Mardi Gras Chic

I lived in New Orleans for a little while but didn't get to experience Mardi Gras so I'm always wishing I'm there on Fat Tuesday:-)  Part of what I love about my profession is coming up with creative ideas to continue improving and making them happen! So this was a little bit of inspiration that turned into a really cool shoot and it will even be featured soon in Tampa Bay Wedding Styles online magazine which is also pretty exciting.  We actually did the session on fat Tuesday and Ybor is as close as I could get to the French Quarter feel.  Feathers, bead covered florals and mask, beautiful wedding gown and fabulous models, Bobby and Cienne at the Roosevelt set the scene.  I just wanted a simple, rough background and an alleyway I could light purple so we used a video light and off camera flash to create a dramatic effect. Here's a little behind the scenes and also some of my favs.

Venue: The Roosevelt 2.0, Hair/Makeup: Collective Creations, Wedding Gown: Anglo Couture, Florals: Events in Bloom, Cinematography: In Motion Video Productions

Tampa Bay Wedding Styles: Behind the Scenes Photo Shoot from In Motion Video Productions on Vimeo.

Solutions Bridal WHITE Fashion Show

Fashion is one of our main inspirations and we especially love bridal fashion!  We had the pleasure of meeting and working with the ladies from Solutions Bridal Designer House on their WHITE fashion show at NOVA535.  They house some of my favorite couture designers including Kenneth Poole, Rivini, and Badgley Mischka.  It was a night of beautiful gowns, fabulous food, and amazing people! 

Venue: NOVA535, Event Coordination: Stylish Traditions, Florals: Events in Bloom, Hair/Makeup: Michele Renee, DJ: Breezin, Draping: Soundwave Productions, Videography: Tampa Wonderworks, Sweets: A Piece of Cake, Catering: The Executives Chef

Valentine's Day Feature on One Stylish Bride!

Creative, over the top, and fun, why not?  That’s what we were going for to really spark our creative minds with this Valentine’s Day themed session with David and Brandy.  We are SOOOO excited that is is also featured today on the One Stylish Bride Blog!! The gown and beautiful red sash were created by Anglo CoutureEvents in Bloom created a very unique floral effect with a red heard shaped umbrella enveloped by flowers and also a heard shaped cascade bouquet.  Hair and makeup, old Hollywood style by Collective Creations.  Red galoshes and a sweet picnic with candy, heart shaped donuts, and champagne were the perfect touches.  

Anglo Couture 2011 Line

We had the privilege of working with the Anglo Couture team on creating the look for their brand new 2011 line!  I love the different little details that makes each of these gowns unique and gorgeous.  We wanted an elegant, but urban feel so a simple red wall was the perfect backdrop. Anglo Couture has also expanded their line with accessories, bridesmaid, and flower girl dresses.  Check them online for the entire collection! 

Hair/Makeup: Collective Creations, Model: The talented and gorgeous Tara Lightfoot

Special Effects Makeup

I love creativity and art of all different types, especially capturing other people's talent I recently finished a shoot for a series of profiles on creative hair and makeup by Collective Creations. I asked Holly how they came up with it and here's what she said.....

"The inspiration behind the series "Creation" was to show another side of our ability as artist, while at the same time portraying the art our Creator has placed around us for inspiration. While we enjoy doing bridal hair and makeup, we wanted to put out there the intensely creative collections we can compose."
Here's a few of my favs along with the artists!


Anglo Couture Fashion Show

Here's the slideshow from Anglo Couture's debut fashion show in January! It was such a great event from the venue, to the decor, to the planning, and of course the beautiful gowns:-) I couldn't decide which pictures to post so here's a taste of what the evening was like.

There were so many people who made it an amazing night:
Venue: Nova 535
Stonehouse Events and Simply Divine Events
Event Show Productions
Events in Bloom
Not From a Box
Paper Presence
Dragonfly Custom Designs
Soundwave Productions

Video: JJ Video and Film
Hair and Makeup:
Collective Creations, Lena G, and Jess Waldrop
Catering by Design
Candy Bar:
Chic Sweets
Expresso Service:
Cafe Ala Carte
Calligraphy: Tampa Calligraphy


The Looks of Anglo Couture

Fashion and wedding gowns, what could be better!! I love both so I was so happy to be involved in creating the looks for Anglo Couture's new line. These gorgeous gowns look amazing on the simple textures and colors we used. Tara and Jennifer, were amazing to work with and Lena G and Collective Creations created their look of Hollywood glamour. Here's some of my favorite looks below and some of the process it takes to make this happen as well. The entire collection can be seen on

Couture Creation

Ever wonder who and what is behind the design of those beautiful wedding gowns you see? I have the privilege of working with a local designer, Vicky, creator of Anglo Couture and wanted to share a little her world and what it takes to design her gorgeous gowns. Our work will also be featured on their website and we covered Anglo Couture's fashion show last week so lots more to come!!!

What are your biggest influences?
"I simply love what I do. I get infuenced by everything. Life itself infuences me...but mostly different women's characters. I think that we should be able to represent who we are or want to be, through our image. So i just try to capture that through my designs."

How does a gown go from drawing to reality?

"First I look at the sketch and see how I can make a pattern that is actually wearable and has an imperative fit. I draft the pattern and cut it out of muslin, I test the fit and make changes as needed. After I have accomplished the perfect fit I finalize the pattern and cut it from the actual material. Sometimes there is up to 100 pieces in a single pattern. The correct cutting is crucial in assuring the perfect fit. Putting together all the pieces must be done with simple perfection to achive the absolute fit. And that's how it all happens!!!"

How do you come up with the names for each dress?

"I just look at the dress and think, what would the name of the woman that will wear it be?"

What types of materials do you use?

"1oo% the finest quality silk dutchess satin, chiffon and organza....I love to accent with french laces and flowers."

If you could have a super power what would it be?:-)
"lol....This is hard to choose but I think I would love to travel through time."

The Phantom


Ambassador Limousines recently purchased a brand new 2009 Phantom Rolls Royce to add to their entourage. We had the pleasure of photographing it at two of Tampa's most beautiful venues, the Don Cesar and the Renaissance Vinoy. It definitely adds the height of luxury to any event. Here's a few words from the owner Ken Lucci:

"The Rolls Royce Phantom is the pinnacle of luxury and style for the bride who wishes to travel surrounded by elegance on her wedding day. The Phantom is finished in cotillion white with light tan interior. The passenger compartment features a Silver Champagne Service with crystal glasses and individual mahogany tables to rest your champagne flute. The Phantom creates a unique impression and million dollar photos that will don your memory and mantles for years to come."

A special thanks to Collective Creations for Hair and Makeup and Cindy, our gorgeous bride!


Meet Elena: Anglo Couture

Anglo Couture is coming out with their first line of couture wedding gowns and we had the privilige of capturing the very first sneak peeks of them! Elena is the first dress you will see below, gorgeous and very unique with silk, lace and beautiful layered train. Below are also some super sneak peeks of 3 other dresses that will be in the new line as well. We will be doing the a full shoot of the entire line when it is complete so more to come!!!!!