Jan and Mark are getting married next month! They wanted their engagement session to include their girls Jessica and Kd, Jessica's boyfriend Kyle, and of course all their pets! Jan had just gotten this sweet new Jeep which we had to use. I love this session because it's totally them at home with their family. Their dogs loved being in the photos, their cats not so much so they got their own portraits:-) We are SO looking forward to their wedding on June 9th!!!
Modern, classic, elegance is how I would describe Hannah and Eric's wedding day! I love how the girls were in navy and the guys in gray with Eric in a navy suit. There was a hint of pinks and Hannah's gorgeous gown was just a tiny bit blush depending on the light. Her mom and bridal tribe of amazing friends were there to help her get ready. They said their vows and became the official Mr. & Mrs. Skillman at Our Savior Lutheran Church. We always love photographing weddings at the Vinoy, so many iconic St. Pete locations are just right there! It was a beautiful evening on the waterfront. The Grand Ballroom was decked out in white and light blush. I love their sign in, idea! There were corks for their guests to sign and the sign said "Don't be a dork, leave a message on a cork!" Everyone had such a blast, just like they wanted. Rob Snyder DJ'd the party and does he have moves or what? Congrats Hannah and Eric!!!! Such a beautiful day thanks for having us be a part of it!!!!
Venue | The Renaissance Vinoy | Church | Our Savior Lutheran | Wedding Coordination and Florals | Classy Tailored Events | DJ | Rob Snyder
It's almost Mother's day! There really isn't anything better to be able to post on this mother's day weekend than this sweet sweet newborn session with Wake and his mom and dad! I got to know and love Erin and Joe having photographed their wedding last March and am beyond happy to have the honor of photographing their sweet family of 3. Wake's nursery is so cute, decorated in navy with stars, books, and the wagon that was a gift from his Aunt. I had to take all the books out and use it as a prop:-) Happy first mother's day Erin and congratulations again you guys!!! xoxoxo
Molly is graduating and going to be heading off to St. Leo in the fall. Her mom wanted a fun laid back session with her sweet dog Sarah. I think we nailed it:-) What a beautiful session celebrating Molly's graduation!!
April 2017 is when I started getting to know Jessica, Benny and their wonderful families and just like that, their wedding was here! I have to tell you that I've had such a hard time choosing my favorite moments and even writing the words that can describe how amazing it was to be a part of. Jessica's cousins, Stephanie and Alexis along with all her girls were there to make sure everything was perfect! When I got there they had even put command hooks on the wall so we could hang all the dresses!!! Jessica had told me they had confetti for a fun pic with the girls and with their help of her Aunts in turned out perfectly (and without getting in anyone's hair or makeup:-). The lace gown she chose was absolutely stunning, I don't think she could have looked more gorgeous or happy! Benny surprised her with diamond earrings and a 2nd diamond wedding band and she surprised him with a pocket watch and socks that said "In case you get cold feet"!! Benny also wore cigar cufflinks. Jess also had a surprise gift for her dad (Slim as everyone calls him) after he say his little girl all ready. The color palette was light mauve with metallics of rose gold, copper, and gold with ivory. The bouquets even had mauve roses that perfectly matched the girls dresses. The afternoon light was so pretty coming through the stained glass for their ceremony at OLPH. One of my favorite photos is of Jess' mom putting her arms around her mom right before the doors opened up for James to walk Jess down the aisle. After the ceremony we headed to my absolutely favorite spot in Ybor to take photos. There's these brick columns across from where the Don Vicente was and no matter what time of day the light in there is so pretty! While we were doing photos their guests were enjoying signature drinks and deliciousness in the Centre Club lounge. The reception was decorated with greenery, florals, and gold everywhere. Each place setting on the head table had the wedding party's name cutout in gold with matching Mr. & Mrs. signs for the backs of Jess and Benny's chairs. They had a flip flop station that said "a little treat for your dancing feet". There was a even a rainbow during cocktail hour right outside! After the entrance and dances we snuck up to the rooftop of the Centre Club which is literally on the roof where you can see the sun set over the bay, pretty fantastic. DJ Papi definitely made it a party, Jess even got to spin some with him. With all that dancing everyone needed a little Root Beer Float break and before we knew it, it was time for their grand exit through a tunnel of all their favorite people waving ribbons. As a thank you to their guests, they had custom cigars and little packs of Krispie Kreme's for everyone. Jess, Benny, Elaine, James, Benito, Karen, Stephanie, Alexis and everyone we feel like a part of your family and couldn't be happier for #babababennyandthejess. I can't thank you enough for the honor of photographing it and getting to know you all!!! xoxoxxo
Venue | Centre Club | DJ | Wild Out Entertainment | Church | Our Lady of Perpetual Help | Cake | Publix | Florist | Marigold Flower Co | Bridal Gown Boutique | Malindy Elene Bridal Boutique | Bridesmaids Gowns | Bella Bridesmaids | Hair | D'Loren Salon | Makeup | Dee Dee Cardenas | Videography | Voila Cinematic | Stationary | M.C. Pressure
This sweet little guy has 2 big brothers that are going to teach him how to play all the video games:-) His grandparents were in town so we had to include them in some photos with him as well. His room is themed Winnie the Poo and he fit right in line with Tigger, Eeyore, and Piglet in his adorable Winnie the Poo outfit. Here's a few of my favs from their sweet newborn/family session!
