New eyes, giant oaks and new excitement tucked within the grand messiness of things quite old — An artist's musings

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This spring I spent any free time I had reading the loveliest of books about the places we call home and the story of trees and seeing our sweet Maker in it all called Placemaker by @christiepurifoy. (Get your hands on a copy pronto, people.) It sent my head a swirl of thoughts of my own home and tree stories throughout my life and may or may not have sent me on an online hunt for the oldest trees in Florida. But I’ll leave you to discover that story yourself.

I remember the adjustment when I first moved back to Florida nine years ago after a slow ten year crawl up the east coast from the hills of north Florida, to the hustle of Atlanta, to the southern charm of central North Carolina collecting stories along the way. Coming home as an adult and a more refined artist with new eyes, the things I was enamored by the most were the trees, giant oaks dripping with Spanish moss. How did I not appreciate these more as a child in the sprawling shade of their twisting branches?

The excitement of “new” doesn’t always involve shiny, pristine things. It can oftentimes be found tucked within the messiness of things quite old. Like new life a bloom in ancient tree limbs you never thought to look at before. Fresh nests within its branches. The old cradles the new in a beautiful pairing. Unable to separate one from the other. As equals they spring forward in excitement together.

And this was a bit of my story of coming home. My new eyes turned towards things I never thought to look at before, marveling that they were there all along.

Here at this wedding celebration in the heart of central Florida Christine and Dan stand beneath the limbs of an ancient oak, firmly rooted by a central Florida lake. Who knows how old it is or the story’s these limbs could tell. But this day they tell the story of something new, the start of a journey that began in its late afternoon shade. 

Acqualina Resort and Spa Wedding Photography — Zexu + Nick Film Wedding Preview — Sunny Isles, FL

It has taken me nearly two weeks to get this wedding day preview to you all (thanks to packing for a move while renovating the new place), but that only means that it has been long enough to get my film scans back and... I'm totally in love (per usual)! Zexu and Nick's Sunny Isles, FL wedding celebration at Acqualina Resort and Spa this month was truly stunning. What a sweet and beautiful pair! And a big bonus for getting to work with an incredible vendor team. Congrats you two! 

xoxo, Caroline

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Historic Downtown Savannah Pulaski Square Film Wedding Photography — Kortney + Jimmie

Oh April, you were a whirlwind of a month in all the ways. But nothing was quite as sweet for me in this packed full month than witnessing one of my dearest friends say "I do" beneath the shade of ancient oaks dripping with Spanish moss in one of the south's most charming cities. Kortney and Jimmie's intimate Savannah, GA elopement was a delight through and through. From the perfectly quaint and quiet Pulaski Square they chose to marry in to the sweet cobblestone street stroll we took after the "I dos" these pictures are just a glimpse into the beauty and joy that accompanied this day. Congrats you too! Love you dearly!

xoxo, Caroline

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Stonebridge Wedding Photography — Taylor + Jacob Preview

From the sprawling oak filled property of Stonebridge Wedding and Events, to the lush florals that covered it all, to the unique and sentimental details, to the evident love of hundreds upon hundreds of family and friends Taylor and Jacob’s springtime wedding was bursting with surprise, delight and so much love through and through. I so enjoyed my day celebrating these two with my camera(s) in hand.

xoxo, Caroline

I especially enjoyed working with the sweetest vendor team along the way including my amazing second shooters Amanda and Sarah, a sweet planning team/army lead by Alexa and my very own wedding videographer who captured my day 3 1/2 years ago (Hi, Colin!). Check out this list of folks that helped tell the story of Tay and Jacob:

Photography: Caroline Maxcy Photography
Second Shooters: Amanda Warnock and Sarah Sandel
Videography: Colin Ward with Heritage Visuals
Planning: Alexa Kritis with Long Aisle Events
Florist: Coopers Wayside Flowers in Wauchula
Event Venue: Stonebridge Weddings and Events
Hair and Makeup: Dana Fletcher with Once Upon a Beauty
Cake: Shelby Lynn Albritton - Bride's Cake & Cupcakes
Catering: Affordable Catering
Entertainment: JB Crockett Music, LLC
Rentals: Elite Events & Rentals LLC

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Morgan + Jacob Wedding Preview — Waller Ranch Film Wedding Photography — Dade City, FL


What a gorgeous wedding day this was at Waller Ranch earlier this month! I loved being there to capture all the pretty details, all the celebrations and of course all the cows too! (I just can't resist.) Thanks for having me Morgan and Jacob and congrats you two! 

xoxo, Caroline

Plus a big shout out to The Find Lab who got me my film scans from the day super early which means I for the first time got to include them in my preview for you all and the bride and groom. Woohoo! (13 of the 15 below images are film. Can you tell the difference?)

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Lauren + Josh Wedding Preview — Central Florida Wedding Photography — Ricochet Ranch, Okeechobee, FL

Happy Valentine's Day! Here's a little love filled peek into Lauren and Josh's wedding celebration in Okeechobee, FL at their family’s ranch last weekend. What's more romantic than lush burgundy and blush blooms, hanging wisteria, twinkle lights strung in trees, that newlywed glow and perfect sunshine on a wedding day calling for rain? Congrats you two! 

xoxo, Caroline

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Alexa + Jordan — Sundial Resort Military Wedding Photography — Sanibel Island, FL

Alexa + Jordan — Sundial Resort Military Wedding Photography — Sanibel Island, FL

Here we are in the heart of a frigid winter (even for us Floridians at times) and I’m dreaming of warmer days. So why not share a peek into Alexa and Jordan’s seaside Sanibel Island wedding from this past summer. Revisiting these images is like a treat! I can almost hear the lull of the waves and the rustle in the palm leaves and nearly feel the sweet summertime sun on my skin…

Sugarcane Inspired Styled Shoot — Florida Film Photography — Lake Placid, FL

Sugarcane Inspired Styled Shoot — Florida Film Photography — Lake Placid, FL

In reflecting on the last year I took some time to note things that had given me life or drained me in the past. (It’s an effort in aiding in decision making for this “decision fatigued” gal right here. And the idea is all thanks to Emily P. Freeman and her “The Next Right Thing” podcast!) Something that undeniable breathed life in to my work and inspiration was the process of shooting creatively with film. (You can check out my past blog post about the process and love affair by clicking here and here.) So I set out to spend more time behind my film camera pointing it at beautiful things and lovely light by marking down a few “inspired styled shoots” in my calendar. This is the very first of them…

A New Years Reflection for 2019

A New Years Reflection for 2019

Happy New Year! It’s only taken me 14 days to pull myself together for a New Years post.  A little over a week ago I was fresh off of a reflecting, dreaming and goal setting night away with lots of stirrings in my heart and plenty of things to process. Instead of leaving the weekend with a “word” for the year the sweet Lord took me on an unexpected journey through His Word where He gave me lots and lots of life giving words of truth and three things to hold on to; a reminder, a promise and a plan…