{Kristin & Andrew | Engagement at Brush Creek | KiKi Creates | Crested Butte, Colorado }

Nothing beats a nice walk in the woods with your pup and your love! Especially when you have it all to yourself and you manage to balance an engagement ring on your pups nose 🙂 As it starts to warm up here in CB I wanted to share my last snowy shoot of the season. Check out Kristin and Andrew (and Bella) below! Enjoy!
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{Jennie&Josh | Wedding at Casa Marina | KiKi Creates | Jacksonville Beach, Florida}

Jennie & Josh have an incredibly tight knit family. You can tell by how they interact with each other. There were so many smiles and tears on their wedding day. It seemed as if every single person at the wedding had a part in their story and it was beautiful to be apart of the mix.

Hurricane Irma & Maria came into the east coast as a category 5 and displaced Jennie and Josh several months before and after their wedding. They went and stayed with Jennie’s parents and planned and put together the rest of their day over the next few months hundreds of miles from home. Jennie spent time making the cake, flowers, and decorations. It was truly a labor of love and man did they celebrate! Jennies bridesmaids wrote personalized letters to her the day of, her grandmothers broach was worn and given to her with a note as well. Josh had drinks with all of his buddies before our super goofy groomsmen photos after. It was a gorgeous sunset and with all our shoes kicked off we ran down to the beach to get some of my favorite portraits at Casa. The ceremony and reception speeches had everyone crying with happy tears. And as if everything was not already perfect enough, under a full moon and hundreds of twinkle lights, there entire wedding picked them up and put them on their shoulders during the last song. It was such an energetic wedding day and I absolutely had a blast!

Check out their fun filled, sunny wedding day below! Enjoy!

KiKi

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Venue: 

– Casa Marina

– 691 1st St N, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250, USA

Photographer: KiKi Creates

Dress: 

– CC’s Bridal Boutique

– 4212 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33609, USA

Makeup and hair:

– Make Up by Paulina

– 5711 Bowden Road, Suite #2

Jacksonville, FL  32216

Rentals:

– Savvi Formalwear

Florist:

Flowers by my beautiful wife!

Cake:

Cake by my beautiful wife!

Caterer:

– Casa Marina

Officiant:

– Dani Jo Ninke

Coordinator:

– Casa Marina

{Catherine&Ryan | Wedding at Custer State Park | KiKi Creates | Custer, South Dakota}

I wish I could post photos from this wedding everyday. The ease and beauty in which Catherine and Ryan put on their South Dakota Mountain wedding was gorgeous. Even with rain almost the entire day of the wedding, we managed to adventure and photograph in some amazing spots.

I also love the adorable touches they had the day of. Their grandfather marrying them and their other grandfather, that had passed, recorded a message and blessing that they played before dinner. Catherine wore a two piece lace dress that her mother softly helped her button, while Ryan was dressed in a tux that his Father helped him straighten up. Only their family stood by their side as they were married. Catherine’s Sisters and Ryan’s Brother and Father. Where they were married, Ryan built a buffalo made of steel. And let’s just say he added an extra part to the “male” buffalo that was asked to be removed prior to the wedding day. That is only a testament to what a goofy and fun guy Ryan is. And how beautifully Catherine’s sweetness and wit compliments him.

Beyond that, Catherine and Ryan (and all of their friends and family) know how to party! I can easily say of all the couples I have photographed over 9 years, Catherine and Ryan were on the dance floor more than any other couple. And they looked damn good doing it. Twirling and dipping and at one point playing spin the bottle to who would dance next. At times they were dancing with cowboy hats on, whiskey in hand and a lit cigar in their mouth. And I am not just talking about Ryan, Catherine was doing it too. They’re just a bad ass, good looking couple. And I am pretty stoked to be the one to capture their outdoor, wooded, super fun wedding! Check out the amazingness of Catherine and Ryan below!

Enjoy! KiKi

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Venue: State Game Lodge in Custer State Park

Photographer: Kara Lamm, Kiki Creates

Dress: Gown Boutique of Charleston

Makeup and hair: Melissa Dykman, Love & Beauty Maui

Florist: Roots Wedding Florals

Cake: Bakehouse

Band: Peewee Moore

DJ: JD Productions

Caterer: State Game Lodge

Officiant: Tom Bullock, Groom’s Grandfather

{Lee&Jean | Elopement at One Ocean | KiKi Creates | Neptune Beach, Florida}

Lee and Jean met me at sunrise on a Friday. It was a completely cloudless, windless, gorgeous day. With us were their parents and the officiant. It happened to be a quiet morning in Neptune Beach where we shared the dock with a single seagull and that is about it.

Directly after the Ceremony Jean’s Mother embraced them both in the biggest hug. It was a sweet moment as they were essentially getting hugged by 25% of their wedding guests. Which I always thought was sweet. Sharing a moment so important and lasting in their memory. The sun hit the horizon and we spent a quiet and happy morning by the sea before a beach front brunch. And although we only spent a little over an hour together, I feel I got to get to know and share more with Lee and Jean than you would think. Thanks for smiling the whole time and making an early morning feel not so early. 🙂

Check out their sweet elopement below. Enjoy!

