{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:-) 

{Deirdre & Angelo @ The Florida Aquarium}

Deirdre and Angelo have a love for all things deep sea, which led them to the Florida Aquarium for their gorgeous wedding!  The bridesmaids wore coral colored knee length dresses that were the perfect pop of color for the under the sea themed decor.  Angelo wore gold shark cuff links and a matching tie clip. He had a little gold twisted metal pin with the initials of one of his friends that passed away that he pinned in his boutonniere. The boutonnieres were so unique, they were coral colored flowers inside a seashell. Both of his parents got teary-eyed when they opened the gifts from Angelo. He gave his dad a hammer with an inscription as well as a frame for his mom with a photo of her and him when he was only 1.  A little sign sat in a chair in the front row of the ceremony saying "we know you'd be here today if heaven weren't so far away", this was in honor of Deirdre's baby girl who passed away. She also had a locket with her photo in in that was attached to her bouquet.  The reception was decked out to look like a gorgeous under sea extravaganza. Coral and Aqua flowers, each with a shimmering starfish looked gorgeous along with the candle lit lanterns on each table. The guests found their seats by looking at the starfish on each chair that served as their place cards. The head table had a mermaid style Aqua overlay in the center! It was very whimsical and pretty. A little sign of two fish kissing draped from the front of the table, which said "Mr. and Mrs." Even the cake was adorned with shimmering seashells. At the entrance of the aquarium they had their guest book, which were sand dollars that everyone signed and put inside a crystal fish. There were Cozies monogrammed with "Two less fish in the sea"! Such a fun and beautiful night for this happy couple! Congrats Deirdre and Angelo! xoxoxoxo
Hotel | Sheraton Riverwalk | Venue | Florida Aquarium | Event Coordination & Florals | My Storybook Party | Hair & Makeup | Lili's Weddings | Videographer | Celebrations Of Tampa Bay | Stationary | Wedding Paper Divas | Cake Artist | Thompson's Cakes 

Family Wall

One of the things we specialize in (and LOVE creating) is turing our client's beautiful memories into artwork for their homes.  Everything is so digital now and I know for even me personally, I have to really be intentional about printing photos of my family.  Our house doesn't actually have a lot of wall space because we have so many doors and windows, but we do have a huge 2 story stairwell.  When we were building our house I found this big "W" made of out of old ceiling tiles and got the idea to start a family wall of photos and W's.  3.5 years ago we started out with just the W on the wall and now it's starting to fill up with some of our favorite memories. Some of them include, our wedding, dogs (because they were our first children:-), and one of my favorite ones is my mom holding 4 of her grand babies at one time because she was just so happy. Our very fist child was a little newborn foster baby and we don't get to see her anymore so it's a reminder of how much we love her, and to pray for her often.  Our 2 little girls newborn photos, adoption day, Maddie's halloween photo as a cabbage patch kid and W's that family has given us as gifts. I especially love the scrabble piece David's mom gave us for Christmas this year.  I started moving to the small wall on the landing and added our girls in the same exact pose my sister and I were in, in the same exact dresses when we were little and our Christmas photos so there's plenty of room for more there.  Once that is full I'll start filling up the huge wall we have that goes up the stairs.  I love canvas prints because they match everything and you can keep on adding. 

Who has time to do something like that, right?  We do!!  We can custom design a grouping to fit any size space and keep adding.  Here's an example of Melissa and Kevin's wall space and what we did with it.  Melissa sent me this photo on the left of her big open wall.  We designed a canvas grouping with some of their favorite images from their engagement session and wedding. There is a screen shot of it is on the right.

I always love seeing what the final product looks like on the wall especially when I don't get to see it in person.  Melissa and Kevin live in Ohio, so she sent me a couple photos of what their artwork looked like once it was hung. They actually re-arranged it, and put the family photos from their wedding on a different wall and there's space on both walls to add more as their family grows and changes over the years.  I love it!  Photos aren't meant just to be on your phones, social media, and computers, your memories can be designed into art pieces for you to enjoy for years to come!

Lyani & Darren

I had so much fun photographing these 2! All we did is literally laugh and goof around the entire time:-) Pair them with some pretty lighting and it's just plain engagement session bliss. I love how the coral and gray outfits coordinated together, and can I mention Lyani's amazing hair?  Darren is a big tough football player but she definitely gave him a run for it.  LOVE! 

