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I was recently contacted by the publishers of Photoshop User Magazine. They asked to post one of my photos in the artist spotlight section of their magazine.

I sent them several of my favorite images to use, and they chose to use my photo from Tierney and Ian’s wedding in the Artist Spotlight section of the January 2015 edition of their magazine!

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Kim and Josh were married at Shades of Green in Orlando on a beautiful fall day. I have always said that in Orlando, October is one of the best months to get married and with good reason. The weather made for a perfect setting for an outdoor wedding in the courtyard at Shades of Green.

Kim and her attendants were getting their hair and makeup when we arrived. From the moment we got there, we felt so welcome. The whole bridal party were awesome and they smiled for photos from the minute we got there until after the last dance.

The ceremony was held at the Garden Gazebo in the courtyard of Shades of Green. The Magnolia Ballroom hosted the reception where Diverse DJ of Orlando entertained the guests with fantastic music.

Since Kim and Josh had first met on Halloween, they decided to have their wedding on Halloween. For the rehearsal dinner, everyone came dressed in Halloween costumes.

Candy Bar


Kim came up with a great way to have a candy bar at their wedding. Since the wedding was on Halloween, they went with Halloween candy and themed the candy bar to match the day.

Shades of Green


Shades of Green is a gorgeous resort tucked away at Walt Disney World right next to The Magic Kingdom. Not many people know about the resort, as it is an official Armed Forces Recreation Center – open only to US Military members and their families. The location is still available for weddings and the two PGA courses were a great location to go for photos after the ceremony.

Wedding Vendors


Bridal Gown: Symphony from Minerva’s Bridal (www.minervasbridal.com)
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal (www.davidsbridal.com)
Hair and Makeup: Magnolia Spa at Shades of Green (www.shadesofgreen.org)
Floral: Jonathan’s Flowers (www.jonathansflowers.com)
Ceremony: Garden Gazebo at Shades of Green Resort (www.shadesofgreen.org)
Officiant: Rev. John D. Williams, Sr.
Reception/Catering: Magnolia Ballroom at Shades of Green Resort (www.shadesofgreen.org)
Entertainment: Diverse DJ Entertainment of Orlando (facebook.com/diversedjsorlando)
Cake Artist: It’s Tasty Too (www.itstastytoo.com)
Photography: DSWfoto (www.dswfoto.com)

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Photos from Stefanie and Vincent’s Winter Garden engagement session were published to the blog several months back. I had a great time getting to know them and was very excited about photographing their wedding at The Veranda at Thornton Park in downtown Orlando.

We met up with Stefanie and her attendants as they were getting their hair and makeup at the Orlando Embassy Suites. From there, we headed to The Veranda at Thornton Park where they finished getting ready.

The Veranda at Thornton Park

It had been a couple years since I last photographed at a wedding at this location (formerly known as The Summerlin House). The new ownership has done an amazing job in turning things around and I can’t wait to photograph another wedding here.

Vincent and Stefanie were married in the courtyard by Major Peppers. Stefanie’s dad did a fantastic job in making the pipes and drapes that made for the backdrop to the ceremony. Stefanie carried a fan made from fabric from her mother’s wedding dress.

There was a surprise to the wedding — none of the guests knew in advance, but Vincent wasn’t standing at the alter as the bridesmaids were about to come down the aisle. Suddenly, tires screeched, and Vincent runs in from the back. Helps himself to a martini as the James Bond theme plays and rushes down the aisle. The guests loved it!

After the ceremony, I took the bridal party across the street for some fun photos.

The courtyard was transformed in to a reception area where guests danced under the starlit night to music by Pro Event DJ. The James Bond theme continues as the couple danced to Live and Let Die and the signature drink was a martini – shaken, not stirred.

Stefanie and Vincent was an extremely nice couple and it was our honor to be their wedding photographer.

Congratulations again to Stefanie and Vincent. Please enjoy these photos!

Wedding Vendors


Preparations: Embassy Suites (www.embassysuitesorlando.com)
Dress: Minerva’s Bridal (www.minervasbridal.com)
Hair and Makeup: Weddings by Crystal (www.weddingsbycrystal.com)
Ceremony: The Veranda at Thornton Park (www.verandathornton.com)
Reception: The Veranda at Thornton Park (www.verandathornton.com)
Entertainment: Pro Event DJ (www.proeventdj.com)
Parking: VIP Valet (www.vipservicesorlando.com)
Cake Artist: Cut the Cake (www.cutthecakeinc.com)
Photography: DSWfoto (www.dswfoto.com)

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