This little cutie had quite the birthday party to celebrate her first year of life! Pink everything! Pinwheels, striped and polka dot straws, balloons, and pom poms. The sweets table was to die for! Cut out cookies, cake pops, and sprinkles on everything. Lily wore a darling little frilly pink dress, and had her very own cake. She made sure she licked all the frosting off her fingers:-) Lily's parents went all out to make this day special for their beautiful daughter! Happy birthday Lily!!!!! xoxoxo
Jennifer and Morgan had a beautiful, intimate wedding ceremony beneath the trees at Crest Lake park. They both work in healthcare field, Jennifer does X-ray/ cat scan and Morgan is a fireman/ medic. They actually met at the hospital where they both work. Jennifer has an adorable eight year old son and they made it a joining of 3! Jennifer looked gorgeous in a lace gown with navy heels and Morgan in gray with a coral tie to accent the flowers. So sweet! xoxox
Jackie and Nicole had a very intimate wedding ceremony when they were married 20 years ago. They decided that their 20 year wedding anniversary would be the perfect time for a vow renewal and the reception they have always dreamed of! The ceremony was held in the lush and beautiful Florida Botanical Gardens. The couple's son and daughter were the maid of honor and best man. The vows that the couple exchanged were incredibly touching, Jackie had a hard time getting through his! You could see and feel the love that Nicole and Jackie had for one another, and their family after 20 years. The theme of the wedding was travel, fitting as the couple is going to be touring Europe for their honeymoon! Nicole and Jackie are a very sweet and fun couple, at the reception they surprised their guests with a special choreographed dance! Guests were unsuspecting as the dance started out slow and serious and suddenly the music changed and they went into dancing to Michael Jackson! Such a fun and special day! Congrats Nicole and Jackie! xoxo
We submit many of our couples wedding creativity to blogs and magazines, but it's extra special when we get featured in print. Not only do we love Occasions Magazine, but they featured TWO of our weddings in the newest issue that just came out this month both in print and online! Heather & Crafton had a fuscia and navy, chevron wedding at the St. Pete Museum of Fine Arts. Jessica & Michael had a purple and pink palette for their 300 guest wedding gorgeousness at A La Carte Event Pavilion. We are so honored and excited to have our work double featured!!!! You can find their stories both in print and on their blog: Heather & Crafton and Jessica & Michael.
Megan and Joel will be welcoming little miss Emma into the world soon! They are just the sweetest, and so excited to be parents. We just did a really simple, outdoor session at Bird Island Lake Ranch. The big trees and filtered sunlight is just so perfect! I can't wait to meet Emma! xoxox
Brittany & James' story begins when they met in college at UCF. Brittany told me they initially became friends out of their common love for Ralph Lauren:-) We did their engagement session at some of their favorite spots on campus, and Brittany's dad even got access to the football field! There was a mural just inside the stadium that says "Commitment Starts Here", how perfect is that? They brought their fur baby, Brody, with them and my favorites are the ones of the 3 of them with his matching bow tie. Looks like they could be straight out of a Ralph Lauren magazine!
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Amie and Ryan joke that they are living the real 5 year engagement! They have had plenty of time to plan and dream about their big day and it's going to be a gorgeous and fabulous wedding! March 7th, 2015, is their big day. We did their engagement session in Hyde Park Village and had fun with sidewalk chalk and even ventured into Timpanos for a glass of wine and a quick toast. They actually both worked there years ago. To end the evening we headed to Bayshore for some sunset pictures, sparklers, and even...FIREWORKS!! Amie had said they wanted to do some photos with sparklers, but go big or go home right? Ryan brought some mortars with them and we gave all of South Tampa a show!
Melissa and Michael are from Southern Maryland. Together, with their friends and family, they had a destination wedding at the Sheraton Sand Key. Their wedding date, August 18, is actually their 5-year dating Anniversary! Melissa hand-made the beautiful flower girl's dress, along with the entire wedding decor! Many of her quests told her she could have a career in decorating.
The theme of the wedding was appropriately "beach casual". Beautiful colors of grey, aqua, and white set the tone. The girls wore knee length aqua dresses, and the maid of honor wore a matching dress in grey. The guys, and Michael's sister Brandi, were in true beach casual with khaki shorts and white linen shirts. All went barefoot of course!
The ceremony was on the beach with an isle of starfish leading to the alter. The weather could not have been more perfect! Shortly after the ceremony, the newlyweds joined their cocktail party on the side pool lawn before entering their reception. The bridal party was excited to learn that they were sharing a hotel with the stars of Dolphin Tale 2! The celebrities were holding their press junket in the banquet hall adjacent to theirs! Congrats Melissa and Michael! xoxoxo
I love how Mariana tells the story of how she and David met so I'll let you read it straight from her:-) Their wedding is going to be a romantic, whimsical, garden style so a botanic garden for the engagement session goes along perfectly!
