We love doing family sessions, especially when it's a big group who isn't able to get together and do portrait sessions very often! The Staudenmaier family was such a fun and energetic group we had beautiful Florida weather for them! Even the two littlest members of the family turned it on for the camera, so cute!
I LOVE Sterling's dress! It was blush pink, with beaded, crystal detail and feathers cascading down to the floor. She looked absolutely gorgeous with a simple birdcage veil and fur that was her grandmother's. Her engagement ring was so unique too, a round diamond with a ring of rose gold and diamonds and another ring of diamonds. Sterling walked down the stairwell to the landing where Brady was waiting for her. He had the sweetest reaction as he turned around and saw his bride for the first time. They had an intimate ceremony later that day on a sailboat so we did photos around the Don Vicente Hotel where they got ready and in different places in Ybor. Simple, sweet, and pretty:-)
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When you escape the Wisconsin winter for a little sunshine in Florida why not do a fun little family session on the beach! Kristy picked shades of blue, aqua, and white for their outfits and it turned out amazing at Sand Key!
A pretty field, lots of laughs, and beautiful lighting was perfect for the Cuccio family session!
The last time I saw Megan and Joel was while they were waiting for miss Emma to arrive:-) I always take tons of photos for baby sessions because sometimes you get these random expressions they do and I happened to get the little "Elvis" face she makes sometimes. She is just a little doll and so full of smiles already! Merry first Christmas to you 3! xoxox
The annual Tampa Bay NACE holiday party was an absolute blast this year! 900 Park Street in St. Pete was the host venue and wow, was it gorgeous!! The theme this year was Havana Nights, and everyone involved make it an amazing event. From the delicious cuban sliders to the authentic hand rolled cigars, florals designed in cigar boxes, and Salsa dancing instructor you forgot you were in St. Pete. Everyone knows I love cake, and the Cake Zone made mango and key lime little tipsy cakes with gold on top. The barrel you see in the middle, that is an actual cake! Also made of layers of Key Lime and Mango. All of us in the wedding/event industry work so hard to make all our clients events unforgettable it's so nice to enjoy a night out and catch up with everyone. Well done to all these amazing "friendors".
Venue | 900 Park Street | Caterer | Puff N' Stuff | Favors | Chic Sweets | Linens | Connie Duglin | Chairs & Rounds | Signature Events | Florals | Botanica | DJ | DJ Felix Event Productions | Bar Service | U Dream Events | Photo Booth | Boone's Professional Events | Table Cards/ Menu Cards | Invitation Galleria | Gourmet Coffee | Cafe' ala Carte | Cake | The Cake Zone | Saxophone | Breezin Entertainment | Heaters | Mobile Wind | Valet Service | Courtesy Valet | Cigar Roller | Tabanero Cigars | Furniture | AFR Event Furnishings | Hotel Room Block | Postcard Inn
These 2 met while in Alaska playing shuffleboard:-) Jake is in the Coast Guard and Kate is a Pharmacist and they moved to Florida when Jake got stationed here. I LOVE Kate's hair (by Naz from Collective Creations), it was a long braid wrapped in a smaller one. Trees with colorful leaves are pretty rare here I feel like, but there was a gorgeous row of trees with red leave, lots of laughing due to a random onlooker, and beautiful light!! xoxoxo
Not only is Natalie the talented owner of Chic Sweets, but also a great friend and amazing person. She wanted a rustic, random location and Amazing Marine was perfect. I've always wondered who owns the historic, rusty, water tower and it's them:-) They were so nice to let us use their property. Their 3 boys are full of energy and we had so much fun!!! Rusty buildings, old tires, and Natalie picked the perfect outfits. I love her polka dot skirt!
