Probably my favorite thing people say when they see their photos is “that’s so us”! Really that’s why I love photography, it’s capturing the essence and personality of something you can’t necessarily “see” and making it visible. Anyway, I say that because that’s what Nicole and Rob said about their session:-) Rob’s kids, Avery, and Maddox joined them for some really pretty family photos as well. They are getting married at The Orlo this June and since it’s such a stunning location it was perfect for their engagement session as well!
Ritu and Ananth had a beautiful weekend of events with friends and family from near and far celebrating their engagement. We started the weekend with them at the Tampa Garden Club before their guests arrived for portraits on bayshore. Their pink and ivory colors with the greenery and florals looked amazing!
Ananth’s mom, Lakshmi, is an event planner and created this garden style decor with gold, ivory, and greenery. Their guests sipped mimosas and mingled in the garden with Ritu and Ananth greeting them. Inside there was a fabulous croissant station created by A Piece of Cake, and literally any kind of espresso and cappuccino by Cafe Ala Carte. Each of the tables were even named different, herbs, flowers and plants. Ananth’s parents and sister toasted to how excited and proud they are of this amazing couple, there was cake and then after brunch a classical sitar performance. Congratulations again Ritu and Ananth!! We’ll have more tomorrow of their session at the Hindu Temple.
We’re so lucky here in Florida to have so much outdoor beauty. When we were planning location with Alex and Lauren, they hadn’t been to Philippe Park before but fell in love with the tree canopy when I showed them some of the other sessions we’ve done there. The 2 photos are the top are my personal favorites because it honestly wouldn’t matter what the location it’s all about the authentic moments and who they are as a couple. Lauren had found some super cute signs from Hobby Lobby she might use for the wedding and added an extra special little detail to their session. I can’t wait until we get to photograph their wedding 4.13.19!!!
Jenna and Kevin live in Maryland but where down here to celebrate the holidays in Florida and I got to see them for their engagement session. They wanted their session and their save the dates to be in perfect Tampa style and there’s no better place for that the UT. We just walked around all the pretty spots and chatted and had so much fun. They will be Mr. & Mrs. Madden and if you know me you know I love a good wedding hashtag and theirs is #maddenlyinlove coming this December!!
Holly and Rob got married at the beautiful Carlouel Yacht Club at the very north end of Clearwater Beach. That morning, it was rainy but it cleared up into the most gorgeous day. Holly gave the girls an engraved glass and necklace to complete their look. They incorporated nautical details through out their wedding and I love the little nautical rope bracelet that Holly wore along with an extra special mother daughter bracelet. Two of Rob’s groomsmen were his brothers, one of them being his twin! They are hilarious and we had a blast with them before the ceremony. They each wore a nautical knot as a boutonniere with navy jackets and striped ties.
The sun came came out just in time for the guys to walk down that long board walk to the beach. Rob had so much happiness on his face as he saw Holly for the first time. Instead of a unity candle they wrote a message in a bottle to each other and then were announced as the official Mr. and Mrs. Deis! The soft light in the sky reflecting off of the beach and gulf was just perfect after the ceremony it was so hard to choose some of our favs.
The reception was decorated with nautical accents and candle light that looked amazing with all the garland and twinkle lights at Carlouel. Their escort cards were little navy sail boats and instead of a cake they had all different mini desserts. Holly’s sister toasted to the amazing bond that she and her sister have and how happy she is to be a part of their wedding. Rob’s brother told a story of how Rob use to live between Colorado and Florida and how his niece gave him the nickname Colorado:-) They danced and danced and danced and it was so much fun!! Congratulations Holly and Rob it was an honor to be there!!! xoxoxo
Definite cuteness overload in this session with Hailey! Melissa and Mike wore their aviator Ray Bans in their engagement session and I love that they used them and baby ones for Hailey in this one too. I want a pair of those little cowboy boots in my size. The sunlight in Hollis Gardens that day was so pretty and the white fountain was perfect for a little backdrop with that red tutu and santa hat!
This little cutie is already being recruited by colleges :-) He’s only 6 months and is already standing and ready to be on the run! The light and tree canopy at Philippe Park was perfect for especially the orange Clemson gear. Erin, Joe, and Wake, We always love seeing you guys!!
Jennifer and Craig met while both working from Publix and so it was only fitting that they have their wedding at the Lone Palm, built by George Jenkins himself! The property is stunning as you will see:-) Jennifer wore a gorgeous lace gown with her mother’s diamond necklace. The girls were in navy with calla lilies and the dark gray with silver ties.
Their ceremony was in front of the lake and I LOVE the acrylic and floral backdrop. Jennifer had her 2 daughters walk her down the aisle, and Craig’s son was his best man. Their adorable grandson and granddaughter were the ring bearer and flower girl. Jennifer’s dad is so funny, he said his daughter had found her Mr. Wright, which is the new last name:-)
Can we please talk about this sunset? It is one of, if not the prettiest we have ever seen or gotten to photograph!!! The funny thing is it’s not on the beach, on a lake:-) Linda and I were freaking out at how stunning it is with these 2!
