What happens when 50 of the best restaurants on both sides of the bridge come together under one roof? There’s an epic battle for the Food Fight Champion between Tampa and St. Pete. The best part is around $200,000 was raised so Metropolitan Ministries can bring hope to those who need it most in our community. So many people work so hard to make this event happen, Brooke Palmer, and her team from RSBP Events out did themselves for sure. Jeff Philbin, Titus O’Neil, both Mayors, Jane Castor from Tampa and Rick Kriseman from St. Pete, Raymond from the Rays, Captain Fear from the Bucs, and Thunderbug from the Lightning and 600+ people were there to cheer on their team. I did get to try some of the deliciousness and my favorite thing was these spicy pumpkin risotto pops that Armani’s had, and Dough Nation had sea salt cookie dought with like carmel ice cream. This event is maddness and SO much fun, here’s just some of my favorite candids and a taste (see what I did there:-) of what the event was like. Unfortunately, team St. Pete came away with the W for the 2nd year in a row. Team Tampa is coming for the title next year!
This sweet girl is 3! Her mom told me she had a white dress with polka dots and balloons for her birthday session so the perfect spot was this pink wall in Hyde Park outside at Sprinkles Cupcakes. Plus, they had cupcakes that also matched! Harper has the cutest golden locks and she is so fun and sassy! Happy birthday beautiful girl!
Blanch and Craig are getting married at this brand new private estate that is just stunning! Legacy Lane literally has so many beautiful spots Marianne, the owner, took us on a little golf cart tour and we did their engagement session in some of the spots that are a little further off and we saved the plantation house for their wedding photos:-) The gray and burgundy with the greenery and mossy trees looks amazing! We can’t wait to be a part of their wedding dream team led by Lisa, from Event Sisters on 3.14.20!
I love this location because if you don’t know it, it’s like, hmmm that looks familiar but I can’t put my finger on it, unless you see the last photo of course:-) USF is where it all began for Crystal and Alex, they met while in class together so it was perfect for their engagement session. That emerald green dress and light blue looked fantastic with the greenery and this huge knarly tree. We are SO excited for the wedding next April at Centre Club!
Sarah and Alan, where do I even begin? I know Sarah from the wedding industry, and she is an uber talented custom stationery artist that owns Sarah Bubar Designs. For real, she literally creates a work of art for each of her couple’s invitations! Earlier this year she told me she had a feeling she was getting engaged soon and I was so honored to be the one to capture their gorgeous wedding. Alan is a super talented artisan himself and makes these amazing copper bracelets with patina, which is a term that refers to the blue-green layer of corrosion that develops on the surface of copper when it is exposed to sulfur and oxide compounds. And there you have their color palette! They included copper, teal, and beige throughout all their details. Sarah’s mom, Shirley, is just the sweetest lady and I just love the photos of her helping Sarah getting ready because you can just see how much she loves Sarah and how happy she is for her and Alan.
The Wednesday before their wedding, Sarah texted me and said that her dad, Paul, had what they thought was a stroke and had to have emergency surgery to remove a blood clot. Thankfully, he was already here in Florida from New York and had a successful surgery, but, he was not able to physically walk Sarah down the aisle or officiate as planned. Sarah’s brother stepped in to walk her down the aisle with a phone in hand as she facetimed with her dad so we was still walking down the aisle! Their friend stepped in to officiate and when he asked “who gives this bride to be married” Paul was able to say “her mother and I”. I’m pretty sure there wasn’t a dry eye in the room and how amazing that he was still able to be there and do that! Paul had already had written out everything he was going to say during the ceremony so their officiant was able to read his words as they became the official Mr. & Mrs. Dever!
Right by the church at Shahnasarian Hall there was a walk way lined with super tall palm trees that had the perfect light for their wedding party photos after the ceremony. The girls beige dresses and the bouquets full of beige, and different shades or orange roses and greenery look gorgeous. Sarah had seen a bouquet on pinterest that had a super long ribbon and Stephanie, from Stephanie Voth Events totally nailed it! Alan told me his dream car was a Camero and that was the perfect finishing touch.
