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Paige & Jarrod <3

It was a rainy day, and their wedding didn’t get to be outside like they planned, but I think they would both agree that it was a beautiful ceremony!! Enjoy this preview..










Let’s play catch up….one more time.

I completely blame Facebook for my lack of blogging. But, it’s a pitiful excuse so here I am. I won’t waste your time, enjoy a few photos from some of my favorite sessions!! There are so many more, as I had 99 sessions last year, but hello…ain’t nobody got time for dat. Hehee!

{I do} 2013 ~ wedding giveaway

2012 was another fabulous year for Bella Blue Photography. I’m amazed at the opportunities God puts in my lap. I have met some of the sweetest people through my work. As always, I am giving back! For the 3rd year in a row I am giving away to one lucky couple my photography services at their wedding..for free!!! I was overwhelmed by all the stories I received about these couple’s engagements. I had over 30 entries, and narrowed it down to 13. After a fun contest on FB, we have it down to 4 couples! So until Jan 25th at noon, anyone can vote!!! I’ve included below a snippet from everyone’s story.

ONE VOTE PER PERSON. You are NOT allowed to vote for anyone else.

Jake & Abby:

“We started walking around the park, with an overcast sky, and cold weather ( our favorite weather). We got around to the pretty part of the park, and he asked me to walk up a hill with him to where we could see the skyline. I told him no because I was hungry and was ready to go eat 🙂 . He walked up some and had me follow. He then began to get tears in his eyes, got down on one knee, and proposed. Of course, after saying ‘WHAT?!” several times, I said yes. He had the ring picked out in July, but made sure to ask my dad for my hand in marriage before proposing. Afterwards, he had me choose wherever I wanted to eat..I was so excited and had butterflies in my stomach that nothing sounded good to me- until we saw Ihop. Piedmont Park ( and IHop) was always our special place, but now it is even more special to us. 🙂 He is the best thing to happen to me. It is so funny how you can know someone for 7 years, and never see them in a romantic way, but 7years later, they are the love of your life and the only one you want to spend the rest of your life with. ”

Kala & Clay:

“So we arrive to the zoo and walk around looking at all of the different animals for about 45 minutes. We then come up on a new area that the zoo had completed called the “butterfly hallow garden.” Which is a beautiful covered flower garden with amazing butterflies flying all throughout the garden and has a long pathway you follow to complete the tour. As we come to the first part of the garden, I come up to a beautiful sign in storybook writing that says ” once upon a time there was a prince and a princess who grew up living very different lives” I walk on to the next sign which stated “The prince was from the city , while the princess was from the country”. As I walked through the garden , there were signs standing in order , which told a story of how the two of us met And fell in love ” our love story”. There were a total of approx 30 signs .As I get to the second to the last posting the sign read ” then one day at the jacksonville zoo, the prince finally got the courage to ask “.He then got down on one knee with tears and his eyes and asked me to be his wife( I said yes of course) So as I complete the end of the amazing proposal I walk into the next exhibit and he has a lepord print outfit waiting for me. He tells me to get dressed . After getting dressed I walk out to find my entire family, his family, and all of our friends there all in animal print clothing ( he had rented the entire zoo for the rest of the afternoon) We had our engagement party, on the exact same day.( good thing I said yes) ”

John & Helena:

“I called Helena and told her that I had just been invited by her old professor to speak at University of North Florida. I said that he wanted to take her and I to lunch when I came home for Christmas to discuss the possibilities of both of us speaking there about our jobs. I asked her to dress nice which she was upset about because it was jeans week and she loves showing off her jeans. However, I knew she did not want to be wearing jeans in her proposal pictures. Once she left for work, I headed off to the University to meet my old professor. Since the school was closed for the holidays, he needed to be there to unlock the classroom for me. I went to work.

Ring? Check…..Dry Erase Markers? Check…….Extra Large Coffee to help settle the nerves? Check….And so it began. I performed nearly two hours of dry erase artwork on our old white board and prepared the room. I drove up to her work to pick her up for “lunch” and told her we would be meeting the professor at the University. She never questioned me and was more concerned about what in the world we were possibly going to talk about at lunch. On the way inside, she was sure to say “Wow…I don’t miss having to come here anymore” (a feeling that I hope I could soon change). We entered in and there he was….the professor….the unexpected barrier that was supposed to be upstairs! He had snuck down to see the board and did not think I would return so soon. He acted like he had not seen me earlier in the day and played off the surprise very well. He said he needed to go upstairs and would be back down soon if we would wait for him.

