{Jillian & Lee @ Isla Del Sol}

I love the color palette Jillian and Lee chose for their waterfront wedding. The guys wore different shades of blue ties to match each of the bridesmaid’s dresses.  They also wore some pretty fantastic socks, the guys that is:-) The forecast said 100% chance of rain but there was not a drop to be seen!  They had steel drums playing tropical island music, and sunglasses for all their guests to wear.  Jill's Mom, Betsey, drew the photos of each member of the bridal party to decorate their program which was also a fan.  During the ceremony Jillian and Lee tossed shells into the ocean, then for the recessional all the bridal party and guests did as well.  Jillian and Lee had a little surprise for the bridal party.  Before the wedding, they had buried a bottle of whiskey on the beach.  After the ceremony they dug it up and shared a swig with their bridal party. The ballroom was beautifully decorated with hues of blue. The tables had glass vases with beautiful flowers and floating candles. The tables were each named after their favorite movies..."Meet the Parents, Father of the Bride, The Hangover, Bridesmaids, I love you Man, etc...." Jillian and Lee met while getting their PhD's in Mathematics at University of Florida, but Jillian is from Ohio (Cleveland to be exact:-) so there was a little north and south rivalry with some O-H-I-O ing and gator chomping! Gerry, Jill's Dad, gave a beautiful toast to his daughter and new son in law. The groom's cake may have looked just like a UF Gator cake, but Jillian sneakily had it made with Ohio State colors on the inside. Lee was quite surprised to see scarlet and gray layers when they cut it!  It was the perfect and most fun day!  Congrats Jillian and Lee! xoxoxo
Venue | Isla Del Sol Country Club | Florist | Flowers by Design | Hair & makeup | Michele Renee The Studio | Steel Drums | Rhythm Trail | Musician/DJ | Grant Hemond | Stationary | A & P Designs | Cake Artist | A Slice Of Heaven | Gown | The Perfect Dress

NACE @ Hilton Clearwater Beach

All of us event professional work hard but we also love to have fun!  We are members of National Association of Catering Executives and both attended and photographed this month's meeting:-) It was a super fun team building event where each team had to build an actual boat and sail it! It was super casual, tropical themed, with smoothies, amazing appetizers, and I have to say the cake was off the chain.  Corey, from Corey's bakery was introducing a new spin on wedding cake, was a tiered "cake" with chocolate chip cookie layers.  In between there was chocolate fudge brownie with dark fudge icing, topped with rich dark amaretto chocolate ganache icing.  It was to die for! Such a fun evening with the best in our industry! 
Venue | Hilton Clearwater Beach | Linens | Connie Duglin Linens | Florals | Iza's Flowers | DJ | Boone's Pro Events | Cake | Corey's Bakery | Tropical Smoothies | Maui Wowi | Team Building |  Boucher Brothers

{Aleigha & Jon @ The Powel Crosley Estate}

Aleigha and Jon chose the gorgeous Powel Crosley Estate in Sarasota for their big day!  Jon is from Toronto, Canada, and is a huge Toronto Maple Leaf hockey fan, so for Aleigha’s something blue, she had a Toronto Maple Leaf patch sewn into the bottom of her wedding dress:-)  The color palette was teal, mint, gray, and white. Even the historic marker on the property matched their colors! Aleigha is very close with her family, and did a first look with her father and four brothers in the ship room.  All of their reactions when they first saw her as a beautiful bride were priceless. Aleigha gave Jon cuff links as a gift, that had their initials and date on one and "best day ever" on the other. Just before the ceremony, they held hands with a door separating them so they couldn't see each other.  As they stood on either side of the door they told one another exactly how they were feeling in that precious moment right before their wedding. Jon’s adorable niece, Maddy, was the flower girl and as she walked down the aisle she carried a sign that read, “Uncle Jonny, here comes your bride”. During the ceremony Aleigha’s sister sang them a song while she played the guitar, it was beautiful!  After the ceremony the bridal party did their entrances into the reception and they were ALL so creative and fun!  Dinner was in a tent on the back lawn decorated with lanterns, gray linens, and teal and mint accents. The toasts were amazing and had everyone laughing.  There was a beautiful sunset, dancing on the terrace and an ice cream bar for everyone to enjoy. An amazing night for this sweet couple! Congrats Aleigha and Jon! xoxo
Venue | The Powel Crosley Estate | Event Coordinator | Confetti Events | Videographer | Randall Productions | Makeup | Jess Waldrop | Caterer | Milan Catering & Events | DJ | Grant Hemond | Florist | 2 Birds Events 

Emily & Dylan

Emily and Dylan met while they were in college at UCF in Orlando. After they started dating, they realized they only lived 10 minutes from one another while growing up, it's such a small world!  They love boating and being out on the water, so in true Florida fashion, Dylan proposed to her on the beach at sunset!  We walked around the cute little streets of Pass a Grille and even had a dolphin surface in the background:-) 2.13.15 Isla Del Sol, we can't wait! 

TJ & Brooke

We got to photograph the moment these 2 actually got engaged, when TJ got down on one knee in Curtis Hixon Park in February! (You can see that HERE:-)  It was so special to capture that moment for them and now their engagement session, and their wedding coming up next April! They live on Harbour Island, and enjoy the beautiful waterfront there so it was the perfect spot! 

