Sarasota Wedding Photographer

I am always curious how brides find me. Is it word of mouth? A vendor? A google search? Usually, it’s one of those three, however Brittany was different. We actually met on instagram, through our dogs instagram pages. I’m not kidding! Her shih tzu @shihtzujack and my late shih tzu, @titomonter followed each other.  Fast forward to just a few months ago when I received an email on my wedding website that Brittany was getting married Memorial Day weekend of this year. I was so excited! First of all, our pups knew each other. Second, she’s a fellow shih tzu momma. Third, this would be my first ever instagram inquiry and booking. After chatting with Brittany and Josh about their wedding day I suggested an engagement/puppy session just so we could meet each other, and they can get a feel for what its like to be in front of the camera.  I love that they wanted to do the session on the west coast. Finding a dog friendly beach can be tricky, but we decided on Venice Beach in Sarasota. Venice has amazing nature, gorgeous backdrops, and a dog friendly area. The weather could not have been better and when Josh and Brittany showed up with Lucky and Jack wearing bow tie collars I couldn’t help but think who this shoot was going to be about. The pups knocked it out of the park, and constantly kept us giggling. Whether it be Jack not wanting to walk at all, or Lucky trying to escape from his collar and explore, I left that engagement session with a perma smile. Here are some of my favorites from their day, and I cannot wait for their wedding this weekend at the historical Dubsdread.

Sarasota Engagement Session with dogsDress up your dogs with a bow tie collarDog peeing on a bushShih tzu jack is an instagram starCouple Poses near sea grapes in Venice Beach Florida Coastal Style engagement session with blue hue outfits in Sarasota FloridaCouple Walks hand in hand during a gorgeous Florida sunsetCasperson beach engagement session is so prettySarasota Wedding Photographer candidly posing couple in front of the oceanSarasota Florida is a gorgeous backdrop for an engagement sessionSarasota Wedding Photographer captures shih tzu jack an instagram iconSarasota Wedding Photographer captures couple and two dogs during a shoot in Venice Florida

Carlouel Yacht Club Wedding

Aint no party like a Carlouel Yacht Club Wedding {party} 🙂 I know I’ve said this before in previous blog posts but I simply can’t get enough of this gorgeous venue. It’s so secluded from the crazy Clearwater beach area. It’s a classic throwback to Old Florida. And, most of the couples who get married there are awesome ocean people {my favorite types of humans }. I always get pumped for a Carlouel Yacht Club Wedding. Holly and Andrews’ wedding was no different. I was excited from the moment I met Holly and her mom. They were planning for their November wedding to be a green and gold style affair. Parties a la carte and concept bait did an amazing job creating that tropical chic oasis. I think one of my favorite parts about the wedding, besides all the candid awesomeness seen throughout the day, was when Andrew got up and jammed with the band, the Black Honkeys. Then Andrew pulled his band up on the stage {his band from college days} and they played a few original songs they had written. It was SO fun! Holly and Andrew, you two are amazing. Love you guys and your families, and friends. Thank you, thank you for letting me be a part of your wedding weekend. Here are some of my favorite images below as well as the list of vendors who made the day possible.

