{Melissa & Kevin @ The Hyatt Sarasota}

You never know how or when you will meet your soul mate.  Melissa and Kevin were both traveling, and all of the flights were grounded because of a snow storm. They happened to be standing in the same cab line.  Kevin noticed Melissa right away and struck up a conversation with her.  Numbers were exchanged, and shortly after they began talking and seeing one another, and the rest is history! They live in Ohio, and Melissa's family has a beautiful condo in Siesta Key right on the beach.  They had the rehearsal there, and Melissa's mom, Annette, had a sand sculpture custom made with their names and date, it was pretty amazing. After the girls were all ready, Melissa and her dad randomly practiced their first dance in the living room, those are always some of my favorite moments!  When we went out to the beach, two of their guests were still enjoying the sunshine and happened to be wearing the same swim trunks:-)  Kevin's daughter Cailin was a bridesmaid, and his son Brady was a junior groomsman.  During the ceremony they did a family sand ceremony each filling the Mayer family vase.  Guests enjoyed cocktails out on the pool deck before being welcomed into the grand ballroom for the reception.  The details were simple and elegant.  Purple uplighting, white florals, and burlap runners on the tables with sage linens.  Melissa danced with her dad and Kevin also danced with his daughter Cailin, it was so sweet!  Apparently, Kevin was the star quarterback in high school and during the toasts the guys had a jersey for him.  The band had everyone on the dance floor the entire night! Everyone, including Melissa's grandpa, danced the night away. Congrats Melissa and Kevin! xoxoxo
Venue | The Hyatt Sarasota | Florist | Flowers By Fudgie | Hair & Makeup | Collective Creations | Videographer | Sage Art Sarasota | Musician/ DJ | RW Music Entertainment & Events | Transportation | Siesta Trolley, INC. | Gown Boutique | Matina's Bridal | Stationary | Emily Koehler 

{Cailin & Jeremy @ The Florida Aquarium}

Cailin and her girls got ready at the beautiful Hilton in downtown Tampa, while Jeremy and his guys got to take photos in Tampa Bay Lightning locker room and arena!  Cailin wore a beautiful, strapless, gown with beaded accents that looked fabulous with her sparkly heels. After jumping on the bed and toasting with her bridesmaids, the girls made their way over to the Florida Aquarium. The ceremony was held in front of the panoramic tank. The ceremony itself was lovely, and the couple’s vows were beautiful.  Jeremy did the traditional Jewish "breaking of the glass" and the penguins joined them at the end of the aisle.  Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d'oeuvres while enjoying the exhibits and stingrays in the touch tank! The bridal party made their grand entrance down the stairs into the main lobby for the reception. It was decorated with silver, aqua, and draped in white.  The cake had 2 little crabs on top for the topper, and set the mood for their "under the sea" themed wedding and reception. Friends and family both gave speeches and toasted the beautiful couple.  Congrats Cailin and Jeremy! xoxoxo
Venue | The Florida Aquarium | Florist | DD's Blooms | Videographer & DJ | Gabro Events | Gown Boutique | Athena Bridal | Stationary | The Paperia | Cake Artist | The Cake Zone 

{Raechel & Tim @ The Dali Museum}

Raechel and Tim had a stunning, art themed wedding at the Dali Museum. The details at this wedding were positively perfect!  From the gorgeous succulents that adorned the tables, to the art pallet escort cards, to the little canvas with the table numbers, it was so creative! Raechel chose light yellow, accents of gray and clover green, which was very fitting seeing as the couple got engaged in Ireland! Raechel is also a photographer and had adorable little camera clips throughout her hair and on the back of her necklace. The Dali museum has a "mustache garden", so the girls all wore mustache earrings.  Mustaches were also found on top of the cake and throughout the reception. The groomsmen all had pocket watches and wore charcoal suits with succulent boutonnieres. The ceremony was on the landing of the spiral staircase and their guests all watched from above.  The reception was outside and it could not have been a more beautiful evening.  Raechel went to Florida State, so there was some Tomahawk chopping, amazing food, toasts, cake, and lots of dancing. The newlyweds exited through a tunnel of sparklers into a vintage getaway car. Congrats Raechel and Tim!!! xoxoxo

Venue | The Dali Museum | Caterer | Good Food Catering | Event Coordinator | Signature Event Rentals | Officiant | Sensational Ceremonies | DJ | Grant Hemond | Gown Boutique | Alfred Angelo | Stationary | Invitation Consultants | Florist | Jennie's Flowers | Sweets Table | Hands on Sweets | Hair & Makeup | Collective Creations | Vintage Rolls Royce | Jack Venable

