Candice & Steven's Wedding Album

This little beauty is in our office and will be on it's way home soon!  Candice and Steven chose a wedgewood blue leather and photo printed on metal cover for their wedding album.  Some of our favorite moments were first look (including their dog Blalock:-) all of their amazingly unique details including the Taco Bus and hand made Florida mugs, and their sparkler exit to the water taxi.  We hope you guys enjoy flipping through and enjoying your wedding story for years to come!

Dax Newborn

This little guy is already a Tampa Bay Lightening fan!  Autumn and Collin's other child, Tate, (the 4 legged furry kind:-) is use to being a model since he was in their engagement photos and he was very sweet with Dax.  So many sweet moments with this little cutie and his parents, we even got a little smile while Collin was holding him.  They have this awesome family wall in their living room that was the perfect ending to our session! 

Sara and Anthony's Wedding Album

Our album obsession continues with this stunning, panoramic 20 in x 8 in wedding album we created for Sara and Anthony's wedding.  The cover is a metallic print underneath acrylic with a swirly aqua and bronze leather.  Pictures really just don't do this one justice!  The smaller ones are copies for their parents:-) This one you open from bottom to top and it's 20 in x 16 in when it's totally open.  You can take a peek inside some of the pages below and we saved the beautiful Florida sunset for the very last page. 

Haley & John's Save the Dates

We love designing custom artwork for our couples and had to share how Haley and John's save the dates turned out. These are a 5x5 trifold double sided card with a scalloped magnet inside.  When it's closed, it's a 5x5 square and when their guests open it they have a fun little magnet for the fridge.  In the days of everything electronic these create a unique wow factor to get your guests excited about your wedding:-) 

Anna & Richard

These 2 love birds were just too much fun to photograph. Sweet moments, navy, sailboats, gorgeous light and the beach, really it can't get any better than that!  Richard is in the military and when he's away, he sends Anna handwritten letters as often as he can.  He said they are going to start having him just work in the mail room since he's there so often:-) They brought just a few of those and a stars and stripes blanket for the beach.  I absolutely love when couples such personal but subtle little details!  We are so looking forward to their wedding 1.14.17!!! 

Metropolitan Ministries Bridge Builders 2016

Metropolitan Ministries truly brings hope to those who are running short on it in Tampa Bay.  Over 1000 people supported their annual Bridge Builders event at the Hilton Downtown Tampa.  Lunch was provided by their cafe and catering company, Inside the Box.  It's "Good Food Doing Good", because all proceeds go back to feeding the hungry and people in need right here in Tampa, the food and service there is awesome.  Definitely worth a visit if you haven't been!  They shared a video story of Linda, and how working there has changed her life.  She actually made the cheesecake favors at each place setting.  Pam Iorio was presented with the 2016 Bridge Builders award and a hug from some of the Notes of Joy.  Metromin's President, Tim Marks, talked about outcomes, success rates, and how they measure, and constantly improve on helping people (makes my nerdy engineering heart leap:-)  They have a 92% success rate in their short term program and 88% success rate in their long term program which means almost all their families are leaving with housing, and a plan to be self-sufficient.  If you haven't taken a tour of the campus, or volunteered with them, you must!  it will blow your mind the impact they are making on Tampa Bay! 

Women of Influence 2016

The Women of Influence Luncheon this year, was the biggest one yet, over 1000 people (mostly women but a few brave men:-) at the Hilton Downtown Tampa.  This is the 7th year in a row I've photographed this event with the Greater Tampa Chamber, and it is always one of my favorites.  Dr. Judy Genshaft presented the 2016 Dottie Berger MacKinnon Woman of Influence Award to Rhea Law.  Gay Gaddis, CEO and founder of T3, which is the largest independent women-owned advertising agency in the US was the keynote speaker.  Back when she started her company in 1989 she wrote her mission statement on a napkin "Kick-ass work for clients who want to kick-ass".  I have to say I love this statement and feel the same in terms of what we do.  How about "Kick-ass photography for clients who want photos that kick-ass."  Gay was so interesting and energizing, it was awesome.  

Vice President Biden Speaks to Greater Tampa Chamber

I had the honor of photographing Vice President Biden's speech to the business leaders at Tampa Chamber at University of Tampa today. Only 15 chambers throughout the US were chosen to receive briefings from the White House, so it speaks to the level of business leadership we have here in Tampa.  The main theme was international relations and I some listening while shooting:-) One thing he said that totally resonated with me was "Everyone, everyone, everyone is entitled to be treated with dignity and respect. It's just basic".  It was so interesting and such a great experience to be a part of! 

