Harrison Family Christmas Portraits

Ray, Emily, Nolan, Michell, and Hannah! Emily Loves Christmas and wanted a fun lifestyle session at their home.  Their front yard has big mossy trees and the sunlight coming through was gorgeous.  Nolan is the oldest and super cool, Mitchell is the middle one super handsome and missing a few teeth, and Hannah is the youngest.  She's a sweet and spicy little beauty.  After we were done outside the kids jumped in their Christmas jammies for some fun ones jumping on the bed.  So fun!!! 

{Brittany & Will @ Innisbrook Resort}

I've gotten to know Brittany and Will over the last year and I remember when I first met them, Brittany telling me her vision for her wedding day was classic romance, with burgundy, gold and pink accents.  WOW, is all I have to say!  It couldn't have been more stunningly gorgeous, and not just the setting and details, but how it felt to be a part of it!  I love the flowy burgundy gowns her bridesmaids wore with rose gold jewelry Brittany gave them as a gift.  Her gown had illusion panels on the sides that were such a unique and different detail.  She wore glittery Jimmy Choo heels with crystal earrings and a chapel length veil.  Brittany's mom and maid of honor helped her get in her gown as we had the bridesmaids anxiously awaiting to she her totally ready!  Before first look with dad, her 2 ring bearers came in to see her.  Brittany had nannied for them since they were little ones!  Will and the guys were in black tuxes and had 2 looks!  Their first was ties with their favorite NFL team colors before changing to black bow ties and American Flag socks.  The last time we were at St. Ignatius was for Sara and John's wedding, who were actually here as guests so it was so nice to see them again.  Brittany walked down the aisle with her dad to meet Will at the end of the aisle and as their wedding hashtag said, #simonsaysido!  Oh man, the bridge where we photographed the Brittany and Will, and the wedding party is my new favorite place at Innisbrook. The light coming through the trees was amazing.  Before the guests were seated in the reception, Brittany and Will got to see the room totally done. Their head table draped in white with greenery and candles.  The floral centerpieces actually glowed through the mercury glass and that cake!  They also had a fabulous spread of mini doughnuts and little boxes of cookies for favors that said "A sweet ending to a new beginning".  As Brittany and Will walked through the room they were in awe and Brittany said it was more than she could have dreamed for.  I'll stop talking so you can start looking:-)  Congratulations Brittany and Will, it was more than we could have dreamed of working with you all!!!! xoxoxox    Church | St. Ignatius | Venue & Cake | Innsbrook Resort | Gown | Nikki's Glitz and Glam Boutique | Gown Designer | Allure Bridals | Makeup | Beauty By Bree | Hair | Kalli Elisa & Brittany Cabral | DJ | Grant Hemond | Bouquets | Iris and Ivy | Event Decor | Atmospheres Designs  | String Duo | Ensemble Aevia  | Chivari Chairs | Chivari Chair Rentals | Videography | 5 Star Production | Doughnuts | Mini Doughnut Factory | Limo | Network Transportation

Leila is 6 Months!

Ah! This little cutie is 6 months already.  I always tell parents this is my favorite baby age because they are so cute and funny but they can't get away from you or really talk back to you lol!! Anum told me Leila is a daddy's girl but I think there's some pretty sweet moments with both of them.  I love these 3!!! 

Jill's Profile Portraits

I had the pleasure of working with this pretty lady to update her profile shots for her website.  Jill  is an author, marketing coach who helps Entrepreneurs become expert marketers for their business and just plain a cool and super fun person!  She told me she's known for her big - A laugh:-) She hasn't had photos taken in a while and wanted some to reflect her style and personality, these are just a few of my favs!  SO fun working with you Jill!  

