Let them Eat Cake @ Nova 535

There's way to much prettiness to even put into words in this shoot!  Marry Me Tampa Bay did a call out to bring together a team for this shoot at Nova.  Dena, from Lasting Luxe showed Staci, from Unique Weddings + Events the big fun hair styles she wanted to do and it turned into this Marie Antionette inspired fabulosity (I made that word up:-).  I love how intricate the details are, from the uber unique bouquets to the sugary custom designed cake pops each detail made this setting what it is.  We did the entire shoot inside NOVA 535 which was perfect since it was end of August in Florida.  Lighting is one of my favorite things, and for this shoot I used my 2 want lights that look like light sabers.  In order to get the setting, models, and details, I lit the subject evenly with the background so that it all looks awesome.  Styled shoots like this pushes everyones creativity and skills to the next level, and I think this team you see below rocked it!!  We had the most gorgeous and fun models as well, thank you Porchilla, Karla, and DeLisa!!! xoxoxo   
Publication Call Out | Marry Me Tampa Bay | Design, Planning, Production l UNIQUE Weddings + Events l Venue l NOVA 535 l Dessert l Sweetly Dipped Confections l Cake & Dessert l A Piece of Cake l Florals l Tailored Twig l Furniture l Style House Rentals l Linens l Over The Top l Gowns l Truly Forever Bridal l Hair & Makeup l Lasting Luxe l Draping & Lighting l On the Move Productions l Chargers l Signature Events l Table Settings l Coast to Coast Event Rentals l Video l Scatter Brothers l Decor l Events in Bloom l Stationery l Urban Coast | Models l Porchilla Charlton, Karla Mastracchino, DeLisa Silva

{Katie & Zachary @ Nova 535}

A couple of weeks before Katie and Zach's wedding, her dad called me to tell me about a little surprise he had planned for them that I'll tell you about at the end:-)  None of Katie's bridesmaids had seen her gorgeous gown so we setup a fun little moment for the girls to see her totally ready and it was priceless!  The ceremony and reception was at NOVA 535, which I absolutely love because it has such a cool and unique vibe, brick, artwork, and an amazing staff that made sure every detail was perfect.  The color palette was dark grey, ivory, and black with the perfect pop of color being the bridesmaids lilac dresses and accents in the cupcake tower.  Katie walked down the staircase to meet her dad and she and Zach were married by Katie's Godfather, Uncle Mike.  I loved spending those moments photographing Katie and Zach as a brand new Mr. & Mrs Fiorey, so much fun and happiness!  The reception was decorated with tall calla lilies and black linens, with a wedding #dangerzone, which is totally fitting since Zach is a fireman.  Katie and her mom had a little surprise two step for her uncle Mike with a song he had danced with Katie's mom to at her wedding.  Just before the end of the evening, Katie's dad got took the mic and told the story of Katie's first trip to Disney World when she was little.  She had seen Cinderella's carriage there and had always wanted to do something like that but had never gotten the chance.  They opened the doors and waiting out front for Katie was her cinderella princess exit from her wedding.  It was just the sweetest!!  Congrats Katie and Zach it was amazing!!! xoxoxo  
Venue | Nova 535 | Cake | The Cake Zone | Hair and Makeup | Michele Renee The Studio | Florist | For Better or Less | Catering | Orange Blossom Catering 

{Lauren & Ric @Postcard Inn and NOVA 535}

Lauren's engagement ring and wedding band have really pretty sapphires in them and Ric's gift to her was a sapphire bracelet.  She had sapphire blue wedges for their beach ceremony and heels with sparkly bottoms for the reception.  The lace detail on her wedding dress is actually part of her mother's wedding dress.  Ric and the boys had a lot of fun getting ready, including photos with Ric's dog, and some photo bombing from their neighbors at PCI.  He gave his groomsmen Oakleys for their gift which definitely came in handy for a sunny day at Pass a Grille.  After a beautiful ceremony and sunset on the beach it was off to Nova 535 for the reception.  Black linens with magenta orchids and uplighting decorated the room.  Rick loves Dave Matthews Band, so they danced their first dance to You and Me.  Lauren's dad gave the most amazing toast that had everyone in tears.  One of the appetizers Puff N Stuff does are these "cuban cigars" that are served in a cigar box and to die for!  Instead of a favor, they donated to the Malala Foundation which is such an awesome cause.  A little bit of poker and a lot of dancing and amazing moments were had by all!  Congrats Lauren and Ric!!! xoxoxo

Getting Ready | Postcard Inn | Ceremony Coordination | Tide the Knot | Reception | Nova 535 | Florals | Carter's Florist | Catering | Puff N Stuff | Cake | The Cake Zone

Brides Against Breast Cancer Coming to NOVA 535!

We are very selective about what bridal shows we participate in, but when Brides Against Breast Cancer called me about their upcoming show I had to say yes!  Almost everyone knows a friend of family member who has had breast cancer, last year for me it was my mom.  Fortunately, they caught it very early, and after having a single mastectomy she is doing great!  So, this cause is near and dear to me:-)  If you don't know about BABC, here's some stats I pulled from their website:

  • Brides Against Breast Cancer sells all brands of designer and couture, new and lovingly worn wedding gowns.
  • Brides Against Breast Cancer will contribute $2 million dollars to help people impacted by cancer this year.
  • Brides Against Breast Cancer will distribute more than 10,000 breast “self-exam" cards yearly.
  • Gown prices start as low as $99 and range up to $3,900.
  • Gowns are available in sizes from 2 to 24.
  • The average gown price is $600.
  • We carry bridal accessories including tiaras, veils, slips and more.
  • We have a dress to fit any bridal budget and wedding theme. A convenient layaway plan is available.
  • The most popular gown styles are mermaid, lace, and gowns with a "sweetheart" neckline. 
  • We also offer reception dresses, bridesmaid dresses and mother-of-the-bride gowns in our Bridal Boutique.
  • To register for a show, or for more information visit www.bridesabc.org/upcomingevents or call 1.877.721.HOPE.
  • If you have already said “I DO” and want to donate your gown, please visit www.bridesabc.org/donations to learn more. Your donations are tax deductible.

There will be lots of beautiful gowns, giveaways, and we'll be there!  Sunday November 3rd at Nova 535!

{Carrie + Mike @NOVA 535}

Retro flare mixed with night club casino royale! Who would have thought this could be pulled off at a wedding, but Carrie and Mike’s wedding at Postcard Inn and Nova 535 was the perfect match.  They got ready and saw each other for the first time at PCI.  The centerpiece in the ceremony was a backdrop made of 2 white doors and a red door in the middle.  The courtyard was lined with black chairs and glass vases with submerged red roses.   Even though Mike had already seen Carrie, he was still in awe of how gorgeous she looked as walked arm in arm with her dad.   Mike broke the glass and the party didn’t stop!  The inside of NOVA is exposed brick with shadowy lighting and artwork.  The centerpieces and florals had succulants and white and deep magenta.  In cocktail hour their guests played poker, got their caricatures sketched and had some photo booth fun.  They had glow sticks and all kinds of fun stuff for their guests to wear.  The biggest surprise of the evening, even we didn’t know about!  Mike LOVES and Michael Jackson and so he made an appearance and everyone had a blast with his performance and dancing along especially MikeJ  One of the most unique and fun receptions we have seen.  Congrats Carrie and Mike!! xoxoxo

Venue: Nova 535, Hair/Makeup: Colors by Linny, Catering: Stone Chef, Florals: X Floral Design, Cake: Publix, Officiant: Tom Greene