Emily LOVES penguins, I mean who doesn’t right?:-) The only place I know of where you can have penguins as wedding guests is the Florida Aquarium! Once everyone was down front the penguins joined them by walking down the aisle! The lilac roses and magenta orchids looked amazing with the deep purple dresses the girls wore and the gray the guys wore. They danced up a storm at the reception and everyone literally had the best time ever! Congratulations Emily & Bryan!! xoxox
You might recognize the bride in this one, Haley has been one of our own team members for 6 years now and I can't even describe how happy I am to see her this happy! She and Mitchell have definitely found their person. They wanted an intimate but beautiful location and Haley told me when she walked into Fancy Free she knew it was perfect. It is such a cool spot and the best part is since it's a plant nursery by day it's covered in greenery and so pretty! Haley got ready in a the little room that is actually the front of where the ceremony was. It was draped in greenery and had the perfect window light. Her best friend Ginger was by her side to make sure everything was perfect. While she was getting ready we were talking about wedding #s and Haley said they didn't have one so #gettinmitched popped into my head and then one of her friends added 224 so it was #gettinmitched224 for the perfect hashtag! Haley is an amazing mom to her two boys, Kyson and Taylor and they were so excited to see her in that gown. I made them wait until she was totally ready so they could do a little first look:-) Kyson happened to find the boxes of Mini Doughnuts and snuck a little peek! When Mitchell arrived, his brother Ben, and Kyson helped him finish getting ready. He looked so handsome in that navy suit and burgundy tie. The ceremony was set in the foyer with white garden chairs. Haley entered towards the front and met Kyson and Taylor to hand her off to Mitchell. The shared their own vows with each other and my favorite moment was when Mitchell promised to love the boys as his own and that they were now officially a family! There's SO many amazing spots for photos at Fancy Free and just around the corner with the brick buildings and rows of street lights. On the wall of the Rialto there are different things written on the bricks and one of them said "I don't believe in Magic" and under it said "You will when you see her". They had a low key reception with amazing food from their favorite local spots under the lights on the out door patio. They had a little surprise for everyone that I was super excited about! Haley has a little baby bump and is due in July. They had told everyone that they weren't going to find out the gender, but decided to turn their cake cutting into a gender reveal! Only me and one other person knew that so I had Kandice use my phone to video it and I posted that at the very bottom so you can watch too! Their mom's reactions were the absolute best. I thought it was a girl, Haley has said the entire time it is a boy and she was right!! When they cut into the cake the frosting was blue. Best surprise ever!!!! There's a little spot I had been dying to shoot at about a block away. It's a lighted art piece on top of a building that says "Can you stand perfectly still and hold this moment open?" The perfect ending to the evening! Congrats Haley & Mitchell it was amazing. So excited for your sweet family and Colton Grady on the way! xoxoxo
Venue & Florals | Fancy Free Nursery | Doughnuts | Mini Doughnut Factory | Officiant | Suzanna Johnson | Gown | CC's Bridal | Hair | Brianna Alessandra Beauty | Makeup | Jess Waldrop | Catering | Gold Ring | Cake | Goldie's Goodies
We have been dying to have of our couples wedding prettiness published on the Wedding Chicks blog! It is such a great place for brides to get inspiration and has over a million followers so it's an honor to be recognized by them! Gianna & Cody had the most beautiful outdoor wedding with jewel toned bridesmaid dresses and antique details. It's Gianna's birthday week too so a perfect little surprise for her:-) Check out the full feature by clicking on the photo below!
