{Rebecca & Danny @ Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club}

I am in love with the color palette Rebecca picked for the bridesmaids dresses! They wore different shades of blue, light gray and mauve.  Rebecca’s gown was simple but detailed with a crystal sash and sparkly platinum shoes.  Danny and the guys wore navy suits with America flag socks. The lightning was so pretty coming through the trees where we took photos before the ceremony of the guys and girls. The ceremony was on the 10th hole of the golf course under the big oak tree lined with flower petals and wooden arch that Danny’s dad made.  Danny anxiously awaited his bride and had the sweetest look when he say her dad escorting her down the aisle.  The scene there for the the ceremony and photos is just stunning.  The reception décor had an elegant ambiance with candles and tall crystal floral centerpieces. The table numbers were held by huge clothespins that were such a unique touch. To remember their loved ones who couldn’t be there, there was a memory table with a lantern burning. Rebecca and Danny are huge craft beer fans and had a bottle Coppertail (which is a local Tampa brewery) with a burlap ribbon tied to it holding a custom engraved bottle opened and thank you tag.  The reception was full of fun and sweet words given by their maid of honor and best man.  We got to sneek them out for a few photos at night which is always one of our favorite things to do!   Congrats Rebecca & Danny!! xoxoxo 
Venue | Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club | Florist | Arlene Florist Designer | DJ | Grant Hemond | Bridal Gown | The White Closet Bridal | Stationary | The Wedding Paper Divas |

Olympia Catering

A little known fun fact about me is I LOVE photographing food:-)  It doesn't talk back to you and you can eat it when you're done, what's not to love about that?  Olympia Catering asked me to photograph some of their tasty popular dishes.  Makes me hungry just looking at these!  The colors are garnishes are so pretty.  My favorite though, was the "Fill & Dunk Cannoli" cart.  Guests can pick their filling and "dunkings", how fun is that?  Needless to say I ate one on the way home as I had a to go box of them in my car. 

{Julie & Hillson @ Oxford Exchange}

Julie and Hillson (aka Matt but Julie has always called him by his last name:-) met in DC when they both worked at the Pentagon. Theirs is still my favorite story of how I got to photograph their wedding:-) Just over 5 years ago we lived in cute cottage house in Seminole Heights, after we moved out, another couple moved in, and that couple happened to be Julie & Hillson!  When they got engaged Julie remembered I was a wedding photographer and the rest is history.  Their wedding day was flawless from beginning to end.  Julie's cute little niece was the first to arrive with her mom at Oxford Exchange.  I'm so glad the girls got ready there, the gray exposed brick and huge windows are such a pretty backdrop.  Hillson and the boys got ready at Le Meredien and then we met at UT for first look.  As soon as Hillson saw Julie in her beautiful gown the nervousness was gone and that was such a sweet moment.  We got some beautiful photos of this crew at UT and then the steps of Le Meredien before the ceremony.  You can see a little flower girl peeking out in the aisle during the ceremony:-)  Right after their exit we went straight to OE with Julie and Hillson so we could get some photos of them on that amazing staircase. Oxford Exchange is such a cool space, as a coffee shop/book store/restaurant by day and unique event space by night.  Cocktail hour was in the main staircase area and white brick atrium.  That's also where the cake and Pittsburg cookie table was.  Julie is from PA, so she brought that tradition with her and there were maybe 20 kinds of cookies with favor boxes for their guests to take them home.  Dinner was family style on long tables with navy runners, candles, and gorgeous florals in silver vases.  So much joy and love this entire day, I'm going to stop writing so you can see it for  yourself.  Congrats Julie and Hillson!!!  xoxoxo
Venue | Oxford Exchange | Church | St Andrew's Episcopal Church | Florist | Botanica | Hair and Makeup | Collective Creations | Dj and Band | Inspire DJ | Cake Artist | Chocolate Pi | Gown Boutique | Malindy Elene Bridal Boutique | Bridesmaids Gowns | Bella Bridesmaids | Stationary | Minted.com 

The Power of Uplighting

One of the most asked questions from our couples about their reception is about uplighting.  Is it worth it? YES!  I've been wanting to do a post with a good visual example and I've got it! I recently did this setup shoot for Gabro Event Services and A La Carte Shrine Pavilion to showcase what they can do and I think it's a pretty sweet example of the power of light.  The first image is the room setup just draped and the center pieces pin spotted.  It looks nice, but take a look at the impact of adding a color to the room, all done with light.  We did a softer white light and then a bolder purple light.  Normally when we shoot setups we use an LED video light on a stand to light the center piece and still get the background color.  I love that Gabro Events has pin spots that they attach to the ceiling which allows them to light each center piece.  For the ceremony setup they moved them all to light the ostrich feathers in the main aisle which looks amazing.  So, there you go, uplight, uplight, uplight! 
Venue | A La Carte Shrine Pavilion | Lighting & Decor | Gabro Event Services 

