{Candice & Mike @ Bird Island Lake Ranch}

Candice and Mike had a rustic, outdoor wedding under the canopy of trees at Bird Island Lake Ranch.  They had yellow and orange florals and bumble bee accents.  If you look very closely you can even see a bumble bee flying by in the photo of the center piece!:-)  Candice love flip flops, and Mike surprised her with a blue flip flop bracelet as a gift.  The backstory is what makes it awesome.  Before they were engaged around her birthday, she wanted this blue flip flop bracelet but thought it was too expensive.  Mike had hinted that he was getting her something blue and sparkly, and she of course thought it was the expensive bracelet and for a week tried to convince him to return it!  Her actual gift was Mike proposing to her and an engagement ring with a blue stone!  After the ceremony the light was just plain gorgeous for their photos!  They toasted and danced under the twinkle lights and evening sky.  Cheers to the new Mr & Mrs!!! xoxoxo
Venue | Bird Island Lake Ranch | DJ | Grant Hemond | Gown Boutique | CC's Bridal Boutique | Hair & Makeup | KyleLynn Weddings | Cake Artist | Sweet Tweets Cakery | Caterer | Hungry Harry's BBQ 

{Sara & John @ Shady Oak Farm}

Sara and John’s wedding style was classic, southern elegance with a gold, orange, and purple color palette.  The first person we saw when we got to the hotel for getting ready was John’s brother, Noah, he introduced himself as the best man and you could tell how happy and excited he was for his brother. Sara wore her mom’s veil and they custom ordered the same lace that was on her gown so that it matched perfectly.  John had handwritten letters for Sara to read at different times starting Friday night, his last one her dad gave to her just before she walked down the aisle.  She had a pretty special surprise gift she had hand delivered to John as well. The entire bridal party wore cowboy boots since Sara has always loved horses and the reception was on her parents’ beautiful 5 acre estate, Shady Oaks Farm.  Once she was bridal ready, we did a first look with her mom and bridesmaids and then dad. Still gets me every time! Just before the processional started Noah fixed Father Pelligrino’s robe and then it was go time.  The priest said everyone was so happy when they found out these 2 were dating because they are such a perfect match!  The backdrop of mossy oak trees and lake was so gorgeous!  The reception was under a white tent with gold linens and and white, purple, and orange florals with accents of wheat and sunflowers.  They had custom white and red Wedded Wine on each table and the favors were jars of honey that said “Meant to Be”.  It was an amazing party and celebration with their friends and family and we so enjoyed it!  Congrats Sara and John!!! xoxoxo
Church | St. Ignatius of Antioch | Venue | Shady Oak Farm | Event Coordinator & Florals | Jennifer Vazquez | Hair & Makeup | Kylelynn | Cake Artist | Corey's Bakery | Catering | Delectables Fine Catering

Adoption Awareness Month

This newborn session has a little story behind it that I thought was perfect to share since November is National Adoption Awareness month.  After we adopted our girls, we kept our foster license with our adoption agency for cradle care.  Sometimes when a baby that is going to be adopted is born the adoptive family isn’t legally approved to take them yet.   So, cradle care is a temporary home until that is possible.  We had never gotten a call for that until last Friday.  Our adoption agency called and asked if we could take a newborn little girl that would be discharged on Saturday.  All the reasons we could say no crossed our mind like, it’s wedding season, holiday season, and I’m not going to lie, we love getting a full nights sleep!:-) But, we said yes and a few hours later this little 6 lb beauty was sleeping soundly in our home.  I literally could not help myself, and took a break from what I should be doing to do a little newborn session of her, I even caught a little grin!  She has the sweetest adoptive parents that come to see her every day in between doing everything the need to get their home study done so they can take her home.  Same as when we were foster parents people say “wow, I could never do that, or it would be so hard to see her leave”.  David and I have always struggled with how to respond to this because I promise you, we are not gifted with special powers or anything different from anyone else.  The other day we figured out what to say. It’s quite simple really. 

It’s not about us.  

That’s all. It’s about the child and the need at hand and if we are willing to say yes and meet that need. That’s what being a foster and adoptive parent is all about. It’s hard and messy sometimes but it takes normal people to say yes and there are no super powers needed but love and selflessness. You’ll gain more than you will ever put in and love more deeply then you ever thought possible.  

