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!
Matt and Tracey are getting married at Safety Harbor Resort next March and they love the little downtown area at Safety Harbor. The historic tree in the square is one of those iconic spots and the light and greenery is just so pretty. We had so much fun with these two and can not wait until their wedding next year!
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!!!
Bethany and Brad are getting married next May at the Florida Aquarium! Bethany is from Florida and Brad is from Wisconsin so they wanted to do really cool Florida location to set the tone for their save the dates and I love this little hidden gem right on the water close to downtown Tampa. It had rained earlier in the day which settled the water and the sky to be a similar calm tone with a hint of pink, it was so pretty and fun!
Downtown Tampa’s got swag in so many different places. Sometimes I just like to meet somewhere I know is cool but just see what we see while walking around. Jessica and John were up for whatever and right down by the Rialto Theater there’s blue doors, beautiful light and we even found a cat mural:-)
Ivanna and CJ are getting married at Stonebridge this coming November and it’s such a gorgeous property they decided to do their engagement session there as well! I mean, literally so many beautiful spots, we’ve photographed lots of weddings and events over the years there and there’s endless prettiness there. As you can see we had a blast just hanging out and having fun. Their outfit choices and colors were totally on point and looked amazing!! So fun working with you guys!!
Michelle and Ryan are getting married 2.1.20 at Covington Farm! When we were were talking engagement sesh locations she mentioned her parents are building a home in Tierra Verde. The views are stunning and bright coastal look was perfect. It’s not quite finished but how special to have these sweet moments there. Ryan is a Hillsborough County Fire Fighter so we incorporated his gear in some as well. So fun working with you guys!!
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!
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!!
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?
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!
Jen and Daniel and so funny and sweet, I loved photographing their engagement session! An extra cool fun fact is that we photographed Daniel's sister, Rachel's wedding 7 years ago:-) Jen made AMAZING outfit choices the gray and blue looked gorgeous with the brick and architecture at UT. The gray railings even matched perfectly.
There's a dock the rowers use right on the Hillsborough river and it is such a fantastic view of the city, similar to the views they had when they lived downtown.
After dusk we headed over to the front steps of the Le Meridien which was the historic courthouse built in 1905. Daniel is an attorney so totally his stomping ground. You can't get any more Tampa than the Tampa Theater. So that was our last stop doing some fun artsy lighting.
Julie and Charlie met while working for a small cruise line both of them in training to be cruise directors, how fun is that? Charlie loves all things Chicago, especially the Bears and Julie loves UF football! They are obsessed with their adorable pup, Cooper, and so we of course had to include him in their engagement session. Their wedding colors are navy and mint, and after some fun ones in their favorite jerseys, Julie changed into a flowy navy dress and Charlie a mint shirt and navy pants which looked so amazing with the sailboats and all the greenery ending with a gorgeous sunset! We can't wait until 8.4.18 when they say "I do"!!!
Marlaina and Tyler are getting married at the beautiful Bakers Ranch next February. They wanted to have their sweet puppy Tigger in some photos with them for their save the date on the property so their guests would already have an idea of the location. It had literally just poured a little while before their session but the rain really makes the greenery pop. It was a little before dusk so we still have the pretty natural light but you can see the market lights in the background. I'll have to blog their save the date as well it turned out so cute!
Violet and Geoffrey are just so natural and sweet, clearly meant to be with each other! They both went to USF for undergrad but never ran into each other while they were there. They met online and instantly became inseparable. I love their engagement story!! Violet had no idea that Geoffrey had been planning his proposal for weeks on a vacation they would be taking to St. Augustine. Geoffrey and Violet were walking around St Augustine near the Castillo de San Marcos. While they were walking along the fort and near the water, Geoffrey asked Violet where she sees herself in 10 years. Violet knew she wanted to spend her life with Geoffrey and mentioned she saw herself married to him. At that exact moment, Geoffrey said "I don't know about 10 years", then he got on one knee and asked Violet "how about 10 seconds? Will you marry me?" We can't wait until their Tampa Club Wedding 10.27.18!!!!
Jan and Mark are getting married next month! They wanted their engagement session to include their girls Jessica and Kd, Jessica's boyfriend Kyle, and of course all their pets! Jan had just gotten this sweet new Jeep which we had to use. I love this session because it's totally them at home with their family. Their dogs loved being in the photos, their cats not so much so they got their own portraits:-) We are SO looking forward to their wedding on June 9th!!!
This happens to be one of the most fun engagement sessions ever! When I met with Christine, she happened to tell me that her and Matt have a 1950's vintage tandem bicycle they are restoring together. It was pretty easy to decide what to do for their engagement session after that! We may have wreaked a little havoc on Bayshore but it was so much fun:-) They are going to have some bicycle accent details at their wedding and all their favs from this session are going to be designed into a custom sign in book. We can't wait to photograph their wedding 4.25.18!!
We always ask couples what they are most excited about getting married and I love that Holly said "Everything"! Holly is a Floridian, from Dunedin, and Rob is from Long Island. They choose the beautiful Philippe Park for their engagement session because they never tire of the beautiful views of Tampa Bay, those amazing huge mossy trees, and of course the Florida Sunshine. We are so excited and honored to photography their wedding 12.1.18 at Carlouel Yacht Club!!
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