Jayde - Maternity

Jayde wanted a pretty, flowy, beach session and I have to say, this couldn't have turned out more perfect!  The storm clouds rolling in made for those nice textury clouds in the sky and it was a gorgeous sunset.  Michelle, from Aquali Bridal was there to make sure here hair and makeup was on point.  Jayde is due in just a few weeks and she looked so beautiful! Just as it was about to start pouring, I was trying to do something cool with the coral umbrella and that last shot is still my favorite!  

{Lyani & Darren @ Bella Collina}

Where do I even begin on how to describe the stunning details of Lyani & Darren's wedding? The color palette was white, gold, coral, mint, blush and gray.  Lyani's gown is one of my all time favorites, and in fact, each detail was hand made and designed by the talented Ashaka Givens, who personally made sure every stitch was perfect. The entire day from getting ready through their sparkler exit was so much fun because their joy and love for each other is literally infectious. The girls were in different shades of light blush, ivory and white dresses and the boys in gray suits with cool socks and gray converse. Everything was at Bella Collina which is kind of a hidden treasure in Florida, but looks like scene straight out of Tuscany. As Lyani walked in with her dad and he lifted the veil, Darren might have had a little tear. All the girls can sing, I heard them during getting ready:-) But, her maid of honor belted out a gorgeous song during the ceremony, no instruments needed. After their were the official Mr & Mrs Howard and had just walked out of the ceremony they turned and had the sweetest moment. Darren's son Avery might have stolen the show in his mini converse!  Lyani is a designer, and had her style and details incorporated into each part of the day. I love sineage and stationary and she had all different ones that welcomed guests, thanked them, honored guests who couldn't be there, and sweet treats as everyone left. The tables each different sized glass over a birds nest and florals and the unique lighting pattern the covered the ceiling set the tone. Lyani and Darren each had a surprise up their sleeve that neither of them knew about. Just after entering the reception Lyani and her bridesmaids did the traditional Puerto Rican Bomba dancing for Darren. I already had posted some of Darren's surprise to her, but if you didn't see it I still posted some of his surprise fireworks, seriously I have never seen anyone happier or more surprised than Lyani was, it was awesome! One last surprise Lyani had for her girlfriends was that instead of throwing just one bouquet I think it was actually 7! Good thing too because these girls were serious about that bouquet toss. Each bouquet also had a tag with a little message on it as well. There were so many amazing moments, tears of joy, and laughter! Congrats Darren & Lyani it was the perfect day and we were honored to be a part of it! 
Venue | Bella Collina | Coordination | An Affair to Remember | Florals | Lee Forrest Design | Wedding Gown Designer | Ashaka Givens | Officiant | Pastor Chris Brooks | Videography | Castaldo Studios | DJ | DJ Hard Hittin Harry | Lighting and Audio | Power Entertainment | Draping & Rentals | Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals | Cake | L'Artisan Cake Altier

Alice in Wonderland Featured on Marry Me Tampa Bay!

The UBER creative styled shoot we did with this group of amazing and talented friendors just got published on Marry Me Tampa Bay!! 
Location | USF Botanic Gardens | Vintage Furniture | Tufted | Dessert Tables | Chefin | Hair & Makeup | Michele Renee the Studio | Dresses & Accessories | Anglo Couture | Girls Shoes | Diana E Kelly | Bride & Groom | Dennis Bonefont & MacKenzie Clark | Bridal Party | Tara Quinn, Michael Quinn, Nikki Fulton, Otis Collado, Jennifer Bordonaro, Gary Miller

{Miriam & Sergio @ Palacio National de Mafra - Portugal}

Miriam and Sergio's wedding is the first one I've gotten to photograph in Europe! I have to say it was extra special because not only did I get to go, but my husband and daughters got to experience it as well.  They made us feel like we were a part of their family and it was truly an honor.  Miriam is from Mexico, and Sergio is Portuguese but grew up in Germany.  Their friends and family are all over the globe so many weren't able to attend their wedding in Mexico 6 years ago. Sergio's parents have a beautiful property with a huge garden on a hill that overlooks the ocean just outside of Lisbon. Each day leading up to the wedding friends and family arrived from all different countries and every night there were more chairs added to the dinner table. There were guests from the US, Germany, Portugal, France, Canada, Thailand and others I'm sure. Sergio's brother and cousin drove over 20 hours from Germany in a sweet black Mustang convertible so they could use it for their get away car!  Miriam wore the dress she wore 6 years ago, it was a 2 piece organza gown with a beautiful lace veil.  Sergio also wore the brown suit he originally wore.  Their son, Leo, was the ring bearer and daughter, Regina, was the mini flower girl:-) They both got ready by the marble staircase at the house. Sergio picked up Miriam's shoes which said, "I do" on the bottom and said "Do I"?  Miriam's mom helped her get into her gown and gold heels and her dad was just so sweet when he saw her!  
     Then it was off to the Palacio National de Mafra in the Mustang.  It is a gorgeous Catholic Basilica that was built in 1755. Leo pulled Regina down the aisle in a wagon right before Miriam walked down the aisle. They did the lasso ceremony where Miriam's parents draped a beautiful swavaski crystal rosary over the 2 of them as the priest did a blessing.  They ceremony wasn't just for them, they had their daughter baptized and were honoring Sergio's parents, Isa and George's 40th wedding anniversary as well!  To make the marriage official they actually sign the papers during the ceremony right at the very end. They exited down the iconic steps of the basilica and we literally could have done photos for hours because the architecture is so amazing and different than what we have in the US. My favorite spot though was actually the little garden on the side with the tall purple flowers. 
     The reception decor was simple and so pretty with candelabra's, crystal and a little bit of sparkle.  The food in Portugal is just amazing.  Dinner was served family style with so many different courses it was impossible to try them all!  They are known for seafood, especially cod and the different cheeses and bread they have with every meal is a carbavour's (like me:-) dream.  They did their first dance and then Sergio danced with his mom and Miriam with Sergio's dad.  Then Sergio's parents danced while they added Miriam with her dad and Sergio with Miriam's mom until everyone was on the dance floor. Later into the evening, if you were still hungry they opened the doors to another room that had a full buffet of meats, cheeses, fruits, seafood, and dessert. Just before the end of the party we moved outside for them to cut the cake and fireworks! We got to know so many wonderful people! I have to say a special thank you to Luanne and Ploy for helping David wrangle our two one year olds while I was photographing the wedding.  And of course to Miriam & Sergio for coordinating everything to bring us along and their parents Isa, George, Victor, & Lily for opening their home and being amazing hosts! 