Jennifer Matteo @ The Diamond Vault

The wedding and event industry is made of of many small businesses and it's really so fun and exciting to celebrate friendors (vendors that are friends:-) dreams coming true!  Sarasota is not far from Tampa Bay and honestly I just plain love going there.  Last week Jennifer Matteo hosted a fabulous launch party for her event planning company & the Diamond Vault in Sarasota.  I got to photograph it as well and get to spend time with some people I haven't seen in years and many new faces that were so fun getting to know.  As you can imagine, Jennifer had a fabulous group of people who worked so hard to make it a beautiful setting and celebration for her.  Her adorable son Jackson even got to make an appearance.  Thanks Jennifer it was so fun to be a part of!   
Venue | Diamond Vault | Catering | Cafe Gabbiano | Beverages | Liquor Locker | Gift Baskets | Just a Basket Case | China/High Tops/Linens | US Tent | Prosecco Pops | Pop Craft | Cakes | Wonder Cake Creations and Cakes by Ron | Musicians | Tasa & Rob | Florals | Oh Darling Events | Draping & Decor | Palacios Events | Furniture & Decor | So Staged Events

{Jessica & Marc @ The Renaissance Vinoy}

It such a beautiful day in St. Petersburg for Jessica and Marc’s wedding.  There is always so much hustle and excitement that goes into getting ready but I love the pause that happens when Jessica and Marc stopped to read words written to about how much they mean to each other. It’s almost like time stops in that moment.  The style was formal, but fun and the girls’ coral dresses looked amazing with the black tuxes and coral argyle socks.  Jessica’s gown had the most beautiful lace train that laid out perfectly in a circle.  Before we knew it the stretch hummer was whisking us off to the ceremony at St. Rafael’s.  We had a blast with this group around Vinoy park and then got to steal just Jessica & Marc away for some photos in the tea garden.  Such sweet moments with them and the afternoon light was perfection.  While that was going on their guests were enjoying cocktail hour in the Grand Ballroom foyer, complete with an array of Marc’s favorite whiskey.  The reception was decorated with gold chivaris, chargers, candles, and a gold glittery cake topper.  The tables alternated with tall and short floral centerpieces along with a photo frame of different locations that the couple had vacationed to. Sweet speeches, fun dancing, and crazy photos taken in the photo booth. Congrats Jessica & Marc!!! xoxoxo 
Venue | The Vinoy Renaissance | Church | Saint Raphael's Catholic Church | Florist | Events in Bloom | Hair and Makeup | Lasting Luxe | Videographer | Voila Cinematic | DJ | Breezin Entertainment | Bridal Gown | LA Bridal |Transportation | Ambassador Limo | Stationary | Wedding Paper Divas & Minted.com

{Alicia & Donald @ The Florida Aquarium}

Alecia and Donald are one of the sweetest couples you will ever meet.  Their entire wedding day emanated how much they love each other and it was truly amazing to capture their story.  Some of my favorite moments were with Alecia and her mom while she was getting in her beautiful gown.  Just the way she looked at Alecia with so much love and happiness, I think it gets me even more because I have 2 daughters:-)  Once she was totally ready we opened the door so her bridesmaids could see her in her gorgeous gown.  Donald sent a little gift over that was a surprise diamond tennis bracelet that was the perfect finishing touch.  Their ceremony was in front of the coral reef at the Florida Aquarium.  They had a couple surprises up their sleeve to make the ceremony extra amazing.  Once the processional was over and Donald got to see his bride, Alecia's aunt gave her, her grandmother's handkerchief and they had a bell they practiced ringing for when things aren't easy.  Just before they were announced as the official Mr. & Mrs. Cannon the tank filled with bubbles, which is a brand new thing at the Aquarium and such a dramatic backdrop.  They flipped the reception into an aqua lit setting with white florals and linens with sand dollar place cards and silver chivaris.  Alecia and Donald entered with a white boa and fun glasses and before we knew it they were being sent off with sparklers out front.  Congrats you guys it was flawless and amazing!!! xoxox
Venue | The Florida Aquarium | Hotel | Westin Tampa Harbour Island | Officiant | Perfect Witness | Florist | Bay Bouquet Floral Studio | Hair and Makeup | Collective Creations | Videography | Celebrations of Tampa Bay | DJ | Grant Hemond | Bridal Gown Boutique | Aurora Unique Bridal Boutique | Stationary | Wedding Paper Divas | Cake Artist | Publix |