Once he walked away, Helena said, “let’s visit our classroom for old time’s sake.” I grinned and we walked in with the lights dimmed. At her old seat was a jewelry box with a white bow on it. She took a few steps in before noticing the whiteboard and immediately went into shock. She said Yes! It was perfect. The only thing that I thought I had to impress her, in the end, became what helped me propose to her. ”

Charles & Linnea:

“Charlie and I have been talking about getting married for a few months now. He is living in Green Cove Springs and I am a student at Florida State University in Tallahassee. I am not a girl who loves being the center of attention in front of a huge crowd. He had been looking up proposal videos for a while and was nervous to propose to me. That weekend of October 14th, was one filled with many hints in which I did not catch, but I did express that I was frustrated that he hadn’t asked yet. October 14th was 15 months since our first date after we met at the drag races. Right before church that morning, he wanted to give me my anniversary gifts. One gift was a stuffed animal with a pocket on it. Inside was a message attached to a heart-shaped metal washer about the size of a ring in order to give the illusion that it was an engagement ring. However I didn’t even pick up on the clue. Then he said, “I have something metal for you that you have been wanting for for a long time.” He asked me to close my eyes and gave me back my can opener that he got from me months ago so that he could fix it. Even then, I still did not get the hint! Then he told me to stand up because he wanted to give me a big hug. When we hugged, I could feel him shaking and his heart pounding, and I was concerned because I thought something was wrong. Then he got down on one knee, and asked me to marry him! I shook my head up and down, and managed to say in a small voice, yes! After we hugged, he went and picked up a candy bag on the chair a few feet away which hid a secret camera inside that was recording the whole time! He told me to call my parents because they were expecting my call. He had already got their blessing! He even picked the perfect ring by himself (which I found later that I had tagged almost an identical ring to it on my pinterest account in which he has no access to and had no idea about). It was the perfect proposal and it could not have been any more perfect for me!”


Andrea WaltonJanuary 21, 2013 - 8:11 pm

I loved John and Helena’s story! They get my vote!!

CasieJanuary 21, 2013 - 8:20 pm

Jake & Abby

ShelbyJanuary 21, 2013 - 8:24 pm

Charlie and Linnea<3

tianna smithJanuary 21, 2013 - 8:27 pm

Jake && Abby

MeaganJanuary 21, 2013 - 8:33 pm

Kala & Clay >3

MelissaJanuary 21, 2013 - 8:34 pm

Jake and Abby 🙂

MaryJanuary 21, 2013 - 8:34 pm

I vote for Linnea and Charles!

AmandaJanuary 21, 2013 - 8:35 pm

Jake and Abby

Amber BarrsJanuary 21, 2013 - 8:36 pm

Kala & Clay get my vote!!

Joanna petersonJanuary 21, 2013 - 8:37 pm

Jake and Abby, tear tear of joy they have my vote

TashaJanuary 21, 2013 - 8:42 pm

Kala and Clay

Susan TesgueJanuary 21, 2013 - 8:42 pm

I vote for clay and kala

LindseyJanuary 21, 2013 - 8:43 pm

Kala and Clay

Ginger TownerJanuary 21, 2013 - 8:45 pm

Jake and Abby

Kala CrosbyJanuary 21, 2013 - 8:54 pm

Kala and clay 🙂

Mal MalJanuary 21, 2013 - 8:58 pm

Jake and Abby

LisaJanuary 21, 2013 - 9:00 pm

Jake & Abby

Luke CollinsJanuary 21, 2013 - 9:01 pm

Jake and Abby

RandalynJanuary 21, 2013 - 9:04 pm

Kala & Clay

Heather HodgesJanuary 21, 2013 - 9:09 pm

Kala & Clay

Lucy NadeauJanuary 21, 2013 - 9:10 pm

Jake and Abby!!

