{Krista & Derek @ Vero Beach Hotel & Spa}

Krista and Derek are from Chicago, and chose the beautiful beach backdrop of the Vero Beach Hotel for their destination wedding. This is also the spot where Krista, her mom, and sisters do their annual girls weekend.  Krista's something old was her necklace that her mom had given to her on her 30th birthday. It was made from her mother's original wedding bands.  Her bridesmaids were in short blush dresses that looked perfect with the guys navy blue suits and blush ties.  Krista looked so pretty in her layered gown that had a beaded belt and cute super cute heels!  We did Krista and Derek's first look in a secluded garden by the pool. It was so sweet to see Derek tear up when he turned and saw his beautiful bride!  The ceremony was on the terrace in front of the fountain, overlooking the crystal blue ocean. The rain even held off long enough just long enough for us to get the bridal party photos done.  It only began sprinkling halfway through the cocktail hour.  The reception was simple and elegant with white lanterns, candles, florals and navy linens. The toasts were sweet and you can see how much love each side of the family has for their new family member :)  We snuck out back at the end of the evening for some sparkler photos. It was the perfect destination wedding!  Congrats Krista & Derek!! xoxoxo
Venue | Vero Beach Hotel & Spa | DJ | Traxx Entertainment | Florist | Wild Heart Bloom | Hair & Makeup | White Orchid Spa | Stationary | Coppia Creativa 

{Aimee & Lee @ The Westin Tampa Bay}

Lee told Aimee he was having a "holiday party" in December last year, and surprised her with not just a birthday party but also a ring!!! I LOVE Aimee's dress, it had lace accents underneath a layer of organza, she said it initially had a train but had it cut off so she could dance!  Aimee's Grandma June, who is 95 by the way, was so sweet and cute.  Aimee's sister Cori was her Maid of Honor and Lee's long time friend Theresa was his "Best Person". Aimee and Lee love music and just fun nights out with friends, so that's really what they made it!  The reception was on the rooftop of the Westin and the theme was music.  Instead of an escort card table they had a will call booth where guests got their ticket with the seating assignment and also their favor which was a CD with some of Aimee and Lee's favorite music. The band, Have Gun Will Travel played the reception and it was so much fun!  You could feel how happy all their friends and family are for these 2!  Congrats Aimee & Lee!! xoxoxo
Venue | The Westin Tampa Bay | Florist | Events In Bloom | Hair & Makeup | Gena Dunn | Band | Have Gun WIll Travel | Cake Artist | Cakes By Carolynn 

The Helms Family

Matt, Kandice, Jackson & Mason!  Kandice is one of our photographers, and I got to photograph her beautiful family, so this was an extra special one.   We literally had about 15 minutes before the sheet of rain took over Davis Island, but we made it happen.  Jackson and Mason are the spunkiest boys, full of personality and sweet brothers.  Short, sweet, and oh so pretty!  
Hair & Makeup | Collective Creations

Women Of Influence 2015

Every year the Tampa Chamber's Women of Influence Luncheon is one of my favorite events. 800+ Tampa Bay women (and a few men:-) come out to both connect and hear from an amazing speaker.  This year, it was 2 amazing and inspirational ladies who started the company Sword & Plough. They take military materials and apply them into peaceful, civilian applications like bags, purses, hats etc. and empower veteran employment.  It's recycling, but more importantly, giving people a fashionable product that helps remind them of the sacrifices and challenges our servicemen and women face every day. Emily and Betsy are sisters, and co-founders of this organization and it was so inspiring and motivational to hear their story!  Each year there is also a Dottie Berger MacKinnon, Woman of the Year awarded to a woman who has made a significant impact in Tampa Bay. Dr. Judy Genshaft, President of USF was quite shocked that it was her for 2015!  

