Lauren & Phil | Marco Beach Ocean Resort Wedding

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Phil and Lauren’s wedding was nothing less than incredible.  These two are residents of New Jersey and planned their destination wedding from out-of-state, so I didn’t have the opportunity to meet them in person before their big day….but when I met them for the first time, it was like I had known them forever.  They are two of the most loving, laid back people I have ever had the pleasure of working with, and it carried on throughout their entire day.

Every detail of their wedding had sentimental value.  From the bride and bridesmaid’s bouquets that they made, to Lauren’s personalized sandals, to the ashes of family members pinned inside her dress…so many personal touches were incorporated into their day.  Even the jewelry Lauren was wearing was worn by some of her bridesmaids on their wedding days.  You couldn’t help but feel the love!

The day before the wedding, Phil and Lauren’s wedding party had the idea to trick Phil during the first look.  Rather than turning around to see his bride, Phil’s best man was the one to tap him on the shoulder.  You can’t help but laugh at that!  Phil wasn’t sure if he was surprised to see his best man, or disappointed that it wasn’t Lauren!

After the laughs were over, Lauren stepped in to show Phil what he had been waiting to see all morning….his stunning bride.  I absolutely love the intimacy of first looks, and this one did not disappoint!

The ceremony was so sweet and filled with happy tears.  Lauren and Phil read their vows before friends and family and even the birds flew on cue as they shared their first kiss as husband and wife.

I absolutely love that Lauren and Phil’s reception was centered around dancing.  While they still had the traditional first dances and speeches, but after dinner it was straight to dancing and boy did their wedding party know how to get down!  They also decided to forgo a traditional wedding cake, and had an ice cream bar with tons of toppings for their guests.  Who doesn’t love ice cream?!  Phil and Lauren’s wedding was one I won’t soon forget.  Congratulations again to the happy couple!

 

Venue and Catering: Marco Beach Ocean Resort

DJ: DJ Dayve

Florist: Christie’s Flowers

Hair & Makeup: Charlotte Phinney

2nd Photographer: Jeremy Scott Photography

Videography: Imagery Wedding Films

Kelly & Keith | Davis Island Garden Club Wedding

2018-9-15-Davis-Island-Wedding-Photographer-1402Where do I even begin?  These two were the most beautiful couple…OBVIOUSLY…but their family was just as amazing.  The father of the bride and I share the same mentor, and I was through the roof excited when he asked me to photograph his baby girl’s wedding.  I think the best part is that prior to her own wedding, Kelly had never been to one!  How special is that?!

Kelly and her sweet Maid of Honor, Taylor, got ready at the Sheraton River Walk Hotel in downtown Tampa.  Taylor drove all the way down from Tennessee to be there.  They were so calm and laid back while they got ready.  Kelley shared a beautiful first look with her Dad right before we headed over to The University of Tampa for her bridal portraits.

I would be lying if I said it wasn’t hot and we all weren’t drenched in sweat during these portraits.  It is Florida, after all.  But gosh….is she not BEAUTIFUL?!   Her flower crown and bouquets by Alta Fleura were simply elegant, and smelled amazing.  After we were done with portraits and ready to get out of the heat, we headed over to the wedding venue for Kelly’s first look with Keith.

Keith and his Best Man got ready at the Garden Club, so by the time we arrived, he was super anxious to see his bride.  The water facing downtown was the perfect backdrop for their first look.  After a few quick moments to themselves, it was time for the ceremony.

Kelly’s mom, Amy, did an amazing job making the ceremony decor, and Elena Nash with Paradise Artwork & Events did an incredible job putting everything together.  It was such a sweet ceremony among family and friends.

We decided to take newlywed photos closer to sunset so that Kelly and Keith could enjoy their cocktail hour.  So after some drinks, appetizers, announcements, first dances and a good dinner, we snuck over to the marina for some intimate photos.  After returning to the reception, Kelly and Keith cut their cake, tossed the bouquet, and had an epic sparkler send off.  It was a truly incredible evening, and I am so thankful to have been a part of it.