{Maureen & Ralph @ Lange Farm}

Elegant, equestrian was the style for Maureen & Ralph's wedding.  It was the perfect theme since Maureen's favorite sport is horseback riding.  The girls each wore a unique hues of mint green dress and the florals were accented with orange and dusty rose.  Maureen's mom hand made her dress and put a little custom tag on the inside.  Each of the girls' bouquet had a different leather buckle on them, and Maureen's gift to them was silver and gold bracelets also with a little buckle.  The horse jumps in the arena had just been painted bright white and we were able to do some photos of the girls and guys (who actually were jumping over them:-) before first look.  Just before the ceremony, they did a Ketubah signing with their families which is actually what makes the marriage official.  Maureen's mom and dad waited at the end of the aisle to walk her down together and those were some of the sweetest moments.  They stood under the huppah that has 4 open sides that show hospitality to their guests and symbolizes the home they will create together.  Their Rabbi was very funny and stood on a stool since Maureen and Ralph both happen to be tall:-)  Each table had a different center piece with gold accents and a ribbons Maureen had won over the years horseback riding.  Their head table had a horse that was her grandparents and green garland accented the cake and sweetheart table. Their guests got the dancing started before dinner was served and did stop until the night was over! Congrats Maureen & Ralph!! xoxoxo
Venue | Lange Farm | Cake Artist | Cakes Plus | Caterer | Chives Catering | Florist | Andrea Layne Floral Design | Hair & Makeup | Michele Renee The Studio | Musician/DJ | Grant Hemond 

An Extra Special 1st Birthday!

I usually don't share my personal family events on our blog unless it's a really important one and this one is:-)  Our older daughter Madeline's 1 year old birthday is today!  Exactly one year ago we got to see the most beautiful 6 lb 7 oz little baby with tons of hair for the first time!  I still can't believe it's gone by so quickly and how blessed we are to be her parents. Her middle name is Joy and she has brought us more joy than I could have possibly imagined.  
     2 things I'm known for, (or like to think I am anyway:-) throwing fun parties and my love of cake!  Seriously, I don't know how anyone got ideas for birthday parties before pinterest was around. Since little Maddie doesn't know what she likes yet, she got to have a rainbow/unicorn themed birthday party, because really it's what mommy likes!  We had a little get together with friends and family yesterday, and it was a blast.  I have to give a serious THANK YOU to my wonderful friend Natalie, from Chic Sweets.  I showed her photos of what I wanted to do and she really made it come true. She made little signs that matched everything perfectly and treat bags for the kids to take lots of sugar home.  All I did was make rainbow rice krispies, oreo balls, and the rainbow cake and smash cake.  The mini cupcakes are from a new little bakery in Carrollwood called Small Cakes. The unicorn cupcake toppers are from Foolish Worker Bee and the Happy Birthday flag and cake sign are from Handmade by Seawon, both on Etsy.  There was no point in the day where there was full shade or sun on the sweets table but you get the idea.  Maddie LOVED her little smash cake and it was so funny because she dug right in and when everyone started laughing it scared her a little.  That didn't stop her though. Our other daughter Everly turns 1 in June so time to start planning another 1st birthday party!  4 months apart, random I know. Both our little bunnies are adopted and I've actually been working on a project every month over the past year that I'll be sharing soon next! 

Suzanne & Ken's Wedding Featured In The Tampa Bay Times!

Suzanne & Ken's wedding was one of our favorites of 2014. They have a really awesome story and are some of the sweetest people ever!  You can read how their 14 year engagement turned into their wedding story in print in today's Tampa Bay Times or check it out below!

{Kimberly & Erik @ The Westin Tampa Bay}

Kimberly planned so many personal & fun little surprises for Erik and their entire bridal party.  Erik LOVES the Red Sox and she secretly decorated the guys suite with all kinds of Boston swag!  Kimberly had her grandmother's broach on her bouquet, and on the Jr. Bridesmaids' bouquets a custom charm with a message from Kimberly for their weddings' someday. Kimberly had a red rose attached to her bouquet that she gave her dad right before he gave her away.  Instead of a unity candle they put together pieces of a cross.  Pastor Dave explained the meaning of each piece, and it's something they will always have in their home to remember their wedding day.  It was a beautiful evening for cocktails on the rooftop terrace of the Westin. The reception decor was stunning, not to mention the view of the sun setting over the bay! Beige linens with gold chargers and white alternating tall and short orchids decorated each table. They had a little bells for guests to ring for a kiss. In lieu of favors, they had cards that their guests could choose a charity that Kimberly & Erik would donate to in their name.  One tradition we don't see very often but I love (I did it at my wedding:-) is the cake charm pull. There were little envelopes with ribbons attached at the base of the cake. Kimberly's girls each got to choose one, and inside was a charm each with a different meaning and positive message. Kimberly even had Jessica, her event planner, and Kristina, the catering manager choose one!  Right after they cut their cake, Erik was surprised with an AMAZING Boston Red Sox cake!  Kimberly changed into a 2nd dress with aqua heels for their choreographed first dance. Instead of the garter and bouquet, they had an anniversary dance and the couple married the longest, which ended up being Kimberly's Aunt & Uncle, were given a bouquet that was made from pages of the book Pride & Prejudice.  The ice sculpture was filled with dessert shots and the servers passed all different little gourmet chocolates. Kimberly had a basket of dancing slippers in little gold pouches for the ladies and dance the night away, and they sure did!!! Congrats Erik & Kimberly!!!! 
Venue | The Westin Tampa Bay | Cake Artist | The Cake Zone | Videographer | Voila Cinematic | Florist | Braun's Fine Flowers | Linens/Decor | Kate Ryan Linens | Stationary | Urban Coast | Linens/Decor | Signature Event Rentals | Transportation | Olympus Limo | Ceremony Musician | Bella Musica | Musician/DJ | Inpulse Entertainment

