Rina & Alex: Anniversary {Phillippi Estate Park Sarasota Photography}

Oh, friends!  Have I got the most beautiful post to share with you today!!

I met Rina over my Thanksgiving trip to Florida, and I knew this girl and I would be friends!  Rina is also a wedding photographer, and works here in Sarasota.  She’s super talented, in a few short months she’ll be photographing my cousin’s wedding here :)  Ahh I can’t wait.  Rina’s husband Alex is also super creative, a filmmaker and a director of photography.  His first feature film is scheduled for 2015!  And like Rina, Alex also captures weddings (except on film!) and creates beautiful love stories.

Ironically, these two met at mutual friend’s wedding in Florida.  They clicked right away, and had a long distance relationship for 2 years in Oklahoma and Washington.  And then, 4 years ago they were married!  Rina and Alex haven’t had new portraits taken over the last 3 years, so it was definitely time for that!

It’s been so sweet having a new friendship with this girl, and I was so excited to capture her and Alex’s love.  And how can two creatives not have new pictures?!  :)  We had lots of fun planning this session in Phillippi Estate Park, in South Sarasota.  This park also hosts weddings, and is so gorgeous with its beautiful live oak trees with spanish moss!  Rina and I envisioned a light and airy session with beautiful light and southern mossy trees.  And this is exactly what we captured here!

The scene was so romantic for these two, and of course I could tell how comfortable they were in front of the camera.  They were such naturals!  And you can tell they have a such a genuine love that comes out in those small intimate moments.   Some of these images make me want to cry!

It’s so beautiful that they have already been married for 4 years, and I know marriage is not easy.  I asked Rina to tell me a little bit about what it’s been like being married, and the greatest things she’s learned:

“People say that the first few years of marriage are the hardest.  It hasn’t been easy, but with God’s help we’ve made it!  We always hear the quote “love conquers all,” and it really does, because the true love of God is never ending and unconditional.  We’ve both learned that it is crucial to have day to day fellowship with our creator, because it not only helps us become better people but it also fills us with His heavenly love.  If we have a relationship with the source of love, we are constantly refilled with it and we have something to give back.  The love of God, art and music are the three things we’ve always had in common.”

Rina and Alex living out their faith in their marriage inspires me, and I hope it does for you too!  It was truly beautiful to capture their love.

Enjoy their beautiful session! :)

phillippi_estate_park_sarasota_central_florida_anniversary_portrait_photography_01phillippi_estate_park_sarasota_central_florida_anniversary_portrait_photography_02So beautiful!  What a smile!

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phillippi_estate_park_sarasota_central_florida_anniversary_portrait_photography_18phillippi_estate_park_sarasota_central_florida_anniversary_portrait_photography_19Rina you are stunningly beautiful!

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A sweet end to the afternoon!

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