Jessica and Dexter are married at Suite Forty Eight, Ft. Myers, Fl.

Last Saturday we were lucky enough to spend the whole day with Jessica and Dexter to share in part of their wedding day! What a beautiful family and a wonderful day. Enjoy these sneak peek photos of a couple that is perfect for one another.

Wedding Preparation Location: Legacy Harbor Hotel and Suites

Venue: Suite Forty Eight

Hair: Shear Perfection Studio

Make-up: Make-up and Fros by Lolo

Dress: For the Bride

Photography: Elsie J Photo2018-07-11_00292018-07-11_00322018-07-11_00012018-07-11_00022018-07-11_0003We arrived to one of the most calm brides getting ready that I have ever been to! You could see just how loved Jes was by her sister and friends. 2018-07-11_00042018-07-11_00052018-07-11_00062018-07-11_0007Dexter was having a great time getting ready too 🙂2018-07-11_0008I love that their children were incorporated in the wedding, and made the absolute cutest flower girl and ring bearer. 2018-07-11_00092018-07-11_00102018-07-11_00112018-07-11_00122018-07-11_0013Once we arrived at Suite Forty Eight, we were delighted by the jewel toned colors that were found in all the details. 2018-07-11_00142018-07-11_00152018-07-11_00162018-07-11_00172018-07-11_00182018-07-11_00192018-07-11_00202018-07-11_00212018-07-11_00222018-07-11_00232018-07-11_00242018-07-11_00252018-07-11_00262018-07-11_00272018-07-11_00282018-07-11_00302018-07-11_00312018-07-11_00332018-07-11_00342018-07-11_00352018-07-11_00362018-07-11_00372018-07-11_00382018-07-11_00392018-07-11_00402018-07-11_00412018-07-11_00422018-07-11_00432018-07-11_0044One of the most epic cake-smashes yet! 2018-07-11_0045We ended the night with sparklers, seriously a favorite, and kisses from a wonderful evening! Congratulations Jessica and Dexter! Grant, Lisa, and I were so happy to be apart of your wedding day. xo 2018-07-11_0046


Kandice and Nate say I do

Kandice and Nate were married amongst the best of friends and family last Saturday at the Bonita Bay Club. Honestly, when we walked in to the the bridal suite, my heart started to race a little when I saw her gorgeous gown hanging up. Everything about this day was just perfect, and well-thought out! We enjoyed every moment of this beautifully planned wedding!

I’ll let you get to the photos, because that is why we are here! Thank you Kandice, Nate and family for letting us document this beautiful occasion!

Hair & Make Up by: Abby Francis and Abby Rupar at Epic Salon

DJ and Officient: New Beginnings Events

Venue: Bonita Bay Country Club

Dress: Loretta’s Bridal

Florist: Say it with Flowers

Cake: Lady Cakes Bakery



Kristin and Shane- Engaged

These two! We seriously laughed during their whole engagement session. It was one of those sessions where I left re-energized and in even more in love with this photographer life. Here are a few favorites from our session.

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Robert and Colleen-Engagement in Roanoke, Va.

She knew most of his family before she met him, but when Colleen and Robert finally did meet they began a friendship that would turn into something more. I will let these photos speak for themselves; it is clear that they love laughing together and they are incredibly happy.

It was an absolute pleasure to meet Colleen and Robert in such a beautiful setting like Carvins Cove.  This shoot left me wanting more mountains and I’m hoping to go back again soon for more shoots and weddings!

We may have gone back another day to take more pictures there with my kiddos 🙂 I hope you enjoy a few more photos from their engagement session in the mountains. A special thanks to our best friends that helped find this location, due to us not being locals. xoxo

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Erika & John- An intimate beach wedding at Sanibel Harbour Marriott

I have known Erika since we played flute together in our high school marching band. She always had a sweet, and relaxed personality, so being able to work with her on her wedding day was nothing short of fantastic! Erika and John live in Nashville, TN. but shared their wedding day amongst close friends and family at Sanibel Harbour Marriott. Although we were slightly concerned about Hurricane Matthew (in the few days prior) everything worked out perfectly. There was a slight breeze on the beach while we all witnessed Erika and John happily pledging their commitment to one another. These two are genuinely in love and they are just so darn cute! I wish you two nothing but all the love this world has to offer.

I left after our short time together feeling like I was part of the family and falling more in love with wedding photography.

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Hannah and John- Bohemian wedding at Tween Waters Inn

Last weekend my husband and I were out on Captiva Island at Tween Waters Inn for an elegant and fun wedding with Hannah and John. As soon as the ceremony was about to begin, the skies opened up and the rain came pouring down. We had a slight rain today, but decided that the ceremony must go on. It started raining again. The best part? The bride and groom didn’t care! It was the first wedding that we have shot in the rain, and although it wasn’t ideal for them, they made the absolute best of it- and made this apart of their story. How they still looked so glamorous is beyond me.

Hannah and John, thank you for allowing us to play a small role in your big day. Enjoy (and tell all of your friends to “like” Elsie J Photo)~


Hair and Make-up by J. Lyn Formal Services


Cake by the Bubble Room


Fun and Full of Love-The Zimmerman’s tie the knot!


     Outside of photography, I work with Christian teaching. Professionally, I know him to be witty, intelligent, and kind. But seeing him with Denise shows me that they have undoubtedly found their soul-mates within each other. Denise, you are equally witty and down to earth (not to mention you make a STUNNING bride) and I enjoyed being apart of your wedding day. I hope your days are filled with nothing short of happiness and laughter! Congratulations you two~


The wedding was held at Olde Hickory Golf and County Club and was nothing short of gorgeous!



Aren’t they the cutest flower girls?


They said their vows amongst their closest family and friends, and were married by Christian’s father.





I am not sure if I have mentioned how much fun I had at this wedding! I could not stop laughing!




Denise, are you sure you didn’t model at some point in your life? You seriously have a smile that lights up a room.





I love how comfortable you two look together. You are a perfect fit.


Thank you again for letting me capture your wedding day. I for one couldn’t sleep last night, as I was so excited to look through your photos. I hope you enjoy them, and that they captured a small amount of just how much love that was emanating from that room yesterday; both from your guests that traveled near and far and from each other.


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All the way to Michigan~

For this next wedding, Grant and I traveled all the way to Grand Rapids, MI.! It was such a wonderful adventure. One of my favorite parts was the wonderful opportunity to shoot in a church that was over 100 years old, followed by a reception that took place under a big white tent surrounded by tall trees. It was such an inspiration- I think we both went shutter happy!

Kate and Jimmy are such a wonderful couple. They are sweet, loving, and made everyone feel as though they were family. Kate has the same style as I do…that vintage look, so all the details of the wedding were some of my favorites! That girl is seriously so creative.

Grant and I wish them nothing but the best on this next chapter of their lives, and I just have a feeling that it will be a incredibly blessed one!

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Love must be in Bloom!

Almost a month ago {yes, it’s been a little crazy around here} I photographed Samantha and Jeff during their wedding. The ceremony took place at a beautiful church in Naples, followed by a lovely reception where there was such a wonderful sense of family.

Samantha looked absolutely beautiful and did not disappoint when it came to photographing her! Not only did she make a stunning bride, but she is one of the sweetest people I know. Her husband Jeff is a great guy, and really knows how to make everyone laugh. I truly enjoyed my time capturing this beautiful couple! The rest of their sneak peak can be seen on our Facebook page: Taken with Love Photography.