So many pretty reception details!!! The head tables were farm tables with greenery and teal ties. One of my favorite details were the custom coasters that Alan cut from Maine Birch trees and they had each guests initial in copper patina. Alan also made the wood cake stands and their wedding #happilydeverafter was the cake topper. Sarah told me she would be smashing cake in Alan’s face for sure:-) For the sign in, they had quilt squares for everyone to write a message to them that will be made into a quilt for their home which is such a unique idea. They ended the evening with Sarah changing into a fun white dress for their sparkler exit to that sweet ride. Congratulations Sarah & Alan you are dearly loved and we are so happy for you!!!
I first met Melissa & Daniel while doing a styled shoot we did with Marry Me Tampa Bay where they were the bride and groom models. When they came in for a consultation and booked their wedding with us I was legit ecstatic! We chose Armature Works since it’s so Tampa and has such cool spots inside and outside. Their bright yellow and tropical colors looked amazing with the brick and river front outside. Then their 2nd look with Melissa’s burgundy jumpsuit (with pockets:-) and Daniel’s dress casual outfit was perfect for some of the super cool spots inside. These two are sweet, fun, and beautiful couple and I can’t wait to photograph their wedding April 25th, 2020!
Oh man, where do I even begin with these 2? Caitlin and Kyle are one of the sweetest couples and the love their family and friends have for them runs so deep. It takes me forever to decide what to say to really do it justice! When I initially talked to them, I found out Kyle is a Purdue grad like me and Caitlin went to FSU (my husband is a die hard fan even though he didn’t go there:-) we had an instant connection and it was such an honor to be there and share in all these amazing moments they shared on their wedding day. Every detail they had was carefully thought out and planned to make it so personal. Caitlin’s something old was a piece of her mom’s wedding dress wrapped around her bouquet. Her something borrowed was my favorite detail because it was so special. Kyle’s grandfather has passed away a few weeks before the wedding and she included a piece of the ferns from his funeral in her bouquet so he was right there with them. That morning, Caitlin surprised her dad with a little scavenger hunt that ended in finding her something blue which was a Coldplay cover pin that she also had on her bouquet. All her besties and her mom were right there by her side to make sure everything was perfect. I LOVE her gown the detail was stunning and so unique.
We brought in Caitlin’s dad and her brother, Brad to see her completely ready. Her dad said he absolutely loved her dress and she looked more beautiful that he could have ever imagined. After the girls were all ready, Caitlin’s bridesmaids gathered around her and prayed boldly for her and Kyle’s wedding day and far beyond that into the blessing of their marriage and future together. In order to stop everyone from crying they broke out into a song (Lord I Lift Your Name On High) that was a throwback to their youth group days.
The florals with succulents, roses, lily's, and greenery looked so pretty against the girls’ fog gray dresses and the guys navy suits. The guys all wore socks from their alma maters (notice all the Boilermaker socks in there). Kyle had the sweetest notes and gifts for his parents.
Funny story. A few weeks before the wedding I was reviewing the detail they filled out on our wedding planning questionnaire and I noticed that their officiant was one of the pastors from Harborside, but also Pastor Matthew Hartsfield who happens to be the pastor of the church we go to (and my husband David works at:-). Not going to lie, Harborside is my favorite church to photograph weddings at in the Tampa Bay area. It was designed specifically for weddings and as you will see is so beautiful. Kyle had the sweetest look on his face (and a little tear) as he saw his bride walk down the aisle. Their first date together was glass blowing, so for the unity ceremony they poured blue and gray glass pieces together. They exited the chapel and Mr. & Mrs. Myerholtz with all their guests blowing bubbles and Kyle surprised Caitlin with a Mazarati for the getaway car. We used all the pretty spots at Harborside and then headed to Armature Works on the Jolley Trolley for some more and a gorgeous sunset on the dock there.
