Carly + Brody were married on a sunny day at Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo. This garden ceremony was full of laughs and beautiful promises of forever. The garden was full of blooms and golden light. We loved hearing the excitement for their honeymoon and shopping for a new home! We hope all your dreams come true! Cheers!
Tony + Kim hosted an amazing wedding at Wishing Well Barn in Lakeland, FL. The day began with thunderstorms and tornado watches. The weather did not dampen the spirits of the bride and groom. The bride and bridesmaids got ready on site in matching yellow floral robes, the bride had a white floral robe. I loved this touch! With the help of her bridesmaids and mother, the bride was dressed in a stunning strapless lace gown, cowboy boots and veil. She elected to have a first look with her father. There were happy tears. Next was the first look with the groom. The bride was so excited to have Yella Fella, a beautiful golden horse, incorporated in these photos. Yella Fela was patient and sweet and allowed us to capture a few amazing photos of this reveal. The bride and groom had the biggest smiles on! They loved doing the first look as it eased the nerves from all the excitement and build-up. Plus they just couldn’t wait to see each other! The overcast skies persisted during the ceremony, but no one noticed. Kim was one of the most beautiful brides I’ve ever seen walking down the aisle! Her excitement was contagious! The ceremony was beautiful and dry! Portraits were done in front of the twin oak trees on the pond. After all the rain and threat of more rain, we were blessed with a stunning sunset! The reception was held in the barn and guests enjoyed delicious food, photo booth and dancing! The first dance was held outside and guests held up sparklers. It was magical! We loved being a part of this incredible day, cheers to a lifetime of incredible moments.
Dylan + Mackenzie had a beautiful oak tree ceremony at Innisbrook Golf Resort in Palm Harbor. We love this venue as it offers beautiful golden light and stunning nature. The bride and her bridesmaids got ready onsite surrounded by beautiful foliage. The bride and her father had a first look and it was beautiful. He just kept saying, “Wow.” The bride was equally excited to see her father all dressed up in his suit. The bridesmaids all signed the bride’s shoes with their nicknames – such a cute memento. The ceremony was beautiful and swimming in golden light. The bridal party was sp fun to work with and we were treated to a beautiful sunset just in time to wrap up the bride and groom’s photos! The reception was magical with pops of pink up-lighting and gold accessories. There was even a Beauty & the Beast tribute with the rose on the head table and the cake topper! (You know I love a good Disney touch!) The reception was full of photo booth fun (yes we have a photo booth!) and tons of dancing! We had a blast at this wedding until the very last moment! Cheers to a lifetime of love!
Adam + Ariella were married at the beautiful gazebo at The Commons Club in Fort Myers. The huppah was stunningly elegant as were the pops of pale pink. The bride was absolutely beautiful, I mean did you see her gorgeous long hair?! The bride and groom were surrounded by family, choosing to incorporate their brothers and sisters as the bridal party. The traditional Jewish ceremony was moving. I love the rituals of the blessings over wine, ring ceremony and of course the breaking of the glass. We loved working with this couple and their families! And as icing on the cake, we were chosen to photograph the bride’s sister’s wedding in a few months! Yay! Best compliment ever! Cheers!
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!