There is nothing better then getting to photograph a couple prior to their big day. I usually prefer to photograph my clients in nature. The time of year really doesn’t matter however, living in Florida I do enjoy the cooler months. Actually, slight confession, my absolute favorite time of year and location to shoot is a fall engagement session up in New England. This fall I got to travel up to Portland Maine to photograph Norissa and Matt. The plan was to shoot in Portland however the weather started getting questionable mid day. Should we shoot? Should we cancel? We called it off, we called it back on. It was a back and forth until finally the sun broke and we decided that we were going to head to the nearest nature preserve and just shoot. Well, Norissa couldn’t have suggested a better location, Saco Heath Preserve. Norissa runs a lifestyle and fashion blog so we were able to team up with two other companies, Ser Verde Shoes and Kini Bands, and incorporate them into this beautiful fall engagement session. At one point it did start to rain, but after a few minutes it quieted down and we had the most beautiful sky. Matt was an awesome sport as we had him in most of the photos, and then we would kick him out when we started shooting the products. Matt, thank you for being a good sport and putting up with us girls. And I want to thank both Norissa and Matt for letting me capture you two. Im SO excited for your wedding next Fall. Here are some of my favorites from their afternoon.

Fall inspired engagement session in Portland Maineolive green and red are great colors for a fall wardrobechanging fall leaves in Maine are a perfect backdrop for an engagement sessioncouple poses at Saco Heath Preserve for engagement sessionThe best location to have a fall engagement session is Portland Mainecandid moment between couple during engagement session in MaineAspen leaves are so beautiful in the fall for an engagement sessioncouples who adore each otherEngagement session that took place in the fall in Maine wins best of natural moment of bride laughing with groom during engagement sessionSaco Heath preserve wins best of location for local engagement session in MaineFall inspired engagement session from Portland MaineCrisp air, warm clothes and fall leaves are great for an engagement session couple looks into each others eyes show true love lasts

I want write a post on one of my favorite locations for weddings, the Florida Keys. Casa Marina Weddings more specifically take the cake for me. After hurricane Irma came close to destroying the Keys, crippling their existence,  I also just want to take a second and give a shout out to all the locals and emergency teams who were and still are fighting hard and digging deep, to restore the Keys back to their pristine beauty. A while back I shared Jess and Dans’ awesome engagement session at the Dali Museum and St Petersburg Clay Company. More recently I shared their rehearsal dinner images from the Waterfront Brewery in Key West. And now I am beyond ecstatic to share their wedding day images with you! This Casa Marina wedding was one that I was looking forward to for months to come. Jess chose to style her wedding by using the natural beauty and charm of this historical hotel. Her choice of florals and greenery enhanced the original design of Casa Marina. I LOVED that each of her bridesmaids were able to choose their rose gold colored dresses and that each one carried a single protea instead of a bouquet. Sometimes simplicity is the the key to beauty. One of my favorite moments from the day was the hour we spent before the ceremony driving around Key West. Jess wanted to embrace every single location that Key West has to offer so she hired trolley tours to take the family and bridal party to all the major points of the island. I had an absolute blast hanging out with Jess, Dan, their family and friends the entire weekend. What a beautiful merging of two people who are so meant to be together. Special shout out to Kelly from Just Save the Date who executed this wedding flawlessly. Here are some of my favorite photos from their day.

