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But I never set out to be a photographer. I was (and still am!) going to be a writer. And then as I worked toward that writing goal, someone put a camera in my hand and asked me to try telling stories with something besides words. So with an English nerd's love for character and tone, a romantic's love for poignant beauty, and a realist's love for imperfection, I dove in.

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That was back in 2010.

Since that time, photography has changed much of my life. It's brought me some of my dearest friends. It's reshaped the way my husband Danny and I view serving others. It has even literally taken me around the world. One thing that hasn't changed: my soul-stirring desire to tell stories that feel so real you're sure you knew them before you heard them. Or saw them. It's my privilege to tell those stories for my clients, and for the generations of their families still to come.

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Sarah + Matt – A Highland Manor Engagement Session | Orlando Florida Wedding Photographers

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

When they met, they bonded over football. But Matt needed a great excuse to get Sarah to go out on a date with him; her just-passed birthday provided the perfect opportunity. She really needed to go out to celebrate, he insisted, so he’d take her. To which Sarah responded that she was an adult — she didn’t feel a particular pull to celebrate birthdays. But Matt wasn’t taking no for an answer. They could talk football, he promised. The rest, as they say, was history.

History is turning into a beautiful future: Sarah and Matt are getting married this January and will be celebrating once again. Their reception will be at Dubsdread, and we first met them at the Highland Manor tasting back in June . . . when Sarah realized just how pretty the property at Highland Manor is and had the great idea of shooting their engagement photos there. So that’s what we did. Sarah and Matt were absolute pros — and it’s obvious that they share a lot more than a love of football. It’s obvious just how much they love each other.Florida Wedding and Engagement Photography ApopkaHighland Manor Wedding PhotographerWedding Photography Orlando FloridaWedding Photographer Orlando FloridaOrlando Wedding and Engagement PhotographerWhile Highland Manor is best known for the beautiful old house, we’re rather fond of the way the property can look rather jungle-like in places. And we just loved this shot.Highland Manor Wedding PhotographyWedding and Engagement Photographer Orlando FloridaFlorida Wedding and Engagement Photographer ApopkaWedding and Engagement Photographers Orlando FloridaOne of Danny’s favorites from the day . . .Highland Manor Wedding and Engagement Photographer. . . and one of mine.Wedding Photographers Orlando FloridaWedding and Engagement Photography Orlando FloridaOrlando Florida Wedding PhotographyFlorida Wedding Photographers OrlandoAt Highland Manor, there’s just no shortage of pretty places to shoot, or gorgeous light.Orlando Wedding and Engagement PhotographyCentral Florida Wedding Photographers OrlandoHighland Manor Wedding and Engagement PhotographersCentral Florida Wedding Photographer OrlandoAnother favorite!Florida Wedding and Engagement Photographers ApopkaAnd these made me catch my breath.Florida Wedding Photographer OrlandoA quick outfit change and we were back to shooting as the stormclouds rolled in.Florida Wedding Photography OrlandoOrlando Florida Wedding Photography Highland ManorOrlando Florida Wedding Photographer Highland ManorHighland Manor Wedding PhotographersOrlando Florida Wedding PhotographersCentral Florida Wedding Photography OrlandoThe rain began coming down so hard you might have thought there was a fire hose aimed straight at the lawn — but we weren’t about to let that stop us. And neither was our late addition to the shoot who just had to model for us in the rain.Florida Natural Light PhotographerOrlando Florida Wedding Photographers Highland ManorOrlando Florida Wedding PhotographerIf you want to see more (and let’s be honest, you probably do!) check out their slideshow below.

Sarah and Matt, thanks for the lovely afternoon, and thanks again for choosing to have us there for your wedding this winter — we can’t wait!

~ Laura + Danny

Venue: Highland Manor

  1. danielle says:

    Breathtaking photos. I couldn’t imagine a more perfect setting. You two are BEAUTIFUL and fit each other in every way. LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU. LOVE these photos!!

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  3. Vicki Firth O'Bryan says:

    Great picture Sarah! Love the ones with the rain coming down!

  4. Brittney Army says:

    Wonderful pictures!

  5. Heather Schaeffer Buescher says:

    beautiful photos Sarah (and Matt)!

  6. Diane (Ma) Gordon says:

    Amazing photos – so beautiful – wonderful photography – gorgeous subjects – so proud of “my” children. love these photos!

  7. Ann Marie Sturm Schiraldi says:

    the pictures are beautiful…great job!!

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