Jennifer and Dre’s Tropical Fort Lauderdale Wedding
High school sweethearts, Jennifer and Dre, have been waiting for this day for YEARS. Not many couples can say they made it through high school, college, long distance, and multiple moves still in love. It takes a strong couple, a strong love to overcome all the obstacles that life throws at you, and make it out stronger than ever. That’s exactly what Jenn and Dre did. There was nothing that could keep them apart. And now, they’re finally tying the knot and having their dream tropical Fort Lauderdale wedding at Bahia Mar.
Planning your wedding in a separate state is no easy task (as they currently live in Connecticut to pursue their dream jobs). Lucky for Jenn and Dre, they are very familiar with Fort Lauderdale and Bahia Mar. Both originally from Fort Lauderdale, this location holds a special place in their hearts. “We fell in love with Bahia Mar after we saw the brick patio with the accompanying greenery and ocean views. There is also some sentimental value as well, as we had one of our very first dates on Fort Lauderdale beach, across A1A from the Bahia Mar.”
I love it when couples choose to get married at a venue that’s near and dear to them!
The Long-Awaited Wedding Day
The day is finally here! Walking into Jenn’s room, I knew it was going to be a very calm, relaxed day. It was peacefully quiet, with the girls getting their hair and makeup done … everyone just hanging out.
I had competition in the room with me. The flower girl was given a camera as a bridal party gift and she was snapping away! 😆
Finally that time … to put on this gorgeous Maggie Sottero gown!
Meanwhile, in the guys’ room …
Dre and Jenn wanted to do the first look before heading down the aisle. I love first looks. Not only does it reduce stress and nervousness of walking down the aisle and seeing your significant other for the first time in front of MANY other people, but it also allows this moment to be intimate. It’s just the two of you. It’s your moment. Plus, it’s a photographer’s dream to have more time with the bride and groom. I love the option of having different lighting situations, before and after the ceremony.
In addition, it allows you to enjoy more time during cocktail hour and your reception!
Dad even got a little sneak peek of his daughter before walking her down the aisle:
Saying ‘I Do’
Jenn and Dre’s ceremony was personal and beautiful. Their good friend, Jenna, was their officiant and made sure to include the couples’ personal story throughout the ceremony. And those vows … WOW! They had everyone tearing up!
What’s a tropical wedding in Fort Lauderdale without a steel drum player???
Portraits, Part 2
As mentioned before … I love to work in different lighting situations. The session we did before the ceremony had bright and warm light. Their session before and a little during cocktail hour was a lot cooler and cloudy but still absolutely stunning!
Helloooooo, cake!!! The buttercream work by We Take the Cake is flawless and I’m sure it tasted as yummy as it looked and smelled!!
Introducing the new Mr. and Mrs.!!!
After the toasts, a few of Dre’s family members took turns giving words of well-wishes.
And then there was cake … 🤤
Let the party commence!
“It’s great to be a Florida Gator.”
Thank you so much for allowing me to celebrate your love and special day with you! Congratulations on your wedding and best wishes (and adventures)!!
Wedding Venue: Bahia Mar ♥ Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero ♥ Wedding Boutique: La Vie en Blanc ♥ Groom’s Tuxedo: Men’s Warehouse ♥ Officiant: Bride and Groom’s good friend, Jenna ♥ Florals: Floral Creations by Blanca ♥ DJ: Eddie B. and Company ♥ Wedding Cake: We Take the Cake ♥ Bride’s Hair and Make up: Divine Beauty Artists