Sarah & Keith

This one was extra fun because Sarah is one of our CWP team members! She wore the perfect flowy dress for their session in one of my favorite spots:-)  Keith is a funny one, so literally we just walked around and laughed the whole time!  A beautiful couple, sailboats and pretty light, doesn't get any better than that. I'm so happy for them and their wedding coming up 10.23.15! xoxox
Hair & Makeup | Michele Renee

{Misty & Marshall @ The Renaissance Vinoy}

Misty & Marshall had a beautiful, intimate wedding in the Tea Garden at the Vinoy. The setup was simple, white draping with 6 chairs and 12 guests total:-) Marshall's son, Nathan, was his best man and his niece was the cutest little flower girl. The colors were an elegant black and white with Calla Lillies.  The love and happiness they have for each other and their families was just emanating!  Congrats Misty & Marshall!! xoxox
Venue & Cake | The Vinoy Renaissance | Officiant | Pastor Dean | Horse & Carriage | St. Petersburg Carriages | Florist | Carter's Florist

Bakers Ranch

The same day we got to be a part of the Bakers Ranch Grand Opening we also got to be the first ones to photograph couples in some of the beautiful spots on the property.  The prettiness is worthy of it's own blog posting:-) Our models were actually Alla and Boris' son Alex and his wife Erin (which is extra special in itself) and Nolia (who works for Alla) and her husband Sam.  Kandice and I each took a couple and had some fun with the 3 gorgeous ceremony sites. This outdoor setting is really a photographer's dream! Here's some of our favorites:-) We are beyond excited to work with Bakers Ranch and their couples!!  
Venue | Bakers Ranch | Hair & Makeup | Aquali Bridal | Wedding Gowns | Something Blue 

{Anna & Ryan @ Wishing Well Barn}

Anna & Ryan's wedding style was a bit of rustic chic, and sunflowers. One of my favorite details is their was a wheelbarrow of sunflower seeds for their guests as favors. Anna gave Maddie, her flower girl a sweet little gift for her wedding someday.  Anna and Ryan didn’t see each other until the white double doors opened and her mom kissed her on the cheek.  It was easy to see the sheer happiness and love on Ryan’s face as his bride walked down the aisle.  Wishing well has a field of blueberries and they were just starting to bloom! The rustic barn was decorated mason jars, burlap, lace, and sunflowers. They even had a kid’s table with hula-hoops, crayons rubix cubes, and coloring books. this was a huge hit with all the kiddos! Ryan’s best man, Justin, made a great speech that had everyone laughing. Justin and Ryan have been friends since kindergarten AND were born on the same day.  The toasts and speeches were followed lots of dancing on the outdoor patio.  Anna and her mother shared a very special Mother-Daughter dance during which they hugged and cried tears of joy, such a special moment!  We snuck out and did some photos in their draped ceremony arch during the reception before they exited through a tunnel of sparklers! Congrats Anna and Ryan! xoxoxoxo
Venue | Wishing Well Barn | Caterer | Southern Style Catering | Musician/DJ | Graingertainment | Hair & Makeup | Collective Creations

{Lauren & Brian @ Cross Creek Ranch}

Lauren wore a beautiful layered organza gown, but underneath she wore teal and brown cowboy boots (with socks that had raccoons on them of course:-) On the stem of Lauren's bouquet was lace with buttons that happened to be a part of her mother's wedding gown. Brian had 2 groomsmen and a groomswoman, she wore the same dress as the bridesmaids but the same color as the guys suits. While we were doing photos them his grandmother arrived and just had the sweetest reaction to seeing her grandson. Their ceremony was on the lawn, through white double doors with a rustic wooden arch. After they were officially the new Mr & Mrs, Brian jumped up and down with excitement, literally.  We love working with the team at Cross Creek because they make everything seamless and are so helpful.  I had this idea to backlight Lauren & Brian behind these stained glass windows and Nancy jumped right in and held the flash for me:-) One of the test shots is my favorite. The antique barn was draped in twinkling lights, lanterns, birdcages, and lace. They had ribs and bbq for the reception and one of Lauren's friends made a perfectly matching "bridal smock" so she didn't get anything on her pretty dress.  Seriously, genius!  One the dancing got under way, Lauren's grandfather said to me "I don't ever dance, but I have to with my beautiful granddaughter on her wedding day." Those are the moments in life that matter and are really just so beautiful. That hat with tuelle blusher on it was actually the hat Lauren's mom wore on her wedding day:-)  The very last dance was just Lauren and Brian on the dance floor enjoying the final minutes of their perfect day. Congrats!!! xoxoxo
Venue | Cross Creek Ranch | Cake Artist | Alessi Bakery | Caterer | Hungry Harry's BBQ | Florist | Alta Fleur | Hair & Makeup | Mikel's Paul Mitchell Experience | DJ | Grant Hemond

