Photos by Karen and Jerry Favorite | Plantation Oaks Farms Wedding Photographer + Videographer
What a spectacular wedding event! It was such an honor to be Ashley and Brian’s Plantation Oaks Farms wedding photographer in Callahan, Florida this past spring.
Beautiful, Country Wedding
Ashley and Bryan Valentine had a super sweet spring wedding. Being typical Florida, the weather was unpredictable and showered the happy couple with some rain, some sunshine and even a rainbow. The bride and groom had the best spirits and didn’t let the rain dampen their special day. It was truly a dream wedding, with the rustic farm feel they wanted.
It’s all in the glorious details…
…blue suede shoes, diamonds + rings, stunning flowers, beautiful bouquets, country decor, dynamite wedding gown, and lots of smiles!
Most important is love…
Above all else, you can tell Bryan and Ashley have true friendship and love that will last forever. Their first touch was sweet and moving as they read notes they had written to each other. They have an amazing support of great family and friends that came together on this special day. God was listening too and the rain clouds parted long enough for the lovely outdoor ceremony under the large oak trees with hanging Spanish moss and green horse pastures in the background.
We did a lot of dashing in and outside for pictures, but it was totally worth it! Notice the wet, glistening walkway… the rain added an extra little sparkle, shine and reflection we love in photos.
Many wonderful elements at the reception made it so unique. Like their personalized “Ashley + Bryan Valentine” light display projection with wedding date and custom doggie bags to take home (a gift to guests furry friends). The spring decor and flowers were breathtaking. Soft mint green and pinks were the perfect balance to the rustic wood barn.
Fun reception with lots of music, dancing and even a special choreographed bridal party dance that was amazing. The colorful up-lighting and glow sticks added an extra festive flair through the celebration to the romantic last dance.
Ceremony + Reception Venue | Plantation Oaks Farms
Coordinator | Jessica’s Premier Planning
Hair | Total Hair By Kristin
Make Up | Lucia
DJ Kevin | Party Solutions Entertainment
Floral |Aime Peterson Flowers & Event Design
Cake | Publix
Catering | RSVP Caterers
“I love Karen and Jerry! They are so sweet and truly care about capturing your memories! They have been the photographer for numerous friends and my sister’s wedding and have never disappointed. I had zero hesitation selecting them to photograph our wedding day! Very flexible as out wedding day rapidly changed with rain. I love that you never really hear or see them during the reception. They weren’t barking out orders or pulling us away from our reception. They allowed us to have a good time and still get fantastic shots! Very reliable and you will feel comfortable with them 🙂 Great people!!!!!!!!!!!” – Ashley Valentine | Review from WeddingWire
Family Beach Photo Session | by St Augustine Photographer, Karen Favorite
The Hilling family was a ray of sunshine on this bright summer day. While vacationing in Saint Augustine, they took the time to get their family pictures taken on our sandy beaches.
Vilano Beach, Florida Family Beach Photography
Loved their happy faces and most adorable children! Such a joy to work with and photograph wonderful people.
White and khaki never goes out of style! While we often recommend color combinations for family outfits, there is a classic simplicity with the tried-and-true. If you’re trying to plan what to wear for your beach pictures, white blouses and polo shirts are easy to match with tan capri pants and shorts. Plus little girls always look adorable in a white eyelet sundress and hair bow!
Kids are precious and silly! And they grow up too fast!!! We love looking back at pictures of our children (if only I could freeze time). The Hillings will love and cherish these candid moments captured forever. No matter your budget or type of camera – shoot, shoot, shoot. You can never have too many photos.
This brother and sister duo were so sweet. The gnats were bad, the weather was hot and humid (of course), and these two kids were real troopers! They even had fun.
Family is what life is about. It’s our legacy. And photographing families is a real privilege and joy. Thank you!
Alexis from this photo session left a short and sweet review, “Wonderful experience! Efficient, kind, professional and patient! We love the photos we ended up with. Thanks Karen!”
