{Emily & Kalub @ The Sirata Beach Resort}

Emily & Kalub are from KY and moved to Tampa last summer which was perfect because Emily always wanted to have a beach wedding, and she did!  Their little 4 lb Yorkie, Sophie, (who Emily said runs the house:-) looked so adorable in a tiny little Yorkie wedding dress!  Emily gave her mom a bracelet with the word "Love" written in her grandmother's handwriting, literally one of the sweetest gift ever.  She gave her dad a handkerchief that said "Loved you yesterday loved you still. Always have, always will.  Today a bride, tomorrow a wife. You little girl for all of life." Her gown was the perfect flowy beach dress and so were her girls in blush and flower crowns.  Kalub and the guys were in tan linen suits, I love this look beach chic, and elegant but simple and so pretty!  Sophie walked down the aisle right before Emily was escorted by her dad so she and Kalub could become Mr. & Mrs. Wilkins.  Their reception was tropical themed with palm fronds, white florals, and cigars.  Such a fun group and so many beautiful moments! Congrats Emily & Kalub, hope you are enjoying St. Lucia!!! xoxo
Venue | The Sirata Beach Resort | Officiant | Michael DeArruda Weddings | Florist | Jennie's Flowers | DJ | Expert Productions | Cake | Publix | Hair and Makeup | Lasting Luxe | Videography | Viegas Photography | Wedding Gown Boutique | The White Closet | Stationary | Citrus Press Company 

Metropolitan Ministries Culinary Arts & Uplift U Graduation

Hope is Here.  It's so true!  That is honestly what they do in Tampa Bay and why I love Metromin and donating my time there whenever I can.  I had the opportunity to photograph the graduation from their Culinary Arts and Uplift U programs. Chef teared up as he talked about his students and celebrated each one as he called them up to be recognized.  They've got jobs in some of the premier restaurants in Tampa like Mise En Place and Ulele.  The Uplift U graduates have completed training that has landed them jobs and stable housing for themselves and their kids (all the kids are so freaking cute:-)!  At some point in life they found themselves in a position of homelessness with no one to turn to.  Metromin helped give them the resources needed to change their life and become self-sufficient. When Tim Marks, President and CEO was talking to them he said something like "this place isn't the best place, the best place is your own place" it's the same as home sweet home right?  Each of the Uplift U grads were recognized and I love that each of the kids got a medal as well.  At the end, they had a little surprise guest for the graduates.  WWE wrestler Titus O'Neil shared his story of how his mom was raped at 11 years old and he was born when she was only 12 years old.  His story is pretty amazing and he lives here in Tampa Bay and does a ton of work with charities helping kids go to college, after school programs, and United Way just to name a few.  This was definitely a very special event and so inspiring! 

{Alyssa & Michael @ The Postcard Inn}

Alyssa's gown was a gorgeous moscato 2 piece gown (seriously so in love with it) accented with Kendra Scott jewelry and beige heels.  Alyssa and Michael are from Cincinnati, and choose Postcard Inn because they wanted a super fun and laid back location for all their favorite people to celebrate with them!  After we arrived at PCI with the girls, Alyssa read a card from Michael and it was one of our favorite moments, she said "he went all Nicholas Sparks on me" lol!!  Their friend Alex officiated their wedding and we had just enough time for the ceremony and some bridal party on the beach before it started raining.  The lobby of PCI is very cool and perfect even if it isn't raining!  Everything coordinated with the pink, moscato, gray, and gold color palette.  Alyssa loves pineapples so you'll see them in white and gold throughout the reception in the tiki hut.  Micheal's cousin was his best man, and said they had always been more like brothers.  He told a story from when they were 8 years old and Michael bribed him with McDonalds chicken nuggets so he would keep a secret from his mom.   When it came time for cake, Michael may have gotten a little smashed in his face, just a little:-) That flower girl she's got some dance moves!  Before we knew it, it was time for sparklers on the beach!  Congrats Alyssa and Michael!! xoxoxxo
Venue | Postcard Inn | Event Planner | 2Birds Events | DJ | Grant Hemond | Cake | Publix | Hair & Makeup | Femme Akoi Beauty Studio | Gown | Bridal & Formal | Gown Designer | Watters | Tuxes | Men's Warehouse | Jewelry | Kendra Scott 