Sandra and David are both from Jamaica and have known each other since high school! They had friends and family travel from all over Canada, U.S. and Jamaica to come witness this beautiful day! A very good friend and best man MC'd the entire evening as well as gave a hilarious yet meaningful toast. Family members and a surprise guest on the phone from Jamaica give a toast as well. A family friend of theirs also sang "At Last" for them, it was beautiful!! Congrats Sandra & David!!! xoxox
Lindsay and Tim saw but didn't see each other before the wedding:-) The girls were in Lilac and eggplant dresses and the boys in dark gray with blue shirts. Lyndsay wore a beautiful lace gown with a sash and rhinestone encrusted teal heels with I Do on the bottom. Tim's gift to Lyndsay was a beautiful bracelet and her gift to him was a journal she hand wrote in and some of his favorite things including a t-rex mug and a shot. They said their I do's on the waterfront and instead of sand did a butterfly release together. The reception decor was deep jewel toned blue and purple with the most amazing sparkly cake! We had a beautiful evening for those pretty dusk and night time photos as well. Lyndsay hand made the card box, mason jars with candy for the favors and purple and blue bubbles for their exit! Congrats Lyndsay and Tim!!!! xoxoxo
Venue | Rusty Pelican | Officiant | Pastor Jerry Rittenhouse | Florist | Arlene Floral Designer | Hair Stylist | Tasha Bedwell | DJ | Hardy & Co | Musician | Bella Musica | Transportation | Tampa Limo's | Cake | Alessi Bakery
Robin and Armin had a very beautiful outdoor wedding at the Davis Island Garden Club! Robin and her bridesmaids started off their day at the Westin Harbour Island, which is just across the river. We could actually see the venue space from Robin's room! Robin gave all of her girls a little necklace with the first letter of on it as a small thank you for being a part of her big day! Then we went outside and took some shots with the city in the background and were quickly on our way to get Robin hitched! Armen wore his father's wedding band and watch. He gave each of his groomsmen a grill see it a beautiful case. The ceremony was filled with many tears and smiles as Robin and Armen said their vows. After that it was time for some wedding party photos and then PARTYYY! Their outdoor reception had a very rustic/vineyard style with lots of gorgeous florals. Robin had custom pillows made, their seating chart hung in a picture frame from a tree, she had a smokes bar, scotch bar, and a sweets table including s'mores! The food was absolutely delicious and the menus were printed on little bags with bread in them to go with the salad. The band C'nergy kept the night very fun and entertaining! Congrats Robin and Armen!!! xoxoxo
Venue | Davis Island Garned Club | Hotel | Westin Harbour Island | Sweets Table | Hands On Sweets | Caterer | Good Food Catering | Event Coordinator | Event Design | Officiant | Sensational Ceremonies | Hair and Makeup | Collective Creations | Musician | C'nergy Band | Florist | Event Design | Transportation | Ambassador Limo | Gown Boutique | CC's Boutique | Stationary | Tampa Calligraphy | Cake | K's Custom Cakes
Shanel and Dwayne united not just themselves, but their two beautiful daughters with their wedding! The girls had pretty flower girl dresses and even mini veils to wear. Dwyane is very funny and sweet, there was a lot of laughter throughout the day and some funny moments and emotional ones as well. Shanel had the traditional something old; her grandmother's ring, something borrowed; her bridesmaids' earrings, something blue; her garter, and her something new was her dress! All of their friends and family were so excited to celebrate this momentus day! Everything was accented in turquoise! Flowers, linens, the boys tuxes, and their ice sculpture where blue martinis were served from! The cake sat on top of a glass table with blue and creme flowers underneath. Everyone danced, ate, drank, and had an amazing time!! Congrats Shanel and Dwayne!!!! xoxoxo
Sarah looked stunning in her beautiful lace gown and blush pink heels. Sarah and Danny met at a coed soccer tournament they were both playing in. Shortly after, their first date was at a Miami Hurricane football game. One of my favorite things they did was as people walked out to the ceremony there was a basket with an instruction guide for all of there guests. Genius! It had things like when you can eat your salad, that there is pool and shuffleboard, and that instead of a guestbook they had a sign in canvas from their engagement session. That was my little addition:-) I love this idea because it's not something I've seen before and it was everything guests would ask! They had a beautiful outdoor ceremony and then guests enjoyed cocktails and all kinds of deliciousness from Puff N Stuff. Pepin has so many cool little spots for photos I love it! Dancing, lots of fun moments, and their guests each left with little rum cakes in mason jars. Congrats Sarah and Danny it was amazing! xoxoxo
Venue | Pepin Hospitality Center | Caterer | Puff N Stuff | Florist | Buds Blooms And Beyond | Hair and Makeup | Lasting Luxe | DJ | Grant Hemond | Gown Boutique | Olga's Bridal | Cake | The Cake Zone
Lindsay and Daniel had a very sweet wedding at Van Dyke Church, the church they grew up in. From purple flowers and dresses to custom made purple converse the day went of without a hitch minus some rain for good luck! They even made their own photo booth for guests to use at the reception. Lindsay's new mother in law gave her a pin from the family wear on her dress and her grandmother did the same as well. So Lindsay had a little piece of both sides of the family to carry around with her. We had so much fun shooting this sweet, fun, purpletastic wedding!
