Dear Nikon, this one's for the girls

On Friday I read the article in the New York Times about how Nikon featured 32 pro photographers, all men and 0 women in the release of their new D850 camera.   Not cool right?  How does a huge company like Nikon launch a new product featuring photographers from Asia, Africa and the Middle East and they can’t come up with a single woman?  I’m just one person and I couldn’t get out of my mind that I know at least 32 amazing women photographers.  So, I did what I usually do when irritated by something and posted the article on Facebook and commented about how we aren’t living in 1950 and how I’m glad that I shoot with Canon equipment.  But then, my friend Amy pointed out that Canon isn’t much better with only 8 out of their 40 brand ambassadors being women.  Nikon has 7 women out of their 24 brand ambassadors.  Nikon got a lot of backlash for their latest campaign, which turned out in my opinion to be a positive because it begin a conversation that got noticed by some of the biggest media outlets.  Nikon even issued an apology, here’s the beginning of it which is the most important part:

“We apologize for this unfortunate circumstance – it is not reflective of the value we place on female photographers and their enormous contributions to the field of photography. We champion all passionate photographers and women are an integral part of this community.”

Words matter.  But, so do actions, and actions trump words.  Their campaign IS reflective of the value they place on female photographers and it isn’t just a Nikon issue it’s a photography industry issue.  Nikon and Canon own the biggest market share in professional DSLR equipment so one would think they should be leading the charge but it does make sense why they aren’t.  Nikon has 10.6% of employees being women, 4.7% who are in management.  Canon has 15.2% of their employees being women and 2% who are in management.  A good portion of these company’s sales is made up of our small businesses buying equipment and I’m sure that to them a dollar is a dollar no matter what gender it comes from.  Nikon’s oversight gave us a great opportunity to respond, and keep moving the industry of photography forward for women like those before us have done.

My professional career began in what most would call a “man’s world” as an Industrial Engineer.  I was fortunate to have the opportunity to go to Purdue University, which I chose because of their focus on supporting women in engineering.  I knew what I was getting into and I love challenges and seeing progress. I have my corporate career to thank for teaching me business skills, and many international trips that got me interested in photography in the first place.  I’m going on 9 years as a full time photographer and I have two daughters who are 3 years old.  Like any parent I want them to dream big and have the opportunity to do what they are passionate about.  In order for them to be able to do this, it’s up to our generation to speak up, take action when something isn’t right, and support and encourage each other as women.   This is for my daughters, and my friends’ daughters, and all girls who may aspire to have a career in photography someday.  In response to Nikon, I wanted to feature the amazing women photographers that I know.   I did a call out to my friends and within 36 hours I had 37 women (including me of course:-) who wanted to participate.  This is a group of women photographers who are diverse, amazingly talented, entrepreneurs, and business owners who work in all genres of photography.  Ladies:  keep up the amazing work, don’t apologize for who you are or what you charge because you are worth it and more!  Click on their profiles below to see their work. 

Christina Maldonado Genre | Weddings & Portraits | Based in Tampa, FL

Christina Maldonado
Genre | Weddings & Portraits | Based in Tampa, FL

Olivia Womack Genre | Boudoir & Beauty Portraits | Based in Cocoa Beach, Florida

Olivia Womack
Genre | Boudoir & Beauty Portraits |
Based in Cocoa Beach, Florida

Andi Diamond Genre | Weddings, Portraits, Corporate Headshots | Based in Tampa, FL

Andi Diamond
Genre | Weddings, Portraits, Corporate Headshots | Based in Tampa, FL

Bethany Augliere Genre | Nature and Wildlife | Based in Delray Beach, FL

Bethany Augliere
Genre | Nature and Wildlife | Based in Delray Beach, FL

Miriam Salgado Genre | Elopements, Beach Weddings, Portraits | Based in Wesley Chapel, FL