Brianna & Martin

The day we did Brianna and Martin's session it rained the entire day except for literally the 1 hour we were shooting!  I love the dark purple and black colors against the green and mossy trees!  They are getting married in North Carolina 6.4.16 next year and I get to go with them:-)  A huge thank you to Karnes Stables for allowing us to use their beautiful property!! 

{Sara & Anthony @ Hilton Clearwater Beach}

Sara and Anthony live and work on Clearwater Beach so it was the perfect place for their aqua, seaside wedding!  Anthony had his the sleeves of his groomsmen's shirts monogrammed and fish cuff links!  Sara had silver starfish bracelets and seahorse necklaces for her girls and her bracelet was a coordinating aqua on.  Sara's son Jericho, (Coco for short) was the ring bearer just the sweetest. Sara got her beautiful gown on at the church and after she was totally ready Coco came in to see her and gave her a big hug right before she and Anthony held hands around the doorframe!  Anthony's great grandmother had a sweet sign on the back of her wheelchair! I'm usually at the front and as Sara entered the church with her dad I heard Anthony say "WOW" as he saw his bride for the first time.  The love he has for Sara and her son is literally contagious and so sweet.  Anthony's family owns the Surfside Taphouse that is right across from the Hilton so we made a stop there to say hi to everyone and for a toast!  The reception was decorated in simple beach chic style with white chivari's, and aqua details and uplighting.  Each table was named after an ocean animal with little beach chairs and glass accents.  Their sweets table was pretty fantastic with a huge cupcake tower and all kinds of sweet treat!  The cake topper was a little mini Anthony with a storm trooper helmet and Sara with Mickey Mouse ears. The finishing touch was a custom sand sculpture that Anthony's parents surprised them with!  Anthony and his mom started out with a traditional mother son dance, but broke into a mash up of dance moves!  One of my favorite moments was when Sara picked up Jericho and danced with her little boy, there was definitely not a dry eye in the room including ours!  Their wedding was so full of love and fun from all their friends and family and we so enjoyed it!  The last surprise was that Anthony didn't tell Sara where they were going on their honeymoon, just to pack for a tropical climate. Just before we left he told me they were going to the gorgeous Turks & Caicos!  Congrats Sara & Anthony it was truly an honor and so much fun! xoxo
Church | St. Brenden's Catholic Church | Venue | Hilton Clearwater Beach | Florals | Dana Dineen | Coordination | Confetti Events | DJ | Boone's Professional Events | Sweets | Sugardarlings & Sweets by the Bay | Tuxedos | Greiner's Fine Men's Clothing & Men's Warehouse | Gown | David's Bridal |Transportation | Ambassador Limo

{Cassie & Matt @ The Hilton Clearwater Beach}

Cassie and Matt chose the Hilton Clearwater beach for the destination wedding from Oregon!  They had family and friends join them from 7 different states for their beautiful ceremony on the beach.  Her bouquet was made out of blue and aqua broaches that matched her jeweled hair piece.  As Cassie walked down the aisle she left her flip flops along the way, toes in the sand are way better anyway!  Cassie and Matt are both aerospace engineers and they had a gorgeous glass airplane as their cake topper.  They had a super fun and casual reception on the patio with the view of the sunset. When the sun went down there was a fire pit and tiki torches for everyone to enjoy and we got some awesome photos of them at night it in as well! Congrats Cassie and Matt!! 
Venue | Hilton Clearwater Beach | Event Coordinator | Confetti Events | Cake Artist | Corey's Bakery | Videographer | Ben Creighton | Officiant | Sensational Ceremonies 

{Sarah & Patrick @ Northdale Golf Course}

Sarah is a part of our CWP team, and we could not be happier that she and Patrick had their dream wedding!  It was extra special because my 2 little girls and my dog, Abita were in the wedding too:-)  Sarah had details galore, my favorite being the glittery, gold donuts from Datz (I did have one and they were delish!) and the feathery black and gold place settings.  Here's the vision straight from Sarah:

