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There's nothing to make a photographer's heart stop faster than a designer wedding gown getting wet. Unless, it's a month after the wedding and the bride decides she's ready for the beach, gown and all.

I wish I could take credit for bravely planning all the elements that made this session epic but all credit goes to the Heather (the bride). Myself, J and her husband Martez were definitely all along for the ride and I'm not complaining because it was amazing. 

Until this evening, I'd never photographed a "trash the dress" session and in ways, I was nervous! I love, I mean love the beautiful details of the wedding day and I hate, I mean hate all things messy. So, while I don't think I'm your girl for shooting in the mud or even in paint, I now know that when the waves of the ocean meet the skirt of a newly minted wedding gown, beautiful things happen.

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Ok, those were your water teasers!

But first, I have to share the photos we made inside the Ft. DeSoto State Park prior to hitting the waves.

I absolutely love this park and it was so magical to be there with Heather and Martez. The nerves that came with them to their engagement session last fall and the excitement that came with them to their wedding day had melted into this sweet, newlywed love that was in every way calm and peaceful.

They both work in healthcare and had had a very busy first month of marriage but shared how much they were enjoying it and how it still didn't seem real that they got to come home every night to each other! I agree-- the "sleepover" effect is still my favorite part of living life with my best friend.

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The evening sun began to dip and we made our way to the beach connected with this part of the park. The shoreline was silent except for the silent sweeping of the waves. The water was still a bit chilly but we were all ready to make our way in. It was reminiscent of falling in love, really, first a toe in the water, then walking with a bit more confidence until finally you're in the arms of your love as the waves come and go. A beautiful picture for marriage, don't you think?

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Sigh.

Such a gorgeous and special night with clients who've become dear friends. So thankful for people who make me brave in ways I wouldn't be on my own!

Here are a few behind the scenes shots of J and I in action. I was shooting with my 5DMII unprotected (yes, slightly terrifying!) and J was shooting with our fuji x100s in a Dicapac waterproof case.

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Ready to get wet this summer?! Use the contact tab to set-up a date! Yay!

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in His love, Laura (or you can call me Mermaid ;-) )