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Hello & welcome to the blog! I'm Angela Norton, and I'm a family, senior, & wedding photographer based in North Central Florida. I'd love for you to relax a while here, and enjoy reading the ANP stories. You'll also find tons of resources for your next session or wedding!

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Hey there! I'm Angela.

I’m beyond excited to share with you the wedding day of Courtney and Shelby at Protea in Ocala! I know I can speak for Mr. and Mrs. Days when I say we are especially excited to share their story since it was a small event, and now everyone can be a part of the day!

Protea is a newer venue, and is a quiet, magnificent, beauty. The barn is light and bright on the outside, and warm and cozy on the inside. The bride and groom had separate quarters for getting ready and hanging out. The bridal suite is completely ready for you to get your glam on, with plenty of space for your bridal party. And from what I understand, Shelby was treated like a queen and they made sure everything was perfect for her.

Courtney and Shelby have a super interesting love story! I can’t say it any better than Shelby can… “We met on my first day of 6th grade. My brother Tyler was walking me to my first class. He and Courtney were both in 7th grade. As we got to the door Courtney ran ahead of us to open the door for me and asked him if I was his sister. He said I was so beautiful! I knew nothing about love in middle school but that’s a memory I will never forget to this day. Courtney always said he wanted to make me his girlfriend but things never worked out for us. Going into highschool, we sat by each other in Math class. He spent almost every single day getting to know me better and trying convince me to give him a chance. I never did. We talked on the phone for hours and he finally told me that he had been praying for me for years and that he knew that God told him I was going to be his wife one day. I never believed him lol But to this day I have learned not to question His relationship with the Lord.”

Are you tearing up yet? Aren’t they so sweet!!
They had their first real date in February 2021, engaged (after an eventful evening that we can laugh about now) one month later, and married eight months later! Ever since the 6th grade Shelby’s smile has melted Courtney’s heart, and never gave up. In a story made for the movies, the boy got the girl, and they’ll live happily ever after.
Courtney and Shelby, I love you both so much, and look forward to watching you grow as a couple… and so much more. I’m honored to be a part of your wedding day and to be able to share your story.

 

Officiant | Ron Days, father of the groom.
Florist | Trenton Floral
Stylist | Logan and Peggy Brooks
Hair Artistry | Aubrey Welborn
Make Up | The Bride!
Stationery + Signage | Etsy
Catering | Mojo Catering
Groomsmen Tuxes | JC Penney
Bride Shoes | Versona

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Courtney + Shelby

Protea Wedding & Events | Ocala

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When I asked Shelby to tell me how he proposed, this is what she said…”Well it’s kind of a long story LOL but we picked out the ring together a little while ago so I knew he had it and that it would be coming soon. We’ve been talking through details and I knew he was trying to plan something special. But he was putting a lot of pressure on himself LOL he called me that Tuesday night to tell me that he was going to do some big thing in my classroom with my kids, but that he kept getting the feeling I didn’t want it to be in front of people. Which I didn’t. (Good call!)
So he made reservations for Ipanema Brazilian Steakhouse that night and I just knew it was coming!! I got all dressed up and right before we were about to walk in he grabbed my arm and I immediately thought it was happening LOL and he hugs me and says please don’t be mad but I forgot the ring!! 🤣🤣🤣 so I was like 😳🤣🤣
So after we got back to the house, and had been about two hours, I thought for sure it wasn’t happening so I went and got in pajamas and took off my make up and then he asked me to go outside LOL and I said no 🤣🤣🤣
He is used to dealing with my moods and he is a saint 🤣🤣 we talked outside for a little while and I cried because I felt so silly LOL then he asked me please not to move and he literally sprinted to the truck LOL he opened the box and it has a light in it, so being outside in the dark and the light on it looked like a disco ball shining! We both busted out laughing and he got down on one knee and asked so sweetly. And that’s our story.”
And here we are, on a blustery, rainy summer day for their engagement session at Protea.

Courtney + Shelby | Engaged

Protea Engagement Session

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Welcome to the loveliest High Springs backyard wedding ever! Family and friends came from all over the country to be with them and celebrate. The bride did an amazing job of designing a classy and romantic ambiance. And everyone made me feel like I was a part of their bunch.