Miriam Salgado
Genre | Elopements, Beach Weddings, Portraits | Based in Wesley Chapel, FL

Julieann Usry Genre | Weddings and Engagements | Based in Land O' Lakes, FL

Julieann Usry
Genre | Weddings and Engagements | Based in Land O' Lakes, FL

Jessie Stehlik Genre | Weddings and Portraits | Based in Tampa, FL

Jessie Stehlik
Genre | Weddings and Portraits | Based in Tampa, FL

Alycia Savage Genre | Family, Newborn, HS Senior Portraits | Based in Dallas, TX/Tampa, FL

Alycia Savage
Genre | Family, Newborn, HS Senior Portraits | Based in Dallas, TX/Tampa, FL

Kimberly Romano Genre | Weddings | Based in Clearwater, FL

Kimberly Romano
Genre | Weddings | Based in Clearwater, FL

Lisa McCoy Genre | Equestrian, Portraits, Cars/Yachts | Based in Tampa, FL

Lisa McCoy
Genre | Equestrian, Portraits, Cars/Yachts
| Based in Tampa, FL

Amy Pezzicara Genre | Weddings, Portraits, Editorial, Food | Based in Tampa, FL

Amy Pezzicara
Genre | Weddings, Portraits, Editorial, Food | Based in Tampa, FL

Mariana Mosli Genre | Multiculural Weddings/Destination Multi-Day Weddings | Based in Tampa, FL

Mariana Mosli
Genre | Multiculural Weddings/Destination Multi-Day Weddings | Based in Tampa, FL

Jodi Hutton Genre | Weddings and Product | Based in Denver, CO

Jodi Hutton
Genre | Weddings and Product | Based in Denver, CO

Rana Mohammadian Tierney Genre | HS Seniors, Lifestyle, Weddings | Based in Sarasota, FL

Rana Mohammadian Tierney
Genre | HS Seniors, Lifestyle, Weddings | Based in Sarasota, FL

Katelyn Prisco Genre | Weddings and Family | Based in Sarasota, FL

Katelyn Prisco
Genre | Weddings and Family | Based in Sarasota, FL

Audrey Owen Genre | Weddings and Portraits | Based in Naples, FL

Audrey Owen
Genre | Weddings and Portraits | Based in Naples, FL

Tanya Long-Garro Genre | Family, Maternity, Newborn, HS Seniors | Based in Nashville, TN

Tanya Long-Garro
Genre | Family, Maternity, Newborn, HS Seniors | Based in Nashville, TN

Jeanine McLeod Genre | Babies, Children, Families | Based in Wesley Chapel, FL Photo Credit: Andi Diamond

Jeanine McLeod
Genre | Babies, Children, Families | Based in Wesley Chapel, FL
Photo Credit: Andi Diamond

Elina Levy Genre | Weddings and Portraits | Based in Tampa, FL

Elina Levy
Genre | Weddings and Portraits | Based in Tampa, FL

Andrea Moberly Genre | Family, Newborn, Seniors | Based in Indianapolis, IN

Andrea Moberly
Genre | Family, Newborn, Seniors | Based in Indianapolis, IN

Kenzie Shores Genre | Maternity, Newborns, Families | Based in St. Petersburg, FL

Kenzie Shores
Genre | Maternity, Newborns, Families | Based in St. Petersburg, FL

Kristin Berry Genre | Product and Branding | Based in Tampa, FL

Kristin Berry
Genre | Product and Branding | Based in Tampa, FL

Shayna Hardy Genre | Families, HS Seniors, Boudoir and Underwater | Based in Baltimore, MD

Shayna Hardy
Genre | Families, HS Seniors, Boudoir and Underwater | Based in Baltimore, MD

