{Liz & EG @ Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club}

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

{Lourdes & Victor @ The Regent}

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 

Sarah & Shaun Featured on Borrowed and Blue Blog

I love Borrowed and Blue titled Sarah and Shaun's wedding Luxe Aqua Bash.  Three perfect words to describe their wedding details (including 2 dresses and a custom popcorn bar:-) all featured on Borrowed and Blue's blog today!!  Stop on by the whole feature by clicking below! 

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{Jessica & Jody @ Cross Creek Ranch}

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

Katelyn & Brandon Featured on Borrowed and Blue!

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! 

Tai Tai is 1!

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 & Bryan @ Lange Farm}

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 

J's 1st Birthday Party!

This little cutie has grown up so much since his newborn session!  He doesn't even know it yet, but he's set for life for awesome birthday parties and cake for life (Grandma & Grandpa own Baker's Ranch and The Cake Zone)  They threw a fabulous farm themed party complete with the cutest cake pops and a huge bounce house.  He wasn't too sure about that cake but with a little help from his parents he got the hang of it.  My favorite part: photos with grandparents and great grandparents.  You might recognize my little cuties enjoying all the fun:-)
Venue | Bakers Ranch | Cake | The Cake Zone | Linens | Linens by the Sea | Balloons | Affairs in the Air

{Erin & Joe @ The Tampa Club}

I knew I was going to love these 2 when Erin told me her dress was going to be navy and gold!  She had a small little piece of her mom's wedding gown that she pinned at the bottom of her dress. I also learned what a "tussie mussie" is. If you've ever seen those ornate metal bouquet holders, otherwise known as Victorian posey holders or tussle mussies.  Erin had them on her and her bridesmaids' bouquets.  Erin's dad gave her beautiful earrings as a gift and since her dress had a lower back she wore a purple amethyst necklace backwards. On our way to the church we stopped at Erin's work to give some quick hugs to her coworkers and they were just so happy and excited it was the sweetest! Their bridal party was all family, Erin's sister, her husband, Joe's brother, his wife and their 2 kids were the ring bearers.  They looked so amazing in Navy and white florals.  The green ivy walkways outside the church and evening setting of downtown Tampa made for the perfect setting for the photos.  The reception style was white, gold, and navy with hints of green.  Even the cake was accented in gold confetti.  After Erin and Joe had their first dance and Erin danced with her dad, Erin's mom had some something specially written for Joe. She asked Joe if he would dance with her, in honor of his mom who had passed away when he was 19.  I can't really describe how special and emotional it was, but it's those kind of moments that are just so priceless and why I am obsessed with weddings.   This was such a beautiful day of these 2 families booming one family, it was amazing! Congrats Erin and Joe!!! xoxoxo
Hotel | Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay | Venue | The Tampa Club | Church | Christ the King Catholic Church | Florals | Northside Florist | Musicians & DJ | Breezin Entertainment | Cake | Hands on Sweets | Videography | Allure Cinema | Hair & Makeup | Collective Creations | Transportation | Blue One Transportation

{Gina & Larry @ Tampa Woman's Club}

Gina and Larry's was was so full or emotion and just plain sweet and fun moments!  We are obsessed with Gina's gown and the gorgeous detailed back.  She wore a crystal hair piece and navy shoes, and her bouquet was also wrapped in crystals (with our favorite little signature lady bug from Apple Blossoms:-)  They did a first look before the ceremony and you could feel their love and emotion for one another.  The Tampa Women's Club is right on Bayshore Drive and it was super super windy but they were game for whatever.  I love when couples write their vows to each other, the words they said were so special and there wasn't a dry eye in the room!  The reception was decorated with gray, navy, white and crystals.  Each table had a bottle of red and white wine with labels that honored Larry's parents who were there celebrating in spirit.  The reception started out with some Sinatra and turned into a dance party.  Thank you Gina and Larry for having us be a part of it, we loved capturing each moment of your story!  xoxox
Venue | Tampa Woman's Club | Hotel | Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel | Event Planner and Draping | Events By Special Moments | Florist | Apple Blossoms Floral Design | Hair and Makeup | Creative Touches Hair and Makeup Studio | Cake | Let Them Eat Cake | DJ | Ultimate Entertainment | Photobooth | Nature Coast Entertainment | Catering | Catering By the Family | Transportation | Advantage Limousines

