{Elizabeth & Paul @ The Grand Plaza Hotel}

Liz and Paul’s wedding was bursting with amazing and fun moments with all their friends and family.  They are our 2nd couple that met while playing in kickball league!  Jessie & Todd were our first and we got to see them there, as well as Carol and Jason who are also friends of the Liz and Paul! Liz’s gown was so pretty! Flowy, with a beaded, crystal back.  Her bracelet was engraved with her dad’s handwriting and her mom sewed her something blue onto her dad’s handkerchief for her.  The bridesmaids navy dresses that can be fashioned all different ways and their bouquets had pink, ivory, and succulent accents.  Paul and his groomsmen all wore socks from their college alma mater.  It was a very windy day on the beach in January, but that didn’t stop them from enjoying every single second.  My favorite moment of the day is right after Liz and her mom walked down the aisle to meet Paul, her mom looked over at her daughter with the most adoring tears in her eyes.  They unified the Big Ten when they poured together 2 vases of gumballs, blue for Penn State and red for Ohio. Their wedding day was styled with travel accents.  Their place cards were luggage tags, each table was named after their favorite cities, and their cake sat on a vintage suitcase.  We did a first look with them and most of their photos before the ceremony so they could spent as much time enjoying the party as possible and they definitely had a fun evening!  Congrats Liz & Paul!!! xoxox
Venue | Grand Plaza Hotel | Hair and Makeup | Destiny and Light | Florist | Rose Garden Florist | DJ | Expert Productions | Cake | Sweet Madness | Gown Boutique | White Magnolia | Stationery | Wedding Paper Divas | Officiant | A Perfect Witness 

February #CWPLOVE

It’s February!!! The month of LOVE and Valentine’s day so we wanted to do something fun and show love to our couples and all the awesome people that refer us!!  So here it is!

COUPLES: If you book your wedding with us Feb 2nd – 29th and mention #CWPLOVE we will include a fun little bonus. You get to pick one of the following:

1. Custom Wine Box with a photo inside from your wedding or engagement session (with a bottle of wine of course:-)
2. 7x19 Art Print designed with your names, date, colors, and frame

AWESOME PEOPLE WHO REFER US:  If you share the #CWPLOVE and a couple you refer books us you also get to choose one of those 2 fun things as well!  

Either is a $150 value and so hot off the press that I had to get a photo from the company I order these from before they are on their way. So real photos coming soon! 

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Julie & Matt

Julie & Matt are big time foodies and supporters of their local Seminole Heights community where they live.  The Rooster & Till and the Independent are 2 of their favs, and both place were so nice to let us shoot there.  We even got to use "their spot" at the bar at Rooster & Till. There is also a very cool newly painted mural and very cool vertical succulents at Fodder & Shine. Funny story, when Julie had inquired with us and I was reading through our "get to know you" questionnaire she filled out, she said they lived in the house we had also rented in Seminole Heights right after we had moved!  That was about 4 years ago, but they remembered I owned a photography company.  I thought that was so awesome, and I'm so excited and honored to photography their wedding this September!! 
Hair & Makeup | Collective Creations

{Jessica & Steven @ The Florida Aquarium}

Jessica and Steven traveled all the way from Maine to get married at the Florida Aquarium!  Usually, the ceremony starts a few hours after it closes, but this one actually started in the morning before it opened.  There was really something peaceful and serene about it in the morning.  I love Jessica and the girls' bouquets, they were made of white and aqua fabric with little coastal accents. They had 2 little special guests (the penguins of course:-) dressed in tuxes that were actually very photogenic and well behaved. Their adorable son, Blake, is their whole world and he was so sweet and even got to pet the Penguins.  After the ceremony, their guests had a little breakfast, champagne, cake and then we did photos all around the Aquarium with Jess and Steve!  The stingrays are my favorite it always looks like they are smiling.  Congrats Jessica & Steven!!! xoxoxo
Venue | The Florida Aquarium | Hair and Makeup | Elegant Brides | Cake | Chantilly Cakes 

Alecia & Donald

It doesn’t look cold but it actually was quite chilly for our session with Alecia & Donald.  But, perfect for Alecia’s super stylish best and boots.  I have to say, they have very photogenic fur babies, Kaci and CooperJ Their joy and laughter is just plain fun and contagious, we can’t wait until their wedding 9.17.16 at the Florida Aquarium! 