Josh AllenJanuary 21, 2013 - 9:10 pm

John and Helena!

DarrenJanuary 21, 2013 - 9:11 pm

Kala & Clay

AmandaJanuary 21, 2013 - 9:11 pm

Kala & Clay!

AmyJanuary 21, 2013 - 9:11 pm

KALA AND CLAY!

DaneJanuary 21, 2013 - 9:11 pm

Jake and Abby please!

cathy danielsJanuary 21, 2013 - 9:12 pm

Abby and Jake

HeatherJanuary 21, 2013 - 9:13 pm

Kala & Clay

Wenona FrenchJanuary 21, 2013 - 9:13 pm

Jake & Abby

RenaeJanuary 21, 2013 - 9:18 pm

Kala & Clay

Sherrie CrosbyJanuary 21, 2013 - 9:19 pm

I voted Kala and Clay!!!!!!!

rena griffinJanuary 21, 2013 - 9:21 pm

Love love love it! Kala and clay all the way!

amandaJanuary 21, 2013 - 9:25 pm

Kala & clay

Katie KellyJanuary 21, 2013 - 9:25 pm

Kala and clay:)

rena griffinJanuary 21, 2013 - 9:26 pm

Kala and clay all the way!

BrittJanuary 21, 2013 - 9:27 pm

Jake and Abby – yay!!

Amber GreenJanuary 21, 2013 - 9:29 pm

Kala & Clay:))) Good luck guys!

Gary HareJanuary 21, 2013 - 9:30 pm

Kala and Clay

Deborah NazworthJanuary 21, 2013 - 9:31 pm

Jake and Abby

MaceyJanuary 21, 2013 - 9:31 pm

Kala and Clay!!

Travis PadgettJanuary 21, 2013 - 9:38 pm

Linnea & Charles got my vote!

Renee!January 21, 2013 - 9:48 pm

Kala & Clay!

Emily WhiteJanuary 21, 2013 - 10:06 pm

Kala&Clay <3

amber ransomJanuary 21, 2013 - 10:13 pm

Kala.&.Clay all the way! 🙂

Amanda smithJanuary 21, 2013 - 10:17 pm

Kala n clay

NicoleJanuary 21, 2013 - 10:17 pm

Jake and Abby!

RobinJanuary 21, 2013 - 10:18 pm

I vore for kalaclay…

Robby smithJanuary 21, 2013 - 10:22 pm

Kala and clay

MaryJanuary 21, 2013 - 10:27 pm

Jake & Abby

Stephanie CrosbyJanuary 21, 2013 - 10:52 pm

Kala and Clay

MorganJanuary 21, 2013 - 10:54 pm

Kala and Clay

Stephanie KnaggeJanuary 21, 2013 - 11:20 pm

Jake & Abby!!

Ashley WhiteheadJanuary 21, 2013 - 11:41 pm

Jacob and Abby!!

Jennifer LeeJanuary 22, 2013 - 12:20 am

Kala and Clay

Dylan SloanJanuary 22, 2013 - 12:21 am

Jake and Abby!

Ashley AdamsJanuary 22, 2013 - 12:59 am

Jake & Abby!!!

Rebecca HJanuary 22, 2013 - 3:06 am

John and Helena are my favorite!

Erica SwindellJanuary 22, 2013 - 4:51 am

Kala and Clay all the way!!!

MichelleJanuary 22, 2013 - 5:38 am

Kala & Clay get my vote!!

HayleyJanuary 22, 2013 - 6:43 am

Abby and Jake

naomiJanuary 22, 2013 - 7:09 am

John and Helena

Carol ChubinJanuary 22, 2013 - 8:44 am

John and Helena

Nicole BallantyneJanuary 22, 2013 - 8:54 am

John and Helena!!! 😉

CarmenJanuary 22, 2013 - 8:54 am

Kala and Clay

YvonneJanuary 22, 2013 - 9:05 am

Congratulations Kayla

JordanJanuary 22, 2013 - 9:47 am

I vote Jake & Abby!