{Danielle & Bryce @ Safety Harbor Resort and Spa}

"When I tell you I love you, I don't say it out of habit, or to make conversation. I say it to remind you that you are the best thing that ever happened to me".  That was what the picture frame Danielle gave Bryce said, and it really just sums of the energy and feel of their beautiful wedding day.  Danielle's gift arrived wrapped in purple and sequins personally wrapped by Bryce. Danielle's bouquet was a simple, with beautifully open lilac roses.  I love her style, simplicity with sparkle.  There were sparkles on her shoes and the band on her invitations.  The girls were in periwinkle, boys in dark gray with black & gray cool socks.  Danielle & Bryce said their vows in front of a huge stained glass backdrop at their church.  Some of my favorite moments of the day were right after the ceremony, hugs and happiness, especially Bryce's grandma:-)  The pretty sunlight by the sailboats and tall palm trees at Safety Harbor was just amazing.  When you opened the door to walk into the Four Springs Ballroom, it was stunning. Draped in white with lilac table overlays, lilac roses, with hydrangea and candles topped each table.  It was truly the perfect day and we loved capturing every moment!  Congrats Danielle & Bryce!!! xoxox  
Church | North Bay Community Church | Venue | Safety Harbor Resort and spa | Cake Artist | Chantilly Cakes | Florist | Events In Bloom | Hair & Makeup | Destiny and Light | Videographer | Celebrations of Tampa Bay | DJ | Gabro Event Services | Transportation | Olympus Limousine | Stationary | Invitation Galleria | Linens | Kate Ryan Linens

Sarah & Kevin

Sarah and Kevin are 2 of the sweetest people you will ever meet!  They were high school sweethearts and after 3 years of being apart found their way back to each other, so meant to be!  Kelly, at Carrollwood Country Club gave us the VIP treatment so we could take advantage of all the beautiful places on the property for photos. The light and joy you can see here just makes me smile!  We can't wait until 11.22.14 for their wedding!!!!   

{Jen-L & Michal}

Jen-L and Michal had an intimate wedding at her parents home in Lutz.  The details were beautiful, burlap, lace, candles, in stunning DIY fashion.  Their living room that has floor to ceiling windows overlooking the lake was was decorated with white chivaris, linens, and florals.  The dining room had a long table in the center with a burlap and lace runner for the cake topped with 2 penguins.  Jen-L's mother made all the desserts and yummy treats for the dessert table, and they had a coffee bar with sugar sticks, whipped cream, and little delicious accents.  Jen-L had fabulous blue Christian Louboutin's and she wore a gorgeous lace gown.  The ceremony was on the lawn next to the lake.  A burlap runner led the bridal party from the house, over the wooden bridge decorated with mason jars and candles to the beautiful floral trellis where Jen-L and Michal said their vows at sunset.  Everyone enjoyed lobster, dancing, and a beautiful evening of dancing outside!  Congrats Jen-L and Michal!  xoxoxo

Venue | Private Residence | Caterer | Puff N Stuff | Hair & Makeup | Priel Salon | DJ | Dj Robb Smith | Gown Boutique | Olga's Bridal

{Sebrenna & Patrick @ Aria Beach House}

Sebrenna & Patrick had their beautiful wedding at the stunning Aria beach house over on the east coast of Florida.  The house was nothing short of spectacular, and very secluded, which was perfect because this couple certainly knows how to throw an amazing party! Sebrenna did a beautiful job on the decor, all of which she made entirely by hand.  Sebrenna and Patrick both wrote their own vows and also had Sebrenna's daughter write vows so the ceremony was about the joining of the 3 of them, so sweet!  Sebrenna's brother walked her to the start of the aisle and then both her dad and step dad lead her down the aisle.  After the ceremony the bridal party and family took a shot of whisky to get the party started!  The sunset on the east coast is totally different than the west coast but SO pretty.  At the reception Sebrenna had a dance with both of her dad's. The reception was totally outside next to the eternity pool where everyone ate, drank, and danced the night away.  Close to the end of the evening the guys decided Patrick needed to cool off:-) The moon glowed bright orange above, it was literally the perfect evening!! Congrats Sebrenna and Patrick! xoxoxo

Venue | Aria Beach House | Caterer | Affair To Remember | Event Coordinator | En Vogue Elegant Events | Florist | Enchanted Florist | DJ | In The Cut Studios | Cake Artist | The Cake Lady |

Kristina & Clyde Featured on Belle the Magazine

Kristina & Clyde's gorgeous navy and gold wedding at the Ca d'zan on the Ringling Estate is on Belle the Magazine! I love how they described it:
"The bride's to-die-for glimmering Kate Spade shoes that were the talk of all women present, who can blame them... they're fabulous! Speaking of fabulous, the navy + gold color palette was exceptionally stunning on the guest tables as well as the four tiered gold overlay beauty."

