I was so excited to learn that two of my images were picked up along with an article about Dawna and Jeff Shusterman’s September 2010 wedding in Seaside Florida this past fall. It was such a great honor to have the writers feature this in their newspaper The Herald-Review in Decatur, Illinois.
I’m sure it made her mother very happy! And me too!!
Just before sunset, with the music of steel drums in the background, Dawna Tankersley and Jeff Shusterman were married on the beach in Seaside, Fla.
A Maroa-Forsyth High School graduate and a graduate of the College of Art and Design in Atlanta, Ga., Dawna insisted that every aspect of the ceremony be perfect, including the photography of this Sept. 25 moment of a lifetime.
Sonja Revells of Panama City, Fla., clicked as the choice.
The result was more than 3,000 images. One image of the bride in a white strapless gown is on the cover of the Gulf Coast Bride magazine’s winter issue.
There are photos of the ceremony, photos of the wedding party, photos of the flowers, photos of the beach, photos of the large sand sculpture and photos of the bride and groom rehearsal cakes – hers was a key lime 3D Hello Kitty watching his Rice Krispy treat flat screen TV featuring a “Fox news alert” about the wedding, complete with a chocolate cake remote control.
The only hitch in the fairy tale proceedings was rain during dancing at the reception, also held on the beach. No problem. The 65 guests and the wedding party adjourned to a waterfront bar.
The newlyweds live in Norcross, Ga., an Atlanta suburb. Dawna is a lighting consultant and multi-media artist. Jeff is president of Majority Opinion Research in Atlanta. They plan a honeymoon trip to Bora Bora this year and, eventually, a move to Seaside, a beach town with an old time feel reminiscent of past Northwest Florida, a popular destination for tourists. The architecture emphasizes the front porch.
Dawna and Jeff met in January 2004 when Jeff was shopping for a lighting fixture. She sold him on a light sculpture named “Wish” that she helped design. He sold her on a date and many more during a six-year period.
On a trip to Cabo San Lucas for New Year’s 2010, Jeff proposed. They had made many visits to the beaches in the Seaside area, so Dawna quickly picked it as the wedding site. She developed the seating for the ceremony and reception and designed a logo of starfish with their initials D + J, used on printed materials and invitations.
Now Dawna has the chore of scanning those 3,000 photos – all meaningful.