Each person has a story behind them, and this little guy has quite a story already! His parents, Derek and Aubrey are dear friends of David and I, so it's extra special to have been there alongside them during their journey of adoption. It's got it's twists and turns on the windy narrow path that is like none other but, at the end it looks like this! We had a date on the calendar that we were going to the hospital with them to meet him and photograph it, but, Maddox Cole decided to make his debut a couple of weeks early. He was actually a few days old already when Derek and Aubrey got the call that they could come and meet their son. 11 lbs 5 oz and 22.5 inches, SO adorable and very squishy:-) How cute is his little hat and matching tie? Maddox's room is mint and gray, I love the triangular patterned wall and shelves of books. Their home is overflowing with so much love and joy, I love it! Congratulations friends!!!
Not only is Hotel Zamora a beautiful location but it's also pet friendly, which was super important to Kristin and her family as they traveled here with their sweet pups. Kristin and Daniel's dog, Noelle, was with the girls for getting ready and had a floral collar matching the girls bouquets. Megan, one of Kristin's bridesmaids wasn't able to be there because she's having a baby very soon, but she sent a special gift and was able to FaceTime and share in some of the getting ready from afar. While we were doing photos on the balcony Noelle decided she needed to be a part of those as well:-) The girls were in mint and guys in gray with mint ties and fun socks, I love the deep purple accent in the florals it just pulled it all together. We setup first look with just the 2 of them on the dock out back which had beautiful light and greenery that made it a little hidden spot for Daniel to see Kristin in her gorgeous gown. I always say it, but it always is one of my favorite moments of the day:-) We headed to the rooftop for more photos with their puppy as everyone began arriving for the ceremony. Kristin walked down the staircase to meet her dad at the end of the aisle and then they became Mr. & Mrs. Francis! Ilana, from Fairytail Petcare, took great care of Noelle and made she sure was there for some photos right after the ceremony as well. One of Kristin's grandmothers wasn't able to be there but she was able to watch on FaceTime and we even included her in a photo. It was one of those spring Florida days were it's warm but not humid and perfect for a reception on the rooftop that overlooks the gulf to the east and the bay to the east. It was decked in white with gorgeous florals in driftwood boxes set on top of palm fronds. Their guests' escort card were placed on top of champagne flutes ready for Kristin's dad to give a toast to kick of the party. They danced under the market lights and had a little surprise Sub Zero ice cream which is where they make it to order with nitrogen, so yummy we totally had some. Congrats Kristin & Daniel we had so much fun!!
Venue | Hotel Zamora | Event Planner | Flawless Fetes | Cake | Chantilly Cakes | Event Design | 2Birds Events | Band | Skyway Band Sarasota | Ice Cream | Sub Zero Ice-cream | Hair and Makeup | Creative Touches Hair Salon | Pet Sitting | Fairytail Petcare | Officiant | Sensational Ceremonies
We always ask couples what they are most excited about getting married and I love that Holly said "Everything"! Holly is a Floridian, from Dunedin, and Rob is from Long Island. They choose the beautiful Philippe Park for their engagement session because they never tire of the beautiful views of Tampa Bay, those amazing huge mossy trees, and of course the Florida Sunshine. We are so excited and honored to photography their wedding 12.1.18 at Carlouel Yacht Club!!
Hair & Makeup | Femme Akoi
Little miss Lorelei makes the Crissman family a party of 4! I've been photographing them since their engagement session and I absolutely love getting to see their family grow. Ezra is the sweetest big brother. When he was a newborn we photographed him in this same basket with a similar handmade blanket that was boy colors. The little dress that Lorelei is wearing is actually the same Easter dress that Rachel wore when she was a baby. Chad is an LA Kings fan so gotta start this little fans off right! Here's some of my favs from their sweet session!