{Caroline & Greg @ Hollywood Venue Tampa}

Caroline and Greg had the most unique and awesome color palette, lemon yellow and Kelly green! Caroline and her bridesmaids all wore Converse, the girls’ were green and Caroline’s were sparkly silver with tulle laces.  Zoe, one of her bridesmaids, has the sweetest little 1 month old baby girl.  She wore a yellow and white dress that was actually what Zoe came home in from the hospital when she was a baby and it matched perfectly!   Caroline and Greg did their first look in downtown Dunedin because it’s one of their favorite places and just so them. He was just plain in awe of his gorgeous bride when he saw her during their first look. I don't think he stopped smiling from that moment on. Caroline had a really sweet surprise for Greg, she got his Father’s West Point pin from his mom, and had it attached to his boutonniere. We found a great spot where the buildings were actually painted to coordinate with the bridal party color schemeJ Their ceremony was on the beach at Honeymoon Island and it was a beautiful cloudy evening for sunset photos!  They incorporated lots of really fun personal details and things they love, which we always love! Greg wore R2-D2 with a belt buckle that says "Bazinga" from their favorite show "Big Bang Theory". Caroline and Greg are both forensic scientists and their table names were actually the first 13 elements of the periodic table! Their sign in was a custom Jenga for each of their guests to sign each piece. The cake sat on a clear acrylic base that was filled with Skittles, which was actually a game!  Each of their guests could guess the number of skittles and the winner got ALL THE SKITTLES over 14,000 is what we heard! They had life size cut outs of characters from the Big Bang Theory for guests to take photos with and our favorite part…AN ICE CREAM TRUCK!! Revolution Ice Cream was parked out front for all the guests to get a scoop…or three :) We know first hand…it was delicious. Congrats Caroline and Greg it was truly awesome!!!!  xoxox EndFragmentVenue | Hollywood Venue | Florist | Carrollwood Florist | Cake | A Piece of Cake | Hair and Makeup | Femme Okoi | DJ | DJ Jason and Associates | Officiant | Michael DePrisco | Ice Cream Truck | Revolution Ice Cream

{Kristina & Jeff @ The Renaissance Vinoy Hotel}

Kristina & Jeff’s aka #jeffstinawedding on new year’s eve was the absolute perfect ending to 2015!  Our brides have the best taste in wedding gowns, and Kristina’s was an absolutely stunning champagne/blush gown from Kleinfeld’s in NYC.  One of her friends had a beautiful “B” broach made as a gift to go on her bouquet, with photos of their loved ones who were there in spirit.  When I was talking photos of the girls shoes, their adorable little ring bearer wanted his flip flops in the lineupJ I have to say, Jeff wins the prize for my most favorite detail of 2015.  His cufflinks were unicorns, LOVE!!!!!!!  We did a first look in the garden and some bridal party photos before the ceremony at dusk in the tea garden.  The ring bearer took a little detour to say hi as he walked down the aisle!  They said their I do’s with in a rose petal and candle lit ceremony with the Vinoy as the backdrop.  Since it was dark out after the ceremony I got to do some extra creative video light photos of them in different spots.  Yesterday I posted a photo Kristina Jeff with a random little boy in the background that was so cute, and I didn’t notice while I was shooting.  Kristina told me he told them they would have kids someday and to be nice to them!  Words of wisdomJ  One side of the ballroom was decorated with blush/white florals, and black and silver accents for dinner and toasts.  After dinner, they pulled back the curtain that made it a separate space for the party!  They had a sweets table, 2016 photobooth with a live instagram feed, and late night snacks.  Just before midnight everyone got champagne and headed up to the Esplanade to watch the fireworks in downtown St. Pete.  We had so much fun with these 2 and could not be happier for them!!  Congrats Kristina & Jeff!!! xoxoxox
Venue | The Vinoy Renaissance | Florist | Events In Bloom | DJ | Grant Hemond | Makeup Artist | Tina Honeycutt | Harpist | Rebecca Cosas | Hair | Noelle Pettinger | Gown | Kleifelfeld Bridal | Bridemaids Gowns | CC's Bridal Boutique | Tuxedos | Sacinos Formal Wear | Vintage Sofa | FH Weddings

Lyani & Darren Featured on Love My Dress

We've been waiting on pins and needles for this one........ and it's here!!! Lyani and Darren's gorgeous Bella Collina wedding is featured on Love My Dress!!  I've loved the style, and content of this blog for a long time now and am so honored they we are featured along with all the wedding professionals that created this prettiness! Stop by their blog to check out the entire feature on Love My Dress!!!!

