmaid AND a part-time photographer ain’t easy but it was worth it! :)
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Megan & Raven wrote their vows to each other and watching them read them to one another was seriously one of the sweetest things I’ve ever witnessed. IF you can muster through the nerves and the tears I recommend that ALL our future couples do it. :)
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Also, I decided that they are pretty much models.
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Wild Acres Villas is truly a little gem hidden in the forest. The antique villa was the perfect backdrop for their outdoor wedding.
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More of their nature-inspired decor. The wooden centerpieces were cut by her family friend’s and her stepmom stepped in to help design the bird cages.
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Remember when I said Meg was an amazing artist? She did her own chalk signs!!! And her grandmother canned homemade jellies as party favors. People were fighting over those.

They were also fighting over those delicious gourmet cupcakes by CupKays Cakery!
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I can’t tell you how happy I am for these two. They have been together for 5 years and as a close friend who has lived with them I can tell you, they are absolutely perfect together. So glad to have been a part of this day. I’m also glad that Raven let me borrow his wife while he was in training. Megan is an INCREDIBLE addition to the SFP team and I am excited to see what the future holds!

 

Venue: Wild Acres Villas

Cake/Cupcakes: CupKays Cakery

Hair & Makeup: Elysha Hall – Urban Glow Salon + Gabrielle Ford – Larue Kay Salon

Caterer: Harmony in Love Catering

Floral & Decor: Arielle’s Flowers & Gifts

Officiant: Karen Hohman

DJ: Accent Entertainment 

Photography: Sierra Ford Photography

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