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“Very professional and quick to respond to emails and phone calls. It stormed on our first try and they were very flexible rescheduling our family. Our proofs were ready for preview very quickly. I would highly recommend and use them again.” – Erin
“Book with confidence! They respond quickly to every question. Work with you on planning. Deliver a superior product in a timely fashion. Go above and beyond basic customer service! Trust them with your treasured photos. We used Favorite Photography for a family photo shoot on the beach. Our family vacation is now a very pleasant memory with many photos to remember the great time we had in St. Augustine. A bonus we found out this family business goes back many generations and your pictures are prepared on site. Karen worked so well with our family and we have only kind words for her!” – Cindy
Engagement Photographer | Karen Favorite
Summer may be hot in Florida, but it’s also sizzling with love! Romantic proposals have ensued with heart-stopping “Yes!” replies made and wedding plans are in progress. During all the stresses of being engaged, a lovely engagement photo session should not be one of them.
Andrew + Katie = LOVE
Here is a wonderful example of a fantastic couple with beautiful pictures capturing the essence of their engagement. They were nervous going into the photo shoot – not many people are completely comfortable in front of the camera. For a no-stress engagement session, we recommend starting with a little pre-planning.
Select outfits you look and feel good in. Notice Katie’s cool leopard print pumps! A great accent to a classic black dress. Andrew certainly looked dashing in all black with brown belt and shoes. Our engagement sessions include an outfit change along with a change up in scenery. So we recommend locations that offer a lot of natural beauty and variety.
Washington Oaks Gardens in Palm Coast, Florida was the perfect tropical paradise for Andrew and Katie. They warmed up quickly to getting their picture taken. With a few posing tips, they were good-to-go. So natural and fun! Their engagement session was a blast.
The golden hour before sunset is the most glorious for pictures on the beach. It can be a little windy (but that just helps keep the gnats away)! The coquina sand and rocks found along our East Coast are a favorite of ours. Love the crashing waves. And their big smiles.
If you have guessed by Katie’s zebra print dress, they’ve got a little “jungle love” theme going on. And of course it will be carried through to their wedding at the Jacksonville Zoo this spring! What an honor to be chosen as their photographer. I don’t like to dole out too much advise, but it never hurts to just relax and have fun with your pictures. Letting your true selves shine is always beautiful.
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We had the great opportunity of shooting Chloe’s St Augustine senior pictures.
Ballerina | St Augustine Senior Pictures | Chloe is a talented dancer with St Augustine Dance Academy
These are just a few of our favorite photos! During the photo shoot we walked around downtown Saint Augustine and around the Lightner Museum. She had two different outfits that express her life as a ballerina and a student graduating from high school.
Jerry and Karen Favorite always enjoy shooting senior sessions, but this one was particularly wonderful. Chloe has a natural, relaxed personality mixed in with dedication and great pose. Love those pointe ballet shoes and adorable white tutu!
Andrea and Simran’s Gorgeous Indian Wedding | Photos by Jerry Favorite, St Augustine Wedding Photographer + Videographer
A lovely park ceremony at Plaza de la Constitución. Beautiful pictures around historic, downtown Saint Augustine and the landmark Bridge of Lions. Stunning reception in the Flagler Ballroom at Casa Monica. Rich with vibrant Indian traditions, decor and style.
We loved the bride’s amazing henna designs and jewelry. The traditional gold and red colors were festive and glamorous – from head to toe!
After photographing the bridal party around the Bridge of Lions, the happy couple made their way back to Casa Monica where guests awaited in the Flagler Ballroom. It was a perfect setting for their wedding reception. Magnificent decorations, breathtaking floral arrangements, lantern guest favors which also held the seating arrangements, opulent sweetheart table… everything was picture perfect.
No great cake cutting ceremony is complete without a knife, or in this case, Simran’s sword. While there were many Indian wedding traditions, we liked the “Lord of the Rings”. A fun wedding game ritual they played during the reception. Couples got to see who has the upper hand in the relationship by fishing out a ring from a dish of milk and rose petals.
