Billie & Andrew are high school sweet hearts and we got to spend some time with them and their dog Rocky in Ybor for the engagement session! Here's some of our favs on the awesome brick alleyways and shadowy stairwells. Love!
Jen-L and Michal had an intimate wedding at her parents home in Lutz. The details were beautiful, burlap, lace, candles, in stunning DIY fashion. Their living room that has floor to ceiling windows overlooking the lake was was decorated with white chivaris, linens, and florals. The dining room had a long table in the center with a burlap and lace runner for the cake topped with 2 penguins. Jen-L's mother made all the desserts and yummy treats for the dessert table, and they had a coffee bar with sugar sticks, whipped cream, and little delicious accents. Jen-L had fabulous blue Christian Louboutin's and she wore a gorgeous lace gown. The ceremony was on the lawn next to the lake. A burlap runner led the bridal party from the house, over the wooden bridge decorated with mason jars and candles to the beautiful floral trellis where Jen-L and Michal said their vows at sunset. Everyone enjoyed lobster, dancing, and a beautiful evening of dancing outside! Congrats Jen-L and Michal! xoxoxo
Sebrenna & Patrick had their beautiful wedding at the stunning Aria beach house over on the east coast of Florida. The house was nothing short of spectacular, and very secluded, which was perfect because this couple certainly knows how to throw an amazing party! Sebrenna did a beautiful job on the decor, all of which she made entirely by hand. Sebrenna and Patrick both wrote their own vows and also had Sebrenna's daughter write vows so the ceremony was about the joining of the 3 of them, so sweet! Sebrenna's brother walked her to the start of the aisle and then both her dad and step dad lead her down the aisle. After the ceremony the bridal party and family took a shot of whisky to get the party started! The sunset on the east coast is totally different than the west coast but SO pretty. At the reception Sebrenna had a dance with both of her dad's. The reception was totally outside next to the eternity pool where everyone ate, drank, and danced the night away. Close to the end of the evening the guys decided Patrick needed to cool off:-) The moon glowed bright orange above, it was literally the perfect evening!! Congrats Sebrenna and Patrick! xoxoxo
Kristina & Clyde's gorgeous navy and gold wedding at the Ca d'zan on the Ringling Estate is on Belle the Magazine! I love how they described it:
"The bride's to-die-for glimmering Kate Spade shoes that were the talk of all women present, who can blame them... they're fabulous! Speaking of fabulous, the navy + gold color palette was exceptionally stunning on the guest tables as well as the four tiered gold overlay beauty."
When I met with Lauren & Brian, Brian was not super excited about engagement photos but once he mentioned he loves hockey and the Lightning I knew that was what we needed to do! The Lightning staff at Amalie Arena were amazing. They gave us the little cleats to go out on the ice and the Zamboni driver even brought out a goal and his 2 hockey sticks for us to use! I love how Lauren & Brian met, here's the story straight for Lauren:
"We met at Target where we both work. We were having a morning huddle in the pharmacy (I'm the pharmacist) and they kept talking about this "new" Brian, so I just had to lean over the pharmacy counter to look. When I leaned over, so did he and something strange happened between the two of us. It took him a while to ask me out, but he finally did in the furniture section of our Target."
Such a fun session and I can't wait until 3.7.15!!!!!
Kirsten wore mint green converse shoes the matched the girls dresses perfectly, and her feet were comfortable all day:-) Joe surprised her with a hand painted canvas of them where he proposed to her on the beach. Joe got each of his groomsmen shot glasses, zippo lighters engraved with their names, and cool socks. Joe had the sweetest reaction when he saw Kirsten walking down the aisle of the tea garden. I love how you can always feel the energy in the air right before the bride walks down the aisle. Their guests enjoyed cocktails and h'ordeuvres on the pool terrace at Vinoy's Sunset Ballroom. Kirsten & Joe's had a really unique sign in for their guests, a wooden adirondack chair and puzzle pieces. The ballroom was beautifully decorated with tall cascading florals, lanterns, and lots of candle light. Joe's groom's cake had figurines of their two dogs wearing FSU bandanas. Their sweets table had mini cupcakes, custom decorated cookies and cake pops. They had a sparkler send off into a horse drawn carriage and even the horse had sequined shoes on! Congrats Kirsten and Joe! xoxo
Venue | The Vinoy | Cake Artist | The Vinoy | Florist | Carrollwood Florist | Hair Stylist | Toni & Guy | Makeup Artist | Makeup by Christy | Videographer | Rad Red Creative | DJ | Breezin Entertainment | Transportation | St. Petersburg Carriages | Gown Boutique | CC's Bridal boutique | Stationary | Wedding Invy
We love collaborating with other talented "friendors" in Tampa to create something different and amazing. The concept for this "Shower in Wonderland" came from Melissa, from Chefin, and Becky, from Tufted. We are honored they asked us to photograph their vision! Dennis & MacKenzie and their actual bridal party were our fabulous models:-) Here's the detail straight from Melissa:
"The vision was to create a wedding shower in which the men could not only particpate, but actually have fun. This was done through the incorporation of a gentlemen's lounge in which the guys could enjoy spirits, cards, and their own dessert table with a darker, more masculine color scheme.
Guests were greeted with cocktails and pastries in a setting that may allow them to feel as if they were "down the rabbit hole" which helped set the tone for the playful day which was to occur.
