{Candice & Steven @ Davis Island Garden Club}

Candice and Steven had so many personal touches and details that set the tone and made their wedding amazing. The color palette was coral, navy, and Ivory. The girls were in navy dresses and the guys in navy suits with polka dot socks.  Candice had the perfect undo and flowy veil for a windy day on Davis Island!  Steven wore a light coral jacket and bow tie in perfect style. They florals were so pretty with white, succlants, and coral accents. Candice and Steven saw each other for the first time on the waterfront at Davis Island Yacht Club, and had their sweet Great Dane, Blalock ready for some photos as well!  Their ceremony was lovely, and took place on the lawn at the Garden Club. During the ceremony, they had a "tree ceremony" where they each added dirt from Candice's home states of Texas and Missouri and Steven's home state of Florida.  When Taco Bus is your favorite restaurant, why not have them cater your wedding? so they did:-) They had mason had jar mugs for their guests to write their name on and keep, even special ones for the kids! Candice hand made the cake topper and Steven's dad made the cake stand as a gift to them. Steven’s grandfather had recorded a special blessing they played before dinner. After many laughs and so many fun moments, Steven and Candice exited through all of their family and friends holding sparklers and then boarded a waiting water taxi that took them to their hotel! Congrats Candice and Steven! xoxoxo
Venue | Davis Island Garden Club | Caterer | Taco Bus | DJ | Kevin Kramer | Transportation | Water Taxi Tampa | Stationary | Minted | Florals | Blooming Flower Boutique

{Kate & Jake @ Carlouel Yacht Club}

Happy 1 week anniversary to Jake & Kate! While their on their honeymoon we wanted to share some of our favorite moments:-) First I have to say, Kate's gown is one of my favorites, it was simple gorgeous with the lace detail and for the ceremony she wore a cap sleeve lace top that was literally so perfect and unique. She wore lace heels for the ceremony and matching lace flats for dancing! Jake and his best man enjoyed a little toast on the balcony of the Pier House 60 hotel while getting ready. The colors were tiffany blue, gray, with hints of green and driftwood that made for the perfect beach chic style.  They had little vials of sand with their guests name and seating arrangement and both a sweet and salty favor.  On the sign in table, they had 3 bottles, 1 year, 10 year, and 25 year and little papers for their guests to write advice to put in each one so they can open them and read on each of those anniversaries. The rain let up just in time for us to do some gorgeous photos on the beach of them after the ceremony and for sunset. Some of the prettiest skies happen after it rains. Their guests started dancing before dinner started and didn't stop until it was over! I think Kate's grandpa, (who is 80 by the way:-) had the most fun dancing with his beautiful granddaughter! Congrats Kate and Jake!!!!! xoxoxox
Venue | Carlouel Yacht Club | Hair & Makeup | Collective Creations | Florist | Events In Bloom | Stationary | Minted | Musician | Joe Farren

NACE @ Avila Golf & Country Club

Our July National Association of Catering Executives meeting was at the beautiful Avila Golf & Country Club.  All the fabulous professionals below came together to make it beautiful and delicious! This month is was speed networking (essentially speed dating for business:-) We have the best, and most awesome friendors here in Tampa Bay and it was an honor to photograph!
Venue & Cuisine | Avila Golf & Country Club | Florals | Botanica | Linens | Custom Linens | Gelato | The Gelato Carte | MC | Grant Hemond | Chivari Chairs | Signature Event Rentals

{Brittani & Brandon @ Sandpearl Resort}

Brittani looked absolutely breathtaking in her organza layered gown, and 5 inch sequined heels! Their daughter, Ta'raji, was the cutest flower girl, and wore a matching layered gown that Brittani's mom added plum accents to.  I am in love with their wedding style. I would call it bling chic:-) The official colors were Aubergine (Plum), Mojito (light green), Ivory and Charcoal. The ceremony was in the half round on the lawn overlooking the beach at the Sand Pearl.  They said their I do's under an acrylic arch with crystals and draping. Ta'Raji decided to take her nap right before the ceremony and she slept through the whole thing! They wrote the sweetest vows to each other, jumped the broom then danced their way down the aisle! We literally had the most beautiful golden sunset as the backdrop for their photos after the ceremony.  The reception decor created a beautiful ambiance with tall floral center pieces, floating candles, clear acrylic chivari chairs, and a white dance floor.  Each guests' champagne glass even had a strawberry slice.  While Brittani and Brandon danced their first dance, Ta'Raji did her own little dance around them:-)  We so loved capturing all these sweet moments! Congrats Brittani & Brandon!! xoxoxo
Venue | Sandpearl Resort | Florals & Decor | Showorks Events | Hair & Makeup | Michele Renee The Studio | DJ | MacMuzic Productions | Cake Artist | The Cake Zone | Stationary | Carlson Craft 

