Ryan + Katelyn threw a swanky Gatsby / Roaring 20’s themed wedding! The bride and bridesmaids wore vintage inspired dresses and hair accessories. The bride’s hair was even 20’s inspired and looked amazing! And those shoes… love. It all just came together to make the bride shine with beauty and excitement, the atmosphere was totally infectious. The ceremony was held outside just as the sun was setting. The groom boiled over with emotion when he saw his bride. It was so sweet. The vows were emotional and funny – my favorite kind! The reception decor was again in line with the theme. The Star Wars themed groom’s cake had everyone talking! Impressive. (<– see what I did there?!) The night was full of speeches, celebrating and drinking the Groom’s home-brewed wedding beer. This couple was seriously my kind of cool. The bride surprised the groom and guests with a performance. It was incredible. (I wish I could sing) It was an beautiful night! Cheers to your future, may it be full of love and faith.
Dmitri + Kristin were married at the Sunset Grill at Little Harbor. As it would turn out, we had photographed the wedding of the bride and grooms’ friends. Small world! 🙂 I loved all the beach and blue touches. The bride and groom did not see each other before the ceremony. The anticipation was magical and I could see them lock eyes. <3 They had a beautiful and funny reading at the ceremony. The night was full of laughter and dancing. Cheers to forever!
Trevor + Erin were such good sports during their engagement session. They were up for sinking in the sand and getting a little wet! They were so adorable. They never stopped laughing or smiling. 🙂 We were able to capture them goofing off together as well as some more romantic moments. We cannot wait for another beautiful day on Clearwater Beach – their wedding day! <3
Patrick + Liana did most of the wedding planning from out of state. That didn’t matter much to them as they had spent their early times together in a long distance relationship. They knew how to make things work. They were married on a stunning day at the Powel Crosley Estate in Sarasota, one of our all time favorite venues. The estate was the perfect setting for these love birds. The delicate flowers and detailed wedding dress were complimented by the bright day and beautiful architecture. The bride and groom chose to hold hands on wither side of a door before the ceremony. They loved the idea of having a special moment before the ceremony to relish the excitement and anticipation. This was an emotional moment that ended up only lasting a few seconds. That’s all it took for both of them to come to tears. Just the simple touch of the others’ hand moved them to tears. Very powerful.
Emotions were still high through the processional and ceremony. The bride and groom wrote their own vows in which they promised to support and appreciate the other for all time. The ring bearer in true side-kick style held the rings in his batman utility belt. 🙂
The bridal party was fun and energetic. We loved capturing all the laughs! The bride and groom had amazing chemistry! We ended our portrait time out by the water to capture the colorful sunset. <3 The reception kicked off with fun introductions and a beautiful first dance. The sunset lingered so long that evening, become more and more pink and orange. It was incredible and the perfect ending to a beautiful day. May your lives together be filled with travel, adventure and amazing Belgium beer (you know which one)!
Nathan + Samantha were married in a late afternoon wedding on Honeymoon Island. The beach made a beautiful setting accented by pops of aqua. The couple exchanged personal vows and performed a sand ceremony. We were treated to a magnificent sunset, still one the most beautiful to date! The reception was held at the pavilion on Honeymoon Island. The decor featured pops of their wedding color as well as personal stories and memories of the couple. The night was full of dancing, photo booth fun and delicious cake. The night ended in a grand exit to a white Lamborghini. After a few photos, the bride and groom disappeared into the night to the unmistakable purr of the motor. We had an amazing time photographing your beautiful wedding at a place near and dear to our hearts. We wish you a lifetime of love, happiness and beautiful sunsets! Cheers!
Matt + Olivia were married on a sunny Tampa day. They chose a historic ceremony and reception site in the Ybor City Museum. Both the ceremony and reception were held in brick the courtyard, surrounded by trees and Tampa touches. Most of the flowers used at the wedding were made from paper. They were pages from favorite books to symbolize the couple’s love of literature. They were beautiful. The bride and groom elected to do a first look before the ceremony. They were full of anticipation and excitement. They both gasped when they saw each other and went in for a long hug. They were full of little giggles and quick jokes. The ceremony was beautiful and took place in front of the fountain. They performed a salt ceremony, which I had not seen before. It was beautiful and went something like this:
In Bible times, the salt ceremony was a covenant of loyalty. It represented the church. “You are the salt of the earth.” (Matthew 5:13) Salt was a priceless and in-demand commodity. When two people wanted to enter a covenant of loyalty, they would speak the details of the covenant, exchange salt from one jar to the other and then shake the jars. Only if the individuals could retrieve their own grains of salt could the covenant be broken.