Vino & Voting @ Bakers Ranch

The team below pulled out all the stops to create this Tuscan wine themed event for Tampa Bay NACE!  The huge farm table in the middle was kind of the center piece of the room with the coolest wine themed decor.  The abstract boxes were draped in florals, grapes, and wine corks.  There were vineyards and wine barrels projected on the walls to make you feel like you were in a winery.  I photographed the room a couple of different ways so you can see the wall projection and keep the ambiance with the amber uplighting.  The outside space was draped in lights with, florals on high tops and wine barrels.  Delectables Catering had a fabulous charcuterie spread in the center of the pergola.  Arty, from Spunky Spirits was the wine tasting MC and I learned that "you can't have a party without Arty"!  A really unique touch the did was put each company's logo on a wine bottle for the backdrop of that table.  There was lots of vino, great conversation,  and some voting for the 2018 board members:-) Cheers to this fabulous team and the 2018 board next year is going to be amazing! 
Venue | Bakers Ranch | Coordination | Unique Weddings + Events | Florals | Events in Bloom | Wine Tasting | Spunky Spirits | Linens | Connie Duglin | Tables/Chairs/Wine Barrels | Elite Events | Catering | Delectables | Projection/AV | DJ Cory Barron | DJ | Breezin | Greenery | A1 Foilage | Dessert | The Cake Zone | Lighting & Draping | Music on the Move Productions 

{Kara & Brett @ The Marriott Waterside}

Kara and Brett got married on 11.11 at 11:00 am:-)  Their black and gold color palette with pink florals and so many pretty details was pure eye candy for us!  Kara's sparkly Kate Spade heels, matching wristlet, and pearls were the perfect accent to that gorgeous gown.  Kara is known to be the best gift giver, and she gave Brett a custom leather passport cover before the wedding and had an extra special surprise for him after.  Their little flower girl Rosie was so cute as she walked down the long aisle hand in hand with her parents. Their priest from Christ the King pronounced them the official Mr. & Mrs. Olgin at the beautiful Sacred Heart.  It was a gorgeous November day for photos around Tampa.  They had some planned in extra downtime before the cocktail hour and Kara changed into a super cute white sequined Hayley Paige dress.  I didn't even know you could do this, but for Brett's surprise gift, she had a paver on the riverwalk engraved with their names, date, and I Love You Like XO (which was also their first dance song:-).  We took them out to the riverwalk for "more photos" and the funniest part was Kara said something like, "these are some cool pavers" and Brett thought she was just making small talk for the photos so she had to point out theirs that was right at their feet.  The ladies from Event Sisters transformed the Il Terrazzo space into the gorgeous look and feel beginning from the first step into the cocktail hour through the gate topped with florals.  Chef Marie not only designed their cake but a fabulous sweets table.  I love the modern simplicity of it!  There were cake pops, key lime macaroons, cookies, and heart shaped brownies half dipped in chocolate.  Cafe Ala Carte had Espresso and even Pumpkin Spice Latte's (I know because I had one:-).  You know I love wedding hashtags, theirs was #brettgotkaradaway. I'm going to stop talking about it so you can see it for yourself.  Congrats Kara & Brett hope you had a fabulous honeymoon in Hawaii!!! 
Venue | Marriott Waterside | Church | Sacred Heart Catholic Church | Event Design, Coordination & Florals | 2 Sisters Events | Hair | Stasia's Organic Element | Makeup | Beauty Brought Out | DJ & Musician | Breezin Entertainment | Cake Artist | Hands On Sweets | Gourmet Coffee | Cafe Ala Carte 

Welcome to the World Giada!

5 years ago on 11.17 I was photographing Rachel and Pete's wedding and now they are a family of 3!  Giada is such a little beauty!  She tried to stay awake but you know, when you're less than 3 weeks old it's pretty hard to:-)  So tiny and squishy and just plain adorable.  Rachel and Pete she's just beautiful, we're so happy for you guys!! xoxoxo

Groomsmen Gifts Ideas

Happy Friday!  We love sharing fun and unique ideas and these are some great ones for groomsmen gifts.  These custom gifts from Groovy Guy Gifts are some of the coolest that we've seen.  The cufflinks/money clip, and flask also come in a personalized wooden box and the pocket knife has a custom wood panel on it as well.  The very last photo is one I hadn't seen before.  They are custom whiskey rocks that you put in the freezer and then in your whiskey (or wine if I was using them:-) and it keeps it cool but doesn't water it down.  Stop on by www.groovyguygifts.com to see all their cool custom guy ideas!!! 

