“Looks can be deceiving. Joey, you are an amazing father and the way you look at Sasha proves to me that you are going to be an amazing husband. I’m proud to call you my son.” Sasha’s father brought the whole room to tears during his toast at their wedding at Hastings Ranch this weekend. Sasha and Joey’s whole wedding day was an emotional rollercoaster and we are so excited to share it with you today!
I first met this wonderful couple when Joey proposed on April 22, 2017! Sasha is a photographer in the Orlando area and many of her friends are also photographers. Joey was searching for one that Sasha would not recognize to capture the proposal. Our mutual friend, Moriah, contacted me and asked if I would be available to help. Of course, I said yes! I love proposals and I had been watching Sasha’s work for a while on Instagram. Joey and I started talking via email and set up the proposal at the Be Our Guest restaurant at Disney’s Magic Kingdom. You can read more about the proposal with their feature on the Knot, but let’s just say that she clearly said yes!!
Sasha and I became really close over the next year. We collaborated on many sessions and she was the second photographer for a few of my weddings! When Sasha and Joey asked me to photograph their wedding, I was so excited. I knew their wedding day was going to be gorgeous, perfect, and fun, which reflects the two of them perfectly. They did not disappoint!
Jack and I arrived at Hastings Ranch on December 9, 2018 for Sasha and Joey’s wedding. The forecast was not looking so great with Winter Storm Diego looming in the northeast. The map showed torrential downpour leading up to their ceremony. Nothing was going to stop these two lovebirds, though. Plans A, B, C, and D were mapped out with the couple and their amazing wedding coordinator, Emily. We were set for anything that came our way. The insane wind and rain arrived as Jack was carrying in our gear, but quickly changed pace when Sasha met her dad for their first look.
The tears had started while getting Sasha dressed, but they really started flowing during the first look with her dad. Sasha, in true Sasha fashion, fast-walked her way to her dad and called out his name. Her father turned around and began weeping. She looked absolutely stunning in her gown from One & Only Bridal. The two shared a precious moment together before she was off to meet the love of her life in the garden of Hastings Ranch.
Joey faced the vast trees lining the Hastings Ranch property. He eagerly awaited his bride-to-be. We may or may not have had him waiting slightly longer than normal because we knew Sasha would love the tears. Shhh. Don’t tell Joey.
Sasha made her way over to her love. “Babe…” she said. Joey slowly turned around and was in awe. We were all in awe of her beauty, but it was Joey’s face that took the cake. They met together and took the moment in. Sasha called out to us, “Can we kiss???” Um, duh! The two were absolutely adorable and we could not have asked for anything more. The sun was shining, the temperature was beautiful, and nothing could go wrong with love in the air.
Sasha and Joey tied the knot just before sunset under the pergola in the garden. With their closest friends and family by their side, they shared their vows to each other and exchanged rings. After the kiss, Joey’s son (and Sasha’s FINALLY official step-son) ran up to hug his new mom.
The reception was filled with happy tears and delicious food. Sasha’s sister and father delivered heart-wrenching speeches and there were no dry eyes. Sasha and Joey cut their cake and gave a special surprise cake to their son, Judah. Judah was a fan of a cake at the tasting that the couple was not fond of, but the wonderful bakers created a cake just for him for the reception. The look on his face could not have made Sasha and Joey happier. The couple danced the night away with their guests.
Sasha and Joey, we cannot thank you enough for having us at your wedding day. We know you had many amazing photographers to choose from (we are total fans of ALL of them!!), so we truly are honored. Jack and I love you both to pieces. We hope you enjoy a peek into their wedding day at Hastings Ranch!
Huge thank you to the amazing vendors of Sasha and Joey’s wedding!
Venue: Hastings Ranch
Wedding Planner: Emily at EF Wedding Planning
Hair and Makeup: Beauty by Cat Porras
Florist: St. Cloud Florist
DJ: DJ HOV
Bridal Gown: One & Only Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Tuxedos: Men’s Wearhouse
Bakery: Sugar Sugar Cake Boutique
Wedding Rings: By Angeline
Check out more of our recent weddings!