I loved that they incorporated this unity ceremony! It really makes you think. I love this level of commitment they promised each other and know they will be blessed. Cheers!
We were recommended to Anthony and Rachel by a previous bride… Rachel’s sister! It is such a compliment to be recommended by a happy client. *happy dance* I first met Rachel at her sister’s wedding day (she was the maid of honor) and remembered her awesome smile! I could not wait to schedule the engagement session and work one-on-one with them. After getting to know this couple via e-mail and phone calls, we decided on a Disney shoot! *happy dance again* Anthony and Rachel are also huge Disney fans and visit multiple times a year, they also do the 10Ks and are training for a marathon. And I’m nervous for my first Disney 5k…. sheesh. We had a beautiful afternoon documenting their chemistry. They like to laugh, joke and compliment each other. <3 We discussed an outfit change into more casual clothes at the end of the session. To my surprise, Rachel changed into an FSU Seminoles t-shirt and Anthony changed into a UF Gators t-shirt. Talk about house divided. ha. I already loved this couple, so I didn’t let the Seminoles detail get in the way. 🙂 We are so excited for this wedding and wish you love, travel and many Disney trips. See ya real soon. Cheers.
Dan and Andrea have one of our favorite things in common… they are Gators! 🙂 While we love college football, the SEC and football fans everywhere – we bleed orange and blue. So naturally, we became best buds instantly. They chose a bright aqua, pool color and the most beautiful weather. I loved the one shoulder bridesmaids dresses and the gray suits. The bride was radiant in a lace detailed dress. The back was elegant lace and round buttons – wow. The groom spent the morning hanging out with the groomsmen. They even hit a few balls on the golf course right before arriving for the first look. Since the wedding and reception were being held at the Rusty Pelican in Tampa, we decided to hold the first look right on the bay. It was gorgeous. The bride navigated the rocky terrain with grace in her lace heels. A skill I surely lack. They were so excited to see each other and I’m glad we were able to capture that anticipation. The groom loved the lace detailing and the bride loved his colored pocket square. We spent the next few minutes having fun with the bridal party. They were full of energy and laughs. The day flowed into the ceremony at the gazebo. It was officiated by Rev. Rick of Sensational Ceremonies – one of our favorites! Each chair had a shell on it. At the end of the ceremony, the guests were invited to join the bride and groom at the edge of the water. Then they were told to make a wish for the bride and groom and toss the shell into the bay. It was a beautiful and uplifting event that we had never seen before. The first dance was beautiful with the orange sunset in the background. Then the bride and groom re-enacted the run and lift from Dirty Dancing! It was amazing! The rest of the night was filled with fun, the Newlywed Game and dancing! During the last few songs, Gators pompoms were handed out. After a rowdy Gator Chomp the guests used the pompoms for a colorful grand exit for the bride and groom. We loved every second of this wedding and wish you a lifetime of love, happiness and Gator pride! Cheers!
Erik + Patty started the wedding day at the Sirata Beach Resort on St Pete Beach. They got ready there with the bridal party. The bride’s room was full of laughter and happy tears. I remember how excited she was to put on her wedding dress! And wow, she was jaw droppingly gorgeous in her lace, strapless dress. Her headband was beautiful and complimented the beading on her dress. From there, the bridal party traveled to the Tampa Bay Watch. The ceremony site was set on the lawn overlooking the bay. The ceremony was officiated by the bride’s uncle. The bride and groom wrote their own vows. The vows were sweet and full of love and promises for the future. <3 The night was full of celebrating and dancing. It was a dream to work with such an amazing couple. We love how they cherish family, laughter and happily ever after. Cheers!
Tony and Kristina’s wedding day was planned to perfection. We began with getting ready photos where I fell in love with her stunning wedding dress. It was a satin, strapless, corset back dress that perfectly complimented her. The show stopper was the full length veil! Wozers! Next came the highly anticipated first look. We found a private porch at the University of Tampa and simply watched the magic happen. They were playful and excited – just as they were during the engagement session. It was one of my favorite first looks. I loved how she covered his eyes and said, “Guess who.” And his reaction was priceless! He would continue to tell her how amazingly beautiful she was all day. <3 We were blessed to photograph their incredible bridal party as well. The bridal party was made up of close friends and family. Incorporating family into your wedding party is truly one of my favorite things. 🙂 The ceremony and reception was held at the Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel. The ceremony room boasts a curved wall of windows that look out onto the Hillsborough River, Riverwalk and pool. The reception ballroom is large and also offers beautiful views. The night closed with a magical sparkler send-off. May your future be filled with laughter, love and great wine! Cheers!