{Katrina & Joe @ Citrus Hills Golf and Country Club}

Katrina and her girls got ready at the house she grew up in!  She had so many pretty details that matched her navy and pink color palette!  Super cute navy pillows with pink flowers, custom wood hangers, and even white and navy towels in the bathroom so they matched:-)  Katrina got coffee mugs with everyone's initials, and even included an H for Haley and a C for me, thanks for including us Katrina!  Her adorable little niece, Isabella, was the flower girl.  She loved her little robe so much she wanted to wear it over her dress.  Their gifts to each other were wooden watches engraved with their own handwriting.  Joe also gave Katrina a gorgeous set of pearl earrings.  Right before the ceremony, they held hands around a door and read cards from each other and then it was time!  They officially became Mr. & Mrs. McNamara at St. Benedict's.  Little Isabella decided to take a nap towards the end as the family was processing out.  There were a few tiny sprinkles but that didn't stop us from getting photos by the big oak tree at Citrus Hills.  I love the ones of the 2 of them laughing I think it totally describes who they are and how happy they are together.  The reception was decorated with white, green, and pink florals and each place card was on a little navy flower.  Joe's parents were the last ones left on the dance floor during the generation dance, having been married the longest, 57 years in November.  Katrina's sister was her Matron of Honor and Joe's brother was his Best Man.  They both shared how excited they are for not only Katrina and Joe to be Mr. and Mrs. but also how happy they are to have each other's family now one big family.  Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. McNamara we had such an amazing time!!!!! 
Venue | Citrus Hills Golf and Country Club | Church | St. Benedict Catholic Church | Florist | Flower Time | DJ | TMC Productions | Cake | Queen of Cakes | Hair & Makeup | Mika Harris

Rooftop 220 Styled Shoot

There is a very cool new space that is part of Armature Works, located on the rooftop of the building adjacent to it.  I love doing styled shoots in brand new spots with concepts so people can envision their own wedding or event there.  It's so hard to see an empty space and imagine what it will look like all decked out.  This team below showed off what this space can do with 2 different looks and sizes of wedding.  Both were different, but in a similar style with greenery, metallics, gold, silver, and gray.  The first is the rooftop set for 150 guests with silver chivari's and I love the hanging globes with greenery wall and tall crystally florals.  Inside was set for dinner with that metallic theme, marble cake, and those linens are just awesome!  The 2nd setup was a ceremony for 50 people with black chairs outside.  The inside was set as a cocktail reception with a fabulous spread of deliciousness by Puff N Stuff in the center.  The details were all different, short centerpieces with huge crystals, totally different swirly linens and a combo of hightop and low square tables.  The custom wood and metal bar added the finishing touch to this space.  If you're looking for an amazing view and really unique brand new space for your wedding or event definitely check it out and this group of talented professionals that made it happen!  
Venue | Armature Works - Rooftop 220 | Coordination | Burlap to Lace | Florals & Decor | Concept Bait | Linens | BBJ Linens | Cake  | Elise's Pieces Designer Cakes | Bar | uDream Events | Cuisine & Chargers | Puff n Stuff | Chairs | US Tent 

Laila!

I've gotten to photograph so many important moments for Anum and Eihab, engagement session (one of my favs ever at IKEA:-), wedding, maternity session, and now they are officially a party of 3!  Little miss Laila is so cute and squishy she was very alert and didn't want to miss any of the action.  I love seeing our couples become families it's literally my favorite!  Stay tuned for Laila's 6 month and 1 year session!!!