{Jessica & Jon @ Useppa Island}

Jessica and Jon wanted to do a Florida destination style wedding where their friends and family could join them for a weekend of celebration.  The perfect location was the gorgeous Useppa Island club which is a private island you can only get to by boat!  Jessica, her mom and bridesmaids all get ready in the beautiful upstairs suite at the Useppa Island Inn. Jessica wore a gorgeous strapless tulle dress with a crystal-beaded belt and the most adorable sparkly Betsy Johnson flats! Right before Jessica and Jon saw each other for the first time, all the girls prayed over Jessica, such a sweet moment! The couple had their first look beneath a gorgeous twisty banyan tree. Jon was in absolute awe over his stunning bride! They shared a special few minutes together before joining the rest of the bridal party for pictures. The ceremony took place at the bottom of the beautiful grand staircase right in front of the inn.  The reception was decorated with tall hydrangea centerpieces and soft candlelight in mercury glass votives. They had hula-hoops and glow sticks for the kids, which were a huge hit.  Everyone danced the night away on the patio and as the evening came to a close, Jessica and Jon had a sparkler exit into a decorated golf cart:-) Such a beautiful and fun destination for this sweet couple! Congrats Jessica and Jon! xoxoxo
Venue | The Collier Inn | Hair & Makeup | Collective Creations | Florist | Cheryl Dillon | DJ | Clive Live | Cake Artist | Yum Yum Cakes 

Haley & Jordan

Haley & Jordan are from Texas and they met summer of 2008 while working at a camp for kids. Haley joined Jordan at Texas A&M where he got his masters in Sports Management and she got her bachelors of science.  Their relationship has spanned the miles over the past 3 years. Jordan moved to Tampa to work for the Bucs, and after finishing her boards for physical therapy, Haley is moving here this month and they are getting married 7.25.15!  They are just the sweetest, fun loving couple, up for anything. I thought Ybor would be a great welcome to Tampa engagement session:-) 

Juliet & Billy @ The Vinoy

Juliet & Billy met in Tallahassee even they are both from St. Pete. Billy is a pilot and Juliet said she didn't mean to do an airplane theme, but they had the best and most unique personal details!  The new Mr & Mrs Auer to be had the best hashtag for their friends to share photos on Instagram, #Auertime!  Juliet had heels for the ceremony and gray converse with purple "Mrs. Auer" embroidered on them for the reception. The lilac and gray color palette is one of my favorites!  While I was with the girls, Kandice was with the Billy and the boys at their house getting ready. They toasted with shots of fireball in Florida State shot glasses. Billy loves to bike and he decided to go for a spin on his wedding day, why not? Their wedding was the day before Father's day, and Juliet and her dad had the sweetest first look under the canopy of pink bougainvilleas. Then it was time for her to see Billy and as she walked up to him he couldn't wait and turned right around to see his bride:-)  Just as the guests were seated on the esplanade for the ceremony, a yellow bi-plane started circling with a little surprise Billy had planned for everyone!  Once it was official their guests threw their programs which were folded into paper airplanes as the exited. The Grand Ballroom was decked out in gray linens with purple uplighting and alternating tall and petite centerpieces. There was a little hint of sparkle to everything. The table numbers, votives and their entire cake covered in sugary sparkles topped with a custom Mr & Mrs. Auer.  The table numbers were actually made by one of their dear friends, for the head table he made a special wood engraved heart made out of backwards 2's with a little plaque engraved "Juliet and Billy United 2-gether". The reception was a blast, they ate and danced and danced some more!  The perfect ending was that Billy was actually flying them to their honeymoon in St Barts:-) Congrats Juliet and Billy we had so much fun capturing your special day!! xoxoxo
Venue & Cake | Vinoy Renaissance | Stationary | Beach Papery & Gifts | Gown Boutique | The White Closet | DJ | Grant Hemond | Florals & Decor | Showorks Events