"My mother always said to me, "Mariana, you're never going to meet your future husband hanging out at a bar. If you want to meet quality people, you have to go where quality people gather." She meant church, or volunteering, or something like that. But luckily for me, quality people need a place to wind down too!
Our paths had crossed before, and I had even had a few conversations with his roommate AJ, but that night we finally got to know each other better over a game of pool, during which we kicked our opponents' butts! At the end of the evening he asked if he could take me out to dinner some time. I thought that was sooo sweet, and way more original than, "So can I get your number?" So, I volunteered my number, but I was so flustered I accidentally mixed up the digits between my cell and office phone numbers without even realizing it!
After agonizing for what felt like eternity, I got an email from him at work! It starts out saying something like, "I hope this doesn't seem creepy, but I got your work email from AJ. I thought I got you number from you, but I must have written it down wrong..." I couldn't believe it! Most guys would have assumed I gave them the wrong number on purpose, but that never crossed his mind. He was so sure it must have been a mistake!
For our first date, he took me to see a baseball game with a group of kids that he volunteered with. How's that for quality people?
This little beauty was about 3 weeks old when I got to photograph her. She was awake for our entire session and has a very sweet and sassy little personality already! Lauren & Josh have become very good friends of ours and I'm so excited for their new little addition!! Plus Maddie and Evie are excited to have another princess to play with. We did a very simply lifestyle session just in their room and I love that they have a little "love" pillow:-)
You could say that it was fate that brought Abby and Travis together. An accidental friend request over social media and the rest is history! They are both from the Brandon area and have a 5 month old puppy named Liberty :-) For their engagement session, they wanted a downtown city scene since they will have a rustic style for their wedding at Lange Farm on 9.28.14!
Heather and Adam's wedding is coming up very soon, 9.14.14 to be exact:-) Heather wore these cute red wedges, and in the middle of our session one of the heels broke off! What did she do? Tore the other one off and kept on going like it never happened! We love these 2, fun loving and couldn't be more excited to tie the knot!
Nicole and David are a fun-loving and energetic couple who's love and zest for life can be felt by anyone in their company! They live in New York City, but decided to have their wedding in warm and sunny Tampa because David grew up here. David a Nicole's closest friends and family traveled from all over to be part of the festivities! We did a first look with them before the Ketubah signing, and David was absolutely stunned with how beautiful Nicole looked. His reaction was the sweetest. The reception was beautiful and luxurious, mirroring the atmosphere of an upscale downtown club. From the white leather lounge chairs, to the crystals hanging from floor to ceiling, the room was gorgeous. Cory, from Grant Hemond, had everyone on the dance floor the entire evening. The love this couple has for one another is easy to see in the way they look at each other, David said that "Nicole is the best part of each day for him, his best friend and love." They had a dream team of wedding "friendors" we got to work with that made everything as beautiful as it looks! Congrats Nicole and David! xoxoxo
Jessica and Arik actually said their I do's about a year and a half ago because Arik is a captain in the army and was being deployed to Afghanistan. He's home and they wanted to have a big celebrate with their friends and family. Arik is originally from Indiana, and Jessica is from Georgia. Jessica world emerald green shoes, a sash, and matching earrings and jewelry. Arik was in his dress blues. Before the party got started we got some beautiful shots of them at A La Carte by the fountain and the dock out back with the sunset through the clouds. The reception decor was white draping with teal, green, white, and hints of peacock feathers. With a band and a DJ the dance floor was a fun one! There was cake, tons of happiness, and sparklers! Congrats Jessica & Arik!!!! xoxoxo
Venue | A La Carte Event Pavilion | Hair & Makeup | Michele Renee | Transportation | VIP | DJ | Shawn Drourr | Band | Chris Cox Band | Stationery | Invitation Galleria
Anna & Ryan are getting married at Wishing Well Barn and there are just so many beautiful places for pictures we did their engagement session there as well. The early morning light is so pretty with the light coming through the spanish moss on the oak trees and and there are rows and rows of blueberry bushes! Love these 2, so sweet!!
Angelo proposed to Deirdre in front of this pretty mermaid fountain! The funny thing is, he said his plan was to propose while they were on a cruise on the bay front but Deirdre was late so they missed the boat:-) The love their 2 fur babies, Ellie and Mio and we got a pretty good family pic of the 4 of them! Ellie was much more into being photographed than Mio. Here's some of their prettiness!