The men enjoyed a Queen of Hearts dessert table which included Cherry-Dark Chocolate Cupcakes, Rose Petal Truffle Cakes, Cake Pops, and Deck of Cards Iced Cookies and Cake. The Queen of Hearts theme was brought to life by using darker tones mixed with elements that elude to some of the Queen's favorite items: hearts, decks of cards, and even gold crowns; providing a perfect backdrop for the men to wager a bet on their own card game.
The girls enjoyed a brunch of tea and pastries in a more whimsical setting, which took a que from The Mad Hatter. The tea table was filled with endless cakes and pastries including Lavender Shortbread Iced Cookies, Inidvidual Spice Cakes with Chai Cream, Orange Creamsicle Truffles, Mini Raspberry Charlottes, Citrus Mousse Cake, and a Royal Charlotte with Cascading Fruit amongst other celebration cakes to fit the theme. The table was set with vintage pastels and elements to help subtly elude to the whimsical theme such as clocks, books, tea cups and pots, and even a white rabbit. In true Wonderland fashion, the entire bridal party joined together for a game of crochet after their separate dessert celebrations."
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
Talk about divine intervention…there was a 90% chance of rain at the time of Abby & Travis' outdoor ceremony at The Lange Farm!! It rained 30 minutes before the ceremony was supposed to start and them completely stopped. Everyone was looking at their phone radars and by "coincidence" the storms went everywhere around, but JUST missed the Lange Farm. They were able to have the ceremony they planned on the lawn under an AMAZING floral arch created by Events in Bloom. A crystal chandelier hung in the center of the arch. It was absolutely breathtaking! Abby looked stunningly beautiful in her dress that was made of lace and tulle that flared out right above the knees. Travis and his groomsmen wore tan suits with pink ties to match the bridesmaids pink dresses. The ring bearer carried a little bird cage to hold the rings and the flower girl's little escort held a heart shaped sign that said "here comes the bride" on the way in. On the way out it said "and they lived happily ever after". The Garden House was dressed to perfection with gold chivari chairs, light pink linens, and beautiful florals. They are enjoying their honeymoon in Europe as we speak:-) Congrats Abby and Travis! xoxoxo
Venue | Lange Farm | Caterer | Delectables Fine Catering, Inc. | Officiant | Michael Barton | Florist | Events In Bloom | Hair & Makeup | Collective Creations | DJ | Grant Hemond | Cake Artist | Chantilly Cakes | Stationary | Wedding Paper Divas |
Uncle Ben's is on a nationwide tour to encourage families to cook healthy dinners at home with their children! They are holding cooking classes in different restaurants across the United States. In Tampa, the class was held at Datz! The children that attended the class had a fantastic time learning some basics of cooking and actually getting to prepare a meal! The representatives from Uncle Ben's educated the children and their parents on the importance of learning to cook tasty and healthy meals at a young age. Great food and lots of fun!
This week I got to photograph 2 adoption days! This one is extra special because Gisselle is our daughter, Maddie's, sister. She's an adorable, spunky, 3 year old now, but Holly and Saul have had her as a part of their family since she was only 3 months old as a foster child. Holly use to do my hair at her house, and I remember the first time I met that sweet little baby right when she was about 4 months old. Back then, I never would have guessed the journey both of our families has gone on that came together with these sweet girls. Gisselle was their first foster child, and at that point foster or adoption for my husband David and I was not even on the horizon. 3 years later we got to be there as the judge had everyone raise their right hands and promise to love and care for Gisselle as a part of their forever family. There is nothing sweeter.
Tuesday September 23rd was adoption day for Lisa and Fred's 3 children! Even though they are ending one chapter there is many more to come with them officially becoming Team J! I absolutely love photographing this event, it's literally a 10 minute court hearing but is actually the legal finalization of the adoption process. Many times this process is very long and sometimes has winding roads with bumps and hills so when you finally get to the finalization it's one of the most amazing things ever. Check out more of their story on the Promise Love Blog! Congrats Lisa & Fred!!
Although it was pouring rain on Heather and Adam's wedding day, they didn't let that put a damper on anything! The groomsmen had so much fun while getting ready, they all wore fluorescent socks and Adam surprised each of them with a monogramed flask. The girls wore knee length flowy coral dresses that matched the guys coral ties. Heather and Adam had their wedding ceremony in front of the panoramic shark tank. Adam's uncle officiated their ceremony, and Adam had some "eye sweat" going on during his vows, it was so sweet! The reception was also in front of the shark tank and it was decorated with silver chivari chairs, coral chair ties, and tall white florals. Their first dance was to Brad Paisely's "She's Everything". One of the lines in the song mentions being the "wooden rocking chair rocking right beside me." At that moment, the groomsmen brought out Adam's gift to Heather which was two wooden rocking chairs with bows on them! The couple, along with their friends and family danced the night away and then were sent off with sparklers to their limo! Such a beautiful day! Congrats Heather and Adam! xoxoxo
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's aunt and sister actually made both cakes! At the reception they surprised their guests with a special choreographed first 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
venue | Florida Botanical Gardens | Event Coordinator | Event Sisters | Catering | Orange Blossom Catering | Hair and Makeup | Michele Rennee The Studio | Musician/DJ | Music on the move | Pipe and Drape | Quickcare Event Planners | Videographer | Lexoria Wedding Films | Linens/Decor | Connie Duglin |
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