St. Augustine Wedding Photographer: Zem and Tiffany

Zem and Tiffany had a sweet little ceremony on April 20 on Vilano Beach with an intimate reception at The Reef Restaurant a few feet away.

Jamey Turner provided amazing music with his water glass harp. The sound of it made you feel like their ceremony was in the Caribbean.

Tiffany and Zem have their own tie-dyed shirt business and made all of the bridal party’s shirts and dresses. Their son Aiden had his own fab tie-dyed shirt which showed off the beautiful turtle locket Zem and Tiffany gave to him during their ceremony.

Peggy LaRoche was their officiant and coordinated her outfit with Tiffany’s colors of orange, red and yellow.

Watch their slideshow below to see more of their lovely wedding day.

St. Augustine Photographer: Long lost blog!

The first part of 2011 has been a whirlwind four months! Lots of travel. Lots of great events and lots of gorgeous photos!

Here are a few of my favs from the year so far. Make sure to visit the Kate Gardiner Photography Facebook page and become a fan. I’ve been posting most of my sneak peaks on there shortly after each event so couples and families can have a few on their profile pages right away.

More exciting news in upcoming posts, including features in Florida Bride Magazine and

Jessica + Patrick: St. Augustine Wedding Photographer

Jessica and Patrick tied the knot in a beautiful ceremony on Dec. 11 at the Cathedral Basillica of St. Augustine. The couple walked with their bridal party from the Cathedral down to the Llambias House and had a great time on the way. Their wedding luncheon at the Llambias House was so gorgeous! The weather was a perfect 68 degrees with lots of sunshine. As the afternoon went on though I don’t think the guests felt the cold as some serious dancing heated up! More photos to come especially some gems from their photo booth, but here are a few of my favs so far.

Chris - Brilliant Photos!

Cheryl Joy - These are so beautiful, Kate! I ADORE the one where he is dipping her and the trio of red heads were looking on. 🙂 So great!

Ponte Vedra Wedding Photographer: Kris and Nichole Sneak Peak!

Kris and Nichole had a beautiful fall wedding last weekend at Palm Valley Gardens in Ponte Vedra. The weather was a perfect 70 degrees with a slight breeze! Stay tuned for more photos from this gorgeous event but I loved the joy in Kris and Nichole’s faces so much in this photo that I couldn’t wait to post!

Anonymous - What a wonderful shot!

Nicki - We look so happy. Great shot!

Anonymous - Can't wait to see the rest. This is a great start!! What a beautiful and happy couple!!

St. Augustine Photographer: Images for a Cure

We are so excited to be a part of the Images for a Cure campaign benefiting The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®! So excited in fact that we are combining our annual holiday portrait special with raising some cash for this amazing project.

Until Oct. 31 we are offering a special 30 minute mini session for $50*. All of the $50 session fee will be donated to the Images for a Cure campaign. You can schedule your shoot for a day that works for you, just make sure to book before Oct. 31! This deal is too good to miss out on, plus that warm fuzzy feeling you get when doing a bit of good.

(*Fine print: The $50 covers the session fee only and includes online proofing only. All prints, digital files and other photo products are available for purchase)

Best of St. Augustine 2010: Best Photographer!

Wow! Wow! Wow!

Thank you to all who voted for us in the Best of St. Augustine contest!

We were totally blown away by the response from our clients, friends, family and people we have yet to meet. We aren’t very good at giving speeches but we are good at giving a great discount!

Until Oct. 31, 15% off on all canvas wall art!
(we know you have a blank wall that needs beautifying!)
Drop us a note in the comments and we’ll get your order in so you have art by the holidays!

Speaking of the holidays…
They are right around the corner!
Schedule your holiday family session ASAP or it will be December before you know it and too late!