Once Upon a Time @ Bakers Ranch

Once Upon a Time..... was the theme for this gorgeous styled shoot we got to be a part of at Bakers Ranch.  Their team wanted to show off all the elements of their brand new Simply Incredible all inclusive wedding collection they are now offering.  Everything about it is freaking gorgeous.  We did this shoot around dusk so you still get the natural light but also can see the chandelier and twinkle lights in the trees.  I LOVE the X table setup that is lined with greenery, candles, and gold flatware.  Um, yes, that is a floral tree behind the head table that was then transformed into the cake table.  The x back chairs, linens and long benches add in a earth toned element and the white draping and chandeliers add in the elegant feel.  I love using models who are real couples because it brings the relationship and authenticity to what we are doing.  Sebastian looked James Bond like in this Michael Kors ultra slim tux, and Josie looked stunning in this just released Martina Liana gown.  One of unique ideas they have for the couple exchanging letters or gifts is having the groom drop it down from the balcony room where they guys get ready.  All 3 outside ceremony spaces were covered in ferns, crystals, lights and greenery.  I could write so much but I'm just going to let you look for yourselves:-)  
Venue | Bakers Ranch | Lighting, Draping & Chandaliers | On the Move Productions | Florals | Events in Bloom | Gown & Tux Boutique | Something Blue Bridal | Gown Designer | Martina Liana | Tux | Michael Kors Ultra Slim | Greenery | A1 Foilage | Place Settings, Tables & Chairs | A Chair Affair | Linens | Linens by the Sea | Models | Josie and Sebastian Mark | Hair & Makeup |  Destiny & Light | Cake | The Cake Zone | Invitation | Invitation Galleria

{Lindsey & Christopher @ Isla Del Sol Yacht and Country Club}

Lindsey and Chris are from Pittsburg and their friends and family all traveled down to the beautiful Isla Del Sol for their wedding.  They had a fun and bright wedding style that totally matched their personalities. One of Lindsey's bridesmaids made all the girls foot jewelry to wear in the sand instead of shoes.  The beach was set with bamboo chairs and aqua, coral and white florals.  Their dog Charly was dressed in a little tux in perfect doggie ring bearer style.  We were so thankful the curtain of rain you see in the background stayed in the background and gave the prettiest cool tone to their photos with the sail boats in the background.  Their reception was decorated with submerged florals, aqua and coral accents and wine stopper favors in burlap that matched the guys tan suits.  Their dessert table had a small cake for them to cut and a tower made out of macaroons!  Their official last name as a couple is "Wild" so their wedding # was #wildwedding!  The dance floor was packed the entire night and this group has got some moves!  Congrats Lindsey and Chris thanks for having us!!!!  xoxoxo
Venue | Isla Del Sol Yacht and Country Club | Florist | Iza's Flowers | DJ | Fast Breaks Executive Entertainment | Hair and Makeup | Michele Renee The Studio | Cake | The Artistic Whisk 

{Stephen & Laura @ The Tampa Club}

I'm in love with the new trend of two piece gowns!  Laura had two different tops, one for the ceremony with lace that was ivory and one for photos at Tampa Club that was more champagne and a little sparkly.  Laura's BFF's Katie and Mark were here Maid of Honor and Man of Honor and literally made sure every detail was perfect the entire day.  Stephen's brother was his Best Man and his sister Lydia was his groomsmaid. We did a first look with Laura's side of the wedding party and their reaction was just priceless at how stunning she looked.  Father Zach at Sacred Heart married them in a gorgeous ceremony.  One of the things he said I thought was an awesome idea, was that on their anniversary they should re-read the readings that were read on this day and remember their wedding vows and how special this day was!  It was a perfectly cloudy day for lots of photos on the steps of the historic Le Meredien right next door.  There was even a little breeze (and help from Katie:-) to sweep up that chapel length veil.  I would call their wedding style "fancy and fun" with everyone in black with burgundy white and greenery in the flowers.  Add that the gold sparkly reception accents, wine cork place cards, and that cake and it's pretty fabulous!  Their wedding day was also one of the bridesmaid's daughter's birthdays so they did a little surprise cake for her. Laura's grandparents won the generation dance, having been married the longest, 60+ years.  When the DJ asked her grandma to share some marriage advice she said "say yes a lot"!!  They were literally the cutest couple ever!  Once the dance floor was open it was packed the entire time.  They had a few little surprises for their guests as well. Stephen loves popcorn so they had a late night snack and an entire spread of mini desserts.  As everyone was leaving there was a little coffee bean favor that said, "All you need is Love and Coffee"!  Laura and Stephen we could not be happier for you and that we got to be there for it all!!! xoxoxox
Venue | The Tampa Club | Church | Sacred Heart Catholic Church | Hotel | Hilton Downtown Tampa | Florist | Northside Florist | DJ | DJ by CJ | Cake | Hands on Sweets | Hair and Makeup | Collective Creations | Wedding Coordinator | Confetti Events 