Ashley is the sister-in-law of our fabulous photographer, Haley, who got to be a bridesmaid instead of a photographer this time:-) As we approached the driveway to the Powel Crosley Mansion in Sarasota, we felt like we were entering a movie. The gorgeous mansion was built in the 1920s for Powel's wife, Gwendolyn. Now, it sets the stage for many brides to have a gorgeous wedding on the property. Burlap, lace, and many Pinterest inspired details decorated the estate. Ashley's dress was STUNNING! A beautiful crystal beaded bodice with a ball gown style tulle skirt. She looked like a princess when she put it on. The bridesmaids wore long, soft blush dresses. Ashley’s niece, Bella, who was the flower girl, wore a beautiful lace gown, and was a mini princess. Taylor, Haley's son, looked "dashing" in his fedora and suspenders. He was the bible bearer (The bible was Ashley's Grandfather's and it held Mike's dad's wedding band which was tied to it). To announce, "Here comes the Bride", Ashley's adorable triplet nephews and niece carried a sign. Ashley came down the winding staircase off the back of the mansion to meet her Dad and made her way to a teary eyed Mike. The ceremony was on the back lawn, overlooking the water. Guests enjoyed cocktails under a pavilion on the back lawn while playing corn hole and frisbee. They had drink cozie favors for their guests to take home. The reception was all outside on the back lawn and had tables decorated with burlap and lace and beautiful flowers to match their color scheme of blush and cream. For Ashley and Mike's first dance, her brother, Brad, sang Bless the Broken Road as they danced under the twinkle lights and crystal chandalier. There was a candy table set up inside atop two wine barrels. We *may* have caught the triplets sneaking some treats a few times :) The dancing was AMAZING!!! Ashley's family is Cuban and they sure know how to dance!!! Such an amazing night! Congrats Ashley and Mike! xoxo
Venue | The Powel Crosley Estate | Caterer | Olympia Catering | Florist | Bloomingdale Florist | Event Coordinator | Vicky Orefice | Hair & Makeup | Dee Dee Cardenas | Musician/DJ | Grant Hemond | Gown Boutique | CC's Bridal
Erin and Adam chose Tampa Bay Watch for their wedding which is not only a beautiful location but is also a non-profit that works to preserve the ecological balance of Tampa Bay, which is the largest estuary in Florida. Erin and her bridesmaids are all FSU alumni and while they got ready wore super cute matching silk robes. They each had their own style of dress in either pink or Mauve. They boys were in beige tuxes with pink ties and American flag socks. Erin's Mom is from Hawaii so there were many hawaiian touches they incorporated throughout the wedding. The ceremony was positively breathtaking. The mother's of both the bride and groom put leigh's on both of them after they walked down the aisle, a hawaiian tradition! The officiant was one of Adam's closest childhood friends and attended high school with them both. Before he began the ceremony, he blew on a conch shell three times. The color palette was shades of blush, champagne, and gold. With white and pink florals, cigars, and custom chevron & Florida State corn hole! Adam is from a huge family, one of twelve children. When it came time for the best man's toast, who of course was one of his brothers, it was filled with several hilarious childhood stories. Such a perfect day for this sweet couple! Congrats Erin and Adam! xoxoxo
Venue | Tampa Bay Watch | Caterer | Delectables Fine Catering, Inc. | Event Coordinator | Event Sisters | Florist | The Bride's Bouquet | Hair & Makeup | Destiny and Light | Musician/DJ | Grant Hemond | Transportation | SRQ Trolley | Gown Boutique | The White Magnolia | Hotel | Tradewinds Resort | Stationary | Wedding Paper Diva's
Sarah and Kevin = gorgeous and sweet couple! Sarah wore a beautiful strapless dress with a beaded bodice and a matching crystal beaded belt. To add a little extra flare, she wore a hot pink petticoat under her dress, LOVE! The flower girl even had a matching one. A Hot Pink Hummer picked the girls up and Sarah was so excited when she saw it! Since their ceremony was on the beach, there was a "shoes optional" sign and place for the guests to leave their shoes in the sand. The Ring Bearer had a badge and brief case that said “Ring Security", so adorable! His brother, came down the isle with a sign saying “Tio Kevin, here comes your bride”! The ceremony was full of laughter and happiness. Sarah & Kevin looked up scripture together for this sweet union. After some really fun beach pictures and even getting sprinkled on (Sarah was such a trooper and said who cares about the rain!), we then headed to the reception at Sage. The tables were decorated with glass jars holding sand, starfish, seashells, and candles. The cake was amazing!! It was four tiered navy and white fondant with rope and life preservers that was the finishing touch to their nautical themed decor. Sarah surprised Kevin with a groom’s cake that was shaped like a barber’s pole and clippers. He loved it! For their first dance, they started out with a slow dance and then half way through started salsa dancing, it was so fun and unexpected! Congrats Sarah and Kevin! xoxoxo
Getting Ready | The Don Cesar | Venue | The Sage | Musician/DJ | VRM Entertainment | Cake Artist | El Coqui Bakery | Hair & Makeup | Collective Creations
It was SO windy for Stephanie & Rob's engagement session but not under the big archway of trees! They pulled up in Rob's super cool red Corvette which of course, had to be in some of the photos:-) Stephanie and Rob were both in cowboy boots, breaking them in for their wedding at Wishing Well Barn in February!