The Story of Alexandra and Anthony: St. Augustine Wedding Photographer

This is the wedding story of Alexandra and Anthony. I am using their grown-up names in this post because that is what they are now. Are they still that lovable boy and girl, Tony and Alex, that won the St. Augustine Record’s Wedding Giveaway? Yes!! But beyond the details that gave them a free wedding, these two are wonderfully in love and that’s not kid stuff.

They had been trying for quite some time to have a wedding. The Record’s contest was the fourth they had entered, hoping they could have the wedding they dreamed of. Anthony has an eye disease that is diminishing his site and they did not want to wait a moment longer. The pair had been together since they really were kids at Bartram Trail High School and it always seemed obvious to them that someday they would get married. The time had come but the funds hadn’t.

August 14 by far had to be one of the hottest days of the summer and all air movement had come to a halt and just hung there. But everyone was a trooper, bedecked in tuxedos and gowns, for the late afternoon wedding. The heat didn’t seem to matter much to anyone really. They had waited a long time to see this day and nothing could beat it.

It was our extreme pleasure to be part of the Wedding Giveaway and part of the day Alexandra and Anthony started their new lives together. Congratulations!

Marsh Creek Country Club- Crystal Hill
Proshow DJ Service- Bill Jones & Denny Barrett
I Do Planning by Serena Forrester
Defore’s Cake Design
Flowers by Shirley
Nettles Fine Jewelry
Panache Salon & Spa
John Reardon of My Custom Wedding Ceremony
Andy’s Taylor Rental
St. Augustine Record- Lynne Carter

--Christine - What a beautiful venue! Congratulations to the happy couple…

Lori and Chris Teaser: St. Augustine Wedding Photographer

Lori and Chris tied the knot on Saturday! Here is a teaser of some of my favs from the day. Lori got ready at the Casa Monica Hotel and fortunately they had one of their classic cars parked out front. We grabbed some glam shots of Lori on our way to the ceremony.

This was my first wedding at Castle Otttis and was amazed at the inside. More photos to come to show how neat it is.

Their reception was at The Reef restaurant. Wait until you see their cake! Picture the red velvet version of The Castle Otttis! And wait until you see their kiddos Jason and Savanagh show their moves on the dance floor! Enjoy!

Josh Healy - Hi, hope it's OK to contact you here. We would love to include your blog on our giveaway search engine: Giveaway Scout ( Have a look and if interested, use our online form to add your blog ( ). thanks, Josh

St. Augustine Beach Family Portrait Marathon! : Xmas in July

Attention all parents who have been meaning to do a family beach photo, but never think about it until a few weeks before Christmas! This portrait marathon is for you! July 31 my fab friend Jenna Thorpe is being so kind to host us out on St. Augustine Beach. I’m doing morning and evening time slots, but highly recommend those with kiddos under age 4 sign up for a morning slot. The quick 20 minute mini sessions are $40 which includes online proofing only. All prints/cards/albums etc we’ll have available for purchase after the sessions.

If you are really thinking ahead and want to deck yourself out in Christmas digs we are happy to pull together some HOT holiday ideas and some holiday card designs. Give us a call or jot us an email to reserve your spot!

If you aren’t able to make the July 31 marathon, give us a buzz anyway. If there is enough demand for a second marathon we’ll try to squeeze another one in before the end of the summer.

Lauren and Colin’s Wedding Teaser: St. Augustine Wedding Photographer

Ok, so I couldn’t wait to post a teaser for Lauren and Colin’s Saturday wedding! Their ceremony was at Temple Bet Yam with the charming Rabbi Mark Goldman officiating. Then a lovely reception at the Kingfish Grill The full post is yet to come, but here are some favs that caught my eye today as I started going through the pictures. I am a little behind in my blogging lately and have weddings and portraits from April and May that haven’t made it to the blog yet. Stay tuned! Good stuff soon I promise!

Lauren and Colin’s Engagement Session: St. Augustine Portrait Photographer

A little more than a month from now I will have the privilege of photographing a great couple as they tie the knot here in St. Augustine. Here are some fun images from our engagement session. They love the beach and the Castillo de San Marcos so we hit both during our session. The images I think reflect the fun these two have together. They are both teachers at the same school have a fun giving each other a hard time. Can’t wait to meet their family and friends next month!