Annie and Justin have the most amazing and fun group of family and friends. Their wedding was at one of my all time favorite places, he Ritz Carlton Beach Club on Lido Beach. I can't really explain why, but it's just so relaxing and beautiful, even when I'm working I still feel relaxed just being there:-) Annie is a runner and she and her running buddies got up and ran 10 miles the morning of their wedding! Justin and they guys were in fabulous seersucker suits with navy ties that looked amazing with the girls navy dresses. Their wedding was on St. Patrick's day and there was little shamrocks on the ring bearers tie and a surprise guest during the reception I'll tell you about later. We found the perfect, private spot on the low tide deck for their first look, so much happiness and a few tears. So much gorgeous light even some surfing with the bridal party. Right before the ceremony, their officiant, Craig, and his wife set the tone with a prayer of blessing over their ceremony and marriage. In Justin's vows he described the moment he knew that Annie was the one. He was cheering her on at a marathon, and as he watched her cross the finish line he was overcome with unexplained emotion and he just knew. While I was listening, it was almost like time had stopped for just a second and we all got to be a part of feeling how much they love each other. And then they were officially Mr. & Mrs. Cheek! It could not have been a more gorgeous evening for their reception on the sunset terrace decorated with white and ivory florals and linens. You'll see why they call it the sunset terrace. They had a fabulous charcuterie table and all different action stations and instead of a cake had a dessert station with little mini apple crisps, key lime tarts, and strawberries and cream. Annie told me she knew one of her guests was going to have some sort of surprise up their sleeve and in true St. Patty's day fashion he dressed up like a Leprechaun and made his big entrance. Their wedding hashtag was #meanttobee and they had little honey bear favors for their guests. Annie and Justin, congratulations, you guys deserve all the happiness and joy that life has to give. Thank you for including us in your beautiful day! xoxoxo
Venue | Ritz Carlton Beach Club | Florist | Flowers By Fudgie | Hair & Makeup | Ritz Carlton | DJ | DJ Kuma
This little tiny dinosaur gave us a little smile! His room is decked in fun dino stuff and his mom found these adorable little outfits for him and his big brother. Here's some of our favorite sweetness!!
There is always so much excitement and a little bit of nerves as we photograph the wedding party getting ready. Laurie's bridesmaids and maid of honor, her sister, were just the sweetest as they helped her get ready. Her something old was her mom's beautiful pearl ring and she looked gorgeous in that lace gown. The guys were eating chicken from Publix, just chillin when we got there:-) Andrew gave them each a bottle of Johnny Walker, and their sky blue ties. Andrew, his brother Donny, and their dad all had matching shoes. There were a few tears as he read the card and opened the gift Laurie got him, hockey skates! Their little niece and nephew were the cutest ring bearer and flower girl they had to get some photos with Uncle Andrew. We setup their first look at Stonebridge at the Lange Farm, and Andrew was SO ready to see his bride. I love how the nerves dissipate and those sweet few moments just the 2 of them are some of the best. Their ceremony was decorated with lanterns and greenery under the big oak tree. There was a special greenery wreath on one of the chairs in memory of their loved ones who couldn't be there in person. There was string quartet playing as they walked down the aisle. Sometimes people thing that first look before the ceremony takes away from that moment the groom sees the bride walking down the aisle, but it really doesn't I think it lets them soak in that moment even more because the nerves are gone. It was a gorgeous evening for their guests to enjoy cocktail hour and little mini tomato soup and grilled cheese on the patio. The light and dark blues with lots of greenery, lanterns, and blush roses set the tone for their romatic reception. One of my favorite moments was the toast Andrew gave to Laurie. He said he knew she was the one from the moment he say her at their apartment building where they met (we did their engagement photos there:-). He fell immediately in love with her beauty and kindness. You could feel how much Laurie and Andrew love each other, and their families, and how much they are loved by all! Congratulations to the new Mr. & Mrs. Berecz!!!! xoxoxo
Getting Ready | Saddlebrook Resort | Venue | Stonebridge at the Lange Farm | Florist | Jennie's Flowers | Makeup | The Shop Salon Tampa | Gown Boutique | The White Closet Bridal | Cake | A Piece of Cake | Officiant | Sensational Ceremonies | Catering | Delectables Fine Catering | DJ | DJ by CJ