{Heather & Randy @ The Hyatt Clearwater}

Heather and Randy traveled all the way from Los Angeles California to have their wedding at the beautiful Hyatt Clearwater. Heather and Randy are a very fun and lively couple and have been together for fifteen years.  Since it was destination, instead of an engagement session we did a portrait session with them and their family on the beach the day before the wedding.  I'm so glad we did because on their wedding day, it rained the entire day!  Heather wore a gorgeous, lace, Jim Hjelm Couture gown and she looked positively breathtaking. Her flowers were  blush, pink, and white roses with subtle touches of green. Everyone enjoyed a night filled with good times and lots of dancing! Congrats Heather and Randy! xoxoxo
Venue | Hyatt Clearwater Beach Resort | Cake Artist | Chantilly Cakes | Florist | La Vie En Rose | Hair & Makeup | Michele Renee The Studio | Gown Boutique | Jim Hjelm Couture

{Amie & Ryan @ Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club}

Amie's bridesmaids wore long blush dresses that looked beautiful beside her lace gown. Amie had a lace and crystal beaded bodice coverlet that she wore for the ceremony. We could not wait to see the prettiness that Jana, from Events in Bloom, created for this wedding. She transformed the ballroom into a floral extravaganza for both the ceremony and reception.  The centerpiece for the ceremony was an archway of flowers and draping with a chandelier hanging from the center, otherwise known as "the fortress:-)  The half-moon shaped table that sat in the center of the arch was later Amie and Ryan's sweetheart table during the reception.  The lighting was dim and the candles that lined the aisles truly created this wonderful, intimate, ambience. Ryan was escorted by both his mother and father down the aisle to await his beautiful bride’s entrance.  Haley (one of photographers:-) was a guest at this wedding and her son, Kyson, was the ring bearer. He walked down the aisle with a sign that said, "if you think I'm cute you should see the bride". When the doors opened and Amie walked through with her dad, Ryan was brought to tears. His beautiful bride was nothing less than perfection.  . Diane, Amie's mom, told us she had a few surprises up her sleeve.  The first was that all the guests had streamers with bells attached to ring as the newlyweds exited down the aisle.  There was so much happiness on Amie and Ryan's faces when they were finally announced as the new Mr. & Mrs.
     One of the things I love about Amie is how she gets so excited and just loves life. The look on her face when she saw the finished ballroom was just plain priceless. It was decorated with floral masterpieces and dark brown chivari chairs with pink organza ties (or unicorn tails as I like to call them).  Our love of wedding cakes runs deep, especially sugary creations from the Cake Zone. The detail made you question whether it could even be real, but it was, and delicious of course. After dinner, Amie's cousin (who now shares her birthday with Amie and Ryan's anniversary) sang while the guests danced. The singing was then turned around and everyone sang happy birthday to her.  As the end of the night approached, Diane had another surprise for Amie and Ryan, glow sticks for their exit. As we lined up the guests for the grand exit, we couldn't help but wonder where the couple was?  I ran upstairs and found them sharing a last dance, just the two of them.  They were both in tears, and you could just feel how absolutely head over heels they are for each other.  Amie and Ryan exited through a tunnel of guests with glow sticks into the limo. Congratulations to you both! It was an absolutely gorgeous wedding with so many amazing moments and we were honored to be a part of it! xoxo
Venue | Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club | Florist | Events In Bloom | Hair & Makeup | Destiny & Light | DJ | Grant Hemond | Cake Artist | The Cake Zone | Videographer | Trinity Wedding Cinema 

Sweet Ella's First Birthday!

