As a wedding photographer, I’ve had the privilege of documenting countless love stories, but there was something truly special about Derick and Stephanie’s wedding at the Clay Theatre in Green Cove Springs. From unexpected weather blessings to non-stop dancing, their celebration was a magical journey of love, laughter, and timeless moments.

Perfectly Imperfect Weather: A Wedding Photographer’s Dream

The day started with a touch of uncertainty in the air, quite literally. The weather forecast predicted rain, but as the saying goes, love conquers all. Surprisingly, the skies decided to play along, and we were blessed with a picturesque day. The soft overcast lighting turned out to be a photographer’s dream, creating a natural filter that accentuated every emotion and detail.

The Clay Theatre provided an enchanting backdrop, with its vintage charm adding a timeless touch to the wedding. As Derick and Stephanie exchanged vows surrounded by family and friends, it was evident that their love was as resilient as the unexpected weather, making every moment more beautiful and unique.

A special mention must be reserved for the incredible Dyamond from E320 Events, the wedding planner extraordinaire who truly brought Derick and Stephanie’s vision to life. Dyamond, with her infectious enthusiasm and calming presence, not only executed the wedding flawlessly but also became an integral part of the celebration.

A Love Story That Started 11 Years Ago

Derick and Stephanie’s journey began at a fraternity party 11 years ago, a chance encounter that blossomed into a love story for the ages. It’s the kind of story that warms the heart and reaffirms the belief in destiny. Throughout the day, their connection was palpable, a testament to the years they’ve spent building a life together.

It Takes Two: Derick and Stephanie

When you come into your reception to “It Takes Two” by EZ Rock and Rob Base, it’s literally. ABOUT TO GO DOWN. Derick and Stephanie weren’t just the stars of the show; they were the life of the party. Their infectious energy radiated throughout the venue, setting the tone for a celebration that nobody wanted to end. The dance floor was a testament to the joy that filled the room. From the first dance to the last, it was a whirlwind of laughter, twirls, and stolen glances.

DJ L.E.M.X WAS JAMMIN…let me tell you, as the dance floor never seemed to empty, Including ME! HA. The couple’s (and my) favorite tunes, combined with the electric atmosphere, created a night to remember. It got to the point where the venue staff had to gently remind everyone that the night had to come to an end. The love and laughter lingered in the air long after the last dance, leaving everyone with a heart full of memories.

In the end, Derick and Stephanie’s wedding was a perfect blend of unexpected surprises, genuine love, and unbridled joy. As a wedding photographer, it’s these moments that make each assignment not just a job, but a cherished experience. Derick and Stephanie, thank you for letting me be a part of your magical day. May your journey ahead be as beautiful and enduring as the love you shared on this special occasion. Cheers to a lifetime of happiness!

Wedding party posing underneath the marquee for Stephanie and Derick's wedding at the Clay theater in Green Cove Springs

Amazing Vendors:

Wedding Planner: E320 Events

Venue: Clay Theatre

Florist: Soulful Stems, LLC

Catering: Blue Sage Cuisine

Photographer: Sarah Hedden Photography

Videographer: Twenty19 Films

DJ: Crystal Clear Sounds

Makeup: Kimberley Maxine Beauty & Photography

Hair: Chineil Johne


Transportation: BSC Worldwide Transportation

Photo Booth: Pompy Portraits

Dress: One Bridal

Tux: Brian Alexander Bespoke

Jeweler Zimmer Brothers, Jewelers Since 1893

Bride’s Nails: polishedbybarbie

Printing Company: Kay Laurice

Bride’s Jewelry: Kate + Mari

Bride’s Shoes: Steve Madden

Invitations : Shine Wedding Invitations

Decor: posh_eventrentals

Decor: Every Glass Detail

Decor : Ny and Ali Exclusive Rentals

Wedding Monogram: becreative_designs

Bartender: The Perfect Pour Jax

Live Painter: Esther Bud Art

Want to See another gorgeous wedding at the Clay Theatre? Check out Olivia and Austin’s Clay Theatre Wedding

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