Ashley Canay Genre | Weddings, Events, Portraits | Based in Tampa, FL

Ashley Canay
Genre | Weddings, Events, Portraits | Based in Tampa, FL

Andrea Taylor Genre | Family and Children Portraiture | Based in Marietta, GA

Andrea Taylor
Genre | Family and Children Portraiture | Based in Marietta, GA

Ashley Thorne Genre | Weddings and Boudoir | Based in Hampshire, United Kingdom

Ashley Thorne
Genre | Weddings and Boudoir | Based in Hampshire, United Kingdom

Mary Buck Genre | Corporate& Actor/Model Headshots, Family/Children's Portraits | Based in Atlanta, GA

Mary Buck
Genre | Corporate& Actor/Model Headshots, Family/Children's Portraits | Based in Atlanta, GA

Andria Lavine Genre | Events and Portraiture | Based in Atlanta, GA

Andria Lavine
Genre | Events and Portraiture | Based in Atlanta, GA

Marlo Laney Genre | Headshots, Business Branding, Family, Maternity | Based in Tampa, FL

Marlo Laney
Genre | Headshots, Business Branding, Family, Maternity | Based in Tampa, FL

Shelby Finkelstein Genre | Babies, Children, Family, Maternity  | Based in Orlando, FL

Shelby Finkelstein
Genre | Babies, Children, Family, Maternity
 | Based in Orlando, FL

Kera Holzinger Genre | Wedding and Portraits | Based in St Petersburg, FL

Kera Holzinger
Genre | Wedding and Portraits | Based in St Petersburg, FL

Nancy Steele Genre | HS Seniors, Families, and Business Images | Based in West Linn, OR

Nancy Steele
Genre | HS Seniors, Families, and Business Images | Based in West Linn, OR

Brittany Trevino Genre | Weddings and Portraits | Based in Tampa, FL

Brittany Trevino
Genre | Weddings and Portraits | Based in Tampa, FL

Jennifer Corbin Genre | Weddings | Based in Yucaipa, California

Jennifer Corbin
Genre | Weddings | Based in Yucaipa, California

Arlene Franklin-Dicks Genre | Newborns, Maternity, Events, Headshots | Based in Marietta, GA

Arlene Franklin-Dicks
Genre | Newborns, Maternity, Events, Headshots | Based in Marietta, GA

Leslie Harris-Senac Genre | Weddings & Special Events Films | Based in Sarasota, FL Photo Credit: Cheryl Ziemke

Leslie Harris-Senac
Genre | Weddings & Special Events Films | Based in Sarasota, FL
Photo Credit: Cheryl Ziemke

Carrie Wildes Genre | Weddings and Portraits | Based in Tampa, FL

Carrie Wildes
Genre | Weddings and Portraits | Based in Tampa, FL

Griffin and Riley Family Session

I love when we get to see our couples family's grow over the years.  We've started photographing Autumn and Colin in 2013 with their engagement session through their little cutie Dax who turned one a few months ago.  Autumn's family was all together in town and I got to see them for this super fun and rowdy beach session.  Little miss Hannah Kate wasn't super thrilled about it, but she powered through and we got such funny and sweet moments with them all together.  My favorite is Autumn's parents with all their grandkids, you'll see which one I'm talking about:-) We even got one with the sunset!  I so loved seeing you all!!! xoxoxo

Be Beautiful Do Good - Promise Love Fundraiser

This event has a really cool little story behind it.  Sarah, one of our brides, and also Michele Renee's posted on facebook that she wanted to do a makeup class and was curious who would teach one.  I saw her post and tagged Michele because I knew she did them.  Then, Michele and Sarah decided to make it a fundraising event to support adoption through the Promise Love Foundation!  I co-founded this organization and am so thankful for people like these 2 ladies who help us do what we do, which is partner with families to raise money for adoption.  Their goal was to raise $1000 from this event and they did it!  This money will go towards Mary Jo and Gil, who we have a goal of raising $27,000 for their adoption.  We're up to almost $5000 for them so far, so we do have a ways to go (and you can always donate here:-)   They are matched with a birth mom who is having a little girl in November.  Michele taught us how to use the color wheel and eye shape when applying makeup, I know I learned a ton!  There were sweets donated from Nothing Bunt Cakes, champagne, and even a silent auction with some awesome swag.  You ladies are amazing!!! Thank you so much to everyone who came and especially Michele and Sarah for all your hard work planning it!!   

