{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 

Small Business of the Year 2015

Over 550 people came out to celebrate the accomplishments of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce small business community at the Straz Center.  The theme this year was Architects for Success, with "drawings" on the cocktail tables, levels as favors, and an amazing city scape as the stage backdrop. 

This year's event was presented by Bay Cities Bank & Warren Averett CPAs and Advisors and represents the 35th year the Chamber has recognized this key segment of the region's economy. Small business awards were presented in three categories based on the number of employees and a fourth business category honoring a startup company. Companies are evaluated on financial success, community involvement and ethical business practices.

Congrats to the 2015 winners!!!! 

  • Startup Company: Bourbon and Boweties
  • 5 - 20 Employees: Flatwoods Consulting Group, Inc.
  • 21 - 50 Employees: Tudi Mechanical Systems of Tampa, Inc.
  • 51 - 250 Employees: Bill Currie Ford

Juliet & Billy @ The Vinoy

Juliet & Billy met in Tallahassee even they are both from St. Pete. Billy is a pilot and Juliet said she didn't mean to do an airplane theme, but they had the best and most unique personal details!  The new Mr & Mrs Auer to be had the best hashtag for their friends to share photos on Instagram, #Auertime!  Juliet had heels for the ceremony and gray converse with purple "Mrs. Auer" embroidered on them for the reception. The lilac and gray color palette is one of my favorites!  While I was with the girls, Kandice was with the Billy and the boys at their house getting ready. They toasted with shots of fireball in Florida State shot glasses. Billy loves to bike and he decided to go for a spin on his wedding day, why not? Their wedding was the day before Father's day, and Juliet and her dad had the sweetest first look under the canopy of pink bougainvilleas. Then it was time for her to see Billy and as she walked up to him he couldn't wait and turned right around to see his bride:-)  Just as the guests were seated on the esplanade for the ceremony, a yellow bi-plane started circling with a little surprise Billy had planned for everyone!  Once it was official their guests threw their programs which were folded into paper airplanes as the exited. The Grand Ballroom was decked out in gray linens with purple uplighting and alternating tall and petite centerpieces. There was a little hint of sparkle to everything. The table numbers, votives and their entire cake covered in sugary sparkles topped with a custom Mr & Mrs. Auer.  The table numbers were actually made by one of their dear friends, for the head table he made a special wood engraved heart made out of backwards 2's with a little plaque engraved "Juliet and Billy United 2-gether". The reception was a blast, they ate and danced and danced some more!  The perfect ending was that Billy was actually flying them to their honeymoon in St Barts:-) Congrats Juliet and Billy we had so much fun capturing your special day!! xoxoxo
Venue & Cake | Vinoy Renaissance | Stationary | Beach Papery & Gifts | Gown Boutique | The White Closet | DJ | Grant Hemond | Florals & Decor | Showorks Events

{Misty & Marshall @ The Renaissance Vinoy}

Misty & Marshall had a beautiful, intimate wedding in the Tea Garden at the Vinoy. The setup was simple, white draping with 6 chairs and 12 guests total:-) Marshall's son, Nathan, was his best man and his niece was the cutest little flower girl. The colors were an elegant black and white with Calla Lillies.  The love and happiness they have for each other and their families was just emanating!  Congrats Misty & Marshall!! xoxox
Venue & Cake | The Vinoy Renaissance | Officiant | Pastor Dean | Horse & Carriage | St. Petersburg Carriages | Florist | Carter's Florist

Be Free Hair Apparel

Be Free Hair Apparel is a new line of unique, chic, handcrafted bridal hair apparel. Their custom hair pieces are delicate and beautiful and can be designed to show the style and personality of any bride!  We were honored photograph some of their beautiful pieces and styled models at Rocking H Ranch.
Designer | Be Free Hair Apparel | Venue | Rocking H Ranch | Hair & Makeup | Collective Creations 

Tampa Chamber Annual Meeting 2014

As a small business, I love hearing all that has been accomplished in Tampa Bay and what is to come for our city in 2015.  At the 2014 Tampa Chamber 2014 annual meeting, surprise guest speaker Jeff Vinik shared his billion dollar vision for the Channelside Area of Tampa and Joe Lopano his $943 million dollar airport expansion/renovation.  Mr. Swagger himself, Mayor Bob Buckhorn was there to get everyone pumped for an amazing 2015.  Tampa is a great city and has an amazing year ahead! 

Robyn & John

We also love hearing how people meet and their stories!  Robyn and John are both zoo keepers at Lowery Park Zoo and that's how they met!  Robyn works in the Hoofstock department with the zebras, giraffes, meerkats, and cheetahs. John works in the Florida department to help rehabilitate manatees.  How awesome is that?  Their wedding is going to be at Innisbrook Resort in May and this beautiful outdoorsy engagement session goes along with their style perfectly!!