The Tampa Club is known as the "Top of Tampa" because it's literally the highest point on the 43rd floor of the Bank of America building and the views are just stunning! Melanie loves Lula Roe and Disney (Josh actually proposed to her there:-). Melanie had the perfect leggings for her girls and flower girls. Melanie's maid of honor gave her a surprise little bride heart charm for hear Pandora bracelet and Josh gave her diamond earrings to complete her look. Melanie is a 2nd grade teacher and for Josh's gift, she had her students write advice to Josh on how to be a good wife to Miss Easterbrook:-) The girls were in aqua dresses and guys in black tuxes with aqua ties and socks. The pink and greenery in the florals looked awesome! Melanie and Josh held hands around a corner before walking down the aisle to become Mr. and Mrs. Renzoni. The reception was set with aqua and white textured linens with gold accents. They had really fun mad libs at each place setting about how they met for everyone to fill in. If you look closely you can see little tiny Mickey ears on the cake that Melanie's mom added. Dave, the videographer put the rings in the shape of Mickey ears so we photographed them that way as well. Melanie always says she loves Josh the "most" so it's engraved on the inside of his ring. Brittany, Josh's sister, has been Melanie's best friend for over 16 years and while she was giving her toast she said that all along they had been scheming for Josh to marry her so they could officially be sisters. By the time we knew it, it was time time for their flower petal exit. Everything was amazing and so pretty, congratulations you guys we loved every minute of it!! xoxoxo
Venue | Tampa Club | Event Coordinator | Confetti Events | Florist | The Bride's Bouquet | Hair and Makeup | Destiny and Light | Videographer | Trinity Wedding Cinema | DJ | Shutdown Productions | Photobooth | Priceless Capture Photo Booth | Cake | Publix
You can't tell in the photos, but this session was super chilly!!! (by Florida standards anyway:-) I love the dress and colors that Sapna chose for her family's attire, it looked so perfect with the prettiness of Hyde Park! We already did little Mr. Krish's newborn session so you'll see that coming at ya next!!
I've done quite a few maternity sessions and pregnancy announcement photos in my day:-) There's a unique story behind everyone's journey to become parents that I love hearing, and in a way become a little bit a part of. For some, it's unexpected, or, it's a long awaited dream, or even for others, it's through adoption or becoming foster parents. For all, I LOVE the nerves and anticipation and hope for what comes next and the love that will be experienced. For Kelly and Pedro it was a 6 year journey. On Christmas eve Kelly took a pregnancy test and it said "Pregnant"! I knew these two as they were awaiting this gift to happen and can't wait to see them as a family of 3 in September!!! xoxoxo
Scott, Jeff, and their sweet puppies decided to leave the Virginia winter for sunshine in Florida this year. They wanted a beach session but something kind of off the beaten path. The locals in Sarasota call in Beer Can Island, and it is a little bit of a hike but has lots of really cool rooted trees sticking out of the water and really pretty sunset. On the way back I got to play with the light and behind all the tall skinny trees, the sand is so white it almost looks like snow. So fun working with you all, here's just a few of my favs!
You might recognize the bride in this one, Haley has been one of our own team members for 6 years now and I can't even describe how happy I am to see her this happy! She and Mitchell have definitely found their person. They wanted an intimate but beautiful location and Haley told me when she walked into Fancy Free she knew it was perfect. It is such a cool spot and the best part is since it's a plant nursery by day it's covered in greenery and so pretty! Haley got ready in a the little room that is actually the front of where the ceremony was. It was draped in greenery and had the perfect window light. Her best friend Ginger was by her side to make sure everything was perfect. While she was getting ready we were talking about wedding #s and Haley said they didn't have one so #gettinmitched popped into my head and then one of her friends added 224 so it was #gettinmitched224 for the perfect hashtag! Haley is an amazing mom to her two boys, Kyson and Taylor and they were so excited to see her in that gown. I made them wait until she was totally ready so they could do a little first look:-) Kyson happened to find the boxes of Mini Doughnuts and snuck a little peek! When Mitchell arrived, his brother Ben, and Kyson helped him finish getting ready. He looked so handsome in that navy suit and burgundy tie. The ceremony was set in the foyer with white garden chairs. Haley entered towards the front and met Kyson and Taylor to hand her off to Mitchell. The shared their own vows with each other and my favorite moment was when Mitchell promised to love the boys as his own and that they were now officially a family! There's SO many amazing spots for photos at Fancy Free and just around the corner with the brick buildings and rows of street lights. On the wall of the Rialto there are different things written on the bricks and one of them said "I don't believe in Magic" and under it said "You will when you see her". They