{Kristina & Jeff @ The Renaissance Vinoy Hotel}

Kristina & Jeff’s aka #jeffstinawedding on new year’s eve was the absolute perfect ending to 2015!  Our brides have the best taste in wedding gowns, and Kristina’s was an absolutely stunning champagne/blush gown from Kleinfeld’s in NYC.  One of her friends had a beautiful “B” broach made as a gift to go on her bouquet, with photos of their loved ones who were there in spirit.  When I was talking photos of the girls shoes, their adorable little ring bearer wanted his flip flops in the lineupJ I have to say, Jeff wins the prize for my most favorite detail of 2015.  His cufflinks were unicorns, LOVE!!!!!!!  We did a first look in the garden and some bridal party photos before the ceremony at dusk in the tea garden.  The ring bearer took a little detour to say hi as he walked down the aisle!  They said their I do’s with in a rose petal and candle lit ceremony with the Vinoy as the backdrop.  Since it was dark out after the ceremony I got to do some extra creative video light photos of them in different spots.  Yesterday I posted a photo Kristina Jeff with a random little boy in the background that was so cute, and I didn’t notice while I was shooting.  Kristina told me he told them they would have kids someday and to be nice to them!  Words of wisdomJ  One side of the ballroom was decorated with blush/white florals, and black and silver accents for dinner and toasts.  After dinner, they pulled back the curtain that made it a separate space for the party!  They had a sweets table, 2016 photobooth with a live instagram feed, and late night snacks.  Just before midnight everyone got champagne and headed up to the Esplanade to watch the fireworks in downtown St. Pete.  We had so much fun with these 2 and could not be happier for them!!  Congrats Kristina & Jeff!!! xoxoxox
Venue | The Vinoy Renaissance | Florist | Events In Bloom | DJ | Grant Hemond | Makeup Artist | Tina Honeycutt | Harpist | Rebecca Cosas | Hair | Noelle Pettinger | Gown | Kleifelfeld Bridal | Bridemaids Gowns | CC's Bridal Boutique | Tuxedos | Sacinos Formal Wear | Vintage Sofa | FH Weddings

{Amanda & Dave @ Lange Farm}

Amanda and Dave had a morning wedding with coffee hour and an amazing brunch for all their guests.  Their wedding style was rustic, chic, with navy, orange, beige and gold accents.  Their son Jackson was the ring bearer and absolutely adorable in his little outfit and saddle shoes!  The ceremony was on the front lawn under the big oak tree.  Beautiful florals on top of wooden barrels lined the aisle.  Amanda looked stunning as she walked through the 2 wooden doors that led her down the aisle with her dad!  While we did the family and bridal party photos, they had a buffet of quiche, waffles, and crepes.  Their reception was in the rustic barn decorated with urlap runners on navy linens with gold chargers and alternating tall and short center pieces. The finishing touch was a little bottle of maple syrup for each of their guests.  They danced and toasted and had a bubble exit!  Congrats Amanda & Dave!!! xoxoxo
Venue | Lange Farm | Officiant | Sensational Ceremonies | Caterer | Delectables Fine Catering | Florist | 2 Birds Events | Hair & Makeup | Studio 323 | DJ | Grant Hemond | Gown Boutique | The White Magnolia | Cake Artist | Treats By Tracy | Gourmet Coffee | Cafe Ala Carte

{Candice & Mike @ Bird Island Lake Ranch}

Candice and Mike had a rustic, outdoor wedding under the canopy of trees at Bird Island Lake Ranch.  They had yellow and orange florals and bumble bee accents.  If you look very closely you can even see a bumble bee flying by in the photo of the center piece!:-)  Candice love flip flops, and Mike surprised her with a blue flip flop bracelet as a gift.  The backstory is what makes it awesome.  Before they were engaged around her birthday, she wanted this blue flip flop bracelet but thought it was too expensive.  Mike had hinted that he was getting her something blue and sparkly, and she of course thought it was the expensive bracelet and for a week tried to convince him to return it!  Her actual gift was Mike proposing to her and an engagement ring with a blue stone!  After the ceremony the light was just plain gorgeous for their photos!  They toasted and danced under the twinkle lights and evening sky.  Cheers to the new Mr & Mrs!!! xoxoxo
Venue | Bird Island Lake Ranch | DJ | Grant Hemond | Gown Boutique | CC's Bridal Boutique | Hair & Makeup | KyleLynn Weddings | Cake Artist | Sweet Tweets Cakery | Caterer | Hungry Harry's BBQ 

