Love Is Love Is Love
I don't know where to start with these two. Writing is not my strength. What's hard is how to convey how magnificent R+J are as individuals and now as husbands. Richard and I spoke on the phone and texted months leading up to their wedding, but we didn't get to meet until the venue walk through and their engagement photos. I know this was going to be the best wedding when Richard wrote "this may be the most fabulous wedding/engagement photo shoot you've ever done". I was sold! I got to hear about how James proposed in Key West on Richard's birthday at sunset, how they both want to be entrepreneurs, and their first date which was supposed to be a bike trip but turned into hours of talking. They also have amazing hearts of service. They spent their first thanksgiving as husband and husband giving back to those in need. What an amazing foundation. It was like we'd known each other forever. We laughed and joked as James walked us through his rustic chic vision for the venue. The engagement photos were the easiest I've done! They're just so naturally in love that no posing was required and I knew their wedding would be just as much fun.
The wedding day came and not a cloud was in the sky. The grooms got ready at the Bahia Mar Hotel in Fort Lauderdale and then we had their amazing first look across the street at the Fort Lauderdale Beach Park. Their ocean side first look was a dream. But the first tears of the day came when James surprised Richard with a shadow box of butterflies and a love note in memory of Richard's mom. The whole wedding was a family celebration. All were welcome and everyone was so supportive and ready for them to tie the knot! The ceremony and reception took place at Richardson Historic Park, where James used to work and one of the first places they met.
Every detail that James planned out was flawless. He DIYed all the decorations and worked for months gathering and putting it all together. The cocktail hour had personalized yard games, a rustic hanging frame for photos, and even a donut wall. The reception's crowing jewels are the sweet heart table wall and the floral chandelier. The dance floor was never empty, family and friends grooved the night away and smiles were never ending. Their selflessness was only further on display when two of their friends got engaged that night and they took time out of their own wedding to announce it and honor that special couple and memory. I treasured every moment of R+J's wedding day and couldn't be more grateful to help celebrate their beautiful unicorn family.
Sending so much love and hoooorayy friends!!!
Thank you the the vendors and amazing service team that helped make this such as perfect day!
Second Photographer: Femke Tewari
Hotel: Bahia Mar
Venue: Richardson Historic Park and Preserve
Cake: Gallery of Cakes
DJ: Cleon Jarrett
Catering: Ethos Greek and Bare Bones BBQ
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