Jenna + Ryan | Dunellon, Florida Engagement

Jenna + Ryan

These two beautiful humans are basically the funniest, sweetest, and most down to earth people you’ll ever meet! We met up over in Dunnellon, Florida for their engagement session and laughed for about 2 hours straight. Legit, my cheeks hurt! I always offer my couples the chance to sit and hang out a few minutes or so before their session, to have their favorite drink and snacks and actually connect before we start taking photos. This helps calm any nerves and start building a pretty sweet friendship! Since we were basically in the middle of Nowhere, Florida, Jenna brought some beers, wine, and a delicious meat and cheese tray! I knew right then and there they were my kind of people! We sat by the back of their Jeep, laughing and getting our snack on, then headed around the countryside property to have some fun.

Enjoy some of my favorites from their engagement session!

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Ashalei + Clay | Downtown St. Augustine Engagement Session

I hit the streets of Downtown St. Augustine with Ashalei and Clay for their engagement session. Clay was giving off some total dapper pirate vibes with his first outfit and Ashalei was ROCKING her blue hair! We explored, they got to kiss about 5 million times, and the three of us were basically dying laughing — having the BEST time.

My favorite thing about engagement sessions is not only getting to actually meet couples face to face before the wedding day, but also just getting to know one another! I get to better understand our personality and how to best capture it in a photograph. For example, if you’re super introverted (like me, heyyyy) then I cater your engagement session — and honestly just about every interaction we have after — to best suit YOU. My goal is to make you and your fiancé comfy in front of the camera so that you can spend more time just lovin’ on one another. I crack jokes, we can talk about The Office, you can give me all the mushy gushy details of your little love story, and honestly we straight up just have fun. Don’t believe me? Check out some of my favorite photos from their St. Augustine engagement session and see for yourself ;)

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Backyard Bliss | Sanford, Florida

Andrea + Miles | Elegant Backyard Wedding

When Andrea first contacted me about their backyard wedding, I was STOKED. I love literally all weddings, but the intimate ones are what I envision for my wedding one day. When I showed up in Sanford for their little gathering, I was BLOWN AWAY. I have never in my life seen such an elegant backyard wedding until theirs. It sat behind the three properties that Miles’ parents owned. The ceremony took place right next to the pool as all of their closest friends and family gathered around. There was a ridiculously gorgeous garden area where we did their bride and groom portraits. The cocktail hour came complete with a sweet back yard bar and fire pit. And the reception…you guys. Clear tents for receptions are the way to go! Clear tents give you that perfect coverage in case Florida decides to rain, but keeps everything feeling so open! So your guests stay dry and still get killer views of your reception venue. Throw up some market lights and you’re golden.

So if you’re on the fence about whether you want an intimate back yard wedding or not, check these out!

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Sweet St. Pete Sunken Gardens Engagement

Allie + Eric | Sunken Gardens in St. Pete, Florida

A little summertime romance and insanely gorgeous gardens, what more could you ask for? I met Allie and Eric first at Hillary and Jimmie’s St. Augustine wedding. Allie was a bridesmaid and we had instantly connected! I got to hang out with her that entire day and take some photos of her and Eric during the reception. Not much after that I get a super excited message from Allie that they had JUST got engaged!!! The stoke level was high! They both love the outdoors and decided on the Sunken Gardens in Saint Petersburg for engagement photos. They braved the Florida heat and absolutely rocked their engagement session. They live in the quaint little town of St. Pete, so Sunken Gardens was the perfect spot to document this season of their relationship. St. Pete and Sunken Gardens did NOT disappoint! Here are a few of my favorites from Allie and Eric’s engagement session at Sunken Gardens in St. Pete.

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Thanks for sticking around! Hope the world gets to see these two lovebird’s engagement session in St Pete at the Sunken Gardens!

Romantic Kraft Azalea Garden Engagement

Kathryn + Jon

The Kraft Azalea Gardens have got to be the MOST romantic and Pride & Prejudice resembling gardens in the Orlando area. I have lived here in Florida my entire life and still find myself surprised by all the insanely gorgeous sceneries my clients seem to find. Kathryn and Jon started off their engagement session more laid back and casual - so we did all the climbing, running, and dancing around first. Then they changed it up and got a bit more formal at the end! Kathryn’s long black dress is to die for - especially matched with the cream colored columns and lush greenery.

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Wedding Worth a Walk of Fame

Hillary + Jimmie | World Golf Hall of Fame | St. Augustine, FL

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Ashley & Josh | Sunrise Engagement Session | Ormond Beach, Florida

Ashley & Josh | Sunrise Engagement Session | Ormond Beach, Florida

“My fiancé and I were lucky enough to have Haley photograph us. Going into our session we were extremely nervous and worried about how we were going to "perform" in front of the camera. We are two pretty awkward and self conscious people. Whenever we try to take a nice photo together they usually turn out very forced and pretty bad. However, Haley made us feel super comfortable! She kept us busy by assigning little tasks for us to do for the camera which gave us NO time to overthink what our body and faces were doing. She was able to capture genuine smiles, laughter, and true intimate moments. We never saw ourselves look so good! My fiancé and I had such a fun time on our adventurous shoot that we're ready to do a million more shoots together instead of hiding like before. We were just so impressed with the entire experience and we could not recommend Haley more! Thank you for our beautiful photos!!”