Kim & Shane

St. Pete has so many fun art murals and this one was perfect for Kim and Shane's engagement session to go along with their wedding being in St. Pete.  This is pretty special because we've known Kim for a number of years now, as she is an event industry professional as well.  It's always so fun to photograph our friendor's best day ever:-)  2.10.18 is going to be fabulous!!!! 

Let them Eat Cake @ Nova 535

There's way to much prettiness to even put into words in this shoot!  Marry Me Tampa Bay did a call out to bring together a team for this shoot at Nova.  Dena, from Lasting Luxe showed Staci, from Unique Weddings + Events the big fun hair styles she wanted to do and it turned into this Marie Antionette inspired fabulosity (I made that word up:-).  I love how intricate the details are, from the uber unique bouquets to the sugary custom designed cake pops each detail made this setting what it is.  We did the entire shoot inside NOVA 535 which was perfect since it was end of August in Florida.  Lighting is one of my favorite things, and for this shoot I used my 2 want lights that look like light sabers.  In order to get the setting, models, and details, I lit the subject evenly with the background so that it all looks awesome.  Styled shoots like this pushes everyones creativity and skills to the next level, and I think this team you see below rocked it!!  We had the most gorgeous and fun models as well, thank you Porchilla, Karla, and DeLisa!!! xoxoxo   
Publication Call Out | Marry Me Tampa Bay | Design, Planning, Production l UNIQUE Weddings + Events l Venue l NOVA 535 l Dessert l Sweetly Dipped Confections l Cake & Dessert l A Piece of Cake l Florals l Tailored Twig l Furniture l Style House Rentals l Linens l Over The Top l Gowns l Truly Forever Bridal l Hair & Makeup l Lasting Luxe l Draping & Lighting l On the Move Productions l Chargers l Signature Events l Table Settings l Coast to Coast Event Rentals l Video l Scatter Brothers l Decor l Events in Bloom l Stationery l Urban Coast | Models l Porchilla Charlton, Karla Mastracchino, DeLisa Silva

Dear Nikon, this one's for the girls

On Friday I read the article in the New York Times about how Nikon featured 32 pro photographers, all men and 0 women in the release of their new D850 camera.   Not cool right?  How does a huge company like Nikon launch a new product featuring photographers from Asia, Africa and the Middle East and they can’t come up with a single woman?  I’m just one person and I couldn’t get out of my mind that I know at least 32 amazing women photographers.  So, I did what I usually do when irritated by something and posted the article on Facebook and commented about how we aren’t living in 1950 and how I’m glad that I shoot with Canon equipment.  But then, my friend Amy pointed out that Canon isn’t much better with only 8 out of their 40 brand ambassadors being women.  Nikon has 7 women out of their 24 brand ambassadors.  Nikon got a lot of backlash for their latest campaign, which turned out in my opinion to be a positive because it begin a conversation that got noticed by some of the biggest media outlets.  Nikon even issued an apology, here’s the beginning of it which is the most important part:

“We apologize for this unfortunate circumstance – it is not reflective of the value we place on female photographers and their enormous contributions to the field of photography. We champion all passionate photographers and women are an integral part of this community.”