Stacey & Ryan

Stacey and Ryan got engaged on Pass a Grille beach, so it was the perfect spot for their engagement session.  It's one of my favorite beach locations (both when I get to play at the beach:-) and for portrait sessions because you never know what you will find. We got to enjoy lots of laughs and the prettiest Florida sunset! 

{Heather & Doug @ St. Augustine Beach}

Heather and Doug rented 4 cottages on the beach in St Augustine for their family and friends to enjoy their wedding celebration weekend. Heather’s favorite flower is the sunflower, and she actually made all the arrangements herself! Their ceremony backdrop was the Atlantic ocean, it was so beautiful! Heather has 3 children, and during the ceremony the pastor had each one come up and Doug said vows to them too. When it was time for the exchanging of rings, he had both Heather’s parents and Doug's parents come up and each held the rings and said a little prayer over them. The reception was in a tent overlooking the beach.  It was just laid back and so much fun! Congrats Heather & Doug!!! xoxoxo 
Venue | Linda's Seaside Cottages 

PPA Magazine June 2015 - Workflow

I SO enjoy teaching, especially the business of photography. One of my Facebook friends just messaged me and told me he read my Ask the Experts article on workflow.  That was a nice little surprise, I had forgotten I had written that!  It's all about processes and a throw back to my love of Industrial Engineering.  It may seem boring, but is so important.  In this day and age, literally everyone you meet is a "photographer". Yes, the barrier to entry has decreased significantly, but the stakes of actually being a photographer are just as high if not higher than they have ever been, especially with weddings.  The art of capturing couples' wedding stories is a serious responsibility that we absolutely love and are so honored to do every time we get to.  Equally as important, is having a healthy business so that you can work hard, play hard, and create the best experience possible for your clients  It's always a work in progress with how quickly things change, which is one of the reasons it's so challenging and awesome.  I'll be talking about the Art of Business in Wedding Photography for an entire day at PPA's Imaging 2016, in Atlanta! 

{Deetra & Roy @ Carrollwood Country Club}

Deetra and Roy had one of those "lucky" wedding days where the forecast did not agree with their plan to have an outdoor ceremony. You always hear that, so I had to look up why.  Rain on your wedding day officially signifies fertility, unity, cleansing, and renewal (this is my favorite one - starting a new fresh chapter).  I have to say, Deetra was so happy and excited to marry Roy she didn't care about the rain for one second!  She looked so gorgeous in her white, lace accented gown and silver sparkly heels.  Everything came down to the moment Roy saw her walk down that aisle!  They said their I do's in front of the twinkle lights on the dance floor.  Both their families participated in the sand ceremony and a prayer.  Thankfully, the rain stopped so we could do almost all their photos outside.  Roy has 3 daughters, and a son, so now they are a family of 6! Their personalities compliment each other so well, Roy is more the serious one and Deetra is the funny one:-) Hence the serious groomsmen photo with the girls photo bombing them in the background!  The reception was decorated all in white with blue and yellow accents. Their favors were a chocolate record that said "For the Record" with their names and date.  Their families were a part of their father daughter, mother son dances and along with the toasts, their guests got to share some fun memories with everyone as well.  It was a perfectly fun and beautiful day!  Congrats Roy and Deetra!!! xoxoxo
Venue | Carrollwood Country Club | Cake Artist | Moreno Bakery | Videographer | Sam Gold Video | Make-up Artist | Jes Make-Up | Florist | Jacqueline Jordan | Gown | Something Blue Bridal Boutique 

{Ashlee & Jared @ Galleria at USF}

While Ashlee and the girls were getting ready, Jared sent a sweet card and a gift. It was a heart locket with both of their birthstones and on the back it said "My Heart is Yours". They have 3 sweet boys, and when the oldest, Adam, who is 5, saw Ashlee in her gown he said "You look good":-) Their ceremony was inside the atrium, decorated with white chairs and red sashes. Adam was also the ring bearer and took part in the sand ceremony.  The Galleria at USF is all white and has huge windows.  It was also decked out in red, black, and white with alternating tall and short centerpieces with rhinestones, roses, and hydrangea. Ashlee and Jared both work at Embassy suites so many of the staff were their guests too!  Everyone had such an amazing time!  Congrats Ashlee & Jared!!! xoxoxo
Venue | Embassy SuitesGalleria At USF | Musician/DJ | Music On The Move | Makeup Artist | Jess Waldrop | Florist | Amazingly Creative Events 

Jessica & Jon

Jessica and Jon knew one another through attending South Tampa Fellowship, but it wasn’t until Jessica’s friend, Tiffany decided to play matchmaker at her family Christmas party that they became a couple. They are a house divided as Jessica is a Gator and a Yankee (which means she's a northerner:-) and Jon is a Seminole and from Tallahassee (which means he's a true Floridian). Jon totally surprised Jessica when he proposed to her on Pass a Grille Beach just before sunset and then had flowers and dinner at Berns planned to celebrate!  They are doing a destination wedding at Useppa Island Club, which is a gorgeous private island about 3 hours south of Tampa. It's going to be amazing and we can't wait! 

{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 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 | Officiant | A Day to Cherish

{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!