{Lindsey & Duncan @ The Gasparilla Inn}

East meets west!  Duncan is from New York and Lindsey is from California, but they actually met in college at Montana State. Duncan's family has a home in Boca Grande, and it's a special place to them having visited throughout the years.  So their families and family came from over the US to celebrate with them at the Gasparilla Inn!  I LOVE Lindsey's custom gown!  The sleeves had lace detail at the ends and she had it designed so that they sleeves actually came off for the reception.  The broach she wore on her necklace was her great grandmother's from 1910.  The ring on her right finger and her something blue was a sapphire from the Pettibone family on Duncan's side. The Gasparilla Inn is seriously a photographer's dream there are little rooms with cute furniture, stairwells, and beautiful lighting everywhere!  They did a first look and Duncan gave Lindsey beautiful earrings that went perfectly with her dress. Their ceremony was under the biggest banyan tree I've ever seen!  After Lindsey read her vows, Duncan accidentally kissed her, it was so sweet! They love their dog Cody, so he attended the wedding but also ran down the aisle when Duncan called him to bring the rings!  Duncan's family is Scottish and they some really cool details that added some Scottish flair.  A bagpiper lead everyone to the Beach Club from the ceremony and there was a beautiful family Crest on the fireplace, it was also on Duncan's wedding band. There was a street totally lined in banyan trees and a church Lindsey had seen with this really cool door that made for amazing backdrops. The Beach Club was laid out with long feasting tables decorated with floral boxes, lanterns, and candle light.  They even brought a little Montana here with traditional copper toasting mugs for Moscow Mules. Their first dance was on the patio and Lindsey surprised Duncan with their song that she had sang and recorded for him!  It was amazing:-) Everyone got to enjoy the most beautiful Florida sunset before dinner, toasts, a special song, and lots of pretty fantastic dancing!  The even had some little princesses decorate their getaway golf cart!  Congrats Lindsey & Duncan it was amazing! 
Venue | Gasparilla Inn Beach Club | Coordinator | Intertwined Events | Florist | Botanica | Videographer | Voila Cinematic | Band | Pangea | Stationary | Darla Marie Designs | Cake Artist | Gasparilla Inn Beach Club | Hair & Makeup | James Griffith Salon & Megean Maoriello | Linens | Panache

USB Drives

We just got these new little gems in the mail from USB Memory Direct. We love including our images on custom USB drives for our couples and wedding professionals.  Since everything is so digital now, people don't always think of digital images as a finished product and they absolutely are!  Packaging digital files on something custom and tangible makes that a reality!

{Robyn & John @ Innisbrook Golf & Spa Resort}

Robyn and John share a passion for animals and met working as Zookeepers at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo:-)  The girls wore lavender and Robyn had lavender robes for them while they were getting ready.  Hers of course had 2 giraffe's on it!  She looked gorgeous in her lace gown with a beaded belt and her purple and yellow giraffe heels!  John and the guys were in charcoal suits and striped lavender ties, I have to say they had quite a fun time doing groomsmen photos beforehand:-)  The ceremony was under the huge oak tree by the 10th hole at Innisbrook Resort. Since it was outside, they had a little basket of sunglasses for their guests to wear that said "the future looks bright" and had their names and date on it!  Many happy tears were shed during this beautiful and heartfelt ceremony!  Robyn’s sister, and maid of honor, Jamie, gave a beautiful speech to her younger sister. They of course had zoo animal accents on their invitations, escort cards, and my absolute favorite is the giraffe bride and groom cake topper!  Their forks said "I do" and "Me too" on them. They dancing started with their first dance and didn't end until the night was over!  Congrats Robyn and John! xoxoxo
Venue & Cake | Innisbrook Golf & Spa Resort | Officiant | Florida Wedding Ceremony | Florist | Brides Bouquet | Hair & Makeup | Dolores Hilton & Lani D'Ambrisi | Gown Boutique | Alfred Angelo | Stationary | emDOTzee Designs | DJ | DJ Jason & Associates