Lauren & Anibal

We had a plan to do Lauren & Anibal's engagement session before their wedding and then timing just didn't work out, so we actually did their session about 2 months after.  Post wedding portraits, I love them!  Plus, really there's nothing more relaxing than sailing on the Lady Jane.  We sailed out around Pass a Grille and Captain Kevin took me out in the dinghy so we could get some shots of the entire catamaran with some off camera flash.  What a great way to end their summer wedding fabulosity.  

Melanie & Josh

It's pouring outside as I'm posting this, which is funny because with this crazy Florida summer rain we had to reschedule Melanie & Josh's engagement session 3 times.  Fourth time was a charm and we had a gorgeous day for their Curtis Hixon Park Engagement session!  Melanie's black lace Tieks matched her dress perfectly (and were super cute:-) I can't wait until 3.10.18 when they will become the official Mr. & Mrs. Renzoni!!! xoxox

Liz Kamali Events - Havana Nights Party

Liz Kamali Events team celebrating their new website and brand with an amazing Havana Nights themed party at Isla Del Sol.  Not only that, they used their party to give to support adoption and forever families through the Promise Love Foundation (which is also our passion:-).  Congrats LKE team and all the fabulous friendors that we got to see and celebrate with!!  It was amazing!! 
Venue | Isla Del Sol Yacht & Country Club | DJ | Grant Hemond | Furniture & Florals | FH Weddings & Events | Linens | Kate Ryan Linens | Chivari Chairs & Dance Floor | Signature Event Rentals | Custom Pillows, Napkins, Cigar Boxes, & Red Carpet | Just A BasketCase Events 

Guest Advice - Wedding Transportation!

Wedding day transportation is so important!  We have some really amazing info on this exact topic from the experts at Party Bus Tampa:

3 Things You Need to Know about Wedding Transportation

Tampa is one of the most advantageous places to have a wedding ceremony.  The sunshine, weather, and location are things that most couples would love to experience during this important milestone of their lives. This is one of the most important days, and that comes with some intimidation as far as planning goes. However, there are a ton of resources out there available to you that will make the process easier. You aren't alone, at any given point there are hundreds of newlyweds-to-be in the Tampa Bay area!

One of the most important aspects of your wedding planning that often gets overlooked is the reservation of transportation. Professional transportation can make or break this important day. It's important to book with a trustworthy company with a long standing reputation for providing great services.  A company that specializes in bar hopping will provide a different experience than a business who dedicates their profession to wedding transportation, although there are superstar companies that are skilled at both. We're here with some insider tips on how to ensure you're getting the best possible limousine or party bus rental in Tampa.

Size isn't what you think

When you're perusing websites and looking at various fleets, you'll take notice of the passenger capacities. While a bus or limo may say it seats 30 passengers, this is often based on a set measurement put forth by the state that doesn't exceed fifteen inches. Most adults take up much more space than this, especially if they are wearing dressy attire. It's a good idea to reserve a vehicle a bit bigger than how many people will actually be in attendance to ensure there is room to stretch and socialize.

View your vehicle in person

A completely reputable company will have no problem letting you come check out their fleet when they aren't busy. This is an important step because many limo companies in Tampa use stock images and send out a completely different vehicle when your wedding day rolls around. You deserve to know exactly what it is that you're getting!

The contract matters

The contract is an important part of reserving transportation. You're going to want to look over all of the details to ensure you aren't missing any important information! It's not uncommon for companies to sneak in extra fuel charges or tricky gratuities in, so be sure you're understanding all of the terms clearly before signing or putting down your deposit.

