{Melissa & Brian @ Tampa Palms Golf & Country Club}

First off, can we say how stunningly gorgeous Melissa looked in her blush gown?  Brian looked pretty handsome in his coordinating blue suit and pink tie:-)  Their wedding was full of very fun, and personal details which we absolutely love!  They had gift bags waiting for their guests at the hotel that had oranges, since Brian is from Florida, and Buckeye's (the chocolate and peanut butter kind), since Melissa is from Ohio.  Melissa's something old was her grandmother's diamond heart ring that she wore on her right hand. Something borrowed was a bracelet from her mother in law.  Something blue was an embroidered handkerchief and something new was her jewelry and shoes. They didn't see each other before the ceremony but read notes to each other and opened gifts. Brian gave her Michael Kors flip flops and jokingly wrote in the note…just in case you forget your new initials…MK for Melissa Kensrue :) She gave him a blue Kenneth Cole watch to match his suit.  Melissa's bouquet had a pendant from her Maid of Honor with the lyrics to her favorite Hillsong Song. We had an impromptu first look with Melissa's Dad. He was coming up to the bridal suite to see his little girl and I just so happened to catch him before he saw Melissa.  It was one of our favorite moments of the day and beyond sweet. Brian and Melissa's Pastor, Wes, married them under the patio at Tampa Palms with the beautiful view of the golf course. When they had their first kiss one of the little flower girls had the best reaction! The reception decor was pink, gray, and navy with lots of candles and mercury glass. Brian's sister-in-law, Julie, is a NY Pastry chef and made the macron favors. There were some special escort cards that were included at the reception.  Place cards for Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Chewbacca (for Brian's love of Star Wars:-), their dog Selene, and some of their favorite spots were mixed in with all of their guests cards. Alessi Bakery created their cupcake tower and they made a special cupcake for Brian with all of their icing flavors because during the tasting her tried every flavor, as he should!  Melissa told us they had several events leading up to the day of the wedding, and their whole goal was investing in family, friends, and love. That really was the perfect theme to celebrate their marriage!  Congrats Melissa and Brian it was truly amazing!!! xoxox
Venue | Tampa Palms Golf & Country Club | Florist | Carrollwood Florist | Hair & Makeup | New Identities | Gown Boutique | Maria's Bridal | Stationary | Wedding Paper Divas | Cake Artist | Alessi Bakery

NACE @ The Crowne Plaza Westshore

We love our local chapter of National Association of Catering Executives!  It's really an awesome group of the best in wedding and event professionals in Tampa Bay.  This month was at the Crowne Plaza Westshore. The group of friendors below worked so hard to create the ambiance for the meeting and it looked amazing.  I especially love the unique bamboo chairs, gold linen overlays, black chandelier, and of course the pumpkin dessert:-)  Anna, the founder of Marry Me Tampa Bay gave a great presentation on the power of blogging to build your brand. Great job Anna and to all who put it together we so enjoyed it! 
Venue | Crowne Plaza Westshore | Event Rentals | A Chair Affair | Lighting/Draping/DJ | Music On The Move | Linens | Custom Linens | Photobooth | Shutterbooth | Limousines | Network Limousines 

Tiffany & Phil Maternity

Tiffany and Phil are expecting to be a party of 3 in October! I love that their # is #rymalpartyof3. Tiffany looked beautiful, and we just did a pretty outdoor casual feel. She asked me if Phil could be in a few, which of course the answer is always yes:-)  Phil acted the normal guy but ended up looking very model-y:-) I'm so excited to meet their new little guy very soon!! 

Jayde - Maternity

Jayde wanted a pretty, flowy, beach session and I have to say, this couldn't have turned out more perfect!  The storm clouds rolling in made for those nice textury clouds in the sky and it was a gorgeous sunset.  Michelle, from Aquali Bridal was there to make sure here hair and makeup was on point.  Jayde is due in just a few weeks and she looked so beautiful! Just as it was about to start pouring, I was trying to do something cool with the coral umbrella and that last shot is still my favorite!  

