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Jennifer & Russ Powell | Tallahassee Vendors pull together for surprise Vow Renewal at The Edison

Where on earth to begin with this story? It’s a fun one, so grab a cup of coffee and I’ll tell you.  A wonderful group of vendors and I started planning a styled wedding shoot at The Edison.  Styled shoots give us a chance to slow down a bit (vs. the speed of a real wedding), create something unique that we want to showcase for future brides to give them inspiration, and basically just have fun and collaborate with colleagues.  So as we planned the shoot, we of course needed people to model for us, and after a bunny trail of connections and emails, Lisa Davis brought us Jenn Powell!  Now, as a photographer in town I have known Jenn for quite some time.  She is a woman who wears many hats and has many talents, one of them being a photographer herself.  But she also happens to be quite the fitness inspiration, as well as very photogenic. 😉 When Jenn met us at Vocelles to find a dress to wear, she mentioned that the following week was her 15th wedding anniversary with her husband, Russ.  I told her how Ryan and I had just done a vow renewal the previous year for our 10th, and she said she had always wanted to do that, but ran out of time to plan something.

Now, if you know me, you know I adore a good surprise.  So the wheels started turning pretty quickly, and I ran the idea past my lovely crew of vendors – “Would you want to plan a surprise vow renewal for Jenn and Russ when they come to model?”  Because I was working with the best ladies in the world, they gave a resounding ‘YES!’, and I started reaching out to more people.  Everyone I asked said yes, without hesitation.  It was truly something beautiful, and the best was yet to come.

Jenn had to be in on the surprise, but we kept it a secret from her husband.  Meanwhile Jenn is sending an invitation to her closest friends, buying a pretty pink dress for her daughter Charley Rae, and trying not to spill the beans.  When they arrived we had them in the upstairs room (Innovation Hall) and took a bunch of cute portraits of them, knowing that their friends and family would soon arrive downstairs on the lawn overlooking Cascades Park.  Sara Michaels of Saramonies graciously agreed to come perform their ceremony, and after Jenn and Russ walked out to see everyone, Sara dove right in.  I didn’t give her much time at all to plan, but she delivered the most touching words – but doesn’t she always?  I even threw this at Krisha Singh of Unique Video Creations, and despite their crazy busy spring wedding season, he came to film the whole thing!  (can’t wait to see that, but video takes longer than stills so we are being patient!)

This was truly a labor of love, and I thought we were maybe a little crazy for taking on something so big (after already shooting 4 other models all day).  But as it all unfolded, I had tears in my eyes because I knew we did an awesome thing.  It was a privilege to work with such beautiful and GIVING people.  The Tallahassee wedding scene is an awesome one!!  Tons of vendors listed/linked below.  Go check them all out!


Venue: The Edison (Onsite coordinator with the Edison is the wonderful Kate Biel!)

Coordinating & design: Diane Bardhi of Sweet Tea Events

Florals and design (these two ladies own separate businesses, but worked together so beautifully):  Tangy Williams of Posh Stems, and Kristi Sanders of At Last Florals

Cake Artist: Maria Streety of Artistic Confections

Rentals: EP Luxe (which is owned by Tangy and her business partner, Frankie)

Bridal Gown: Vocelles | The Bridal Shoppe, designed by Essense of Australia

Videographer: Krishna Singh of Unique Video Creations

Officiant: Sara Michaels of Saramonies

Makeup Artist: Image by Lisa

Hair Stylist: Chelsea Fleck of Salon 6

Uplighting: Amplify Entertainment

Linens: BBJ Linen

Our real bride: Jenn Powell Fit














Realizing the surprise he was walking into:






I love that Sara brought up their kids, Fisher and Charley Rae:













Thank you Sara!


A little behind the scenes look at the fun!

Happy Clients


The BEST investment I made for our wedding day was definitely booking Kylene and Ryan Studios! It was such a blessing to have you both there to capture all of the PERFECT moments of that day. You all made us feel comfortable and relaxed in front of the lens and all around were pleasant to be around.


Kylene and Ryan are the worlds best photographers! Not only did I love every picture they took but they also were great to work with. I am not the greatest when it comes to taking pictures and knowing what I might like but they knew exactly what I wanted even when I didn’t. I would highly recommend them for every event.


They were the absolute best! So friendly, so fun and professional. The photos were amazing and they took the time to get some of the more ridiculous shots I requested. BONUS: they were amazing with our nephew. He is autistic. He was our ring-bearer and was having a difficult day, which isn’t unexpected for a day like that. Could not recommend enough.


Hands down, I would recommend Kylene & Ryan to anyone in a heartbeat. We used them for our engagement photos, a boudoir shoot for me, and our wedding photography. Every single time we saw their work, we were blown away. What first drew us to them was their beautiful work–but what also hooked us was how incredibly fun, sweet, professional, and hard-working they are.


Wow, what an incredible experience! It was such a joy working with this team. They had us laughing and enjoying every minute of our special day. And the pictures are STUNNING! They really went above and beyond to create unique and memorable moments we will cherish always.