Little Miss Ella turned one! We had so much fun celebrating Sarah & Troy and this little cutie at the park.  She loved the giant pink balloon!  After the park, there was a fluffy pink cake with a tutu and little banner just for her.  She wasn't quite sure what to do with the cake at first but she figured it out:-) We always love seeing our couplesaHappy birthday Ella! xoxoxo

T.J. & Brooke

One of my all time favorite events to photograph is surprise proposals!  T.J. called me and said he wanted to propose to Brooke with the Lights of Tampa Festival in the background.  He had planned a scavenger hunt for her when she got home from work and it ended with him down on one knee in front of the beautiful night sky.  It was actually a pretty chilly by Florida standards, and T.J knew Brooke would be cold so he brought hot hands and even had some extra ones for me!  We had T.J. spot lit with 2 video lights to get the festival in the background. When Brooke walked up he read her a letter and then asked her to marry him, she said yes! 

Magical Masquerade Ball @ Bakers Ranch

We had the honor and privilege of photographing the grand opening party of the brand new Bakers Ranch!  Alla and Boris own The Cake Zone, you see lots of their sugary master pieces in our weddings:-) They really are some of the most talented people and also genuine and amazing friends as well. It has been a dream of theirs to build a wedding venue on their property. Boris is the quiet one (Alla not so quiet but that's why we love her:-) but also talented at not only cake designing but building as well!  "Friendors" from all over the west coast of Florida came out to celebrate, and contribute their services for their magical masquerade ball.  We linked to everyone below who took part.  It's a tudor style building with 3 different outdoor ceremony options.  The first is a huge oak tree with a love lock bridge like in Paris! Boris and Alla attached the very first lock to the gates and threw the key away.  The 2nd site is on the other side of the property, it is perfect for a ceremony in the round with a paved walkway leading to it.  The 3rd site is their outdoor chapel on the side of the venue. It has tall wooden doors and pillars on each side with church pews for guests. The inside is neutral and really a blank slate with very tall vaulted ceilings.  I got to see it a few times as they were building and they asked for a lot of input from everyone to incorporate things that are unique, and even make our lives easier!  The bridal suite is pretty, and simple with a makeup station sofa and attached bathroom. Upstairs is a man cave with a pool table and the perfect spot for guys to get ready.  There is a balcony off the man cave for the DJ that overlooks the entire space and is a great vantage point for photos. The theme was "Magical Masquerade" and the perfect kick off to the party was Jonathan Cortez singing Phantom of the Opera from the balcony.  The colors were golds and metallics with textured linens. That chandelier, AMAZING.  Jana, from Events in Bloom, designed it with little white bouquets in different layers. I had to lay on the floor under the bar and get a shot of it from below, so stunning!  The patio had a beautiful floral fountain with tiers of cupcakes and little tipsy cakes on gold and crystal.  The cake inside was covered in edible gold leaf!  Delicious food, acrobats pouring champagne, signature drinks, and so much fun.  Brides and Grooms are going to love this new unique space!  Congrats Alla and Boris we are so happy for your new venture and know it's going to be a huge success.  Thanks for including us!!!  xoxoxox
Venue | Bakers Ranch | Event Coordination | Stonehouse Events | Lighting | Grant Hemond - Affairs In The Air | Caterers | Mattisons - Simply Gourmet Caterers - Puff N' Stuff - Delectables Catering - Mattison's - Good Food Catering - Fete Catering - Michael's on East | DJ | Jonathan Cortez - Grant Hemond | Bar | U Dream Events | Hair & Makeup | Aquali Bridal | Coffee | Cafe A La Carte | Stationary | Invitation Galleria | Florals | Events In Bloom - Elegant Design - Carters Florist - The Perfect Setting | Linens | Linens by the Sea | Furniture | Reserve Vintage Rentals | Cake & Sweets | The Cake Zone | Gold Leaf | CornucAupia Gold Leaf Mfg | Entertainment | Breezin | Bridal Couture | Something Blue Bridal | Valet | Southwest Parking | Photography | Carrie Wildes Photography - Theresa NeSmith | Marketing | Moonlight Marketing | Rentals | US Tent Rental