Ivy Astoria Romantic Teal and Gold Styled Shoot

Yesterday we showed you the outdoor space at the brand new Ivy Astoria and part 2 is a peek at their indoor space.  Jennifer and Liz created a totally different concept that has an upscale romantic feel.  Some of the same elements were used like the farm table and gold chargers, but this indoor space has a totally different feel.  I love how the brown chairs coordinate perfectly with the wooden favors of different words and hearts.  Burgundy napkins and the flowers on the cake give it that extra little pop of color against the gold and teal.  The white draping helps create 2 lounge areas that really just pulls this space all together.  My 2 favorite aspects of this indoor space itself are the unique crystal chandeliers and the hardwood floors they really make it so versatile but simple and pretty.  Everyone involved pulled off not just one, but 2 different styles which is a ton of work and totally paid off.  Amazing job everyone! 
Concept & Event Design | 
Jennifer Sanschagrin & Liz Kamali Camacho | Venue | Ivy Astoria | Coordination | Liz Kamali Events | Floral/Acrylic Mandap | Royal Event Services | Catering | Stone Chef | Pipe/Drape/Lighting | Music on the Move | Lounge Furniture | FH Weddings | Chairs/Tables/Flatware/Chargers/China | A Chair Affair | Cake | The Cake Zone | Hair & Makeup | Eyes on You | Gown | The Bride | Videographer | Ashley Canay | Foliage | A1 Foliage | Linens | Kate Ryan Linens

Ivy Astoria Urban Garden Styled Shoot

Ivy Astoria is a brand new venue in Ybor that has an amazing outdoor garden space with a white brick wall and a rooftop ceremony space. This is the first shoot they have done so we were exited to be a part of it and work with the fabulous team of people below.  Jennifer and Liz created this Urban Garden vision surrounded by white draping, crystal chandeliers, and even crystal tie backs.  The farm table was set with a textured light purple runner, cascading florals and, different patterns of gold china.  I love how the glasses were purple, amber, and light blue while the place settings and linens were all gold with patterned china, chargers, and my favorite detail the gold flatware.  The cake detail was a little bit rustic and a lot fancy with the gorgeous floral and leaf detail.  If you look closely there are even little birds intertwined in the detail.  They have a rooftop space overlooking the garden,  for the ceremony set with acrylic chairs and coordinating greenery with a chandelier as the center piece.  The cascading boutique coordinated perfectly with the open backed lace gown from the Bride, which is a new boutique in Ybor right around the corner from Ivy Astoria. They also have an indoor space which I'll show you tomorrow where we photographed a totally different style so I'll show you that tomorrow!  
Concept & Event Design | Jennifer Sanschagrin & Liz Kamali Camacho | Venue | Ivy Astoria | Coordination | Liz Kamali Events | Floral/Acrylic Mandap | Royal Event Services | Pipe/Drape/Lighting | Music on the Move | Lounge Furniture | FH Weddings | Chairs/Tables/Flatware/Chargers/China | A Chair Affair | Cake | The Cake Zone | Hair & Makeup | Eyes on You | Gown | The Bride | Videographer | Ashley Canay | Foliage | A1 Foliage | Linens | Kate Ryan Linens

Liz & EG

This is one of my favorite engagement sessions ever:-)  No one even on Pinterest has done it before.  When I met Liz, she told me that EG is a UPS man and we started scheming about doing some of their engagement photos with him in uniform and a UPS truck.  EG was totally down, and we started their session at UPS and got creative with video light and off camera flash since it was evening time. The also love to hang out in Ybor so quick change and some of the pretty night scene there as well.  I can't wait for the wedding 4.8.17, there might even be some more hints of #whatcanbrowndoforyou.  xoxoxo