ToriJanuary 22, 2013 - 10:01 am

Definitely Jake and Abby(:

Kyler JohnsonJanuary 22, 2013 - 10:35 am

Jake and Abby

StephanieJanuary 22, 2013 - 10:48 am

Kala and Clay

NancyJanuary 22, 2013 - 11:28 am

Jake&Abby

LizzieJanuary 22, 2013 - 11:33 am

Charlie and Linnea. 🙂

BrookJanuary 22, 2013 - 12:25 pm

Kala and Clay

Virgina GreenJanuary 22, 2013 - 12:26 pm

I vote Kala and Clay

DonnaJanuary 22, 2013 - 1:00 pm

My vote is for KALA & CLAY ……

BriannaJanuary 22, 2013 - 1:02 pm

Kala & Clay

Richard PearceJanuary 22, 2013 - 1:05 pm

I vote Kala and Clay

Tammy RobertsJanuary 22, 2013 - 1:23 pm

Kala and Clay!!!!!

Christy AmosJanuary 22, 2013 - 1:25 pm

I vote Kala & Clay

Herman JonesJanuary 22, 2013 - 1:28 pm

Kala and Clay all the way!!!

BeccaJanuary 22, 2013 - 1:30 pm

Already knowing and loving the story of how Helena and John got engaged, I still broke down with happy tears when reading their story. Please vote for this beautiful couple to win the photography! They bring so much love and happiness to this world, it’s time for this world to do the same for them 🙂

Love you both so very much!

Josh ChavisJanuary 22, 2013 - 1:47 pm

I vote Kala and Clay!

Amber JenningsJanuary 22, 2013 - 2:07 pm

Kala and Clay

Magen WainwrightJanuary 22, 2013 - 2:15 pm

Clay and Kala

Betty MarshallJanuary 22, 2013 - 2:16 pm

I vote Kala and Clay!!!!!

Robert MarshallJanuary 22, 2013 - 2:17 pm

My vote is for Kala and Clay

Phyllis AldermanJanuary 22, 2013 - 2:19 pm

My vote is for Kala & Clay

Sarah ClaxtonJanuary 22, 2013 - 2:20 pm

Kala and Clay

Gay WilliamsJanuary 22, 2013 - 2:26 pm

Clay and Kala.

Wade WilliamsJanuary 22, 2013 - 2:30 pm

I vote for Kala and Clay

Brooke WilliamsJanuary 22, 2013 - 2:32 pm

definitley Kala and Clay

Cheri ArpJanuary 22, 2013 - 2:41 pm

Kala & Clay

Wyatt ArpJanuary 22, 2013 - 2:42 pm

Kala and Clay

Samantha WilliamsJanuary 22, 2013 - 2:47 pm

Kala and Clay

Andrew LinksJanuary 22, 2013 - 2:48 pm

I vote for Kala and Clay

Tammy ReevesJanuary 22, 2013 - 2:51 pm

Kala and Clay!!!!!