David & Carrie | Intimate Destination Wedding | Big Sur, California

David & Carrie | Intimate Destination Wedding | Big Sur, California

“I honestly don't even have the proper words to express what an absolute blessing Haley was to my husband and I and how perfectly she captured our wedding day. Her warm, open personality made us feel instantly at ease while taking photos and she kept us laughing throughout the entire process! Haley is adventurous and is willing to go the absolute extra mile for her couples. She was willing to try anything and her creative spirit shone throughout the day. She found beauty and light in every moment and was able to translate these moments into precious pictures. I could not have asked for better pictures or a better photographer. SHE IS AMAZING !!”

Kris & Janelle | Intimate Vilano Beach Wedding

Kris & Janelle | Intimate Vilano Beach Wedding

“Haley is an amazing photographer! Her professional, punctual and courteous demeanor was beyond anything I could’ve asked for. She helped me navigate my special day and offered great advise as well as making my family and friends feel at ease and enjoy the moment we were in! I highly recommend hiring Native Expressions and Haley to document and preserve your special day through her outstanding service and vision of all that love is and all that your special day should be.”

Larissa & Damian | St. Augustine Couples Session

Larissa & Damian | St. Augustine Couples Session

“Haley was fantastic! She was super professional from our initial contact all the way to the delivery of our gallery. We were visiting St. Augustine for only two days from Tampa and she was very accommodating including being willing to possibly change our session due to the weather. Our session with her was super fun and easy. I am thrilled with the finished product!!! I am confident you will not be disappointed with your experience with her!”

Sunset Anniversary Session

The Costa’s | Palm Coast, FL

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Countryside Engagement

A long, long time ago, two girls grew up together…

— going to school, attending tea parties — and then these two girls grew up. One chased some dreams and became a photographer, the other found the love of her life. Last week these two girls got to reunite!

Ok, ok enough with the sappy stuff. Basically, it was the COOLEST thing ever to get to photograph my childhood friend’s, Victoria, engagement! And in our home town of Seville, FL nonetheless. We walked around Victoria’s grandparents property, talked about the office, and I got some genuine laughs out of Brian — who happened to actually have a ton of fun! Here are a few of my favorites…

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Gardens and Beach Engagement

Noah + Jessica | Washington Oaks Gardens State Park

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Noah and Jessica are proof that love doesn't care how young you are, when ya know ya know! These two are high school sweethearts, freshly engaged, but have already been together for years! We ventured around my favorite Flager County park, Washington Oaks, and documented this sweet season of their little love story.

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Shipwrecked Sunrise

Josh and Ashley met 5 years ago while Ashley was traveling with her best friend around Europe.

He actually waited on Ashley and her friend, so of course the two girls went back the next day in hopes of Josh being there again. Spoiler alert, he was!! They decided to hang out and the rest is history. Ashley ended up moving to England to be with Josh where they spent the next 4 years. They recently moved back to her hometown of Palm Coast, Fl and after about 6 months of living in Florida, Josh proposed! They had spent the day at the beach then went off on a little walk where he popped the question. AND THAT’S NOT ALL. Josh had been in cahoots with Ashley’s mother to plan a surprise engagement party, in which they came home to that night.

So their engagement session was extra special — on a beach, walking around, laughing, kissing, and hugging. Being real, being in love, and being freaking adorable. I mean look at them!

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Dreamy Plantation Wedding

Dreamy Plantation Wedding

Eric and Bre got married at Club Lake Plantation in Apopka, Florida. It was truly a rustic meets glamorous affair. Bre got the party started with the girls as they were getting ready. I arrived to Taylor Swift blasting, laughing, and a bunch of insanely gorgeous ladies getting ready to celebrate their best friend’s wedding.

Hawaiian Anniversary Session

Hawaiian Anniversary Session

Randie Megan and David have been married for five years, have two of the sweetest girls, and basically just overflow with love for one another. We met up at Haleiwa Beach Park on the oh so breathtaking island of Oahu. We hugged and said hello, then made our way down to the beach. PS THERE ARE MOUNTAINS.

St. Augustine Historic District Engagement

St. Augustine Historic District Engagement

These two oh my gosh. I met up with Jimmie and Hillary at the Kookaburra in downtown Saint Augustine for coffee before their engagement session. We mainly met there to get some AC before walking around the city cause Florida summer heat is NO JOKE. We had some delicious coffee (iced of course) and chatted about their love story before hitting the streets. 

Intimate Big Sur Destination Wedding

Intimate Big Sur Destination Wedding

Her and David had decided to do something a little different and get married in Big Sur on Pheiffer Beach. David's uncle married them, her mother Carole planned almost every aspect of the wedding, and they were surrounded by 31 of their closest family and friends on the most epic beach as they said their vows. Wanting to keep things intimate and more so "in the family", they chose to ask me to capture it all. God. Is. Good.