Words matter.  But, so do actions, and actions trump words.  Their campaign IS reflective of the value they place on female photographers and it isn’t just a Nikon issue it’s a photography industry issue.  Nikon and Canon own the biggest market share in professional DSLR equipment so one would think they should be leading the charge but it does make sense why they aren’t.  Nikon has 10.6% of employees being women, 4.7% who are in management.  Canon has 15.2% of their employees being women and 2% who are in management.  A good portion of these company’s sales is made up of our small businesses buying equipment and I’m sure that to them a dollar is a dollar no matter what gender it comes from.  Nikon’s oversight gave us a great opportunity to respond, and keep moving the industry of photography forward for women like those before us have done.

My professional career began in what most would call a “man’s world” as an Industrial Engineer.  I was fortunate to have the opportunity to go to Purdue University, which I chose because of their focus on supporting women in engineering.  I knew what I was getting into and I love challenges and seeing progress. I have my corporate career to thank for teaching me business skills, and many international trips that got me interested in photography in the first place.  I’m going on 9 years as a full time photographer and I have two daughters who are 3 years old.  Like any parent I want them to dream big and have the opportunity to do what they are passionate about.  In order for them to be able to do this, it’s up to our generation to speak up, take action when something isn’t right, and support and encourage each other as women.   This is for my daughters, and my friends’ daughters, and all girls who may aspire to have a career in photography someday.  In response to Nikon, I wanted to feature the amazing women photographers that I know.   I did a call out to my friends and within 36 hours I had 37 women (including me of course:-) who wanted to participate.  This is a group of women photographers who are diverse, amazingly talented, entrepreneurs, and business owners who work in all genres of photography.  Ladies:  keep up the amazing work, don’t apologize for who you are or what you charge because you are worth it and more!  Click on their profiles below to see their work. 

Christina Maldonado Genre | Weddings & Portraits | Based in Tampa, FL

Christina Maldonado
Genre | Weddings & Portraits | Based in Tampa, FL

Olivia Womack Genre | Boudoir & Beauty Portraits | Based in Cocoa Beach, Florida

Olivia Womack
Genre | Boudoir & Beauty Portraits |
Based in Cocoa Beach, Florida

Andi Diamond Genre | Weddings, Portraits, Corporate Headshots | Based in Tampa, FL

Andi Diamond
Genre | Weddings, Portraits, Corporate Headshots | Based in Tampa, FL

Bethany Augliere Genre | Nature and Wildlife | Based in Delray Beach, FL

Bethany Augliere
Genre | Nature and Wildlife | Based in Delray Beach, FL

Miriam Salgado Genre | Elopements, Beach Weddings, Portraits | Based in Wesley Chapel, FL

Miriam Salgado
Genre | Elopements, Beach Weddings, Portraits | Based in Wesley Chapel, FL

Julieann Usry Genre | Weddings and Engagements | Based in Land O' Lakes, FL

Julieann Usry
Genre | Weddings and Engagements | Based in Land O' Lakes, FL

Jessie Stehlik Genre | Weddings and Portraits | Based in Tampa, FL

Jessie Stehlik
Genre | Weddings and Portraits | Based in Tampa, FL

Alycia Savage Genre | Family, Newborn, HS Senior Portraits | Based in Dallas, TX/Tampa, FL

Alycia Savage
Genre | Family, Newborn, HS Senior Portraits | Based in Dallas, TX/Tampa, FL

Kimberly Romano Genre | Weddings | Based in Clearwater, FL

Kimberly Romano
Genre | Weddings | Based in Clearwater, FL

Lisa McCoy Genre | Equestrian, Portraits, Cars/Yachts | Based in Tampa, FL

Lisa McCoy
Genre | Equestrian, Portraits, Cars/Yachts
| Based in Tampa, FL

Amy Pezzicara Genre | Weddings, Portraits, Editorial, Food | Based in Tampa, FL

Amy Pezzicara
Genre | Weddings, Portraits, Editorial, Food | Based in Tampa, FL

Mariana Mosli Genre | Multiculural Weddings/Destination Multi-Day Weddings | Based in Tampa, FL

Mariana Mosli
Genre | Multiculural Weddings/Destination Multi-Day Weddings | Based in Tampa, FL