{Ashlee & Andrew @ Lange Farm}

Ashlee & Andrew and their entire bridal party all wore cowboy boots for their chic, country wedding.  The girls in lace, mint, dresses and the boys in gold vests with mint ties and jeans.  Their ceremony was under the big oak tree at Lange Farm, the first row was set with church pews for their family.  Each row had a little bit burlap with flowers and a horseshoe and there were crystal chandeliers hanging from the trees.  It was lovely and the perfect weather!  Ashlee loves horses and there are some very friendly ones and Lange Farm that love to be in photos:-) The Garden House was decorated in beautiful florals with stringed pearl accents on top of burlap and lace table runners. Their guests place cards had a horseshoe tied to them for the favor.  The sweets table was to die for!  All different flavors of cupcakes on layer wooden crates with a little cake for Ashlee & Andrew to cut. Ashlee is the youngest of 5 sisters, we actually did her sister Heather's wedding 4 years ago so it was so nice to see her and Eric again too!  Ashlee's dad gave a toast and had Ashlee cut a ribbon to symbolize that he's cutting the ties as she is the baby of the family.  This group certainly knows how to celebrate, it was a blast! Congrats Ashlee & Andrew!!!! xoxoxo
Venue | Lange Farm | Caterer | Puff N Stuff | Hair & Makeup | Destiny & Light | Musician/ DJ | Grant Hemond | Gown Boutique | Athena's Bridal | Cake Artist | Sugardarlings | Florals | Lauren Balden

{Jenni & Brian @ The Whitefield Chapel}

This was our very last wedding of 2014 and I have to say it was one of my favorites. I've actually know Brian since like 1998 because we went to Purdue together.  He's been on staff with CRU and living in Italy for a number of years now.  He happened to randomly meet Jenni when he and his parents were traveling in France which is where she lives and teaches.  Brian is from Indiana, Jenni is from Tennessee and they met in Europe, it's a pretty awesome story:-) I can not begin to tell you how happy and honored I am to have captured their special day.  Brian's groomsmen, Rex, Steve, and Matt along with his officiant, Bart are also in our group of college friends.  I literally haven't seen some of them in over 10 years and it was so fun to catch up and hear about their families and life now.  As you'll see they are still the same crazy guys they always have been.      
     Jenni and Brian had to choose everything online since they weren't living in the US and decided on Savannah because it is such a great city and drivable for their family and friends. The Whitefield chapel was perfectly nestled among huge live oaks and Spanish moss.  Jenni wore a beautiful lace gown with a beige sash and the girls were in cranberry dresses.  The simple dark red and white roses looked amazing.  Brian and Bart were in the balcony as the guests were being seated.  One of my favorite moments is always when the groom sees his bride for the first time and this one was one of the sweetest.  Brian's eyes were leaking:-)  During the ceremony, Bart gave them an Celtic Trinity Knot that symbolizes God the Father, Son & Holy Spirit and means eternal love for Him and each other.  
    The reception was on the top floor of Churchill's Pub in downtown Savannah.  The room had really tall ceilings and huge windows lined with twinkle lights. The center pieces were rose bouquets with stringed pearls and vintage scrabble letters spelling out Amore, Love, & I do. There was eating and toasts and LOTS of dancing in true Evans style.  Congrats Brian & Jenni!!! xoxoxox

Chapel | Whitefield Chapel | Venue | 10 Downing | Florist | Maria Kato | Gown Boutique | Ever After Bridal | Stationary | Minted | Sweets Table | Delectable Designs