{Sara & John @ Shady Oak Farm}

Sara and John’s wedding style was classic, southern elegance with a gold, orange, and purple color palette.  The first person we saw when we got to the hotel for getting ready was John’s brother, Noah, he introduced himself as the best man and you could tell how happy and excited he was for his brother. Sara wore her mom’s veil and they custom ordered the same lace that was on her gown so that it matched perfectly.  John had handwritten letters for Sara to read at different times starting Friday night, his last one her dad gave to her just before she walked down the aisle.  She had a pretty special surprise gift she had hand delivered to John as well. The entire bridal party wore cowboy boots since Sara has always loved horses and the reception was on her parents’ beautiful 5 acre estate, Shady Oaks Farm.  Once she was bridal ready, we did a first look with her mom and bridesmaids and then dad. Still gets me every time! Just before the processional started Noah fixed Father Pelligrino’s robe and then it was go time.  The priest said everyone was so happy when they found out these 2 were dating because they are such a perfect match!  The backdrop of mossy oak trees and lake was so gorgeous!  The reception was under a white tent with gold linens and and white, purple, and orange florals with accents of wheat and sunflowers.  They had custom white and red Wedded Wine on each table and the favors were jars of honey that said “Meant to Be”.  It was an amazing party and celebration with their friends and family and we so enjoyed it!  Congrats Sara and John!!! xoxoxo
Church | St. Ignatius of Antioch | Venue | Shady Oak Farm | Event Coordinator & Florals | Jennifer Vazquez | Hair & Makeup | Kylelynn | Cake Artist | Corey's Bakery | Catering | Delectables Fine Catering | Tent & Rentals | Elite Events & Rentals

{Cassie & Matt @ The Hilton Clearwater Beach}

Cassie and Matt chose the Hilton Clearwater beach for the destination wedding from Oregon!  They had family and friends join them from 7 different states for their beautiful ceremony on the beach.  Her bouquet was made out of blue and aqua broaches that matched her jeweled hair piece.  As Cassie walked down the aisle she left her flip flops along the way, toes in the sand are way better anyway!  Cassie and Matt are both aerospace engineers and they had a gorgeous glass airplane as their cake topper.  They had a super fun and casual reception on the patio with the view of the sunset. When the sun went down there was a fire pit and tiki torches for everyone to enjoy and we got some awesome photos of them at night it in as well! Congrats Cassie and Matt!! 
Venue | Hilton Clearwater Beach | Event Coordinator | Confetti Events | Cake Artist | Corey's Bakery | Videographer | Ben Creighton | Officiant | Sensational Ceremonies 

The Official Team Mize

This was a very happy day for dear friends of ours who finalized the adoption of their son Jacob Matthew!  An adoption finalization hearing is only about 10 minutes long but some of the most meaningful and life changing moments a family will experience. It's also one of those things you don't totally get unless you are there so that's why it's one of my favorite things to photograph.  Stephanie and John have 3 biological kids as well and this time I was watching their reaction.  Their 2 sweet girls we just overjoyed and overcome with emotion after Jay was legally their brother. They are so young, but so loving and compassionate, they totally get it and it is really just the most beautiful thing! Congrats you guys, it's the beginning of an amazing journey!! 

{Lisa & John @ Van Dyke Church}

Lisa & John had a beautiful ceremony in the chapel at their home church, Van Dyke Church.  John even had a tear as the doors opened and his beautiful bride entered the room!  Pastor Matthew married them in a candle lit ceremony with their friends and family. Their colors were silver, aqua, and blue with just a hint of peacock feathers on the favors and guest book. Lisa changed into a cute lace dress for first dance and outdoor reception on the patio. We just love being a part of the joy and happiness!  Congrats Lisa and John!! 
Venue | Van Dyke Church | Hair & Makeup | Mystic Hair Salon | Cake Artist | Small Cakes | Florals | Carrollwood Florist