The Gathering space at Armature Works was decorated with silver chivaris, navy linens, greenery, and farm tables for the head table. They love to play corn hole so their sign in was a custom corn hole set with their monogram on it. They had a Purdue themed mini doughnut table, some of them even with black and gold so we had to put their rings on some. The bridal party made an epic entrance tunnel style before all the reception festivities began. Dances, toasts, cake, and you’ll see a pretty fabulous battle for the bouquet and garter. Before we knew it, it was time for their exit through LED lit balloons. Ashley, and her team at Love Lee Lane did an amazing job making sure every detail was coordinated perfectly. So much love and happiness for you Caitlin and Kyle as you start his new chapter of life together! Thank you for the honor of being there and capturing your best day ever!
Venue | Armature Works | Church | Harborside Chapel | Wedding Coordination | Love Lee Lane | Caterer | Puff n Stuff | Florist | Buds Blooms and Beyond | Hair | Dry Bar | Makeup | Glam To Be | Videography | Autumn Crest Films | DJ | Grant Hemond | Gown | Couture Closet Bridal Boutique | Cake | Publix | Mini Doughnuts | Little Donut House | Chairs/Chargers/Tables | A Chair Affair | Transportation | Jolley Trolley | Gown Boutique | Couture Closet Bridal Boutique | Gown Designer | Ashley & Justin Bride | Coffee & Gelato | Cafe Ala Carte & The Gelato Carte
My 2 favorite things with newborns, catching them smile in their sleep and hearing that tiny new little baby cry. This handsome little guy gave us both:-) 3 years ago we had the honor of photographing Rebecca and Danny’s wedding and now they are a party of 4 with little miss Alayna being promoted to big sister. Congratulations you guys, such a beautiful family!!
Little miss Hailey turned 1! I got to see her when she was a tiny squishy newborn, 6 months old she was sitting up and so smiley, and now she’s 1! Her birthday party theme was Little Wild One and that safari outfit is so stinking cute! We figured out she was not a fan of those little boots but they are adorable. Happy happy birthday cute girl!!
Samantha and Robert chose the Hilton on beautiful Clearwater beach for their destination wedding! Samantha’s best friend, Leigh, and Rob’s sister, Molly were right there by her side and their beautiful daughter Lacey was the little mini flower girl. The style was classic and elegant with navy, silver/gray and ivory being the colors and calla lilies for the bouquets and boutonnieres.
Their beach front ceremony had a simple bamboo arch and they navy sunglasses for everyone which is a super nice touch especially for a beach destination wedding. Samantha was escorted down the aisle by her dad and even though Robert had his sunglasses you could feel the love and emotion as he saw her walking down the aisle. The light was just so stunning for the ceremony and pictures of the bridal party! As the sun was going down, we had the most beautiful golden light for the photos with Samantha and Robert.
Everyone got to enjoy the sunset from the Sandpiper deck where the reception was and my favorite detail they had was the “vintage” (by that I mean 80s lol) candy buffet that had neon, cassette tapes, candy cigarettes, air heads, swedish fish and more of the best of the sweet treats from the 80s! I love when the first dance has the darkening sky from the sunset in the background. So many beautiful moments and memories for these 2, we had a blast! Congratulations Samantha & Robert!!
Wake’s grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins all came down to celebrate his first birthday! I love that we got to do a portrait session with all of them while they were here. It’s not often that 4 generations of family is together all in one spot so this was so special. All the bright colors with the greenery right in downtown Dunedin looked amazing. Happy 1st birthday Wake!!!!
This little cutie pie is 6 months already! Kelly had gotten these beautiful flower crowns from Petals Presents and Parties and as parent life sometimes goes, when Mireia had woken up from her nap she wasn’t feeling her smily happy baby self. But, she powered through and we got some super cut smiles and the most adorable grumpy faces. Sometimes you just gotta roll with life as it is in that moment, tears or giggles it’s all beautiful! My favorite photo of them all is Pedro and Mireia:-) Happy 6 months sweet girl!
