Being ‘in’ a joyful surprise is always fun and rewarding-so when Stephanie of Along Came Stephanie asked if I was interested in capturing Jay and Lynn’s intimate vows on the beach, I didn’t hesitate! Jay commissioned Stephanie to surprise Lynn with a bridal bouquet, brunch on the beach and photos of the event. Lynn was simply expecting to privately exchange vows with Jay on their own–their marriage license from Pennsylvania allows for couples to marry themselves, so she truly did not expect another person to attend their ceremony. I was giddy as I “pretended” to photograph Stephanie and her husband, David while Jay and Lynn approached the exquisite bouquet that awaited them on the shore of Lover’s Key:
Lynn thought the bouquet was for “the couple getting their pictures taken,” and was completely shocked when Jay reached down and handed it to her, explaining that it was hers.
As she tearfully accepted the bouquet, she was still unaware of the brunch that was just a few steps away:
They exchanged rings and laughter, and became husband and wife right before my eyes. It was magical!
Lynn was so surprised that she could barely eat–and I was surprised to learn that she and Jay have been together for ten years! They definitely know how to keep romance alive!
Florals by: Botanicals on the Gulf
ps. Here is a behind the scenes look! Thank you, Dave Meiser for snapping this!
Wedding Decor and Coordinator: Along Came Stephanie