Ciara and Nate met in the Army and both LOVE animals! They already gotten married while in Afghanistan to keep them from getting separated from each other. All the girls wore cowboy boots, and the boys wore Converse with green laces. Ciara's garter was camo with an Army badge on it. Their dog and Ciara's sister's dog also walked down the aisle and were part of the bridal party. It was a very rainy day, but that didn't stop them from having their ceremony outside under umbrellas. Their flower girls and ring bearer were adorable and the ring bearer actually slept all the way down the aisle. Their color was green so it must have been for extra good luck! Instead of gifts, they asked their guests to donate to an animal shelter, which I think is an awesome idea. There were chalkboards with paw prints, special green drinks, and black damask linens. It was all about celebrating with friends and family, and that they did:-) Congrats Ciara and Nate!! xoxoxo
Yellow and gray, paper pinwheels everywhere, hints of succulents, milk glass, mercury glass, chevron. Melissa and Stephen's wedding was completely gorgeous and amazing!! Melissa's gown was beautiful layered organza with a gray sash and jewels. When her dad saw her all he could say is WOW:-) The girls had giant paper flowers instead of bouquets, which is what was the finishing touch for the head table. They got married as the sun was setting on the 7th floor sky terrace and then headed to the top floor for a cocktails, dinner, and dancing. It was the most perfect evening, especially for their guests to be on the outdoor deck overlooking the lights on the bay. We are so happy we got to be a part of Melissa and Stephen's special day! Congrats you guys!!! xoxox
Venue | Westin Tampa Bay | Coordination | Premier Style Events | Decor | MMD | Sweets | Chic Sweets | Cake | Let Them Eat Cake | Gown | The White Closet | DJ | Grant Hemond | Photobooth | Shutterbooth
Is there really anything better than penguins as guests at your wedding? Kim and Josh were super excited to have the penguins come out and surprise everyone at the end of their ceremony at the aquarium:-) Right before the processional started, Josh sat down next to Kim's mom to say hi it was so sweet! Kim has 2 sisters, one of them being her twin sister Melissa. Her sister Jessica's little baby Nya was one of the flower girls and just a cute little smiley doll. We love the aquarium because it's a really fun, and challenging lighting situation that you can just really be creative with the tanks, fog, and all the interesting places to shoot. Hot pink and white with just a little bit of orange and green. Their glass center pieces had tiny penguins in them and the cake was a work of art! Congrats Kim and Josh!!!! xoxoxox
Whenever I get hand written cards in the mail it makes my day, especially a compliment like this! Thank you so much for the super sweet note Danielle and Michael:-) I had to share the love!
You could feel the joy and emotion as Ashley walked down the aisle to say "I Do" to Darren:-) Pink, gold, and ivory florals and accents and brown textured linens looked amazing for their beautiful spring wedding. They both love country music and kicked it up with cowboy boots during the reception. Riverhills has this really cool archway of trees and lights at night, I love the dramatic pictures we got of them at night. The ended the evening with a sparkler exit and rode off in a hummer limo. Congrats you two it was amazing!! xoxoxo
It's March! Which doesn't mean basketball season for us, although I do cheer for Purdue:-) March is wedding season and there could not have been a better way to kick it off than Lauren and Chris' wedding. They guys, hilarious, and colored arguile socks, oh yes. Lauren looked stunning and it was a day of so much joy and fun. She had a beautiful long train and it was like a wind tunnel over by the Tampa theater which was perfect! The University Club was decked out in light pink, ivory, and white. They wanted it to be the most fun celebrationand it definitely was! I don't think I've ever seen the dance floor packed before the bridal party even entered the room. It was a non-stop party and DeLeon was their live band who seriously rocked it into being the best party ever! The ever talented Lauren even took the stage for some Sweet Caroline. A couple of their guests wanted to make sure they knew their guests enjoyed the extra special things they did for the reception and started a new fun tradition that we're going to try as well. Seriously, this is why we LOVE what we do! Congrats Lauren and Chris! xoxoxoxo