Lauren and Alex had a romantic evening wedding from the view of the top of Tampa (the 46th floor of the Tampa Club:-). Lauren’s dress was this really pretty light shade of champagne/blush and she wore super comfy navy Tieks that coordinated perfectly with the girls navy dresses and the little hint of blue thistles in the flowers. After she was ready, the best man came in and gave her a card and gift from Alex. He had gotten her crystal earrings and a necklace to finish off her look. She knew Alex would have a super sweet message written so tissues were on hand. To honor her mom, who was there with her in spirit, she had a little charm on her bouquet said “Mom, you’re with me today, and every day" as well as a memory table and special seat with flowers at the ceremony. Her dad was so excited to see his daughter completely ready to walk down the aisle. Lauren had given him the most thoughtful gifts, cufflinks with his initials and a tie clip with her parents anniversary engraved on it.
Alex loves Game of Thrones and had a little shout out to them with the pin he wore on his lapel. I love the gray suit with navy shirt and charcoal tie and then his best man and ring bearer were wearing the opposite colors. Alex was super involved in helping plan he and Lauren’s wedding and was all about the details! We setup a little moment with them holding hands around a doorframe making sure he didn’t get a peek at Lauren in her dress before she walked down the aisle.
After the wedding Alex told he was SO nervous right before the ceremony started and until his beautiful bride walked down the aisle to meet him. After they were the official Mr. & Mrs. Negron we used all the cool spots at the Tampa Club for photos of them and the bridal party. Probably my favorite with them were in the wine room because I know they wanted a romantic vibe and the shadowy room with all the dark wood is the perfect spot!
Gold, pink, and hints of burgundy and wood was the decor for the reception. Their cake with those gorgeous sugary flowers is one of my favorites ever! For a sign in they had little wooden hearts for everyone to sign and kind of the signature piece to the gift table was a custom carved cutting/cheese board with their names and date. So many beautiful moments and so much fun had by all. During the bouquet toss, the girl who caught it tried to toss it back but she didn’t get away with that lol!!!! Congrats Lauren and Alex!!!!
We love sharing fun and unique ideas and these are some great ones for your groom and groomsmen gifts, as well as some tips for making your guys happy and thanking them for standing by your side:
1. Getting them something they can wear or drink lol seems to be some of the most loved gifts. Custom cufflinks, socks, a money clip, or of course a flask and their favorite liquor are always a favorite.
2. Be sure to have them open them while you guys are getting ready and have your photographer capture that moment when they open them.
3. Meaningful is always the best! It doesn’t need to be expensive or anything crazy but these are your best friends in life there for you in thick or thin so thank them with something cool!
I love gifts that can be incorporated into the wedding details. This wooden engraved watch from Groomsday.com you can engrave a custom message to your groom or each of the guys and it comes in this custom wooden box as well. Socks have been a long time very popular gift, especially fun socks. Plus, that’s one less things they guys have to remember. These socks also have a custom message and you can choose different ones to go along with your guys style.
These custom gifts from Groovy Guy Gifts are some of the coolest that we've seen. The cufflinks/money clip, and flask also come in a personalized wooden box and the pocket knife has a custom wood panel on it as well. The very last photo is one I hadn't seen before. They are custom whiskey rocks that you put in the freezer and then in your whiskey (or wine if I was using them:-) and it keeps it cool but doesn't water it down. Stop on by www.groovyguygifts.com to see all their cool custom guy ideas!!!
What are you getting your best gal pals for being by your side throughout the wedding planning process to when you walk down the aisle? We've got some really awesome ideas for you! A few months ago we did a post on unique groomsmen gifts, so now it's your turn ladies! Here’s some tips to think about:
1. It doesn’t have to be expensive, meaningful is the most important! Some of the most special gifts we have seen haven’t been expensive ones but things that a personalized and especially with a hand written card thanking your girls for being by your side.
2. If there is some specific detail that you want your girls to wear give them that as your gift to them. Jewelry, a clutch, shoes, and one of our favorites is a bridal survival kit
3. Give it to your girls while you’re getting ready and make sure that you have your wedding photographer capture that moment of fun and excitement.