{Angela & Tommy @The Palmetto Club}

Angela and Tommy made a very unique entrance into their ceremony.  They each walked into the sanctuary on opposite side with their parents.  Their parents walked down the aisle and then Angela & Tommy walked down the aisle together.  They had the cutest group of flower girls and ring bearers all in white and black.  Angela wore a beautiful long sleeve lace overlay, and the girls were in different hues of blue while the guys were in black and white.  After they were officially Mr & Mrs Tellson, their guests played corn hole and badminton on the lawn at the Palmetto Club while we took photos of them in the lush garden. They had a kids table with all kinds of activities to keep them busy, and Puff N Stuff even had a special buffet just for them.  Angela’s family is from Germany and surprised them with the Umbrella game! Angela’s mom, aunt, and cousins entered in full German attire. Angela and Tommy got to choose guests to open a letter and do whatever the letter said with the couple.  Angela’s cousin performed an amazing Bavarian dance and then everyone enjoyed all sorts of German desserts!  We stole them away for a few photographs and night and you could just feel the joy and love these 2 have for each other! Congrats Angela & Tommy!!! xoxoxo
Venue | The Palmetto Club | Church | Saint Stephen's | Hair and Makeup | Lili's Weddings | Catering | Puff n Stuff 

{Melissa & Joshua @ The Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay}

Melissa & Joshua live in Germany, but flew home for a sweet, intimate wedding with their family at The Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay.  Melissa's dad had the biggest smile on his face when he saw his beautiful daughter before they walked down the boardwalk to meet Joshua. Right after the sunset we went up to Armani's on the rooftop to catch the beautiful dusk sky and views of the bay.  Congrats Melissa & Joshua! 

Megan & Brett @ The Dali Museum

Megan and Brett had a holiday styled, evening wedding with a red, silvery and white color palette.  We captured such sweet moments of Megan’s mom getting her bridal ready at the Vinoy.  Megan walked around the corner and down the spiral staircase as their friends and family watched from the balcony!  We love this venue because of the unique architecture and Dali artwork as the backdrop.  The cold (for FloridaJ breeze picked up and their reception was moved inside, but we still were able to get some awesome photos of Megan and Brett in the Avant Garden and by the wish tree.  They had a jazz duo playing for their dances and the exited under rose petals!  Congrats Megan & Brett!! xoxoxo 
Venue | The Dali Museum | Musicians/DJ | Bernie Maloney | Catering/Cake |  Puff n Stuff 

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!  And an especially happy one for all of our couples who celebrated their very first one as Mr & Mrs!  We ended the year with Kristina & Jeff's fun and fabulous New Year's Eve wedding at the Vinoy, and started off 2016 with Caroline and Greg's beautiful beach wedding in perfect Florida style.  Our couples' in 2015 took us from Tampa, to a private island, and even all the way to Portugal!  The beautiful, priceless, and funny moments we had the honor of capturing was literally countless.  Thank you for entrusting us to capture your wedding vision through our eyes.  We wish you all the best year you could ever imagine, cheers to 2016!!! xoxoxo

Tampa Chamber Annual Meeting 2015

The Tampa Chamber ends each year with the passing of the gavel to the new chairperson and a celebration of the years' accomplishments along with what's ahead for 2016.  Ron Christaldi passed the gavel on to Guy King III.  The members brought toys (and cute teddy bears:-) to support gifts Metropolitan Ministries will be giving out for Christmas. Betty Castor was presented with the H. L. Culbreath Jr. Leadership Profile Award and we heard from some of the top leaders of Tampa including Mayor (or Reverend as some like to call him:-) Bob Buckhorn. Such a great way to end the year and much in store for 2016!  
Venue | Tampa Convention Center | Balloons and Entertainment | YTE Events | Production and Lighting | DCE Productions

{Kayla and Alex @ Lange Farm}

Navy, cream, and gold with orange accents was the color palette for Kayla and Alex’s elegant garden house wedding.  Kayla’s lace gown had off the shoulder cap sleeves with a navy and cream sash, so pretty! Her bridesmaids all wore different styles of navy dresses that coordinated perfectly with the guys beige suits and navy ties. The orange floral accents they had for the ceremony and in the flowers looked so pretty against the outdoor backdrop.  Dusk time there is just gorgeous!  We got so many beautiful shots of these two, and the weather was just perfect!  The reception was decorated with navy and gold linens, orange floral center pieces, and a s’more for each of their guests to take home!  Their sweets table was to die for with cake, truffles, and all kinds of treats to dip in the chocolate fountain!  Kayla and Alex’s son Josh, had a special seat at the sweetheart tableJ So many sweet memories made up their story and we loved capturing it!  Congrats Kayla and Alex!!! xoxoxo 
Venue | Lange Farm | Cake | Sugar Divas Cakery | Gown Boutique | David's Bridal | DJ | Celebrations 24 | Florist | Jason Kang | Caterer | Affordable Catering

