Recently we had the honor to be the wedding photographers and harpists for Amberhope and Justin. This beautiful couple celebrated their union at the stunning Adams Estate wedding venue in Lake Alfred, Florida. It was my first visit to Adams Estate as a wedding photographer, this venue is a wedding photographer's dream! I'm very lucky to be able to work at fantastic places like the Adams Estate as a wedding photographer. Check out this wedding slideshow, and photos below!
Amberhope got ready at the main house on the morning of the wedding. There was a lot of excitement and emotions as I photographed the bride and her bridal party during their hair and makeup session. The air at groom's cottage was filled with fun and excitement as Justin prepared himself for the day.
Amberhope and Justin exchanged rings to the sounds of the harp and said their vows in an emotional ceremony by the lake. After the ceremony, we roamed the beautiful grounds for their bridal portraits.
Afterwards, Amberhope and Justin interacted freely with the guest at the reception. There was a fun and joyful vibe during the reception. We walked around photographing the guests as they relaxed, talked. and danced to the tunes of Graingertainment.
Clouds filled the sky on the day, with some light rain before the ceremony and during the reception, but clouds aren't a bad thing on a wedding day as they create soft light, which makes lovely photographs. Plus, it's said that rain brings good luck! :)
I really enjoyed photographing Amberhope and Justin's special day and it was a joy to share it with them. Check out below the heartfelt WeddingWire review they left us recently...one that left us speechless and grateful for the hard work we do for our couples. Thank you Amberhope and Justin!
"In a last-ditch effort to find a wedding photographer we loved, my fiancé and I apprehensively went to yet another wedding show. The very first booth when we walked in the door was PhotoHarp Weddings. We were instantly smitten. Wow, photos AND a harp??? After 5-minutes of speaking with Jose and Kristen, we knew they were the ones! I felt so excited and relieved! Their laid-back, positive personalities made me feel so at ease and comfortable. I believed that I could trust them with their creative process in capturing my special day. Their comprehensive questionnaire was very straightforward and organized and made sure to make an account of every scheduling and photo-op need of the day. On the morning of my wedding, they arrived right on schedule. However, I was actually crying in my mother’s arms when they walked into the room and I was so embarrassed! LOL It was a stressful morning! But Jose & Kristen were very calm and comforting and let me know they would begin capturing all the beautiful moments possible while I made myself feel better and get beautified. I felt better just knowing that they were there capturing all the beautiful things that I couldn’t see, especially while I was very stressed and so busy. Jose was very respectful and artful while he photographed me and my bridesmaids getting ready. His clear direction, enthusiasm, and positive affirmations while he photographed me made me feel so much more confident in myself and relaxed for the photos. While he photographed me, it was clear that he knows what he’s doing. All the while, his beautiful wife Kristen ran around taking photos of the venue, the guests, the décor and the guys before she set up her harp at the ceremony site. They made a great team. Kristen even helped the gentlemen put on their boutonnieres! Throughout the reception, they were ready and available for any photo requests from us. I was able to relax and enjoy the event without worrying that something was not being captured. I really appreciated that. I must say… the harp: WOW. Having the harp played while I walked down the aisle made it feel like a fairytale. I walked down the aisle to “Glasgow Love Theme” and it was stunning. I heard so many wonderful compliments about the beautiful, ethereal harp music. The beautiful aesthetic of the harp at our ceremony was unique and really heightened the atmosphere with a reverence that I have not seen with other kinds of live ceremony music. Kristen sends you a list of song options that she can play along with samples. She can also learn custom song requests in advance. I highly recommend Kristen’s harp for a church or garden wedding! If you can, try to get a bridal photo shot with the harp! 😊 When we received our photo album, we spent hours looking at the gorgeous photos. I loved that Jose was able to create a photo album with diversity. He used a few mixes of styles including candid, journalistic, bright & airy, moody, artistic, and vintage. Some of the candid photos were so perfectly timed, we cried laughing! Overall, we feel that our day was captured so perfectly! Not a moment was missed!!! We are so grateful that they were part of our day. We feel like they are our friends. They will always be special to us because they were part of the most important day of our lives. Thank you!!! 😊" Amberhope + Justin
Jose & Kristen Hoyos, Tampa Bay Area Wedding Photographer and Harpist for Weddings