Blogger Bride Debut!

I had all these romanticized dreams of being a blogger bride starting the moment I got engaged. I'd talk about how I signed off Pinterest, I threw out details that brought along too much stress and I'd offer advice on ways to float your way through a blissful engagement experience all the way to the walk down the aisle (based off of my own drama free, blissful experience). As you can imagine that has not been the case in any way shape or form. At all. Like not even one bit. Yes there are moments of blissfulness (engagement photo session!) and yes there are a very few non-stressful details. But for the most part there has been a lot of the unexpected: the process of navigating new relations, unsuccessfully trying to explain a vision that is in my head to another creative individual, lots of miscommunication, lots of disappointment, details that have been thrown out the window not without kicking, screaming and clawing and trying to force them into existent (it is apparently impossible to get a single live olive tree or branch in Highlands County this time of year. Thank you California weddings for putting an impossible dream in my head). I am still on Pinterest every single day coming up with new impossible ideas about olive branches and painted white barns and the perfect mix of romantic vintage yet modern details. I am not your poster child bride. Let's just get that out there. Phew. I feel better. But what I can offer you, 10 days out from our wedding day (eee!), is a little glimpse into the beautifully messy journey that has been our engagement experience and the road we have walked (and stumbled) along the way. Here's the clincher... the thing that makes all of this mess ok... That road ends at an alter where I lay down this single life of mine and become one with the most amazing man. We together commit to honor and serve our God, our marriage as our ministry, the true and perfect representation of Christ and the church (that is going to look pretty unperfect all along the way). That's pretty much the long way of saying. We are getting married y'all! 


Tip #1 ) Pre-Martital Counseling

I'm just going to start off right here. This is seriously one of the first things we set up after we got engaged (actually this was one on my lovely groom's to do list). And I'd have to say this is one of the things we got right. Yay for victories! We decided to meet with two different couples, our own church pastor (Todd, who happens to be Devon's boss) and his wife (Hi, Susan!!) and also another local pastor and his wife, Steve and Pattie, who are just a few more years down the road of this thing called marriage. Their styles of counseling are fairly different but both are just what we needed in this process. We've chatted about everything from marriage and ministry, to budgeting and balance, to trusting God to show up in miraculous ways, to stepping away and shutting off the world for a bit to regroup, to understanding all those emotions, to fighting fair, to growing our family one day. We've read through books like Sacred Marriage by Gary L. Thomas, Experiencing Oneness by Harold Gillogly and The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller. All good stuff. And all things we plan to read over and over again throughout the life of our marriage. We've prayed together, we've laughed together and we've cried together (no surprise if I'm in the room). And my prayer is that this PRE-Marital Counseling thing just eases itself on over to plain ole Marriage Counseling along the way. You need this folks. But ultimately these wise couples pointing us to the one and ultimate counselor, Jesus. I sat a friends wedding years ago and still remember the shocking word of the officiant so clearly. "It's impossible for this marriage to work." Ummm, not what you expect to hear at a wedding ceremony. Maybe a little 1 Corinthians or some Ephesians 5 but not "this thing is gonna fail." But the shock of the statement prepared my heart for what he had next. "It would take a miracle. And that miracle is Jesus Christ." 

Evan R. Senior Session — Sebring High School Senior Photography — Sebring, FL

Caroline Maxcy Photography officially has a fall intern! Yay! Which means we are finally getting back to keeping up a little better with this whole blog/marketing thing. So today we are sharing with you all Sebring High School Senior, Evan's super fun senior session which spanned over the year capturing some of the highlights from his senior year and really getting to tell his "senior story" before he jetted off to college. This guy has big time personality and such good style and I love how he played that up in his session. Congrats Evan! And I hope college is treating you well!

xoxo, Caroline

Jessica B. Senior Session — Sebring High School Senior Photography — Sebring, FL

This girl jetted off to college in Kentucky this week and I couldn't help but to get a little misty eyed in the process. Little did I know when Jess walked through the doors of the youth group I help out with a little over a year ago how much this girl would grow to mean to me. She is a brave and beautiful soul and I loved getting to be a part of her senior year, her lovely senior photo session (complete with a frolic in a full on rain/lightening storm) and her bright future ahead of her. Thanks, Jess for being such a doll!

xoxo, Caroline

Emily J. Senior Session — Avon Park High School Senior Photography — Avon Park, FL

Avon Park High School's Emily J. is the definition of photogenic and a true sweetheart too. I loved spending the gorgeous springtime Florida afternoon with her and her family as we traveled from their hometown ballfield to her lakeside backyard to the seat of a perfectly weathered canoe at sunset. I love getting to know my seniors during our sessions and thinking about how these images tell their story of where they have been, to where their feet are planted today to where their wings will take them tomorrow. And as a sentimental person I couldn't help but to get all nostalgic at the very end of our session as Emily walked alone to the end of her childhood dock, a warm springtime breeze in the air, her eyes towards the golden setting sun the horizon with the glimmer of its reflection, like a memory, on the waves.

