Art Print Photo Box

Our couples have been loving new 5x7 size art print photo boxes we are offering.  It comes with a custom photo cover/fabric and your favorite photos mounted on matboard.  These prints are much thicker than normal photo prints and perfect for framing or putting on little easels at the wedding.  Haley and John picked the deep matte finish, so they have a very unique feel to them.  

{Tasha & Derek @ Plant City, Florida}

Tasha & Derek's rustic chic wedding was in their backyard, literally!  It was a beautiful property with huge oak trees and orange groves!  Tasha wore a gorgeous strapless gown with a gathered train and her cowboy boots.  She wore a bracelet with her grandparents wedding rings attached to it.  Derek's ring was very cool, it was stamped with a silver dollar and the words "United States" on it.  Just before Tasha got her gown on we took a photo of her she has been waiting to do at her wedding since she was a little girl.  Their kids, Lacey, Blake, and Triston were all a part of their bridal party, bridesmaid, groomsman, and ring bearer.  The lawn had a floral arch with a crystal chandelier handing from the center.  Tasha's dad walked her through the wooden doors down the aisle.  When she got to the front, Triston walked up to her and said "mommy I love your dress!", it was the sweetest!  The sunlight shining behind the trees was so perfect for photos after the ceremony.  The reception decor wall all rustic chic with burlap, lace, and aqua glass.  They had a small cake to cut and then all their favorite flavors of cupcakes!  Red velevet, cheesecake, blueberry, and wedding cake.  Their head table had a crystal studded (elk head I think:-) and mason jar chandelier.  Their guests signed a rustic wooden tree art piece and brought their favorite receipe to add to Tasha and Derek's family recipe box.  After sweet dances with mom and dad, Tasha changed into a super cute, short dress to dance the night away! Everyone had a blast and it was just perfect!  Congrats Tasha and Derek!!! xoxox
Venue | Private Residence | Cake | Small Cakes | Gown Boutique | David's Bridal | Florist | Brown's Floral Shop

April NACE @ Isla Del Sol

Tampa Bay wedding/event professionals work hard and play hard.  Our April NACE meeting was Hawaiian Luau themed complete with hula dancers and fire!  Cocktail hour was on the pool deck overlooking the bay.  The room was decorated with tall palm fronds, blue and aqua uplighting with palm tree linen overlays. This was a very competitive group and I have to say I was pretty impressed with the culinary fruit carving skills!  After a fabulous dinner of salmon and chicken the hula dancers needed a little help and participation from the audience:-) Such a fun evening with some of my favorite people! 
Venue | Isla Del Sol | Entertainment | Breezin | Draping & Lighting | Music on the Move | Linens | Connie Duglin | Cupcakes | The Artistic Whisk | Florals | Iza's Flowers | Awards | Chocolates by Michelle | Chivari Chairs | Signature Event Rentals 

{Katie & Zachary @ Nova 535}

A couple of weeks before Katie and Zach's wedding, her dad called me to tell me about a little surprise he had planned for them that I'll tell you about at the end:-)  None of Katie's bridesmaids had seen her gorgeous gown so we setup a fun little moment for the girls to see her totally ready and it was priceless!  The ceremony and reception was at NOVA 535, which I absolutely love because it has such a cool and unique vibe, brick, artwork, and an amazing staff that made sure every detail was perfect.  The color palette was dark grey, ivory, and black with the perfect pop of color being the bridesmaids lilac dresses and accents in the cupcake tower.  Katie walked down the staircase to meet her dad and she and Zach were married by Katie's Godfather, Uncle Mike.  I loved spending those moments photographing Katie and Zach as a brand new Mr. & Mrs Fiorey, so much fun and happiness!  The reception was decorated with tall calla lilies and black linens, with a wedding #dangerzone, which is totally fitting since Zach is a fireman.  Katie and her mom had a little surprise two step for her uncle Mike with a song he had danced with Katie's mom to at her wedding.  Just before the end of the evening, Katie's dad got took the mic and told the story of Katie's first trip to Disney World when she was little.  She had seen Cinderella's carriage there and had always wanted to do something like that but had never gotten the chance.  They opened the doors and waiting out front for Katie was her cinderella princess exit from her wedding.  It was just the sweetest!!  Congrats Katie and Zach it was amazing!!! xoxoxo  
Venue | Nova 535 | Cake | The Cake Zone | Hair and Makeup | Michele Renee The Studio | Florist | For Better or Less | Catering | Orange Blossom Catering 

