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:-)
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!!
Jen, Tony, & Poppy did a little beach vacay here from Ohio. The extra special part is that Jen and I actually went to high school together and haven't seen her (besides Facebook:-) in 20 years! It made me so happy that she thought of me for their annual family photo session. Poppy is almost 4 and such a little beauty full of spunk and personality. The very last photo is a family tradition they have that I think is so unique and fun. They do a photo within a photo on canvas wherever they go that year! So awesome seeing your sweet family and being a part of your tradition!
Our local NACE chapter had our very first member only mixer hosted by Darin and his fabulous team at Tailored Twig. Anyone who walks in falls in love with how cool it is (the swing though). It's pretty much straight out of a mid century modern magazine! They specialize in custom, one of a kind floral pieces. Yes, you do see one hanging from the ceiling and the others have driftwood incorporated in them. This was a smaller event for the members to get to know one another over deliciousness from Good Food Catering and Chocolates by Michelle. Looking forward to more of these events!
Jennifer and Bo's wedding was with the view of the city from the 42nd floor at the Tampa Club. Jen loves everything pink and had different shades of blush and pink throughout all her details. I especially love those Steve Madden heels and their custom wedding Snap Chat filter:-) Jen's dad was waiting to see her as we got to the Tampa Club, he gave her a beautiful necklace as a gift. Bo and all his groomsmen race motocross, and he got them each cufflinks with their racing number on them. Bo's is 419 and his groom's cake was an exact replica of his racing jacket! Their cake topper was even a gold motocross bike with a bride and groom. Their ceremony was lined with gold candles, pink flowers, and white draping. Reverend DeArruda talked about how Jen and Bo's sense of humor, and way they live their lives together really compliments each other. Once their were the official Mr & Mrs we got to use all the unique places there for photos. As you can see their bridal party is pretty fabulous and so much fun!! That gold texture wall and the wine room are so cool. The reception had gold, sequins, and candles everywhere! Their favors were custom engraved cigars and boxes of matches that said "The Perfect Match". Jen's maid of honor talked about how happy she is that Jen found someone who makes her laugh all the time. Bo's best man joked about how Bo had told him that he was in trouble because he had found the love of his life. They danced and danced and danced until it was time to end the evening under of flurry of confetti! Congrats Jen and Bo everything was truly stunning and we were so honored to be a part of it!!
Venue | The Tampa Club | Hotel | Tampa Hilton Downtown | Event Coordinator | Confetti Events | Florist | Northside Florist | DJ | Grant Hemond | Hair and Makeup | Collective Creations | Officiant | Michael DeArruda | Cake | Hands On Sweets | Gown | CC's Boutique | Violinist | Laurie Vodnoy-Wright | Videography | Jordan Hoover
And just like that this little guy is 1 and on the run! I love photographing babies at newborn, 6 months, and 1 year because they just change SO much. As a parent, you try to soak it in as much as you can, but it just goes by so fast (and usually you're so tired!:-) We used this cute little navy chair in each of his sessions so you can really see how much this little peanut has grown. He is so cute and I just love seeing your sweet family Autumn and Collin! xoxoxo
Molly & Teddy had the most gorgeous wedding with pops of bright color and so many special details. The most important part is all their favorite people from all over the world were there to celebrate. We are so excited that Wedding Lovely featured them!! Stop on by their blog to see the whole feature!
Rachel wore this light and flowy lace gown with a floral crown that was just perfect for the beach! Her garter was even made of lace that was so pretty and completed her look. There's this little shaded garden right behind the yacht club where Rachel walked up to Steve and the happiness was just beyond words. You might remember Penguin (who is actually their cat:-) made an appearance in their engagement session and he of course had to included with his little bow tie! Steve's 2 brothers where his groomsmen in gray suits and purple ties, and his sister was his "grooms woman". I love her gray dress matched the guys suits and complimented the girls dresses. During the ceremony they honored their moms by giving them each a rose and my favorite part was that they had Martin, Rachel's 92 year old grandpa come up to sign the marriage license and make it official! It was a overcast sunset which gives you that light color and texture in the sky. Rachel and Steve are both chemists, so the glass vase they poured the sand in for the sand ceremony was a beaker as well as their cake toppers were a bride and groom beaker and one for Penguin too! Their wedding # was #beachchemists. The reception was decorated in white, candle light, and purple florals with little cookies in the shape of Florida for favors. From the toasts, dances, to Hannah singing a special song for them it's pretty clear how much these 2 of are loved by all! Congratulations Rachel & Steve!!!! xoxoxo
Venue | Carlouel Yacht Club Beach | Officiant | Stress Free Weddings | Cake | The Artistic Whisk | Florist | Wonderland Floral Art and Gift Loft | Videographer | Brad Hall Studios | Hair and Makeup | Lasting Lux | DJ/Band | Steely Pan
I got to do Annie and Justin's engagement session while they were in town from TX on their wedding venue search. Annie's flowy navy dress and Justin's patterned shirt was perfect for the beach. There's a hilarious moment I had to include but you'll have to ask Annie and Justin about:-) That sunset, it never gets old!!! I can't wait to spend St. Patty's day with them next year for their wedding!! xoxoxo