With these three things in mind, you're that much closer to having an efficient and luxurious transportation experience for your pictures, ceremony, and reception. Party Bus Tampa is the perfect business to consider to elevate your wedding day.

{Cassie & Scott @ The Palmetto Club}

"We got the bubbly" was the quote on the super cute tanks that all Cassie's bridesmaids were wearing.  Cassie's wedding style was old Hollywood glam, and that champagne lace gown was absolutely stunning.   Cassie did a first look with her dad and he gave her the biggest, sweetest hug.  She is his 3rd of 3 girls to walk down the aisle so I'm sure it was a little extra emotional for him.  The gray, with white and yellow accents was perfect for this elegant summer wedding in the garden.  The adorable little flower girls and ring bearers might have stolen the show as the walked down the aisle. But, that moment when Scott saw Cassie escorted by her dad to become his wife, there really just isn't any other moment like that!  The light in the garden at the Palmetto Club was perfect, streaming through the trees for the wedding party photos while the guests were enjoying cocktail hour.  The reception was decorated in geometric gold center pieces with candles and lots of succulents.  Instead of a cake, they had their favorite flavors of Sprinkles cupcakes with little bowties and diamond rings on them.  The entire bridal party made a fabulous entrance and after dances their maid of honor and best man toasted to how amazing they are as a couple.  This group definitely knows how to party, and while they were, we stole just Cassie and Scott away for just a few minutes by the fountain and twinkle lights in the trees.  Congrats you guys it was the perfect day!!! xoxoxo
Venue | The Palmetto Club at FishHawk Ranch | DJ | Delite Entertainment | Cupcakes | Sprinkles Cupcakes | Catering | Puff n Stuff | Gown & Designer | CC's Bridal Boutique - Stella York | Hair & Makeup | Salon Lofts | Florals | Island Flowers 

Jessica & Benny

Jessica has grown up vacationing with her family on this beautiful beach on Indian Shores so it was the perfect spot for her and Benny's engagement session.  It happened to be the week they were on vacation so I got to meet all of them too!  Jessica's dad even setup a glam changing station for them:-)  Their game is dominoes and since the traditional set only goes up to 6, Benny fixed it so they could use dominoes for their save the date!  They had sent me a photo of this pier and OMG the golden light, architectural lines, and the two of them looked like this straight out of the camera.  We ended with a picturesque pink Florida sunset.  I can't wait until 4.21.18!!!!   

Evie is 3!

I'm not a crafty go all out pinterest-y person, with the exception of my kids birthday parties! Every year I saw I'm going to do low key and simple but I just can't help myself!  My youngest, Everly, turned 3 in June.  With it being so hot here in Florida in June, and the fact that this kid loves ice cream, we did an ice cream sundae theme.  The fabulous cake (by the Cake Zone) which looked like it was an upside down melting ice cream cone was the best part:-)  Each year I do photos of the girls on their birthdays separately and together to make sure I photograph them for real at least twice a year.  Evie loves baby dolls and our pets, especially Abita who's a pretty patient little pup!  

{Ali & Bill @ The Palmetto Club}

Ali had the best of both worlds, hot pink Kate Spade heels and Converse with custom laces.  I always look inside the groom's wedding band to see if there's a little engraving and there was a simple A heart B.  Those adorable little flowers girls and ring bearer you see are Bill's daughter Victoria and niece and nephew Addy and RJ.  So many sweet moments just while getting ready as both Ali's brother and dad had tears as they saw her totally ready.  Bill had a gorgeous pair of diamond earrings that she opened and she gave Bill a watch to complete his charcoal gray tux.  During the ceremony Victoria made sure all her flower petals were in the aisle!  They even had a guest watching via FaceTime who wasn't able to be there.  It was a gorgeous June day and the garden at the Palmetto Club I love because even when it's bright and sunny there's always some shade with filtered sunlight coming through.   On each place setting was a koozie and matches as favors to go with the custom cigars they went to Ybor to have rolled. Ali's dad gave a toast to open the reception not just to Ali and Bill, but to how much of a treasure his wife Jo is to him.  I think I even teared up.  Everyone loved the photo booth and cigar lounge on the patio and they danced and danced until it was time for their exit through a tunnel of sparklers.  Congrats Ali and Bill it was amazing!! xoxoxo
Venue | The Palmetto Club | Florist | Precious Memories Florist | DJ | DJ by CJ | Makeup | Beautiful You Makeup | Cake | Publix | Catering | Puff N Stuff | Officiant | Sensational Ceremonies 

