{ kate + brian | married at abacoa palm bach gardens, fl }

The reception was held at Abacoa Golf Club in Jupiter. {Although golf clubs are notoriously flat, green and boring, this venue was not.}

The moment I arrived and spotted this amazing Tim Burton-esque tree at the entrance, I saw this shot in my mind.

kate brian tree

Kate and Brian were great sports and indulged my artsy side to create this unique Ansel Adams inspired image.

kate brian bridge walking

kate brian standing

Another hot picture spot, was this steel bridge…

kate brian red doors

And of course the cool red and green resident doors…

Then just in time for sunset…

kate brian silhouette 1

kate brian silhouette 2

kate brian silhouette 3

We found our way to the top of the hill, right behind the clubhouse, to grab this silhouette series.

The entire wedding party played with us for a while…

kate brian golf carts

then headed into the clubhouse.

kate brian violinist

A string trio serenaded guests during the cocktail hour, amidst a color scheme of orange, rustic peach and deep yellow.

kate brian bouquet

From the bouquets…

kate brian cake

to the triple-tiered cake…

kate brian table trio

kate brian table setting

to the coordinating table settings…

kate brian table floral arrangement w candles

to the tea lit floral arrangements.

kate brian table pergola

Even this draped pergola that hung over the cake table, incorporated her pallette.

kate brian sign in pillow

And check out this “happily every after” keepsake pillow, where guests gave the couple advise to sleep on. What a fun idea.

Flashing back to earlier in the day, Kate got ready at her mom’s home in Palm Beach Gardens.

kate brian dress shoes

Here is her couture gown hanging in the window with her Cinderella like faux-glass jelly slippers by Stuart Weitzman in the foreground.

kate brian puppy

Her adorable puppy {awww}, looked on as her bridesmaids started to get her dressed…

kate brian bride groom pre

Almost ready to go…

kate brian mom

Kate’s mom added the cathedral length veil…

kate brian flying veil

Which really took off in the wind, to create this epic moment.

Meanwhile, over at Brian’s parents home in Lake worth…

kate brian groom prep

the groom buttoned up for his walk down the aisle.

kate brian groom mom

A kiss from mom for luck and he was on his way.

kate brian laughing girls

Back in The Gardens, Kate and her attendants were laughing it up.

kate brian umbrella

They readied for a stroll in the gardens.

kate brian trailing girls

With Kate leading the way…

kate brian flowers girls

the girls grabbed their flowers. {I just love these colors, they are so trendy right now.}

kate brian veil over face

Kate and I shot a few more portraits. With that super long veil, and her ballet training it made for a great movement moment.

The limo arrived to pick up Kate, Dad and the girls.

kate brian limo arrival

They arrived at church about 15 minutes before the ceremony, and the flower girl welcomed them in the doorway…

kate brian flower girl in door

Soon she was off to petal the aisle… just as practiced.

kate brian flwr grl aisle

She was picture perfect.

The littlest of the two ring bearers was already waiting at the alter for her.

kate brian ring boy

How cute is he? Would you look at those eyes!

kate brian kneeling church

They had a full mass, paced just right.

Then a joyous kiss, captured as they left the church.

kate brian swing kiss

Gee… do you think they are happy to be married

kate brian brides bouquet

Here is a closer shot of the bride’s bouquet, as it dropped to the ground.

The little one’s sat on the bench and looked on…

kate brian ring boy flwer grl bench

much like Rageddy Ann and Andy here.

kate brian ragedy ann andy

This was captured earlier at Kate’s mom’s house. I saw these vintage dolls {just like the ones I had when I was a little girl} sitting in a rocking chair. Overcome with nostalgia, while I was styling ring shots, I just knew they needed to be included in what was to be a perfect day.

Special thanks to Ryan Droze for sharing his talents and second shooting with me, due to a last minute staff member illness.

Bridal Gown by: Cymbeline Paris
Shoes by: Stuart Weitzman
Floral Decor: Floral Gardens & Gifts

One response

  1. Hi Chris,

    I worked w/ Kate on her wedding gown, by Cymbeline. I would like to post one of her photos on my website. Thank you, Judy, The Dressing Room, http://www.thedroom.com

    April 23, 2010 at 4:05 pm

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