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…

An Unexpected Christmas

A Shepherd’s Field on the hills surrounding Bethlehem, Israel | Contax 645 , Fujifilm Pro 400h 120

A Shepherd’s Field on the hills surrounding Bethlehem, Israel | Contax 645 , Fujifilm Pro 400h 120

I started writing this Christmas post to accompany this image from the hills surrounding Bethlehem early in December. With anticipation and expectation I had asked the Lord to teach me something new about the Christmas story this year and a few weeks into December I thought I knew what it was going to be...

When we toured the holy land we found ourselves standing in the blinding sun squinting, peering out at shepherds fields and ancient gardens that hold stories from the black of night. A place transforms based on light. A field doesn’t seem so far away from a city in the daytime when you can see it in the distance. You can’t even glimpse the stars, though they are surely there behind the veil of brilliant blue. The fullness of the light of the sun oftentimes blinds us from the small moments in powerful stories told in the dark. Yet there we stood in the shade squinting our eyes because our tour didn’t include any nighttime stops though the stories they held surely did. On that first Christmas Day a new beginning came in the dark of night lit by handheld lamps and far away stars.

I thought that was it. God comes down in the silent black of night to bring us the everlasting light. Yes, what brilliant truths that message holds! I planned to pray and ponder over it all throughout this season as my work slowed and the holiday festivities commenced.

And then the unexpected happened. An unexpected death, an unexpected whirlwind of a trip for a funeral, unexpected sleepless nights, unexpected tears, unexpected stories. Missed meetings, rescheduled photoshoots and unsent Christmas cards and gifts all added to the list of the unplanned.

The unexpected interrupted the well laid plans I had for this Christmas season. But then isn’t that just the very heart of the Christmas story?

And there it was. If a baby born to a virgin isn’t the most unexpected story I don’t know what is. I’m sure those shepherds in that dark Bethlehem field were never in a million years expecting the heavenly hosts that would interrupt their silent night. Certainly no one thought our Savior would ever come as a humble baby boy born in a back room stable within cool stone walls. 

Our God is a God of the unexpected. Though none of it is a surprise to Him.

Maybe this Christmas season what I really needed to learn is instead of agonizing over unwelcome surprises in the night to lean in and look for Him there too, like the shepherds on a Bethlehem hill lit by starlight on that very first Christmas night. 

“O little town of Bethlehem

How still we see thee lie

Above thy deep and dreamless sleep

The silent stars go by

Yet in thy dark streets shineth

The everlasting Light

The hopes and fears of all the years

Are met in thee tonight”