had a low key reception with amazing food from their favorite local spots under the lights on the out door patio. They had a little surprise for everyone that I was super excited about! Haley has a little baby bump and is due in July. They had told everyone that they weren't going to find out the gender, but decided to turn their cake cutting into a gender reveal! Only me and one other person knew that so I had Kandice use my phone to video it and I posted that at the very bottom so you can watch too! Their mom's reactions were the absolute best. I thought it was a girl, Haley has said the entire time it is a boy and she was right!! When they cut into the cake the frosting was blue. Best surprise ever!!!! There's a little spot I had been dying to shoot at about a block away. It's a lighted art piece on top of a building that says "Can you stand perfectly still and hold this moment open?" The perfect ending to the evening! Congrats Haley & Mitchell it was amazing. So excited for your sweet family and Colton Grady on the way! xoxoxo
Venue & Florals | Fancy Free Nursery | Doughnuts | Mini Doughnut Factory | Officiant | Suzanna Johnson | Gown | CC's Bridal | Hair | Brianna Alessandra Beauty | Makeup | Jess Waldrop | Catering | Gold Ring | Cake | Goldie's Goodies
This little guy got to have TWO newborn sessions! His first session was while he was still spending time in the hospital growing and getting strong so he could come home. It was so awesome to get to see how much he's grown and Meghann, David and Daxton settled in at home. He is so handsome and those bright blue eyes!! His mom and dad like different sports teams so he's already a Yankees, Braves, and FSU fan:-) How fabulous is that Chief Osceola head dress? Such a little cutie!
When Kristin first filled out our little get to know you questionnaire she put on there "not doing a bouquet toss, there will be penguins involved, and really excited about the big day" I knew I would love this girl! Curtis proposed to her at the Clearwater marine aquarium and so the Florida Aquarium was the perfect wedding location for them. Kristin's 2 sisters were her maids of honor and were in a light mauve dresses that looked amazing with the guys in gray and the white with navy accents. Curtis had a really unique wedding band that was black woven with red and all the guys had different shark socks on! Kristin's mom, Carolyn, gave her a really sweet handkerchief and sign for their home with the lyrics to My Wish. Right before we headed over to the Aquarium we had the Jolley Trolley park in the perfect spot to do their first look and it was perfect! I love when we get to do photos in the wetlands when the sun is still high, the light in there is just so pretty and their adorable little ring bearer and flower girl joined us too. Kristin's step dad, Jack, officiated their ceremony in the coral reef room with the turtles and sharks as the backdrop. They had a couple little surprise "late arriving guests" of the penguin kind. I always love seeing the guests reactions:-) Just before their kiss the bubble curtain took over and they were officially Mr. and Mrs. Campogni! Their reception was in the Mosaic Center which is the Aquarium's new space, it's a really clean modern, space with the ceiling being huge nautical looking turbines. It was draped in white with gray chivaris with white florals and thistles, Kristin's mom Carolyn really put so much work into planning and making their dream reception come true, it looked amazing! They had several really fun surprises that I was totally looking forward to during the reception. A surprise for Kristin and Curtis was cake toppers that were custom bobble heads of them along with their 2 dogs Carl and Watson. After Kristin danced with her dad and Curtis danced with his mom, Kristin started dancing with her step dad, Jack, and then they put on rock lobster sunglasses and pinchers and did the rock lobster dance. The dance floor was packed and just at the right moment, Jack came out in a full penguin costume! It was pretty freaking awesome, and entertaining! Cheers to #findingcampogni congrats Kristin and Curtis we could not be happier for you guys and so honored to be a part of it!! xoxoxo
Venue | The Florida Aquarium | Hotel | Westin Tampa Waterside | Coordination | Days Remembered by ND | Cake | The Artistic Whisk | DJ | DJ by CJ | Gown | White Magnolia | Designer | Mikealla by Paloma Blanca | Wedding Planning Services | Burlap to Lace | Videographer | J & S Media | Florist | Hoover-Fisher Florist | Ceremony Music | John Demas | Hair & Makeup | Michele Renee the Studio | Transportation | Jolley Trolley
4 years ago in September we had the honor of photographing Heather and Adam's wedding, this summer they are going to become of family of 3! Nothing makes me happier than when our couples come back for us to document them becoming parents. It's not even just getting to photograph them, but hearing and getting to be a part of their life story. We had a last minute location change that was random but totally ended up being even better than our original location. Heather and Adam, so excited for you guys and looking forward to meeting miss Analeigh!!!