Church: Sacred Heart, Reception: University Club, Coordination: Sally Crumbley, Sallee Florals: The Potting Shed, Entertainment: DeLeon, Videography: Hearts Video, Cake: Greenwise Publix, Transportation: Blue One Transportation, Stationary: Bradley Engraved Stationery,
Dawn and Jason planned a classic and romantic red, black, and white wedding. Dawn was so happy and excited to walk down the aisle. Jason is very funny and unpredictable, after they were announced for the first time at the end of the ceremony he high fived the entire first row:-) I love the lighting and fountains at Pepin especially in the evening, and the flowers on top of the gate matches the bridal party perfectly! When the band can go from playing Taylor Swift, to AC/DC, to that Party Rockin song it doesn't get any better than that! They also did something special for the kids there, the MOH and best man did the teddy bear toss which I hadn't seen before, but they loved it! Kandice was shooting with me and thought of my new favorite ring shot! Since it was 11.12.11 and they have pool tables....you'll see:-) It was an amazing day that we so enjoyed being a part of. Congrats Dawn and Jason!! xoxoxoxo
St. Paul Lutheran Church has a really cool red door and gorgeous warm light streaming through the stained glass. Lori looked stunning as she walked down the aisle to see Patrick for the first time. Lori chose white lilies, hydrangea, and roses for her bouquets and for their beautiful center pieces which looked amazing with the eggplant linens. While Patrick was dancing with his mom, the ring bearer gave Lori a huge hug, maybe a little bit too big:-) They had one of the best and un-suspecting cake smashings ever! Congrats to the new Mr and Mrs!!
Karla and Troy did their first look before the ceremony with their bridal party there to celebrate! They have the cutest little girl, Kennedy and she was so excited to see her mom walk down the aisle:-) The girls wore navy and the florals and accents were pops of green, pink, and orange. It was a little bit of formal with a whole lot of fun. Karla changed into a chic party dress for the reception, they love to dance and Felix definitely rocked the party! So many fun moments, congrats you two!!
Seriously, I have never seen a gown like this. Amanda looked stunning in her ice pink gown with a flowing 3 tiered train. You would never guess that she is a Navy helicopter pilot! She and Shreve said their I Do's under the big oak tree at the Lange Farm. Burgandy, silver, and pink accented the ceremony and reception. Sylense and Linda captured their beautiful story and as I was going through the images I noticed one of our couples Bridgette and Tim, that are getting married in September this year! Amanda and Shreve have a really amazing story, they met at Stumps Supper Club, which is were we did their engagement session and have overcome the miles apart they have had to be during their relationship, Tampa, Pensacola, Michigan, Las Vegas, Corpus Christie, San Diego and deployment for Amanda in December. Their story was actually featured in the St. Pete Times on Sunday, you can read the full story here.
Venue: The Lange Farm, Catering: Catering by the Family, DJ: Grant Hemond, Cake: Chocolate Pi, Florals: Sherwood Florist, Videography: Trinity Wedding Video, Transportation: Ambassador Limo, Hair and Makeup: Saddlebrook Spa, Cigar Roller: Rodriguez & Mendez
Rachel had a couple something blues:-) Her mom sewed a little embroidered monogram with their date into the layers of her dress and she had really fun deep blue shoes. I couldn't help but fall into the joy and excitement of the day! Rachel is just that kind of person, she lights up the room and makes you smile. Very few girls can pull off bright red hair and lipstick but it was the perfect look for Rachel. Chad is totally sweet and a little more reserved but you could clearly tell how in love he is with Rachel. She had suitcases packed for their honeymoon, but they happened to be vintage suitcases and I couldn't resist incorporating them into the romantic night photographs we did with them. Rachel and Chad is has truly been such a treat getting to know you and your families, I hope you can look back on your wedding and re-live every moment always!
Venue: Centre Club, Coordination: Joyful Wedding Planning, Gown: The Dressing Room, Tuxedos: Mr. Paul's Tux, Invitations: Seaside Invitations, Florist: Rose Garden, DJ: Grant Hemond, Cake: A Better Cheesecake, Makeup: Dirty Bird Makeup, Hair: Carole Coppabianca