The Ring Shot Hall of Fame!

There are few, special, unique things that you get on your wedding day that stay with you forever. Wedding photography, of course, is one of those things. An, even more, perpetual reminder of your love for one another that is almost always on display are your wedding rings. As wedding photographers, this is one of our favorite things to photograph! Every couple is a unique match that is special and like each couple, we have never seen two rings quite like one another! What makes our ring photos even more interesting is the fact that we use environmental elements to frame and capture the best, most meaningful ring shot for you. Did your wedding have a fruit theme? Cool, we'll photograph your rings on that fruit! Was your wedding at a honey bee farm? Awesome, we'll incorporate something from the farm with the rings! These few examples and much more are shown below in our 2017 Ring Shot Hall of Fame. Share with that friend you think is soon to be engaged or may be already engaged and thinking about decor ideas!



The Wedding Cake Hall of Fame!

For those of you joining us for the first time, we are a small family of wedding photographers based in St. Augustine, Florida. When you photograph seventy+ weddings per year you see a LOT of gorgeous cakes. And when we say a lot, we mean a ton. From traditional white cakes with bride and groom cake toppers, to incredibly unique groom's cakes that will make you spit out your drink laughing. We always think we've seen it all, until we see the next cake. Whether in North Florida, Central Florida, South Florida, or a further destination, our clients handpick, and many times custom design their cake for their big day. We simply have the opportunity to photograph their wedding day, and in this case, wedding cake. We couldn't wait any longer to show you some of our top picks, in hopes that they may inspire those of you currently planning your wedding. 

Are you trying to narrow down your style? Perhaps it's nautical, or maybe you love the bling? You may want to add a pop of color or drench the entire cake with your favorite color pallet. Are you going to have a monogram cake topper, bride and groom topper, or something special and unique? Will you add flowers to your cake, glitter, ribbon, rosemary, or edible beading?

Perhaps you'll strip off the icing and have a naked cake. Or maybe cakes aren't your thing at all and you envision having cake pops, cupcakes, or donuts.

Whatever the case, whatever the taste, here are some of our top picks for the Bow Tie Photo Wedding Cake Hall of Fame! Bon appetit! 


Joseph & Christina | Orlando Wedding

We had the pleasure of photographing Christina and Joseph's beautiful wedding that took place in Orlando and Celebration, Florida. We met Joseph and Christina last January in Washington, DC for our first engagement session of 2016! It was below freezing for our sunrise session, touring the monuments. We were happy that the weather could not have been better for their wedding day. The two-day wedding affair was filled with lots of laughter, tears, hugs and even some kisses! We were fortunate enough to have extra time after the ceremony for portraits in downtown Celebration. The reception took place at Reunion Resort, which was over the top in every way imaginable! Near the end of the evening, Stan Pe Films shared an incredible same day edit wedding highlight video, see video below! We are excited to share some of our favorites from their big day!

MUST WATCH!!! Video below is their Same Day Edit, produced by Stan Pe Films! 

Awesome Vendors:

Coordination: Blush by Brandee Gaar  

Church: Corpus Christi Catholic Church 

Venue: Reunion Resort  

Videographer: Stan Pe Films

DJ (Night 1): Event Concepts

DJ (Night 2): Our DJ Rocks

Caterer (Night 1): Sizzler Indian

Floral: Lee James Floral Design 

Hair/Make-Up: LeJeune Artistry

Rentals: A Chair Affair

Draping: Swag Decor

Dance Floor: Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals 

Pin Spotting: FyerFly Productions

Cake: Party Flavors

Linens: Over The Top

Photobooth: Grainger Entertainment

Transportation: VIP Wedding Transportation

Photography: Bow Tie Photo

Elissa & Zach | Jacksonville Zoo Engagement

It is always special when we make it out to Jacksonville's world class zoo, it is even MORE special when we have the privilege to take engagement photos there with an awesome couple! Weekday mornings are extra quiet at the zoo, which creates the perfect time to take romantic portraits of a couple in love! Incorporating many parts of the zoo was not only fun, but turned into a "date" morning. As always, the session was filled with laughter, a few silly faces, and plenty of kisses! Here are a few of our favorites:

