As a little girl, you always wonder when you will meet the person you will marry…
In Courtney and Kyle’s case, they met when they were just children. Yes, it’s everything you imagine: two kids growing up on the same street in the same small town…riding bikes and building forts…playing on the playground at recess in elementary school…not knowing that one day they will be standing at the altar about ready to exchange vows. I think their story is quite beautiful and oh-so precious. Hence my fitting title of “precious love”. What these two lovely people have is quite rare and was officially celebrated by their family and friends last month in the same Florida town that Courtney and Kyle were raised…Ocala. Otherwise known as “Horse Country”. Ocala is one of the largest equestrian community in the Nation.
From her fabulous lace Rivini gown and Jimmy Choos, to her effortlessly swept up hair and elegant jewelry…Courtney’s style was simple and chic. Kyle had a smile from ear to ear when Courtney appeared outside the facade of their church for their “first look”. I love documenting these moments. I feel so privileged that I’m the one that gets to see these beautiful reactions. 400 of their closest family and friends headed to the Hilton for a lavish pool-side cocktail hour, and then led into a stunningly massive white tent for their reception. Pink and orange uplighting along with candle-lit lanterns created an unforgettable romantic atmosphere.
The band made an amazing performance and kept everyone partying on the dance floor. The happy newlyweds were showered with confetti and led away with no other than a horse and carriage…the perfect Ocala ending. 🙂 Thank you Courtney and Kyle for allowing us to document all of the beloved moments from you wedding. I wish you all the best and happiest of years! xoxo – Abby
A special thanks to The Nielsens Photography for being my amazing second photographers and also to my Sandy for being the best photography assistant a girl could as for.
Ceremony: First Presbyterian Church
Reception: Hilton Ocala
Planners: You-niquely Yours, LLC
Dress: Rivini – Solutions Bridal
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
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One of my favorite moments captured by Cristy Nielsen…