{Rocky & Evelyn @ Cross Creek Ranch}

Rocky and Evelyn's wedding story is like none other we've done before:-) You might not know this but in Tampa there are police officers whose full time job is helping provide help and services to the homeless.  This is how Officer Dan McDonald met Rocky and Evelyn as they had been homeless, living in a tent in the woods the past 3 years off of Manhattan and Interbay.  Yes, that is South Tampa. The story began with him getting them a $93 marriage license so it would become easier for them to get housing.  Bonnie & Sean, who own Cross Creek Ranch, saw the story on the news and offered to give this couple the wedding of their dreams.  When Bonnie called and told me the story, and asked if we would photograph it I couldn't have been more excited, and honored to be included.  
     Their wedding date was 4.1.16, April Fools day, which I don't think could have been more appropriate!  I got to know Evelyn and hear a little about her story while she was getting ready.  She's a fellow Ohioan like me and was so nervous and so excited for this day to be here.  The team at Cross Creek and every wedding professional involved made sure every single detail was perfect and really showed such love to a couple who was not only getting married, but celebrating a new start to their life.  Their little dog Princess was the flower girl and when Rocky saw Evelyn walk down the aisle he said "WOW" and had the best reaction. 
     Their story has been on all the local news channels as well as ABC, NBC, the Today Show, Inside Edition and the list goes on.  The title is usually something like "Homeless Couple Gets Dream Wedding", but Evelyn and Rocky aren't homeless anymore.  They went from living in the woods the day before their wedding to staying at the B&B at Cross Creek, 2 nights at the Hilton, and then Monday April 4th moving into their very own completely furnished apartment!  At the rehearsal dinner, Officer Dan surprised them with the keys to their very own apartment and are part of the Permanent Supportive Housing Program which helps get them working and back on their feet again.  Nancy and Jean, from Cross Creek, even brought them their very first dinner in their new place.  It was amazing to be a part of this dream team of companies that came together to do something positive out of love, and because we could.  I can't wait to deliever their wedding album full of all these moments to them!  Congrats Rocky & Evelyn!!! 
Venue  | Cross Creek Ranch | Wedding Day Hair & Makeup | Collective Creations | Salon Services | Marissa Bernal | Bridal Headband | Be Free Hair Apparel  | Gown | The White Closet | Videography | Imagery Wedding Films | Cake | Alessi Bakeries | Transportation | Tampa Airport Transportation | Flowers | Alta Fleura | DJ | Grant Hemond | Harpist | Kristen Hoyas | Catering | Hungry Harry's | Hotel | Hilton Garden Inn Tampa/Brandon | Wedding Rings | The Gold & Diamond Source | Spa Services | Devine Designs | Tuxedos | Men's Warehouse

Morgan

Morgan picked the perfect color palette for her senior portrait session with her sweet group of friends!  It was pretty chilly by Florida standards, but these girls braved the cold water and wind:-)  The ones at the end with the pretty sunset and her flowy coral dress are my favorite!  Morgan is graduating in May, and will be off to Boston College for what I'm sure will be some of the best years of her life!

Ashlee & Evan

Downtown Dunedin is totally Ashlee & Evan's stomping ground and the character and charm matches them perfectly!  Evan grew up there, and use to work at the Dunedin Woodright which makes amazing custom furniture and is also a very cool new brewery.  There's a new fountain area with bright green turkish patterned tile and I love the big wooden doors at Skips which is another one of their favorite hang outs.  They are going to have an amazing black and white styled wedding at the Vinoy complete with Converse and the coolest wedding hastag #happygilmores1616!! 