Be Free Hair Apparel

Be Free Hair Apparel is a new line of unique, chic, handcrafted bridal hair apparel. Their custom hair pieces are delicate and beautiful and can be designed to show the style and personality of any bride!  We were honored photograph some of their beautiful pieces and styled models at Rocking H Ranch.
Designer | Be Free Hair Apparel | Venue | Rocking H Ranch | Hair & Makeup | Collective Creations 

{Carol & Jason @ Cross Creek ranch}

Carol looked beautiful and her lace gown with a simple up do was absolute perfection. She had some fabulous Kate Spade blue heels for the ceremony and blue flats for the reception.  Jason's gift to her a pearl bracelet, she said that she originally had picked out a cute "cheap" one and Jason said "no way" and surprised her with this beautiful one!  Carol's sister, Kristine, was her maid of honor and her mom, Jason's mom, and two of her friends were there to help Carol get bridal ready. Jason wore gator cufflinks and gator colored socks, and his dad was his best man. Jason brews his own beer and before the ceremony he had to tap all the kegs so it could be served for the reception. They said their vows under a beautiful arch of flowers as Carol's dad officiated the ceremony. The reception was on the back patio of the bed-and-breakfast and there were beautiful tall floral arrangements with mercury glass, pearls and white draping. Inside the B&B, they had adorable favors that were individual honey pots with a dipper for each guest to take home that said "Thanks for Bee'ing with us" I love the cake topper, it was a wooden bride and groom, and the groom was bald and had a beard colored on it to look like Jason:-)  Carol and Jason had the sweetest first dance to the country song "I don't dance".  Jason claimed this song is "me, because I don't dance!" But of course he did for Carol.  For the mother son and father daughter dance Carol and Jason shared the dance floor at the same time their parents. They also did some cute twists to the garter and bouquet. For the garter, the guys had to play musical chairs and the last man sitting was the one who got the garter! The guest that won sneakily stole the chair from the guy who would've been the winner.  For the bouquet toss, the couple that had been married the longest won the bouquet.  Carol and Jason made their exit with a sparkler send off and drove away in a beautiful old Rolls Royce.  Congrats Carol and Jason!!! xoxoxo
Venue | Cross Creek Ranch | Caterer | Catered By Vesh | Florist | Alta Fleura | Hair & Makeup | Michele Renee The Studio | Gown Boutique | CC's Bridal | Cake Artist | Alessi Bakery | Rolls Royce | Luxor of Tampa | DJ | Rick Mellum

{Stephanie & Rob @ Wishing Well Barn}

Stephanie and Rob both have country roots so the Wishing well Barn was the perfect setting for their wedding!  Stephanie and her girls got ready in the little house next to the barn while Rob and his guys got ready in the room inside the barn. We actually met Stephanie and Rob while photographing Christina & Adam's wedding, and Adam was one of the groomsmen so it was fun to see them again too!  Stephanie wore a beautiful, strapless, lace gown with what else.... her cowgirl boots! All of her bridesmaids wore boots as well. She gave each of them an Origami Owl locket with their titles such as bridesmaid, maid of honor, mother of the bride and mother of the groom. For the ceremony, the bridal party entered through two wooden doors that led down the aisle. At the alter they stood next to a beautiful trellis draped with sheer fabric and flowers. The doors closed right before Stephanie and her father made their walk down the aisle. The look on Rob's face was priceless when he saw her.  After the ceremony we were able to steal the bride and groom for some photos out on the back lawn with the most gorgeous golden sunlight.  The barn was perfectly decked out in burlap, lace, flowers, and tree-stumps. Stephanie and Rob had the cutest favors; they were individual pies of all different flavors. During dinner the traditional clinking of the glasses for the couple to share a kiss had a little twist.  Anyone who clinked his or her glass then had to stand up and sing a verse from a song containing the word "love". It was pretty funny:-) Dancing took place under the twinkling lights of the back patio and there was a bonfire, s'mores and chocolate dipped bacon for everyone to enjoy. They had a sparkler sendoff to end their perfect evening. Congrats Stephanie and Rob!!! xoxoxo
Venue | Wishing Well Barn | Cake Artist | Alessi Bakery | Event Coordinator | Michelle Welch | Florist | Bloomingdale Florist | Hair & Makeup | Reflections Hair Gallery | Musician / DJ | Fortuity Entertainment | Caterer | Catering by the Family