Josh and Jenna were all smiles on their wedding day. In fact, it was very difficult for either of them to give me a model face. They just kept laughing! At times, Josh had me laughing so much I couldn’t get my words out! You can just see that they love each other, and enjoy being around each other.

Their intimate ceremony took place in a moment of cooler Florida weather, and in true Florida fashion, quickly turned to a rainstorm. Meanwhile, this bride took it all in stride. She quickly moved her guests inside, and made the best of it. And you would never ever know by talking to her, that her beautiful reception decorations were getting drenched.

She was truly all smiles, and she was a joy to be around.

We were able to sneak here and there for portraits, and if you look closely, many were done in the rain. Again, she was up for anything and just wasn’t caught up in any unnecessary worry or disappointment. Against the odds, was truly enjoying her day.

What I loved most about this day, was the closeness of Josh and Jenna’s friends and family. Above all, to have a group of people love on them so much, was an inspiring thing to watch.

Josh and Jenna, I wish you all the best! And if you can survive rain on your wedding day with such a great spirit, I know you will weather all the storms that this life is going to throw at you. It was an honor to be there and I can’t thank you enough.

 

Officiant | Roby, Grooms Best Friend
Venue | Josh and Jenna’s Home
Dress | The Wedding Cycle
Hair Artist | Cheyenne Brewer
Catering | Chuy’s
Rentals | Pre Event Resources

 

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Josh + Jenna

High Springs Backyard Wedding

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Patterson + Janna | Engaged

The Hidden Plantation Engagement Session

Weddings

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Eric + Lauren

Breathtaking Wedding at The Barn at Rembert

Weddings

Brian + Amanda

Baughman Center Wedding | Hilton UF

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Eric + Lauren | Engaged

Special engagement session in Bell

Weddings

Kyle and Jessica’s love story began on January 15, 2015, and they were quickly engaged on March 6th 2015. Jessica said, “When you know, you know.”

They made it through a rocky first day (blown tire, she thought he stood her up), so that must have been a good sign! Since then they have had many good dates and genuinely just love to hang out with each other. He says she’s a great mom, and that she’s beautiful and sweet. She says she loves how hard he works for their family, and respects him for his honesty. They both share a beautiful passion for raising their son.

Their Wedding Day was more than perfect! I knew it would be when Jessica came to our wedding prep meeting with a binder, planner, and lists.  A woman after my own type-a heart.

Seriously though, she planned so many perfect details. I just love her simple yet country-elegant style. From the heirloom fur shawl to the chandeliers in the reception barn. She really brought elegance to a modest wedding.

January brought us so much gloomy weather this year, and while it was a bit overcast, it was beautiful weather. The perfect amount of cloud cover with brightness, and it made for a comfortable evening for all the guests.

Jessica and Kyle, I was honored to be a part of your day, and so glad to deliver you images you will cherish forever!

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Wedding 2021 at Barker Home, FL. 1/23/21. Photo by : Angela Norton

Williston Florida Wedding Jessica and Kyle Barker

Dress Store | DAVID’S BRIDAL
Bridal Jewelry | KAYS & AMAZON
Shoes | BOOT BARN
Ceremony & Reception | B+G’S PROPERTY
Hair Stylist | LIZY DUNN, WILLISTON
Makeup | BAILEE BARKER
Bridesmaid Dresses | ETSY & DAVID’S BRIDAL
Groomsmen Attire | BOOT BARN

 

Kyle + Jessica

Williston Florida

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Imagine trying to plan an event in 2020. Now imagine that on top of the 2020 woes, you learn your wedding venue has burned down…. yikes right? Thankfully Granville Plantation stepped in and saved the day! Gail at Granville worked with this bride and groom to make sure all their wedding dreams would come true… no matter what!

Granville Plantation is an exceptional venue. Gail really works hard to make sure the venue is tastefully decorated for anyone, and has a stockroom full of odds and ends for any event.

