Jenna Duncan and Brian LaMendola tied the knot during their wedding at Creekside Community Church in Gainesville, Florida. My sweethearts envisioned a day filled with the love of their family and friends, along with their faith.
Our sweethearts story begins back in college when the two were studying at the University of Florida. Originally meeting in church before college, the two didn’t connect until Brian saw Jenna in passing during her freshman year. Working up the courage to message her on Facebook, the two met up to hang out as friends. Their friendship soon blossomed into a budding romance just one year later after they realized there was something more between them.
Brian’s proposal was nothing but in one word, romantic. After a fancy and delicious dinner at Seasons 52, he took Jenna to Walter Jones Historical Park to go for a late night walk under the stars. Walking up to the historical home located on the property, Jenna was greeted by a beautiful display of 500 paper cranes. Each crane had been hand folded by Brian and strung along the alcove of the home along with tiny lights. It was absolutely magical and so symbolic of the dedication Brian had to Jenna. Dropping to one knee he asked for Jenna’s hand in marriage, which she of course said “yes!”
Their wedding day started off bright and early with Anna capturing our sweethearts getting ready. To create an easy flow to the day, we planned for formal portraits of their wedding party to be taken prior to the ceremony and family portraits after. A first look was the perfect way for Brian to see his darling Jenna for the very first time. Situated on the boardwalk leading to the church, Brian waited to see Jenna. His reaction of excitement and a sweet kiss on her forehead was the perfect way to start off their wedding day.
Formal portraits with their wedding party took place outside before we headed inside for their ceremony. Underneath the wooden arch of the church, Brian and Jenna described their love for one another and prayed with friends and family. Newlywed portraits soon ensued after family portraits inside the church. Placing our sweethearts against a magical backdrop of dappled pink azalea bushes, the two snuggled in tight for a few photos alone before rejoining their guests at their reception.
A cake cutting and sparkler sendoff ended our bride and groom’s day as they headed off as Mr. and Mrs. LaMendola. Wishing these two a beautiful life together!
Venue – Creekside Community Church