What better way to end a dream wedding, than a sparkler exit down a cobble stone path. Guests along with the bride and groom departed on horse drawn carriages for an evening ride through historic downtown Saint Augustine, Florida. We were honored to have been chosen to photograph their special wedding and we loved that they couldn’t pick just one holiday greeting card. So they sent out a variety of all three festive photo cards wishing family and friends a wonderful year ahead!
Favorite Studios is your local Florida family beach photographer. These are pictures of the marvelous McCormick family who gathered in Amelia Island for some fun memories together. Jerry Favorite had the honor to photograph this great group of kids, parents and grandparents.
Amelia Island, Florida Family Beach Photographer + Photo Album
Blues and grays mixed with pretty patterns made for casual yet classy outfits. Florida’s natural environment of warm browns, greens and soft blues are picture perfect.
Trees like this great old oak, sand dunes and the Atlantic Ocean are a timeless backdrop and a perfect place to play and get lots of fun photos.
These pictures were used in their family photo album they received. Our “Favorite Portrait Package” is a great value, the best investment of any vacation. The photo package includes includes the session on location, photo gallery online, all high resolution adjusted images with print rights, plus a premium 20-page 8×8 photo album. An ideal way to always remember those most cherished family moments.
We just love to photograph amazing families all along our East Coast. From Amelia Island, Jacksonville Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach, Saint Augustine Beach to on down to Palm Coast, and everything in between. Vilano Beach and Crescent Beach are two of our favorite beaches for family photos. If you’re looking for a little variety in addition to just beautiful sandy beaches, consider these two options. Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park in north Jacksonville by Mayport Naval Station offers wooded nature trails, a lake setting, a great beach walkover and sand dunes. Washington Oaks Gardens State Park south of River to Sea Preserve by Marineland has a lovely garden side and a beautiful beach side with coquina rocks. These family pictures were taken in the popular vacation destination of Amelia Island, Florida.
Southern Charm Wedding Photography by Favorite Studios | Photographers + Cinematographers
Everything is Better in the South | We’ve been updating some of the photos and videos on our website and realized we never did a blog post of Flannery and Rob’s Southern charm wedding photography.
Jerry and Karen Favorite LOVED traveling to beautiful Beaufort, South Carolina to capture their special day. There is something about a military wedding that you will always remember. From the camaraderie and solidarity, there’s such a powerful sense of togetherness, friendship and love. Especially down here in the South.
This was a simple yet elegant spring wedding. Their color scheme of soft white and royal blue with gold accents was perfect for a military wedding. Flannery’s bouquet of flowers included bright yellow daffodils, a favorite of her’s. The bride and bridesmaids had lovely hairpieces with a pretty peacock feather. The gorgeous but “no-frills” lace strapless gown was topped off with a vintage fascinator (AKA veil)… and check out these cute wedge TOMS (for the bride that wants to be comfortable in her wedding day shoes)!
We were at the Parish Church of St Helena outside shooting some bridal party pictures when we got a personal flyover. It was an awesome surprise. The rain even stopped after the ceremony so they were able to do the Navy Arch of Sabers as they exited. Love the kiss under the swords.
Rob (who was from Jacksonville) and Flannery (who was stationed in South Carolina) came on down to Saint Augustine for their engagement session. Even though the weather was a little chilly and overcast, they got some amazing engagement photos. Jerry even did this love story video with pictures and recording of how they first met. If you have three minutes, check it out! This was one of the first engagement videos we did, but it’s so adorable and shows how they are as a couple… “real” and simply, wonderfully in love.
Beautiful Bowing Oaks Plantation | Favorite Studios Wedding Photographers
Picture Perfect Country Wedding Venue | We are in the mist of designing Dana & Brian’s lovely wedding album. As it brings us back to their magical day at Bowing Oaks Plantation in Jacksonville, we just had to share a few of our favorite pictures.