Emily & Kalub

Emily and Kalub grew up about 10 miles away from each other in the same town in KY but didn't meet until college.  Emily said she's always dreamed of having a beach wedding so when Kalub accepted a job offer in Tampa last year it was perfect:-)  We thought Hyde park was the perfect little Tampa spot for their session.  Every time we are down there, there's something new and different.  One of the stores was under construction so there was a big spray paint mural that was pretty cool!  We can't wait to photograph their dream wedding 10.7.17! 

Marissa & Scott

Marissa and Scott are going to do a destination wedding in Costa Rica, but they have 3 adorable grandmas that they knew wouldn't be able to travel there.  So, they decided to have a sweet little backyard wedding just for them!  You know my love of grandparents so this was really just so awesome.  Dorothy, June, and Barbara were all married over 60 years and they had a photo from each of their weddings with a sign that said Your Legacy is Our Goal.  I've known Marissa for gosh, over 8 years know as she is a super talented hair and makeup artist.  She told me it was just going to be super simple, and I of course knew she would have the cutest details.  Nancy, their friend and officiant, had a little surprise for them during the ceremony.  She had asked each of the moms and grandmas to write a sentence about the prayer they have for Marissa and Scott and then she put it all together and read it as a prayer for them as a couple.  It was one of the sweetest things ever! To make them the official Mr & Mrs. Smith all 3 grandmas signed the marriage license.  After photos with everyone including their dogs Mo and Avery Marissa had the perfect brunch set. Their table was set with china that had little name cards accented with rosemary and a beautiful floral centerpiece.  It's pretty obvious these two are just plain made for each other!  Congrats Scott and Marissa, thanks for letting me be a part of it! xoxox
Florals | Alta Fleura | Officiant | Nancy Spooner

{Jessica & John @ Creative Loafing Tampa}

Happy St. Patty's day!  I have the perfect wedding sneaks for today:-) John is from Northern Ireland and just a few weeks ago he and Jessica got married there in John's home town.  Jessica grew up here in Tampa and they wanted to have a reception for all their friends and family here as well.  These 2 live in Ireland and so Carole, Jessica's mom planned an amazingly gorgeous and fun reception for them at Creative Loafing.  I got to spend some time with the 2 of them around Ybor,  you know how there's always roosters down there, well right now there's a bunch of baby chicks running around too.  I had to include a photo of them of course! Jessica's Aunt Camilla, who is also an artist created to floral design that decorated the vintage furniture.  The silverware was all family heirlooms from Jessica's grandmothers and aunts so each set was a little different.  The perfect Irish touch was the sculpted shamrock watermelon, by Sedd's.  Jessica and John entered to a bagpiper playing and they danced and ate and their parents and family members gave the most amazing toasts.  It truly was a joining of 2 families from across the world and such a fun party!  Congrats Jessica and John!! xoxoxo
Venue | Creative Loafing | Furniture | Wish Vintage Furniture Rentals | Catering | Sedd's Edible Creations | Hair and Makeup | Artistic Hair & Makeup | DJ | Grant Hemond

Havana, Cuba

Our last stop before heading back to the US from Cuba was Havana.  It was such an interesting city and I'm so glad I got to experience it as it is right now.  The classic cars are just fantastic! I was dying to ride around the city in one of them and we did!  Our hotel called one of the tour companies and a guy pulled up in front of our hotel with a 57 yellow and white Dodge convertible.  He took us over to surprise our friends Judy and Ed who were going to ride along and Judy's face was priceless when she saw it.  The driver told us that his grandfather had won the car in the lottery in 1957 and it had been their family car up until about 5 years ago.  At that point the Cuban government started allowing more Visas for tourists to come in and that's when the classic car touring companies started. Most of these photos below I took while we were driving the streets.  Each part of city was so different whether it was from before the 50s or after. There is a building for each service of the government since they control everything so a ministry of defense, ministry of construction (which was ironic because it was in total disrepair), education etc.  I would love to have seen what Old Havana looked like when it was new.   So many different colors, chipping paint, and wrought iron.  Everyone leaves their doors open and hangs their laundry on their balconies.  I could have walked down each of the different streets photographing people for hours.  There were groups of men playing heated games of dominoes on street corners.  I looked up, and there were 2 ladies who had bags of rice tied to a rope and were pulling it up the side of the building to the rooftop.  We drove through what use to be casinos back in the mob days, a soccer field, and a random art district that had lots of roosters just like Ybor City. There was even a park that had huge ficus trees covered in vines that was so random. The smell of diesel and musical car horns was everywhere.  It's just a short 1 hour flight direct to Tampa, I would totally go back! 