The team from 2 Sisters Events is AMAZING to work with! They created the white and crystal details. Their cake even looked like it was covered in crystal. Everyone clearly loves these 2 and everyone had an amazing time dancing the night away. Jennifer and Craig we could not be happier for you 2 and so honored that we got to be there!! xoxoxo
Rich, Shonna, Oliva, Dean, and Crystal! Shonna wanted a great portrait for their Christmas cards and annual portrait session and I think we nailed it:-) She knew of this awesome little spot at the end of Himes with the perfect fall look with that pretty backlight. I love a beautiful portraits where you can look back and remember what your family looked like and how big your kids were and I love that they included their super cute dog Crystal!
I think it might be the holidays, but I’m totally in love with the little things for anything nostalgic. That super cute little dress was one that Marissa wore she was a baby and that rocking chair was Scott’s. I love that they included such special things. Little miss Lucy was very serious about her 1 year old portraits:-) I think my favorite thing about sessions with babies and little kids is being able to see how much they adore their children, exactly like this one. What a doll!
Jennifer & Aaron live in Cambridge, MA and had an intimate wedding ceremony this past May in New Hampshire. They chose the Hilton Clearwater Beach to bring their family and friends together to celebrate with them. Aaron’s grandparents have been married 61 years and are just the cutest! We had a gorgeous sunset and the perfect evening for dancing on the sandpiper deck. These 2 are so sweet and we had an amazing time capturing their reception! xoxo
Valerie & Bob were winners of a fun little engagement session contest we did this fall. The goal was to do some different and creative engagement sessions that are totally these couples. They told me one of their favorite things to do is watch Netflix and hang out with their sweet pup Patty so that’s what we did! They jumped in their PJs and flipped on the Office. Bob said the screenshot of Pam is perfect because he always says Valerie is his Pam. Patty is so cute and very photogenic as you will see…..
Valerie and Bob love to hang out at Ballast Point which is super close to where they live so we headed there close to dusk and the light was perfect, you can even see downtown Tampa in the background. When I saw them yesterday for their unveiling session I found out that we had done Bob’s sister’s wedding (Robin and Armen) 4 years ago, how fun is that?
Alia and Jay’s wedding was a fusion of America, British, and Indian accents with amethyst and gold as the color palette. Alia wore a sari for the ceremony with beautiful crystal detail on the back and the perfect Manolo Blahniks. The girls all got ready at their Air B&B on the waterfront in St. Pete while the guys were getting ready at NOVA. Alia and Jay did their first look before the ceremony in the bamboo garden, all the greenery and those colors looked amazing. They spent a few minutes together before all the fun began!
Alia and Jay’s ceremony was also in the bamboo garden after the sunset. Lined with candles, strung lights, and candelabras it was so pretty at night. They did a tasting of different things that are part of a relationship. Lemon for the sour times, honey for the sweet times, vinegar for the bitter times, and hot sauce for the spicy times. They also had a little bag of jelly beans that matched the flavors for each of their guests to participate which was really a cool way to include everyone in their ceremony.
Alia had Amethyst as the color but also actual amethyst as part of the table decor! Black and amethyst table linens with lanterns and floral boxes decorated the tables. They had each table named after a country that their travels had taken them and little pink and gold globes on them as well. They had 2 special serenades from the cutest guests and after dinner Alia changed into an ivory wedding gown for their first dance. Their friends and family traveled from near and very far to celebrate their wedding as well as they are expecting a little baby to arrive in December! So many congratulations to you guys and can’t wait to see you as a family of 3!! xoxoxo
There is a funny story about how we met Violet and Geoffrey! As one of the preferred photographers the Tampa Club refers, we were attending an open house for all their couples. Carrie was bringing all her albums and such up and ended up in the same elevator as Violet and Geoffrey. Geoffrey was super sweet and helped her get everything to her spot and when they started talking found out they already had a photographer but had such a great conversation. A month or so later Violet called and said their photographer was moving and they wanted to hire us and we are so lucky to have gotten to photograph their wedding. I LOVE their color combo of ivory, steel blue, and gold that went perfectly with this iconic Tampa venue. Violet and all her girls and her mom and Geoffrey’s mom had so much fun getting ready just next door at the Hilton.
Violet had a super sweet card for Geoffrey and a special gift for her dad after she walked up the grand staircase for him to see her.
Michael DeArruda officiated their ceremony with all of their favorite people watching. The gold chivaris and florals that lined the aisle were perfect. One of our favorite thing about the Tampa Club is that you literally don’t have to step outside for photos because there are so many cool spots right there in the wine room and the staircase with the geometric gold wall and white and gold Chihuly.