{Kimber and Nick @ The Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay}

Kimber and Nick are from Chicago and chose the Grand Hyatt for their destination wedding because that's where they stayed on their first vacation together.  Their royal blue and gray color palette was so pretty! Especially with the beautiful light in Aramani's.  Their wedding invitation style was a first class plane ticket in blue and gray.  Kimber's jewelry, headband, and heels were all made of crystal that looked gorgeous with her flowy simple gown.  Their little ring bearer and flower girl we so cute and excited to be a part of their wedding.  We did a first look with them on the top floor terrace at Armani's overlooking the bay.  It was the sweetest!  Their ceremony was inside with white and blue draping and tall white florals.  I love all the elegant simplicity they had for the reception as well.  Blue accent runners with chocolate truffle favors and the cake was white with a silver topper.  They met at Kimber's favorite bar in Chicago called Four Shadows and Kimber's sister gave the best toast about how Nick had to be converted into a Hawkeye Fan to seal the deal.  Congrats you guys, thank you for having us there we loved every minute!! xoxoxo
Venue | Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay | DJ | Grant Hemond | Hair | Lili's Weddings | Event Design | My Event Design | Cake | Hands on Sweets 

{Lauren & Anibal @ The Cuban Club}

Miriam and Haley photographed Lauren & Anibal's gorgeous day.  I (Carrie) am actually going to write about this one since I got to be a guest since David and I have been friends with them since before they were even dating!  There's nothing better than being a guest at a wedding my team is photographing:-)  The love these two have for one another is beyond words as you'll see.  I love the gray and navy color scheme with the gray floral dresses Lauren choose for Fallon and Noelle, her MOHs.  Lauren's mom, Denise, and Fallon and Noelle helped her get in that gorgeous lace gown.  If you know Anibal, the American flag socks he and the groomsmen were wearing were perfect.  (there might have also been a flask with a flag on it too).  Just before the ceremony they held hands around the corner outside the church, both overcome with tears and joy, I love how that photo captures that.  The same goes for when Denise walked Lauren down the aisle to give her daughter to be married.  They attend Bay Hope Church, and I know it was extra special that Pastor Matthew was there to marry them.  They took communion together, and then they actually served communion to all their guests which I hadn't seen before and was really unique and awesome.  Their party bus whisked them off for photos around Ybor and then to the Cuban Club.  It was decorated in silver, white and had a cupcake tower on each table.  They had champagne mango, strawberry basil, and key lime Hyppo pops for everyone which was the perfect touch for a Florida June wedding.  Their sweetheart table had the most fabulous white leather button back sofa.  They had a couple surprises up their sleeves for everyone.  Anibal had a surprise serenade for Lauren that of course included his best man Peter. Their friend Tal, who is a spoken word artist, brought the word to them about marriage.  Toasts, cake, cupcakes, bouquet, a little switcheroo with who happened to be wearing the garter and it was all dancing after that.   I have to say, there were some particular guests including Tal, Andres, and my husband David who were the stars of the dance floor.  Miriam and Haley snuck them away for some really cool night photos around the Cuban club and before we knew it, it was the last dance.  They captured all these amazing moments perfectly, I couldn't be prouder of our team and I was honored to be there as a guest.  Congratulations to the brand new Mr. & Mrs. Cabrera!!! 
Venue | The Cuban Club | Church | Palma Ceia United Methodist Church | Hotel | Hilton Garden Inn Tampa Ybor Historic District | Cake | Cake Affection | Photo Booth | Rob Gale Photography | Jazz Ensemble | Austin Vickery | Popsicles | Hyppo Pops | Limo | Compass Limo of Tampa Bay

CWP Moms!

