I love the clean summery style of Melanie and Terrance's engagement session! It was a sunny not too hot day and one of those little pop up storms happened just as we were finishing. We waited a little while hoping for a rainbow and wouldn't you know it, on the drive home there was one. Melanie got the same photo of one that I did from the highway. We can't wait until 12.17.17 for their wedding!
I have to say, we have the most stylish couples:-) Ana's red dress with Jason's red suspenders and tie looked amazing! Ana has a gorgeous and unique black diamond engagement ring as well. There's a new red and black mural in Curtis Hixon Park that matched their style perfectly! They met about 10 years ago when Ana was in retail pharmacy and Jason was the milk man (literally he delivered milk:-). They have a very busy and full life with 5 kids, and if you spend just a little bit of time with them it's easy to see they are a great team and are just so fun and natural together. January 21st, 2018 they'll become Mr. and Mrs. Alvarado!
It was a windy day in South Tampa but perfect for this beautiful flowy dress Laurie wore. That teal color and Andrew's navy suit was perfect. The brick building we were photographing them at, is actually the same building where they met. Andrew had just moved down from Chicago for a job and they were neighbors:-) They spent many evenings enjoying the balcony fountain square the was just right next door. Those memories made it the perfect spot for their engagement session. 3.10.18 they will become the official Mr & Mrs. Berecz we can't wait!!
It's rare for moms to be in photographs with their kids and even more rare for moms who are photographers! So, I decided to do a little impromptu shoot with my photographers and their kids. We even had a special visitor, Miriam's mom, who is here from Mexico! We missed you Haley and Linda!! Wishing all of you moms, foster moms, grandmas, great grandmas, and people who fill that role of mom in a child's life. You are so important and make a difference in this world! A special thank you to Allura Studios for making this amazing behind the scenes for us!! HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!!!!
Cassie and Scott love the beach and Clearwater Beach is where Scott proposed to her! So it was the perfect spot for their engagement session. These 2 are just fun and laid back (and Cassie always has on the cutest dresses!:-) We even had the pirate ship in the background while they were doing a little toast with sparkling wine. So excited for their wedding 7.22.17!!!
I don't know how it's possible that this pretty girl is 7 already! As you can see she's full of life, funny faces, and missing quite a few teeth. Every year I look forward to the special moments I get to capture between Sophie and her mom, Jen, as she's literally growing up right before our eyes!
Katrina and Joe's wedding style is going to have a lot of florals as well as navy and pink so their engagement session could not be more perfect! Katrina's navy and floral dress with Joe's pink shirt was so pretty with all the florals and greenery at Sunken Gardens. One of the things they love about each other is the constant fun and laughter they share which totally shows and is contagious! I'm so excited for their wedding 9.30.17!!!
Brett proposed to Kara while they were on vacation in the Bahamas! Kara got little navy bow ties for their super cute big and l little poodles that matched their outfits:-) It was a beautiful day with a gorgeous sunset on the beach right behind the Don Cesar. I love that area because the little beach walkway always has these pretty yellow flowers and the Don in the background gives that historic Florida feel. I can't wait to photograph their wedding on 11.11.17!!
Sandrie asked Nanette to marry him on her birthday in 2011. They are from the Netherlands and decided to do a destination wedding in Florida since Nanette had lived here for a short time in 1989 and 1991. A friend of hers from her last trip here was able to officiate their wedding on Sand Key beach. So, it was extra special as they combined their trip to the US with getting married. It was simple and sweet with Nanette in a pretty white and purple floral dress and Sandrie in a matching purple shirt in the sand by the gulf as they exchanged vows and rings! Congrats you guys!! Thanks for having us be a part of it!
Each year (I think this makes 9:-) I photograph this event I am inspired by both the speaker and the energy in the room as 800+ smart, successful and amazing women come together. This year in particular resonated with me because the story that Debbie Sterling had to share is similar to where I came from. She is the inventor and CEO of Goldie Blox, which is a children's multimedia company designed to challenge gender stereotypes by introducing girls to engineering at a young age. Debbie told her story of how she went to college for engineering and saw how few women pursue that profession so she became obsessed with "disrupting the pink aisle" and created the first ever girl engineer character named Goldie which is how Goldie Blox originated. As a fellow woman who went to college for engineering, it is so true! I never knew was engineering was either. In high school I was good at math and science and heard engineering had a high starting income so that's what I decided to do. I will say, Purdue had a really amazing women in engineering program to recruit and encourage more women to pursue this field so that's exactly what I did. Even though I'm not in that field in the traditional sense, the skills I learned to problem solve, project manage, and business tools helped shaped me into the entrepreneur I never knew I could be. As a mom of 2 little girls now, I want to introduce them to these concepts so they can do anything they want to do! I'll leave you with the quote that was my favorite. "It's okay to be a princess...you just want her to be able to build her castle, too!" - Debbie Sterling
This handsome little guy has the cutest nursery his momma decorated for him. Alisa's friend, Whitney, custom made the wooden crate that he was the perfect size for snuggled in blankets. Alisa's mom and grandma were in town so we had to get a 4 generation shot and some sweet ones with grandma and great grandma!