10 Years!

10 years ago today, David and I said our vows to each other on our wedding day! We promised each other these things:
"To honor, encourage, and support each other. I promise to put Christ at the center of our relationship, knowing that only as we grow closer to Him, can we grow closer to each other. I promise to honor this covenant as long as we both shall live". Pretty simply and straight forward right?  Looking back, and thinking about these words we promised each other, these really are the most important things that make a marriage work. We've traveled the world, moved from the north to the south, built a house, both changed careers, experienced great joy, and suffered great loss together.  Besides our wedding day, the 2 days we became parents, and the 2 days we became forever parents are the happiest.  All these experiences have made us better people together than we could have ever been apart. I pulled out our wedding video, which was on VHS, made into DVD, but wouldn't work on my iMac's so I put it in the DVD player and took video of it with my iPhone. My longest time friend, and bridesmaid, Stephanie, made sure we had these memories and I'm so thankful she did. It's rough, but I put together some of the fun moments from our wedding!  I also talked David into doing a portrait session, mind you in May, in Florida!  Kandice photographed our little family, and also a few dressed up, with me in my wedding dress again (really because it still fits me:-). Happy anniversary honey bunny!!  Love you!!! 

Jessica & Steve

Jessica was born and raised in St. Pete and Steve is originally from Detroit, Michigan.  They met, fell in love, and bought their first house in St. Pete.  We actually did a sunrise session with them and it was just beautiful and so peaceful early in the morning.  They are both fans of their hometown hockey teams, and unfortunately Detroit got us this time, so Steve was pretty happy about that:-) We can't wait until their wedding 3.5.16!!

Angell & Jared

Keel & Curley Winery is where Angell & Jared shared their 3rd date so it’s a meaningful place for them, and the perfect place for their engagement session!  The staff there was so nice to allow us to photograph them on their beautiful property! Angell shared their engagement story with us and it’s so sweet, we had to share!

“We both grew up in small towns in central Pennsylvania that were less than an hour apart! Since we visit home for the holidays, Jared thought getting engaged in our home state would make it a memorable event and also allow us to celebrate with family! Timing was critical because Jared needed to speak with my parents before popping the question. Jared knew I was a Penn State grad and had been a tour guide while I was in school.  Jared wasn't too familiar with the campus so he asked me to give him a tour during our Christmas 2014 trip home.  Jared said it would "help him learn more about a place that was special to me". Of course there was another motive!  We arrived at my parents' home for the holidays on 12/22 and on 12/23 Jared asked my parents if he could marry me.  They were very excited to give their blessing.  Later that day, even though it was dreary and cold, I took Jared around the Penn State campus. One of the last stops was the Lion Shrine -- a statue of the Nittany Lion and popular photo spot.  There was a couple there taking photos and we asked them to take one of us too.  After a couple of photos, Jared got down on one knee and proposed.  My first response was, "Does my dad know?!"  Jared put me at ease by saying yes your dad knows, and then he said, "Well, what's your answer?"  I was stunned and smiled ear to ear and said YES! We celebrated with a shared milkshake at the popular Penn State University Creamery.”

{Jillian & Lee @ Isla Del Sol}

I love the color palette Jillian and Lee chose for their waterfront wedding. The guys wore different shades of blue ties to match each of the bridesmaid’s dresses.  They also wore some pretty fantastic socks, the guys that is:-) The forecast said 100% chance of rain but there was not a drop to be seen!  They had steel drums playing tropical island music, and sunglasses for all their guests to wear.  Jill's Mom, Betsey, drew the photos of each member of the bridal party to decorate their program which was also a fan.  During the ceremony Jillian and Lee tossed shells into the ocean, then for the recessional all the bridal party and guests did as well.  Jillian and Lee had a little surprise for the bridal party.  Before the wedding, they had buried a bottle of whiskey on the beach.  After the ceremony they dug it up and shared a swig with their bridal party. The ballroom was beautifully decorated with hues of blue. The tables had glass vases with beautiful flowers and floating candles. The tables were each named after their favorite movies..."Meet the Parents, Father of the Bride, The Hangover, Bridesmaids, I love you Man, etc...." Jillian and Lee met while getting their PhD's in Mathematics at University of Florida, but Jillian is from Ohio (Cleveland to be exact:-) so there was a little north and south rivalry with some O-H-I-O ing and gator chomping! Gerry, Jill's Dad, gave a beautiful toast to his daughter and new son in law. The groom's cake may have looked just like a UF Gator cake, but Jillian sneakily had it made with Ohio State colors on the inside. Lee was quite surprised to see scarlet and gray layers when they cut it!  It was the perfect and most fun day!  Congrats Jillian and Lee! xoxoxo
Venue | Isla Del Sol Country Club | Florist | Flowers by Design | Hair & makeup | Michele Renee The Studio | Steel Drums | Rhythm Trail | Musician/DJ | Grant Hemond | Stationary | A & P Designs | Cake Artist | A Slice Of Heaven | Gown | The Perfect Dress