Sara and Ryan live in St. Louis and Sara and her mom planned everything remotely. I didn't actually meet them unit the day of, but, they are those kind of people you just feel like you've known forever! I remember Sara telling me how important their friends and family are to them, and that they wanted they day to be about everyone not just the 2 of them. It truly was, and they are some of the nicest, most fun people ever. Sara and Ryan met at a St. Louis Cardinals game, so their accent color was red, and Sara's garter even had a little cardinal on it. As you can see, Ryan is hilarious and so sweet. He never stopped smiling from the minute they did their first look. During the ceremony, after their vows, they accidentally kissed when they weren't suppose to yet, I think they surprised themselves lol!! Sunset on the beach was absolutely stunning, that mix of clouds and pink sky that you expect in Florida. While we were walking back in, the name of the water sports company was "BouYah" which had a little debate about the meaning so had to look it up and found out it means "used to express joy, especially in victorious or well played moments in sports". As expected, their bridal party had some pretty fantastic toasts (slightly interrupted by a pesky sea gull wanting a snack:-). They danced, and smashed cake, and Sara is known for her karaoke skills which she broke out as a surprise for Ryan in perfect form. It was such an amazing day, thank you all for having us we loved it!!! xoxoxo
Venue | Hilton Clearwater Beach | Coordination | Confetti Events | Florist | Iza's Flowers | Officiant | Sensational Ceremonies | Cake | Chantilly Cake | DJ | Grant Hemond | Hair and Makeup | Collective Creations
One of my favorite things about weddings is all the people we get to work with from all different places. Bridget and Ricky live in the Bronx, and choose destination Hyatt Sarasota. They actually found it because they were attending another friend's wedding in Sarasota and Bridget works for the Hyatt so it was perfect. Their wedding style was a little bit of pink with navy and nautical accents. Bridget looked stunning in her Modern Trousseau gown, they event stitched a custom tag on the inside of it with her wedding date for her something blue. While she was writing her vows I noticed her bridal phone case and I didn't know it but she got an awesome pic of me taking that pic on instagram:-) She incorporated such thoughtful and personal details into everything including little thank yous and the perfect bracelets for her bridesmaids and flower girl. She gave Ricky a custom engraved tie clip from Tiffanys! Ricky and the guys were in navy suits with pink ties, Ricky's being white. They were hilarious and so fun! They said their I do's in the garden officiated by their friend also named Bridget. After they tied the knot (literally they did:-) the breeze and sunlight was perfect for photos after the ceremony. The reception was set with gold chivaris, navy linens, and white and pink center florals. They had a fabulously choreographed first dance and totally fun NYC style reception. We even got to sneak them out for some night photos with on the dock. Congrats Bridget and Ricky, thanks for having us!!! xoxoxo
Venue | The Hyatt Regency Sarasota | DJ | Breezin Entertainment | Florist | Flowers By Fudgie | Gown Designer | Modern Trousseau | Cake Artist | Wonder Cake Creation | Hair and Makeup | Anna Molinari Salon
There's a brand new gorgeous catamaran in town ready to be rented for intimate ceremonies, engagement sessions, and sunset! Lady Jane has 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, an air conditioned living room and is just so gorgeous and relaxing to go out on. Kevin and Jane are the owners and Kevin named it after his wife who is also a very talented singer. I got to photograph the interior spaces and the pretty couples so you can see what a vow renewal (40 year anniversary for Bud and Sue:-), ceremony or engagement sesh would look like. We went out Pass a Grille by the Don Cesar, and it was quite overcast so just means we need to go out again for sunset!
It was Ray Bans and super cool airplanes for Mike and Melissa's engagement session! Mike has been working on his pilot license and his favorite airplane is the P-51 Mustang. Stallion 51 happens to have 2 of them, Crazy Horse and Crazy Horse 2. Of the 15,000 that were originally made there are only 175 left so that was pretty awesome. The staff there was so nice to allow us to do their shoot there I know it was extra special for Mike and Melissa and I had a blast as well. I mean, how often do you get to do a photo shoot with airplanes? Pretty sweet!
Jorge's mom, Lilian planned a special celebration for him and his friend Luis as they just graduated from University of Tampa! They are from Venezuela, and many of their family members flew in to join them. After photos on campus Lilian had a fabulous lunch planned at Cena, with custom favors, chocolates, and deliciousness. Graduating from college is such a huge accomplishment and excitement for what the future holds. Congrats Jorge and Luis, much success in your lives and careers ahead!!
Amber and Chris live in Raleigh, NC and planned their destination wedding on Clearwater Beach. It was so apparent throughout the day that everyone in attendance were the dearest and most loved people in their lives. Amber's dad came in to see her after she was totally ready and it was just plain the sweetest. Chris was grinning from ear to ear the entire day and just plain head of heels for this girl! They got married on the 16th floor terrace overlooking the bay and the gulf with white, aqua and pink florals. We loved the time we got to spend with them for photos on the beach after the ceremony, there was even a rainbow:-) Their beach chic style incorporated white lanterns, shells, and a message in a bottle for their guests to write to them. Amber is a dance instructor (that's how they met, Chris was actually a student in one of her classes:-) so as expected, their first dance was fabulous! Chris had a special toast with tears in his eyes about Amber and how forever grateful they were for having everyone there to celebrate with them. Carrie got to see them for a day after session on the beach so we'll be posting that prettiness later! We loved every minute of it, thank you guys for having us there to capture it!!! xoxoxo
Venue | Hyatt Regancy Clearwater Beach | Officiant | Sensational Ceremonies | Florist | 2Birds Events | Cake | Chantilly Cakes | DJ | Memories in Motion