Jodi Hutton Genre | Weddings and Product | Based in Denver, CO

Jodi Hutton
Genre | Weddings and Product | Based in Denver, CO

Rana Mohammadian Tierney Genre | HS Seniors, Lifestyle, Weddings | Based in Sarasota, FL

Rana Mohammadian Tierney
Genre | HS Seniors, Lifestyle, Weddings | Based in Sarasota, FL

Katelyn Prisco Genre | Weddings and Family | Based in Sarasota, FL

Katelyn Prisco
Genre | Weddings and Family | Based in Sarasota, FL

Audrey Owen Genre | Weddings and Portraits | Based in Naples, FL

Audrey Owen
Genre | Weddings and Portraits | Based in Naples, FL

Tanya Long-Garro Genre | Family, Maternity, Newborn, HS Seniors | Based in Nashville, TN

Tanya Long-Garro
Genre | Family, Maternity, Newborn, HS Seniors | Based in Nashville, TN

Jeanine McLeod Genre | Babies, Children, Families | Based in Wesley Chapel, FL Photo Credit: Andi Diamond

Jeanine McLeod
Genre | Babies, Children, Families | Based in Wesley Chapel, FL
Photo Credit: Andi Diamond

Elina Levy Genre | Weddings and Portraits | Based in Tampa, FL

Elina Levy
Genre | Weddings and Portraits | Based in Tampa, FL

Andrea Moberly Genre | Family, Newborn, Seniors | Based in Indianapolis, IN

Andrea Moberly
Genre | Family, Newborn, Seniors | Based in Indianapolis, IN

Kenzie Shores Genre | Maternity, Newborns, Families | Based in St. Petersburg, FL

Kenzie Shores
Genre | Maternity, Newborns, Families | Based in St. Petersburg, FL

Kristin Berry Genre | Product and Branding | Based in Tampa, FL

Kristin Berry
Genre | Product and Branding | Based in Tampa, FL

Shayna Hardy Genre | Families, HS Seniors, Boudoir and Underwater | Based in Baltimore, MD

Shayna Hardy
Genre | Families, HS Seniors, Boudoir and Underwater | Based in Baltimore, MD

Ashley Canay Genre | Weddings, Events, Portraits | Based in Tampa, FL

Ashley Canay
Genre | Weddings, Events, Portraits | Based in Tampa, FL

Andrea Taylor Genre | Family and Children Portraiture | Based in Marietta, GA

Andrea Taylor
Genre | Family and Children Portraiture | Based in Marietta, GA

Ashley Thorne Genre | Weddings and Boudoir | Based in Hampshire, United Kingdom

Ashley Thorne
Genre | Weddings and Boudoir | Based in Hampshire, United Kingdom

Mary Buck Genre | Corporate& Actor/Model Headshots, Family/Children's Portraits | Based in Atlanta, GA

Mary Buck
Genre | Corporate& Actor/Model Headshots, Family/Children's Portraits | Based in Atlanta, GA

Andria Lavine Genre | Events and Portraiture | Based in Atlanta, GA

Andria Lavine
Genre | Events and Portraiture | Based in Atlanta, GA

Marlo Laney Genre | Headshots, Business Branding, Family, Maternity | Based in Tampa, FL

Marlo Laney
Genre | Headshots, Business Branding, Family, Maternity | Based in Tampa, FL

Shelby Finkelstein Genre | Babies, Children, Family, Maternity  | Based in Orlando, FL

Shelby Finkelstein
Genre | Babies, Children, Family, Maternity
 | Based in Orlando, FL

Kera Holzinger Genre | Wedding and Portraits | Based in St Petersburg, FL

Kera Holzinger
Genre | Wedding and Portraits | Based in St Petersburg, FL

Nancy Steele Genre | HS Seniors, Families, and Business Images | Based in West Linn, OR

Nancy Steele
Genre | HS Seniors, Families, and Business Images | Based in West Linn, OR

Brittany Trevino Genre | Weddings and Portraits | Based in Tampa, FL

Brittany Trevino
Genre | Weddings and Portraits | Based in Tampa, FL

Jennifer Corbin Genre | Weddings | Based in Yucaipa, California

Jennifer Corbin
Genre | Weddings | Based in Yucaipa, California

Arlene Franklin-Dicks Genre | Newborns, Maternity, Events, Headshots | Based in Marietta, GA

