La Venture Grove Wedding // Jacksonville, Fl // Josh & Kayla

Kayla and Josh tied the knot during their wedding at LaVenture Grove in Jacksonville, Fl. I was so excited to finally meet them in person after talking on the phone several times. Immediately, on our first phone call, I knew we were the perfect fit. Just hearing Kayla’s voice gave you a sense of not only familiarity but such an intense love for people!
Kayla and Josh were one of the most passionately wild and loving people I’ve ever met. I’m unbelievably thankful that they chose me to capture their big day!

LOVE STORY

The two met casually at a graduation party, where Josh introduced himself. After a very quick introduction Josh and Kayla would see each other off and on, until one day, Josh had the courage to ask Kayla for a drink. They had the best conversations and were inseparable! Fast forward four years later, Josh surprised Kayla and asked her to marry him at his very own birthday party being surrounded by their family and friends! As Kayla reminisces “When we returned home Josh said that he told my close friend, we would stop by her work to show her the ring and when we opened the door all of our closest friends filled the bar! Josh has put together the best engagement weekend I could have ever imagined! I’m so happy I get to spend my life with my best friend!”

WEDDING DAY AT LA VENTURE GROVE

On their wedding day, I was so excited to meet Kayla and Josh! I knew how relaxed and comforting Kayla was, and how perfectly their wedding day would go. I was also so impressed with Kayla, because in the midst of her wedding day, she was stepping away and helping with getting the venue ready.Their wedding looked so beautiful!

Arriving a bit early, I captured photos of Kayla and her girls upstairs relaxing, putting on makeup and getting into their dresses. Later, I captured the guys playing games, laughing, drinking and relaxing. I think the getting ready was my favorite part of the day, because I got to see both of their personalities shine amongst the people they love. So care free and full of life.

CEREMONY
As Kayla came down the aisle, not only did you see Kayla’s happiness but you could see Josh’s face was full of love for Kayla. It was almost as if he was in disbelief that he was marrying the girl of his dreams! I treasure the memory of Josh watching Kayla walk down the aisle, because it was the most beautiful and adoring scene I have every witnessed. During their ceremony, sweet vows were shared, along with rings, and of course a first kiss!
Right after cocktail hour started, I snuck away Kayla and Josh for some portraits in the surrounding orange grove around the property. Couple portraits are my favorite, but my ultimate favorites are when the bride and groom are always captured during cocktail hour mingling with their family! Which I made sure to give them more than enough time to mix and mingle/love on their family and friends!
Dancing and partying filled the night and I am so blessed to have captured it all!

I am wishing Kayla and Josh the most happiest life together! Cheers!

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