{Lyani & Darren @ Bella Collina}

Where do I even begin on how to describe the stunning details of Lyani & Darren's wedding? The color palette was white, gold, coral, mint, blush and gray.  Lyani's gown is one of my all time favorites, and in fact, each detail was hand made and designed by the talented Ashaka Givens, who personally made sure every stitch was perfect. The entire day from getting ready through their sparkler exit was so much fun because their joy and love for each other is literally infectious. The girls were in different shades of light blush, ivory and white dresses and the boys in gray suits with cool socks and gray converse. Everything was at Bella Collina which is kind of a hidden treasure in Florida, but looks like scene straight out of Tuscany. As Lyani walked in with her dad and he lifted the veil, Darren might have had a little tear. All the girls can sing, I heard them during getting ready:-) But, her maid of honor belted out a gorgeous song during the ceremony, no instruments needed. After their were the official Mr & Mrs Howard and had just walked out of the ceremony they turned and had the sweetest moment. Darren's son Avery might have stolen the show in his mini converse!  Lyani is a designer, and had her style and details incorporated into each part of the day. I love sineage and stationary and she had all different ones that welcomed guests, thanked them, honored guests who couldn't be there, and sweet treats as everyone left. The tables each different sized glass over a birds nest and florals and the unique lighting pattern the covered the ceiling set the tone. Lyani and Darren each had a surprise up their sleeve that neither of them knew about. Just after entering the reception Lyani and her bridesmaids did the traditional Puerto Rican Bomba dancing for Darren. I already had posted some of Darren's surprise to her, but if you didn't see it I still posted some of his surprise fireworks, seriously I have never seen anyone happier or more surprised than Lyani was, it was awesome! One last surprise Lyani had for her girlfriends was that instead of throwing just one bouquet I think it was actually 7! Good thing too because these girls were serious about that bouquet toss. Each bouquet also had a tag with a little message on it as well. There were so many amazing moments, tears of joy, and laughter! Congrats Darren & Lyani it was the perfect day and we were honored to be a part of it! 
Venue | Bella Collina | Coordination | An Affair to Remember | Florals | Lee Forrest Design | Wedding Gown Designer | Ashaka Givens | Officiant | Pastor Chris Brooks | Videography | Castaldo Studios | DJ | DJ Hard Hittin Harry | Lighting and Audio | Power Entertainment | Draping & Rentals | Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals | Cake | L'Artisan Cake Altier | Fireworks | Pyrotechnico

Alice in Wonderland Featured on Marry Me Tampa Bay!

The UBER creative styled shoot we did with this group of amazing and talented friendors just got published on Marry Me Tampa Bay!! 
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

{Miriam & Sergio @ Palacio National de Mafra - Portugal}

Miriam and Sergio's wedding is the first one I've gotten to photograph in Europe! I have to say it was extra special because not only did I get to go, but my husband and daughters got to experience it as well.  They made us feel like we were a part of their family and it was truly an honor.  Miriam is from Mexico, and Sergio is Portuguese but grew up in Germany.  Their friends and family are all over the globe so many weren't able to attend their wedding in Mexico 6 years ago. Sergio's parents have a beautiful property with a huge garden on a hill that overlooks the ocean just outside of Lisbon. Each day leading up to the wedding friends and family arrived from all different countries and every night there were more chairs added to the dinner table. There were guests from the US, Germany, Portugal, France, Canada, Thailand and others I'm sure. Sergio's brother and cousin drove over 20 hours from Germany in a sweet black Mustang convertible so they could use it for their get away car!  Miriam wore the dress she wore 6 years ago, it was a 2 piece organza gown with a beautiful lace veil.  Sergio also wore the brown suit he originally wore.  Their son, Leo, was the ring bearer and daughter, Regina, was the mini flower girl:-) They both got ready by the marble staircase at the house. Sergio picked up Miriam's shoes which said, "I do" on the bottom and said "Do I"?  Miriam's mom helped her get into her gown and gold heels and her dad was just so sweet when he saw her!  
     Then it was off to the Palacio National de Mafra in the Mustang.  It is a gorgeous Catholic Basilica that was built in 1755. Leo pulled Regina down the aisle in a wagon right before Miriam walked down the aisle. They did the lasso ceremony where Miriam's parents draped a beautiful swavaski crystal rosary over the 2 of them as the priest did a blessing.  They ceremony wasn't just for them, they had their daughter baptized and were honoring Sergio's parents, Isa and George's 40th wedding anniversary as well!  To make the marriage official they actually sign the papers during the ceremony right at the very end. They exited down the iconic steps of the basilica and we literally could have done photos for hours because the architecture is so amazing and different than what we have in the US. My favorite spot though was actually the little garden on the side with the tall purple flowers. 
     The reception decor was simple and so pretty with candelabra's, crystal and a little bit of sparkle.  The food in Portugal is just amazing.  Dinner was served family style with so many different courses it was impossible to try them all!  They are known for seafood, especially cod and the different cheeses and bread they have with every meal is a carbavour's (like me:-) dream.  They did their first dance and then Sergio danced with his mom and Miriam with Sergio's dad.  Then Sergio's parents danced while they added Miriam with her dad and Sergio with Miriam's mom until everyone was on the dance floor. Later into the evening, if you were still hungry they opened the doors to another room that had a full buffet of meats, cheeses, fruits, seafood, and dessert. Just before the end of the party we moved outside for them to cut the cake and fireworks! We got to know so many wonderful people! I have to say a special thank you to Luanne and Ploy for helping David wrangle our two one year olds while I was photographing the wedding.  And of course to Miriam & Sergio for coordinating everything to bring us along and their parents Isa, George, Victor, & Lily for opening their home and being amazing hosts! 