Arlene Franklin-Dicks
Genre | Newborns, Maternity, Events, Headshots | Based in Marietta, GA

Leslie Harris-Senac Genre | Weddings & Special Events Films | Based in Sarasota, FL Photo Credit: Cheryl Ziemke

Leslie Harris-Senac
Genre | Weddings & Special Events Films | Based in Sarasota, FL
Photo Credit: Cheryl Ziemke

Carrie Wildes Genre | Weddings and Portraits | Based in Tampa, FL

Carrie Wildes
Genre | Weddings and Portraits | Based in Tampa, FL

Griffin and Riley Family Session

I love when we get to see our couples family's grow over the years.  We've started photographing Autumn and Colin in 2013 with their engagement session through their little cutie Dax who turned one a few months ago.  Autumn's family was all together in town and I got to see them for this super fun and rowdy beach session.  Little miss Hannah Kate wasn't super thrilled about it, but she powered through and we got such funny and sweet moments with them all together.  My favorite is Autumn's parents with all their grandkids, you'll see which one I'm talking about:-) We even got one with the sunset!  I so loved seeing you all!!! xoxoxo

Be Beautiful Do Good - Promise Love Fundraiser

This event has a really cool little story behind it.  Sarah, one of our brides, and also Michele Renee's posted on facebook that she wanted to do a makeup class and was curious who would teach one.  I saw her post and tagged Michele because I knew she did them.  Then, Michele and Sarah decided to make it a fundraising event to support adoption through the Promise Love Foundation!  I co-founded this organization and am so thankful for people like these 2 ladies who help us do what we do, which is partner with families to raise money for adoption.  Their goal was to raise $1000 from this event and they did it!  This money will go towards Mary Jo and Gil, who we have a goal of raising $27,000 for their adoption.  We're up to almost $5000 for them so far, so we do have a ways to go (and you can always donate here:-)   They are matched with a birth mom who is having a little girl in November.  Michele taught us how to use the color wheel and eye shape when applying makeup, I know I learned a ton!  There were sweets donated from Nothing Bunt Cakes, champagne, and even a silent auction with some awesome swag.  You ladies are amazing!!! Thank you so much to everyone who came and especially Michele and Sarah for all your hard work planning it!!   

Lauren & Anibal

We had a plan to do Lauren & Anibal's engagement session before their wedding and then timing just didn't work out, so we actually did their session about 2 months after.  Post wedding portraits, I love them!  Plus, really there's nothing more relaxing than sailing on the Lady Jane.  We sailed out around Pass a Grille and Captain Kevin took me out in the dinghy so we could get some shots of the entire catamaran with some off camera flash.  What a great way to end their summer wedding fabulosity.  

Melanie & Josh

It's pouring outside as I'm posting this, which is funny because with this crazy Florida summer rain we had to reschedule Melanie & Josh's engagement session 3 times.  Fourth time was a charm and we had a gorgeous day for their Curtis Hixon Park Engagement session!  Melanie's black lace Tieks matched her dress perfectly (and were super cute:-) I can't wait until 3.10.18 when they will become the official Mr. & Mrs. Renzoni!!! xoxox

Liz Kamali Events - Havana Nights Party

Liz Kamali Events team celebrating their new website and brand with an amazing Havana Nights themed party at Isla Del Sol.  Not only that, they used their party to give to support adoption and forever families through the Promise Love Foundation (which is also our passion:-).  Congrats LKE team and all the fabulous friendors that we got to see and celebrate with!!  It was amazing!! 
Venue | Isla Del Sol Yacht & Country Club | DJ | Grant Hemond | Furniture & Florals | FH Weddings & Events | Linens | Kate Ryan Linens | Chivari Chairs & Dance Floor | Signature Event Rentals | Custom Pillows, Napkins, Cigar Boxes, & Red Carpet | Just A BasketCase Events 

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
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