Paige & Jeff | Engaged

Happy New Year! It's hard to beat the mild winter days in St. Augustine, Florida, especially when it comes to engagement sessions outside! We had the pleasure of photographing Paige and Jeff in historic St. Augustine and the nearby beach. Both natives of Florida, who now call Lake County home (outside of Orlando) they fit right into the laid-back, go with the flow vibe that north Florida is known for. We started the afternoon outside of the Lightner Museum, wandered our way through the streets (with their Labs, Mia and Cali), and wrapped up for the last bit of sunlight on St. Augustine Beach. We are excited to photograph their wedding in a few short months at the Bowing Oaks Plantation outside of Jacksonville, Florida! Congratulations Jeff & Paige!

Michael & Kayla | Old Silk Mill Wedding

And like that, fall is here! We kicked the fall wedding photography season off with Michael and Kayla at the beautiful Inn at the Old Silk Mill. It was a picture perfect day for weather and the company was even better. Our day was filled with laughter, silly faces, a few happy tears, and lots of dance floor excitement! Earlier this year we spent an afternoon with these two and it's clear they're each others soul mates. We did a little wandering and found some incredible outdoor locations for portraits that look like they were right out of a studio. During the reception Michael's acapella group made a surprise performance for the wedding guests. We are excited for Michael and Kayla, here our some of our favorites! Also - LOTS of flying things in this collection!

Lauren & Scott | Beach Club Wedding

FALL is (almost) here! Fall ushers in the third and final wave of weddings for the year, and we couldn't be more excited about our schedule the next few months! One of our favorite places to photograph weddings is on the water, and on top of that having an awesome couple like Lauren and Scott makes it that much better! These two have so much energy and are very much in love, it made for a great day and even better photos. Pressed for time with a tight schedule to get all of the day's events in, we made the best use of the weather, Club, and our time to get beautiful shots. We can't wait to get through the rest of the photos, enjoy some of our favorites below!

Kaileigh & Andrew | Big Talbot Island Engagement

One of our favorite places to photograph couples for engagement sessions is Big Talbot Island, which is a little known gem just south of Amelia Island, Florida. The woods have a beachy - prehistoric fee with their oversize ferns and large, moss covered trees. Moving through the woods and down to the beach will put you in the middle of Boneyard Beach. I promise it's not as scary as it sounds! As trees fall off the short cliff into the water, they stay on the beach as they become gigantic pieces of driftwood. ON TOP of all of that we had the wonderful opportunity of photographing Kaileigh and Andrew's engagement session. They are a cute couple who are clearly head over heels in love. Our session was filled with laughter, silly faces, and cuddling. We are excited to share some of our favorites from their engagement session and can't wait for their wedding in March! 

Lacey & Brandon | Wedding

It was a beautiful late summer day on Amelia Island for Brandon and Lacey's wedding! Both Maryland natives, they moved down to Jacksonville several years ago for Brandon's service in the Navy. With an interesting turn of events, that had both sides of the family excited, he was relocated back to Maryland earlier this year! They already had made their wedding plans at the Golf Club of Amelia Island. An amazing venue tucked between Amelia Island's famous Ritz Carlton and one of the many treasured canopy roads of the island. We managed to get outside several times throughout the day for some extraordinary portraits. The love between these two was palpable and it really shows through their photos, we are excited to share a few, enjoy!


Devin & Jasmine | Engaged

It was a sunny, but sleepy morning a few weeks ago for Jasmine and Devin's lifestyle engagement session. It wasn't raining (a common theme this May) but we started in their home. A charming turn of the century row house that they call home, is updated with modern conveniences but its character remains intact. When we first began talking about an engagement session, I asked, "What places are important to you two?" without missing a beat they said their home, favorite coffee shop, and the places they frequent in their neighborhood. Having a connection to not only one another, but also the backdrop for your photos gives that extra meaning which makes them that much more special when you look back. It was a great morning, we can't wait for their wedding next spring!


