Dan & Lauren | Palmetto, Florida | Destination Wedding Photography

My first wedding of the year! In Palmetto, Florida!! Whaaaattt!! I feel so crazy lucky that I was chosen to document this beautiful wedding, in a beautiful place with an amazing couple who had the BEST family and friends. It was next to impossible to narrow down my favorite images. Enjoy them!

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So this Bed & Breakfast…where do I even begin? The details, the charm, the food. Everything is 5 star all the way. If you’re traveling to Palmetto, you must stop in and see Wim & Meike at the Palmetto Riverside Bed & Breakfast. You’re welcome in advance. And a big huge thank you to one of my besties and partners in crime, for traveling with me and being the best. So glad you were able to make the trip with me JennySpinosi-3Spinosi-4Spinosi-6Spinosi-7

Lauren!!! That bird cage veil!!! That dress!!! YOUR SMILE!!!! I know Jenny and I screamed and squealed enough to last you a lifetime….but can’t you see WHY!?!? Ahh! SO BEAUTIFUL!!! One of my favorites!Spinosi-9

First Look. I’ve seen more than a few of these….this one was so incredibly heartfelt and emotional. It was impossible not to get drippy eyes. Spinosi-11Spinosi-12

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Time to get mawwied. Mawage is wot bwings us togeder tooday. 😉

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Mr & Mrs!!!! Wooot wooott!!!

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I tapped into my inner nature photographer while in Palmetto. It was impossible not to!!!Spinosi-29

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This image PERFECTLY captures the two of you and your sweet relationship. Favorite!Spinosi-35

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Such an AMAZING day!!! Thank you, thank you for allowing me to be a small part of your day. It was unforgettable!


DAN + LAUREN

Palmetto, Florida

:: From Dan ::

Your wedding day in 5 words :: THE BEST DAY EVER!

Funniest moment :: Watching Lauren’s Step Mother dancing like she was 20 yrs old again.

Most emotional memory :: Our first look. I cried more than I thought I ever would.

Advice for future Brides & Grooms :: DO WHAT YOU WANT, don’t let others tell you what to do. Plan it how you want, and make it yours.

Do anything different ::  Not a thing.

:: From Lauren ::

Your wedding day in 5 words :: Perfect, stunning, relaxing, organized, fun!

Funniest memory :: With my previous life in theater, it should have come as no surprise that a high school friend and I ended up doing an entire lip sync to Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby.” It was hilarious. I can’t imagine what my family was thinking!

Most emotional memory :: Our first look was amazing. We had such a leisurely day, as everything got done sooner than expected. Then suddenly it was time to (finally) get going. It didn’t really hit me until I turned the corner and saw Dan standing with his back to me. I literally took three steps and was overcome with emotion. I finally made it to him, but was crying too much to even have him turn around. I remember resting my head on his back until I could compose myself. It finally felt real.

Advice for future Brides & Grooms? 1. Plan ahead as much as possible – it’s far better to have things done and have to to wait to use them than the opposite! 2. Do things the way you want and in a way that reflects your style. We “broke” so many of the “rules” – for instance, I firmly believe that garter tossing is unsanitary and clicking glasses for kisses is irritating for everyone – and we were very happy with how everything turned out. 3. Location, location, location! The ideas I had in my head initially were all wrong for the stunning location we chose. We decided that location/setting/atmosphere was our biggest priority, and that informed our other decisions.

Do anything different :: Not a thing!

:: MUSIC ::

First Dance :: 1. All of Me – John Legend (Lauren’s choice), 2. Ain’t that a kick in the head – Dean Martin (Dan’s choice)

Father Daughter Dance :: What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong

:: VENDORS ::

Ceremony & Reception :: www.palmettoriverside.com

Florist :: I bought silk flowers from Michael’s

DJ :: John Rinell Entertainment – www.johnrinell.com

Paper/invites :: I bought a template on Etsy then adjusted it for.