Pablo and Jessica came town the week of their wedding and we did their engagement session just a few days before their wedding. There was a tiny little red heart painted on the steps that Pablo noticed:-) The first time they met was by a fountain so at the very end they were brave enough to also run through the fountain, so much fun!!
Mariana and her family are from Argentina, and in addition to the resident priest, Mariana and David had a priest from Argentina come and help officiate the ceremony as well. I love the lace cap sleeves Mariana wore over her beautiful gown. The girls wore blue/violet high-low dresses with with white and yellow flowers and the boys were in beige suits and plaid ties. Their little flower girl looked so comfy in the red wagon she got to ride down the aisle in. After the ceremony, Mariana and David exited the church to their awaiting limo through a tunnel of bubbles and cheers of happiness from all of their guests. Mariana's brother is a videographer and set designer. He did such an incredible job making Mariana's vision for the reception come to life. He put together a beautiful backdrop for Mariana and David's sweetheart table and hung stringed lights throughout the room. There were mason jars with their initials at each guests place for favors. Both of their dad's gave beautiful toasts at the reception followed by ridiculous amounts of dancing! This was such a fun and loving family and the day turned out beautifully! Congrats Mariana and David! xoxoxo
Church | Catholic Student Center USF | Venue | Hunters Green Country Club | Florist | Hannah's Floral & Events | Hair & Makeup | Destiny & Light |
Krystal and Tylor are middle school sweethearts, they met in 8th grade band class and have been together ever since! Their wedding was style was rustic, chic and positively charming! Krystal and her bridesmaids all wore cowboy boots with their dresses, which ranged in color from deep purple to a light blush tone. Krystal's sister held the rings which were kept in a little engraved wooden box that looked like a tree trunk. The ceremony was was in the little white chapel at Cross Creek. Krystal and Tylor exchanged the sweetest vows, which were engraved on a wooden box on the altar. Inside this same box, Krystal and Tylor placed notes that they had written to one another. Down the road, when they get in an argument, they are suppose to get out the box, read their notes to each other, and drink a glass of their favorite wine to remind them of their amazing wedding day and how much they love each other. The reception in the rustic barn was covered in twinkly lights, elegant chandeliers, lace overlays, and a pretty little cupcake table. Their favor table said "Spread the Love" and guests got to take home a jar of jam! We got to steal them for a few minutes during the reception and do some amazing photos at night. Congrats Krystal and Tylor! xoxoxo
Venue | Cross Creek Ranch | Cake Artist | Alessi Bakery | Caterer | Catered By Vesh | Florist | Alta Fleur | Hair & Makeup | Collective Creations | Gown Boutique | Alfred Angelo | Stationary | The Blue Envelope |
To all who have served and continue to sacrifice and fight for our freedom, the words THANK YOU are not enough! May we be grateful everyday, not just today for these heroes that are our moms, dads, sons, daughters, grandparents, family members & friends!