{Shannon & James @ Innisbrook Golf & Spa Resort}

Shannon stepped out of the limo ready for the best day of her life!  Her sister, Ashley, who was also her maid of honor popped open a bottle of champagne in the bridal suite before both her dad, and James saw her for the first time as a bride.  I love the colors the bridal party wore, totally different but looked amazing.  James wore a navy suit with with a burgundy tie and Shannon's gown was champagne in color with a lace back. The Ceremony was simple and perfect. The reception setting was elegant with candles, twinkle lights, and a fire pit, They had a basket with a sign next to it that said "to have and to hold if you get cold" which had blankets for their guests since it was a little chilly!  Both Shannon and James' mothers gave a toast together letting everyone know how blessed and happy they are for the new couple.  The band, The Black Honkey's, played for the reception and everyone had a blast. Congrats Shannon and James! xoxoxo
Venue | Innisbrook Golf & Spa Resort | Church | Andrews Memorial Chapel | Coordination | Kim Baker | Hair & Makeup | Artemis Stephens | Band | The Black Honkeys

{Samantha & Jeff @Innisbrook Golf & Spa Resort}

2.21.15 was literally the most beautiful day for Samantha and Jeff's wedding under the canopy of the big oak tree on the 10th hole at Innisbrook Resort.  Samantha gave each of her parents a custom made handkerchief with a sweet message to each of them.  She looked gorgeous, and I love how simple but elegant the details were.  The girls were in navy dresses with white bouquets and the flower girls had navy sashes with little crowns.  When Jeff got a glimpse of her walking down the aisle it was the sweetest!!  They wrote their own vows and I love how they both talked about how important it is for them to be amazing parents to their children someday. I think even just that little piece of they day totally describes the couple that they are, and how much they love their family and friends. They wrote letters to each other and placed them in a box with their favorite bottle of wine (Dreaming Tree, which happens to be mine too:-).  They are not to open the box until their 5th anniversary unless they have an argument where they really need a reminder of their wedding day and how much they love each other.  The reception tables had navy linens with gold chargers and alternating tall and short center pieces.  They had little notes that said "the key to a good relationship" for their guests to sign and write down advice for them. Jeff loves Reese's cups and Samantha's mom had a friend make a little surprise for him.  Behind their cake was 2 giant Reese's cups filed with peanut butter and chocolate ganache!  There was a pretty awesome Michael Jackson dance off and I have to say, Samantha's dad has moves! The entire day was perfection and absolutely loved every minute!! Their wedding hashtag was #daviswedbestdayever and absolutely was! Congrats Samantha and Jeff!!! xoxoxo
Venue | Innisbrook Golf & Spa Resort | Florist | The Bride's Bouquet | Hair & Makeup | Toni Marie & Marissa Moran | Videographer | Dylan Melcher | Musician/DJ | DJ by CJ 

Jennifer & Tony

Jennifer & Tony going to have an amazing and unique wedding at Big Cat Rescue 3.21.15! Jennifer has just a hint of pattern in her shirt that matches. Tony is a musician and creative, Jennifer is addicted to reading (especially historical fiction) and she is on Facebook and the internet All.The.Time. That's what she told me:-) Here's a couple of our favs from their engagement session in Safety Harbor! 

Maddie by Month

You would think as photographers, we are really good at photographing our own lives and families but we aren't! Now that I have kids, I really have to be intentional and come up with personal projects to capture them how I do for our clients.  I am not a crafty person and I hate scrapbooking, but I wanted to have something for my girls to remember the little details of especially their first year.  I saw this idea (on pinterest of course) where a photographer had done photos of their child's face each month and next to it written about what they had done each month as well.  Our oldest daughter Maddie just turned 1 and so I finished hers!  This will be a 6x6 sized album and each of the spreads are below. It's crazy to see how much she's changed over the last year and I'm so she'll have it to read someday.  Our girls are both adopted, and I gave both of our birth mom's a little album and each month I print out these photos so they can stick them in the album and know how beautiful and big they are getting.  Life is always busy and time flies by so quickly, so I thought this was a fun little personal project to share:-)