KiKi

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{Anna&Joe | Wedding at The Winterbourne Inn | KiKi Creates | Orange Park, Florida}

I met Anna and Joe Camping. Which is a great start to any story because we all love camping. Anna was actually sitting in a hammock with a colorful shirt, beautiful blonde hair and such an inviting smile. Then I met Joe, who has an even bigger smile and a wonderfully happy personality. They were not engaged at the time, but they were one of those couples where everyone was just waiting for it to happen. And I wish there is something I could say to convey the love Joe and Anna have. I’ve tried to put some words together but I am struggling to really say how I can tell there going to make it. So I’ll say this… Everyone, literally everyone I talked to about Joe and Anna, knew that they were the purest definition of meant to be. I’ve never seen a couple compliment each other so beautifully and so lovingly. And beyond the great relationship, they are just darn right FUN dancing machines. There is never a dull moment around them. I actually stayed an hour longer and didn’t realize it because I too was having fun and maybe dancing while photographing (It’s a total pro move:)). I will let you read what Anna wrote below and hope you enjoy the images! -KiKi

From Anna the Bride:

“Joe and I love being outdoors and do a lot of camping so naturally the ceremony was outside on the St. Johns River. Joe grew up on the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, the venue was a perfect fit. Our flower dog was our fluffy husky. He is our fur baby and anyone who knows us also knows Ryder. He totally stole the show!

When I found my dress I loved the vintage feel of the lace. It was a sweet surprise that the lace on my mom’s veil had the same lace…so I surprised her by wearing the veil on my wedding day. It was a sweet surprise. 

Joe and I also love music so our DJ was crucial. He was a friend of ours that we have seen on several occasions. He knew exactly our style and knew how to mix fun songs together to get EVERYONE on the dance floor. I think at one point we had three dance parties going on at the same time in various areas of the venue.  We love music so much we made a “mix cd” for our wedding favors so our guests could rock out with us for years to come.”

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Venue: The Winterbourne Inn

Photographer: Kiki Creates

Dress: Watters from White Magnolia in Jacksonville, FL

Makeup and hair: 

Hair- Sami Skinner Rio Salon 

Makeup: Lucia Palenik

Rentals:  Lights- St Johns Illuminations

Florist: The Anti Bride j

Cake: Calli Marie Bakes

Caterer: The Winterbourne Inn

Officiant: Pastor Bob Hovey , First coast ceremonies firstcoastceremonies@gmail.com

Coordinator: Kim Pilgrim, The Winterbourne Inn winterbourneinn@hotmail.com

{Ariana & Kurtis | Wedding at Seven Falls | KiKi Creates | Colorado Springs, Colorado}

To be apart of only 20 people at someones wedding is a very special thing. Of all the places, people and things in this world, some how your moments along the way lead you to be one of the most important people in someones life. 1 of 20 in attendance to share their most special and thoughtful day. Now that is pretty neat. And out of the sea of photographers they could have chosen to be that person to capture such a sweet and family oriented day, it is pretty darn neat to be picked for that too.

Ariana and Kurtis and their closest family and friends shared a spot under the waterfall at Seven Falls the day after Thanksgiving. Gathered around with no chairs or microphones and using each other to keep warm, they inched closer to hear their teary eyed vows. With their pup at their feet, rings tied around his collar, they held hands underneath the roaring of the falls. So much love and energy it was hard to stay focused and not get swept up in the moment. As they were pronounced husband and wife, everyone put their hands on them in prayer and then they shared a huge hug and kiss.

To follow such a unique and beautiful ceremony was hard. But being a crew of 20 we slowly became the talk of the park. Of course my crazy idea was to have them walk up some 200+ stairs, stand on a platform with no people (on the busiest day of the year), while I ran a half a mile across to another platform and up an elevator to get a shot of the whole waterfall. We had Kurtis on the phone with me kindly asking people to get of the tiny platform and their wedding guests holding people off on the stairs by them and cheering me on over at the other platform while on the phone directing them. I was trying my hardest not to giggle while making the photo but it really was the biggest joint effort to make it happen and it turned out pretty epic! But enough from me! Below is what the Bride told me about her wedding day and be sure to check out the images after! Enjoy! KiKi

From the Bride, Ariana:

“Our wedding was so perfect because it felt like just a gathering of family which is what we wanted. We had the most important people there to celebrate such an important event and we got to do it in one of the most beautiful places in the world. We got to be so relaxed and laid back and just focus on the important things rather then making sure everything was perfect which in the end it really was. We got to really spend the day together and just laugh and really feel all the love that we have for each other.  I honestly cant imagine marrying the love of my life any other way.”

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Venue: Seven Falls

Dress: Davids Bridal

Makeup and hair: Done by the bride

Florist: Skyway Creations

Cake: Edelweiss Restaurant

Caterer: Edelweiss Restaurant

Officiant: Erich Michelfelder (father of groom)

{Krissi & Ben | Wedding at Upper Schmid Ranch | KiKi Creates | Telluride, Colorado}

My favorite season is Colorado is in September when fall is slowly changing to winter. The aspens are super yellow and lively and the mountain tops are covered in snow. It’s the perfect contrast of light and dark and is a gorgeous time of year.

So you can only imagine my eyes when I pulled up for Krissi and Bens gorgeous wedding at Upper Schmid Ranch. It’s the perfect vibe of rustic beautiful woods and absolutely stunning Mountain View’s. And Krissi and Ben knew how to make it even that much better. A mobile bar, karaoke, multiple doggie guest, Polaroid photo booth, and a cupcake station.

It was certainly a day to remember and a wedding I absolutely loved being apart of.

Enjoy!

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