Congrats Emily! And here is to a bright and hopefully future in all that The Lord has in store for you!

xoxo, Caroline

Mary E. Senior Session — Sebring High School Senior Photography — Sebring, FL

It's full on summer. Like, I am currently sitting in a vacation condo overlooking the shimmering Gulf of Mexico as the sun makes its way towards the crisp western horizon. Heaven. School is out, VBS' are on and all of Caroline Maxcy Photography's Class of 2015 grads have donned their caps and gowns and are prepping for the next big step in their journey on the not so distant horizon. Whether they are planning to head off to amazing colleges (like my alma mater, Florida State University!) or setting off to explore this big ole planet, I am delighted to have been able to get to know these seniors and take part in their story for a wee bit with my camera in hand.

Over the next few days I'll introduce you to each of the 2015 grads I had to joy of photographing this past year. I started things off last fall with the lovely Gabi and you can check out her full session on my blog (complete with some killer poolside and underwater swimming pics) by clicking here. And today you get to meet Mary E. Mary is an evident leader and a truly fun and encouraging personality to be around. Her smile is electric and her sense of style was something to marvel at (I almost asked to borrow her last outfit of my own engagement session.) Thanks for having me Mary! And I wish you the best of luck in your big bright future!

xoxo, Caroline

Libby + Brandon Sneak Peek — Honey Lake Plantation — Destination Wedding Photography

Oh the month of May was simply lovely! And I got to celebrate new beginnings with the sweetest brides and grooms all over the state of Florida starting with this pair, Libby and Brandon. Here is a peek into their sweet, southern celebration at Honey Lake Plantation in Greenville, FL. Congrats you two!

xoxo, Caroline

Honey Lake Plantation Destination Wedding Photography with Caroline Maxcy Photography

Honey Lake Plantation Destination Wedding Photography with Caroline Maxcy Photography

Godwin Girls — A Mother's Day Treat — Central Florida Lifestyle Photography

Mother's Day is literally just around the corner. I'm not always this on top of gifts but I've had my gift for my mom for about 2 weeks already now (insert pat on my back.) And you'll never guess it but it is "photo related", duh (shhhh... don't tell my mom). Seriously, I don't just push photography because it is my profession but I truly believe in the value of capturing a moment and sharing it for generations to come. Life changes and moves on. The kids grow up. People come and go. Life will never be the same again as it is today, right here. So let's celebrate and say thanks for this moment!

These sweet Godwin girls hopped in front of my camera, looking all gorgeous, a few weeks back in a sweet treat to their mom (they even agreed to wear matching dresses!). We spent a sunny afternoon wandering around Miss Cindy's Gardens in Sebring, FL capturing gorgeous smiles, lovely light and all the love between these girls and their momma. What a great idea! And this is what I am freely offering to you all if you haven't been quite so on top of the Mother's Day gift thing this year (I've been with you in many-a-past years). Caroline Maxcy Photography offers gift certifications and I'll even send along a beautifully designed certificate for you to present to your adoring mom come Sunday. Just click here to message me about your gift and let's get to capturing and celebrating this beautiful moment in life.

Rikki + Kyle — Engagement Photography — Sebring, FL

This sweet couple is getting hitched this weekend and I had to share their simply gorgeous and unique engagement session with an Americana feel involving an airplane hanger chocked full of vintage planes, a sparkly dress, and the most lovely piece of Florida countryside complete with a red barn a red Chevy and matching red lips! Just lovely!

Why airplanes? Well, let me tell you a bit of their story. Kyle is basically the equivalent of a pilot but behind a computer, controlling traffic from his Dallas, TX job (do I have that right, Kyle?). And he proposed... in an airport involving an elaborate set up with folks holding signs all along the way! They even serendipitously found a random stranger had posted a video of their proposal on Instagram for them to discover later. Such sweetness. These two both love travel and adventure and I can't wait to capture their wedding celebration this weekend in Naples, FL. Congrats you two! And I'll see you soon!

Now go and gush over all of this loveliness...

xoxo, Caroline

Caitlin + Michael — Sebring, FL Engagement Photography

This sunny Central Florida engagement session with Caitlin and Michael is to die for! Seriously, these two should look into modeling together. But the most photogenic thing about it all is the sweet and evident love between these two love-birds who meet in a Louisiana college library. Then this lucky girl got to capture all the sweetness on "film"! Congrats, Caitlin and Michael!

xoxo, Caroline