{Billie & Andrew @ The Florida Aquarium}

Andrew asked Billie to marry him in one of the caves of the Aquarium on New Years Eve, so it was of course the perfect and most meaningful location for their wedding!  Billie's aunt does all the draping of the coral reef room at the aquarium, and she did an absolutely beautiful job for their special day. There were crystal beaded tie-backs and purple up-lighting to set the tone for the ceremony.  Billie entered the room with her dad and they said their I do's in front of the panoramic aquarium with sharks and sea turtles as the backdrop. While their guests sipped on cocktails and enjoyed the exhibits, the main lobby underwent a beautiful transformation. It was draped in white and the  tables were decorated with beautiful pink and plum colored flowers. License plates from different states sat on top of stacks of old books and served as the table names! Each guest had to use their placard and find their "state". The cake was the perfect accent to the purple and silver color palette.  Billie wore heels for the ceremony and converse for dancing!  Such a fun and special day for this sweet couple! Congrats Billie and Andrew! xoxoxoxo
Venue | The Florida Aquarium | Bridal Party Florals | Apple Blossoms | Hair & Makeup | Colours By Linny | DJ | Grant Hemond | Cake Artist | Let Them Eat Cake | Stationary | Invitation Consultants | Centerpieces Draping & Lighting | Savvy Events & Entertainment

Best Fireworks Surprise Ever!

Normally I'll post one of our favorite moments right after the wedding, but, last night, Darren's surprise to Lyani is worthy of it's own blog posting!  A few days ago Darren emailed me and said Lyani LOVES fireworks (he in fact said she's like an 8 year old when she sees them:-) and he wanted to surprise her during the reception. So, we planned to "take them outside for some photos at night" and then the fireworks would start.  It was definitely my favorite moment to capture yesterday! Lyani was SO beyond surprised and just threw her hands up to enjoy it. Darren even stepped away from her for a minute so everyone could just watch her joy and excitement. Just when you thought it was over, the grand finale amazed everyone. Darren definitely wins the best wedding day surprise ever! 

{Amber & Paul @ The Lange Farm}

Amber and Paul have been together for 10 years and have 3 adorable children, Alexis, Paulie, and Scarlet who all played a role in their wedding. Their wedding style was Victorian chic with ivory, lace, and lavender and eggplant accents. Amber’s dress was a soft blush with a cream lace overlay, positively stunning. Scarlett, their daughter, had a dress that matched and had a plum colored sash that tied in the color of the bridesmaid’s dresses. Paul and the boys looked handsome in black tuxes with coordinating lavender and eggplant ties. The entry way to the ceremony was two wooden doors draped with lace and when they opened and Amber stepped through and you could feel the joy and happiness that everyone shared with them in that moment. The forecast said rain all day but it stopped in time for the ceremony and photos outside! The reception was gorgeous; pots filled with roses that sat on top of vintage books with pearl and lace for the centerpieces. Amber surprised Paul with a Darth Vader Groom’s Cake that they unveiled during their cake cutting, which he loved! It didn't start raining until evening time, which was perfect! Such a beautiful day for this sweet couple! Congrats Amber and Paul! xoxoxoxo 
Venue | The Lange Farm | Caterer | Amici's | Florist | Chalet Flowers | Musician | Tim LaVechia | Gown | Patricia's Boutique | Cake Artist | Cakes By Gia

{Haley & Jordan @ The Sheraton Sand Key}

We have been getting so much rain and thankfully it held off so Haley and Jordan could have their beach wedding literally on the waterfront:-)  They had a simple peach, gold, and aqua beach chic style.  Haley wore the cutest lace and crystal foot jewelry and a beautiful necklace from her grandmother.  Her maid of honor had gold foot jewelry that matched her little girl's who was the cutest little flower girl! They girls in flowing pink dresses and boys in beige suits and aqua ties. Since the weather was so un-predictable at the last minute they put the shepherds hooks out, chairs for the grandparent and got everyone outside so they could have the beach wedding of their dreams, and they did! There were even some very friendly sea gulls that decided to join us as well.  The flooded beach made for an awesome backdrop and we didn't even have to walk down to the water:-)  The reception was decorated with peach linens, lantern, and an awesome sweets table.  Haley and Jordan went to Texas A&M so of course are huge Aggie fans.  They had all their friends on the dance floor doing the war hymn! Everyone had the most amazing time and it was so fun to be a part of! Congrats Haley and Jordan!!! xoxoxo
Venue | Sheraton Sand Key | Officiant | Jake English | Florist | Events In Bloom | Stationary | Wedding Paper Divas | Gown | The Blushing Bride

{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