{Melissa & Brian @ Tampa Palms Golf & Country Club}

First off, can we say how stunningly gorgeous Melissa looked in her blush gown?  Brian looked pretty handsome in his coordinating blue suit and pink tie:-)  Their wedding was full of very fun, and personal details which we absolutely love!  They had gift bags waiting for their guests at the hotel that had oranges, since Brian is from Florida, and Buckeye's (the chocolate and peanut butter kind), since Melissa is from Ohio.  Melissa's something old was her grandmother's diamond heart ring that she wore on her right hand. Something borrowed was a bracelet from her mother in law.  Something blue was an embroidered handkerchief and something new was her jewelry and shoes. They didn't see each other before the ceremony but read notes to each other and opened gifts. Brian gave her Michael Kors flip flops and jokingly wrote in the note…just in case you forget your new initials…MK for Melissa Kensrue :) She gave him a blue Kenneth Cole watch to match his suit.  Melissa's bouquet had a pendant from her Maid of Honor with the lyrics to her favorite Hillsong Song. We had an impromptu first look with Melissa's Dad. He was coming up to the bridal suite to see his little girl and I just so happened to catch him before he saw Melissa.  It was one of our favorite moments of the day and beyond sweet. Brian and Melissa's Pastor, Wes, married them under the patio at Tampa Palms with the beautiful view of the golf course. When they had their first kiss one of the little flower girls had the best reaction! The reception decor was pink, gray, and navy with lots of candles and mercury glass. Brian's sister-in-law, Julie, is a NY Pastry chef and made the macron favors. There were some special escort cards that were included at the reception.  Place cards for Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Chewbacca (for Brian's love of Star Wars:-), their dog Selene, and some of their favorite spots were mixed in with all of their guests cards. Alessi Bakery created their cupcake tower and they made a special cupcake for Brian with all of their icing flavors because during the tasting her tried every flavor, as he should!  Melissa told us they had several events leading up to the day of the wedding, and their whole goal was investing in family, friends, and love. That really was the perfect theme to celebrate their marriage!  Congrats Melissa and Brian it was truly amazing!!! xoxox
Venue | Tampa Palms Golf & Country Club | Florist | Carrollwood Florist | Hair & Makeup | New Identities | Gown Boutique | Maria's Bridal | Cake Artist | Alessi Bakery

{Billie & Andrew @ The Florida Aquarium}

Andrew asked Billie to marry him in one of the caves of the Aquarium on New Years Eve, so it was of course the perfect and most meaningful location for their wedding!  Billie's aunt does all the draping of the coral reef room at the aquarium, and she did an absolutely beautiful job for their special day. There were crystal beaded tie-backs and purple up-lighting to set the tone for the ceremony.  Billie entered the room with her dad and they said their I do's in front of the panoramic aquarium with sharks and sea turtles as the backdrop. While their guests sipped on cocktails and enjoyed the exhibits, the main lobby underwent a beautiful transformation. It was draped in white and the  tables were decorated with beautiful pink and plum colored flowers. License plates from different states sat on top of stacks of old books and served as the table names! Each guest had to use their placard and find their "state". The cake was the perfect accent to the purple and silver color palette.  Billie wore heels for the ceremony and converse for dancing!  Such a fun and special day for this sweet couple! Congrats Billie and Andrew! xoxoxoxo
Venue | The Florida Aquarium | Bridal Party Florals | Apple Blossoms | Hair & Makeup | Colours By Linny | DJ | Grant Hemond | Cake Artist | Let Them Eat Cake | Stationary | Invitation Consultants | Centerpieces Draping & Lighting | Savvy Events & Entertainment

{Haley & Jordan @ The Sheraton Sand Key}

We have been getting so much rain and thankfully it held off so Haley and Jordan could have their beach wedding literally on the waterfront:-)  They had a simple peach, gold, and aqua beach chic style.  Haley wore the cutest lace and crystal foot jewelry and a beautiful necklace from her grandmother.  Her maid of honor had gold foot jewelry that matched her little girl's who was the cutest little flower girl! They girls in flowing pink dresses and boys in beige suits and aqua ties. Since the weather was so un-predictable at the last minute they put the shepherds hooks out, chairs for the grandparent and got everyone outside so they could have the beach wedding of their dreams, and they did! There were even some very friendly sea gulls that decided to join us as well.  The flooded beach made for an awesome backdrop and we didn't even have to walk down to the water:-)  The reception was decorated with peach linens, lantern, and an awesome sweets table.  Haley and Jordan went to Texas A&M so of course are huge Aggie fans.  They had all their friends on the dance floor doing the war hymn! Everyone had the most amazing time and it was so fun to be a part of! Congrats Haley and Jordan!!! xoxoxo
Venue | Sheraton Sand Key | Officiant | Jake English | Florist | Events In Bloom | Gown | The Blushing Bride

