{sara + case: joined. a southern plantation hernando wedding.}

Sara is the epitome of the Southern girl. With blonde hair and blue eyes, she is stunning, as every Southern girl should be. She has charm and grace, and loves to laugh. Family and friends are precious to her, and this girl loves her Daddy. She’s not complicated, and not overly girly, and I absolutely adore her for that.

Case is a true Southern gentleman. He is confident and chivalrous, and comfortable in his own skin. He takes care of things, but does so with style and patience. Family and friends are not taken for granted, and this man adores his Mama. He’s spontaneous and gentle, and not overly loud, and I simply love him for that.

But most of all, each of them are incomplete without the other.

Case and Sara are both in the Air Force and are off to Texas right after the wedding. There they will wait and see where military service will take them. But I know wherever they end up, they will be just fine, as long as they are together.

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Each of Sara’s bridesmaids live somewhere else, so it had been quite awhile since they were all together. They were boisterous and fun, and a joy to be around.

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When Sara told me it was going to take her 10 minutes to get into her dress, I was a little confused. While wedding dresses are sometimes cumbersome, hers was fairly simple and I couldn’t imagine that it would take so long. Then I went around to the back. And I understood. And yes, it did indeed take at least 10 minutes.

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Case and Sara agreed to see each other before the ceremony, and I love them for that! The First Look was intimate and emotional, and allowed us to get most of the photos done before the wedding. Case was eager and ready as he waited to see his bride for the first time.

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The ceremony and reception were held at Sara’s parents’ very Southern Plantationesque home. The grounds were sprawling and gave us plenty of good picture spots.

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Sara, you are gorgeous. ‘Nuff said.

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Case, you’re not half bad either!

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One of my favorite bridal party shots ever. This group was fun.

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Sara loves sunflowers, and she used an abundance of them, for a gorgeous effect.

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Just look at the calm satisfaction on the face of this groom. Sigh.

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Married!

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I like to grab my couples for a few minutes right after the ceremony so that they can enjoy the first few minutes of being married. This time should be for them.

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The backyard reception was full of more sunflowers, and floating candles in the pool.

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When Sara and Case were at DisneyWorld for the first time together, they bought buttons that said “Happy Anniversary” as a joke and enjoyed the attentions of the staff that day. After they were engaged, they returned for their “We’re Engaged” buttons, so it was only fitting that they get pinned with these on their wedding day:

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The First Dance…

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The toasts were heartfelt, emotional, and funny all at the same time, just as toasts should be.

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I’ll end with this photo of the newly minted couple toasting their new life together. Sara and Case, it was an honor to be a part of your special day. To see more photos, click here for a slideshow. Here’s to the both of you. Cheers!

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