I met Annie way back in 2003 on a wedding forum when she was planning her wedding to Adam. I pretty much immediately liked her, she had a fun and bubbly personality, there was no way you couldn’t like her. We filmed her fairytale wedding in July 2004 and stayed in touch. Barely a year after that memorable wedding, tragedy struck and Adam was killed by an elderly driver. I still don’t know how Annie coped, especially as she suffered from 2 auto-immune diseases, but somehow, with the help of her family and friends, she pulled herself through. She is one of the people I admire the most in my life. So I was overjoyed when, thanks to Blossom, the friendliest rescue dog ever, she found love again with Paul. (You can read her proposal story here)
When they got engaged in 2010, I was really looking forward to their wedding, I knew it was going to be something very special. Dozens of emails with ideas, colour schemes, flower arrangements, dresses, venues and bedazzled shoes were wired across the Atlantic. It isn’t very often that I get so closely involved with the planning of a wedding, but oh, the fun I had! With the date set for 29 October 2012, and a venue in St Augustine, Florida, I couldn’t wait!
We travelled down a few days early so we could join in all the fun of the bachelor and bachelorette party, the rehearsal dinner, … and have a ton of fun with our friends Erin and Dennis from Folklore Cinema who came down from Kentucky to assist us with the shoot and were also on duty as the official photographers.
The long awaited wedding was finally upon us! Everybody there was as excited as we were. We all knew what a special day this truly was. One of my favourite moments was the first look. Paul calmly waited on a bridge in the beautiful garden of the Lightner Museum, the moment he saw Annie it all became real and nerves set in. Annie’s reply “I’ve got Valium in my purse” completely typified her.
And come the ceremony, there wasn’t a dry eye in house, even yours truly and Niels had to get our hankies out, which made keeping things in focus rather tricky. The entire ceremony was all about Annie and Paul, they had written a letters to each other and wrote their own very personal and at times funny vows. The ceremony was conducted by their friend Merryl who truly did an amazing job, finding the right balance between the solemness of the occasion and injecting some light-hearted fun. It was the best wedding ceremony we’ve ever witnessed.
When it came to editing this one, I honestly didn’t know where to start. There was just so much good stuff, so much wonderful footage, so many wonderful soundbites. How was I ever going to condense this and do it all justice. And that was for the main video, the highlights were even trickier! But luckily, I seem to have pulled it off as Annie and Paul are over the moon with all and that’s the most important thing to me.
Venue: Casa Monica, St Augustine, Florida
Wedding Dress: Anjolique
Shoes: Angela Nuran Bedazzled by Annie
Veil & Fascinator: Galvin-ized Headwear
Coordinator: Karen Erwin at St Augustine Weddings
Hair: Casey Powell
Make up: Carrie Wilson
Photo Booth: Photo Booth Florida
Cigar Roller: JC The Cuban Roller
Cake & Cupcakes: Classic Cakes, Jacksonville
Flowers, Decor & Lighting: PRI Productions