This is an extra special senior portrait session because Bayleigh is my niece. I have 12 nieces and nephews, and she is the oldest. I've known her since she was 2 years old, she was a flower girl in our wedding and I can't believe she is about to start her senior year! She's really good at makeup and Instagram selfies, but I wanted to also take some photos of the Bayleigh I know. A wild mane, no makeup and jeans and sweatshirt which she was totally down for. Her freshman year of high school she attended Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and after the shooting happened she is a student that is fighting for the #neveragainmovement. She spent the week following the shooting actually in Parkland, attending memorials, vigils, viewings, and funerals. After coming back to her high school in North Florida where she attends now, she and her friends organized a 30 minute assembly where she gave a speech to 500+ students. I have to say, I'm so proud of her for taking action and doing something that will make a difference for students to come. My 2 little girls are 4 years old, they call her Aunt B (because Bayleigh said she's too old to be their cousin:-). I dream of a time for my girls when we as parents and kids don't have to worry that a shooter is going to barge into their school and take innocent lives. That's not a fear I had to have growing up, the only drills we had were fire drills and tornado drills. So, please keep speaking out and taking action on the things you are passionate about and what to change it can and will make a difference!
Us event industry people like to have fun too! Our July National Associate for Catering & Events was hosted by Sarah, and her team at Top Golf. I hadn't been there before and it was SO much fun! It was, of course, a golf inspired theme with golf ball center pieces and chocolate favors. Delicious food, great friendors, some of us golfed:-) The light there is really cool as it gets dark the lights on the driving range green come on and it looks pretty sweet!
Venue | Top Golf | Linens | Connie Duglin | Favors | Chocolates by Michelle | Mobile Photo Station | Boone's Professional Events
Olivia just turned 1! She is so full of expression and personality, not to mention that beautiful curly hair! You might be able to tell she's also a daddy's girl:-) These are just a few of my favorites moments with Vanessa, Eric and Olivia! When they came over to the studio for the unveiling session there were happy tears as I played the slideshow of all the edited images. I can't even put into words how rewarding it feels to create these special moments that will be loved and cherished for a lifetime!
Julie and Charlie met while working for a small cruise line both of them in training to be cruise directors, how fun is that? Charlie loves all things Chicago, especially the Bears and Julie loves UF football! They are obsessed with their adorable pup, Cooper, and so we of course had to include him in their engagement session. Their wedding colors are navy and mint, and after some fun ones in their favorite jerseys, Julie changed into a flowy navy dress and Charlie a mint shirt and navy pants which looked so amazing with the sailboats and all the greenery ending with a gorgeous sunset! We can't wait until 8.4.18 when they say "I do"!!!
What are you getting your best gal pals for being by your side throughout the wedding planning process to when you walk down the aisle? We've got some really awesome ideas for you! A few months ago we did a post on unique groomsmen gifts, so now it's your turn ladies! First is the Wrap and Write Gift Box. It has a beautiful wrap in 13 different colors with a custom engraved initialed wooden box and matching notebook. 2nd is a Custom Heart Charm Necklace that is fancy enough to go with your bridesmaid dresses but could also double with jeans and a fun tee! Last but not least is a Leather Clutch that comes in brown, navy, or pink, and personalized with their name or initials. Thanks to our friends over at Bridesmaid Gifts Boutique for these awesome ideas!
I got to meet Melissa and Michael's little beauty when she was 1 week old! We photographed their wedding last October and LOVE seeing them as a family of 3 now! Her nursery is decorated in purple and little elephant accents. That boppy pillow is the so cute and she loved snoozing in it. Congratulations you guys, she is just beautiful!
We've gotten to photograph so many special moments with this sweet family! Lyani texted me a photo of a gender reveal balloon and asked if I had time for a little session with them. UM yes! This is the 2nd gender reveal sesh we've done and everyone was sure it was a girl this time except for Avery. and he was totally right! It's a boy! So much love, joy, and surprise in these. Congratulations on your new little one coming soon!! We can't wait to meet him!
Marlaina and Tyler are getting married at the beautiful Bakers Ranch next February. They wanted to have their sweet puppy Tigger in some photos with them for their save the date on the property so their guests would already have an idea of the location. It had literally just poured a little while before their session but the rain really makes the greenery pop. It was a little before dusk so we still have the pretty natural light but you can see the market lights in the background. I'll have to blog their save the date as well it turned out so cute!