For more bridesmaids ideas head over to https://www.pinterest.com/bridebopgifts/bridesmaid-gifts/
This quilted makeup bag from Bridesmaids Gifts Boutique comes in lots of different colors and what a great way to thank you bridesmaids as well as have a bag for all the important stuff for getting ready!
Love Wine Tumbler from Bridebop.com. Simple, fun, and what girl doesn’t want to keep her wine nice and chill? 2nd is this Wrap and Write Gift Box. It has a beautiful wrap in 13 different colors with a custom engraved initialed wooden box and matching notebook. 2nd is a Custom Heart Charm Necklace that is fancy enough to go with your bridesmaid dresses but could also double with jeans and a fun tee! Last but not least is a Leather Clutch that comes in brown, navy, or pink, and personalized with their name or initials. Thanks to our friends over at Bridesmaid Gifts Boutique for these awesome ideas!
As a Marry Me Tampa Bay preferred photographer, we were honored they asked us to be a part of this romantic, garden-inspired dusty blue styled shoot! What is a styled shoot you might wonder? The purpose is to get creative and transform a space into something totally unique that couples may never see or be able to envision. So, literally it’s a full wedding setup with models and a group of wedding professionals that team up to make it happen. We’ve done many styled shoots over the years and this is among my favorite because of the style, models, and the team we got to work with. Before doing all the pretty detail shots, I got to work with the sweetest couple, Melissa and Daniel, who are actually engaged and getting married next April! I love this venue because not only is it right in International Plaza, but there are SO many different an amazing spots for photos. In the lobby they have really unique lounge furniture, the hallways have huge windows with beautiful light and there’s several different tiled stairwells all right there in one place.
The venue, Renaissance Tampa, has a traditional ballroom, but they chose to highlight the hotel’s unique and vibrant event space with the help of wedding planner Katy Turchich of Coastal Coordinating. I’m quoting the feature you can see on Marry Me Tampa Bay because I think they described the inspiration and design much better than I could:
“The wedding planner and designer chose a muted color palette of dusty blue, grey, blush, peach, and silver as to not to compete with the boldness of the reception space. To add to the romanticism, decor rental company and florist Gabro Event Services added French country chairs, custom velvet linens, greenery and peach filled florals, and a show-stopping draped sweetheart table.
“My inspiration was to bring a soft, upscale garden look inside and showcase how alternative wedding spaces can be transformed into a romantic feel. I loved how it really softened the room,” Katy beamed.”
Silver accents on the three-tiered wedding cake with marble swirls from Alessi Bakeries perfectly complemented the decor, while small, but impactful details such as the geometric acrylic place cards added a luxurious touch.
The couple dazzled in their attire from Nikki’s Glitz and Glam Bridal Boutique; the bride’s lace Calla Blanche wedding dress featured a plunging neckline and sheer side panels adding a hint of allure. Hair and makeup artists Destiny & Light Hair and Makeup Group chose a smokey eye and half updo to showcase the bride’s flowing long curls.
Bringing the romantic elements to the Renaissance’s outdoor courtyard, Gabro Event Services created a flowing draped arch providing a statement piece for the ceremony backdrop.
“The outside area is the perfect setting for the romantic ceremony. There is a natural breeze that makes you feel like you are at a destination location,” Katy gushed. “The blowing of the draping helped to create the romantic look.
Tampa Bay wedding videographer Resurgent Fire Films captured the flowy breeze and gorgeous Florida day and you can watch the video HERE. “
This team of wedding pros below worked so hard to bring this style to life and I think it turned out better than anyone could have imagined!