We photographed Nicole and David's wedding almost 4 years ago and at the time they were living in NYC. I am SO excited that they not only moved back to Tampa but we get to photograph them as a party of 3!!! Aiden loves Elmo and is just so freaking adorable!!! Nicole had this backdrop custom made by an artist friend of theirs, Matthew David. Aiden wasn't quite sure to make of the cake at first but with a little cheering on he had a pretty fabulous cake smash! Besides the actual photography part, I LOVE getting to see our couples grow into families and capture these amazing moments for them. It was so hard to choose but here's a few of my favs!
Today is Give Day Tampa Bay which I thought was the perfect day to post sneak peeks from Metropolitan Ministries Bridge Builders event that I photographed last week. This is one of my favorite, if not my favorite fundraising event each year, and this year their team blew this event out of the water. The main speaker was going to be WWE wrestler, Titus O'Neil (aka Thaddeus Boullard). I got to hear some of his story at the Uplift U Metromin graduation last fall. His story is amazing, his mom was raped when she was 11 and he and his brothers overcame all the obstacles to graduate from college and he is infamous in the WWE. He was suppose to be there in person but got called out of the country, so they did a series of videos. The first was of the Strong family, which their last name says it all. The mom walked 18 miles to get to Metromin and how her 3 boys are looking towards college and becoming engineers (I got to talk with them after the event about that:-). Then they showed Titus' reaction to the video of this family, he teared up at the familiar struggle of their story. The 3rd video was of Titus having a sit down with the teens from Metromin and he told them he loves them and he believes in them. He said when someone told him that as a teenager no one had ever said that before and it changed everything for him. His mom, Daria, was there in person and they had a special hand crafted WWE belt for both her and Titus naming them as Metromin Champions of Hope. They had Titus record a special video just for his mom, I know words are really doing it justice as to how powerful it was but hopefully you can get a little glimpse of it here. Their hashtag is #behope and they definitely are making a huge impact to lift up people in Tampa Bay. Give Day Tampa Bay is a 24 hour online giving challenge for tons of local non profits so whether it's Metromin or whatever your favorite organization is to give back to go on and give to make a difference in our city!
This happens to be one of the most fun engagement sessions ever! When I met with Christine, she happened to tell me that her and Matt have a 1950's vintage tandem bicycle they are restoring together. It was pretty easy to decide what to do for their engagement session after that! We may have wreaked a little havoc on Bayshore but it was so much fun:-) They are going to have some bicycle accent details at their wedding and all their favs from this session are going to be designed into a custom sign in book. We can't wait to photograph their wedding 4.25.18!!
When we arrived, Kate and her bridesmaids were just hanging out in their cute robes sipping champagne and having such a great time. She wore these fabulous Vince Camuto heels with a little ivory and pearl clutch to accent that gorgeous lace gown. The girls got ready while Kate's mom helped her get ready and then we did a first look with them, so happy for their beautiful friend! Then Kate's dad came in and there were happy tears all around. Andrew and the were in cobalt blue suits that were the perfect shade of blue with the girls mauve dresses. The ceremony was on the patio behind Safety Harbor resort with florals and greenery installed in the fountain as well as on the edge of each aisle. Their friends and family came from Montreal, London, Las Vegas, California, and Kate and Andrew actually live in Birmingham, AL so all dear friends and family traveled here to celebrate them becoming Mr. & Mrs. Mullings (#marryingmullings as their wedding hashtag said:-). Everything about their weddings was elegant and sweet. The Four Springs ballroom was decorated with greenery, candles, gold, ivory and a little bit of burgundy. The bridal party made a fantastic entrance, we had to post a couple of the best one which was a pretty fabulous bouquet toss. From the minute they entered until the sparkler exit it was an amazing time had by all including us! I'm going to stop talking so you can start looking. Thank you Kate and Andrew for having us and congratulations!!!
