Promise Love Foundation - Photos with Santa 2015

We worked with the Promise Love Foundation and High Hopes in High Heels for the first annual photos with Santa event!  We found out there is a specific age range of #santahaters, which usually fell between 12 months - 2.5 years old:-) Lots of lifelong memories were made and some of our favs are below!  This event raised over $1300 to support adoption, and this along with other donations received, allowed Promise Love Foundation to exceed the goal amount for the current family they are patterning with, the Pucovsky family.  Thank you to all who came out for some holiday fun and the event contributors below! 
Santa | Venue | Creative Loafing | Face Painting | Sarah Sinteff | Santa’s Chair | Tufted Vintage Rentals | DJ | DJ Astylez | Linens | Core Concepts

The Official Team N

This week I got to photograph 2 adoption days!  This one is extra special because Gisselle is our daughter, Maddie's, sister.  She's an adorable, spunky, 3 year old now, but Holly and Saul have had her as a part of their family since she was only 3 months old as a foster child.  Holly use to do my hair at her house, and I remember the first time I met that sweet little baby right when she was about 4 months old.  Back then, I never would have guessed the journey both of our families has gone on that came together with these sweet girls.  Gisselle was their first foster child, and at that point foster or adoption for my husband David and I was not even on the horizon. 3 years later we got to be there as the judge had everyone raise their right hands and promise to love and care for Gisselle as a part of their forever family. There is nothing sweeter. 

The Official J Team

Tuesday September 23rd was adoption day for Lisa and Fred's 3 children!  Even though they are ending one chapter there is many more to come with them officially becoming Team J!  I absolutely love photographing this  event, it's literally a 10 minute court hearing but is actually the legal finalization of the adoption process.  Many times this process is very long and sometimes has winding roads with bumps and hills so when you finally get to the finalization it's one of the most amazing things ever.  Check out more of their story on the Promise Love Blog!  Congrats Lisa & Fred!! 

The First Promise Love Family

This was a very short, simple family portrait session, and hot since it's July in Florida!  But, one of my all time favorite!  Why you may ask?  There's nothing flashy or over the top?  Well, this is the very first family portrait of Lisa and Fred with 3 three children that they are adopting.  It is so special because they are siblings that are able to grow up together with amazing parents because Lisa and Fred are adopting them from the foster system.  They are also the very first Promise Love Foundation family that we were able to help!  I'm going to mix a little personal passion with business here, but many of you know that my friend Holly and I started the foundation to both raise awareness, and funds for families hoping to adopt.  At times it's overwhelming and scary to work hard and put feet to your passion but when you do big things can happen.  Our dream is to help lots of and lots of kids become part of forever families and hopefully make a difference in the world! 

5 Year Anniversary and Surprise Unveiling

I always love throwing fab parties!  Our 5 year anniversary and introducing a new venture was the perfect reason!  I wanted the theme to be mystery and elegance because of the surprise we would be unveiling and I love all things pretty:-)  We are so fortunate to work with the best in the industry here in the Tampa Bay area and I can not thank everyone involved enough for their hard work and amazingness on this event.  Everyone listed below are not only talented in what they do but also some of the best people both in character and friendship that I know. Jenny and Anthony Sanschagrin from 1930 Grande, Linda Somersall from Linda Marie Weddings, and Jana Stall from Events in Bloom are all to thank for making my small vision a gorgeous reality.  They know me so well and I can not thank them enough for seriously how perfect everything was!  

Florals and linens were white with lots of crystals, textured aqua linens, and Jana even incorporated votives with a chevron pattern.  uDream Events did our aqua glow bars for the sushi station and mobile bar.  FH weddings black and white chic furniture created a perfect lounge space.  The food and red velvet signature Lovetini were over the top delicious.  RJ, from the Production Crew took care of the sound, visuals, stage and one of my favorite things was the live twitter feed we had.  I LOVE social media so everyone's tweets and pictures were projected on the walls.  Monique, from Shutterbooth brought Open Booth and also another super cool thing.  At the event you could put #carriewildes on instagram and your photos would print out at the Glam Station.  

Everyone that knows me knows I love wedding cake, and we had a Cake Boss Style unveil in the center of the room with a sequin and chevron encrusted decadent red velvet creation by Alla and Boris from The Cake Zone.  The perfect addition to cake is delicious Gelato from the best, the Gelato Carte.  The girls from Aquali Bridal matched the cocktail models hair/makeup exactly with the florals and decor.  With the theme being mysterious, we had Nathan Coe Marsh perform some of his illusions that I think we are still trying to figure out!  Cory, from Grant Hemond was our MC and DJ extraordinaire.  All the stationery from invitations to menus and tent cards were done by Invitation Galleria also incorporating a little chevron.  My husband, David, even surprised me with a very sweet speech and a dozen roses!

The thing I was most excited about was our surprise unveiling.  It was something no one would ever guess and we did a pretty good job keeping it a secret:-)  Many of you know that David and I are foster parents, and we had a pretty tough year in 2013 with a sweet little baby we had for 6 months.  The short version of the is, together, Holly Nazario and I came up with the idea to start a foundation to start breaking down the financial barriers so that more people can adopt and give so many children that need it a forever family.  The foundation is named after our foster baby, Promise Love.  We hope to help people get the most important gift that can be given family.  It's in the beginning stages but are VERY excited to see where God takes this.  I can not thank Alex and Jocelyn from Voila Cinematic enough for the time and work they put into this video below.  

Venue | 1930 Grande Room | Cuisine | StoneChef Caterers | Florals | Events In Bloom | Coordination | Linda Marie Weddings & Events | Open Booth and Glamstation | Shutterbooth | Production, AV, Live Twitter Feed | The Production Crew | DJ & MC  | Grant Hemond | Linens | Kate Ryan Linens | Stationery | Invitation Galleria | Entertainment | Nathan Coe Marsh | Cake | The Cake Zone | Gelato | The Gelato Carte | Furniture | FH Weddings | Promise Love Video | Voila Cinematic | Models Hair & Makeup | Aquali Bridal | Carrie's Hair & Makeup | Collective Creations | Glow Bars | uDream Events