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Central Florida Wedding Vendors Provide Free Wedding to Deserving Couple: Daytona, FL

Today’s wedding feature is a very special one, not only because of the personal impact it has had on my personal community (Central Florida), but also the amazing energy and kindness that went into gifting this special couple with a well deserved big day! One of BSB vendors, Jennifer Juniper Photo, founded a non profit organization based out of Daytona Beach FL, called FLOWER (FLorida Organization of Wedding and Event Representatives).
FLOWER is a group of Daytona/New Smyrna based wedding and event professionals joined together to use their unique skillsets to better serve their local community. One of the ways they choose to give back this year was to find a deserving couple and provide a dream wedding for them, completely FREE!!!  They interviewed numerous couples, and finally landed on Heather & Paige. They are absolutely adorable, and FLOWER was honored to be able to make their dreams come true.
The organization ultimately chose this couple based on their story, the love that they share, and how easy they were to work with. Little did they know that Heather and Paige would become the ‘poster couple’ for what happened at Pulse Nightclub, in Orlando. We have since seen their iconic image of their heart around the Pulse sign in many news articles regarding the shooting at the nightclub, and various follow up articles, from Huffington post, to WESH. Our hearts go out to the families and loved ones of the Pulse victims, but we also wish to share this silver lining. Heather and Paige were married on Sunday, January 15th, in an iconic Florida beach ceremony, along with a dream reception immediately following.
FILE PHOTO --  Heather Raleigh (L) and Paige Metelka make a heart shape as they pose during a photo shoot outside Pulse nightclub following the mass shooting last week in Orlando, Florida, U.S., June 21, 2016.  REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo
Heather Raleigh (L) and Paige Metelka make a heart shape as they pose during a photo shoot outside Pulse nightclub following the mass shooting last week in Orlando, Florida, U.S., June 21, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo
This couple also serves their community in quite a big way! Heather volunteers with the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps, as well as the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando. They also do a lot of work with Disney VoluntEARS: “Our mission is to develop opportunities for Disneyland Resort cast members and their families to contribute personal time, expertise and effort to make a positive impact on our community while furthering the ideals of The Walt Disney Company.” All of their centerpieces were also donated to an assisted living community in Deland, after their reception.
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Participating Vendors: Jennifer Juniper Photography  |  Classic Photography   |  Ceremonies by the Sea  | Delectable Delights  | Carefree Catering  | The Residence Inn Oceanfront by Marriot  | Lisa Pinto at the Daytona International Speedway | Pink Flamingo at Petals

Thankful Thursdays- Jennifer Juniper Photography, Daytona, FL

Thankful Thursday’s is a series we started at the beginning of 2016 to bring awareness to our amazing BSB Vendors that Give Back and share how they use their businesses to serve the environment and their local and global communities! Today we are sharing The Giving Back Story of one of our newest BSB vendors/photographers, Jennifer Juniper Photography. Jennifer Juniper Photography provides Wedding Photography in Florida – Orlando, Daytona Beach, and surrounding areas and is actively involved in giving back to her community. 12716093_774783595956175_3597218092598964552_o Outside of her photography business responsibilities she also founded a non-profit, called FLOWERFLOWER is a local non-profit organization based in Volusia County, Florida, composed of some of the area’s most talented wedding and event professionals. They believe that by coming together, they can help their local community through events, seminars, wedding-related fundraisers, and charitable acts.  They are not only working to improve their businesses, but also improving the lives of the people around them who allow them to do what they love to do every day. They recently held a charity dinner benefiting a local soup kitchen and provided an elegant dining experience for some of Daytona’s homeless neighbors. FLOWER-0007 crop FLOWER-0023 crop FLOWER-0027 crop Visit Jennifer Juniper Photography and FLOWER to learn more about their upcoming events! Thank you Jennifer for using your wedding business and passion to serve others!