Bride and Groom Poses at sunset in Key West FloridaTropical Invitations created by Alchemy Hour DesignsBadgley Mischka Wedding ShoesLight and Natural Wedding Makeup on a bride at Casa MarinaMismatched Bridesmaids Dresses all in rose gold tonesA single protea is used for the bridesmaidsWindow View from Casa Marina in Key West FloridaBride smiles for bridal portrait in Key West Floridamom fixing son
Couple does first look in front of Casa MarinaBest Groom Reaction at Key West First Look Candid Natural Moments Between the bride and groomTrolley Tours of Key West make great bridal party transportationBridal Party poses at Southernmost Point in Key West FloridaGroomsmen Pose in front of Blue HeavenBridesmaids Smile under the Blue Heaven sign in Key West FloridaBride and Groom Pose on the Jolly Trolley Tours of Key WestBride and Groom Weds at the Banyan Resort in Key West FloridaThe Banyan resort Wedding CoupleNewlyweds Embrace Under The Giant Banyan Tree at the banyan resort in Key West Bridal Party Poses out front of Sloppy JoeAriel Image of Mallory SquareThe Iconic Statue of Key West FloridaBride and Groom Dance outside of Cuban Coffee QueenBride wears Allure Bridal and Groom Wears Hugo Boss SuitWedding Ceremony on beach at Casa Marina Key WestAllure Bridal Back of Dress is StunningFather Walking Daughter down the aisle in Casa Marina Father gives bride away to groom in Key West Wedding Ceremony on the beach at Casa MarinaCasa Marina WeddingsFirst Kiss as Husband and WifeBridesmaids Laugh with Each other at Casa MarinaBridal Party in Key West FloridaTraditional Bridal Party Pose at Casa Marina Key West Bridal Portraits on the rock jetty at Casa Marina Sunset Light hitting the brides face in Key WestOpen back of allure bridal wedding dress tender moment between bride and groom at Casa Marina Key WestFloral Bouquet with Proteas Bridal portrait in Key west FloridaOld Spanish Style Reception Room at Casa Marina Greenery for Floral Pieces at ReceptionGold Chargers with Menus Attached created by Alchemy Hour DesignsOld Florida Themed Wedding in Key West FloridaOld Florida Vibe for this stylish Casa Marina WeddingVintage Florida Postcards Used for Placecards at Wedding Key Lime Tarts used instead of a cake for Key West Wedding Cuban Cugar Boxes Reused for Floral Centerpieces at Key West WeddingCocktail Hour Set Up Outside at Casa MarinaBride and Grooms First Dance at Casa Marina Groom Dips Bride During First Dance in Key West FloridaFun Filed Loving First Speeches given by the maid of honor and best manWedding Reception at Casa MarinaDancing in Key West FloridaKey West Night life at Casa Marina during wedding reception DJ playing dance music at Key West WeddingWedding Ceremony :: Casa Marina Wedding Reception :: Casa Marina Transportation :: Trolley Tours Around Town Locations :: Blue Heaven , Southernmost Point,  Queen’s Cuban Coffee,  Sloppy Joes, Key West Custom House, The Banyan Resort, Mallory Square Wedding Dress :: Allure Bridal Wedding Shoes :: Badgley Mischka Hair and Makeup :: Bella Luxe Hair and Makeup Invitations :: Alchemy Hour Designs Floral Designer ::  Flowers by Gilda Bridesmaids Dresses :: Pissarro, Adrianna Papell, Ralph Lauren and Aidan Mattox Wedding Planner :: Just Save The Date Grooms Suit :: Hugo Boss Men’s Suits :: Tommy Hilfiger Wedding Cake :: Key West Cakes DJ :: Visualize Entertainment Second Shooter :: Jordan Weiland 

If you google Key West Wedding Photographer there are over 2 million sites that pop up. And while I’m nowhere near page one on the SEO list, I hope to work my way up to at least top 10. I had the best time this past February photographing Jess and Dan’s wedding weekend in Key West Florida. There is just something about the Keys that is like no other place on the planet. It’s laid back, it’s ocean, it’s good vibes, it’s just the Keys. Jess and Dan welcomed all their wedding guests at the Waterfront Brewery. Voted Key West’s Best Pub this brewery, which opened its doors in 2015, boasts of the best new brews, freshest fish, and nicest location to watch the sunset in the heart of old town. Bottom line, if you come to Key West, add this location to your “must see/experience list”. Jess and Dan reserved the rooftop deck where guests enjoyed craft beers, freshly made ceviche and lots of hugs and laughter. I was excited to pull the two of them away for a little bit and photograph them around the property. World renowned marine life artist, Wyland, was commissioned to paint a mural around the brewery building. I couldn’t help myself but put Jess and Dan in front of a giant tiger shark, and manta ray. But better then the backdrop and beer were the people. Love and friendships were everywhere. You could see it and feel it between all the guests. Here are some of my favorites from their rehearsal dinner evening. And stay tuned for their wedding day blog at Casa Marina!

