LaPlaya Wedding | Katie + Chad | LaPlaya Wedding Photography

Another fabulous wedding photographed at LaPlaya in Naples. This couple has a special place in our hearts and not only because we shop at the same Publix :). Chad and Katie both attended the University of Florida at the same time but never met. They had mutual friends but never knew of each other. Chad moved to Naples right after Graduation in ’06 but Katie didn’t graduate till ’08. Her job took her to Naples where she only knew one couple (who happened to be a mutual friend from UF). The couple tried to introduce Chad and Katie a few times in about two years but it never worked out! Finally, the day had arrived. They were both single and the couple they knew, JP and Kelly, were throwing a huge party. The moment Chad and Katie saw each other they knew… Spent the whole night talking and watching the gators play while enjoying beer pong and food. They got each other’s numbers and then he called the following day. After their second date, they were officially together and never spent a single night apart 🙂 Eight months into their relationship they left for a trip exploring the northeast. They both love to hike and do anything outdoors, so when they were hiking that morning, Katie was not thinking anything special would happen, but then Chad proposed! They immediately knew they wanted a long engagement because their relationship had been such a whirlwind – only eight months long! They picked Labor Day and that gave them about 14 months to plan.
We had a lot of fun photographing their Engagement pictures back in May
For their wedding venue, Katie and Chad picked LaPlaya because of its boutique feel and the front lawn. They looked at many places but could not get La Playa off their minds! It was their dream getting married on the front lawn of this beautiful resort overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. But on the day of wedding the skies were black and there was a 60% chance of rain – it had rained every afternoon for the past few weeks, if not all day! In the afternoon it was decided to move the ceremony inside. And then the miracle happened (there was a rumor New Ground Photography had something to do with that 😉 ): the sky opened up and the sun came out!!! It was so incredible…every moment was perfect…down to the moment the family did the “Dougie” on the dance floor! After the wedding, newlyweds went on their first date as husband and wife…to McDonalds at 3 am 🙂
photos of the laplaya resort in naples
bride is getting ready
makeup photos
photos of the wedding dress and shoes
wedding flowers with dress outside on the balcony at lapalya
bride with bridesmaids on the balcony at laplaya resort
detail shots
bride reading a letter from groom
groom with groomsmen drinking beer
bride putting her dress on
bride gets in the shoes
father of the bride sees his daughter for the first time and hugs
bride with her bridesmaids on the balcony outside overlooking the beach
beautiful portraits of the bride
groom getting dressed
groom's portraits
groom with each groomsman outside on the balcony at laplaya
modern photos of the groom by himself
wedding ceremony site photos
ceremony site detail pictures on laplaya beach lawn
bridal party walks down the aisle
bride walks down the aisle with her father
wedding ceremony pictures
rings exchange photos
bride and groom kiss for the very first time and walk down the aisle as husband and wife
formal family photos
bridal party on the beach celebrating
fun bridal party photos
funny shots of the groomsmen with the groom
bride and groom photos on the beach at sunset time
wedding reception detail photos
bride and groom at their first dance
photos of the cake and cake cutting
groom cuts his cake
fun reception dance photos

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