Nicole + Jim :: Destination Wedding Photography :: Riviera Maya, Mexico

If I only knew where to begin with this story.  If you saw Nicole + Jim’s engagement pictures, then you know how special Nicole is to me.  We’ve known each other for a very long time and I was so incredibly honored when she asked me to be with her in paradise when she and Jim said their vows and started this chapter of their story together.  It’s an experience I can’t fully put into writing, but then again, I guess that is why they say a picture is worth a thousand words.

Nicole + Jim are just such a perfect fit for each other.  I’m smiling as I type that.  Nicole is the high energy, get things done type of girl who goes out of her way to make you feel special and she is completely in love with Jim.  I hear it in the way she talks about him.  And Jim is the calm and patient type of guy who is steady, reassuring and adores Nicole completely.  You can see it in the way he looks at her. Watching their day unfold was truly perfect.  I’ve never seen two people more ready to walk down the aisle and being their life together.

I will never forget watching Nicole getting into her gorgeous dress, the way Jim looked waiting to see her for the first time, Nicole’s dad’s toast to the newlyweds, the amazing Mexico sunset, Demi’s beautiful Christmas serenade at dinner, and how both of these families came together to celebrate Nicole + Jim and actually felt like one big beautiful family.  It was magic.

Nicole + Jim, I love you both to pieces and I feel so incredibly blessed that I got to capture this incredible day and celebrate the start of your married journey with you!

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One last shout out to my amazing second shooter and friend, the beautiful and talented Charlotte, who was my rock for the entire 2013 wedding season…and kept me from a complete nervous breakdown while flying to paradise.  :)

My Favorite Things

Happy Wednesday Everyone! The week is half over, the sun is shining, and it feels like a good day for another giveaway!  Part of rebranding for me meant sharing a little more about myself here.  I put up head shots, friends!  Huge step for me. My family, friends and my lovely couples will tell you I’m not a shy person when I’m face to face, but the whole notion that millions of people can see what goes on the internet makes me feel like I’m standing on stage about to give a speech. Yikes.

But it’s a new day and I’m pushing that fear aside as I share some of my favorite things with you!  Just some of the silly little things that make me…well, me.

Favorite Things

 

If you relate to any of these things, then hopefully you will love today’s giveaway!! I’m sharing some of my favorite things with one lucky winner.

This includes my absolute favorite gold and white striped notebook from Target, a Starbucks gift card, an iTunes gift card, a pack of my favorite Sour Gummy Worms, and since I can’t give away the ocean – my favorite Yankee candle that reminds me of the beach!

To enter just leave a comment below by midnight telling me what favorite things we have in common, or how crazy you think I am :) Winner will be selected through a random drawing.

Have a great day friends!

P.S. – If you haven’t entered the portrait session giveaway from Monday, there is still time!  Check out this post to see how to enter!

  • April 23, 2014 - 10:10 am

    Brandilynn - Hey Stacey, boy do we have some favorite things in common. FIRST i love the ocean, I just love water. I think mainly because I grew up on the water and there’s something so freeing about it. I also LOVE running my goal this year is to run a half marathon. :) I also love starbucks even though I cannot drink much from there anymore since going gluten free I still can have tea:) && I love stripes I’m sure you know by now nautical and gold stripes are my FAV!!!! I am swooning over your give away and we totally need to get together sometime since we have not seen each other since J and M’s Whats Next Getaway :) Miss ya!!!

  • April 23, 2014 - 10:11 am

    Jordan Gaines Lewis - Is the Yankee candle “Sun and Sand”? It’s my favorite! Reminds me of slathering on sunscreen at the beach.

    I absolutely love all the colors and textures on your new site, and I STILL share all your new engagement and wedding photos with friends and family. We were super lucky to have you shoot our wedding. Happy Wednesday!

  • April 23, 2014 - 10:14 am

    admin - Jordan – It is Sun and Sand! My favorite too! You are just the sweetest and I hope I get to see you and Chris again soon!

  • April 23, 2014 - 12:06 pm

    Danielle M. Sabol - STACEY! I miss you very much! I love your new site, and I love learning all of these cute little things about you!

  • April 23, 2014 - 1:19 pm

    amanda mcmahon - I love stripes too and am finding many more items in my closet with those on them, it’s become a little bit of an obsession.