Cake :: Publix grocery store! We tried some mini cannoli when we arrived the week before and they were delicious. So we ordered mini cannoli and a six-inch cake for cutting. It worked out perfectly!

Caterer :: We ordered cold food trays from Mazzaro’s Italian Market in St. Pete. We only had to order three days in advance, so we did it once we arrived a week early. The guys picked them up the day of the wedding and we hired a server from Maid2Party to hear them up and transfer to chafing dishes. (We also hired a bartender from the same company.)

The Dress :: I think Mori Lee. I found it at Wendy’s Bridal in Columbus, OH. I had been to David’s Bridal and Alfred Angelo but didn’t find the perfect dress. I went in to Wendy’s ind afternoon by myself and explained the venue and let the woman pick out three dresses for me. The first one was exactly perfect for me. Simple, elegant, easy, and it had pockets!

Hair & Makeup :: We hired one hair person and one makeup person to come to the BnB and do me, 2 bridesmaids, and my stepmom. They scheduled four hours to complete everything but we’re so efficient that we were all done in two! We had three hours of down time until we had to get dressed! It was great!

Wedding coordinator :: Me! 🙂

May 9, 2016 - 7:55 pm

jacqie - yes yes yes yes! i love your processing on this one. i can just FEEL the love! <3

May 9, 2016 - 10:09 pm

jessica - wow! stunning images. loving the bird cage veil. 🙂

May 10, 2016 - 1:28 am

tsone - she has such a beautiful smile… and those reception photos are amazing, megan!

May 10, 2016 - 10:19 am

maike - Oh man, I am DYING over that image of them on the pier! It’s GORGEOUS! And really, this whole wedding is just lovely, and so beautiful and heartfelt. Great job Megan!

May 10, 2016 - 1:02 pm

Destinee - Megan- these images are fantastic! That ring shot is Amazing!! I love your favorite too. You captured their day so beautifully! Looks like a super fun party too!

May 10, 2016 - 10:07 pm

JennyBZ - Ugh I lovvvvvvvvved getting to be a part of this wedding w you!! So much joy and love all around. I still can’t get over that perfect tree. Gorgeous as always meggie, you killed it! xx

May 11, 2016 - 10:11 am

Kerri - Wooooooah!!! What a beautiful wedding venue, beautiful people, and fun fun day!! These photos capture it perfectly!!!! I love the pics of the ceremony under the tree with all of the moss 🙂 these are fantastic!

May 11, 2016 - 2:09 pm

Abbey - MEGAN!! You killed this wedding! Holy moly. SO much gorgeousness here. Love, love this happy couple and all the bright colors of this wedding!

May 12, 2016 - 11:46 am

Jenny - Oh. YEAH! Every single thing about this is perfect. The laughing-while-dancing image is the BEST!!! Ahh, I think I’ll go look at them all again. 🙂

May 12, 2016 - 2:15 pm

kim - MEGAN — you’re just the best!!!!!!!! I love every single image!!! So fun and colorful!!!

May 13, 2016 - 8:21 pm

Gisselle - What a beautiful wedding!! and omg that first look!! Well done Megan!!

May 16, 2016 - 7:24 pm

Tina - Oh Megan, so beautiful! The First Look? LOVE it! What a beautiful couple and you capture the joy of their day so perfectly! Stunning!

May 17, 2016 - 11:49 am

erin s - Ermegerd!!! Everything about this wedding I love! Their first look literally made me tear up – those detail shots – those willow trees!! Fantastic job as always Megan!!

May 17, 2016 - 12:08 pm

lauren - Ahhh! So much love and happy! This wedding is gorgeous! I LOVEEEEEE the shot of them laughing/dancing! What perfect moments you captured for this couple!

May 18, 2016 - 9:35 am

Natalie - What a gorgeous, dreamy day!! Amazing job! And the emotion captured during their first look is beyond perfect!