Moms, you know how rare it is that you get to be in nice photos with your kids right?  As photographers it's even more rare.  For Mothers day this year, all I wanted was some photos of me and my two little cuties.   Last minute, I decided to make it a little impromptu shoot with my photographers and their kids!  We have to get Haley with her boys and Linda with her daughter later since they weren't able to come.  It was a little rowdy mainly due to my 2, and so fun having everyone here.  Miriam is from Mexico, and her mom was in town so we got to get their 3 generations together.  Miriam's loud and infections laugh is contagious (and hereditary:-) I especially love those ones of her and her mom laughing because it's just so them.  She has two kids, Regina who is almost 3 and Leo who is 6.  Kandice has 2 boys, Jackson who is 10, and Mason who is 7.  They love their mom so much and are just the sweetest boys. They are past the threenager rowdy age, so their session was the easiest.  There's a few of the bribery with suckers and lip gloss at the end.  I just love these moments and I think we'll have to make this an annual event. 

Marissa & Scott @ Le Meridien

You might remember these 2 from the beautiful back yard wedding with their moms and grandmas we posted in March.  This shoot with them is an espeically unique one that I wanted to share! (Thanks Marissa for giving me permission to:-)  Scott and Marissa had planned to do a destination wedding this coming fall in Costa Rica, and the backyard wedding was specially because their 3 grandmas couldn't travel there.  Just a week or so after their wedding here, they had a little surprise that changed their plans.  Marissa found out she is pregnant and due this fall! She had already bought her gown, and signed every paper that said she couldn't return it for any reason so why not do a photo shoot with it?  It fit her perfectly with that little baby bump, we even did a first look with her and Scott since he hadn't seen it on her.  Le Meridien was the perfect spot with the columns and marble wall they have inside.  Charlie, one of their staff members went way above and beyond to help us with anything we needed and was so sweet.  Everything works out how it's suppose to and I love that I got to do this session with them! 

{Wayne & Ashley @ Isla Del Sol Yacht and Country Club}

When I arrived to start getting ready photos with the girls they were lounging in Lularoes and listening to country music while Ashley was getting the finishing touches of her hair and makeup done.  Ashley had super fun custom name swirly straws for their champagne toast.  She had the sweetest gift for her mom, it was a jewelry box that said "mom, you were my first friend". Before we knew it, was time to get Ashley in that stunning lace and crystal gown.  The girls were in different hues of gray, blue, and seafoam green and those bouquets full of greenery, white roses, and blue florals looked amazing.  Wayne and the groomsmen were a blast and super pumped about doing photos everywhere.  Especially since they each got to drive their own golf cart around:-)  Ashley made her way down the stairwell to see Wayne for their first look and he could barely contain his excitement, it's literally the picture of what ecstatic looks like.  Wayne was keeping an eye on the radar as the Florida rainy season has gotten off to a crazy start.  Thankfully it held off so we could take the golf carts over by the Pinellas Bayway bridge, they made that bridge look amazing.  The ceremony was inside the tall atrium because the wind and weather just wasn't cooperating.  Thankfully, for the rehearsal Wayne got to do his jet ski ceremony entrance and they have it on video, I saw it on Facebook.  Rev Rick married them in the tall glass atrium and they exited through a tunnel of bubbles.  Their reception style was gold, with lots of greenery white peonies, lanterns, and candles.  Instead of a sit down dinner they had 3 different timeframes of passed hors d'oeuvres, a mashed potato bar, and that fabulous dessert table.  After they danced and toasted the dance floor was packed.  Let me tell you, Wayne has got some moves and their was some serious break dancing going on!  My favorite part of the night was the very last song, the guests formed a circle and Ashley and Wayne hugged and high fived their way out. It was am amazing day to #forsuretobeaverschuere congrats you guys!! xoxo
Venue | Isla Del Sol Yacht and Country Club | Officiant | Sensational Ceremonies | Florist | Iza's Flowers | Hair and Makeup | Michele Renee The Studio | Videography | Hearts Video | DJ | Grant Hemond and Associates | Gown Boutique | CCs Bridal Boutique | Cake | The Artistic Whisk | Bridesmaids Gown Boutique | Bella Bridesmaids 