Suzanne and Josh: St. Augustine Wedding Photographer

Wowee! Suzanne and Josh are hot stuff! Their March wedding seriously rocked! They tied the knot at the Lightner Museum in a sweet little ceremony with 50 or so guests. Josh was in his usual suave self and dipped Suzanne during their first kiss. Awesome!

The couple had their reception at Old City House across the street. It was such a cute venue with all the partying in the court yard under the stars.

Now if you saw their engagement session we did, you’ll remember that Josh owns a super hot roadster. It was front and center parked in front of the Old City House. The groomsmen decked out the bumper with beer cans and “Just Married” soaped on the rear window.

I loved how much their personal style was reflected in their wedding. From the feathers in Suzanne’s hair to Josh’s suspenders and slicked back hair. But most importantly the look on Josh’s face when Suzanne and her mom rounded the corner was pure love. I think there were even a few tears that were being blinked back. So happy for them both. Congrats!

Alex and Tony Win!!!!

All of us here at Kate Gardiner Photography want to wish our congrats to Alex and Tony who won the St. Augustine Record’s “I Do” Wedding Sweepstakes! The pair had entered 3 other wedding contests, but it looks like the fourth was the charm. They received over 1,600 of the approximately 6,800 votes. The couple will get to choose one of three wedding dates to have their ultimate ceremony and reception. We are thrilled to be a part of their big day and can’t wait to do their engagement session! Stay tuned for more updates from our fab couple!

Watch their winning video below:

We had a great time at the showcase on Saturday where the unveiling took place. Marsh Creek Country Club threw a great party. We set up our fun photo booth and the couples attending the showcase had a great time!

Piper - The photo booth pics looks great! It was nice meeting you! Do you mind sending me the photos of Jeremy and I? Thank you

St. Augustine Record – I Do Giveaway Bridal Show

The semi-finalists have been selected in the St. Augustine Record – Say I Do wedding giveaway contest and voting has been fierce! A few days remain for you to vote for your favorite couple. Follow this link to watch contestant videos and to cast your vote:

The unveiling will be this Saturday April 24, 2010 from 1-4pm at Marsh Creek Country Club. The event is open to all brides. All of the sponsors of the contest will be on hand with booths showing off their goodies. We will be there front and center with our fab photo booth.

Everyone who comes through our booth will get a free photo. Not to mention that if you book our studio on Saturday for your upcoming wedding we will bring our photo booth to your wedding for free!

Angela and Ivan: St. Augustine Wedding Photographer

I love a gal who makes a list and keeps shopping until she finds it! Angela spent tons of time shopping Etsy for the perfect details for her and Ivan’s wedding day. She even found the gorgeous wrap that matched her dress perfectly and added so much flair to her strapless gown.

Portraits were very important to Ivan and Angela. When we met for our engagement session last year, they brought props and a list of ideas. For their wedding they opted to do a “first look” where Angela tapped him on the shoulder so they could have photos of them seeing each other for the first time. They also scheduled in enough time for us to take a leisurely walk through downtown St. Augustine making some really beautiful images.

Their ceremony and reception was held at the ever gorgeous and intimate Tasting Room. Being able to have your favorite restaurant close their doors and hold a private party just for you is such a great way to celebrate your wedding!

