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!
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!
It's pouring outside as I'm posting this, which is funny because with this crazy Florida summer rain we had to reschedule Melanie & Josh's engagement session 3 times. Fourth time was a charm and we had a gorgeous day for their Curtis Hixon Park Engagement session! Melanie's black lace Tieks matched her dress perfectly (and were super cute:-) I can't wait until 3.10.18 when they will become the official Mr. & Mrs. Renzoni!!! xoxox
The day we did Brianna and Martin's session it rained the entire day except for literally the 1 hour we were shooting! I love the dark purple and black colors against the green and mossy trees! They are getting married in North Carolina 6.4.16 next year and I get to go with them:-) A huge thank you to Karnes Stables for allowing us to use their beautiful property!!
Haley & Jordan are from Texas and they met summer of 2008 while working at a camp for kids. Haley joined Jordan at Texas A&M where he got his masters in Sports Management and she got her bachelors of science. Their relationship has spanned the miles over the past 3 years. Jordan moved to Tampa to work for the Bucs, and after finishing her boards for physical therapy, Haley is moving here this month and they are getting married 7.25.15! They are just the sweetest, fun loving couple, up for anything. I thought Ybor would be a great welcome to Tampa engagement session:-)
Siera and Eric and both FSU fans, and Eric was able to propose to her inside the stadium in Tallahassee! They were going to meet her family for dinner when they stopped at the stadium (which was under construction) and one of the gates was open! Eric had the ring with him and was planning to propose that day, but he couldn't resist this opportunity of having the stadium all to themselves! What an awesome story they will have to tell for years to come. It was actually a chilly day (by Florida standards:-) for their engagement session. The breeze, and beautiful light, along with this gorgeous couple could not have been more perfect! Looking forward to their big day 11.14.15!
One of my all time favorite events to photograph is surprise proposals! T.J. called me and said he wanted to propose to Brooke with the Lights of Tampa Festival in the background. He had planned a scavenger hunt for her when she got home from work and it ended with him down on one knee in front of the beautiful night sky. It was actually a pretty chilly by Florida standards, and T.J knew Brooke would be cold so he brought hot hands and even had some extra ones for me! We had T.J. spot lit with 2 video lights to get the festival in the background. When Brooke walked up he read her a letter and then asked her to marry him, she said yes!
Kayla and Alex met in the 9th grade and they are tying the knot on 11.28.15! They love the outdoors and have the most adorable little 5 month old boy that keeps them very busy. The pretty lighting and canopy of trees at Lettuce Lake Park was perfect.
I had so much fun photographing these 2! All we did is literally laugh and goof around the entire time:-) Pair them with some pretty lighting and it's just plain engagement session bliss. I love how the coral and gray outfits coordinated together, and can I mention Lyani's amazing hair? Darren is a big tough football player but she definitely gave him a run for it. LOVE!
Today is one of our favorite holidays (even though it's a Hallmark holiday:-) What's better than showing love to others? Here's a little super sneak of Lyani and Darren's engagement love! Happy Valentine's Day!!!
Melissa & Brian met while working at the same place. Brian invited Melissa over to play video games one time and she was hooked:-) This session is just so "them", they love the outdoors and really just laughing and fun. Engagement session perfection!
These 2 met while in Alaska playing shuffleboard:-) Jake is in the Coast Guard and Kate is a Pharmacist and they moved to Florida when Jake got stationed here. I LOVE Kate's hair (by Naz from Collective Creations), it was a long braid wrapped in a smaller one. Trees with colorful leaves are pretty rare here I feel like, but there was a gorgeous row of trees with red leave, lots of laughing due to a random onlooker, and beautiful light!! xoxoxo
We've gotten to really flex our creative muscles lately on our engagement sessions! This one especially! When I met with Christina and Adam, they wanted to really do something unique, Adam loves cigars so I suggested possibly a cigar factory in Ybor. Now, I didn't know anyone who I could get access to at the time, but thankfully facebook is a wealth of resources:-) One of our previous groom's hooked us up with the J.C. Newman Cigar Company and they were so nice to allow us to use their space! It was gorgeous, all hardwood and exposed brick walls with amazing staircases and windows. Super photographer candy:-) Christina and Adam had the perfect outfits and style, it turned out amazing!! I can't wait till their wedding this November!!!! xoxoxo
It was a beautiful day in Tampa for Nikki and Josh's engagement session! Nikki is using chalk boards as accents to some of her wedding details and I love the cute ones they brought with! Apparently Josh is on his phone all the time, you'll see what I mean:-) They are both firefighters which I think is amazing, and just the sweetest couple. I am so looking forward to their wedding coming up in April! xoxoxo