lindsayJanuary 22, 2013 - 2:51 pm

I vote kala and Clay

Jedidiah GriffinJanuary 22, 2013 - 2:52 pm

I vote for Kala and Clay

Teresa NewbyJanuary 22, 2013 - 2:53 pm

I vote Kala and Clay

John AllenJanuary 22, 2013 - 2:56 pm

I vote for Kala & Clay

LaTroy StrongJanuary 22, 2013 - 2:57 pm

Kala and Clay

Zachary RauJanuary 22, 2013 - 2:59 pm

I vote for Kala and Clay

Rickey ArmstrongJanuary 22, 2013 - 3:01 pm

Kala & Clay

Rebecca MullenJanuary 22, 2013 - 3:04 pm

Kala and Clay

Brooke CollinsJanuary 22, 2013 - 3:05 pm

Kala and Clay

Dalton CrawfordJanuary 22, 2013 - 3:09 pm

I vote for Kala and Clay

Mary StrattonJanuary 22, 2013 - 3:18 pm

I vote for Kala & Clay

Zana HumphriesJanuary 22, 2013 - 3:29 pm

I vote for Kala and Clay

Jessica StrattonJanuary 22, 2013 - 3:30 pm

I vote for Kala And Clay

Jason StrattonJanuary 22, 2013 - 3:30 pm

I vote for Clay & Kala

Tommy StrattonJanuary 22, 2013 - 3:31 pm

Kala and Clay

Jordan StrattonJanuary 22, 2013 - 3:32 pm

Kala and Clay

Robyn CrawfordJanuary 22, 2013 - 3:33 pm

Kala & Clay

Rene DaughertyJanuary 22, 2013 - 3:36 pm

Kala and Clay

Susan WintersJanuary 22, 2013 - 3:38 pm

Kala and Clay

Tommy ReedJanuary 22, 2013 - 3:39 pm

I vote Kala and Clay

Michele KroomJanuary 22, 2013 - 6:05 pm

I vote Kala and Clay! 🙂

Bonnie greenJanuary 22, 2013 - 6:52 pm

Kala and clay!

MarleyJanuary 22, 2013 - 7:02 pm

Jake & Abby!!

Nesha JonesJanuary 22, 2013 - 7:09 pm

I vote for kala and clay

trenka everettJanuary 22, 2013 - 7:12 pm

!My vote goes to Jake & abby

ClintJanuary 22, 2013 - 7:29 pm

Jake & Abby!

Ceryle FreeburnJanuary 22, 2013 - 7:37 pm

I vote for Kala and Clay! 🙁

Claud FreeburnJanuary 22, 2013 - 7:41 pm

I vote for KALA AND CLAY! 🙂

Jenna FreeburnJanuary 22, 2013 - 7:43 pm

Kala and Clay

BrookeJanuary 22, 2013 - 7:48 pm

Jake&abby

KayliJanuary 22, 2013 - 7:48 pm

John and Helena

Alan DiMariaJanuary 22, 2013 - 7:50 pm

Kala and Clay

Brian DiMariaJanuary 22, 2013 - 8:06 pm

Kala and Clay

Jordan FreeburnJanuary 22, 2013 - 8:08 pm

Kala and Clay

KaylaJanuary 22, 2013 - 8:22 pm

Kala & Clay!

Melissa browningJanuary 22, 2013 - 8:42 pm

I vote for Linnea and Charles!

TraceyJanuary 22, 2013 - 8:52 pm

Jake and Abby

Sarah gJanuary 22, 2013 - 8:57 pm

Jake and Abby!!!!

KellyJanuary 22, 2013 - 9:05 pm

Kala & Clay

AmberJanuary 22, 2013 - 9:26 pm

Kala & Clay!!

Jeni johnsJanuary 22, 2013 - 9:41 pm

Kala & Clay!!

AmyJanuary 22, 2013 - 9:59 pm

Abby and Jake

AbbyJanuary 22, 2013 - 10:02 pm

Abby and jake 🙂

Laura FuhlendorfJanuary 22, 2013 - 10:15 pm

Jake and Abby of course!!

Paige GoldenJanuary 22, 2013 - 10:16 pm

Kala &Clay!!!!

TishaJanuary 22, 2013 - 10:19 pm

John & Helena!

Darius StaffordJanuary 23, 2013 - 12:16 am

Jake and Abby

AngelaJanuary 23, 2013 - 8:18 am

I vote for John and Helena.

LaurenJanuary 23, 2013 - 8:49 am

John and Helena! 🙂

KyleJanuary 23, 2013 - 8:57 am

Jake & Abby

Brenda RobertsJanuary 23, 2013 - 11:18 am

I vote for Charlie and Linnea

ShanJanuary 23, 2013 - 12:40 pm

Abby and jake!!

Will BozemanJanuary 23, 2013 - 12:47 pm

John & Helena!

AliciaJanuary 23, 2013 - 1:46 pm

Linnea and Charles they got my vote!

DenaJanuary 23, 2013 - 6:13 pm

Jake & Abby

JustinJanuary 23, 2013 - 6:14 pm

Abby and Jake

LelandJanuary 23, 2013 - 6:14 pm

Jake and Abby

RyanJanuary 23, 2013 - 6:18 pm

Jake and abby

Kim MitchellJanuary 23, 2013 - 8:42 pm

Abby && Jake!