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Lauren & Brian & Amalie Arena

When I met with Lauren & Brian, Brian was not super excited about engagement photos but once he mentioned he loves hockey and the Lightning I knew that was what we needed to do!  The Lightning staff at Amalie Arena were amazing. They gave us the little cleats to go out on the ice and the Zamboni driver even brought out a goal and his 2 hockey sticks for us to use!  I love how Lauren & Brian met, here's the story straight for Lauren:  
"We met at Target where we both work. We were having a morning huddle in the pharmacy (I'm the pharmacist) and they kept talking about this "new" Brian, so I just had to lean over the pharmacy counter to look. When I leaned over, so did he and something strange happened between the two of us. It took him a while to ask me out, but he finally did in the furniture section of our Target."  
Such a fun session and I can't wait until 3.7.15!!!!! 

{Kirsten & Joe @ The Renaissance Vinoy}

 Kirsten wore mint green converse shoes the matched the girls dresses perfectly, and her feet were comfortable all day:-) Joe surprised her with a hand painted canvas of them where he proposed to her on the beach.  Joe got  each of his groomsmen shot glasses, zippo lighters engraved with their names, and cool socks.  Joe had the sweetest reaction when he saw Kirsten walking down the aisle of the tea garden.  I love how you can always feel the energy in the air right before the bride walks down the aisle. Their guests enjoyed cocktails and h'ordeuvres on the pool terrace at Vinoy's Sunset Ballroom.  Kirsten & Joe's had a really unique sign in for their guests, a wooden adirondack chair and puzzle pieces. The ballroom was beautifully decorated with tall cascading florals, lanterns, and lots of candle light.  Joe's groom's cake had figurines of their two dogs wearing FSU bandanas. Their sweets table had mini cupcakes, custom decorated cookies and cake pops.  They had a sparkler send off into a horse drawn carriage and even the horse had sequined shoes on!  Congrats Kirsten and Joe! xoxo
Venue | The Vinoy | Cake Artist | The Vinoy | Florist | Carrollwood Florist |  Hair Stylist | Toni & Guy | Makeup Artist | Makeup by Christy | Videographer | Rad Red Creative | DJ | Breezin Entertainment | Transportation | St. Petersburg Carriages | Gown Boutique | CC's Bridal boutique | Stationary | Wedding Invy

Bridal Shower in Wonderland Styled Shoot @ USF Botanical Gardens

We love collaborating with other talented "friendors" in Tampa to create something different and amazing.  The concept for this "Shower in Wonderland" came from Melissa, from Chefin, and Becky, from Tufted.  We are honored they asked us to photograph their vision!  Dennis  & MacKenzie and their actual bridal party were our fabulous models:-) Here's the detail straight from Melissa:

"The vision was to create a wedding shower in which the men could not only particpate, but actually have fun.  This was done through the incorporation of a gentlemen's lounge in which the guys could enjoy spirits, cards, and their own dessert table with a darker, more masculine color scheme.

Guests were greeted with cocktails and pastries in a setting that may allow them to feel as if they were "down the rabbit hole" which helped set the tone for the playful day which was to occur.

The men enjoyed a Queen of Hearts dessert table which included Cherry-Dark Chocolate Cupcakes, Rose Petal Truffle Cakes, Cake Pops, and Deck of Cards Iced Cookies and Cake. The Queen of Hearts theme was brought to life by using darker tones mixed with elements that elude to some of the Queen's favorite items: hearts, decks of cards, and even gold crowns; providing a perfect backdrop for the men to wager a bet on their own card game.

The girls enjoyed a brunch of tea and pastries in a more whimsical setting, which took a que from The Mad Hatter. The tea table was filled with endless cakes and pastries including Lavender Shortbread  Iced Cookies, Inidvidual Spice Cakes with Chai Cream,  Orange Creamsicle Truffles, Mini Raspberry Charlottes, Citrus Mousse Cake, and a Royal Charlotte with Cascading Fruit amongst other celebration cakes to fit the theme. The table was set with vintage pastels and elements to help subtly elude to the whimsical theme such as clocks, books, tea cups and pots, and even a white rabbit.  In true Wonderland fashion, the entire bridal party joined together for a game of crochet after their separate dessert celebrations."

