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Katie & Oliver – St Augustine, Florida

Love really does bloom everywhere and anytime. Katie and Oliver met in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in the middle of a war. Katie tells this story so well, that I am writing her version here. But it truly shows, just like one of the bridesmaids said, if you put a group of really awesome people in the most terrible place in the world, that place really isn’t so bad anymore and anything can happen. So to be surrounded by all of these amazing people, now in this beautiful place that have obviously supported and loved these two for years, was truly emotional and heart warming. Hope you all love these photos as much as I do!!! Sorry if it is slight photo overload. I am just so in love!!! Also, while you look through these, you should play this song.

I was in Kandahar, Afghanistan and already almost 10 months into my deployment and working in my spare time as a coach at the post CrossFit gym. At this point in the deployment I was tired, grumpy, ready to get home, and didn’t want to make new friends. However, Oliver started coming to my class one day wearing super short shorts and didn’t say a word to anyone. He smashed the workout beating everyone by a lot and then left. He did this for a few days, however, I cant forget to mention his horrible calf high white socks. Anyways, this caught my attention that this quiet UK soldier kept destroying everyone in my class and yet he dressed like a crazy person. After lots of failed attempts to talk, I realized that this was going no where. Later that week we advertised the Canadian Gyms closing competition where we encouraged all of our guys to go compete. Oliver showed up with his friend and actually started chatting to me and I was absolutely shocked that he could talk! Still, I could only make out about half of what he was saying but just nodded like I understood him…..

Anyways, after the competition, I was looking for him and he was no where to be found. Turns out he rowed so hard to try to impress me that he rowed himself sick and was to embarrassed to talk to me afterwards. However, at that point the ice was broken and we followed up with a coffee on the board walk, in the middle of December, when it was freezing, and Oliver had his big thick issued coat and of course our Army wanted us to freeze and not give us jackets, so there I was, drinking coffee (which I NEVER drank then) and freezing my butt off trying to make sense of this thick Belfast accent. We continued to hang out until it was time for me to leave which fortunately worked out great as my end of tour leave and his mid tour leave was at the same time and we went skiing in France.

THIS, is a great story. It was our first time meeting each other out of a combat zone and where I could actually be a girl with normal clothes, my hair down, and makeup on. I was a nervous wreck on my way to see him thinking what if he hates me. By the way, I’m from Florida. I didn’t see snow fall until I was 19. So lets just say my snowboarding skills are a bit……sub par, where as Oliver thinks of himself as a professional skier. This was off to a great start…….but after plenty of falls and go pro footage of him laughing uncontrollably at me whenever I fell, there was no denying that we were perfect together and the rest is history 🙂

Only Katie would have her bridesmaids re-pierce her ears on the day of her wedding.

Remember Lizzy?? Crazy muscles! She is the cousin of the bride!!

This is the fort where Oliver proposed. Seemed fitting to go back for a few shots that day.

  • July 9, 2014 - 8:16 am

    Caitlin - ahh what an amazing location for a wedding, it looks beautiful. love their couples portraits- so sweet!!

  • July 9, 2014 - 8:19 am

    Natalie - I absolutely loved reading their intro story… what a remarkable couple! So incredibly beautiful!

  • July 9, 2014 - 8:38 am

    Katie - What a beautiful setting for a wedding!! I love this Dani!!

  • July 9, 2014 - 8:39 am

    Carol - Oh my, how do I love that fort!! And the story is soo funny as I could imagine some guy walking into the gym with some super short shorts and high white socks. haha!

  • July 9, 2014 - 9:09 am

    Renee - Such vibrant + fun images! Great job 🙂

  • July 9, 2014 - 9:31 am

    Lindsay - Beautiful!! I love the colors and that one of her one the boat is MONEY!

  • July 9, 2014 - 10:07 am

    Lauren C - I love that story!!
    It’s so colorful!! It was made for you! 🙂 And hahaha….dude ripped his pants!

  • July 9, 2014 - 10:09 am

    Emilia Jane - I cannot handle their sweet story. Seriously what an amazing couple and fun wedding! What a joy to be a part of their day.

  • July 9, 2014 - 10:56 am

    Brea - Dude. These are amazing! So many stunning portraits of Katie and many of the two of them that gave me chills. I love their story!

  • July 9, 2014 - 2:10 pm

    Hendrick Moy Photography - Lovely images! Such a tremendous job of these two gorgeous people =)

  • July 9, 2014 - 2:19 pm

    Nastja - So sweet. You did a great job.

  • July 9, 2014 - 2:34 pm

    Anna A. - These are just so wonderful! I love the bright colors, the gorgeous sky, the beautiful couple! What a great wedding and perfect story!

  • July 9, 2014 - 2:41 pm

    Karena Dixon - Love those flowers!

  • July 14, 2014 - 8:29 pm

    Sue Watson - You outdid yourself again Dani. I was part of this beautiful day. You exquisitely captured the joy and comradery of these two amazing people and their friends and family. You have captured their memories like you did for Lizzy and Brandon. I just love to view your weddings.

  • July 16, 2014 - 10:45 am

    Miriam Schwartz - what a gorgeous couple!!!! and amazing location! their story is so adorable. these are all stunning pix! but who split his pants???? lol

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