This adorable couple has known each other their entire lives. Their families were close as they grew up and eventually they started dating are getting married next month. How sweet is to get to marry your childhood crush? We took pictures for their engagement session at Bok Tower Gardens as well as some top secret bridal portraits which I am absolutely dying to share but won’t until after the wedding. Aren’t the gardens so beautiful?

 

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On a beautiful November afternoon, over a year of anticipation and thoughtful planning came together in the most beautiful way for Stephanie and Tommy as they said their vows in a beautiful historic chapel that both of their families have attended since they were little and then celebrated all night under the stars at the Tampa Yacht Club. Their day was absolutely lovely and I’m so excited to share a little peek into it.

 

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VENDORS:

Floral design and event decor: Botanica 

Reception: Tampa Yacht Club 

Makeup: Kelly Nicole

Hair: Shampoo Salon

DJ: Orloff Civil

Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids

Cake: Cakes Plus

Courtney and Spencer’s wedding was an absolute dream to photograph. Not only are they an incredible pair together but their families seem like a perfect fit together, it was so much fun getting to capture the whole group joyfully celebrating all day. The elegant details were full of personal touches right down to the favors of honey jars full of honey they harvested from their hive. They surprised everyone with a tap dance performance together to kick off the fun and Bobby + The Aristocats kept everyone dancing and singing late into the night. Here is a little peek into their celebration

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VENDORS

Event Design + Coordination: NK Productions

Getting Ready: Ritz Carlton Sarasota Ceremony: Ritz Beach Club Reception: Concession Golf Club 
Cake: The Cake Zone
Cigar Station: Cova Cigars
Floral Design: Victoria Blooms SRQ
Cinematography: Voila Cinematic
Linens: Linens by the Sea
Trolley: SRQ Trolley
Makeup + Hair: Fresh Salon Sarasota
Furniture Rental: So Staged
Lighting: Affairs in the Air
Band: Bobby + The Aristocats
Transportation: SRQ Services

The morning after the workshop was all wrapped up I woke up at sunrise (okay, we snoozed a few times but we made it out) with my beautiful friend Kristina and we had some fun shooting together around the breathtaking grounds at Cedar Lakes Estate. Being there was so inspirational, I wanted to soak every last drop up. Especially for this Florida native there is something so magical about waking up with crisp air and mountains. I love shooting portraits like this and being able to show women that they can have an unconventional boudoir or glamour shoot that makes them feel sexy and gorgeous in a natural way. If these call to you at all, let’s shoot together – barefoot with hair blowing in the wind, it will make my heart happy.

PS – I hand sewed the purple dress. If you are looking for something ethereal for your next shoot let’s chat and I can dream up something lovely for you.

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