Location | USF Botanic Gardens | Vintage Furniture | Tufted | Dessert Tables | Chefin | Hair & Makeup | Michele Renee the Studio | Dresses & Accessories | Anglo Couture | Girls Shoes | Diana E Kelly | Bride & Groom | Dennis Bonefont & MacKenzie Clark | Bridal Party | Tara Quinn, Michael Quinn, Nikki Fulton, Otis Collado, Jennifer Bordonaro, Gary Miller

{Abby & Travis @ Lange Farm}

Talk about divine intervention…there was a 90% chance of rain at the time of Abby & Travis' outdoor ceremony at The Lange Farm!!  It rained 30 minutes before the ceremony was supposed to start and them completely stopped. Everyone was looking at their phone radars and by "coincidence" the storms went everywhere around, but JUST missed the Lange Farm. They were able to have the ceremony they planned on the lawn under an AMAZING floral arch created by Events in Bloom. A crystal chandelier hung in the center of the arch. It was absolutely breathtaking!  Abby looked stunningly beautiful in her dress that was made of lace and tulle that flared out right above the knees. Travis and his groomsmen wore tan suits with pink ties to match the bridesmaids pink dresses.  The ring bearer carried a little bird cage to hold the rings and the flower girl's little escort held a heart shaped sign that said "here comes the bride" on the way in.  On the way out it said "and they lived happily ever after". The Garden House was dressed to perfection with gold chivari chairs, light pink linens, and beautiful florals.  They are enjoying their honeymoon in Europe as we speak:-)  Congrats Abby and Travis! xoxoxo

Venue | Lange Farm | Caterer | Delectables Fine Catering, Inc. | Officiant | Michael Barton | Florist | Events In Bloom | Hair & Makeup | Collective Creations | DJ | Grant Hemond | Cake Artist | Chantilly Cakes | Stationary | Wedding Paper Divas | 

Uncle Ben's Event @ Datz

Uncle Ben's is on a nationwide tour to encourage families to cook healthy dinners at home with their children! They are holding cooking classes in different restaurants across the United States. In Tampa, the class was held at Datz! The children that attended the class had a fantastic time learning some basics of cooking and actually getting to prepare a meal! The representatives from Uncle Ben's educated the children and their parents on the importance of learning to cook tasty and healthy meals at a young age.  Great food and lots of fun!

The Official Team N

This week I got to photograph 2 adoption days!  This one is extra special because Gisselle is our daughter, Maddie's, sister.  She's an adorable, spunky, 3 year old now, but Holly and Saul have had her as a part of their family since she was only 3 months old as a foster child.  Holly use to do my hair at her house, and I remember the first time I met that sweet little baby right when she was about 4 months old.  Back then, I never would have guessed the journey both of our families has gone on that came together with these sweet girls.  Gisselle was their first foster child, and at that point foster or adoption for my husband David and I was not even on the horizon. 3 years later we got to be there as the judge had everyone raise their right hands and promise to love and care for Gisselle as a part of their forever family. There is nothing sweeter. 

The Official J Team

Tuesday September 23rd was adoption day for Lisa and Fred's 3 children!  Even though they are ending one chapter there is many more to come with them officially becoming Team J!  I absolutely love photographing this  event, it's literally a 10 minute court hearing but is actually the legal finalization of the adoption process.  Many times this process is very long and sometimes has winding roads with bumps and hills so when you finally get to the finalization it's one of the most amazing things ever.  Check out more of their story on the Promise Love Blog!  Congrats Lisa & Fred!! 

Heather & Adam @The Florida Aquarium

Although it was pouring rain on Heather and Adam's wedding day, they didn't let that put a damper on anything! The groomsmen had so much fun while getting ready, they all wore fluorescent socks and Adam surprised each of them with a monogramed flask.  The girls wore knee length flowy coral dresses that matched the guys coral ties.  Heather and Adam had their wedding ceremony in front of the panoramic shark tank.  Adam's uncle officiated their ceremony, and Adam had some "eye sweat" going on during his vows, it was so sweet!  The reception was also in front of the shark tank and it was decorated with silver chivari chairs, coral chair ties, and tall white florals.  Their first dance was to Brad Paisely's "She's Everything". One of the lines in the song mentions being the "wooden rocking chair rocking right beside me." At that moment, the groomsmen brought out Adam's gift to Heather which was two wooden rocking chairs with bows on them!  The couple, along with their friends and family danced the night away and then were sent off with sparklers to their limo! Such a beautiful day! Congrats Heather and Adam! xoxoxo

Venue | Florida Aquarium | Florist | Tampa Wedding Studio | Hair Stylist | My Salon Studios | DJ | Grant Hemond | Cake Artist | Alessi Bakery