Guest Advice - Wedding Transportation!

Wedding day transportation is so important!  We have some really amazing info on this exact topic from the experts at Party Bus Tampa:

3 Things You Need to Know about Wedding Transportation

Tampa is one of the most advantageous places to have a wedding ceremony.  The sunshine, weather, and location are things that most couples would love to experience during this important milestone of their lives. This is one of the most important days, and that comes with some intimidation as far as planning goes. However, there are a ton of resources out there available to you that will make the process easier. You aren't alone, at any given point there are hundreds of newlyweds-to-be in the Tampa Bay area!

One of the most important aspects of your wedding planning that often gets overlooked is the reservation of transportation. Professional transportation can make or break this important day. It's important to book with a trustworthy company with a long standing reputation for providing great services.  A company that specializes in bar hopping will provide a different experience than a business who dedicates their profession to wedding transportation, although there are superstar companies that are skilled at both. We're here with some insider tips on how to ensure you're getting the best possible limousine or party bus rental in Tampa.

Size isn't what you think

When you're perusing websites and looking at various fleets, you'll take notice of the passenger capacities. While a bus or limo may say it seats 30 passengers, this is often based on a set measurement put forth by the state that doesn't exceed fifteen inches. Most adults take up much more space than this, especially if they are wearing dressy attire. It's a good idea to reserve a vehicle a bit bigger than how many people will actually be in attendance to ensure there is room to stretch and socialize.

View your vehicle in person

A completely reputable company will have no problem letting you come check out their fleet when they aren't busy. This is an important step because many limo companies in Tampa use stock images and send out a completely different vehicle when your wedding day rolls around. You deserve to know exactly what it is that you're getting!

The contract matters

The contract is an important part of reserving transportation. You're going to want to look over all of the details to ensure you aren't missing any important information! It's not uncommon for companies to sneak in extra fuel charges or tricky gratuities in, so be sure you're understanding all of the terms clearly before signing or putting down your deposit.

With these three things in mind, you're that much closer to having an efficient and luxurious transportation experience for your pictures, ceremony, and reception. Party Bus Tampa is the perfect business to consider to elevate your wedding day.

{Cassie & Scott @ The Palmetto Club}

"We got the bubbly" was the quote on the super cute tanks that all Cassie's bridesmaids were wearing.  Cassie's wedding style was old Hollywood glam, and that champagne lace gown was absolutely stunning.   Cassie did a first look with her dad and he gave her the biggest, sweetest hug.  She is his 3rd of 3 girls to walk down the aisle so I'm sure it was a little extra emotional for him.  The gray, with white and yellow accents was perfect for this elegant summer wedding in the garden.  The adorable little flower girls and ring bearers might have stolen the show as the walked down the aisle. But, that moment when Scott saw Cassie escorted by her dad to become his wife, there really just isn't any other moment like that!  The light in the garden at the Palmetto Club was perfect, streaming through the trees for the wedding party photos while the guests were enjoying cocktail hour.  The reception was decorated in geometric gold center pieces with candles and lots of succulents.  Instead of a cake, they had their favorite flavors of Sprinkles cupcakes with little bowties and diamond rings on them.  The entire bridal party made a fabulous entrance and after dances their maid of honor and best man toasted to how amazing they are as a couple.  This group definitely knows how to party, and while they were, we stole just Cassie and Scott away for just a few minutes by the fountain and twinkle lights in the trees.  Congrats you guys it was the perfect day!!! xoxoxo
Venue | The Palmetto Club at FishHawk Ranch | DJ | Delite Entertainment | Cupcakes | Sprinkles Cupcakes | Catering | Puff n Stuff | Gown & Designer | CC's Bridal Boutique - Stella York | Hair & Makeup | Salon Lofts | Florals | Island Flowers 

Jessica & Benny

Jessica has grown up vacationing with her family on this beautiful beach on Indian Shores so it was the perfect spot for her and Benny's engagement session.  It happened to be the week they were on vacation so I got to meet all of them too!  Jessica's dad even setup a glam changing station for them:-)  Their game is dominoes and since the traditional set only goes up to 6, Benny fixed it so they could use dominoes for their save the date!  They had sent me a photo of this pier and OMG the golden light, architectural lines, and the two of them looked like this straight out of the camera.  We ended with a picturesque pink Florida sunset.  I can't wait until 4.21.18!!!!   

