Album story by Elmer Escobar Photography
I have been looking forward to Sara and Buddy’s wedding for a long time now. From their engagement session in upstate New York, I could tell there’s something very special about them. They bring out the best in each other and are genuinely sweet to one another. Sara made sure that Buddy looked his best throughout the entire day, and Buddy in return made sure that Sara was completely comfortable. A true gentleman.
This was also special because Sara called me one day and asked me how I felt about an elopement wedding. I had never done one before but I thought the idea was really awesome. She told me they found a place in Florida and that they absolutely fell in love with and that they would like to do it there. I had only been to Florida on vacation once but I thought it would be amazing to shoot in a new location. So we arranged for a weekend that worked for all of us and we set off.
They both got ready in the same room, although Buddy had never seen Sara’s dress nor had he seen her in it. So after he was ready, we sent him off while she got in her dress. We found a beautiful bridge for their first look and I went down first to position Buddy before Sara came down. Needless to say, he was speechless and Sara was just as happy to see her soon-to-be-husband.
We walked around the resort for a bit (photographing in such a beautiful environment, we could have done it all day), but eventually we had to get them married! We had found this beautiful spot underneath this tree for their ceremony. We weren’t sure if we would be OK there because it was to the side of a golf course. But as luck would have it, when we got there, there wasn’t a single golfer to be found. It’s as if it was meant to be. Buddy and Sara were married during a gorgeous sunset in beautiful weather, with just the two of them looking into each other’s eyes. The ceremony went fast so I was glad that I was able to capture their emotions. I can’t say enough how happy I am for them!
After the ceremony we drove off and did a few more photos before they went off and had dinner together as Mr. and Mrs. Cipoletti for the very first time. We met up afterwards for a very brief night session and called it a night soon after. What an amazing experience with such incredible people. Sara and Buddy I wish you nothing but the best in the years to come!