    I am also obsessed with Starbucks and am craving the ocean sooooo much lately. Sometimes, you just need a little peace and the ocean gives me that instantly!

  • April 23, 2014 - 1:26 pm

    Heather C - This list does remind me a lot of myself in a couple ways. 1. I LOVE Starbucks! If I could afford to drink it every single day, I would. 2. I would put everything in stripes and polka dots if I could, I love those two and think they are super happy! I wish I could go to the ocean more often, but I do love it when I get to be around it!

  • April 23, 2014 - 2:39 pm

    Teresa gunderson - I pretty sure we love all of the same thing…I love polka dots :-). Starbucks is my weakness and any sour candy is really the only candy I eat! Running is my stress reliever and sanity after a long day :-).

  • April 23, 2014 - 10:04 pm

    Jerrica - Well- I am a Starbucks addict! Anything “peppermint mocha,” frappachino in the summer and hot in the winter! Oh and a green tea lemonade if I’m more thirsty than sleepy :) and you MUST try their cheese cake brownie!!! I’m a target addict, seriously, it’s a problem! The ocean is my favorite place to be, well, anywhere where there is sunshine and water, and speaking of candles- I love those too! Pink sands by Yankee is the best summer smell! I love sour gummy worms too- but I’m picky by nature so I only like the blue/red ones and the red/yellow ones :) and lastly- I am so envious of your love for running! Perhaps if I had that beautiful scenery and an eye for unexpected beauty I would get out more! We have lots of favorite things in common! I think the only thing missing from your list is scarves and wine for me ;)

  • April 23, 2014 - 10:06 pm

    Sarah Campbell - I love the ocean! Rob and I recently moved to Chesapeake Beach. Not quite the ocean but pretty close. Good luck training for the marathon. I enjoy running too! I am running a 5k next weekend! Love the revamped website and rebrand!

  • April 23, 2014 - 10:31 pm

    Fia - Thanks for sharing your favorite things with us! I love chai lattes, but always with a few pumps of vanilla. The sound of the ocean is instantly calming and I’m learning to enjoy running as a great way to relieve stress. Congrats on being brave and encouraging us to push fear aside, too!

  • April 24, 2014 - 2:25 am

    Ashley - Hey Stacey! The new website looks great! I was trying to enter your giveaway but midnight has most likely already happened in the US. Miss you lots! Your pictures still look amazing.

Jerrica + Moe :: Jefferson Patterson Park Engagement

When you are in the process of rebranding your photography business, and you have images of gorgeous clients at beautiful locations, sometimes you hold on to them until the branding is done because you just can’t imagine putting them on the old site.  Am I the only one on this?!?  Well, even if I am, I’m SO excited to finally share Jerrica + Moe’s engagement session from late last fall.  We met up at Jefferson Patterson Park, which has quickly become one of my favorite locations for pictures no matter what time of year – every time I find a beautiful new spot – with even more amazing light.

Jerrica + Moe are such an amazing couple.  They have this old soul, rock n’ roll kind of love (Moe plays bass in a band…its completely fitting) that is really unique and such a pleasure to witness.  You can tell these two have seen each other through thick and thin.  They love each other with the wisdom of 50 years together, and the butterflies of a first date all at once .  You can see it in the way they look at each other, and I cannot wait to photograph these two again when they tie the knot this fall!

Meet Jerrica + Moe:

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The Monday Mix:: The Brand New SWP

Happy Monday Everyone!! If you couldn’t already tell, it’s a pretty special Monday here – it’s the launch of my new branding!! My blog and website have both had a facelift and I am so excited to finally share them with you all! There are still a few pieces that are being finished up and will launch in the next few weeks, along with some awesome projects that I will be sharing over the next few months here on the blog.

I can’t wait! In the meantime…a new brand is a big reason to celebrate, and what better way to do that than to have a contest!!   GivewayGraphic  With my new branding, I’ve made the decision to shift my focus to working mostly with couples, photographing engagements, weddings and anniversary sessions – so I’m giving away one couples portrait session! Whether you are dating, engaged, newlyweds, or celebrating 50 years of marriage – this one is for you!  This giveaway is for a full 2 hour session on-location, complete with the high resolution disc of images and a 16 x 24 canvas print of your favorite image for our session!