Evie is 3!

I'm not a crafty go all out pinterest-y person, with the exception of my kids birthday parties! Every year I saw I'm going to do low key and simple but I just can't help myself!  My youngest, Everly, turned 3 in June.  With it being so hot here in Florida in June, and the fact that this kid loves ice cream, we did an ice cream sundae theme.  The fabulous cake (by the Cake Zone) which looked like it was an upside down melting ice cream cone was the best part:-)  Each year I do photos of the girls on their birthdays separately and together to make sure I photograph them for real at least twice a year.  Evie loves baby dolls and our pets, especially Abita who's a pretty patient little pup!  

{Ali & Bill @ The Palmetto Club}

Ali had the best of both worlds, hot pink Kate Spade heels and Converse with custom laces.  I always look inside the groom's wedding band to see if there's a little engraving and there was a simple A heart B.  Those adorable little flowers girls and ring bearer you see are Bill's daughter Victoria and niece and nephew Addy and RJ.  So many sweet moments just while getting ready as both Ali's brother and dad had tears as they saw her totally ready.  Bill had a gorgeous pair of diamond earrings that she opened and she gave Bill a watch to complete his charcoal gray tux.  During the ceremony Victoria made sure all her flower petals were in the aisle!  They even had a guest watching via FaceTime who wasn't able to be there.  It was a gorgeous June day and the garden at the Palmetto Club I love because even when it's bright and sunny there's always some shade with filtered sunlight coming through.   On each place setting was a koozie and matches as favors to go with the custom cigars they went to Ybor to have rolled. Ali's dad gave a toast to open the reception not just to Ali and Bill, but to how much of a treasure his wife Jo is to him.  I think I even teared up.  Everyone loved the photo booth and cigar lounge on the patio and they danced and danced until it was time for their exit through a tunnel of sparklers.  Congrats Ali and Bill it was amazing!! xoxoxo
Venue | The Palmetto Club | Florist | Precious Memories Florist | DJ | DJ by CJ | Makeup | Beautiful You Makeup | Cake | Publix | Catering | Puff N Stuff | Officiant | Sensational Ceremonies 

{Kimber and Nick @ The Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay}

Kimber and Nick are from Chicago and chose the Grand Hyatt for their destination wedding because that's where they stayed on their first vacation together.  Their royal blue and gray color palette was so pretty! Especially with the beautiful light in Aramani's.  Their wedding invitation style was a first class plane ticket in blue and gray.  Kimber's jewelry, headband, and heels were all made of crystal that looked gorgeous with her flowy simple gown.  Their little ring bearer and flower girl we so cute and excited to be a part of their wedding.  We did a first look with them on the top floor terrace at Armani's overlooking the bay.  It was the sweetest!  Their ceremony was inside with white and blue draping and tall white florals.  I love all the elegant simplicity they had for the reception as well.  Blue accent runners with chocolate truffle favors and the cake was white with a silver topper.  They met at Kimber's favorite bar in Chicago called Four Shadows and Kimber's sister gave the best toast about how Nick had to be converted into a Hawkeye Fan to seal the deal.  Congrats you guys, thank you for having us there we loved every minute!! xoxoxo
Venue | Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay | DJ | Grant Hemond | Hair | Lili's Weddings | Event Design | My Event Design | Cake | Hands on Sweets 