Emily and Mark have 2 wedding #s. #lucasgotlucky and #markandnoodlesoup Emily's nickname is noodle because she likes to eat spaghetti noodles with sugar on top:-) The girls arrived in these super cute aqua and lace robes. Emily's mom, Julie, helped her get in that gorgeous mermaid, lace gown. When her bridesmaids saw her, they screamed and cried and laughed all at the same time! While this was going on the guys were upstairs playing pool and hanging in the groom's lounge. They did a first look on the love lock bridge and literally they didn't stop smiling from that moment on. The ceremony was under crystal chandaliers with white and pink florals. Their dog was of course the ring bearer and wore a little sign that said "I loved her first":-) Emily's mom shared a few words about how happy she is that Emily and Mark found each other and that she will miss the days of having Emily and her girls over for Mac and Cheese:-) Their bridal party was so much fun as we used the gorgeous setting for photos of them after the ceremony. The reception was draped in white with aqua and white linens, lantern, and crystal. The escort cards had little keys tied to them and custom koozie favors for their guests. I love the layered white and floral accented cake that of course had the Cake Zone's cupcakes (with the famous raspberry frosting!). Emily and her maid of honor, Megan, have been friends since elementary school and she shared the sweetest toast to Emily and Mark. Mark's dad, Kirk, and best man, Ryan gave their toast together about how lucky Mark is to have found such an amazing girl! It was such a fun party and we are so lucky to have gotten to capture it as well as work with all these amazing people that made it perfect. Congrats Emily & Mark!!! xoxoxo
Venue | Bakers Ranch | Caterer | Mattison's Forty-One | Florist | Ms. Scarlett's Flowers | DJ | Goodley Entertainment Group Inc | Hair | Emily Olokowitz | Bridal Gown | The Perfect Dress | Linens and Decor | Affairs in the Air | Cake | The Cake Zone
Where do I even begin with these 2? Literally, Liz and EG had the most perfect wedding day. While getting ready I learned that their favorite emojis's are the moon and sheep:-) The girls wore long gold sequined dresses while the guys were in classic black tuxes. Liz's gown was the perfect mix of simple and elegant with the lace beaded detail on top. Here sister helped her get in her dress and the few moments of tears they shared with their dad when Liz was totally ready even made me tear up. The 2 story stairwell was the perfect spot for their first look, the girls were looked over the 2nd floor and the guys were downstairs. EG was so nervous as he was waiting for Liz to walk down the stairs to see him. We took the bridal party out to the ivy covered tunnel and of course had to use the golf carts. Liz walked down the outdoor staircase that led to the lawn overlooking the water for their ceremony. They had an uninvited guest watching from afar and enjoying the sunshine:-) You might remember that EG is a UPS man, (we got to do their engagement session with the UPS truck:-) in his vows he promised to deliver Liz's packages first and on time. They also had a little package at each of their guests seats and the seating chart said "where will you find your package?"? For their sign in, they had a little card to write marriage advice to put in a vase that they will open up and read on their first anniversary. The reception was decorated with black chivari chairs and different height vases with each table being labeled a different part of Tampa. Their bridal party entrance had some pretty fantastic moves including fishing, cheerleading, football (there was a bouquet that didn't make it), and basketball. Both Liz and EG's parents are some of the most fun people ever, they have clearly set a great example of what marriage looks like for these 2. EG's dad was his best man. He had a toast prepared, but he just couldn't get the words out, so, his mom stepped in, put on her cute red glasses and read the words he had written. I snuck them out during dinner for sunset on the balcony, it was so pretty! While EG was taking off Liz's garter you might spy a little flower girl peeking out from under the sweetheart table. They had such a fun party, including grandpa on the center of the dance floor. I'm going to stop writing so you can start looking but it was so amazing to be there, thank you Liz and EG for entrusting us to capture your wedding story! Love you guys!! xoxoxo
Venue | Lakewood Ranch Country Club | Florist | Lakewood Ranch Florist | DJ | Breezin Entertainment | Bridal Gown Boutique | CC's Bridal Boutique | Hair & Makeup | Hair I Rock | Videography | Kenny Harlow
Those blue eyes!!!!! How adorable is this little guy with his tiny Toms shoes and he has the best grumpy face:-) He's so close to being off on the run all by himself, just needs a little help from his daddy. Heather and Crafton, I love seeing your sweet family and this little guy growing up. xoxoxo