They also incorporated Angela’s Korean heritage into their ceremony with the tradition of the groom giving the bride’s mother a set of wooden geese. This symbolizes his devotion to her daughter since geese mate for life. Angela also gave chestnuts to Ivan’s mother symbolizing the number of children they would have which made everyone laughed when Angela suggested she take a few out of the box. :O)

We also got to debut our awesome new photo booth at their wedding. But stay tuned for a post on just this nifty new feature to our studio!

nikkolunas - aww kate! this is a lovely collection- thank you for posting =)

--Christine - beautiful! I love the walk down St. Augustine. the b&w of the groomsmen is one of my favorite images EVER — wow. can't wait to see the photo booth debut… 🙂

Jamie + Nick: St. Augustine Wedding Photographer

Jamie and Nick tied the knot last month at the Oldest House at a gorgeous night wedding with their reception at the A1A Ale House. The mood of their ceremony was enchanting. We used some video that Nick had which made for a dramatic and intimate look. After the ceremony we took a walk around the Oldest House with the awesome Rolls Royce limo from B & D Limousine in tow and made some memorable night portraits. One of the roving pirates downtown tried to barter for their bottle of champagne which added to the hilarity of the night. What a great party!

--Christine - I had to catch my breath on that first image — hauntingly beautiful! one of the coolest wedding dresses I've seen ever, I love the way it evolves with her evening. 🙂 fun.

have I mentioned I'm your biggest fan?

Lex - Really lovely images, Kate! Love them!

— Karen C, Orlando (Hi!)

Wedding Giveaway!!: St. Augustine Wedding Photographer

Yes you DID read that right! We have joined forces with The St. Augustine Record, Marsh Creek Country Club and other local sponsors to giveaway a FREE wedding. Here’s how it works:

The Record staff is asking couples to get creative and tell the whole world why you should win a free wedding.

You can do this one of two ways; send in a 3-minute maximum video of what makes you and your relationship special or fill out the entry form located at

Your video should tell all the juicy details on how you met, what you love about each other, your family, why you want to get married in St. Augustine, etc. HAVE FUN WITH THIS!

IMPORTANT: The deadline for entries has been extended until March 29, 2010 at 5pm. Voting on the best video will start March 31st and wrap up April 21st. The winners will be announced at a party at Marsh Creek Country Club on April 24th.

Hop to it! This is too good a deal to pass up! Our photography package alone is worth $3,000.

Read more details and rules at

Nick and Lesley: St. Augustine Wedding Photographer

This was the most international wedding I have ever had the pleasure to be a part of! Nick is Bulgarian and Lesley is Irish. There was even some nervous moments in the days leading up to the wedding whether her visa would be approved and arrive in time for her to hop on a plane and get to their wedding. But it did and everything went off without a hitch. Photography was an important component of their wedding day. They even planned two hours between the ceremony and the reception so that we would have plenty of time to hit all of the great spots around downtown St. Augustine. Their ceremony was held at the historic Memorial Presbyterian Church. It was my first ceremony held there and I was thrilled by the gorgeous colors and great lighting. Betty Crosby of Elegant Events coordinated the ceremony and helped them with the details since Lesley was planning a lot of the wedding from Ireland.

The reception, held at the St. Augustine Hilton, was a rockin party full of lots of teary-eyed toasts and laughter. But best of all they carried out an old Bulgarian custom that is said to tell what the gender of their first born will be. They had a huge soup pot that the bride had to kick. If it landed facing up it was going to be a girl, face down a boy and if it landed on it’s side, TWINS! So I fully expect Lesley to call me for maternity photos someday when she is pregnant with a girl (no twins thank God)! Congrats to you both!

Anonymous - Whilst it is sad to have our baby leave the family nest in Northern Ireland it is clear to see the happiness and fun captured in these photos of our “Baby” Lesley and Nick, shows what a perfect couple that cupid has brought together. What a day engraved in our hearts forever. Love you 2, Mum & Dad

Erna - A lovely couple and we wish them many years of happy marriage. A truly International flavour to this wedding. Great people, great weather, great location, great food, great wine and all this equates to 'GREAT CRAIC'

Best wishes for the future.
Erna & Victor
Northern Ireland

--Christine - what a beautiful couple and fun wedding! my favorite is the first image, but then the more I scroll, the more I change my mind which one is my favorite — I love love love the one of them in front of so many guests; a very simple idea but not the easiest to ask of a photographer. you are so fabulous! 🙂