{Melissa & Michael @ The Sheraton Sand Key}

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

Venue | Sheraton sand Key | DJ | Expert Productions | Florist | A Tailored Event | Hair & Makeup | Collective Creations

Mariana & David

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?

Little Miss Aubrey

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:-) 

Abby & Travis

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! 

{Nicole & David @ Westin Harbour Island}

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

Venue | Westin Harbour Island | Event Coordination | Days Remembered by ND | Cake Artist | Chantilly Cakes | Florist | Island Flowers | DJ | Grant Hemond 

{Jessica & Arik @ A La Carte Event Pavilion}

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

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!!  

Deirdre & Angelo

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!

Lainey is 1!

My little niece Lainey just turned 1 year old and she is such a pretty little princess!  She came down to visit us (with her parents of course:-) and I of course had to do some 1 year photos! I just love this age, she's almost walking and loves doggies and babies.  Our house is perfect since we have 2 dogs, 2 cats, and she has 2 little baby girl cousins!  Here's some of her sweet little face. 

Melissa & Michael

Melissa and Michael are from Maryland and drove down to Tampa for their engagement session. We had fun exploring Lettuce Lake Park and picking different spots for their photos!  It was HOT but so beautiful!  They will be getting married in August at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort. They have been together almost 5 years. Melissa loves her Panorda bracelet and her puppy:-)  Michael surprised her on Mother's Day with an engagement ring charm tied around her puppy's collar. She thought that was her gift until she turned around to see Michael on one knee with the real gift! He asked her if she liked this one better!  It was just a "tad" bigger than the charm version :-)

{Brittany & Rick @The Florida Aquarium}

Brittany and Rick are high school sweethearts, who have been together for 8 years.  They had a beautiful "under the sea" themed elegant wedding at the Florida Aquarium!  Brittany had handmade necklaces made for each of her girls and octopus hair clips.  She wore earrings from her grandmother and a starfish necklace Rick had given her.  The blue heart sewn on her dress was made from a shirt that her grandfather used to wear.  It was extra, extra special because he was supposed to walk her down the aisle, but had recently passed away.  The reception was decorated with black linens, pops of purple and orange florals and I LOVE the center pieces.  They were glowing with jelly fish in them.  The cake had the cutest bride and groom sharks. Every Saturday night Tampa was fireworks over the river and that made for the perfect ending to their evening!!  Congrats Brittany and Rick! xoxoxo

Venue | Florida Aquarium | Cake Artist | The Cake Zone |  Florist | Events In Bloom | DJ | Grant Hemond | Gown Boutique | CC's Boutique 

The First Promise Love Family

This was a very short, simple family portrait session, and hot since it's July in Florida!  But, one of my all time favorite!  Why you may ask?  There's nothing flashy or over the top?  Well, this is the very first family portrait of Lisa and Fred with 3 three children that they are adopting.  It is so special because they are siblings that are able to grow up together with amazing parents because Lisa and Fred are adopting them from the foster system.  They are also the very first Promise Love Foundation family that we were able to help!  I'm going to mix a little personal passion with business here, but many of you know that my friend Holly and I started the foundation to both raise awareness, and funds for families hoping to adopt.  At times it's overwhelming and scary to work hard and put feet to your passion but when you do big things can happen.  Our dream is to help lots of and lots of kids become part of forever families and hopefully make a difference in the world! 

{Jessica & Jason @ Andrews Memorial Chapel and Sage}

Jessica and Jason had a sweet intimate ceremony at the St. Andrews Memorial Chapel in Dunedin. Jessica wore a beautiful lace gown and her something blue was a lace garter with a tiny blue ribbon on it.  Her something borrowed was a bracelet from her mom. Jasons two sons were the ring bearers. They exited to bubbles and some of their friends surprised them by filling their car with balloons.  They shared their first dance under the twinkle lights at the Sage and celebrated with everyone!!  Congrats Jessica & Jason!!! xoxoxo
Church | Andrew's Memorial Chapel | Reception | Sage | Gown | The White Closet | Officiant | Stress Free Weddings | DJ | Flashback Productions | Cake | Chef Nelson's Cake Studio 

Fete Des Fleurs Styled Shoot Featured on Occasions Blog

This styled shoot we did will all kinds of awesome "Friendors" has been very popular!  Occasions just featured it as a Color Story on their blog! They posted a lot of Dixie and Abita too:-) It takes a LOT of work to put together everything for a styled shoot and these awesome people did all the work we just photographed the gorgeous-ness and submitted it to some awesome publications (& provide the doggies:-)! 

Planning & Design |  Linda Marie Weddings & Events | Floral | Events in Bloom | Venue | Hollis Garden at The Terrace Hotel | Invitations & Paper Suite | A+P Designs | Wedding Dresses | Hayley Paige & Christina Wu |Veil & Accessories | Anglo Couture | Shoes: Badgley Mishka | Menswear | Nathan’s Men’s Store | Linens | Connie Duglin | Rentals: Signature Events by Design and WISH Vintage Rentals | Hair & Makeup | Aquali Bridal | Macarons | Le Macaron | Cake | SweetCakes | Models | Emily Jane M & Kel G, Dixie & Abita Wildes