Jan and Mark wanted a fun party with all their favorite people to celebrate their wedding. They totally nailed it! Jan got ready with her mom, Marion, her daughter Jessica, and Mark's daughter, KD who were her 2 bridesmaids. These candid moments during getting ready are some of my favorite. They danced, drank mimosas and just had a sweet time. Jan's gown was so perfect! She had showed me a photo before and said she was adding a pearl belt and it was simple but stunning! That mauve color is so in right now and my favorite color. Their bouquets had amnesia roses that matched Jessica and KD's dresses perfectly. Mark and the guys got ready in the lounge before we did a first look with them. Since it is June here in Florida they choose Avila Golf and Country Club because you literally don't have to go outside at all, not even for photos. My 2 favorite things about this venue is the beautiful light that comes through the atrium and the 2nd floor where you can shoot down from. It makes for two totally different perspectives of first look, the ceremony, and dancing. Before the guests arrived, Jan walked down the aisle for Mark to see her as her mom and the girls watched from above. We got all their bridal and family photos done before the ceremony so they could spend as much time as possible with their guests. Rev Rick performed a beautiful ceremony and announced them as the official Mr. & Mrs. Budzinski. Their reception was decor was these beautiful lace linen overlaying purple with silver chivaris and alternating high and low florals. Jan and Mark did their first dance on the round medallion in the atrium with all their guests watching. Jan's daughter Jessica and her boyfriend Kyle have been dating for a while so she and Mark had a little surprise presentation of the bouquet and garter for them during the reception. They had an amazing spread of all different mini desserts and a cigar roller in the lounge outside. Everyone had such an amazing time!! I have to give an extra shout out to Laura Wade, from Serendipity Events for creating a flawless event with this team of fabulous professionals below. Congratulations Jan and Mark and thank you for having us!!!! xoxoox
Venue | Avila Golf and Country Club | Event Coordinator | Serendipity Wedding Day Services | Florist | 2 Birds Events | Officiant | Sensational Ceremonies | Hair and Makeup | Destiny and Light | Cake | Alessi Bakery | DJ | Grant Hemond | Cigar Roller | Cova Cigars | Linens | Custom Linen Rentals
The South Tampa Chamber and Centre Club hosted the book launch of Debbie Lundberg, author and speaking coach from Presenting Powerfully. Debbie has been a friend and mentor of mine for a number of years now and I was so excited to hear about, and read her new book, "Beyond Networking 101". 101 Do's and Don'ts for successfully engaging with others. It was an hour packed with tips of what to do, and sometimes more importantly not to do. Debbie is such an engaging and interactive presenter, I always walk away with some new ideas to improve my life immediately. You'll have to stop on by Amazon to get your copy! Congrats Debbie on the successful launch of your 10th book!!
I have had the honor of photographing Maureen & Ralph's, engagement session, wedding and now as a family of 3! Their little beauty Raven just turned 1 and we did this super casual lifestyle session at our studio. Maureen has been riding horses pretty much her whole life and even had some equestrian details in their wedding so my little wooden rocking horse was perfect! Both of Raven's outfits were handmade. The bubble outfit from Laine Avery and the outfit in the very last photo is from Henny Lou Kids, Maureen's cousin's Etsy shop. Raven's birthday party was kitty themed with pink and gold sequins. She was not a huge fan of getting her hands down and dirty in that cake but so adorable!!!! Happy Birthday Raven!!!
Violet and Geoffrey are just so natural and sweet, clearly meant to be with each other! They both went to USF for undergrad but never ran into each other while they were there. They met online and instantly became inseparable. I love their engagement story!! Violet had no idea that Geoffrey had been planning his proposal for weeks on a vacation they would be taking to St. Augustine. Geoffrey and Violet were walking around St Augustine near the Castillo de San Marcos. While they were walking along the fort and near the water, Geoffrey asked Violet where she sees herself in 10 years. Violet knew she wanted to spend her life with Geoffrey and mentioned she saw herself married to him. At that exact moment, Geoffrey said "I don't know about 10 years", then he got on one knee and asked Violet "how about 10 seconds? Will you marry me?" We can't wait until their Tampa Club Wedding 10.27.18!!!!
Michelle & Eric decided to have a morning brunch wedding so they could take their guests with them on a cruise to Cuba! Michelle had 2 different gowns, a princess dress for the ceremony and super cute white party dress for the reception. I love the jewelry she wore in her hair and the lavender and wine bridesmaids dresses with pink and white bouquets. Their ceremony was on the patio overlooking the golf course as they exchanged vows and became the official Mr. & Mrs. Stewart! Their reception was decorated with light pink, white, and greenery. Michelle and Eric gave each of their bridal party members a huge hug before they made their entrance. There was a spread of waffles, bacon, omelette station, and pretty much every breakfast food you could imagine. Eric toasted to all their favorite people being there to celebrate with them on what was a truly beautiful morning! Congrats Michelle & Eric, hope you had an amazing cruise! xoxoxo
Venue | Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club | DJ | Grant Hemond | Cake | Goldies Goodies Bakery | Officiant | Weddings By Lily Ana | Florist | A Special Rose Florist | Hair Stylist | Hair Diva's Salon | Makeup Artist | Lili's Weddings | Gown | David's Bridal
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!!