{Ashlee & Evan Wedding @ The Renaissance Vinoy}

Ashlee loves all things Betsey Johnson and wore the cutest sparkly ballet flats.  The soles were here something blue and perfect for photographing the rings on:-) Her something old was a Polly Pocket hidden in her garter (I had those as a kid and I don't remember them being so tiny!).  Evan is a welder by trade and can't wear a metal ring while he's working so Ashlee got him this really cool black one made of silicone.  Ashlee looked gorgeous in her lace gown with a black sash the coordinated perfectly with her bridesmaids dresses.  Evan and Ashlee's flowers were red and the rest of the bridal party white which made the hint of red look amazing.  Their tea garden ceremony was just before sunset with the center piece being a chandelier that will be hanging in their home.  Evan was in awe of his beautiful bride as she was escorted down the aisle by her brother.   We had gotten a key from the coordinator just before the ceremony so Miriam could run up to their balcony room and got some amazing overhead shots of the ceremony from a totally different perspective.  Evening at the Vinoy is so pretty and there was even a live guitarist playing while we were doing photos on the front terrace.  The reception was decorated with tall black vases, white florals, candle light, and the cake had an ornate sugary floral design.  When Evan's dad gave his toast he went all around the room telling where his guests were from near and far.  Evan's dance with his mom was so sweet, there was definitely not a dry eye in the room.  Before we knew it, it was time for their last dance and bubble send off down the staircase.  Congrats Ashlee & Evan!! 
Venue | The Vinoy Renaissance | Florist | Eve's Florist | DJ | Grant Hemond 

Welcome to the World Tristan

I got to spend some time with this sweet new family of 4 (dogs always count as part of the family:-) Tristan has the most adorable nursery decorated with zoo animals and gray washed wood. It was so sweet seeing Cinda and Tyler as brand new parents and how in love they are with him.  Addie wanted to be a part of the fun too!

Sex in the City Skyline Glam @ The Tampa Club

We had the honor of working with an amazing group of Tampa friendors (aka wedding vendors that are friends:-) on this gorgeous styled shoot at the Tampa Club.  The Tampa Club is on the 42nd floor of the Bank of America building downtown and has the most amazing views of the city.  Brittany, the Tampa Club's private events director, and Karin, from Confetti Events created this Sex in the City Skyline Glam look that is just flawless.  Each space had it's own elements of gold, florals and lighting that complimented this Bradshaw style. The ceremony was lined with different height candles, gold chivari's with a chandelier to accent the pipe and draped front.  The cocktail hour had high tops covers with sequined linens cinched with gold.  The entrance of the reception was draped and candlelit with alternating high and low florals, sequined linens, and even gold flatware.  Hands on Sweets created a cake with gold sequins that tied in the gold sequins on the sweetheart table.  Did I mention that there were sprinkles cupcakes and homemade ice cream too?  While working we got to listen to the sounds of the saxophone player, violin and guitarist from Breezin.  Kristen and Jared, our models had just gotten married in July and we so fun to work with.  The colors at dusk out the panoramic windows are reflections and night were so pretty.  Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make this so beautiful! 
Venue | The Tampa Club | Event Coordinator | Confetti Events | Floral Designer | Northside Florist | Musicans | Breezin Entertainment | Hair/Makeup | Collective Creations | Draping/Lighting/Chairs/Linens | Gabro Event Services | Stationary | A&P Designs | Cake | Hands on Sweets | Dance Floor | My Event Design | Gown | Malindy Elene Bridal Boutique | Tux | The Black Tux | Dessert Table | Sprinkles Cupcakes | Flatware/Chargers | A Chair Affair | Videography | Allure Cinema | Models | Kristen & Jared Bladen

{Angie & Adam @ The Hyatt Sarasota}

Angie and Adam are from Ohio. Over the years they have vacationed in Sarasota many times so it was the perfect spot to bring their friends and family for their wedding!  Adam gave all the guys copper mugs and they all drank Moscow Mule's as the got ready.  Angie's lace overlay gown was so pretty and the perfect accent was her silver Prada sandals.  Their wedding style was a little bit causal and a little bit chic with the girls in flowy navy dresses and they guys in tan suits and Sperry's.  They said their I Do's on the lawn and then Angie changed into a fun party dress for the reception.  They surprised everyone with a Dirty Dancing inspired first dance and everyone had an amazing time! Congrats Angie & Adam! 
Venue | Hyatt Sarasota | Florist | Beneva Flowers | Hair and Makeup | Ana Molinari Salon | DJ | Joe Farren | Cake | Cakes by Ron | Gown | Louise Christine

{Alyssa & Christopher @ The Lange Farm}

Alyssa and CJ had a rustic chic styled wedding at the beautiful Lange Farm.  Their ceremony was set up under the beautiful sprawling oak tree in the front lawn. Crystal chandeliers hung from the branches and it was lined with white lanterns.  Their unity candle sat on a cute rustic table with two big lanterns next to it. Alyssa arrived in her dad's white Mustang, and CJ finally got to see his bride as it pulled away.  Their vows were sweet and sealed with a kiss as the new Mr. and Mrs!  Their reception was decorated with succulent and floral center pieces outside the barn, which was draped with market lights for a beautiful outdoor setting!  Congrats Alyssa and CJ it was amazing!! xoxox
Venue | The Lange Farm | Catering | Simply Southern Catering