NACE @ Hilton Clearwater Beach

All of us event professional work hard but we also love to have fun!  We are members of National Association of Catering Executives and both attended and photographed this month's meeting:-) It was a super fun team building event where each team had to build an actual boat and sail it! It was super casual, tropical themed, with smoothies, amazing appetizers, and I have to say the cake was off the chain.  Corey, from Corey's bakery was introducing a new spin on wedding cake, was a tiered "cake" with chocolate chip cookie layers.  In between there was chocolate fudge brownie with dark fudge icing, topped with rich dark amaretto chocolate ganache icing.  It was to die for! Such a fun evening with the best in our industry! 
Venue | Hilton Clearwater Beach | Linens | Connie Duglin Linens | Florals | Iza's Flowers | DJ | Boone's Pro Events | Cake | Corey's Bakery | Tropical Smoothies | Maui Wowi | Team Building |  Boucher Brothers

{Aleigha & Jon @ The Powel Crosley Estate}

Aleigha and Jon chose the gorgeous Powel Crosley Estate in Sarasota for their big day!  Jon is from Toronto, Canada, and is a huge Toronto Maple Leaf hockey fan, so for Aleigha’s something blue, she had a Toronto Maple Leaf patch sewn into the bottom of her wedding dress:-)  The color palette was teal, mint, gray, and white. Even the historic marker on the property matched their colors! Aleigha is very close with her family, and did a first look with her father and four brothers in the ship room.  All of their reactions when they first saw her as a beautiful bride were priceless. Aleigha gave Jon cuff links as a gift, that had their initials and date on one and "best day ever" on the other. Just before the ceremony, they held hands with a door separating them so they couldn't see each other.  As they stood on either side of the door they told one another exactly how they were feeling in that precious moment right before their wedding. Jon’s adorable niece, Maddy, was the flower girl and as she walked down the aisle she carried a sign that read, “Uncle Jonny, here comes your bride”. During the ceremony Aleigha’s sister sang them a song while she played the guitar, it was beautiful!  After the ceremony the bridal party did their entrances into the reception and they were ALL so creative and fun!  Dinner was in a tent on the back lawn decorated with lanterns, gray linens, and teal and mint accents. The toasts were amazing and had everyone laughing.  There was a beautiful sunset, dancing on the terrace and an ice cream bar for everyone to enjoy. An amazing night for this sweet couple! Congrats Aleigha and Jon! xoxo
Venue | The Powel Crosley Estate | Event Coordinator | Confetti Events | Videographer | Randall Productions | Makeup | Jess Waldrop | Caterer | Milan Catering & Events | DJ | Grant Hemond | Florist | 2 Birds Events 

Emily & Dylan

Emily and Dylan met while they were in college at UCF in Orlando. After they started dating, they realized they only lived 10 minutes from one another while growing up, it's such a small world!  They love boating and being out on the water, so in true Florida fashion, Dylan proposed to her on the beach at sunset!  We walked around the cute little streets of Pass a Grille and even had a dolphin surface in the background:-) 2.13.15 Isla Del Sol, we can't wait! 

TJ & Brooke

We got to photograph the moment these 2 actually got engaged, when TJ got down on one knee in Curtis Hixon Park in February! (You can see that HERE:-)  It was so special to capture that moment for them and now their engagement session, and their wedding coming up next April! They live on Harbour Island, and enjoy the beautiful waterfront there so it was the perfect spot!