{Elise & David @ The Tampa Yacht Club}

David and Elise met while Elise was an exchange student from France studying here in Florida. The following semester, David was an exchange student in France:-)  Before I had met David, Elise told me he was the nicest guy on earth and seriously, he really is the sweetest.  They love each other so much it makes me smile just writing this.  David wrote Elise a really sweet card and she wrote him one too.  Elise had a little piece of David's great grandmother's wedding dress for her bouquet.  The girls were in Navy and the boys in charcoal with navy ties. They saw each other for the first time on the staircase at the Tampa Yacht Club and we did some beautiful photos under the oak trees.  Before the ceremony, Elise and David took part in a Chinese Tea Ceremony with Elise’s parents. This ancient Chinese tradition served as the groom’s symbolic introduction to his bride’s family.  The ceremony was at Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church, and their little ring bearer decided to take a little detour to see his mom before walking down the aisle.  After the ceremony we took the bridal party out to Bayshore Blvd and we happened to get some photos by the "giant slinky" as I like to call it.  Cocktail hour was in the tent out back with patterned navy linens and an amazing floral center piece hung above the dance floor. Yellow and ivory florals with soft candlelight and uplighting set the ambiance for this romantic evening.  Instead of a cake they had a French Croquembouche Cake, which was like lots of little puff pastries designed into a tall cake lit with sparklers when they cut it. Phase 5 made it an amazing party and before their guests left, there were little Macaroon favors waiting for them. This night was positively perfect for this beautiful and sweet couple! Congrats Elise and David! xoxoxo
Hotel | Epicurean | Church | Palma Ceia Presbyterian | Venue | The Tampa Yacht Club | Florist | Botanica | Hair & Makeup | Collective Creations | Videographer | Movie Magic | Band | Phase 5 Band | Transportation | Jolley Trolley & Ambassador Limo | Stationary | Invitation Galleria | Macaroons | Chocolate PI | French Croquembouche | Cafe Largo 

{Catalina & Alex @ Wishing Well Barn}

Everything about Catalina and Alex's wedding was romantic and beautiful!  Blush, pink, lace, and vintage details everywhere. The girls were in different lace accented pink dresses and the boys in white shirts and khaki's.  It was the perfect mix of laid back but beautiful. Before guests entered the ceremony there was a little basket of tissues and a sign that said "For your happy tears". Alex's son Jonathan was a very special part of the wedding and when Catalina said her vows to Alex she also had some promises for Jonathan as well. After the ceremony we got to photograph them with the beautiful Palomino horse (who loves bouquets and is very friendly:-) and in the blueberry fields.  It's blueberry season right now so it was perfect! The barn was decorated with milk glass, burlap, and lace. I love the little wooden mini bride and groom cake toppers!  Catalina danced with her dad and then did a dance to a special song with her mom too. Before it was over we snuck them back out to the ceremony and got some gorgeous shots with her lace parasol under the stars. The day was full so many beautiful moments! Congrats Catalina & Alex!!! xoxoxo
Venue | 
Wishing Well Barn | Florist | Sabrina Correa & Lola Foster | Hair/Makeup | Makeup by Yari | Cake | Publix

{Lindsay & Justin @ The Carrollwood Country Club}

Justin loves to golf and was thrilled to be able to play a couple rounds while they were staying at Carrollwood Country Club. Lindsay looked positively stunning!  Her something borrowed was a cross necklace that her grandfather had given her grandmother 60 years ago on their wedding day. She wore cute Betsy Johnson flats, perfect for dancing! Lindsay’s father is Scottish, and he wore a kilt for the wedding, as did all their Scottish family members!  During the ceremony, the minister that did their reading is the same minister that also married Lindsay's parents.  The light, and beautiful golf course is just amazing for photos at CCC. The color scheme was a light mint green with beautiful white and blush florals. The reception was decorated with white linens, draping, blush accents and tall center pieces. Justin is a huge Yankee's fan so his groom's cake matched that perfectly. They had cigars and matches that said "Lindsay & Justin the perfect match." Lots of dancing, delicious food, and a fun time had by all.  This was such a perfect day for an amazing couple! Congrats Lindsay and Justin! xoxoxo
Church | Lutheran Church of Our Savior | Venue | The Carrollwood Country Club | Florist | Jennie's Flowers | Hair Stylist | 7th Stage Salon | Makeup Artist | Beautiful You Makeup | DJ | Grant Hemond | Gown Boutique | White Closet Bridal | Stationary | Invitation Galleria | Cake | Publix | Transportation | His & Hers Limo 

