{Nicole & Nick @ The Davis Island Garden Club}

Nicole and Nick's wedding was fall fancy in style with a gray of the wedding party with gold, orange, and black pumpkin accents.  Nicole gave her girls a basket of fabulous gifts including a wine glass that said, "if I go missing please put my face on wine bottles so my friends know".  I literally laughed out loud seeing that, so awesome!  Nick gave the guys storm trooper socks and Converse (for after the ceremony) and he wore Darth Vader socks.  They each had a box of such thoughtful gifts for each other.  Nicole's was even decorated to match the fall theme.  Two of Nick's gifts were a framed print with all the important dates in their relationship and a key chain that said "May the Force be with You" and a little note that said "you'll need the force today"!  Before heading to the Garden Club, Nicole's dad met her downstairs to see her as a bride.  Nick loves artistic photography so we got some pretty sweet stuff with him and the guys.  The look on his face when Nicole stared walking down the aisle can't really be put into words.  Those are the tiny seconds in life that you can look back at and it puts you right back in that moment.  After the ceremony the guys changed into their Converse and we had so much fun with this bridal party.  The weather was absolutely perfect for their waterfront reception.  They did their first dance under the market lights.  After the dance floor opened they took a step off the dance floor to just watch and soak it all in and then we used the Tampa skyline at night with just the 2 of them.  Congratulations Nicole and Nick!!  xoxoxo
Venue | The Davis Island Garden Club | Hotel | Tampa Marriott Waterside | DJ | Grant Hemond | Videography | Voila Cinematic | Wedding Coordinator | Liz Kamali Events | Officiant | Sensational Ceremonies | Catering | ExecChef Catering | Florist | Events in Bloom | Hair and Makeup | Michelle Rene the Studio | Cake | Publix 

{Emily & Kalub @ The Sirata Beach Resort}

Emily & Kalub are from KY and moved to Tampa last summer which was perfect because Emily always wanted to have a beach wedding, and she did!  Their little 4 lb Yorkie, Sophie, (who Emily said runs the house:-) looked so adorable in a tiny little Yorkie wedding dress!  Emily gave her mom a bracelet with the word "Love" written in her grandmother's handwriting, literally one of the sweetest gift ever.  She gave her dad a handkerchief that said "Loved you yesterday loved you still. Always have, always will.  Today a bride, tomorrow a wife. You little girl for all of life." Her gown was the perfect flowy beach dress and so were her girls in blush and flower crowns.  Kalub and the guys were in tan linen suits, I love this look beach chic, and elegant but simple and so pretty!  Sophie walked down the aisle right before Emily was escorted by her dad so she and Kalub could become Mr. & Mrs. Wilkins.  Their reception was tropical themed with palm fronds, white florals, and cigars.  Such a fun group and so many beautiful moments! Congrats Emily & Kalub, hope you are enjoying St. Lucia!!! xoxo
Venue | The Sirata Beach Resort | Officiant | Michael DeArruda Weddings | Florist | Jennie's Flowers | DJ | Expert Productions | Cake | Publix | Hair and Makeup | Lasting Luxe | Videography | Viegas Photography | Wedding Gown Boutique | The White Closet | Stationary | Citrus Press Company 

{Ali & Bill @ The Palmetto Club}

Ali had the best of both worlds, hot pink Kate Spade heels and Converse with custom laces.  I always look inside the groom's wedding band to see if there's a little engraving and there was a simple A heart B.  Those adorable little flowers girls and ring bearer you see are Bill's daughter Victoria and niece and nephew Addy and RJ.  So many sweet moments just while getting ready as both Ali's brother and dad had tears as they saw her totally ready.  Bill had a gorgeous pair of diamond earrings that she opened and she gave Bill a watch to complete his charcoal gray tux.  During the ceremony Victoria made sure all her flower petals were in the aisle!  They even had a guest watching via FaceTime who wasn't able to be there.  It was a gorgeous June day and the garden at the Palmetto Club I love because even when it's bright and sunny there's always some shade with filtered sunlight coming through.   On each place setting was a koozie and matches as favors to go with the custom cigars they went to Ybor to have rolled. Ali's dad gave a toast to open the reception not just to Ali and Bill, but to how much of a treasure his wife Jo is to him.  I think I even teared up.  Everyone loved the photo booth and cigar lounge on the patio and they danced and danced until it was time for their exit through a tunnel of sparklers.  Congrats Ali and Bill it was amazing!! xoxoxo
Venue | The Palmetto Club | Florist | Precious Memories Florist | DJ | DJ by CJ | Makeup | Beautiful You Makeup | Cake | Publix | Catering | Puff N Stuff | Officiant | Sensational Ceremonies 