{Nichole & Michael @ The Marriott Waterside Tampa}

Black, gold & ivory (with a touch of sparkle) was the color palette for Nichole & Michael's wedding day.  They have 3 girls and a boy who were all a big part of the wedding.  While Nichole was getting ready one of the girls snuck a little peek at how gorgeous she looked!  Chloe, their youngest, is just about to start walking and had the cutest little gold shoes that matched Nichole's sparkly gold ones.  Mike loves hunting, and Nichole's gift to him was a custom bowtie made of pheasant feathers.  We did a first look in front of the big windows over looking the water and their family and bridal party watched from above.  Their ceremony was on the back terrace lined with palm trees.  Nichole walked down the grand staircase with her dad and her stepdad  officiated the ceremony.  Their reception was decorated with black and gold and tall white rose florals and glittery gold table numbers.  Their guests each had a monogrammed napkin and a little surprise lottery ticket by their place setting. Hopefully someone won big:-)  Nichole had the sweetest dance with her dad and Mike tried to dance with his 3 girls but Zoe was the only one who wanted to!  Bay Kings Band made it such a fun party! Congrats Nichole and Mike!!! xoxoxo
Venue | Marriott Waterside | Event Coordinator | Ashley Packett Bridal and Event Consultants  | Florist | Northside Florist | Hair and Makeup | Lasting Luxe Artistry | Cake | Deli Delicasies | Videographer |  Voila Cinematic | Band | Bay Kings Band | Gown Boutique | The Dressing Room | Stationary | Stationary Loft 

{Stacey & Ryan @ Karnes Stables}

Stacey and Ryan incorporated so many fun and thought details into their wedding! Stacey's dad is very good at ironing from his days in the military and he steamed all the girls dresses:-)  Stacey wore her mom's pearl earrings and great grandmother's 50th anniversary ring. The blue crystal wishbone broach on her bouquet was her grandmother's.  Stacey's mom helped her into her gown and her bridesmaids had the best reaction when they saw her all ready.  Ryan and the guys were in gray with royal blue ties that looked amazing with the girls royal blue dresses and white and light blue flowers.  It was one of those days you are on pins and needles with the forecast but thankfully the rain held off so they could get married in a beautiful ceremony under the big oak tree.  The colors were so vibrant since it had rained eariler in the day. The stable was decorated with lace runners, blue linens and white lanters. Instead of a cake they had a fabulous spread of all different pies, lemon, lime, strawberry and cupcakes made of cookies with an oreo on top!  The "pie topper" was from Ryan's granparents that dated back from when he returned from WWII.  They did bbq. and had custom little bottles of hot and sweet bbq sauce for their guests to enjoy.  They also had a little bride and groom strawberry they ate instead of a cake cutting and Ryan may have gotten a little mini pie in the face!  Ryan and the guys had a special serandade for Stacey just before he took of the garter.  There were lawn games under the twinkle lights, dancing in the stable and just an amazing time had by all! Congrats Ryan & Stacey!!! xoxoxo
Venue | Karnes Stables | Coordination & Florals | Tampa Wedding Studio | Makeup | Lindsay Does Makeup | Catering | Port A Pit BBQ | Gown | Charlotte Bridal | Pies | Alessi Bakeries

{Jackie & Mel @ Mahaffey Theater & The Club at Treasure Island }

The minute I walked into the bridal suite I could feel the laid back and fun vibe Jackie and her girls were having.  The girls photobombed the champaign glasses and it was just plain hilarious:-)  Jackie's mom helped her get into her lace gown which was absolutely gorgeous, and she looked stunning with the the perfect finishing touches being her cute heels with bows on the back and a long flowy veil.  Jackie and her dad had some of the sweetest moments as he saw her totally ready before getting in the limo!  The guys got ready at Jackie and Mel's house, mainly in Mel's garage, clearly because it's awesome:-) Mel gave the guys watches as gifts and he opened monogrammed cufflinks from Jackie.  Jackie walked down the long corridor outside of the Mahaffey Theater for first look with Mel and we did all their family and bridal party photos on the beautiful grounds there.  Their ceremony was in front of huge windows with accents of purple and sheer white with the waterfront as their backdrop.  Jackie and Mel are both in the event industry, and met at the The Club at Treasure Island so it was perfectly fitting their reception was there.  The reception was decorated with black linens and white draping with twinkle lights.  Their cake was a lavender hombre with scalloped frosting that was so pretty! We snuck them out by the sailboats for some nighttime photos just before their grand entrance and their fabulous party!! Congrats Jackie & Mel!!! xoxoxo
Venue | The Club at Treasure Island | Ceremony | The Mahaffey Theater | Florist | A&E Events LLC | Hair and Makeup | Femme Akoi | DJ | Grant Hemond | Stationary | Wedding Paper Divas | Cake | Hands on Sweets 