Metropolitan Ministries Bridge Builders Event

Metropolitan Ministries has such a huge impact on the Tampa Bay community and we had the honor of photographing their annual benefit, Bridge Builders. I absolutely love what they do, providing hope for the homeless.  They have been since 1972.  If you see their trucks around town they say "Truck of Hope". The ballroom at the Hilton Downtown Tampa was packed with over 800 people that came out in support. Kelly Ring, from My Fox Tampa Bay was the MC. One of their families told their story of how they went from homelessness to giving their daughters a future and accomplishing their dreams of going to college when they graduate from high school. The kids choir the Notes of Joy pretty much stole the show!  

{Christina & Jason @ Wishing Well Barn}

Christina and Jason have known one another for their whole lives! Christina's older brother married Jason's older sister right around the time Christina was born. She told us that she had a crush on him her whole life and secretly wished all of his girlfriends away ;-) Then one day, it happened, he kissed her! They have been together ever since. They had their rustic chic wedding at the Wishing Well Barn.  Light pink, cream lace, and burlap decorated the barn. Christina had all kinds of cute sayings written on chalkboards throughout the entire place. They had one of the most unique guest books we have seen...an acrylic "Mason jar" that had an opening at the top where guests put mini wooden cut-out hearts with their name and message on them. Their beautiful cake, from Sweetie's Delights, sat on a tree stump on the cake table! The girls got ready in the bridal house behind the barn. Christina wore a beautiful strapless, corset back gown and she looked gorgeous. They had a wooden box to hold their rings and made a cute pink gingham pillow inside to keep them secure! Jason's reaction to seeing his beautiful bride walk down the isle was "WOW"...even the pastor agreed with him :)  After reciting their personal vows, they had a sand ceremony and were announced husband and wife. We took them around the property for some fun portraits while the guests enjoyed cocktail hour. They even took some photos with the Wishing Well resident horse...who was very fond of Christina!!!! There was a delicious BBQ buffet for dinner. It was a beautiful and fun day for this sweet couple! Congrats Christina & Jason!!! xoxo
Venue | Wishing Well Barn | Caterer | Catering By The Family | Hair & Makeup | Destiny & Light | Musician/DJ | DJ Dwayne Mobile Music | Gown boutique | Athena's Bridal | Stationary | Invitations By Dawn | Cake Artist | Sweetie's Delights Bakery 

Gianna & Cody Featured on Wedding Chicks!

We have been dying to have of our couples wedding prettiness published on the Wedding Chicks blog!  It is such a great place for brides to get inspiration and has over a million followers so it's an honor to be recognized by them!  Gianna & Cody had the most beautiful outdoor wedding with jewel toned bridesmaid dresses and antique details.  It's Gianna's birthday week too so a perfect little surprise for her:-)  Check out the full feature by clicking on the photo below!

{Heather & Jamin @ Carlouel Yacht Club}

Heather and Jamin picked April 11th as their wedding date since that is the same date Jamin proposed! They live in Orlando, and Heather works for the city in the historic preservation office, which is part of the reason they chose the historic Carlouel Yacht Club for the location.  We did a first look with them on the stairwell with beautiful light and they exchanged gifts.  Diamond earrings for Heather, and a special journal for Jamin.  Heather actually handmade many of the details herself, and it looked amazing.  Starfish, and shades of caribbean blue, teal, and white accented the ceremony and reception. Whenever they travel, they always take some kind of reflection photo, in a mirror, or a window so we did some of them in the reflection of the pool at night!  The reception was a blast, SO much dancing and fun had by all!  Congrats Heather & Jamin! 
Venue | Carlouel Yacht Club | Florist | Hassell Florist | Hair & Makeup | Kyle Lynn  | Musician/DJ | Inspire Entertainment

Jennifer & Mitch

Jennifer was introduced to Mitch by her aunt. They went on a couple dates and pretty much knew they were "the ones" for each other right from the start!  They get together each week for a trivia game night with Jennifer's family, and during one of the questions it asked "who is getting engaged today"? When Jennifer looked over, Mitch was down on one knee with the ring!  For their engagement shoot her Dad drove his classic car, a white MG, to Medard Park for us to get some shots with it. He has fully restored it himself, with the help of Jennifer's brother. I LOVE Medard Park, it has SO beautiful spots for photos. They are getting married in October at Avila. We can't wait!