Getting engaged is such an exciting time in everyone’s lives and before you know it, and the time leading up to the wedding can be a complete whirlwind. From engagement parties to showers and rehearsals, there are many events that will have brides, grooms and wedding guests staring into their closets wondering, what do I wear? Some of the most difficult outfit decisions happen when events involve photos, because we all want to look good in pictures that will be seen for years to come! So, how can we tackle this clothing conundrum and make sure we’re putting together the most picture-worthy ensembles?
Key clothing tips!
- Comfort. You never know how long events can last, and how much time you’re going to be standing and repositioning for photographs. Make sure you’re wearing something that’s comfortable, because no matter how hard you try to fake a smile, discomfort will show.
- Is it photo-worthy? Patterns can be fun, but you don’t want a striped or zig-zagged pattern shirt that will take away from the other individuals in your shot. Step in front of the mirror or even take a selfie and get a preview of what you’ll look like behind the lens. It might seem obvious, but triple check for stains and wrinkles. (A to-go bottle of wrinkle releaser can really be a life saver!)
- Does it coordinate? If you’re a bride and groom, does your outfit coordinate with your partner? Does it coordinate with the bridal party or others in your photos? Make sure you both are on the same page with how dressed up you are, and make sure you’ve communicated the dress code to others, so they know what to wear and can meet your expectations.
Keeping those points in mind, let’s dive into some of the actual events that couples often get photographed and figure out some photo-worthy outfit options.
- Things to consider: comfort and personality. Popping the question can be nerve-wracking so wear something comfortable. Also make sure your outfit suits your personality - especially if it’s a surprise proposal. Your soon-to-be-fiancé might know something is up if you’re stepping out of jeans and t-shirt and into a tuxedo for a simple walk through the park.
- Men’s outfit idea: You can never go wrong with a colored or patterned dress shirt. Find comfortable dress shirts with a variety of color and pattern options so you can find one that speaks to you, then pair it with a pair of chinos (for a dressy look) or slim-fit jeans (for something a bit more casual). Don’t be afraid to use Pinterest to check out color and pattern combos!
- Women’s outfit idea: Dark wash jeans can be extremely flattering, not to mention how they can be dressed up or dressed down. A bell-sleeved blouse is an adorable top option, or if it’s nice out consider a sundress that will coordinate with a sunny backdrop.
- Added tip: Consider booking a photographer (we LOVE photographing surprise proposals) to capturing that moment as you ask the big question! These photos will be a beautiful keepsake to remember the moment and definitely extra bonus points:-)
Engagement Party/Engagement Photos
- Brides-to-be: Dress codes for the engagement party and your engagement photoshoot usually go hand in hand. Wear something that looks natural for you two, but something that’s also classy. Think “timeless” since these photos are going to last a lifetime. This isn’t the time to test out bold trends - opt for the black dress and flats. Here's a really cool site we share all the time for color palette's in clothing: Design Seeds.
- Grooms-to-be: Dress shirts are the perfect option for engagement photos. You can find a color or pattern option that coordinates with your partner and pair them with dark chinos are dark jeans, depending on what you’re most comfortable with.
- Guests: Guests don’t have to be as dressed up as the soon-to-be bride and groom, but should still be presentable. Opt for dark-washed jeans and a button-up for the men, and a fun cocktail dress for the women.
- Added tip: Don't forget to as us photographers if you need advice on colors, lighting, or time of day we are always happy to help!
- Things to consider: Location, theme and time of day are key. What’s the weather going to be like and are you starting out early in the day when it’s hot or staying out late when the temperature is going to drop? Dress accordingly, so you’re not too hot or too cold.
- Follow the dress code: The save-the-date, wedding website or wedding invitation should give you some details on the wedding dress code. If it doesn’t, reach out to the bride and groom and ask what they’re picturing their big day looking like. If they ask for black tie, invest in the tie and cufflinks. If they say semi-formal, that doesn’t mean it’s time to break out the jeans. Following the dress code is key to making sure you don’t stand out like a sore thumb in wedding day photos, especially if you’re a mother/father of the bride/groom.
- Indoors or outdoors: If a wedding is outdoors, plan accordingly. Bring sunglasses so you can see the couple say “I do,” and layer so you can peel off a cardigan if it gets too hot, but can throw on an extra later as it chills in the evening. If you’re indoors, you can be a little more decisive on your outfit since the temperature will be regulated.