Lourdes and the girls got ready at her house. She looked gorgeous with her lace detailed gown and long chapel length veil. Her shoes said "I Do" on the bottom and her bridesmaids shoes said "She Does" and the garter she threw said "You're Next" on it, such fun details! After Lourdes was totally ready her brother, who was also walking her down the aisle, did a first look with her and it was so sweet. Their ceremony was inside the Regent, draped in white with blue accents. During the ceremony they did a "warming of the rings" where they passed the rings around the bridal party and family to bless their marriage. It was such a beautiful day and the sunset on the terrace was just gorgeous for their photos! The reception was draped in white with blue accents. lots of candles, crystals and white florals . All their guests signed a little wooden heart and dropped it in a heart that they will keep in their home. The entire day was all about their friends and family celebrating their marriage and you could totally feel how much they are loved and how happy everyone is for them. Congrats you guys thanks for having us be a part of it!! xoxox
Venue | The Regent | Catering | 3 C'S Catering | Florist | Hannah's Floral & Events | DJ | DJ by CJ | Officiant | Sensational Ceremonies | Bridal Gown | David's Bridal | Cake | Publix
Jessica and Jody had the prettiest intimate wedding at the French Country Inn at Cross Creek Ranch. Jessica's sister, Carley, was her maid of honor and Jody's twin brother, Cody, was his Best Man. Jessica's dad and her son Cooper walked her down the aisle to meet Jody. The patio was strung with lights and decorated with blush linens, silver place settings and white, blush and greenery. I love their favor, it was custom popcorn with a sign that said "thank you for popping by". They ate and toasted and danced under the twinkle lights it was perfect. Congrats Jessica and Jody, thank you for having us be a part of it!!! xoxoxox
Venue | Cross Creek Ranch | Officiant | Sensational Ceremonies | Catering | Catered By Vesh | Florist | Alta Fleura | Cake | Alessia's Bakery | DJ | Rick Vellum
We are so excited that Katelyn & Brandon's beautiful Florida Aquarium wedding is featured on Borrowed and Blue's wedding blog and it's Katelyn's birthday today!! Happy Birthday pretty lady!! Katelyn's gown is one of our favorites the lace detail and backing was just stunning. Click below to see the whole feature on their blog!
I love everything about this session with Lyani and Darren's family! Their boys are so handsome and full of life and energy. The toddler years are no joke (I have 2 of them so I can testify:-) The days are messy, and hard, and you are tired, but so full of love and moments that go by faster than you could ever imagine. I think toddlers make adults understand that life isn't always perfect and sometimes you just gotta roll with what you got. That's what I love about this session just real authentic moments with this sweet fam!
Denise got her girls the cutest shirts that said "Bride Tribe" in gold. Denise's dad helped us while we were doing detail shots of her wedding dress, boots, and jewelry you can tell how much he just adores her. She wore boots under her dress and her socks had bacon on them!:-) Bryan and the guys arrived all dapper in their derby hats and beige pants and suspenders. Denise and Bryan's son, Hayden, was so stinking cute in his mini suit and bow tie! Denise did a first look with her dad, even I was a misty eyed while she gave him an embroidered handkerchief with a super sweet message on it. She also had a special gift for Bryan’s mom. As the ceremony stared on the back lawn, under the Joshua tree, the weather could not have been any more perfect. Hayden was a little shy coming down the aisle, but there was a huge "AWE" from the crowd as they read his sign, "Here comes Mommy"! As Denise and her Dad made their way toward Bryan you could tell he was holding back the tears. After a sweet ceremony by Rev. Rick, the coupled sealed their tear-filled vows with a kiss. The sun was setting behind the trees and the paddocks and made for some gorgeous lighting during photos. The reception was held outside the blue barn under the strands of twinkling lights. The color scheme of blush and champagne looked gorgeous.. Inside the barn they had a wooden shelf that held cute little mason jars filled with different flavors of moonshine for the favor, it was a very popular shelf! The Newlyweds shared a sweet first dance, Denise had a tear filled father/daughter dance, and for the mother/son dance…Bryan and his mom shared the dance floor with Denise and Hayden. Some of the guys snuck away to play cornhole on the custom Penn State boards Denise had made for Bryan as his wedding gift. They even lit up! We took them out for a few nighttime photos before the said their goodbyes and exited under a tunnel of bubbles into antique car. Congrats you guys, it was a pleasure spending the day with you! xoxo
Venue | Lange Farm | Officiant | Sensational Ceremonies | Caterer | Olympia Catering | DJ | Grant Hemond | Florist | 2Birds Events | Photo Booth | Snapshoot Photo Booth | Bridal Gown | CC's Bridal Boutique