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jake & colby’s new year’s eve beach wedding at the ritz-carlton in naples, florida

naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 001This past week, I got to photograph a truly gorgeous New Year’s Eve wedding for one of my lifelong friends, Jake, and his beautiful bride Colby. It was a fabulous affair orchestrated by a rock star group of people. Tomorrow I’ll get info from Colby to add for all the vendors. For now, I have to give a big shout out to my friend wonderful Kelly Beane, who second-shot this wedding with me. I’ll note which images are hers in this post, like these next two pix of Colby’s dress..naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 002naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 003naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 004Colby has such pretty eyes!naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 005naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 006naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 007Kelly also took the next few photos of Jake.naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 008naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 009naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 010naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 011naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 012naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 013Jake & Colby’s first look moments were very sweet!naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 014This next one is by Kelly. I really loved having the luxury of a second-shooter so we could capture things simultaneously from different perspectives.naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 015naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 016Colby had perfect bridal hair!naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 017Kelly caught me applauding Jake & Colby….I love it! :)naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 018naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 019naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 020Kelly grabbed this next one from the side, peeking though some flowers. Awesome!naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 021naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 022naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 023Loved Jake’s boutonniere and this detail pic Kelly got..naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 024We hopped on a trolley and went down to a private beach for some more portraits before the ceremony {and sunset}.naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 025naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 026The wedding party was such a fun group!! Jake & Colby have surrounded themselves with some really great people.naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 027naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 028naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 029naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 030naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 031naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 032<3 Sisters! <3 Seeing as how I have two sisters of my own, this pic Kelly got of Colby and her sister Michelle just melted my heart!naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 033Kelly got pix of the guys while I was photographing the beautiful girls.naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 034naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 035Then it was time to get some more photos of Jake & Colby, now with the awesome sunset over the water as a backdrop. {There are a lot more where these came from, I just had to narrow down some faves for this post!}naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 036naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 037naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 038naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 039naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 040Then it was time for the ceremony! The weather was insanely perfect, the stage was grand, and fireworks were popping up and down the beach. What a special night!naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 041naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 042Isn’t this overview of the ceremony {fireworks included} by Kelly a great shot?!naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 043naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 044Kelly caught a cute close up of the way Jake makes Colby laugh.naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 045naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 046naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 047naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 048Kelly took these pix of the perfect reception details..naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 049Jake & Colby are runners {they met through a running club}, so all the tables were numbered by miles.. Naturally, their sweetheart table was Mile 26.2. :)naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 050naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 051naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 052Great first dance capture, Kelly!naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 053And the next two were my view.. :)naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 054naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 055Such a good moment!! The balloon drop at midnight was so fun! Happy 2016!!!!naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 056naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 057Did I mention New Year’s Eve is my birthday?? As the night was winding down, the band sang Happy Birthday to me and to Holly, whose birthday was New Years Day. Loved it! :)naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 058This art graffiti wall was so cool!naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 059What a night!naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 060

 

Jake & Colby~

Thank you for trusting me and Kelly to photograph your very special day! It was truly spectacular!! Love you both and I’m so excited to see what awesome things you two accomplish from this day forward.. :)

~abi~

Venue: Ritz-Carlton Naples

Ceremony Stage + Lighting: Ritz-Carlton Naples

Ceremony Flowers, Bouquets, Ballroom Decor: Rufino Hernandez with The Garden District
Menus, place cards, table numbers, program, “state” boards, invitations, save the dates, etc. – Megan Miller with Luster Designs
Gift Bags, Cups, Coozies, Sunglasses, Itinerary – Megan Miller with Luster Designs
Towels in Gift Bags – Venus K with Have Faith Boutique (Etsy)
Wedding Planner/Coordinator – Roxanne Werner with Party Rox 
Jake, Groomsmen, Ushers + Fathers/Grandfather Tuxes – Joe Genta with Gulfshore Clothier
Bridesmaid Dresses – David’s Bridal
Wedding Dress – Monique Lhuillier (Designer) from Chic Parisien in Miami
Jewelry (Earrings, Necklace, Bracelet + both Wedding Bands) – Erikka Thalheimer with Thalheimers Jewelers
Band – Remix with Tropics Entertainment
Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Music: Rebecca Richardson with Naples Jazz
Hair – Amanda May with Salon Bamboo Aveda
Makeup – Michelle Weaver with Red Door Studio
Photographer – Abi Martin + Kelly Beane with Abi Ruth Photography
Videography – Zeke Hazewinkel | Brother of Bride + Groom
Coral Bridesmaid Tanks – Marlo Gorran + Lululemon Naples
Bridesmaid Totes – Sharon Emory with Thirty-One
Officiant – Mitchell Norgart | Friend of Bride + Groom
Rehearsal Flowers + Decor – Justine Bowker | Friend of Bride + Groom
Graffiti Wall + Photo Booth | Marley Ross with Artistic Science

 

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Kelly BeaneJanuary 13, 2016 - 3:32 am

Yesssss! I’m so happy with these and the memories behind them. Love you Abi Ruth and so glad I got to be there with you to photograph this spectacular wedding, and help you celebrate your birthday! XOXO

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