{Brittany & James @ Palma Ceia Golf & Country Club}

Brittany & James were planning the most amazing day, and it absolutely was!  The color palette was blush, sequins, and gold with a pop of hot pink in the florals, girls dresses and groomsmen's bow ties.  I LOVE the pink monogrammed clutches Brittany had custom made for the girls. They matched perfectly with their champagne flutes and pink robes.  Brittany looked stunning!  We planned for her dad, Bruce, to walk in and see her totally bridal ready. Since he had seen her in the dress at the fittings, Brittany told me she wasn't quite sure if he would have any kind of reaction to her first look with him. However, there were definitely some tears shed when he saw his baby girl for the first time all dressed up in her beautiful wedding dress, it was priceless. The groomsmen all wore UCF socks, Brittany & James met there, so they had to have a little black and gold:-)  Everyone got ready at the Marriott Waterside, and there happened to be a cruise ship in port.  James said it was perfectly fitting since he is a "cruise-aholic" and he and Brittany are going on a 12 day cruise for their honeymoon!  Their ceremony was at The Academy of Holy Names on Bayshore, which has special significance since Brittany went to school here. Bruce was very involved in the details and I have to say, one of the most caring dads we have worked with. He even had an app to countdown the days until Brittany's wedding, and we happened to see it just minutes before the ceremony started!  The reception was held at the gorgeous Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club. Burkle Events did an amazing job of turning Brittany's vision into wedding fabulosity (yes I made that word up:-).  There were tall, and short alternating floral centerpieces with beautiful ivory linens. Gold hurricane votives set the beautiful lighting ambience. Hands on sweets created a gorgeous four tiered cake with flowers and a monogram "E" for Erigo on it.  The head table had a gorgeous sequined linen which sparkled with the uplighting.  Phase 5 made it an amazing party. We were able to sneak Brittany and James out for some sunset photos on the golf course, which turned out to be some of our favorites!  Just before the night was over, all the guests lined up in the foyer to throw rose petals as Brittany & James' exited.  It was truly and honor to capture and we worked with a dream team of professionals that made it off the charts!  Congrats to the new Mr. & Mrs. Erigo!  xoxoxo
Venue | Palma Ceia Golf & country Club | Event Coordination | Burkle Events | Hair & Makeup | Collective Creations | Florals | Northside Florist | Videographer | Allure Cinema | Transportation | Crown Royal Limousine | Blue One Transportation | Band | Phase 5 | Gown Boutique | CC's Bridal | Stationary | A&P Designs | Cake Artist | Hands On Sweets | Linens/Decor | Custom Linens

{Tierney & James @The Hilton Clearwater Beach}

Tierney wore a corset back, strapless dress with a gorgeous crystal beaded headband. Her grandmother gave her a special set of jewelry that was from Germany 68 years ago.  She wore the bracelet for her something old. Tierney's "something blue" was her cute blue toenail polish and her mom made her crystal "foot jewelry" for their ceremony in the sand.  The bridesmaids wore long, flowy, Tiffany blue dresses and they guys were in khaki suits and vests with aqua ties. James wore a white tie and octupus socks!  The whole day was just simple and pretty!  A good friend of the bride and groom officiated the ceremony which was on the beach under an archway of aqua and coral florals. The reception was all outside on the Flamingo deck.  The tables were decorated with white lanterns filled with sand, starfish, and seashells. Cute little cozies with flip flop bottle openers were at each place setting as favors for their guests. We stole the couple away for some sunset photos and a sailboat passed right by at the perfect time! It was a beautiful day for a super sweet and happy couple! Congrats James and Tierney! xoxoxo
Venue | Hilton Clearwater Beach | Florist | Flowers By Iza | Musician/DJ | Scott Anderson | Cake Artist | Chantilly Cakes