Yo – Ho – Ho and a Bottle of . . .Rosé: Courtney and Nate’s wedding at the Melbourne yacht club in Florida

Other photographers often ask me if I ever get bored as a wedding photographer since they figure pretty much all weddings are the same: a ceremony where the couple gets married and then a reception to follow. My response is no, I never get bored, since every wedding has something special about it and that capturing those emotions on the day of a wedding never gets old. After Courtney and Nate’s wedding I can add to it that as a wedding photographer, you never know what you might get to do, like go on a pirate ship. That’s right, you read it correctly, a PIRATE SHIP! Courtney and Nate had Captain Dan dock his extraordinary pirate ship at the Melborne yacht club where they had their reception. Captain Dan had the full pirate regalia including a live parrot, the ship was armed with antique canons, and he kept in character by speaking like a pirate the whole evening. Yarrrr!!! After our photo session the littlest guests got permission to board and at the end of the night the wedding party donned swords and climbed the yardarms. Needless to say, it was a big hit with everyone and it was a shoot I will NEVER forget.

Nate’s love of all things ocean was creatively represented in the nautical themed elements found throughout their whole wedding. Their card collection box was a lobster trap, the flowers were wrapped with sailing rope, and the groom’s cake was shaped just like a speed boat. Courtney’s wonderful sense of humor and deep connection with her family were also part of their big day. They had fabulous caricature artist, Rafael Diez, at the reception and the ring bearer brought up the rings on her grandfather’s bible. With all these personal touches, Courtney and Nate wanted to make sure they had great photo AND video coverage, and that is definitely what they got with Ian of Movie Magic Productions. His coverage of the day, seen here, was truly cinematic and moving, not to mention he was great to work with. I would seriously suggest that any bride who likes his style of coverage fly him in because he was really THAT amazing. Last, but certainly not least, working with my husband Matt as a second shooter made the day extra special for me.

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