{Annie & Justin @ The Ritz Carlton Beach Club}

Annie and Justin have the most amazing and fun group of family and friends.  Their wedding was at one of my all time favorite places, he Ritz Carlton Beach Club on Lido Beach. I can't really explain why, but it's just so relaxing and beautiful, even when I'm working I still feel relaxed just being there:-) Annie is a runner and she and her running buddies got up and ran 10 miles the morning of their wedding!  Justin and they guys were in fabulous seersucker suits with navy ties that looked amazing with the girls navy dresses.  Their wedding was on St. Patrick's day and there was little shamrocks on the ring bearers tie and a surprise guest during the reception I'll tell you about later.  We found the perfect, private spot on the low tide deck for their first look, so much happiness and a few tears.  So much gorgeous light even some surfing with the bridal party.  Right before the ceremony, their officiant, Craig, and his wife set the tone with a prayer of blessing over their ceremony and marriage. In Justin's vows he described the moment he knew that Annie was the one.  He was cheering her on at a marathon, and as he watched her cross the finish line he was overcome with unexplained emotion and he just knew.  While I was listening,  it was almost like time had stopped for just a second and we all got to be a part of feeling how much they love each other.  And then they were officially Mr. & Mrs. Cheek!  It could not have been a more gorgeous evening for their reception on the sunset terrace decorated with white and ivory florals and linens.  You'll see why they call it the sunset terrace.  They had a fabulous charcuterie table and all different action stations and instead of a cake had a dessert station with little mini apple crisps, key lime tarts, and strawberries and cream.  Annie told me she knew one of her guests was going to have some sort of surprise up their sleeve and in true St. Patty's day fashion he dressed up like a Leprechaun and made his big entrance.  Their wedding hashtag was #meanttobee and they had little honey bear favors for their guests.  Annie and Justin, congratulations, you guys deserve all the happiness and joy that life has to give.  Thank you for including us in your beautiful day!  xoxoxo
Venue | Ritz Carlton Beach Club | Florist | Flowers By Fudgie | Hair & Makeup | Ritz Carlton | DJ | DJ Kuma 

{Julie & Neil @Ritz Carlton Sarasota}

Julie and Neil are from the UK and had an intimate wedding with their family on a boat that left from the Ritz Carlton.  They love to vacation in Sarasota so it was the perfect location to get married!  We took a few photos at the Ritz then got on the boat and drove to the famous Ca d'Zan so they could have a beautiful backdrop during the ceremony. After the "I Do's" everyone celebrated with champagne and enjoyed dinner on the water.  Congrats Julie & Neil!!!  

Venue | Ritz Carlton Sarasota | Florist | The Flower Box | Boat | Captain Frank

Paula & Brannen Featured in Occasions Magazine

Hot off the presses! Paula & Brannen's pretty pink Ritz Carlton Wedding is featured both in Occasions Weddings Magazine and online!  I love real wedding print features because you get to hear intimate details about the wedding straight from the bride, what to splurge on, what to save on, what not to worry about.  It's also super fun to see how excited our couples are that their wedding is in print!  You all spend so much time making it personal and we love to share it with the world:-) 

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{Gail + Justin @ Ritz Carlton Beach Club}

Gail and Justin met at University of Tampa.  I love their engagement story, he totally surprised her and proposed as they went on a helicopter ride in Montreal!  They said their vows on a chillier than normal day on the beach here in Florida but so gorgeous!  Gail looked beautiful in her custom designed gown and Jimmy Choo's.  Justin and the boys had matching shoes and random fun socks.  Justin and his best man have known each other since 6th grade, they grew up outside of Philly together.  The colors were navy with lime green accents and actual limes!  They had a custom step and repeat monogram for their guests to have fun being photographed with as well.  Now, Gail happens to be very good friends with two of our other brides, Lauren in fact was one of the bridesmaids so she and Chris might look familiar:-)  So we knew it was going to be a fun party and it was as you can see starting with the bridal party entrance.  There was a hilarious picture in the bathroom from Gail's bachelorette party.  They went on a cruise and on formal night Gail wore a $10 thrift store dress and the girls wore some pretty fantastic bridesmaid dresses as well.  Phase 5 rocked the party and everyone danced the night away.  Congrats you two it was amazing to be a part of! xoxox