Madison & Matthew

Here's some of our favs from this pretty little session with Madison, Matthew, and Winston! It was the perfect evening for a stroll around Oxford Exchange and University of Tampa.  I love the blue and pop of pink, it matched Winston's ice blue eyes.  Madison is the catering and social media coordinator at the Tampa Club and we usually get to work with her on other couple's weddings. This time, 1.6.18 we'll be photographing her and Matthew saying I do! 

{Kelly & Ryan @ The Postcard Inn}

I knew this was going to be a fun group when I first talked to Kelly and found out they are fellow Ohioans:-)  They wanted a fun, romantic, and whimsical wedding for their favorite people to enjoy with them.  Nailed it!  The girls aqua flowy dresses and the guys in khakis and white linen was perfect for the beach. Ryan wore a single starfish instead of a boutonniere.  I saw a little tear sneak down Ryan's cheek  as he saw Kelly being escorted down the aisle by her parents.  Their guests threw petals as the exited as Mr. & Mrs. Thomas.  Earlier in the day it was super super foggy, but that all cleared out and there was a beautiful sunset.  This bridal party was a blast, they turned up the music on an iPhone and sang so we would have party music down on the beach.  Postcard Inn has so many great spots for photos inside and outside and there's always something different and new.  Their reception was on the lawn, strung with lights, lanterns, and little tags with flip flops for the table numbers. Kelly and Ryan did their first dance under the canopy of trees and the party didn't stop!  We had just as much fun shooting it as everyone was having in the photos.  Congrats Mr. & Mrs. Thomas!!! xoxoxox
Venue | Postcard Inn | Hair and Makeup | Lasting Luxe | DJ | Jeff Staples Group | Florist | Rose Garden Florist

{Taisha & Andres @ The Carrollwood Recreation Center}

Taisha and Andres are both on the worship team at Bay Hope Church and it was pretty perfect that they walked down the aisle to say I do in the chapel there.  Taisha and her friends hand made the paper flowers on the wooden arch and the rows were lined with hydrangea.  Their little flower girl and ring bearer stopped a few times while walking down the aisle to make sure we got lots of photos of them, they were adorable!!  You could feel the nerves go away and the joy on Andres face as Taisha started walking down the aisle.  Taisha is a super talented singer and surprised Andres with a little serenade during the ceremony.  There was a tiny bit of rain but the light on the lawn and walkways was so pretty!  Their reception was a romantic, family style setting with rows of wine bottles lit with candles and lace accents.  You might remember Andres' fabulous dance moves from Lauren & Anibal's wedding, here they are again! Their entire day was all about the most important people in their lives being together to celebrate, it was perfect.  Taisha and Andres, we could not be happier to see you guys start your life together as husband and wife!  Congratulations!! xoxoxo
Church | Bay Hope Church | Reception Venue | Carrollwood Recreation Center |  DJ | Magic Mobile Entertainment 

{Nicole & Nick @ The Davis Island Garden Club}

Nicole and Nick's wedding was fall fancy in style with a gray of the wedding party with gold, orange, and black pumpkin accents.  Nicole gave her girls a basket of fabulous gifts including a wine glass that said, "if I go missing please put my face on wine bottles so my friends know".  I literally laughed out loud seeing that, so awesome!  Nick gave the guys storm trooper socks and Converse (for after the ceremony) and he wore Darth Vader socks.  They each had a box of such thoughtful gifts for each other.  Nicole's was even decorated to match the fall theme.  Two of Nick's gifts were a framed print with all the important dates in their relationship and a key chain that said "May the Force be with You" and a little note that said "you'll need the force today"!  Before heading to the Garden Club, Nicole's dad met her downstairs to see her as a bride.  Nick loves artistic photography so we got some pretty sweet stuff with him and the guys.  The look on his face when Nicole stared walking down the aisle can't really be put into words.  Those are the tiny seconds in life that you can look back at and it puts you right back in that moment.  After the ceremony the guys changed into their Converse and we had so much fun with this bridal party.  The weather was absolutely perfect for their waterfront reception.  They did their first dance under the market lights.  After the dance floor opened they took a step off the dance floor to just watch and soak it all in and then we used the Tampa skyline at night with just the 2 of them.  Congratulations Nicole and Nick!!  xoxoxo
Venue | The Davis Island Garden Club | Hotel | Tampa Marriott Waterside | DJ | Grant Hemond | Videography | Voila Cinematic | Wedding Coordinator | Liz Kamali Events | Officiant | Sensational Ceremonies | Catering | ExecChef Catering | Florist | Events in Bloom | Hair and Makeup | Michelle Rene the Studio | Cake | Publix 