{Christen & Samir @ The Ritz Carlton Sarasota }

Christen and Samir had a gorgeous wedding at the the Ritz Carlton Sarasota.  Their elegant color palette was white, gold, black, and hints of amethyst.  They both gave their bridal party gifts from Tiffany's.  Christen gave the girls pretty infinity necklaces and Samir gave the guys silver pens to write the speech.  I LOVE Christen's sparkly encrusted heels, her look was simple but so beautiful.  Samir wore traditional Indian attire for the ceremony and they both changed into a 2nd outfit during the reception.  There was some rain that moved everything inside, but the sunset was just stunning and these 2 didn't worry about that for a single second.  Their reception details had gorgeous white  florals with black and gold accents.  The cake, it looked like it was literally dipped in gold.  From the minute they entered the joy and fun everyone had was so obvious.  Toasts, dances, and an amazing party! Congrats Christen & Samir thank you for having us capture your story!  xoxox
Venue | Ritz Carlton Sarasota | Event Planner | The Perfect Setting |Videographer | Lucky Lemon Films | Musician/DJ | Jac of All Trades | Flowers | Beneva Flowers | Hair and Make-up | Salon Lofts Sarasota | Cake | Ritz Carlton Sarasota 

Lourdes & Victor

These 2 are from New York and met while Lourdes was working at a pet store and Victor came in to buy Koi for his tank:-)  They are just fun and laid back, and so Medard park and all the crazy tree roots and mossy trees was perfect! When them came over and I showed them their slideshow I had to get out the tissues for Lourdes so that is how I know I did my job!  I am so looking forward to their wedding 4.2.17 at the Regent! 

Guantanamo, Cuba

I LOVE photojournalism and just photographing people doing what they normally do so wanted to share with you some photos around the town and streets of Guantanamo.  Ken, one of our team mates loves kids and was so smart to bring bags of candy and toys to just randomly give out whenever he could.  He would see kids playing in the street and would toss them a baseball or soccer ball out of nowhere and they would just explode with excitement.  We all stayed in homes where people had extra rooms that they rented out just a couple blocks from the church. Each morning (very early:-) we would hear a guy yelling to let everyone know he was selling fresh bread, loud diesel engines zooming by, and the clip clop of horse and buggies.  There were a lot of dogs, both stray and pets.  There was one that looked down on us from the roof everyday as we walked by.  There is a school right across from the church, and for gym class or recess they just string a rope across the street so cars couldn't cross and then would play soccer and run races.  The old cars are so cool and weird to see.  On the outside they are painted bright colors and look amazing.  Pastor Raidel has a blue 57 Chevy, and when you open up the hood it has a diesel Toyota engine, Fiat carburetor, 2 sets of different tires and makeshift whatever parts so that it runs.  There were people gathered in the town square as they do have wifi hot spot guys that for $1 will connect your phone. I tried it one day, and it really only worked for texting not for email or social media which was actually kind of nice for a change!  There are just a few options for stores there and they all pretty much have the same thing as they are all run by the government.  There's a picture below of one that had things like clothes and cookware and appliances.  The pricing was similar to what you would see in the US which didn't make sense to us since their incomes are $12-$20 a month.  They told us that since they are government stores, it doesn't matter if they sell things or not and that there is a huge black market where people go to get things at prices they can afford.  It was such an interesting place, like nothing else I've ever seen!  Our last day on the way out was spent in Havana so I'll be posting some of my favs from there next!