Venue | Ritz Carlton Beach Club | Florals & Decor | MMD Events | Band | Phase 5 | Hair & Makeup | Ritz Carlton Salon | Gown | Anglo Couture


Ritz Carlton & Tearsheet Workshop

The ladies from the Ritz Carlton Salons in Sarasota and Orlando did a hands workshop with Tearsheet team editorial hair stylist Giovanni Guintalo.  Kristen, from Novella Style Group created some of the looks with wardrobe and accessories and the wedding gows were from The Perfect Dress. Giovanni is a trensetter in the fashion week and bridal arena, he gets to work with some of my favorites like Badgley Mischka, Kenneth Pool, and Christos.  I love anything fashion related, it helps me to be more creative and look for interesting ways to pose and use lighting.  The stylists did 2 different looks on each of 4 models over two days while I captured those looks in different locations, with different lighting, and lots of different poses and movement.  The Ritz Carlton Beach club is one of my favorite properties to photograph weddings in, and that was where we did everything.  It was nice to have time to play with different lighting situations and things I don't usually have time to do like with reflectors and using off camera flash in a totally different way.  Here's some of my favorites and some of the stylists hard at work as well.........

{Paula + Brannen @Ritz Carlton Beach Club}

Pretty, pink, romantic and sweet!  I love wedding day excitement and you could defiinitely feel it as the girls were getting ready:-)  While I was taking pictures of the dresses, Paula was in the other room and I happened to catch a shot of her peeking through the curtain to wave at her nieces.  Her dad walked in to see his gorgeous daughter and I love the reaction they all had together so sweet!  The ceremony was on the lawn at the Beach Club, girls in pink, guys in gray with pink ties.  Brannen, handsome as could be waiting for Paula to meet him at the end of the asile so they could say I do!  Their ring bearer carried a sign that said "Here Comes the Bride" at the beginning and then flipped it at the end to say "and they lived happily ever after".  Paula's bouquet had a special broach that was her grandmother's who couldn't be there.  The terrace was decorated with beautiful arrangements of hydragea's and roses with gold accents and crystals.  Her sash had a rhinestone Y in the middle for her new last name.  Paula's dad had some pretty amazing dance moves as everyone danced the afternoon away!  We loved capuring your special day congrats!!! xoxoxo

Venue: Ritz Carlton Beach Club, Hair/Makeup: Ritz Carlton Salon, Florals: Tiger Lily Flowers, DJ: Grant Hemond, Gown: Jon's Bridal, Cake: Ritz Carlton Beach Club

{Sarah + Troy @Ritz-Carlton Sarasota Beach Club}

Sarah and Troy's little pug was the cutest ring bearer with his little bow tie:-)  Their beautiful wedding was on the lawn at the Ritz-Carlton Beach Club.  Troy is so sweet and Sarah looked stunning!!!  The ivory and coral flowers and decor looked amazing on the lawn and outdoor balcony where the reception was located.  Their escort cards were custom drink coasters with a glass of champagne waiting for each guest.  That was a really unique touch I haven't seen before, love it!!!  That weekend the sunset seriously could not have been more perfect!  We got amazing pictures of them at that beautiful time of day and the pink sky was the backdrop for their reception.  Sarah and Troy, you were truly a joy to work with and thank you for letting us tell your story:-)  xoxoxoxo

Venue: Ritz-Carlton Sarasota Beach Club, Coordination: Burkle Events, Decor: MMD Events, Hair/Makeup: Colours by Linny, DJ: Chivari's: Signature Events, DJ: Iyrus Entertainment, Cake: Ritz-Carlton Sarasota Beach Club, Transportation: Deammaker Limo, Gown: Malindy Elene, Inivtations: Signature Collection, Stationary: Seaside Invitations