Venue | Safety Harbor Resort & Spa | Officiant | Stress Free Weddings | Florist | Lemon Drops Weddings and Events | Hair and Makeup | Bellas Beauty Bar | Cake | The Artistic Whisk | DJ | Grant Hemond | Bridesmaid Gowns | Bella Bridesmaids | Linens | Fancy that Specialty Linens | Photobooth | Snapshoot Photobooth
This little beauty of mine turned 4 in February, I took photos in March and now I'm finally editing them. My personal photography projects these days are making sure to do at least 2 creative shoots with both of my girls, one for their birthday and one for Halloween since I tend to get a little crazy with their costumes:-) Since they are older now, I decided to photograph them doing something they love (plus some pretty outdoor ones for me:-). Maddie loves to help cook anytime we are making anything in the kitchen and her favorite color is purple. So, I got this fun kids cooking set on Amazon and we made chocolate cookie cups with mini marshmallows. This little lady is hilarious, loves making "big eyes" with those brown eyes of hers and is just a beautiful little soul through and through!!!
I had the honor of photographing the Imagine Gala for the Children’s Home Society of Florida on Saturday. Alexis, Faith, Janelle and their entire team really created an amazing evening with honorary host Mike Alstott. Children's Home Society's branding statement is "we do good" but honestly it's so much more than that. They have services for foster children/parents, counseling, adoption, community schools like Mort Elementary and so much more. It was really cool to hear the vision that they have revolutionizing the foster system so that every child has a family. On each guests' chair there was a star from each of the kids from Mort Elementary with their name and what they want to be. I read things like "math teacher", "engineer so I can design cool things", "doctor, so I can help people with disabilities". Cocktail hour had lots of amazing silent auction items (my fav was the Justin Timberlake Experience:-). Matt Winter Band played as everyone ate dinner, they had to follow the kids choir who was pretty amazing singing "This is Me" from the Greatest Showman. Victor Sims, a young man who is a CHS Family Support Worker told his story of how he had gone into the foster system when he was just 3 months old. He moved from home to home for numerous years and when he was in Kindergarten he said he asked a classmate when they were moving to a new home. Of course the other child had no idea what he was talking about and said he lived with his parents, and Victor told him "those are really your parents" because he had never known anything different than moving house to house without parents. He later was adopted by his sister and is one of the small percentage of foster kids who go to, and graduate from college with a Bachelor's degree. It was pretty powerful. Mike Alstott, super bowl champion, 6 time Pro Bowler, fellow Purdue Boilermaker, and founder of Mike Alstott Family Foundation was the honorary host, former Bucs player Michael Clayton was also there but I have to tell you my personal favorite person I got to meet was someone who I randomly saw in the lobby in between speakers. There was a very tall man who looked familiar and it was Quinton Aaron, who played Michael Oher in the movie the Blindside! One of my personal favorite movies of all time. I asked him and Miss Galaxy to get together for a photo, so that I could get a photo with him too lol!!! It's on my Instagram @carriewildes if you want to see it:-) All the people below and so so many more donated their time and talents to help raise money so that kinds don't have to just imagine what they can be, but have the opportunity to be what they want to be.
Venue | Bryan Glazer JCC | Host | Mike Alstott Family Foundation | Band | Matt Winter Band | Centerpieces | ABC Event Planning | Step and Repeat | OAI Visual Branding | Video Production | The Kind Mouse Productions
Each person has a story behind them, and this little guy has quite a story already! His parents, Derek and Aubrey are dear friends of David and I, so it's extra special to have been there alongside them during their journey of adoption. It's got it's twists and turns on the windy narrow path that is like none other but, at the end it looks like this! We had a date on the calendar that we were going to the hospital with them to meet him and photograph it, but, Maddox Cole decided to make his debut a couple of weeks early. He was actually a few days old already when Derek and Aubrey got the call that they could come and meet their son. 11 lbs 5 oz and 22.5 inches, SO adorable and very squishy:-) How cute is his little hat and matching tie? Maddox's room is mint and gray, I love the triangular patterned wall and shelves of books. Their home is overflowing with so much love and joy, I love it! Congratulations friends!!!
