There was just something about Christina + Eric’s wedding day in Lutz at the stunning Karnes Stables that particularly inspired Marc and me. Part of it I know came from the genuine excitement for a fantastic couple that we had come to know (through the engagement session and several other meetings) on a personal level. And the rest must have come from a combination of the beautiful location and the inherent relaxation that a venue in the backcountry holds, the sincerely wonderful family members (Anne we’re looking at you) 🙂 and also the certainty that comes when you know you have truly earned your cleints’ trust.
Marc and I arrived early to document the venue itself and all of the details that make it visually what it is in our eyes. We then split off and Marc went with Eric and the guys to capture their prep and details, and I stayed with Christina and her girls to capture their prep moments and details. Then it was off to the ceremony and the rest as they say is history. Scroll below for more details of their charming and elegant wedding day at Karnes Stables in Lutz, FL. 🙂
Truly one of my all-time favorite images. It actually lies across the street from the venue in the field of another farmer. I visited the venue the week before the event to fully prepare and scout EXACT locations that I wanted to shoot, and this was one of them. I asked the wonderful staff at Karnes Stables if there was any chance that I could get permission from the owner of the field. When I arrived on the wedding day I was thrilled to find that it had been worked out and that we would be able to shoot there JUST before the reception began, right when the sun was just setting over the top of the trees. PERFECTION. And a great example of the product of a great location scout! 🙂
Details of the wonderful venue.
We made use of the elements at the stables and the farm to tie in the theme and feel that carried naturally through the entire wedding day.
Simply stunning bouquets. So perfect for the event. 🙂
Christina and her mom, just after getting into her dress. 🙂
The gorgeous bride.
These were some of my favorites from the wedding day. Shot just outside the prep room on the deck of the home at Karnes Stables. The light filtered through the trees behind Christina and created an amazing glow around her for these frames 🙂
Loved that the guys got ready in the stables. Such an awesome idea.
Groomsmen portraits taken by the always skillful Marc. We worked together to ensure we captured the southern charm/theme that the venue so perfectly offers.
Eric rocking the serious face 😉
I loved these few moments of Christina and her father in the carriage on the way to the ceremony. The light handhold in the frame on the right was just perfect.
Eric wiping away a few happy tears as his beautiful bride approached in the carriage with her dad.
Stunning ceremony site with rustic hand-made wood benches for guest seating
Nothing like some beautiful and ornate furniture in a field to bring out the best in a rustic venue 🙂
So fun. Love these. 🙂
The lighting was incredible. Perfect combination of wonderful people and moments and absolutely perfect lighting to accent it.
While I was shooting the couple Marc was honing in on the details to create the well-rounded sense of the day that we deliver to all of our clients.
I just loved this frame above. SOOOOOOOOO Christina + Eric. 🙂 🙂
Christina you are fierce 🙂
Marc snuck away from the couple portraits to shoot the reception details and the cocktail hour area.
The details were so well organized and put together. Guests couldn’t get over it 🙂
The grand entrance of the newlyweds…
First dance in the barn. Love it.
Father/daughter + mother/son dances are personal favorites of mine.
Congrats again Christina + Eric! We truly loved being there with you. 🙂 🙂