Promise Love Foundation - Photos with Santa 2015

We worked with the Promise Love Foundation and High Hopes in High Heels for the first annual photos with Santa event!  We found out there is a specific age range of #santahaters, which usually fell between 12 months - 2.5 years old:-) Lots of lifelong memories were made and some of our favs are below!  This event raised over $1300 to support adoption, and this along with other donations received, allowed Promise Love Foundation to exceed the goal amount for the current family they are patterning with, the Pucovsky family.  Thank you to all who came out for some holiday fun and the event contributors below! 
Santa | Venue | Creative Loafing | Face Painting | Sarah Sinteff | Santa’s Chair | Tufted Vintage Rentals | DJ | DJ Astylez | Linens | Core Concepts

{Alyssa & Josh @Tampa Palms Country Club}

Alyssa and Josh’s wedding style was subtle fall accents and a red, orange and gold color palette.  Alyssa looked just plain gorgeous in her layered, organza gown with a crystal sash and feather hairpiece.  The ceremony was under the verandah at Tampa Palms decorated with a white runner, lanterns and coordinating florals.  During the ceremony they did the wine ceremony, which symbolizes to lives blending together as one.  Alyssa’s mom and Josh’s mom each poured a glass of wine into a single glass for them to then serve each other.  Josh stomped on the glass (a different one of courseJ and they were officially Mr. & Mrs. Culp.   The bridesmaids red dresses with the red and yellow looked gorgeous against the golf course backdrop!  Their reception was decorated with alternating tall and short golf candelabras and vases with orange linens and a carmel apple as the favor.  Each of their parents did a little mini toast to Alyssa and Josh, which was so sweet to hear the love and happiness their parents have for them!  Then they danced until they couldn’t anymore! Congrats Alyssa & Josh!! xoxoxo   
Venue | Tampa Palms Country Club | Officiant | Sensational Ceremonies | Florist | Beyond Floral | Hair and Makeup | Eyes On You Salon and Spa | DJ | Delite Entertainment | Gown Boutique | The White Closet | Stationery | Invitation Consultants

Jessica & Jeff

Jeff told us the love of his life literally walked through his front door!  Jessica was a friend of a friend that was just coming over to go to a concert.....and that was it!  We had so much fun really just hanging out and laughing.  Jessica has the perfect shoulder pop, according to Jeff.  This is engagement session perfection in our book!  5.21.16 they'll be an official Mr. & Mrs! 

{Jessie and Todd @ Davis Island Garden Club}

This was an extra special one because we’ve known Jessie for a number of years now.  Not only does she work for Breezin and is a wedding friendor, but, she’s been a bridesmaid in quite of few of her friend’s weddings that we’ve photographed as well!  She’s even caught the bouquet at least once that we’ve seen:-)  Ashley and Candace were 2 of her bridesmaids, so it was so nice to see them again too!  I would say her wedding style was modern simplicity, with the colors being black and white with gold accents.  Jessie wore her grandmother’s engagement ring that has been passed down over the years.  In the box was a note that said who has also worn it and their wedding date, so they can add 11.21.15 to the post it.  They did a first look and bridal party photos beforehand so they could enjoy every minute of the party.  The most unique detail we loved was that they had an artist at the back of the ceremony, literally sketching it out on canvas as it unfolded!  They had the cutest flower girls and ring bears, the little ones rode down the aisle in style.  Jessie’s brother officiated, and they did a toast with the bridal party during the ceremony. Jessie and Todd met at a kickball game so they had a kickball there for all their guests to sign!  The reception was decorated with long family style tables with striped black and white runners, white lanterns, and gold chargers and sparkly table numbers.  The perfect finishing touch was the black and white checkered dance floor for everyone to dance on under the crystal chandeliers.  Lots and lots of dancing and fun moments for these 2! Congrats Jessie & Todd!!!  So happy for you and honored to be a party of! xoxox 
| Venue | Davis Island Garden Club | Event Planner | Days Remembered by ND  | Florist | Northside Florist | Hair and Makeup | Michele Renee the Studio | DJ | Breezin Entertainment | Cake | The Cake Zone | Catering | Saltblock Catering | Bar Service | Spunky Sprits | Videography | Castorina Photography & Films | Decor | Brandon Rentals | Dance Floor | Signature Event Rentals | Transportation | Kings Executive Limo