Florida Summer Wedding
Sunflowers at sunset. Rod and Michaela tie the knot on one of Sanibel’s most beautiful destinations. The newly renovated Island Inn beachfront resort rest on 10 acres and has that old Florida charm. The ceremony setting was decorated with bright yellow sunflowers and purple signs and ribbon. The aisle was lined with hand-painted signs (by the groom) with sweet messages and quotes that made everyone smile.
“I love her and that’s the beginning and end of everything” – F. Scott Fitzgerald
“I married my best friend on July 19 at sunset on the beach of Sanibel Island at the Island Inn, resulting in a modern-day Brady Bunch with each of us bringing two kids to our blended family. Throughout the process of wedding planning, I remained calm, even when my dress didn’t fit 3 weeks before the wedding and through various other small snags. The one and only thing that made my heart pound a little faster was the looming wedding photography. I do not like to be in front of a camera – I have always only felt comfortable BEHIND a camera. My anxiety about the wedding pictures increased throughout the day of the wedding right up to the moment Linsey walked into our cottage. From that point on, she made me feel absolutely comfortable and relaxed, and I even enjoyed our pictures – a testament to Linsey’s skills considering I’ve spent 40 years despising having my picture taken! True to the nature of weddings, the event was a blur but I do recall how seamlessly Linsey fit into the scene, capturing so many wonderful shots of the wedding and friends and family, yet never being present to the point of altering the moment. We were floored by the number of pictures Linsey took and were absolutely thrilled with the quality and beauty of the pictures – even the goofy expressions sported by the 4 kids turned out great! My step-son DOES NOT smile for pictures and Linsey managed to capture some beautiful, candid shots of him – such a rarity and such a gift to us. One of the best pictures Linsey took was especially meaningful. My husband’s parents were unable to travel to the wedding because of his mother’s recent recurrence of breast cancer. A friend used an iPad to Skype with my new in-laws throughout the ceremony so they could still feel included in the event. Linsey got an incredible shot of our friend holding the iPad; with a clear view of my in-laws on the iPad screen with the wedding ceremony taking place is the background. Most photographers would not have picked up on this special circumstance, let alone captured something so poignant. That picture brought grateful tears to our eyes! Every aspect of working with Scott Kelsey Photography went perfectly: the planning, the variety of pictures, the inclusion of all the wedding guests in various pictures, and the thoughtfulness and creativity that went into each shot, creating a wedding portfolio more beautiful and magical than I could have imagined or hoped for. Thank you – we are forever grateful! And we hope to get back to Sanibel Island soon to celebrate my step-father’s 70th birthday. We would love to work with Linsey again for family portraits, and every bride would be lucky to have Scott Kelsey Photography shoot her wedding!”