Jacksonville Wedding Photographer | Riverside Baptist Church & Times Union Wedding

About a week ago I posted a sneak peek of Lauren and Darrell’s Riverside Baptist Church wedding and a beautiful image on the stage of the Jacksonville Times Union Center.  The historic church and performing arts stage are two of Jacksonville’s most unique wedding locations, offering the backdrop for some stunning wedding day photos. Lauren & Darrell invited 20-some of their best friends to participate in their wedding as groomsmen and bridesmaids and lets not forget the junior bridesmaids, flower girls and ring bearer. The ladies worked all morning to look fabulous and the guy’s followed suite. The day was perfection from beginning to end with so many people helping to keep the day moving forward. Thank you again for all of you help and cooperation as Odete and I enjoyed working with each and everyone of you. To Lauren & Darrell… We wish you many, many years of happiness and may god bless you and bless your new life together!

Enjoy their story and images from that perfect wedding day celebrated in Jacksonville florida.

 

The Love Story – ( In Darrell’s words… )

How I met my sweetheart….It was mid August in 2006 on the highest of seven hills in Tallahassee, FL nearly seven years ago I met the most intriguing and stunning young lady in my life. The weekend before school officially started at FAMU my friends (Ace, Ju Ju, and Gary) and I were getting ready to head to my brother house party. The party was crowded and loud as a FAMU party should be so, I went in the house to check on my brother and my friends. I asked my brother if he had anything to eat, in which he referred to some McDonalds in his bedroom refrigerator. All the bedroom doors were closed for the obvious reasons and when I open his door there sat this gorgeous woman all alone. I introduced myself to her, grabbed the McDonalds to eat, and then ask her would she like some company, she replies yeah “sure”. Lauren and I talked the remainder of the party mostly about each of our goals and ambitions. So as any man would do in this situation I asked this lovely young lady does she have a boyfriend. All of a sudden the music stopped, the party ended, and people were leaving. As I walked Lauren outside towards her car she told me she rode with her friend so we talked until she came to the car. After evaluating the situation I decided to take a chance, so I asked for her phone number and Lauren told me “NO”. Man that messed me up lol….she was testing me to see how I would react, but me being a cool cat lead up to her offering to take my phone number. The last thing I said to Lauren that night was to call me when you make it home safe. Lauren called me when she got home and that was history…to this day my sweetie still calls me when she gets home so I know she is home safe.

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Historic Riverside Baptist Church.

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Pipe organ – Historic Riverside Baptist Church

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Ceiling – Historic Riverside Baptist Church

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Sanctuary – Historic Riverside Baptist Church

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Wedding Dress – Minerva’s Bridal in Orlando Florida

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Happiness! – Possible by Dwan from MAC Cosmetics

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Back of dress is stunning – Mom helps with veil – Omni Hotel Jax FL

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Groom getting prepared – Jacksonville Omni Hotel

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Best man helping with bow tie – Omni Hotel Jax FL

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Groomsmen arranged in lobby of Omni Hotel.

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Bridesmaids arranged in lobby of Omni Hotel.

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Fun pose with the bride & her bouquet in lobby of Omni Hotel.

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Happiness – it’s time!

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Last minutes with dad before walking the isle – Riverside Baptist Church

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Beautiful six frame panoramic from the back of the Riverside Baptist Church.

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Bride and Groom pose in the isle – Riverside Baptist Church

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Photo props on the front stairs – Riverside Baptist Church

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Wedding Party photos – Having fun near The Jacksonville Landing

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Wedding Party Formal – On St. John’s River, Jax FL

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Bride & Groom – Wedding Photos on the performing arts stage… Times Union Center

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Bride & Groom – First dance photo.

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Photo of best man giving speech.

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Cutting the cake! – Simply Delicious by Theresa

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Toss the Bouquet! – NEX Florist, Mayport

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Toss the garter!

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  • Wedding Dress –  My beautiful dress came from Minerva’s Bridal in Orlando, Fl. I wanted to make sure I had “The” dress, and I didn’t mind traveling to find it. I also made some custom additions to make my dress one of a kind.
  • Wedding Shoes –  My wedding shoes came from Dillard’s.
  • The Tux –  All our our Suits came from S&S Menswear in the orange park mall. We needed 17 suits and they were great with arranging everything.
  • Bridesmaids Dresses – My bridesmaids dresses came from a boutique on Jacksonville Beach that is no longer in business. The lady now owns an alterations shop, but they were created by the company pretty maids. Beware of small boutiques.
  • Ceremony Location –  The beautiful, timeless, historic, Riverside Baptist Church
  • Reception Location –  The Times-Union Center of Performing Arts, special shout-out to our wonderful venue coordinator Kelley Smiley of Savor Catering; she was wonderful.
  • Hotel Accommodations – Our guest stayed at one of our favorite Hotels Downtown; The Omni.
  • Transportation –  Our Limo for our wedding party and shuttles for our wedding guest were provided by Susie’s Limos.
  • Wedding Planner –  My wonderful mother, Laura Elliott and I did all the planning! Go Us!
  • Hair –  My wonderful Stylist Javonda “Jay” Williams of Salon Suite Thangs
  • Make-up – My favorite make-up artist at the avenues, Dwan from MAC Cosmetics
  • Florist –  NEX Florist, Mayport
  • Officiant –  Bishop Thomas Coleman (Darrell’s Uncle)
  • Caterer – Savor Catering, the food was simply amazing!
  • Photographer – The magnificent duo; Ron & Odette of Irrok Photography. They made my day much more memorable and kept me calm till the end. I was truly blessed to find these two. My pictures are amazing and working with them was a blast.
  • Videographer – The very talented Doug Lewis from Take One Productions. Doug and his assistant offered 1st class style, They captured all of the days moments, It was priceless to be able to relive the day!!!
  • DJ – Entertainment – DJ Ghost of Tallahassee, Fl
  • Since the wedding –  We honeymooned for two weeks. Right after our wedding we Jetted to Costa Rica. We went zip lining in the volcanoes, visited the local cities and beaches, and went white-water rafting in the springs of the mountains. It was truly breath taking and a trip with my new HUSBAND I will never forget.
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