{Brittani & Brandon @ Sandpearl Resort}

Brittani looked absolutely breathtaking in her organza layered gown, and 5 inch sequined heels! Their daughter, Ta'raji, was the cutest flower girl, and wore a matching layered gown that Brittani's mom added plum accents to.  I am in love with their wedding style. I would call it bling chic:-) The official colors were Aubergine (Plum), Mojito (light green), Ivory and Charcoal. The ceremony was in the half round on the lawn overlooking the beach at the Sand Pearl.  They said their I do's under an acrylic arch with crystals and draping. Ta'Raji decided to take her nap right before the ceremony and she slept through the whole thing! They wrote the sweetest vows to each other, jumped the broom then danced their way down the aisle! We literally had the most beautiful golden sunset as the backdrop for their photos after the ceremony.  The reception decor created a beautiful ambiance with tall floral center pieces, floating candles, clear acrylic chivari chairs, and a white dance floor.  Each guests' champagne glass even had a strawberry slice.  While Brittani and Brandon danced their first dance, Ta'Raji did her own little dance around them:-)  We so loved capturing all these sweet moments! Congrats Brittani & Brandon!! xoxoxo
Venue | Sandpearl Resort | Florals & Decor | Showorks Events | Hair & Makeup | Michele Renee The Studio | DJ | MacMuzic Productions | Cake Artist | The Cake Zone | Stationary | Carlson Craft | Gown Boutique | Nikki's Glitz and Glam Boutique

{Jillian & Lee @ Isla Del Sol}

I love the color palette Jillian and Lee chose for their waterfront wedding. The guys wore different shades of blue ties to match each of the bridesmaid’s dresses.  They also wore some pretty fantastic socks, the guys that is:-) The forecast said 100% chance of rain but there was not a drop to be seen!  They had steel drums playing tropical island music, and sunglasses for all their guests to wear.  Jill's Mom, Betsey, drew the photos of each member of the bridal party to decorate their program which was also a fan.  During the ceremony Jillian and Lee tossed shells into the ocean, then for the recessional all the bridal party and guests did as well.  Jillian and Lee had a little surprise for the bridal party.  Before the wedding, they had buried a bottle of whiskey on the beach.  After the ceremony they dug it up and shared a swig with their bridal party. The ballroom was beautifully decorated with hues of blue. The tables had glass vases with beautiful flowers and floating candles. The tables were each named after their favorite movies..."Meet the Parents, Father of the Bride, The Hangover, Bridesmaids, I love you Man, etc...." Jillian and Lee met while getting their PhD's in Mathematics at University of Florida, but Jillian is from Ohio (Cleveland to be exact:-) so there was a little north and south rivalry with some O-H-I-O ing and gator chomping! Gerry, Jill's Dad, gave a beautiful toast to his daughter and new son in law. The groom's cake may have looked just like a UF Gator cake, but Jillian sneakily had it made with Ohio State colors on the inside. Lee was quite surprised to see scarlet and gray layers when they cut it!  It was the perfect and most fun day!  Congrats Jillian and Lee! xoxoxo
Venue | Isla Del Sol Country Club | Florist | Flowers by Design | Hair & makeup | Michele Renee The Studio | Steel Drums | Rhythm Trail | Musician/DJ | Grant Hemond | Stationary | A & P Designs | Cake Artist | A Slice Of Heaven | Gown | The Perfect Dress

{Heather & Doug @ St. Augustine Beach}

Heather and Doug rented 4 cottages on the beach in St Augustine for their family and friends to enjoy their wedding celebration weekend. Heather’s favorite flower is the sunflower, and she actually made all the arrangements herself! Their ceremony backdrop was the Atlantic ocean, it was so beautiful! Heather has 3 children, and during the ceremony the pastor had each one come up and Doug said vows to them too. When it was time for the exchanging of rings, he had both Heather’s parents and Doug's parents come up and each held the rings and said a little prayer over them. The reception was in a tent overlooking the beach.  It was just laid back and so much fun! Congrats Heather & Doug!!! xoxoxo 
Venue | Linda's Seaside Cottages 