"My wedding was something I have dreamed about my whole life and it was so amazing to see that dream become a reality.  Patrick and I decided we wanted to have an intimate wedding but we also wanted it to be incredibly glamorous! I have always had a love for the 1920's era and knew that I wanted to incorporate some of these aspects in our wedding! My mother in law and I had so much fun deciding on the design for the wedding and making it an over the top, glamorous cocktail party, with a bit of a Great Gatsby flair! The overall color scheme of the wedding was black and gold with pops of plum and deep cranberry. Our sweets table was something out of a fairytale, from the gold popcorn and diamond encrusted cake topper to the gold dusted doughnuts! I am so grateful for everyone that helped make this day so incredibly beautiful and special for us!"
Venue | Private Residence | Florist | Events In Bloom | Hair & Makeup | Collective Creations | Furniture Rentals | Coast To Coast Event Rentals | Linens | Custom Linens | Dance Floor Rental | Signature Event Rentals | Lighting | Tampa Lights | DJ | Grant Hemond | Catering | Affordable Catering | Cake Artist | Datz Dough | Stationary | Zazzle | Valet Service | Courtesy Valet | Event Coordinator | Linda Marie Weddings & Events 

The Official Team Boyer

Tuesday 11/3 was adoption day for the Boyer family! It's always such an honor and amazing capturing these special moments. They are also one of our Promise Love Foundation Families we supported so it was so much fun to see them reach their goal, and be there for the beginning of this journey!  Congrats you guys!! 

The Official Team Mize

This was a very happy day for dear friends of ours who finalized the adoption of their son Jacob Matthew!  An adoption finalization hearing is only about 10 minutes long but some of the most meaningful and life changing moments a family will experience. It's also one of those things you don't totally get unless you are there so that's why it's one of my favorite things to photograph.  Stephanie and John have 3 biological kids as well and this time I was watching their reaction.  Their 2 sweet girls we just overjoyed and overcome with emotion after Jay was legally their brother. They are so young, but so loving and compassionate, they totally get it and it is really just the most beautiful thing! Congrats you guys, it's the beginning of an amazing journey!! 

{Amber & Michael @ Avila Golf & Country Club}

Amber & Michael's wedding was beautiful and elegant with a black and sangria color palette and hints of super heros:-) Michael loves the Avengers, so he and his best man had on Iron Man and Thor cufflinks and socks.  Amber wrote the sweetest cards to her dad and grandpa and had special photo cufflinks made for both of them to wear.  Amber's gown was stunning, and so were those sparkly jeweled Gianni Bini heels! The atrium at Avila makes for a gorgeous ceremony backdrop with chivari's and draping, it was perfect.  Amber walked down the staircase with her dad, and met her grandpa at the bottom so they could both walk her down the aisle to become Mrs. Chancey!  It was a gorgeous October day with sunlight streaming through the mossy trees on the golf course.  Amber's mom created the sangria and green center pieces and they had a little love candle on each place setting for the favor.  My favorite detail was their cake topper.  It had Amber as a bride, and Michael as a groom with an Iron Man helmet and suit under the tux (he actually had on an iron man shirt under his tux:-).  They even included their dog with a sign that said "my humans are getting married"!  Their first dance was choreographed with the perfect dip at the end!  Each of their bridal party toasted to fun memories of the couple and if you are wondering why Amber and Michael's champagne glasses are yellow, they toasted with Mountain Dew!  Congrats you guys, hope you are having a blast on your Californian honeymoon!! xoxoxo
Venue | Avila Golf & Country Club | Chivari Chairs | Signature Event Rentals | Officiant | Rick Lacore - Sensational Ceremonies | Hair and Makeup | Destiny and Light | Photobooth | Boone's Professional Events | Pipe & Drape | FH Weddings | Cake Artist | Jessi Dorado Horrnik | Tuxedos | Sacinos Formal Wear | Gown Boutique | The White Magnolia | DJ | DJ by CJ | Event Coordinator | Yari Colon | Florals | Lisa Smith

{Lisa & John @ Van Dyke Church}

Lisa & John had a beautiful ceremony in the chapel at their home church, Van Dyke Church.  John even had a tear as the doors opened and his beautiful bride entered the room!  Pastor Matthew married them in a candle lit ceremony with their friends and family. Their colors were silver, aqua, and blue with just a hint of peacock feathers on the favors and guest book. Lisa changed into a cute lace dress for first dance and outdoor reception on the patio. We just love being a part of the joy and happiness!  Congrats Lisa and John!! 
Venue | Van Dyke Church | Hair & Makeup | Mystic Hair Salon | Cake Artist | Small Cakes | Florals | Carrollwood Florist