Happy Halloween!

One of my favorite things to do every year is come up with fun Halloween costumes for my kids.  It accidentally started when they were 1 year olds and I made them mini granny costumes now I have to do something cool each year:-)  They're 3, so they love candy and sugar and parties so I figured why not make them cotton candy and a gumball machine.  Maddie's favorite color is purple and Evie loves anything with sparkles.  I of course went on pinterest for some how to's.  I love when they show you photos of what, and how they did it so if you look below I'll show you exactly what I used and how I made these.  I never do anything difficult because I don't have the patience for it, so anyone can do this!  Hope you all have a fun and safe Halloween! 

Gumball Machine Costume

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How To:
With scissors I cut the metal pie crust pan so just the lip was left and then painted it red. Trace the plastic part on the red paper and cut in a circle. Put all the pom poms in the pie top and the red circle on the back and then seal it like you would a pie. Cut the felt to a square and draw on the 25 cents.  To attach it the "gumball part", I used red thread and tied it around the edge of the metal so I could tie it on the straps.  Voila! You're done!

Supplies:
1 Bag of 1 inch Pom Poms - Michaels
1 Sheet of Gray Felt - Michaels
Red Craft Paint for Metal - Michaels
Small Paint Brush - Michaels
Red Sheet of scrapbook paper - Michaels
8 in Pie Crust - Walmart
Red outfit - Amazon
Red Shoes - Walmart
Red Thread, Scissors, Black Permanent Marker

Cotton Candy Costume

How To: 
This one was a little trickier, I wasn't seeing a way to do it that I thought totally looked like cotton candy so made this one up.  The poly fill is in layers so I laid it out in a single layer on trash bags outside.  Hold the spray paint about 2 feet away and cover the top with a layer of color and let it dry for an hour or so.

Supplies:
1 large bag of Poly Fill - Michaels
2 3 oz cans of purple fabric paint - Michaels
1 Can of Krylon Spray Glue - Michaels
Large Piece of White Paper - Michaels
Purple Hair Spray - Walmart
Purple Shoes - Walmart
Longer t shirt - Walmart
 

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Take the shirt and place put it over a pillow so you can put the fill on it.  Spray the surface directly and place the fill on it and hold for a couple of seconds.  It holds really well!  Wrap the layers to get the look you want and then make holes for the arms.  Let it set overnight.  Take the white paper and make a hat that looks like the paper cone that cotton candy comes in.  I used double sided tape to hold it.  Staple ribbon to each side to tie it on.  Spray hair with the hair color and you're done! 