{Lauren & Anibal @ The Cuban Club}

Miriam and Haley photographed Lauren & Anibal's gorgeous day.  I (Carrie) am actually going to write about this one since I got to be a guest since David and I have been friends with them since before they were even dating!  There's nothing better than being a guest at a wedding my team is photographing:-)  The love these two have for one another is beyond words as you'll see.  I love the gray and navy color scheme with the gray floral dresses Lauren choose for Fallon and Noelle, her MOHs.  Lauren's mom, Denise, and Fallon and Noelle helped her get in that gorgeous lace gown.  If you know Anibal, the American flag socks he and the groomsmen were wearing were perfect.  (there might have also been a flask with a flag on it too).  Just before the ceremony they held hands around the corner outside the church, both overcome with tears and joy, I love how that photo captures that.  The same goes for when Denise walked Lauren down the aisle to give her daughter to be married.  They attend Bay Hope Church, and I know it was extra special that Pastor Matthew was there to marry them.  They took communion together, and then they actually served communion to all their guests which I hadn't seen before and was really unique and awesome.  Their party bus whisked them off for photos around Ybor and then to the Cuban Club.  It was decorated in silver, white and had a cupcake tower on each table.  They had champagne mango, strawberry basil, and key lime Hyppo pops for everyone which was the perfect touch for a Florida June wedding.  Their sweetheart table had the most fabulous white leather button back sofa.  They had a couple surprises up their sleeves for everyone.  Anibal had a surprise serenade for Lauren that of course included his best man Peter. Their friend Tal, who is a spoken word artist, brought the word to them about marriage.  Toasts, cake, cupcakes, bouquet, a little switcheroo with who happened to be wearing the garter and it was all dancing after that.   I have to say, there were some particular guests including Tal, Andres, and my husband David who were the stars of the dance floor.  Miriam and Haley snuck them away for some really cool night photos around the Cuban club and before we knew it, it was the last dance.  They captured all these amazing moments perfectly, I couldn't be prouder of our team and I was honored to be there as a guest.  Congratulations to the brand new Mr. & Mrs. Cabrera!!! 
Venue | The Cuban Club | Church | Palma Ceia United Methodist Church | Hotel | Hilton Garden Inn Tampa Ybor Historic District | Cake | Cake Affection | Photo Booth | Rob Gale Photography | Jazz Ensemble | Austin Vickery | Popsicles | Hyppo Pops | Limo | Compass Limo of Tampa Bay

CWP Moms!

Moms, you know how rare it is that you get to be in nice photos with your kids right?  As photographers it's even more rare.  For Mothers day this year, all I wanted was some photos of me and my two little cuties.   Last minute, I decided to make it a little impromptu shoot with my photographers and their kids!  We have to get Haley with her boys and Linda with her daughter later since they weren't able to come.  It was a little rowdy mainly due to my 2, and so fun having everyone here.  Miriam is from Mexico, and her mom was in town so we got to get their 3 generations together.  Miriam's loud and infections laugh is contagious (and hereditary:-) I especially love those ones of her and her mom laughing because it's just so them.  She has two kids, Regina who is almost 3 and Leo who is 6.  Kandice has 2 boys, Jackson who is 10, and Mason who is 7.  They love their mom so much and are just the sweetest boys. They are past the threenager rowdy age, so their session was the easiest.  There's a few of the bribery with suckers and lip gloss at the end.  I just love these moments and I think we'll have to make this an annual event. 

Marissa & Scott @ Le Meridien

You might remember these 2 from the beautiful back yard wedding with their moms and grandmas we posted in March.  This shoot with them is an espeically unique one that I wanted to share! (Thanks Marissa for giving me permission to:-)  Scott and Marissa had planned to do a destination wedding this coming fall in Costa Rica, and the backyard wedding was specially because their 3 grandmas couldn't travel there.  Just a week or so after their wedding here, they had a little surprise that changed their plans.  Marissa found out she is pregnant and due this fall! She had already bought her gown, and signed every paper that said she couldn't return it for any reason so why not do a photo shoot with it?  It fit her perfectly with that little baby bump, we even did a first look with her and Scott since he hadn't seen it on her.  Le Meridien was the perfect spot with the columns and marble wall they have inside.  Charlie, one of their staff members went way above and beyond to help us with anything we needed and was so sweet.  Everything works out how it's suppose to and I love that I got to do this session with them! 