{Wayne & Ashley @ Isla Del Sol Yacht and Country Club}

When I arrived to start getting ready photos with the girls they were lounging in Lularoes and listening to country music while Ashley was getting the finishing touches of her hair and makeup done.  Ashley had super fun custom name swirly straws for their champagne toast.  She had the sweetest gift for her mom, it was a jewelry box that said "mom, you were my first friend". Before we knew it, was time to get Ashley in that stunning lace and crystal gown.  The girls were in different hues of gray, blue, and seafoam green and those bouquets full of greenery, white roses, and blue florals looked amazing.  Wayne and the groomsmen were a blast and super pumped about doing photos everywhere.  Especially since they each got to drive their own golf cart around:-)  Ashley made her way down the stairwell to see Wayne for their first look and he could barely contain his excitement, it's literally the picture of what ecstatic looks like.  Wayne was keeping an eye on the radar as the Florida rainy season has gotten off to a crazy start.  Thankfully it held off so we could take the golf carts over by the Pinellas Bayway bridge, they made that bridge look amazing.  The ceremony was inside the tall atrium because the wind and weather just wasn't cooperating.  Thankfully, for the rehearsal Wayne got to do his jet ski ceremony entrance and they have it on video, I saw it on Facebook.  Rev Rick married them in the tall glass atrium and they exited through a tunnel of bubbles.  Their reception style was gold, with lots of greenery white peonies, lanterns, and candles.  Instead of a sit down dinner they had 3 different timeframes of passed hors d'oeuvres, a mashed potato bar, and that fabulous dessert table.  After they danced and toasted the dance floor was packed.  Let me tell you, Wayne has got some moves and their was some serious break dancing going on!  My favorite part of the night was the very last song, the guests formed a circle and Ashley and Wayne hugged and high fived their way out. It was am amazing day to #forsuretobeaverschuere congrats you guys!! xoxo
Venue | Isla Del Sol Yacht and Country Club | Officiant | Sensational Ceremonies | Florist | Iza's Flowers | Hair and Makeup | Michele Renee The Studio | Videography | Hearts Video | DJ | Grant Hemond and Associates | Gown Boutique | CCs Bridal Boutique | Cake | The Artistic Whisk | Bridesmaids Gown Boutique | Bella Bridesmaids 

{Laureen & Michael @ Carrollwood Country Club}

The other day someone asked me what I love to photograph most at each wedding.  I do love all the pretty details like the dress and florals, but my absolute favorite thing is all of the authentic moments between people.  I love how beautiful people are, not just on the outside, but truly the inside and what you can't describe in words only by sight.  Laureen and Mike are those people. You can tell by how they look at each other and how their friends and family see them.  Laureen's bridesmaids were all in light pink and her 2 daughters and sister helped her get into that gorgeous gown.  Mike's son, dad, and actually all the guys helped him get ready.  He was so nervous before their first look, I had to make sure he didn't turn around before Laureen was right there!  When he did, it was the best.  Their little flower girl was so cute, but had crocodile tears as she was riding down the aisle in the wagon.  My absolutely favorite part of the day was during the vows.  They had all 4 of their kids come up and each of them make a vow to each other as a family.  I'm pretty sure there wasn't a dry eye there!  They also did the warming of the rings and passed them along the bridal party and family for warm wishes before they put them on.  The reception was draped in white with gorgeous florals.  They had a custom wooden tree for everyone to sign and chocolate dipped bride and groom favors.  Their cake was actually 3 different cakes in pink, silver, and gray with ruffles custom made by a very close friend of theirs.   After their first dance, Laureen danced with her dad and Mike danced with his daughter.  No one stopped dancing until it the minute it was over as Laureen and Mike exited under a tunnel of glow sticks.  Thank you so much for having us be a part of your story it was awesome!  xoxoxo
Venue | Carrollwood Country Club | Coordination | Sarah Valiente | DJ | Grant Hemond | Officiant | Sensational Ceremonies | Photo Booth | Foto Box | Florist | FLORA Fine Flowers and Events