Oxford Echange is the perfect place for a couples shower! Haseena, Faizal's sister, threw a really fun shower for them! Cute pillows, white and green florals, music and delicious food! They had a tree for everyone to write down a little bit of marriage advice and little books "Don'ts for Husbands" and "Don'ts for Wives". It was the perfect to beginning to all of their wedding festivities!
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It was one of the few chilly days on the beach in Florida but we had the most beautiful light right before sunset. Danielle's dress actually matched the sky perfectly:-) It was just the prettiest, laid back, session that I love! We are looking forward to their wedding 10.18.14!
Lindsay and Daniel had a very sweet wedding at Van Dyke Church, the church they grew up in. From purple flowers and dresses to custom made purple converse the day went of without a hitch minus some rain for good luck! They even made their own photo booth for guests to use at the reception. Lindsay's new mother in law gave her a pin from the family wear on her dress and her grandmother did the same as well. So Lindsay had a little piece of both sides of the family to carry around with her. We had so much fun shooting this sweet, fun, purpletastic wedding!
Ybor is definitely Jennifer and Fazial's stomping ground. They even knew quite a few people just walking around. Ella and Gia their Yorkie and Chihuahua joined us as well. They have been together for 6.5 years and met at the Ybor Saturday Market. They were trying to re-create their first date and Faizal got up on the stage like he was going to sing Karaoke and called Jennifer up and proposed instead!
Desoto National Memorial is a beautiful location on the water in Bradenton. Palm trees, walkways and pretty light! Love this session we did with Ashley and Marco. There happened to be an older very sweet couple walking on the path and couldn't help but get a shot of them with their arms around each other:-) 5.29.14 at Cross Creek Ranch, we can't wait!
Erin is a nurse, and Adam is a rescue swimmer in the Navy. They are from Palm Harbor but their jobs, and Adam's deployment has taken them to all different places. Erin is moving out west so they will finally end their long distance relationship and be in the same place! They love the old Florida feel with the big mossy tree canopy so we did their engagement session at Philippe Park. I love sharing sweet engagement stories, here's theirs from Erin:
"There was no doubt that Adam and I were meant for each other, but with all of the craziness of me starting my first job in Tallahassee and Adam due to be deployed, I didn't think a proposal was going to happen for a LONG time. Of course, all of our friends and family who had seen us together for 7 years were asking us "isn't it time yet?" and I always told them "once our lives settle down a little bit, then it will happen, not for a LONG time" So, when one night while Adam was visiting me, he got down on one knee in my closet (its a long story), I was in COMPLETE shock. He told me he didn't want to go any longer without making it official and for the ring to remind me that this distance would end soon enough."
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Channelside has all kinds of both pretty and fun spots that you wouldn't necessarily expect. We got to spend time with Lauren and Brett for their engagement session there:-) You can't beat a Wet Willie's frozen adult beverage on a warm Florida day! We are so looking forward to their wedding coming up 6.13.14!
The theme of Brittney & Jim's wedding was "Love is Brewing":-) Their custom logo appeared throughout their special day on a gobo, programs, and even the girls robes. It couldn't be more fitting since Jim does his own microbrews that were actually served at the wedding. Brittney and Jim are literally the perfect match. Jim played football for their alma mater, Florida, the both drive trucks, love country music, and Brittney's family owns a berry farm and her new last name is Barrie! They wrote letters to each other and read them just before seeing each other for the first time. They surprised both moms with a special dance and Jim's dad, Brittney's mom and their maid of honor and best man gave the most amazing toasts. Brittney's dad had passed away, and Kate, Brittney's friend she grew up with came all the way from England and sang a special song honoring Brittney's strength and her relationship with her mom. Everyone spoke of him so fondly and you could tell he is missed so much and was smiling down on Brittney and his new son in law Jim. The dance floor was packed the entire night and as you can see this crowd was SO much fun!! I thought it was just fitting to post your sneaks on Valentine's day!!! Congrats Brittney & Jim!! xoxoxo
Venue/Cake | Rosen Shingle Creek | Gown | The White Closet | Florals | Event Source Weddings | Band | Hayfire
Tina looked gorgeous in her pink overlaid princess Vera Wang gown. She actually made the hangers, sashes and flower girl dresses herself. The bridesmaids dresses were also Vera and J Crew. Jordan and the boys wore charcoal grey suits with vests and pink ties. The rain cleared up just in time for their ceremony on the beach. They had bubbles, flip flops, and beach balls for their guests. The feel was romantic and formal but with lots of fun and personal aspects. The color just looked amazing! Her reception was filled with lots of love and laughter! They fed each other gelato instead of cake:-) Tina and Jordan met at Ohio State University and it was destination St. Pete beach for all their guests. They ended the night with a Chinese lantern send off. It was a little windy and I almost caught my hair on fire while I was shooting, but i survived:-) The lanterns ended up being really beautiful and provided and awesome backdrop for their final photo of the night. Congrats Tina and Jordan!!!