Bride and Groom Poses For Wedding Photo in Key West FloridaOcean Mural on the Waterfront Brewery in Key West FloridaThe rooftop deck at the waterfront brewery is a great place for a wedding receptionThe birds eye view of the Key West MarinaRehearsal Dinner Set up at the Waterfront Brewery in Ke West FloridaBride Wears Short Cocktail Dress for Wedding in Key West FloridaEngagement Session out front of the waterfront Brewery in Key West FloridaOcean Inspired Key West Engagement SessionCouple Wears Coastal Colors for rehearsal dinner in Key West FloridaTiger Shark with Bride and Groom only in The Florida KeysCouple Poses in front of Wylands Whaling Wall in Key WestWedding Reception Guests at the Waterfront Brewery

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My favorite place to photograph a wedding in Tampa is Oxford Exchange. There is just something about an Oxford Exchange Wedding. The architecture is divine. The materials used in this building remind me of Europe, where glass, marble, brick and metals are respected and well maintained. The service and food are top notch. But with Marissa and Clayton’s Oxford Exchange wedding, I have to say, my favorite part, were the people. This wedding was SO full of love and beautiful moments between the families, the friends, and the couple.  The good energy was everywhere. I truly loved how much Marissa incorporated the families. She wrote letters to all parents, gave sweet little gifts to all, and made sure that she had plenty of time for not only a first look with Clayton, but also her dad. After the first looks, we headed over to University of Tampa for some bridal party and bride and groom portraits. The light was stunning! The mismatched pastel Amsale bridesmaids dresses coupled with the mint and pink bouquets complimented the setting perfectly. Following portraits was the ceremony which took place upstairs at the Oxford Exchange. Again, all smiles, all love, lots of hugs and laughter. It was an all around beautiful heartfelt day. Marissa and Clayton, thank you so so much for trusting me to capture your day. I had so much fun and heart you both. Here are some of my favorites from their day along with the list of vendors who made their day possible.

Couple poses for a photo at University of TampaBride and Bridesmaids dresses hanging inside Oxford ExchangeBadgley Mischka wedding shoes at Oxford ExchangePersonalized bridesmaids hangers with amsale dresses Bridesmaids toasting the bride at an Oxford Exchange WeddingBride wears floor length veil for her oxford exchange wedding in Tampa Floridamother daughter moment while getting ready at the Oxford Exchangebride seeing herself in her Martina Liana wedding dress for the first timebride and groom exchanging gifts father daughter first look at Oxford ExchangeBride and Groom have their first look on the upper level of the Oxford ExchangeTampa couple does their first look before the ceremonyA first look is a wonderful time between bride and groom before weddingSuccessful first look with bride and groom at Oxford Exchange in the studyBride and Groom walk hand in hand out front of Oxford Exchange in TampaBridesmaids are wearing light pink Amsale dresses by Bella BridesmaidsGroom and his groomsmen all wearing black tuxedosAmsale gowns and mint and pastel florals for this Tampa Spring wedding at Oxford Exchangemismatched Amsale gowns and mint and pastel florals by CarmenBlack tie Bridal Party Poses at University of TampaHandsome couple weds at the Oxford Exchange in TampaGroom kisses his bride before the wedding startsBride wears a beautiful Martina Liana wedding dress and veil which she purchased from Malindy Elene in Tampa Veil blowing in the breeze while bride and groom cross the street to return to their Oxford Exchange Wedding Parents of the bride and groomParents of the bride kiss their daughter before she walks down the aislemother son moment before the wedding begins in TampaCarmenbride walking down the aisle at Oxford ExchangeBeautiful Black tie wedding upstairs at Oxford Exchangethe first kiss as husband and wifeJust married in Tampa FloridaReception set up in the conservatory of Oxford ExchangeCarmenWedding Reception set up in the restaurant of Oxford ExchangeBeautiful reception table floral arrangements by Carmentable settings were named after different suburbs in Atlanta The famous faces wall at Oxford ExchangeWedding Cake by Chocolate Pi with Eucalyptus leavesCouple poses outside of Oxford ExchangeBride and Groom walk down the cobblestone street outside of Oxford Exchange the brides radiant smile Groom twirling bride around during first dance at Oxford ExchangeWedding Reception at Oxford Exchangeprops make a great addition to any wedding receptionmini doughnuts from the mini Donut Factory for a late night wedding snack at Oxford Exchange Bride and groom have a sparkler exit at the Oxford ExchangeBride and Grooms grand exit from the Oxford Exchange

Wedding Ceremony :: Oxford Exchange  Wedding Reception :: Oxford Exchange Wedding Planner :: Sarah Fairban from One Fine Day Events Wedding Photographer :: Stephanie A Smith Photography Florist :: Carmen’s Flowers Wedding Dress :: Martina Liana Wedding Dress Store :: Malindy Elene Wedding Shoes :: Badgley Mischka Bridesmaids Dresses :: Amsale Bridesmaids Dress Store :: Bella Bridesmaids Jewelry :: Etsy Hair :: Mint Salon Makeup :: Blow Bar Groom and Groomsmen Tuxedos :: Men’s Warehouse Cake :: Publix Mini Doughnut {Late Night Snack } Mini Doughnut Factory DJ :: Grant Hemond and Associates  Second Shooter :: Bara Miller