Publication | Marry Me Tampa Bay | Venue | Renaissance Tampa International Plaza | Videographer | Resurgent Fire Films | Planner | Coastal Coordinating | Floral, Linens, Draping and Rentals | Gabro Event Services | Cake | Alessi Bakeries | Place Cards and Menu Cards | Coastal Coordinating | Dress and Tux | Nikki’s Glitz and Glam Bridal Boutique | Hair and Makeup | Destiny & Light Hair and Makeup Group
Models: Melissa Gonzalez and Daniel Kirk
Brittany and Carl’s wedding day was full of so much love, beautiful moments, and AMAZINGLY gorgeous details. The girls got ready at Le Meridien in their cute PJs and Brittany had these fluffy white bridal slippers that were to die for! Her Galahi Lahav gown, her sister (MOH), and her mom’s dress could not have looked better together. She wore her mom’s diamond necklace and had her grandmother’s bible for her something borrowed and something old. One of my favorite details was her invitation by Doyle Paper Company. They gave her her full stationery suite mounted in a floating frame. We always love photographing the stationery and it’s not always easy to lay it all out pretty during getting ready but this was so genius and then the couple has it to hang on their wall. Once Brittany was all ready we had her dad come in to see her and extra special cards for her parents to read.
Carl wore these fantastic Star Wars cufflings and had a custom made suit from Suit Supply that even had their wedding date sewn in. After they were ready it was off to University of Tampa for some groomsmen shenanigans before the ceremony!
One by one all the girls walked down the aisle ending with the 2 little flower girls who made sure they were throwing petals just as they practiced. Everyone waited in anticipation for the doors to open and Brittany to walk down the aisle arm in arm with her dad. I always love when churches have balcony’s so then one of us can be upstairs and one of us downstairs. After they were officially Mr. & Mrs. Petrilli, we went back to use the iconic steps of Le Meridien for the family and bridal party photos, and then headed over to Armature Works. The read their vows to each other on the dock right on the water and we literally could have shot there with them for an hour lol!
The Gathering space at Armature Works was so gorgeous! Rounds and long tables with gold, greenery and florals on high geometrics. The napkins had a “P” embroidered on each one, and the menu was clear with greenery underneath. Brittany’s grandmother had just celebrated her 80th birthday and they surprised her by singing happy birthday and a special dance with her husband. I’m just going to let you look at the reception it really doesn’t need many words! The New Royals Band definitely rocked out this party, and there was a flaming doughnut station (just sayin). It was SO MUCH FUN and clearly Brittany and Carl are loved by all. Thank you guys for having us it was such an honor to be there!! xoxox
Hotel | Le Meridien | Venue | Armature Works | Church | First Presbyterian Church | Planning/Floral/Design | Couture Weddings and More | Caterer | Puff 'n Stuff | Hair | Femme Akoi | Makeup | IQ of Beauty | Cake | The Artistic Whisk | Linens | Over the Top | Videographer | Randall Productions | Band | The New Royals - Sam Hill Entertainment | Wedding Gown Boutique | Isabel Bridal | Gown Deisgner | Galia Lahav | Grooms Tux | Suit Supply | Groomsmen Tuxes | The Black Tux | Bridesmaid Dresses | Bella Bridesmaids | Designer | The Dessy Group
We got SO lucky for this session! Right before sunset it was about to storm but the water and sky was this cool shade of aqua blue! Jonathan told me Elizabeth is basically a mermaid because they have so much mermaid decor in their house (that’s a girl after my own heart!). Elizabeth and Jonathan live in Louisiana but Elizabeth is from Winter Haven originally. They have a love for the sea and fell in love with the Florida Aquarium for their wedding. 11.23.19 we are so excited to be right there by their side!!!
Today is graduation day for Delaynie! She’s worked so hard and graduates with a BA in Communication Sciences and Disorders. I did her senior portraits on some the the beautiful and iconic spots on USF’s campus. It’s also a little extra special because Delaynie is my cousin:-) All of my family members live quite a ways away so it has been so nice having family here in Tampa. Congratulations Delaynie, and go Bulls!!!
This sweet little lady turned 1!! Before her cake smash we got some pretty outdoor photos with everyone including grandparents and great grandma. One of my personal favs is the 4 generations of ladies on Rachel’s mom’s side:-) Rachel is the master of outfits and costumes so you’ll see how fabulous Lorelei’s birthday outfit topped off with a sparkly hat was! Lorelei wasn’t totally down with the cake smashing idea so her big brother Ezra stepped in to show her how it’s done. My other favorite one is the sweet little kiss he gave his sister, uh so much cuteness!