{Krista & Derek @ Vero Beach Hotel & Spa}

Krista and Derek are from Chicago, and chose the beautiful beach backdrop of the Vero Beach Hotel for their destination wedding. This is also the spot where Krista, her mom, and sisters do their annual girls weekend.  Krista's something old was her necklace that her mom had given to her on her birthday. It was made from her mother's original wedding bands.  Her bridesmaids were in short blush dresses that looked perfect with the guys navy blue suits and blush ties.  Krista looked so pretty in her layered gown that had a beaded belt and cute super cute heels!  We did Krista and Derek's first look in a secluded garden by the pool. It was so sweet to see Derek tear up when he turned and saw his beautiful bride!  The ceremony was on the terrace in front of the fountain, overlooking the crystal blue ocean. The rain even held off long enough just long enough for us to get the bridal party photos done.  It only began sprinkling halfway through the cocktail hour.  The reception was simple and elegant with white lanterns, candles, florals and navy linens. The toasts were sweet and you can see how much love each side of the family has for their new family member :)  We snuck out back at the end of the evening for some sparkler photos. It was the perfect destination wedding!  Congrats Krista & Derek!! xoxoxo
Venue | Vero Beach Hotel & Spa | DJ | Traxx Entertainment | Florist | Wild Heart Bloom | Hair & Makeup | White Orchid Spa | Stationary | Coppia Creativa | Officiant | A Day to Cherish

{Aimee & Lee @ The Westin Tampa Bay}

Lee told Aimee he was having a "holiday party" in December last year, and surprised her with not just a birthday party but also a ring!!! I LOVE Aimee's dress, it had lace accents underneath a layer of organza, she said it initially had a train but had it cut off so she could dance!  Aimee's Grandma June, who is 95 by the way, was so sweet and cute.  Aimee's sister Cori was her Maid of Honor and Lee's long time friend Theresa was his "Best Person". Aimee and Lee love music and just fun nights out with friends, so that's really what they made it!  The reception was on the rooftop of the Westin and the theme was music.  Instead of an escort card table they had a will call booth where guests got their ticket with the seating assignment and also their favor which was a CD with some of Aimee and Lee's favorite music. The band, Have Gun Will Travel played the reception and it was so much fun!  You could feel how happy all their friends and family are for these 2!  Congrats Aimee & Lee!! xoxoxo
Venue | The Westin Tampa Bay | Florist | Events In Bloom | Hair & Makeup | Gena Dunn | Band | Have Gun WIll Travel | Cake Artist | Cakes By Carolynn 

{Lindsey & Duncan @ The Gasparilla Inn}

East meets west!  Duncan is from New York and Lindsey is from California, but they actually met in college at Montana State. Duncan's family has a home in Boca Grande, and it's a special place to them having visited throughout the years.  So their families and family came from over the US to celebrate with them at the Gasparilla Inn!  I LOVE Lindsey's custom gown!  The sleeves had lace detail at the ends and she had it designed so that they sleeves actually came off for the reception.  The broach she wore on her necklace was her great grandmother's from 1910.  The ring on her right finger and her something blue was a sapphire from the Pettibone family on Duncan's side. The Gasparilla Inn is seriously a photographer's dream there are little rooms with cute furniture, stairwells, and beautiful lighting everywhere!  They did a first look and Duncan gave Lindsey beautiful earrings that went perfectly with her dress. Their ceremony was under the biggest banyan tree I've ever seen!  After Lindsey read her vows, Duncan accidentally kissed her, it was so sweet! They love their dog Cody, so he attended the wedding but also ran down the aisle when Duncan called him to bring the rings!  Duncan's family is Scottish and they some really cool details that added some Scottish flair.  A bagpiper lead everyone to the Beach Club from the ceremony and there was a beautiful family Crest on the fireplace, it was also on Duncan's wedding band. There was a street totally lined in banyan trees and a church Lindsey had seen with this really cool door that made for amazing backdrops. The Beach Club was laid out with long feasting tables decorated with floral boxes, lanterns, and candle light.  They even brought a little Montana here with traditional copper toasting mugs for Moscow Mules. Their first dance was on the patio and Lindsey surprised Duncan with their song that she had sang and recorded for him!  It was amazing:-) Everyone got to enjoy the most beautiful Florida sunset before dinner, toasts, a special song, and lots of pretty fantastic dancing!  The even had some little princesses decorate their getaway golf cart!  Congrats Lindsey & Duncan it was amazing! 
Venue | Gasparilla Inn Beach Club | Coordinator | Intertwined Events | Florist | Botanica | Videographer | Voila Cinematic | Band | Pangea | Stationary | Darla Marie Designs | Cake Artist | Gasparilla Inn Beach Club | Hair & Makeup | James Griffith Salon & Megean Maoriello | Linens | Panache