I sat with a friend the other day, drinking coffee (of course) and chatting about life. We talked about weddings, how to serve and love people, the creative and wedding industry on this here side of the globe and all things running a business….
We also talked about how apparently 95% of the friends I have were my brides first. <Insert either fist bump or face palm emoji here, which ever you feel more appropriate. ;-)>
Of course the coffee date was a bride before she was a friend, which is how the topic came up. But this blog isn’t about coffee (surprisingly) or even her. It’s about an absolute failed attempt at snow making in south Florida and the completely crazy bride / friend / invaluable Dragonfly team member / snow white looking beauty that is in these photographs.
For those of you who don’t know, this is Jenna. Jenna was a sweet bride who wanted to be a photographer. We clicked. And by that I mean, I feel like I’ve known her for a 1,000 years and 2 days all at the same time. Jenna is sweet, kind, adventurous (we were almost eaten by both squirrels and wild boars during her engagement session. Although I do blame her fiancé (at the time) entirely for the boars…. I may or may not have been antagonizing the squirrel slightly… )
Her wedding was like standing alongside a dear friend. I cried at the toasts, we took photos in the photo booth. We bonded. I’m actually not really sure what happened after that. Somehow she started working for me on occasion, then more frequent occasions and then somehow became that person that knows how you like your coffee?? That’s Jenna, she knows how I like my coffee.
So… her and her now husband wanted to do some Christmas pictures that had a cozy styled feel to them. The original vision was a Christmas tree farm. Ha. Not. I’d already researched that to death. I knew there is no such thing in south Florida, I’m pretty sure I was laughed at when I asked someone in West Palm. Our solution? A Christmas tree lot. Can’t you see it?? A few cups of hot cocoa and a cute couple wandering around picking the perfect tree??? Someone call Hallmark.
Not. Apparently every tree lot in the state (or at least the SOUTH part of the state) has these random, low dark tents over them. Well, shucks. After way too much time and considering our options, we found the place. A perfect, TENT-LESS, in-the-woods tree lot. Rave reviews. We set off….
Let’s just say that it’s a positive thing that the company was wonderful and that the coffee was good because it was a drive. Once we arrived, we pulled in and wondered where they kept all the Christmas trees? They were out. Not a tree in sight.
At this point, we were on an official adventure with zero plan, two dogs, cute cups and the coffee was running out. Dom drove and had to put up with Jenna and I yelling random, “turn here”, “try this” photographer suggestions the entire time. In the end, it was Dom who actually found our location (I’m pretty sure I didn’t even know what part of the state we were in at this point). We piled out to try and use the light we had left…
We had dogs, we had festive cups, we had whipped cream, we had snow.
And by snow I mean cooking flour. Because, finding actual snow is actually harder than finding a Christmas tree farm in south Florida. But you can’t disappoint Jenna and I, we will just make our own. What is it they say, make do with what you have, right?? Well, we had flour.
I’m not really sure what to say at this point… I would imagine you can use your imagination and fill in the blanks. Just in case you’re still thinking that flour was a great idea, we would both wholeheartedly like to encourage you to NOT try this at home. The end of our portrait session would have been the most amazing BTS ever created… Jenna and Dom looking like they were either mimes or in some type of full theater make up. Both dogs were wearing elf/Santa costumes respectively (well, “wearing” is a strong term but they were somewhat attached) running wildly with Dom running through the woods randomly tackling (full tackle kinda tackling) one dog at a time to secure it and drop it back in front of my camera… Jenna was on the ground laughing so hard she was crying.
While still, of course, covered in flour.
You too can schedule a portrait session where Jenna or I dump flour on your head… or you can just enjoy our craziness and the portraits we created.
Jenna and Dom, I heart you both. Everyone else, enjoy.