The elegant theme and colors continued throughout the reception with gold, crystal accents and that cake by Artistic Whisk was literally covered in a sugar balayage. Geoffrey’s brother was his best man and had just gotten married 4 months earlier so he shared marriage advice of never going to bed angry:-) Violet’s dad toasted to his daughter finding her person and many congratulations to the both of them as they start their new life together as Mr. & Mrs. in San Diego, CA. An amazing day for an amazing couple, thank you for having us be a part of it you guys!! xoxoxo
Venue | Tampa Club | Hotel | Hilton Tampa Downtown | Wedding Coordinator | Confetti Events | Officiant | DeArruda Weddings | Florist | Northside Florist | Hair and Makeup | Destiny and Light | DJ | Breezin Entertainment | Bridal Boutique | The White Closet Bridal | Tuxedo’s | Men's Wearhouse | Stationery | Bella Marie Papers | Cake | Artistic Wisk
Emily LOVES penguins, I mean who doesn’t right?:-) The only place I know of where you can have penguins as wedding guests is the Florida Aquarium! Once everyone was down front the penguins joined them by walking down the aisle! The lilac roses and magenta orchids looked amazing with the deep purple dresses the girls wore and the gray the guys wore. They danced up a storm at the reception and everyone literally had the best time ever! Congratulations Emily & Bryan!! xoxox
Heather and Crafton’s beautiful family is now a party of 4!! I remember when Tag was born and he’s already 2 and so cute and ready to be a great big brother. Tag also wore this little white diaper cover. I love the light and colors Heather and Crafton’s room, it was perfect and Banks snoozed his way through most of our session:-)
We did a little engagement session contest in October and Becca and Pete were one of our couples who one! It was all about doing something different and fun and we totally did! Becca picked some of the cool art murals in St. Pete, although some of them were not the same as on the map but all turned out really cool:-) Pete is a musician who rarely wears shoes and Becca taught him how to longboard. While we we walking around Pete noticed a giant mural of bunnies and they happen to have pet bunnies so it was perfect! Once the sunset we had a little fun with the citrus mural and even caught the moon in a few!
While the girls were getting ready in the bridal suite, Chris and the guys were putting the finishing touches on their black tuxes with bow ties and fun socks. They definitely had a blast and were so much fun!
The light coming through the trees on the love lock bridge was the perfect spot for their first look. I love the 2 different perspectives we got shooting on opposite sides of them to get the full effect of that sweet moment when Chris saw Jackie!!
Their ceremony was under the ancient oaks with wine barrels, burgundy florals and succulents. You could feel the anticipation as everyone waited for Jackie to walk down the aisle to see Chris. You would think that it’s not as dramatic when couples do a first look but honestly it always is!!! This time of day the light is perfect. My favorites of them are the ones of just the two of them in the woods, just so beautiful. Heading back, we had to get some more of those red bottoms. Bakers ranch recently re did their outdoor chapel with lamp posts and a modern clock by the peak of the roof which looks really cool and modern.
The soft romantic feel carried through the reception details wth greenery, lanters, candle light, and the draped ceiling with a crystal chandelier in the center. Jackie’s sister, Alison, was her MOH and she toasted to her sister and best friend getting married to such an amazing person. Chris’ brother was his best man talked about all the fun times they had as kids and the funniest story about how their dad forgot about Chris and didn’t realize it until they got home. You know it’s a fun party when they dance floor is packed until it’s time to line up for sparkler send off! Congratulations Jackie & Chris!!!
Donna and Drew, I love these 2! Donna knows what she wants and goes after it, but is so positive and fun to be around. Drew told me this day was all for Donna and I love that about him because it’s so obvious how in love he is with Donna. We started with Donna, her mom, and Maid of Honor getting ready at the Westin Tampa Harbourside. The living room area had a really cool painting and beautiful light that we had to hang the dress on. She had a little photo of her dad who was watching from above on her bouquet, as a little surprise for her mom. I thought that was so cool because even though he wasn’t there in person he was still there walking her down the aisle.
We did first look with them in the wetlands because it’s “almost” like you’re outside and a couple hours before sunset the light is really pretty in there. When Drew turned to look at Donna they had the best reaction!
Their priest officiated a beautiful ceremony in front of the huge tank. Donna did my favorite thing and had the penguins come in as the “late arriving guests”. Such a fun moment and surprise for their guests. Right at the end the bubble curtain came on for their first kiss and they even left it on for me for some of the photos after.
Lets talk about this cake. We got to see Jovanna, from Artistic Whisk set it up and it was stunning! She said the bottom layer is like a little tutu and the top had bride and groom sea horses. The room was lit with candles and submerged orchids with a little bit of sparkle on the tables. Such a fabulous evening for a fabulous couple. Congratulations Donna and Drew!!! xoxox
I met Meghann, David, and Daxton when he was still in the NICU and I can’t believe he’s 1 already!!! He’s happiest when he can be on the go, crawling and almost walking on his own. Meghann did his birthday theme with the Very Hungry Caterpillar and the cutest little outfit. All my 1 year olds lately are not down with cake, but even with a few tears he is so cute!! We had Blueberry Blessings awesome pumpkin patch all to ourselves!! A huge thank you to them for letting us use their awesome property:-)