Not only is Hotel Zamora a beautiful location but it's also pet friendly, which was super important to Kristin and her family as they traveled here with their sweet pups. Kristin and Daniel's dog, Noelle, was with the girls for getting ready and had a floral collar matching the girls bouquets. Megan, one of Kristin's bridesmaids wasn't able to be there because she's having a baby very soon, but she sent a special gift and was able to FaceTime and share in some of the getting ready from afar. While we were doing photos on the balcony Noelle decided she needed to be a part of those as well:-) The girls were in mint and guys in gray with mint ties and fun socks, I love the deep purple accent in the florals it just pulled it all together. We setup first look with just the 2 of them on the dock out back which had beautiful light and greenery that made it a little hidden spot for Daniel to see Kristin in her gorgeous gown. I always say it, but it always is one of my favorite moments of the day:-) We headed to the rooftop for more photos with their puppy as everyone began arriving for the ceremony. Kristin walked down the staircase to meet her dad at the end of the aisle and then they became Mr. & Mrs. Francis! Ilana, from Fairytail Petcare, took great care of Noelle and made she sure was there for some photos right after the ceremony as well. One of Kristin's grandmothers wasn't able to be there but she was able to watch on FaceTime and we even included her in a photo. It was one of those spring Florida days were it's warm but not humid and perfect for a reception on the rooftop that overlooks the gulf to the east and the bay to the east. It was decked in white with gorgeous florals in driftwood boxes set on top of palm fronds. Their guests' escort card were placed on top of champagne flutes ready for Kristin's dad to give a toast to kick of the party. They danced under the market lights and had a little surprise Sub Zero ice cream which is where they make it to order with nitrogen, so yummy we totally had some. Congrats Kristin & Daniel we had so much fun!!
Venue | Hotel Zamora | Event Planner | Flawless Fetes | Cake | Chantilly Cakes | Event Design | 2Birds Events | Band | Skyway Band Sarasota | Ice Cream | Sub Zero Ice-cream | Hair and Makeup | Creative Touches Hair Salon | Pet Sitting | Fairytail Petcare | Officiant | Sensational Ceremonies
We always ask couples what they are most excited about getting married and I love that Holly said "Everything"! Holly is a Floridian, from Dunedin, and Rob is from Long Island. They choose the beautiful Philippe Park for their engagement session because they never tire of the beautiful views of Tampa Bay, those amazing huge mossy trees, and of course the Florida Sunshine. We are so excited and honored to photography their wedding 12.1.18 at Carlouel Yacht Club!!
Hair & Makeup | Femme Akoi
Little miss Lorelei makes the Crissman family a party of 4! I've been photographing them since their engagement session and I absolutely love getting to see their family grow. Ezra is the sweetest big brother. When he was a newborn we photographed him in this same basket with a similar handmade blanket that was boy colors. The little dress that Lorelei is wearing is actually the same Easter dress that Rachel wore when she was a baby. Chad is an LA Kings fan so gotta start this little fans off right! Here's some of my favs from their sweet session!
Annie and Justin have the most amazing and fun group of family and friends. Their wedding was at one of my all time favorite places, he Ritz Carlton Beach Club on Lido Beach. I can't really explain why, but it's just so relaxing and beautiful, even when I'm working I still feel relaxed just being there:-) Annie is a runner and she and her running buddies got up and ran 10 miles the morning of their wedding! Justin and they guys were in fabulous seersucker suits with navy ties that looked amazing with the girls navy dresses. Their wedding was on St. Patrick's day and there was little shamrocks on the ring bearers tie and a surprise guest during the reception I'll tell you about later. We found the perfect, private spot on the low tide deck for their first look, so much happiness and a few tears. So much gorgeous light even some surfing with the bridal party. Right before the ceremony, their officiant, Craig, and his wife set the tone with a prayer of blessing over their ceremony and marriage. In Justin's vows he described the moment he knew that Annie was the one. He was cheering her on at a marathon, and as he watched her cross the finish line he was overcome with unexplained emotion and he just knew. While I was listening, it was almost like time had stopped for just a second and we all got to be a part of feeling how much they love each other. And then they were officially Mr. & Mrs. Cheek! It could not have been a more gorgeous evening for their reception on the sunset terrace decorated with white and ivory florals and linens. You'll see why they call it the sunset terrace. They had a fabulous charcuterie table and all different action stations and instead of a cake had a dessert station with little mini apple crisps, key lime tarts, and strawberries and cream. Annie told me she knew one of her guests was going to have some sort of surprise up their sleeve and in true St. Patty's day fashion he dressed up like a Leprechaun and made his big entrance. Their wedding hashtag was #meanttobee and they had little honey bear favors for their guests. Annie and Justin, congratulations, you guys deserve all the happiness and joy that life has to give. Thank you for including us in your beautiful day! xoxoxo
Venue | Ritz Carlton Beach Club | Florist | Flowers By Fudgie | Hair & Makeup | Ritz Carlton | DJ | DJ Kuma
This little tiny dinosaur gave us a little smile! His room is decked in fun dino stuff and his mom found these adorable little outfits for him and his big brother. Here's some of our favorite sweetness!!