The winner will be chosen by random drawing, but you can increase your odds by doing more than one of the following to enter:

1.  Leave a comment on this post below and let me know what you think of the new brand!

2. “Like” Stacey Windsor Photography on Facebook

3. Follow me on Instagram!

4. Follow me on Twitter (I’ve just joined…this could be interesting!)

If you already follow me on Facebook or Instagram, then leave a comment below, share the contest with your friends on Facebook or follow on Twitter to enter!  The contest ends Friday at midnight, and the winner will be announced next Monday morning here on the blog!

In other news…well, there really isn’t any other news this week! This launch has been the focus this past week and I’m so glad to finally share it with you all.  Thanks to Meg Long for all of your hard work on this beautiful brand!  And also thank you to all of my family, friends and my couples past and present – you are all amazing and your support means the world to me! Stay tuned this week for more brand launch fun and games, a beautiful sunset engagement, and a wedding in paradise!

  • April 21, 2014 - 8:07 am

    Serah - The site is fantastic! I am so proud of you! This is awesome!

  • April 21, 2014 - 8:45 am

    jessie - Looks awesome stacey!!

  • April 21, 2014 - 9:10 am

    Nikki Quade - LOVE, LOVE, LOVEEEEE the new site! Wish you the best!

  • April 21, 2014 - 6:25 pm

    Jessica - I love the new blog and website! The colors really pop out! Looks awesome!

  • April 21, 2014 - 8:26 pm

    Heather - Love the new site Stacey! I think it really portrays your personality and how awesome of a photographer you are! Congrats on the new launch!

  • April 22, 2014 - 7:28 pm

    Nicole - Love the website – beautiful!

  • April 23, 2014 - 7:49 am

    My Favorite Things » Stacey Windsor Photography - […] haven’t entered the portrait session giveaway from Monday, there is still time!  Check out this post to see how to […]

  • April 23, 2014 - 8:06 am

    Cindy - Love the new site Stacey! It looks awesome.

  • April 23, 2014 - 7:54 pm

    Alison - Love the website Stacey! I always enjoy looking at your pics here as well as on Facebook and Instagram! Would love to do family shots with the boys. Hope your doing well!!!

  • April 23, 2014 - 10:14 pm

    Jerrica - Where oh were do I start! For one- I think the sight shows off more of your personality. The colors and fonts combined with the wonderful headshots have a sassy, bubbly, flirty kind of feel to the overall mood of the site. The turquoise/aqua is my absolute favorite color right now- hence my dress in our perfect engagement session, and the red is just so bold and powerful! I also loved being featured on the new site the day after it’s launch- I felt like a bit of a celebrity and loved that you were so proud of your work with us that you held it for six months to kick off your site! So exciting! All of your hard work paid off! What was the other site like?! I don’t even remember ;) I would love to have another shoot with you! Fingers crossed!! Good luck with all of your new stuff!

  • April 23, 2014 - 11:34 pm

    Patty Cruz - Hey Stacey….really lime the new brand and getting to know all these luttle tidbits about you. I actually posted one of the cherry blossom photos you took during our engagement session. Helps me from getting homesick. I’ll definitely follow your blog while I’m away.

The Monday Mix :: Cherry Blossoms and Spring Wedding Season

Happy Monday everyone!  It is finally, officially spring time here in the DC area and Mother nature gets major bonus points for the 80 degree weather on my first wedding weekend of the year!  I actually photographed cherry blossoms for the first time in my career without getting frozen fingers!

Some notes of interest & what is coming up this week!

  • If you have never been to see the Cherry Blossoms at the Tidal Basin at their peek, put it on your bucket list.  It really is a beautiful sight.  And if you are a little claustrophobic in crowds like me…plan to go at sunrise.
  • Last week, an image from our Winter Style shoot was published on Boutanical Brouhaha, featuring my lovely former bride and model, Sierra, and the gorgeous red peony Alicia was able to get for me in November…she rocks!
  • Week 1 of marathon training prep is done!  I need a little help with good music to keep me moving…is you have suggestions, please share!
  • I got to photograph a gorgeous wedding this week and a gorgeous morning engagement session with the blossoms – both coming to the blog later this week! Here is a little sneak peek from each:

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  •  Last but certainly not least, there are BIG things happening this week in preparation for the branding overhaul happening next week! I cannot wait to share more. Follow me on Instagram this week for a few little sneak peeks!

Enjoy the spring weather everyone!