{Sarah & Shaun @ Kapok Special Events Center}

Sarah and Shaun really put so much thoughtfulness into their wedding details and special surprises for their family and friends.  Their Tiffany Blue, white and gray color palette matched the venue perfectly.  They sent each other sweet gifts while getting ready!  One of the groomsmen sent a video of Shaun opening his gift to Sarah so she could see his reaction while getting ready.  Her gown was a simple, but stunning with a jeweled waist and buttons down the sheer back.  Just before Sarah walked down the aisle, the curtains closed and she was in the spotlight as you could see her silhouette from behind the curtain.  Her brother walked her down the aisle and handed her off to Shaun.  Sarah's brother in law became an officiant just for their ceremony.  Instead of a unity candle they poured together different colors of glass pieces that is going to be turned into an art piece for their home.  The light in the garden by the fountains was so gorgeous for their photos after the ceremony.  Sarah's favorite flower is the orchid and she had just a touch of that in her bouquet.  The reception was decorated with tall branches and white roses and tulips.  They had a gourmet popcorn bar with little custom favor bags for their guests to take home with them.  During their first dance, Sarah and Shaun surprised both Shaun's parents and Sarah's sister and brother in law by having them join in.  Neither of them had a first dance for their weddings so it was such a special moment for them to all share together.  Sarah danced with her mom and had friends and family members each bring her a single rose while they were dancing, it was the sweetest!  During dinner, Sarah snuck away to change into a whole new look that made her look like a goddess!  Before we knew it, it was time for Rolls Royce exit.  Congrats Sarah and Shaun!! xoxoxo
Venue | Kapok Special Events | Hair and Makeup | Michele Renee The Studio | DJ | Expert Productions | Florist | Flora Fine Flowers | Gown | Malindy Elene | Cake & Popcorn Bar | A Piece of Cake | Catering | Olympia   

Happy Mother's Day!

Some of our favorite moments are always the priceless ones with moms and sons and daughters and grandma's.  These are just a few of the countless ones we have had the privilege of capturing.  Wishing all of you moms, grandmas and also to those of you who have taken on that role to influence the next generation.  Have an amazing day!!! xoxoxo

{Brooke & T.J. @ The Vault}

Brooke and TJ got ready at the Le Meridian Hotel in Downtown Tampa. It was the perfect location for them since they are both attorneys!  Brooke loves champagne and her wedding theme was the perfect reflection of her personality. The details were gold, sequined and sparkly.  Her mom had set up a champagne "bar" in Brooke's room.  It had glittery champagne bottles, engraved champagne glasses, a ribbon banner, and all the mixers. Even their water bottles for the day had custom labels with their names on them.  Brooke had three boxes of rings that we photographed, all family heirlooms.  Both of Brooke's dresses were stunning.  For the ceremony she wore an ivory gown with a gorgeous sheer detailed back and a long flowey veil. Her bridesmaids wore floor length, gold sequined dresses that I wanted to put on and join the bridal party!  TJ and the guys were in classic black tuxes with white rose boutonnieres.  When Brooke walked down the marble stairs for TJ to see her, he is in awe of how gorgeous she looked.  After a sweet ceremony, officiated by a friend of theirs, I was able to take photos of Brooke and TJ in front of the beautiful iron gates at the church.  Brooke did a wardrobe change and got more comfortable before heading over to the Vault for their reception.  The ballroom was decorated with colors of blush and champagne, and gold linens.  The light and ambiance shining through the tall windows of the Vault was just gorgeous. The photo booth was located in the actual bank Vault of the venue which was so fun for their guests and they had smores bar for everyone to enjoy as well!  The Orlando Dueling Pianos entertained the crowd, and the dance floor was packed from the minute it opened.  Brooke, and some of her friends were FSU cheerleaders.  They hoisted Brooke into a Full as she steadily posed for photos, it was pretty awesome!  We stole the newlyweds away for a few moments for some nighttime shots in front of the Tampa Theatre and then as the night drew to an end, guests lined up in rows in front of the Vault to send the couple off with a bubble exit with bubbles in what else…champagne bottles. Congrats Brooke and TJ!!!! xoxoxo
Venue | The Vault | Hotel | Le Meridien | Coordinator | My Event Design | Catering | Catering by the Family | Videography | Jones Videography | Music | Orlando Dueling Pianos | Photo Booth | Sea Creative Photo Booths 

Art Print Photo Box

Our couples have been loving new 5x7 size art print photo boxes we are offering.  It comes with a custom photo cover/fabric and your favorite photos mounted on matboard.  These prints are much thicker than normal photo prints and perfect for framing or putting on little easels at the wedding.  Haley and John picked the deep matte finish, so they have a very unique feel to them.  

{Tasha & Derek @ Plant City, Florida}

Tasha & Derek's rustic chic wedding was in their backyard, literally!  It was a beautiful property with huge oak trees and orange groves!  Tasha wore a gorgeous strapless gown with a gathered train and her cowboy boots.  She wore a bracelet with her grandparents wedding rings attached to it.  Derek's ring was very cool, it was stamped with a silver dollar and the words "United States" on it.  Just before Tasha got her gown on we took a photo of her she has been waiting to do at her wedding since she was a little girl.  Their kids, Lacey, Blake, and Triston were all a part of their bridal party, bridesmaid, groomsman, and ring bearer.  The lawn had a floral arch with a crystal chandelier handing from the center.  Tasha's dad walked her through the wooden doors down the aisle.  When she got to the front, Triston walked up to her and said "mommy I love your dress!", it was the sweetest!  The sunlight shining behind the trees was so perfect for photos after the ceremony.  The reception decor wall all rustic chic with burlap, lace, and aqua glass.  They had a small cake to cut and then all their favorite flavors of cupcakes!  Red velevet, cheesecake, blueberry, and wedding cake.  Their head table had a crystal studded (elk head I think:-) and mason jar chandelier.  Their guests signed a rustic wooden tree art piece and brought their favorite receipe to add to Tasha and Derek's family recipe box.  After sweet dances with mom and dad, Tasha changed into a super cute, short dress to dance the night away! Everyone had a blast and it was just perfect!  Congrats Tasha and Derek!!! xoxox
Venue | Private Residence | Cake | Small Cakes | Gown Boutique | David's Bridal | Florist | Brown's Floral Shop