I knew that this was going to be an amazing wedding to be a part of the moment I talked to Charlsey on the phone. She told me a little bit about herself, her fiancé, and her vision for their destination Don Cesar wedding. She wanted elegant, but not arrogant, coastal, but not beachy, classy but not overdone.  And while beautiful details mattered, it was the people and the moments that were most important to her. I LOVE that. I never had a chance to meet her before her wedding, however we exchanged a great big hug as soon as we saw each other. I felt like I had been helping my friend plan her wedding and we were finally getting a chance to celebrate together. Charlsey and Andrew opted for the first look prior to the ceremony. They wanted to alleviate wedding day jitters as well as accomplish some of the family and bridal party photos. The first look was absolutely priceless. Andrew started tearing up before even seeing Charlsey, and as soon as he took one look at her, the water works started from both of them. I loved their style for the wedding as well. They went with golds and greens. Classic, timeless colors that compliment the Don Cesar perfectly. 2 Birds events did an amazing job with the greenery in the bouquets as well as the baby gold pineapples for the guys boutonnieres. The sunset pictures of the two of them were unreal, can you say supermodels?! It was just such an amazing wedding to be a part of and Charlsey and Andrew, I can’t thank you enough for entrusting me to photograph your day.

Below are some of my favorite images from their destination wedding at the Don Cesar, along with the list of vendors who made it possible.

Courtyard View of the Don Cesar during a weddingBride and Groom Sharing a tender moment on St Pete beach in front of the Don CesarBride getting into her nicole Miller Bridal Dress at the Don CesarBridesmaids wearing gold strapless dresses from NordstromGroom model wearing hugo boss suit on his wedding day at the Don Cesar Bride and Groom first look at the Don Cesar wedding venueBest first look reaction from a groom everBride cries during first look with groom at Don Cesar on St Pete BeachBride and Groom have a tender moment before their wedding ceremony at the Don CesarBridesmaids wear gold while their bouquets are all greeneryGroomsmen and groom looking sharp in fitted Hugo Boss suitsGreen Foliage Wedding Bouquets designed by 2Birds eventsClassic Wedding at the Don Cesar hotelWedding invitations created by Vista PrintWedding Ceremony on St Pete BeachBride and Groom Wed on the courtyard steps of the Don Cesar hotel on St Pete BeachWedding Ceremony on the courtyard steps at the Don CesarBride and Groom just married walking down the aisle togetherBride and Groom walking out on St Pete BeachStunning Couple Weds at the Don cesar on St Pete Beach Couple Holds Their Destination Wedding at the Don cesarSunset Moment between Newlyweds on St Pete BeachLong Veils Are Beautiful for Destination Beach WeddingsCouple Kisses in the sand on St Pete BeachTropical Bouquet made out of green foliage and baby pineapples by 2Birds eventsModel Couple Gets Married at the Don cesar hotelBride and Groom Elope for their destination wedding on St Pete BeachBeautiful Backless Wedding Dress By Nicole Miller BridalSweet Moment Between Newlyweds outside of the Don Cesar Bride is all smiles in her Nicole Miller Wedding DressThe sexiest groom ever photographed wears Hugo Boss tuxedoBanana leaf and palm leaves make great decor for a destination wedding receptionGold Pineapples and green foliage are trending for wedding reception decorGold pineapples are trading for 2017 and 2018 wedding seasonDessert bar for a don cesar weddinggreenery and gold for the destination wedding at the Don Cesar on St Pete BeachBride and groom have their first dance Cigar Roller is a great addition to any destination wedding receptionModel couple cuts their wedding cake at the Don Cesar wedding

Wedding Ceremony :: Don Cesar Wedding Reception :: Don Cesar Wedding Planner :: Bri with Cheers Events Wedding Dress :: Nicole Miller Dress Store :: Che Bella Boutique Bridesmaids Wedding  Veil :: Che Bella Boutique Dresses :: Nordstrom Jewelry :: R & M Diamonds Groom & Groomsmen Attire :: Hugo Boss Wedding Cake :: Don Cesar Invitations and Programs :: Vista Print Hair and Makeup :: Rose Johnson of Style Hair and Makeup Floral Designer :: 2Birds Events Wedding Photographer :: Stephanie A Smith