{Billie & Andrew @ The Florida Aquarium}

Andrew asked Billie to marry him in one of the caves of the Aquarium on New Years Eve, so it was of course the perfect and most meaningful location for their wedding!  Billie's aunt does all the draping of the coral reef room at the aquarium, and she did an absolutely beautiful job for their special day. There were crystal beaded tie-backs and purple up-lighting to set the tone for the ceremony.  Billie entered the room with her dad and they said their I do's in front of the panoramic aquarium with sharks and sea turtles as the backdrop. While their guests sipped on cocktails and enjoyed the exhibits, the main lobby underwent a beautiful transformation. It was draped in white and the  tables were decorated with beautiful pink and plum colored flowers. License plates from different states sat on top of stacks of old books and served as the table names! Each guest had to use their placard and find their "state". The cake was the perfect accent to the purple and silver color palette.  Billie wore heels for the ceremony and converse for dancing!  Such a fun and special day for this sweet couple! Congrats Billie and Andrew! xoxoxoxo
Venue | The Florida Aquarium | Bridal Party Florals | Apple Blossoms | Hair & Makeup | Colours By Linny | DJ | Grant Hemond | Cake Artist | Let Them Eat Cake | Stationary | Invitation Consultants | Centerpieces Draping & Lighting | Savvy Events & Entertainment

Best Fireworks Surprise Ever!

Normally I'll post one of our favorite moments right after the wedding, but, last night, Darren's surprise to Lyani is worthy of it's own blog posting!  A few days ago Darren emailed me and said Lyani LOVES fireworks (he in fact said she's like an 8 year old when she sees them:-) and he wanted to surprise her during the reception. So, we planned to "take them outside for some photos at night" and then the fireworks would start.  It was definitely my favorite moment to capture yesterday! Lyani was SO beyond surprised and just threw her hands up to enjoy it. Darren even stepped away from her for a minute so everyone could just watch her joy and excitement. Just when you thought it was over, the grand finale amazed everyone. Darren definitely wins the best wedding day surprise ever! 

{Amber & Paul @ The Lange Farm}

Amber and Paul have been together for 10 years and have 3 adorable children, Alexis, Paulie, and Scarlet who all played a role in their wedding. Their wedding style was Victorian chic with ivory, lace, and lavender and eggplant accents. Amber’s dress was a soft blush with a cream lace overlay, positively stunning. Scarlett, their daughter, had a dress that matched and had a plum colored sash that tied in the color of the bridesmaid’s dresses. Paul and the boys looked handsome in black tuxes with coordinating lavender and eggplant ties. The entry way to the ceremony was two wooden doors draped with lace and when they opened and Amber stepped through and you could feel the joy and happiness that everyone shared with them in that moment. The forecast said rain all day but it stopped in time for the ceremony and photos outside! The reception was gorgeous; pots filled with roses that sat on top of vintage books with pearl and lace for the centerpieces. Amber surprised Paul with a Darth Vader Groom’s Cake that they unveiled during their cake cutting, which he loved! It didn't start raining until evening time, which was perfect! Such a beautiful day for this sweet couple! Congrats Amber and Paul! xoxoxoxo 
Venue | The Lange Farm | Caterer | Amici's | Florist | Chalet Flowers | Musician | Tim LaVechia | Gown | Patricia's Boutique | Cake Artist | Cakes By Gia

{Haley & Jordan @ The Sheraton Sand Key}

We have been getting so much rain and thankfully it held off so Haley and Jordan could have their beach wedding literally on the waterfront:-)  They had a simple peach, gold, and aqua beach chic style.  Haley wore the cutest lace and crystal foot jewelry and a beautiful necklace from her grandmother.  Her maid of honor had gold foot jewelry that matched her little girl's who was the cutest little flower girl! They girls in flowing pink dresses and boys in beige suits and aqua ties. Since the weather was so un-predictable at the last minute they put the shepherds hooks out, chairs for the grandparent and got everyone outside so they could have the beach wedding of their dreams, and they did! There were even some very friendly sea gulls that decided to join us as well.  The flooded beach made for an awesome backdrop and we didn't even have to walk down to the water:-)  The reception was decorated with peach linens, lantern, and an awesome sweets table.  Haley and Jordan went to Texas A&M so of course are huge Aggie fans.  They had all their friends on the dance floor doing the war hymn! Everyone had the most amazing time and it was so fun to be a part of! Congrats Haley and Jordan!!! xoxoxo
Venue | Sheraton Sand Key | Officiant | Jake English | Florist | Events In Bloom | Stationary | Wedding Paper Divas | Gown | The Blushing Bride