{Katie & Robert @ The Courtyard At Lake Lucerne}

Katie and Robert's wedding and reception was at the IW Phillips House in Orlando, among the beautiful lush greenery and wrap around porch.  Katie wore a gorgeous 2 piece gown with beaded heels and chandelier style earrings and the girls were in different shades of plum and purple.  One of her bridesmaids might even look familiar, Rachel one of our photographers was in the wedding!  Katie and Robert had the sweetest first look in the garden and then we had some fun with the bridal party and their sweet flower girl and ring bearer.  Katie's brother walked her down the aisle to the steps of the house where they said their vows to each other which included "Never watch a Star Wars movie in the theater without each other". As the were announced husband and wife and had their first kiss Katie held up her finger saying "hold on not done yet":-)  Robert is a huge star wars fan and Katie loves Harry Potter so they incorporated both of their loves in the little details. Guests signed a twisted tree with their thumbprints and put their cards in a Hedwig birdcage. Their cake topper was even a Star Wars bride and groom with their dogs on it! Each table was themed with the favorite movies with the favors at each place setting.  Mr & Mrs Sloan entered the reception in Darth Vader and Harry Potter style.  Katie surprised Robert with their first dance song being recorded and sung by her. The entire day was really just fun, laid back, and enjoying time with family and friends. Congrats Katie and Robert!!! xoxoxo
Venue | IW Phillips House | Hair & Makeup | Eyes On You Tampa

Small Business of the Year 2015

Over 550 people came out to celebrate the accomplishments of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce small business community at the Straz Center.  The theme this year was Architects for Success, with "drawings" on the cocktail tables, levels as favors, and an amazing city scape as the stage backdrop. 

This year's event was presented by Bay Cities Bank & Warren Averett CPAs and Advisors and represents the 35th year the Chamber has recognized this key segment of the region's economy. Small business awards were presented in three categories based on the number of employees and a fourth business category honoring a startup company. Companies are evaluated on financial success, community involvement and ethical business practices.

Congrats to the 2015 winners!!!! 

  • Startup Company: Bourbon and Boweties
  • 5 - 20 Employees: Flatwoods Consulting Group, Inc.
  • 21 - 50 Employees: Tudi Mechanical Systems of Tampa, Inc.
  • 51 - 250 Employees: Bill Currie Ford

{Jennifer & Mitch @ Avila Golf & Country Club}

Jennifer and Mitch said their I do's at the beautiful Avila Golf and Country Club!  Jennifer had matching robes for her bridesmaids and flower girl that her mom embroidered with their initials. She also embroidered "You're my favorite" with their date on Mitch's tie, which was also their first dance song. The girls surprised Jennifer with a special scrapbook of fun moments with her.  Light gold flats were the perfect touch to her beautiful gown that had a matching sash with just a hint of crystals.  Her garter had a flower on it from her grandmother's dress and was her something old, blue, and new.  Jennifer's dad waited patiently just outside the bridal suite as the girls made sure the bride looked absolutely perfect.  He was just in awe of how beautiful his daughter looked!  As we headed down the stairwell, the bridal party and family watched from the balcony as Jennifer walked down the aisle before the ceremony and Mitch was literally speechless!  The ceremony was draped in white with silver chivari chairs and started with the "warming of the rings".  Each guest held them and passed them along until they made it to the front and then the ceremony began.  Dr. Smith, who Jennifer works for, made them the official Mr. & Mrs. Hughes!  The reception was decorated with tall floral centerpieces that Jennifer's mom designed along with a monogrammed glass and cozie.  Their guest sign in table said "Without you our puzzle isn't complete" and each guest signed a piece.  Jennifer had such attention to detail, and our favorite detail was that she had written a personal memory or funny phrase on each guest card.  What a great idea to make each guest feel special!  Event the toilet paper had their names and date:-)  They toasted and danced and had so many amazing moments!  Congrats Jennifer & Mitch!!! xoxoxo
Venue | Avila Golf & Country Club | Florist | Taylormade Floral | Hair & Makeup | Michele Renee The Studio | DJ | Grant Hemond | Gown Boutique | Albert Griffin Bridal | Stationary | Wedding Paper Divas | Chivari Chairs | Signature Event Rentals | Linens | Connie Duglin | Cigars | King Of Cigars