GingerJanuary 23, 2013 - 9:00 pm

Jake and Abby

jourdanaJanuary 23, 2013 - 10:38 pm

jake and abby!!!

craigJanuary 23, 2013 - 11:32 pm

John and Helena get my vote

KerinneJanuary 24, 2013 - 3:13 am

I vote kala and clay!!

BernieJanuary 24, 2013 - 5:20 am

Vote for Kala & Clay

CelesteJanuary 24, 2013 - 11:26 am

Kala and Clay all the way!!

Kyle AikinJanuary 24, 2013 - 1:14 pm

I vote for Kala and Clay

abigailJanuary 24, 2013 - 1:33 pm

Abby and Jake

Sherri SmithJanuary 24, 2013 - 1:44 pm

Kala and Clay all the way!!!!

Brittney SmithJanuary 24, 2013 - 2:01 pm

Clay and Kala

Chase BushJanuary 24, 2013 - 2:04 pm

Kala and Clay

Hanna DiazJanuary 24, 2013 - 2:31 pm

kala & clay

Phaylyn GriffithJanuary 24, 2013 - 2:32 pm

Kala and Clay

Destiny SorrellsJanuary 24, 2013 - 2:33 pm

Kala and Clay

gabby purvisJanuary 24, 2013 - 2:34 pm

kala and clay

Ariel RiceJanuary 24, 2013 - 2:35 pm

Kala & Clay

jeff mcgeeJanuary 24, 2013 - 2:36 pm

clay and kala!

cody busbeeJanuary 24, 2013 - 2:40 pm

kala and clay

Ormisha SherrerJanuary 24, 2013 - 2:40 pm

Kala and Clay

jodiJanuary 24, 2013 - 2:43 pm

kala/clay!

Amanda woodJanuary 24, 2013 - 2:44 pm

Kala & Clay

ashtonJanuary 24, 2013 - 2:45 pm

i vote Kala & Clay 🙂

Nicola MainJanuary 24, 2013 - 3:42 pm

I vote for Linnea and Charlie

KimberlyJanuary 24, 2013 - 3:55 pm

Charlie & Linnea

Juan L.January 24, 2013 - 4:02 pm

I vote Charles & Linnea!

JocelynJanuary 24, 2013 - 4:36 pm

Charles and Linnea!!! 🙂

KistaJanuary 24, 2013 - 7:34 pm

Charlie and Linnea has my vote

ErnieJanuary 24, 2013 - 8:51 pm

Charlie & Linnea

ErnieJanuary 24, 2013 - 8:53 pm

I vote for Charlie and Linnea

LeanneJanuary 25, 2013 - 1:25 am

Charles and Linnea are so cute.. They are my fav.. 🙂

Jade RJanuary 25, 2013 - 9:51 am

I vote for Kala and Clay

Tammi HodgesJanuary 25, 2013 - 9:52 am

Jake and Abby❤

Rachel NelsonJanuary 25, 2013 - 9:53 am

Clay and Kala!

Lindsey GJanuary 25, 2013 - 9:54 am

Kala and Clay all the way :))

HaleighJanuary 25, 2013 - 9:59 am

I vote KALA and CLAY

Joyce EasonJanuary 25, 2013 - 10:42 am

I vote for Kala and Clay

Stephanie McDonaldJanuary 25, 2013 - 10:44 am

Kala and Clay!!!

Back to blogging…the beautiful

I am ashamed at the last time I blogged. The busier I get, the less I blog. It’s a matter of priorities I know, but I fell short last year. It’s 2012 and I already have 25 sessions under my belt for the year. Spring sessions are well underway and I’m so thankful the wildflowers have been in plenty this year!

2012 Bella Blue Wedding Giveaway

530 votes in 2 days!!! Wow! Congratulations to SETH & BRIANA!!!! They 37% of the votes with 197 votes!!! I look forward to working with you, and giving you photos you’ll cherish a lifetime.

karenFebruary 12, 2012 - 3:45 pm

Congrads ……….

BarbaraFebruary 14, 2012 - 8:39 am

Hey I was wondering if maybe you could tell me how Eleni & Joshua done? I was just curious:)…

BarbaraFebruary 14, 2012 - 5:01 pm

Thanks for your time.. It was great being able to join in the fun..Thanks again:) Have a good day!!!