Welcome to the World Marilyn

Usually when I see Lara it's at a wedding at the Florida Aquarium as she's one of the event managers there!  This time it was to photograph her, Brad, and sweet little baby Marilyn! The house the live in happened to have the perfectly painted pink wall for a little girl and they decorated the nursery with canvas hearts and different pink and white patterned cute things. This little girl is already wanting to be in on all the action and pretty good at holding her pacifier by herself!  Congrats you 3, such a beautiful family! 

{Laureen & Michael @ Carrollwood Country Club}

The other day someone asked me what I love to photograph most at each wedding.  I do love all the pretty details like the dress and florals, but my absolute favorite thing is all of the authentic moments between people.  I love how beautiful people are, not just on the outside, but truly the inside and what you can't describe in words only by sight.  Laureen and Mike are those people. You can tell by how they look at each other and how their friends and family see them.  Laureen's bridesmaids were all in light pink and her 2 daughters and sister helped her get into that gorgeous gown.  Mike's son, dad, and actually all the guys helped him get ready.  He was so nervous before their first look, I had to make sure he didn't turn around before Laureen was right there!  When he did, it was the best.  Their little flower girl was so cute, but had crocodile tears as she was riding down the aisle in the wagon.  My absolutely favorite part of the day was during the vows.  They had all 4 of their kids come up and each of them make a vow to each other as a family.  I'm pretty sure there wasn't a dry eye there!  They also did the warming of the rings and passed them along the bridal party and family for warm wishes before they put them on.  The reception was draped in white with gorgeous florals.  They had a custom wooden tree for everyone to sign and chocolate dipped bride and groom favors.  Their cake was actually 3 different cakes in pink, silver, and gray with ruffles custom made by a very close friend of theirs.   After their first dance, Laureen danced with her dad and Mike danced with his daughter.  No one stopped dancing until it the minute it was over as Laureen and Mike exited under a tunnel of glow sticks.  Thank you so much for having us be a part of your story it was awesome!  xoxoxo
Venue | Carrollwood Country Club | Coordination | Sarah Valiente | DJ | Grant Hemond | Officiant | Sensational Ceremonies | Photo Booth | Foto Box | Florist | FLORA Fine Flowers and Events

Amber & Chris Day After

Since we're on the west coast of Florida we usually think of how awesome the light is at sunset, but let's not forget about morning!  We did a day after session Amber & Chris' and it was awesome.  The sun was lower, behind the Hyatt Clearwater Beach, and the blue sky and sunny feel was perfect for how fun these 2 are!  Plus after the wedding it doesn't matter if your dress gets a little wet or sandy:-) 

Bridget & Ricky

You might have seen Bridget and Ricky's wedding sneaks, already!  They came down the week before their destination wedding from NYC and we did their engagement session at the most unique beach location I know of.  The Longboat Key locals call it Beer Can Island, just off of Whitney Beach.  You hike down a little sandy path past the pier and there's huge rooted fallen trees and tons of driftwood on this gorgeous beach.  The white sand and aqua water makes it feel like you're in the Caribbean somewhere!  We had so much fun and even saw some dolphins and found a rope swing!!