Andres & Carla’s Romantic (And Hillarious) Engagement!

We have some pretty special news – our photographer, Andres, is now engaged to his sweetheart Carla!  Andres asked Carla to marry him over Thanksgiving weekend and she said yes! However, the special plans Andres had for the big question encountered a few hiccups along the way… Thankfully, Nate was there to document the adventure!

Above, you can see what appears to be Andres, Carla, his car, loose sand and the ocean – probably not the best combination.  Andres had a wonderful plan in place for this very special day.  Nate was to arrive at Huguenot Park in advance of the couple, well before dawn, to setup video and photography in a hidden location.  Soon after, the couple were going to arrive, drive out to where he was stationed, and Andres would sing her a song, read her some Scripture, and as the sun was rising, get down on one knee and ask for her hand in marriage.  What happened instead was much more amusing!

We awoke on the morning of the engagement to discover a line of intense storms bearing down on the First Coast.  At best, it looked like we would have 15 minutes between sunrise and torrential rain.   But, we persevered and when Nate arrived at the park, he drove all the way out to the ocean, only to discover the tide was unusually high – making the 1/4 mile drive out to the Jetties impossible. Nate texted Andres.

Unfortunately, Andres didn’t receive Nate’s text, and drove out to the ocean himself.  He soon discovered two things.  First, he was not going to be able to drive to the Jetties.  Second, his car was hopelessly stuck in some very loose sand.  At this point (and to Carla’s surprise) Nate just happened to appear around the corner and offered his assistance.  With Nate’s help, they were able to get the car out of one hole, but it quickly bogged down again – and as Andres and Nate tried to push the car out, all it did was sink further and further into the wet and spongy sand.

It was at about this time that the sun began peek over the horizon.  As you can see above, the car proved to be a wonderful vantage point for Carla – Andres on the other hand was up to his elbows in sand at the time.  With the rain and wind quickly picking up and with the tide now receding, the three ‘amigos’ decided it would be best to hop into Nate’s car and find a place to wait out the rain.  They landed at a great little restaurant near the ferry terminal on Heckshire – Nicole’s on the River.  The food was great, the portions were generous [and by generous I mean gigantic], and the prices can’t be beat.

So – long story made slightly shorter – they spent an hour at Nicole’s, the rain subsided, and they headed back to the stranded car.  With the tide now 40 feet out, the sand had hardened up nicely, and a kind surfer (and his 4×4) was able to pull the car free.  With the crisis averted, Andres and Carla were free to take a stroll, enjoy the ocean, and oh, yes, get engaged!  Congratulations you two!  Here’s to many years of love and joy!

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Time Lapse Movie – Putting up the Christmas Tree

So, this year I decided to do something unique – a time lapse video (consisting of -5 second time exposures to give the blur) of our family transforming our living room into a Christmas Wonderland of sorts.  Above is a tiny snippet of the 2 minute video.

Check out the full 2 minute HD YouTube video below:

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UPDATED: Freebie! Poetic Thanksgiving HD Wallpaper

Happy Thanksgiving!  There is truly so much to be thankful for!

We wanted to take a moment to wish all of you a wonderfully joyful and blessed Thanksgiving!  To help make this season just a bit more festive, we’ve taken some of our favorite autumn fine art pieces and paired them with some great Thanksgiving-themed poetry – creating 4 festive Thanksgiving wallpapers, perfect for your computer!  Each image is full HD (1920×1080).  Enjoy!

UPDATE: For those of you without widescreen monitors, we’ve added a selection of wallpapers from Thanksgiving last year.  With about a 4:3 aspect ratio, they are great for non-widescreen computers!

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Here I Raise My Ebenez-what? Thanksgiving at ECC

This Sunday marked a day of mission and thanksgiving at our church home, Eastside Community Church.  During our Sunday morning service, we had the joy of recommissioning one of our missionary families (the Matthews).  We’ve enjoyed having them here for a few months, but are so thankful for the work they are doing to love and care for those in Southeast Asia.

But that wasn’t the end of our Sunday!  Last night, the church got together for a special Thanksgiving service.  For the first time, we raised our own Ebenezer (a memorial of sorts, to remind us of God’s gracious help).  It was a wonderful time of worship and thanksgiving!  Enjoy the photos!

Want to download any of the photos for your desktop wallpaper?
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Karen & Duen’s Elegant Ritz-Carlton Wedding!

We had a wonderful time spending the day with Karen and Duen up at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island!  The weather was absolutely gorgeous – a perfect match for our couple’s elegant wedding.  Thanks again for choosing us to be part of your wedding day – here’s to many, many more wonderful years to come!

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Lauren & John’s Beautiful Queens Harbour Wedding!

We’re filling the blog with weddings this week!  Today’s sneak peak is of Lauren and John’s wonderful wedding.  The weather outside was a bit cool, but the warmth of this Queen’s Harbour wedding was enough to keep everyone’s hearts warm!  Congratulations Lauren & John – hope you enjoy the photos!

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James & Beth’s High-Flying Fabulous Wedding!

This weekend we had the honor of shooting this wonderful wedding out in Orange Park.  Hosted at Club Continental, the wedding of James and Beth was splendid.  I know you’ve heard of horse drawn carriages and limos at weddings, but, James, being a crewman on a helicopter himself, somehow lured one of the Navy’s SH-60 Helicopters  just off the coast during some of the posed photos.  It was cool!  Congratulations – and here’s to many years of high-flying marital bliss! (Yes, I know that was corny)…

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