{Sofia & Austin @ Safety Harbor Resort and Spa}

Sofia had the prettiest custom pearl hangars made for her beautiful Spanish lace gown and bridesmaid dresses.  Her veil was the same veil her mother wore in her wedding over 30 years ago.  After everyone was bridal ready we got Austin all setup to do a first look with Sofia before the ceremony.  These two and just the sweetest!  While the guests were arriving for the ceremony, there may have been an appearance by the Pope:-) They became the official Mr. & Mrs. Carmack at Espiritu Santo Catholic Church and it was the perfect day for photos at Phillipe Park, right across the street.  The ballroom was decorated with a pretty blush hue and had lanterns on each table with "fairy lights" that gave a little whimsical feel to the atmosphere.  Sofia has 2 brothers, and her dad gave the sweetest speech about his little girl and how they adore Austin and are so excited to welcome him into the family.  The day was full of amazing moments that we were so honored to capture and be a part of!  Congrats Sofia & Austin!!! xoxoxo
Venue | Safety Harbor Resort and Spa | Church | Espíritu Santo Catholic Church | DJ | Grant Hemond | Florist | Flowers by Divine Creations | Hair and Makeup | Lili's Wedding | Gown Boutique | CC's Boutique 

{Vanessa and Blake @ The Palmetto Club}

It was such a gorgeous day for Vanessa & Blake's coral and grey wedding at the Palmetto Club!  Vanessa had a special 4 legged friend there to help her with getting ready:-)  Just before the ceremony Vanessa and Blake toasted around the corner just before walking down the aisle.  The lawn of the Palmetto Club was decorated with white lanterns and beautiful flowers.  Their flower girls held a sign that said "here comes your high school sweetheart" Blake definitely had a tear as he saw Vanessa for the first time:-)  They incorporated a little bit of fishing into their wedding style and tied a fisheman's knot to signify their unity.  Their escort cards were attached to fishing lures with a sign that said "O-fish-ally Hooked". The light in the garden for photos with them and the bridal party was just gorgeous and we had so much fun with them! Their reception was decorated in white and gray with pops of coral in the center pieces.  They had a fantastic donut station with all different flavors and a little cake for them to cut.  Once they entered there was just so many sweet and fun moments, especially as they danced with their parents.  Everyone really just plain had an amazing time!! Congrats Vanessa & Blake!!! xoxo  
Venue | The Palmetto Club | Florist | Events In Bloom | Caterer | Puff N Stuff | Officiant | Sensational Ceremonies | Hair | Aquali Bridal | DJ | DJ by CJ | Donuts | Mini Donut Factory | Caricature Artist | Cartoon You Caricatures 

{Jessica and Steve @ St. Petersburg Woman's Club}

Jessica and Steve had a pink and grey styled wedding, perfect for the waterfront St. Petersburg Woman’s Club. Jessica’s bouquet was made of pink and white roses and succulents and she wore a pearl bracelet and pearl earrings Steve had gotten her as a gift. The perfect finishing touch were silver sparkly keds! The guys are all hockey fans and they wore socks from their favorite team.  Their boutonnieres were roses attached to wine corks! They said their I do’s on the lawn and we had just gorgeous light for their photos on the water after the ceremony.  The Woman’s Club was decorated with white and pink linens, gray chair ties.  I love their favor, it said “Something old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Brewed” and had a tag to invite everyone to their after party the next day.  Everyone really just had an amazing time, dancing, eating, and so many fun moments we loved capturing!! Congrats Jessica & Steve!!! xoxoxo
Venue |  St. Petersburg Woman's Club  | Hair and Makeup |  Collective Creations |  Caterer | Spotlight Catering |  Florist | Rose Garden Florist | DJ | Kevin Kramer | Stationery | Beechy Keen Collection | Bridesmaid gowns | Alfred Angelo 

Welcome to the World Baby M

I got to spend some time photographing this handsome little guy when he was just 5 days old!  I absolutely love these sweet moments with Lyani and Darren in their home. We even got a little smile and lots of those baby toes.  Makes me happy seeing them so happy!  Congrats you guys, he's just perfect!!