This Ritz Carlton Naples wedding illustrates everything that I miss about living in Florida. For those of you who know me, you’re probably already laughing – miss Florida? I know I’m pretty clear about my distaste for the sun, any weather condition over seventy degrees, sweating, and the outdoors in general. How could I miss living in a state that provides all of those things? For one, I miss the light. I miss how the sun takes its’ sweet time wandering down towards the horizon, the sun set lasting for what seems like hours. Here in the city, when the sun sets, it’s a rush to pure darkness. In Florida, the light fades so slowly to sunset that there is ample time to take advantage of it for portraits. Second, I miss the kindness of Floridians. Not brisk, rushed, rude or curt, Floridians take the time to give you directions, walk you to the beach instead of just pointing, and when they ask “How’s your day?” you know they really mean it.
It was only fitting that I work with one of the kindest, sweetest Philadelphia coordinators at this Ritz Carlton Naples wedding. Gina Sole was ever so lovely, referring Kelly and Jordan to me. It was wonderful to travel with her back to the state that I lived in for eight years, revisiting beaches I’d shot on less than a decade ago. It was also only appropriate, given the lovely setting, that the bride and groom were as sweet as Kelly and Jordan. Delightful, funny, warm, and welcoming, Kelly and Jordan created a destination wedding for their guests that was intimate, inviting, and Florida-perfect.
Kelly and Jordan, thank you so much for bringing me all the way down to Naples to photograph your wedding. It was warm, wonderful, and beautiful – just like you both. I hope your honeymoon is equally warm and wonderful, and I can’t wait to share your images with you when you return!