Jolie and Alex’s blush and beautiful wedding at Highland Manor was one that I know I will remember for so many years to come. This venue has so much charm and history that it’s hard not to fall in love with it as soon as you arrive. When Jolie reached out to me earlier this year asking if I would be interested in being a part of her beautiful day, I just kind of knew from the beginning that it was a match made in heaven. Although her details, style and obviously stunning beauty were a photographer’s dream, there was a very special element to her day that I still get goosebumps thinking about.
Jolie’s beautiful mother passed away before her wedding day, and she had to navigate life (and the memorable moments of planning her wedding) without her mom physically by her side. It’s a heartbreak I cannot imagine, but Jolie’s spirit shined as bright as ever. As she entered the bridal suite, after welcoming me with the most amazing hug, she shared with me a special story about how she was able to select her wedding dress with her mom, and how meaningful it was for her to be able to wear it on this day. “It was one that I would have never picked on my own,” she told me. “But when I put it on I just knew.”
I smiled as I watched her stare in awe at her gorgeous gown, surrounded by the illuminating natural light cascading through the windows. After hearing this story and seeing the joy on her face, I had a warmth in my heart that carried throughout the day, but definitely reached a peak during a moment in the ceremony that I will remember forever. True to Florida weather, it was hot and full of delightful humidity. As the ceremony proceeded, Jolie and Alex began exchanging their personal vows to one another, and suddenly amidst the heat, a powerful gust of cool wind swayed the trees and surrounded the entire ceremony site. I remember even looking up in the sky to see if the clouds were opening up and if rain was on the way. No rain, just wind… unusually chilly wind. I saw Jolie’s hair blowing across her shoulders, and in that moment, I knew that although she was not there physically, mom was watching her little girl marry the man of her dreams.
Later on, I told Jolie what I had felt, and she smiled and shared with me that her dad had expressed the same thing, and it warmed my heart more than you can imagine. Those kind of moments are the ones I live for. Thank you to Jolie and Alex for welcoming me, Sierra and Amanda into the magic of your beautiful day! I am so happy to be able to share a bit of this love story with the rest of the world!
Alex had some legendary dance moves! I don’t even know what this one is but it’s a classic!