Rachel and Braden are high school sweethearts. They met at a church festival, and it didn’t take Braden long to ask Rachel to be his girlfriend. Fast forward 7 years later, Braden asked Rachel to marry him while on a stroll through a botanical garden.

It was a pleasure to be around this couple all throughout the engagement and wedding process. They are calm and relaxed, and that always makes everything go so smooth and enjoyable. They complement each other so well.

Rachel had a few surprises up her sleeve for the day. She had an unexpected flower girl and ring bearer, a trumpet solo, and a father daughter (brother) dance that had everyone on their feet!

The whole wedding day went off with out a hitch. We’ve had lots of rainy days in Florida, but this day was nice and dry. We all were blessed with the pleasant fall weather.

Rachel & Braden, I’m so very glad to have been a part of your special day! If ya’ll can make it through 2020 while planning a wedding, you can do anything! XOXO

 

 

ceremony | Granville Plantation
dress store | Davids Bridal
bridal jewelry | Saks 5ht Ave
rings | Brittany’s & Zales
shoes | Kate Whitcomb
bridesmaids dresses | Davids Bridal
groomsmen attire | Men’s Warehouse
invitations | Truly Engaging by Magnetstreet
florist | Kathy
hair stylist | Lizy Dunn
makeup | Krystal
DJ | Lewis Stokes
cake | Katie, KT Cakes, Bronson
catering | E & J Catering
photographer | Angela Norton Photography

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Braden + Rachel

A Granville Plantation Wedding

Weddings

It was an absolutely stunning day for a Gainesville Florida wedding! We had our first warm day of the year, and it was very much appreciated by all.

Who knew? Who knew that when Roxanne and Phillip were passing one another in the hallways of middle school that one day they would fall in love?

Who knew in those early days that on March 14, 2020 they would stand before their loved ones in the First United Methodist Church of Gainesville and exchanged wedding vows and promises to walk forward from that day as husband and wife!

God knew this wedding was to be!

Phillip and Roxanne had their very first date, almost 6 years ago now, on July 14, 2014 in St. Augustine. A lot of walking and talking as they began to find their way with one another.  For the next four years they dated and became a couple. Phillip went through a lot of heartfelt time and prep to ask Roxanne the big question on July 2018 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. And when she said “yes!” he placed his Grandmother’s ring upon Roxanne’s finger.

He loves her for her personality, laugh and smarts. She loves his ability to make her laugh, his great cooking talents, and for being there for her no matter what. They enjoy traveling and having adventures with their pups, fishing and spending time with good friends.

Roxanne choose the colors of French Grey and Wisteria for her Victorian themed wedding.  She wore her grandmother’s jewelry, and he wore his grandpa’s tie pin. And the sweetest part, her Grandmother Irene made her beautiful wedding veil! She was able to match it up to the dress so beautifully.

Family and history is so important for the both of them, and you could absolutely tell that from all the details.

On their big day Phillip was soooo nervous! Of course, Roxanne was not. She is the coolest, laid back chick you’ll meet.

The reception was held at Plantation Hall in Haile Village where love, heartfelt toasts, music  and of course some dancing lasted throughout the day.

A wedding is just always better where love flows freely from family and friends to the new husband and wife, and this was just one of those!

Phillip & Roxanne, thank you so much for making me a part of your lovely wedding day. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for ya’ll! And let me know when you finalize that Disney Paris trip… I’ll carry your bags!

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church | The Methodist Church Gainesville

venue | Plantation Hall

officiant | Joe Smith

flowers | The Peddler

decor | FAMILY

wedding planner for ceremony |  Lynda Knight

catering | Hill’s BBQ and Catering

music |  Lewis Stokes, DJ/Band/Entertainment Services

hair artist |  Sabrina Brice

make-up | Kait Crooms

bride’s gown |  The Wedding Cycle 

alterations | Suns Sewing

veil designer | Irene

grooms & groomsmen attire | Men’s Warehouse

cake | Publix

photographer | Angela Norton Photography

 

 

 

 

 

Phillip + Roxanne

Traditional Wedding at the Methodist Church, Gainesville FL

Weddings

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