{Wayne & Ashley @ Isla Del Sol Yacht and Country Club}

When I arrived to start getting ready photos with the girls they were lounging in Lularoes and listening to country music while Ashley was getting the finishing touches of her hair and makeup done.  Ashley had super fun custom name swirly straws for their champagne toast.  She had the sweetest gift for her mom, it was a jewelry box that said "mom, you were my first friend". Before we knew it, was time to get Ashley in that stunning lace and crystal gown.  The girls were in different hues of gray, blue, and seafoam green and those bouquets full of greenery, white roses, and blue florals looked amazing.  Wayne and the groomsmen were a blast and super pumped about doing photos everywhere.  Especially since they each got to drive their own golf cart around:-)  Ashley made her way down the stairwell to see Wayne for their first look and he could barely contain his excitement, it's literally the picture of what ecstatic looks like.  Wayne was keeping an eye on the radar as the Florida rainy season has gotten off to a crazy start.  Thankfully it held off so we could take the golf carts over by the Pinellas Bayway bridge, they made that bridge look amazing.  The ceremony was inside the tall atrium because the wind and weather just wasn't cooperating.  Thankfully, for the rehearsal Wayne got to do his jet ski ceremony entrance and they have it on video, I saw it on Facebook.  Rev Rick married them in the tall glass atrium and they exited through a tunnel of bubbles.  Their reception style was gold, with lots of greenery white peonies, lanterns, and candles.  Instead of a sit down dinner they had 3 different timeframes of passed hors d'oeuvres, a mashed potato bar, and that fabulous dessert table.  After they danced and toasted the dance floor was packed.  Let me tell you, Wayne has got some moves and their was some serious break dancing going on!  My favorite part of the night was the very last song, the guests formed a circle and Ashley and Wayne hugged and high fived their way out. It was am amazing day to #forsuretobeaverschuere congrats you guys!! xoxo
Venue | Isla Del Sol Yacht and Country Club | Officiant | Sensational Ceremonies | Florist | Iza's Flowers | Hair and Makeup | Michele Renee The Studio | Videography | Hearts Video | DJ | Grant Hemond and Associates | Gown Boutique | CCs Bridal Boutique | Cake | The Artistic Whisk | Bridesmaids Gown Boutique | Bella Bridesmaids 

Welcome to the World Marilyn

Usually when I see Lara it's at a wedding at the Florida Aquarium as she's one of the event managers there!  This time it was to photograph her, Brad, and sweet little baby Marilyn! The house the live in happened to have the perfectly painted pink wall for a little girl and they decorated the nursery with canvas hearts and different pink and white patterned cute things. This little girl is already wanting to be in on all the action and pretty good at holding her pacifier by herself!  Congrats you 3, such a beautiful family! 

{Laureen & Michael @ Carrollwood Country Club}

The other day someone asked me what I love to photograph most at each wedding.  I do love all the pretty details like the dress and florals, but my absolute favorite thing is all of the authentic moments between people.  I love how beautiful people are, not just on the outside, but truly the inside and what you can't describe in words only by sight.  Laureen and Mike are those people. You can tell by how they look at each other and how their friends and family see them.  Laureen's bridesmaids were all in light pink and her 2 daughters and sister helped her get into that gorgeous gown.  Mike's son, dad, and actually all the guys helped him get ready.  He was so nervous before their first look, I had to make sure he didn't turn around before Laureen was right there!  When he did, it was the best.  Their little flower girl was so cute, but had crocodile tears as she was riding down the aisle in the wagon.  My absolutely favorite part of the day was during the vows.  They had all 4 of their kids come up and each of them make a vow to each other as a family.  I'm pretty sure there wasn't a dry eye there!  They also did the warming of the rings and passed them along the bridal party and family for warm wishes before they put them on.  The reception was draped in white with gorgeous florals.  They had a custom wooden tree for everyone to sign and chocolate dipped bride and groom favors.  Their cake was actually 3 different cakes in pink, silver, and gray with ruffles custom made by a very close friend of theirs.   After their first dance, Laureen danced with her dad and Mike danced with his daughter.  No one stopped dancing until it the minute it was over as Laureen and Mike exited under a tunnel of glow sticks.  Thank you so much for having us be a part of your story it was awesome!  xoxoxo
Venue | Carrollwood Country Club | Coordination | Sarah Valiente | DJ | Grant Hemond | Officiant | Sensational Ceremonies | Photo Booth | Foto Box | Florist | FLORA Fine Flowers and Events