Rain On Your Wedding Day

A rainy wedding day is never, well almost never what a couple hopes for on their wedding day. Its darker, usually colder, slippery... the list goes on. On the flip side the light is soft, the ground glistens, the curious guests are non-existent, the mood is intimate and there's that extra closeness between a couple as they cuddle to stay warm. As a wedding and engagement photographer the show must go on rain or shine. Working quickly and efficiently while still maintaining a high quality level of work is essential. This weekend it was exceptionally rainy through the mid-Atlantic, but our couples stayed more than positive and we pulled off some great shots, here's a few of them!



Carlos & Yesenia | Engaged

We could have not asked for a better spring: great couples, weather, and engagement sessions! We had the pleasure of photographing Yesenia and Carlos' engagement session in Old Town, Alexandria. It was a beautiful, warm, sunny afternoon, that was surprisingly low key for a week day in Alexandria! When they were 15 years young, Carlos and Yesenia met in high school, became best friends, and now are tying the knot this July. Alexandria is their hometown, and they love everything that is very DC as they call it. Zoe, their fur baby even made a cameo for a few shots! Engagement photography is a great time to get to know our couples, have some fun, and try new things! We are super excited to be the photographers for their big day that is right around the corner!


Jeff & Paige | Engaged

It's hard to beat the spring weather in St. Augustine, Florida, especially when it comes to engagement sessions outside! We had the pleasure of photographing Paige and Jeff in historic St. Augustine and the nearby beach. Both natives of Florida, who now call Lake County home (outside of Orlando) they fit right in to the laid-back, go with the flow vibe that north Florida is known for. We started the afternoon outside of the Lightner Museum, wandered our way through the streets (with their Labs, Mia and Cali), and wrapped up for the last bit of sunlight on St. Augustine Beach. We are excited to photograph their wedding in less than a year at the Bowling Oaks Plantation outside of Jacksonville, Florida! Congratulations Jeff & Paige!





Devan & Justin | Married

It was a beautiful, sunny, warm February day for Devan and Justin's wedding; perfect for wedding photography! The whole wedding day took place in Nocatee, Florida; a new development on Florida's first coast. Devan and Justin, both Tennessee natives have lived in the area for several years, and chose it as the perfect place for their wedding. Venturing out of Nocatee's  Crosswater Hall, which is complete with bridal suites, a reception hall with fireplaces, hardwood floors, and a full kitchen, we found some quiet places, including Nocatee Preserve. It's sometimes a challenge on the wedding day to find a peaceful place for portraits, but the preserve didn't disappoint! The reception was full of energy with friends, a majority of which they've had since childhood. We snuck Devan and Justin out of their reception for a few minutes for some spectacular night bridal portraits! We capped off the night with a sparkler exit. For their honeymoon, Justin and Devan recently purchased a full size RV and are currently on a 6 month tour of the United States visiting all of the places they've always wanted to! We are so excited (and jealous) of Devan and Justin's trip! Congratulations you two! (see below for the awesome vendors who worked on this wedding with us)




The awesome vendors who worked on this wedding! (click their name to visit their page!)

Photography: Bow Tie Photo

Planner: Coastal Coordinating

Caterer: D'Vine Cuisine

Entertainment: KTG Entertainment

Cake/Baker: Not Too Shabby Bakery

Flowers: Floral Emporium

Dress: Debra's Bridal Shop

Hair & Make-Up: Elite Look Productions

Venue: Nocatee Crosswater Hall


Steve & Elaine | Engaged

Happy Spring! We had the pleasure of kicking off the spring wedding and engagement photography season with Steve & Elaine and Washington DC's famous cherry blossoms. Planning the exact timing for cherry blossom peak bloom is an art in itself. The forecast went back and forth leading up to our session day. We were slightly early, but managed to find the beautiful Magnolia trees at the George Mason Memorial in full bloom. In addition to spectacular light, engagement sessions during the week, at sunrise, offer an opportunity to take photos while few others are out, making for an intimate setting in a big city. We are excited to be the wedding photographers for Steve & Elaine's wedding this June!



We met Steve & Elaine through a great planner who we love working with, for more information check out:

Necoya Tyson