I am so grateful to have had the privilege of photographing one of the very first weddings to take place at the gorgeous Cavallo Estate in Lecanto! Nestled right in my beloved hometown, this stunning new venue features a dusty blue/grey historic barn with white trim (so dreamy), surrounded by a large wooded area of oak trees! Just behind the barn lies a large blueberry field with acres on acres of all natural, you-pick blueberries! Could you even dream up a more magical location for a southern style wedding? Dana and Stefania exchanged vows in front of the field, but we snuck out a couple of hours after the ceremony for glowy sunset photos amongst the blueberries! They walked hand and hand between rows of muted green foliage, twirled among the deep colored blue little fruits and shared kisses beneath the fresh flowers of the linen draped arbor where they said I do just hours before.
Stefania’s white gown was covered in intricate beaded lace, but what most probably didn’t know, is that sewn onto the underside, was a little blue heart. Her father had passed away before the wedding and her “something blue” was actually this patch taken from one of his old shirts. I have photographed many beautiful bouquets and diamond rings over my career, but as someone who also lost their dad before their wedding day- this small detail was so much more beautiful to me! And so also one of the most heart-touching moments I have ever had the honor of photographing came during the reception when it was time for the father-daughter dance.
You see, Stefania danced with her father to Tim McGraws’s “My little Girl” before he passed away and recorded it on video to one day play at her wedding. I can only attempt to describe the motion that filled the room as Stefania watched the video of her dancing with her father. All of my hairs stood on end and as I looked around there wasn’t a dry eye in the room. It was powerful and heart-breaking all at once. For while her father’s presence was missed terribly, she was far from alone. Clinging from both sides was her mother who raised her and loved her from the start, and the man she just married and promised to love her until the end. I can only imagine what peace and love her Father must have felt looking down on that moment. ❤️