{Melissa & Mike @ The Hilton Clearwater Beach}

I learned that Mike is super crafty.  He actually hand crafted their ring box and all the girls foot jewelry for the beach! Melissa said he was bored during hurricane Irma.  They literally had the perfect weather for their wedding on the beach and Sandpiper deck at the Hilton Clearwater Beach.  Melissa's twin sister, Megan, (AKA fake Melissa:-) was her maid of honor and Mike's dad was his best man.  I love the custom wooden boxes that matched the guys sunglasses that Mike had gotten them as a gift.  In true beach style the girls were in teal dresses and the guys in tan shorts and Sperrys.  They all had so much fun getting ready, and that was just the beginning!  Before the ceremony we got Mike all set behind a sand dune ready to see his bride.  He had her do a little spin and then he did one too!  They had "shoe parking" for their guests so they could have their toes in the sand.  Teal and green florals with greenery behind decorated their arch.  I know sometimes people think if you do first look that it's not as meaningful a moment when the groom sees the bride walking down the aisle, but Mike had one of the sweetest reactions when he saw Melissa walking toward him.  There were some surprise seagull guests that decided to join us for a few photos as well!  The overcast sky was awesome after the ceremony.  As we headed down the beach the paddle boards and canoes were all packed up but they happened to match their wedding colors perfectly, how awesome is that? The girls found a sand beach bunny that needed to be in a photo with their flowers.  Since it was cloudy we did sunset photos a little earlier so Melissa and Mike got to go to their cocktail hour and enjoy the food and the view.   Their colors looked fabulous on the deck and there were little wooden sea turtles on everything from the invitations, to the cake, and even the center pieces.  Their guests couldn't wait to get the party started, they opened the dance floor during cocktail hour.  The toasted, and ate, and danced, and smoked cigars (while watching the Yankees) with the view of the gulf in the background.  Congrats you guys it was amazing!!! xoxoxo
Venue | Hilton Clearwater Beach | Florist | Iza's Flowers | Hair and Makeup | Kyle Lynn | Officiant | Sensational Ceremonies | DJ | Grant Hemond | Cake | Chantilly Cakes 

{Kelly & Matt @ The Hyatt Clearwater Beach}

Kelly and Matt are just the sweetest and so much fun!  Kelly's light and flowy gown with lace cap sleeves and a sparkly belt was perfect for their ceremony on the beach.  The girls each wore a different style aqua short lace dress and the guys were in gray with coral bowties and suspenders.   We did a first look with her bridesmaids, dad, and her grandmother.  I know I always say it but I just love seeing everyone's joy and excitement as they saw Kelly as a stunning bride.  Their ceremony arch was 2 palm trees draped with florals.  They had custom sunglasses for everyone to wear with a little sign that said "don't be blinded by our love:-)".  When Matt saw Kelly at the end of the aisle his face was priceless.  It was a gorgeous evening and the guests headed to the 16th floor sky terrace for cocktails while had some fun on the beach and a fabulous sunset.   Their reception was decked out in coral and aqua beach chic style.  I love the little chocolate turtles and sea horses on the cake.  Toasts, dinner, and LOTS of dancing in this awesome party.  Congrats Kelly & Matt!!  xoxoxo
Venue | The Hyatt Clearwater Beach | Florist | Rose Garden Florist | Hair and Makeup | Salon Island Estates | Cake | Chantilly Cakes | Officiant | Weddings on a Whim | DJ | Grant Hemond | Shutter Booth | Shutter Booth Tampa Bay 

{Emily & Kalub @ The Sirata Beach Resort}

Emily & Kalub are from KY and moved to Tampa last summer which was perfect because Emily always wanted to have a beach wedding, and she did!  Their little 4 lb Yorkie, Sophie, (who Emily said runs the house:-) looked so adorable in a tiny little Yorkie wedding dress!  Emily gave her mom a bracelet with the word "Love" written in her grandmother's handwriting, literally one of the sweetest gift ever.  She gave her dad a handkerchief that said "Loved you yesterday loved you still. Always have, always will.  Today a bride, tomorrow a wife. You little girl for all of life." Her gown was the perfect flowy beach dress and so were her girls in blush and flower crowns.  Kalub and the guys were in tan linen suits, I love this look beach chic, and elegant but simple and so pretty!  Sophie walked down the aisle right before Emily was escorted by her dad so she and Kalub could become Mr. & Mrs. Wilkins.  Their reception was tropical themed with palm fronds, white florals, and cigars.  Such a fun group and so many beautiful moments! Congrats Emily & Kalub, hope you are enjoying St. Lucia!!! xoxo
Venue | The Sirata Beach Resort | Officiant | Michael DeArruda Weddings | Florist | Jennie's Flowers | DJ | Expert Productions | Cake | Publix | Hair and Makeup | Lasting Luxe | Videography | Viegas Photography | Wedding Gown Boutique | The White Closet | Stationary | Citrus Press Company