{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

{Rachel & Steve @ Carlouel Yacht Club}

Rachel wore this light and flowy lace gown with a floral crown that was just perfect for the beach!   Her garter was even made of lace that was so pretty and completed her look.  There's this little shaded garden right behind the yacht club where Rachel walked up to Steve and the happiness was just beyond words. You might remember Penguin (who is actually their cat:-) made an appearance in their engagement session and he of course had to included with his little bow tie!  Steve's 2 brothers where his groomsmen in gray suits and purple ties, and his sister was his "grooms woman".  I love her gray dress matched the guys suits and complimented the girls dresses.  During the ceremony they honored their moms by giving them each a rose and my favorite part was that they had Martin, Rachel's 92 year old grandpa come up to sign the marriage license and make it official!  It was a overcast sunset which gives you that light color and texture in the sky.  Rachel and Steve are both chemists, so the glass vase they poured the sand in for the sand ceremony was a beaker as well as their cake toppers were a bride and groom beaker and one for Penguin too!  Their wedding # was #beachchemists. The reception was decorated in white, candle light, and purple florals with little cookies in the shape of Florida for favors.  From the toasts, dances, to Hannah singing a special song for them it's pretty clear how much these 2 of are loved by all!  Congratulations Rachel & Steve!!!! xoxoxo
Venue | Carlouel Yacht Club Beach | Officiant | Stress Free Weddings | Cake | The Artistic Whisk | Florist | Wonderland Floral Art and Gift Loft | Videographer | Brad Hall Studios | Hair and Makeup | Lasting Lux | DJ/Band | Steely Pan

Annie & Justin

I got to do Annie and Justin's engagement session while they were in town from TX on their wedding venue search.  Annie's flowy navy dress and Justin's patterned shirt was perfect for the beach. There's a hilarious moment I had to include but you'll have to ask Annie and Justin about:-) That sunset, it never gets old!!! I can't wait to spend St. Patty's day with them next year for their wedding!! xoxoxo

{Sara & Ryan @ Hilton Clearwater Beach}

Sara and Ryan live in St. Louis and Sara and her mom planned everything remotely.  I didn't actually meet them unit the day of, but, they are those kind of people you just feel like you've known forever!  I remember Sara telling me how important their friends and family are to them, and that they wanted they day to be about everyone not just the 2 of them.  It truly was, and they are some of the nicest, most fun people ever.  Sara and Ryan met at a St. Louis Cardinals game, so their accent color was red, and Sara's garter even had a little cardinal on it.  As you can see, Ryan is hilarious and so sweet.  He never stopped smiling from the minute they did their first look.  During the ceremony, after their vows, they accidentally kissed when they weren't suppose to yet, I think they surprised themselves lol!!  Sunset on the beach was absolutely stunning, that mix of clouds and pink sky that you expect in Florida.  While we were walking back in, the name of the water sports company was "BouYah" which had a little debate about the meaning so had to look it up and found out it means "used to express joy, especially in victorious or well played moments in sports".   As expected, their bridal party had some pretty fantastic toasts (slightly interrupted by a pesky sea gull wanting a snack:-).  They danced, and smashed cake, and Sara is known for her karaoke skills which she broke out as a surprise for Ryan in perfect form.  It was such an amazing day, thank you all for having us we loved it!!! xoxoxo
Venue | Hilton Clearwater Beach | Coordination | Confetti Events | Florist | Iza's Flowers | Officiant | Sensational Ceremonies | Cake | Chantilly Cake | DJ | Grant Hemond | Hair and Makeup | Collective Creations 

{Bridget & Ricky @ The Hyatt Regency Sarasota}

One of my favorite things about weddings is all the people we get to work with from all different places.  Bridget and Ricky live in the Bronx, and choose destination Hyatt Sarasota.  They actually found it because they were attending another friend's wedding in Sarasota and Bridget works for the Hyatt so it was perfect.  Their wedding style was a little bit of pink with navy and nautical accents.  Bridget looked stunning in her Modern Trousseau gown, they event stitched a custom tag on the inside of it with her wedding date for her something blue.  While she was writing her vows I noticed her bridal phone case and I didn't know it but she got an awesome pic of me taking that pic on instagram:-)  She incorporated such thoughtful and personal details into everything including little thank yous and the perfect bracelets for her bridesmaids and flower girl.  She gave Ricky a custom engraved tie clip from Tiffanys!  Ricky and the guys were in navy suits with pink ties, Ricky's being white.  They were hilarious and so fun! They said their I do's in the garden officiated by their friend also named Bridget.  After they tied the knot (literally they did:-) the breeze and sunlight was perfect for photos after the ceremony.  The reception was set with gold chivaris, navy linens, and white and pink center florals.  They had a fabulously choreographed first dance and totally fun NYC style reception.  We even got to sneak them out for some night photos with on the dock.  Congrats Bridget and Ricky, thanks for having us!!! xoxoxo
Venue | The Hyatt Regency Sarasota | DJ | Breezin Entertainment | Florist | Flowers By Fudgie | Gown Designer | Modern Trousseau | Cake Artist |  Wonder Cake Creation | Hair and Makeup | Anna Molinari Salon 

Sailing Lady Jane

There's a brand new gorgeous catamaran in town ready to be rented for intimate ceremonies, engagement sessions, and sunset! Lady Jane has 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, an air conditioned living room and is just so gorgeous and relaxing to go out on.  Kevin and Jane are the owners and Kevin named it after his wife who is also a very talented singer.  I got to photograph the interior spaces and the pretty couples so you can see what a vow renewal (40 year anniversary for Bud and Sue:-), ceremony or engagement sesh would look like.  We went out Pass a Grille by the Don Cesar, and it was quite overcast so just means we need to go out again for sunset!