2nd Photographer: Jeremy Scott Photography

Event Planner: Elena Nash, Paradise Artwork & Events

Venue: Davis Island Garden Club

DJ: Breezin’ Entertainment

Catering: 4 Rivers Smokehouse

Cake/Cupcakes: Gigi’s Cupcakes

Florist: Alta Fleura

Makeup: Judy Kopaska

Hair Stylist: Emily Kyle

Video: Chase Cushen

Wedding Dress: Truly Forever Bridal

A Night at Studio 54

It’s not every day that your husband turns 40.  Combine that, with the fact that we don’t throw many parties now that we have two kids, and BOOM…the Studio 54 40th birthday disco party was born!

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I found an awesome little event space in downtown Tampa, booked it, and called our wedding planner, Tammy Waterman of Special Moments Event Planning to put the event together.  If you don’t know her….you should!  She is incredible and over the past 8 years since my wedding, has become a great friend.  Invitations went out, friends and family were invited, vintage clothing stores were rummaged through, and there was nothing left for us to do but show up and dance our butts off.  And we did.

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Every photo from that night was amazing.  If you notice that curly-haired gal in the gold jumpsuit dancing with her camera…that’s me.  I actually got to not only photograph my own event, but also drink, dance and party with everyone else.  How you ask?  Because of an amazing friend, Jeremy Scott with Jeremy Scott Photography, who was invited to party as a guest, but brought his camera to be my 2nd shooter for the evening.  You da man J.

Thanks again to everyone involved in putting this epic night together for my husband.  We love and appreciate every one of you!

Venue: Araliya

Event Planner: Special Moments Event Planning

2nd Shooter and Master of the Photographic Arts: Jeremy Scott Photography

Catering: Delectables Fine Catering

DJ: Nature Coast Entertainment

Photo Booth: Tampa Event Photo Booth

Rentals/Decor: A Chair Affair

Hair: Sheila Cruz

Makeup: Laura Smith-Cruz

{Sahara} | LIFTS Living From the Source | Sarasota Portrait Session

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I met this beautiful spirit through a mutual friend about 7 years ago while I was pregnant with my first child.  It was not long after, that I recieved a very vague, yet somewhat complicated, medical diagnosis, and I was looking for a more natural way of healing during pregnancy.  I first attended one of her guided meditation classes with my husband (which was probably not the best idea since he is THE WORST at siting still or focusing…I digress), and I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect since it was the first time either of us had done something like that.

 

I walked out of that class that day and felt the most overwhelming sense of calm.  She filled that room with such glowing, positive energy, and there was NO WAY I wasn’t going to make this holistic approach to life part of my daily routine.  I started taking full advantage of all of her services and now, despite the insane schedule I have with my two kids, make it a point to see her regularly for reiki and massage.  Somehow, and I don’t know how, she is able to keep me together.  As most moms know, it is super easy to allow  yourself to be overworked, overstressed, sleep deprived…even your nutrition suffers.  I leave my sessions with  Sahara re-centered, re-focused, present and at peace.

 

I was so thrilled when she asked me to take her portraits.  We had so much fun hanging at the beach and witnessing one of the most beautiful sunsets I have seen in a while.  She truly is such a beautiful light.

 

If you are interested in learning more about her services, check her out on facebook LIFTS Living From The Source with Sahara.  Trust me, she’s amazing!

{Matt & Brian} | Powel Crosley Estate Wedding Production | Sarasota Wedding Photography

In my entire career as a wedding photographer, I have never photographed a wedding quite like Matt and Brian’s.  From the performers to the wardrobe changes, this beautiful wedding was nothing less than a production.

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I mean, what wedding party looks this good?!  My jaw hit the floor when I saw these ladies getting into these stunning nude illusion gowns after hair and makeup.  Every single one of these gorgeous girls was shining from head to to…from the crystal crowns to the gold sequence.  It was amazing.  As was every other little detail.