Jessica and Jody had the prettiest intimate wedding at the French Country Inn at Cross Creek Ranch. Jessica's sister, Carley, was her maid of honor and Jody's twin brother, Cody, was his Best Man. Jessica's dad and her son Cooper walked her down the aisle to meet Jody. The patio was strung with lights and decorated with blush linens, silver place settings and white, blush and greenery. I love their favor, it was custom popcorn with a sign that said "thank you for popping by". They ate and toasted and danced under the twinkle lights it was perfect. Congrats Jessica and Jody, thank you for having us be a part of it!!! xoxoxox
Venue | Cross Creek Ranch | Officiant | Sensational Ceremonies | Catering | Catered By Vesh | Florist | Alta Fleura | Cake | Alessia's Bakery | DJ | Rick Vellum
Lu wore 3 gorgeous gowns on her wedding day. For the ceremony, she wore a lace sleeved gown with a long train and chapel length veil, with red platform sneakers underneath! Alex was in a black tux with a white jacket and bowtie, so handsome! He had pure joy on his face as he saw Lu being escorted down the aisle by her brother. They had the perfect December day for their outdoor ceremony and reception at Cross Creek Ranch. The patio was draped in lights with gold, pink, and wine accents. They included subtle hints of 2 of their favorite things, a little spider man was peeking out from under the cake and their M&M had their photos as kids and a Darth Vader! Lu changed into a lace party dress for the reception that was totally for dancing. Later in the evening they snuck out and Lu changed into her 3rd outfit for a fabulous surprise Tango! So many amazing moments, thank you Lu and Alex for having us be a part of it!!
Venue | Cross Creek Ranch | Hair and Makeup | Style Hair and Makeup | Catering | Cater by Vesh | Videographer | Lucky Lemon Films | Officiant | Sensational Ceremonies | Florist | Alta Fleur | Cake | Alessi Bakery | Musician | Rick Mellum
Rocky and Evelyn's wedding story is like none other we've done before:-) You might not know this but in Tampa there are police officers whose full time job is helping provide help and services to the homeless. This is how Officer Dan McDonald met Rocky and Evelyn as they had been homeless, living in a tent in the woods the past 3 years off of Manhattan and Interbay. Yes, that is South Tampa. The story began with him getting them a $93 marriage license so it would become easier for them to get housing. Bonnie & Sean, who own Cross Creek Ranch, saw the story on the news and offered to give this couple the wedding of their dreams. When Bonnie called and told me the story, and asked if we would photograph it I couldn't have been more excited, and honored to be included.
Their wedding date was 4.1.16, April Fools day, which I don't think could have been more appropriate! I got to know Evelyn and hear a little about her story while she was getting ready. She's a fellow Ohioan like me and was so nervous and so excited for this day to be here. The team at Cross Creek and every wedding professional involved made sure every single detail was perfect and really showed such love to a couple who was not only getting married, but celebrating a new start to their life. Their little dog Princess was the flower girl and when Rocky saw Evelyn walk down the aisle he said "WOW" and had the best reaction.
Their story has been on all the local news channels as well as ABC, NBC, the Today Show, Inside Edition and the list goes on. The title is usually something like "Homeless Couple Gets Dream Wedding", but Evelyn and Rocky aren't homeless anymore. They went from living in the woods the day before their wedding to staying at the B&B at Cross Creek, 2 nights at the Hilton, and then Monday April 4th moving into their very own completely furnished apartment! At the rehearsal dinner, Officer Dan surprised them with the keys to their very own apartment and are part of the Permanent Supportive Housing Program which helps get them working and back on their feet again. Nancy and Jean, from Cross Creek, even brought them their very first dinner in their new place. It was amazing to be a part of this dream team of companies that came together to do something positive out of love, and because we could. I can't wait to deliever their wedding album full of all these moments to them! Congrats Rocky & Evelyn!!!
Venue | Cross Creek Ranch | Wedding Day Hair & Makeup | Collective Creations | Salon Services | Marissa Bernal | Bridal Headband | Be Free Hair Apparel | Gown | The White Closet | Videography | Imagery Wedding Films | Cake | Alessi Bakeries | Transportation | Tampa Airport Transportation | Flowers | Alta Fleura | DJ | Grant Hemond | Harpist | Kristen Hoyos | Catering | Hungry Harry's | Hotel | Hilton Garden Inn Tampa/Brandon | Wedding Rings | The Gold & Diamond Source | Spa Services | Devine Designs | Tuxedos | Men's Warehouse
Lauren wore a beautiful layered organza gown, but underneath she wore teal and brown cowboy boots (with socks that had raccoons on them of course:-) On the stem of Lauren's bouquet was lace with buttons that happened to be a part of her mother's wedding gown. Brian had 2 groomsmen and a groomswoman, she wore the same dress as the bridesmaids but the same color as the guys suits. While we were doing photos them his grandmother arrived and just had the sweetest reaction to seeing her grandson. Their ceremony was on the lawn, through white double doors with a rustic wooden arch. After they were officially the new Mr & Mrs, Brian jumped up and down with excitement, literally. We love working with the team at Cross Creek because they make everything seamless and are so helpful. I had this idea to backlight Lauren & Brian behind these stained glass windows and Nancy jumped right in and held the flash for me:-) One of the test shots is my favorite. The antique barn was draped in twinkling lights, lanterns, birdcages, and lace. They had ribs and bbq for the reception and one of Lauren's friends made a perfectly matching "bridal smock" so she didn't get anything on her pretty dress. Seriously, genius! One the dancing got under way, Lauren's grandfather said to me "I don't ever dance, but I have to with my beautiful granddaughter on her wedding day." Those are the moments in life that matter and are really just so beautiful. That hat with tuelle blusher on it was actually the hat Lauren's mom wore on her wedding day:-) The very last dance was just Lauren and Brian on the dance floor enjoying the final minutes of their perfect day. Congrats!!! xoxoxo
Venue | Cross Creek Ranch | Cake Artist | Alessi Bakery | Caterer | Hungry Harry's BBQ | Florist | Alta Fleur | Hair & Makeup | Mikel's Paul Mitchell Experience | DJ | Grant Hemond