The perfect outfit is going to be different for every person, and every occasion. The most important thing you can do is make sure you’re picking something that you’re comfortable in, so that you look and feel at ease. You also want to make sure you’re communicating and coordinating with others involved to make sure you’re all on the same page with what look you’re going for. At the end of the day, the main focus is going to be the smiles on your faces, since from engagement to “I do” it’s a celebration worth remembering.
Kim and Shane's wedding was one for the books for sure! Kim has been a fellow event industry friendor for almost 10 years now so it was such an honor to photograph her and Shane's gorgeous wedding and we couldn't be happier for them. Being a planner herself, there was SO MANY gorgeous details. The girls had so much fun getting ready and sipping mimosas! They got ready at the Hilton right across the street that is newly redone and has a really cool modern vibe. They have huge art walls and furniture vignette's in the lobby perfect for their first look and inside photos. Their ceremony and reception was on the lawn in-between the Dali and Mahaffey right on the waterfront. Amanda and her team at MMD Events turned Kim's vision into even more than she could have imagined. The lawn was transformed into their ceremony with alternating rows of ghost chairs and white chairs with a white draped arch and sparkly chandalier. Kim's mom walked her down the aisle and she looked stunning and so happy. I love that Pastor Rich had asked them things they love about each other that he shared in the ceremony. The reception was set under market lights with gray linens and really unique and modern florals in gray and mirrored containers. They had a "Comfort Station" with flip flips and our very favorite detail was the doughnut wall that made their cake look like it was floating in front of sparkly doughnuts! Kim's sister was her Maid of Honor and her toast was to how much she loves her sister and how happy they all are to have Shane officially becoming a part of their family. Michael Planas, who is a long time friend of Kim's and works for Grant Hemond rocked the party. Congrats you guys it was such an honor to be part of!!!
Venue | The Mahaffey Theater Lawn | Hotel | Hilton St Petersburg Bayfront | Design, Florals, Decor, Lighting, & Doughnut Wall | MMD Events | Band | Colt Clark | Bridal Boutique | CC's Bridal Boutique | Cake | Alessi's Bakery | Photobooth | Boone's Professional Events | Chairs/Rentals | Elite Events and Rentals | Coffee Cart | Cafe Ala Carte | Catering | Catering by the Family | DJ | Michael Planas - Grant Hemond | Officiant | Pastor Rich Tiemann - Sensational Ceremonies
What a beautiful day for Ana & Jason's wedding! The girls drank rose while helping Ana get in that gorgeous gown and red sparkly heels. Their color palette was red, black, and white and everything down to their black diamond wedding bands and Ana's perfume coordinated. Ana gave the girls fabulous black necklaces and earrings to match their gowns. Jason and the boys were in black tuxes with red bow ties and converse. His tuxedo socks were awesome! Jason definitely shed a tear as Ana walked down the aisle to meet him. They shared their super sweet vows on the waterfront at the Davis Island Garden Club and we had the prettiest light at dusk for photos of the 2 of them. The reception was styled with damask linens and the same exact matching pattern on the cake. Their guest sign in was a wood and glass frame with everyone signing little wooden hearts to but in it. They enjoyed every second of the party and then we snuck the out for a few night photos in the gazebo. Congratulations Ana & Jason you have such a beautiful and fun family and we so enjoyed being a part of it!!! xoxox
Venue | Davis Island Garden Club | Event Coordinator | Days Remembered by ND | DJ | Michael Anthony Productions | Cake Artist | Let Them Eat Cake | Officiant | A Personal Wedding Officiant | Makeup | Camposecco Artistry | Photo Booth | Snapshot Photo Booth | Mixologist | Mobile Mixology
Jackie and Chris wanted to do a super fun outdoorsy, winter engagement session with marshmallow roasting! My neighborhood happens to have all of the above so they came over to my house! As we walked closer to the lake, we had a large reptilian visitor that we did not get close to! The leaves and tall grass had the perfect fall colors that looked so amazing with their navy and burgundy color palette. These 2 are super fun and just so natural together, there was not a single person on the playground so we took on the swings and merry go round! As the sun was setting we got the fire pit and marshmallow roasting going! Love you guys and can't wait until 10.20.18!!!