We love the Southern charm, country elegance and modern convenience of Bowing Oaks Plantation. Brian and Dana had their ceremony in the rustic outdoor pavilion… a lovely spot for their wedding vows.
Dana’s wedding gown was gorgeous and looked amazing handing from Bowing Oaks’ large mirror just outside their Dogwood dressing room. And Dana looks absolutely radiant on her wedding day. We loved the soft pastel colors accented with black mixed with a vintage style that was both comfortable and elegant.
Jerry and Karen Favorite had a blast being Brian and Dana’s Bowing Oaks Plantation wedding photographer. Coastal Coordinating did an amazing job making their day magical and just to their unique style. Check out this amazing wedding cake by Alley Cakes, stunning flowers by Anything with Plants & Flowers, and beautiful invitations and “Thank You” place cards from The Write Touch.
Want to see more photos? Please check out “Dana + Brian – Bowing Oaks Plantation” highlight article posted by Coastal Coordinating.
Winter is a lovely time in Florida for newly engaged couples to celebrate together. The magical holiday season is full of love and laughter. A Saint Augustine Nights of Lights engagement session is an amazing place to capture these special moments. Samantha + David = the perfect couple! This is just the start of their “Happily ever after…”. We love this picture story brought to life in a beautiful photo album.
“I can’t thank Jerry enough for our beautiful engagement photos.To say that we were thrilled with them would be an understatement. From the moment we set up the appointment for our session we knew it was going to be an awesome experience. Karen and Jerry worked with us to not only find a date that would meet our schedule but they also adjusted the time so that we could get some of our photos taken with the Christmas Lights in St. Augustine. Jerry was the photographer for our session and he did a great job of helping us feel comfortable during our photos which allowed our personalities to shine in each photo taken. Not to mention we received all of our photos fully edited within a WEEK! Also, Karen and Jerry worked tirelessly so that we were able to receive our photo albums in time to gift them to our parents for Christmas. Thank you both for making our first step to Happily Ever After a joyful and stress free experience! We can’t wait to work with you in the future!” – Samantha & David
We’re looking forward to the next November, December and January. It’s the perfect time of year to photograph around our beautiful home town. Consider a Saint Augustine Nights of Lights engagement session for unique and stunning pictures you’ll always remember.
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The Rodey family from Maryland traveled to Florida for their summer vacation and was looking for a St Augustine family beach photographer. We are so happy they found Favorite Photography and chose us to capture their memories.
Saint Augustine Beach Photos + Family Album
With three children, plus spouses and a total of 5 grandkids all traveling from around the U.S., scheduling a family photo session is a great way to remember this special time. Plus it’s lots of fun taking pictures on the beach!
Blues, greens, pinks and coral colors looked wonderful in the beach photos. Each family coordinated their outfits without being to matchy-matchy. Mixing solids with pretty patterns is a nice way to create balance when picking out the wardrobe for your family portrait. Natural white beach sand, soft greens and tans of the sea oats and blues of the ocean waves and sky are a perfect backdrop.
We love photographing outside, especially during the golden hour. Because as the sun is setting, we get most beautiful natural light on the beach. Plus it tends to be a tad bit cooler in the early evening, with a nice breeze… and we’ll take all the help we can to beat a little summer heat and intense sunshine.
Finally, what better way to preserve these cherished moments at the beach than with one of our premier family photo albums. Our custom made albums are made with ultra thick pages, archival photographic printing and hard bound cover. They are a durable, Italian flush-mount style that lays flat when opened. We have a variety of cover materials used in a traditional book binding process. Made to last for generations. Families love these keepsake albums. Forever reminder of their St Augustine, Florida vacation and precious time with loved ones.
Here is a sample of some of our Favorite Photography photo album cover materials. Either a gray linen, natural linen, soft metallic silver, brown leather, black leather, off-white textured or country-chic burlap.