I always love throwing fab parties! Our 5 year anniversary and introducing a new venture was the perfect reason! I wanted the theme to be mystery and elegance because of the surprise we would be unveiling and I love all things pretty:-) We are so fortunate to work with the best in the industry here in the Tampa Bay area and I can not thank everyone involved enough for their hard work and amazingness on this event. Everyone listed below are not only talented in what they do but also some of the best people both in character and friendship that I know. Jenny and Anthony Sanschagrin from 1930 Grande, Linda Somersall from Linda Marie Weddings, and Jana Stall from Events in Bloom are all to thank for making my small vision a gorgeous reality. They know me so well and I can not thank them enough for seriously how perfect everything was!
Florals and linens were white with lots of crystals, textured aqua linens, and Jana even incorporated votives with a chevron pattern. uDream Events did our aqua glow bars for the sushi station and mobile bar. FH weddings black and white chic furniture created a perfect lounge space. The food and red velvet signature Lovetini were over the top delicious. RJ, from the Production Crew took care of the sound, visuals, stage and one of my favorite things was the live twitter feed we had. I LOVE social media so everyone's tweets and pictures were projected on the walls. Monique, from Shutterbooth brought Open Booth and also another super cool thing. At the event you could put #carriewildes on instagram and your photos would print out at the Glam Station.
Everyone that knows me knows I love wedding cake, and we had a Cake Boss Style unveil in the center of the room with a sequin and chevron encrusted decadent red velvet creation by Alla and Boris from The Cake Zone. The perfect addition to cake is delicious Gelato from the best, the Gelato Carte. The girls from Aquali Bridal matched the cocktail models hair/makeup exactly with the florals and decor. With the theme being mysterious, we had Nathan Coe Marsh perform some of his illusions that I think we are still trying to figure out! Cory, from Grant Hemond was our MC and DJ extraordinaire. All the stationery from invitations to menus and tent cards were done by Invitation Galleria also incorporating a little chevron. My husband, David, even surprised me with a very sweet speech and a dozen roses!
The thing I was most excited about was our surprise unveiling. It was something no one would ever guess and we did a pretty good job keeping it a secret:-) Many of you know that David and I are foster parents, and we had a pretty tough year in 2013 with a sweet little baby we had for 6 months. The short version of the is, together, Holly Nazario and I came up with the idea to start a foundation to start breaking down the financial barriers so that more people can adopt and give so many children that need it a forever family. The foundation is named after our foster baby, Promise Love. We hope to help people get the most important gift that can be given family. It's in the beginning stages but are VERY excited to see where God takes this. I can not thank Alex and Jocelyn from Voila Cinematic enough for the time and work they put into this video below.
Venue | 1930 Grande Room | Cuisine | StoneChef Caterers | Florals | Events In Bloom | Coordination | Linda Marie Weddings & Events | Open Booth and Glamstation | Shutterbooth | Production, AV, Live Twitter Feed | The Production Crew | DJ & MC | Grant Hemond | Linens | Kate Ryan Linens | Stationery | Invitation Galleria | Entertainment | Nathan Coe Marsh | Cake | The Cake Zone | Gelato | The Gelato Carte | Furniture | FH Weddings | Promise Love Video | Voila Cinematic | Models Hair & Makeup | Aquali Bridal | Carrie's Hair & Makeup | Collective Creations | Glow Bars | uDream Events
Christina and Adam got tied the knot just before sunset at the beautiful Isla Del Sol. They incorporated some really sweet and personal details. My favorite was a sign that said "When 2 Become 1 on 2.1". Christina wore a beautiful lace dress, pearls as her accessories and a pair of light gold Antonio Milani's to top it off. Adam looked handsome in his gray suit and bow tie. The guys wore vests but not jackets which was so perfect for the day and location. The look on Adam's face as he saw Christina walk down the aisle was so sweet. There were lots of joyful tears from friends and family. Plum and pink seaside accents decorated the venue. During the reception, Adam surprised Christina by sitting her down at the piano and singing to her. It was the sweetest! Congrats Adam and Christina!!! xoxoxo
Venue | Isla del sol | Officiant | DeArruda Weddings | Florist | Carrollwood Florist | Hair and Makeup | Collective Creations | Cake | Greenwise Publix
Nick and Kerri live in St. Pete and love spending time and going out downtown. It was a chilly day in Florida so perfect boot and sweater weather! I love Kerri's gray jacket, it was a Christmas present from Nick:-) They are so fun and we can not wait until their wedding on 4.19.14!!! xoxoxo
Hair & Makeup | Collective Creations
Locke proposed to Rachael on their annual beach vacation in North Carolina so a Florida destination wedding on the beach was where they chose to have their family and friends come celebrate with them! It was quite a chilly day for us Floridians, but to them, coming from Iowa it was paradise! Rachel had custom cuff links made for locke with their monogram and date on them. Locke also had a custom tie clip that read “ I do… Forever”! Locke gave Rachael's mother a beautiful bracelet that read “ I will always take care of her, I love you, Locke” That is the most special thing I have ever seen a groom do! Just beautiful. Some other details included a custom purple hanger for rachels dress, A wooden cutout of Florida for their guests to sign and I love Rachael's pink diamond ring. The glowing deep orange sky after sunset was their backdrop for the reception. Congrats Rachael and Locke! xoxoxo
Cake | Chantilly Cakes | Venue | Hilton Clearwater Beach | Event Planner | Confetti Events | Officiant | Sensational Ceremonies | Florist | Events In Bloom | Hair and Makeup | Destiny and Light Hair and Makeup