January 15, 2023
Kyra and Stephen’s Ocala elopement was set on a private ranch with Old Florida vibes surrounded by their closest friends and family.
They’re both horse trainers. Horse trainers are some of the most dedicated and hardworking (not to mention badass) people around. They pour every ounce of blood, sweat, and tears into their work. And for these two, it’s what brought them together. Kyra and Stephen met at a horse sale. She sent him a message congratulating him on a sale and the rest was history.
From the beginning, Kyra had imagined oak trees with hanging moss as the backdrop to their vows. After some location research and scouting, they finalized their ceremony spot on a private ranch that had the vibe they were wanting – including a 500-year-old oak tree.
On their elopement day, I met up with Kyra at their home and spent time capturing her getting ready (and even snapped some cute AF portraits with her cockatoo). Once Kyra was ready, we headed over to the private ranch where I met up with Stephen as he saddled up his horse to ride over to the vow spot.
They swapped private vows underneath the 500-year-old oak tree, which provided a symbolic meaning of deep roots and strength in marriage. I choked up a bit. They were so freakin’ cute.
The ceremony was underneath the shade of an oak hammock and surrounded by their closest friends and family. Peep Kyra’s dog bringing her their rings!
Once Kyra and Stephen were officially married, we headed over to some old cow pens to snap portraits and privately celebrate them tying the knot. We finished up portraits with their first dance at sunset with Better Together by Jack Johnson setting the mood.
Afterwards, everyone celebrated with a small reception full of group tequila shots and cake. We even snuck off towards the end to snap some cigar-smokin’ and champagne-poppin’ photos that had all the old western vibes and ended their elopement day with a bang!
Congrats to the new Mr. and Mrs. Graycheck! I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you!
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