Amber & Chris Day After

Since we're on the west coast of Florida we usually think of how awesome the light is at sunset, but let's not forget about morning!  We did a day after session Amber & Chris' and it was awesome.  The sun was lower, behind the Hyatt Clearwater Beach, and the blue sky and sunny feel was perfect for how fun these 2 are!  Plus after the wedding it doesn't matter if your dress gets a little wet or sandy:-) 

Bridget & Ricky

You might have seen Bridget and Ricky's wedding sneaks, already!  They came down the week before their destination wedding from NYC and we did their engagement session at the most unique beach location I know of.  The Longboat Key locals call it Beer Can Island, just off of Whitney Beach.  You hike down a little sandy path past the pier and there's huge rooted fallen trees and tons of driftwood on this gorgeous beach.  The white sand and aqua water makes it feel like you're in the Caribbean somewhere!  We had so much fun and even saw some dolphins and found a rope swing!! 

F Family @ University of Tampa

Jen, Tony, & Poppy did a little beach vacay here from Ohio.  The extra special part is that Jen and I actually went to high school together and haven't seen her (besides Facebook:-) in 20 years!  It made me so happy that she thought of me for their annual family photo session.  Poppy is almost 4 and such a little beauty full of spunk and personality.  The very last photo is a family tradition they have that I think is so unique and fun. They do a photo within a photo on canvas wherever they go that year!  So awesome seeing your sweet family and being a part of your tradition!  

NACE Member Mixer @ Tailored Twig

Our local NACE chapter had our very first member only mixer hosted by Darin and his fabulous team at Tailored Twig.  Anyone who walks in falls in love with how cool it is (the swing though).  It's pretty much straight out of a mid century modern magazine!  They specialize in custom, one of a kind floral pieces.  Yes, you do see one hanging from the ceiling and the others have driftwood incorporated in them.  This was a smaller event for the members to get to know one another over deliciousness from Good Food Catering and Chocolates by Michelle.  Looking forward to more of these events!

{Jennifer & Bo @ The Tampa Club}

Jennifer and Bo's wedding was with the view of the city from the 42nd floor at the Tampa Club.  Jen loves everything pink and had different shades of blush and pink throughout all her details.  I especially love those Steve Madden heels and their custom wedding Snap Chat filter:-)  Jen's dad was waiting to see her as we got to the Tampa Club, he gave her a beautiful necklace as a gift.  Bo and all his groomsmen race motocross, and he got them each cufflinks with their racing number on them. Bo's is 419 and his groom's cake was an exact replica of his racing jacket!  Their cake topper was even a gold motocross bike with a bride and groom.  Their ceremony was lined with gold candles, pink flowers, and white draping.  Reverend DeArruda talked about how Jen and Bo's sense of humor, and way they live their lives together really compliments each other.  Once their were the official Mr & Mrs we got to use all the unique places there for photos. As you can see their bridal party is pretty fabulous and so much fun!! That gold texture wall and the wine room are so cool.  The reception had gold, sequins, and candles everywhere!  Their favors were custom engraved cigars and boxes of matches that said "The Perfect Match".  Jen's maid of honor talked about how happy she is that Jen found someone who makes her laugh all the time.  Bo's best man joked about how Bo had told him that he was in trouble because he had found the love of his life.  They danced and danced and danced until it was time to end the evening under of flurry of confetti!  Congrats Jen and Bo everything was truly stunning and we were so honored to be a part of it!! 
Venue | The Tampa Club | Hotel | Tampa Hilton Downtown | Event Coordinator | Confetti Events | Florist | Northside Florist | DJ | Grant Hemond | Hair and Makeup | Collective Creations | Officiant | Michael DeArruda | Cake | Hands On Sweets | Gown | CC's Boutique | Violinist | Laurie Vodnoy-Wright | Videography | Jordan Hoover 

Happy 1st Birthday Dax!

And just like that this little guy is 1 and on the run!  I love photographing babies at newborn, 6 months, and 1 year because they just change SO much.  As a parent, you try to soak it in as much as you can, but it just goes by so fast (and usually you're so tired!:-) We used this cute little navy chair in each of his sessions so you can really see how much this little peanut has grown.  He is so cute and I just love seeing your sweet family Autumn and Collin!  xoxoxo