bride and groom photographed during sunset at Carlouel Yacht ClubUrban Coast does a beautiful old Florida themed stationary Bride gettin ready wearing a WATTERS dress and BHLDN beltGroom getting ready in his Kenneth Cole suitBridesmaids toasting the bride in their Joanna August dressesThe Jolly Trolley is a great way to get around Clearwater BeachBride and Groom have their first look at Carlouel Yacht clubThe bayside of Carlouel is a great place for a first look with the bride and groomConcept bait created an old Florida bouquet with leafy palmsbeautiful backless Watters dress by BHLDNThe new trend for grooms is to wear nice suit instead of tuxedoBridal up do by lasting luxe for a Carlouel Wedding brideperfect sized palm tree clutches for the bridesmaidsA tropical themed fall wedding with navy and greens popsbrides tribe at Carlouel Yacht Club how to pose a large bridal partyCarlouel Weddings are some of the most beautiful on Clearwater BeachGreat wedding idea is to do a first look with grandmomConcept Bait created beautiful palm invitations and paper designsthe view from a Carlouel Yacht Club Weddingring bearers wearing bow ties Dad walking daughter down the aisle on Clearwater BeachCarlouel Yacht Club Wedding taking place on the beachFather of the bride and groom hand offBeautiful Floral Arch setup by concept bait at a Carlouel Yacht Club WeddingHydrangeas make beautiful floral ceremony arches for beach weddingsNewlyweds just married at Carlouel Yacht Club Couple Kissing Under a rainbow on Clearwater beachBride and Groom Portraits on Clearwater BeachBackless WATTERS wedding dress at a Carlouel Beach WeddingBride and Groom Walking Hand in Hand on the beachCheers to Carlouel Yacht Club WeddingsTropical Beach Wedding Table Setting in FloridaTropical Greenery Makes a great wedding centerpieceCarlouel Yacht Club Wedding Reception set upWhite, Green, Gold and Navy are a great color combination for a wedding in FloridaBamboo Chivari Chairs Are Great For A Wedding ReceptionBride and Groom Cut Their Wedding Cake from PublixLive Bands Get Everyone on the dance floor better than a djThe Black Honkeys perform at Carlouel Yacht ClubThe Black Honkeys Will Perform at your weddingGlow in the dark Foam wands are used for a wedding exitBoat Getaway after a carlouel yacht club wedding

 

 

Ceremony Location : Carlouel Yacht Club Reception Location : Carlouel Yacht Club Wedding Dress : BHLDN by Watters Belt : BHLDN Jewelry : Swarovski Bridesmaids Dresses : Joanna August Bridesmaids Clutches : New York Rent Party Mens Suits : Kenneth Cole Hair and Makeup: Lasting Luxe Floral Designer : Concept Bait Invitations : Urban Coast Planner : Parties A La Carte Band : The Black Honkeys Second Shooter : Jordan Weiland

Post Card Inn Weddings

Post Card Inn Weddings are always so much fun to be a part of. The vibe is sort of surfer laid back. The style is quirky and there are plenty of locations to take pictures, which is always a plus for me 🙂 I had the honor of photographing Meghan and James Post Card Inn wedding a few winters back. It was quick planning as they were both set to deploy in support of Operation Inherent Resolve  with the 82nd Airborne Division. You see, they are both jumpers who serve our country. What are jumpers you may ask? Well, they literally jump out of airplanes. How bad ass is that !? And even better,  Meghan is a 3rd generation jumper! Her grandfather served in the army as a general officer pilot his entire career {he flew during Vietnam}. And Meghans father was also a pilot, both serving in the 82nd Airborne division. This is how Meghan and James met, in the jumper section of the army so to speak. I guess this is kind of how love is too. You prep as much as you can, and hopefully have had the correct training and support from all around you. And then boom! You’re off! One of the most memorable pictures I can remember taking was a group shot of everyone who served our country. The dance floor was literally packed with bad ass men and women who had served or were currently serving. To them I say “thank you”, to the families that supported them I say “thank you” and to Meghan and James, who allowed me to capture their special day I say “thank you”.

Here are some of my favorite images from this beautiful Post Card inn Wedding as well as the vendors who made this day possible.

Bride and Groom portraits on St Pete Beach at Post Card InnSurfer Vibe at Post Card Inn St Pete BeachRetro License Plates and Surfboards at Post Card Inn Holiday IsleWinnie Couture Bridal Dress for a bride on St Pete BeachStephanie A Smith captures candid moment of bride laughing on St Pete BeachStemless Champagne Glasses for Brides Tribe on St Pete BeachBrides Tribe wearing Light Pink Robes at Post Card Inn Beautiful Hair and Makeup by Michelle Renee StudioGroomsmen Portraits outside of St Pete Beach Beach Bar at Post Card InnBridesmaids Photos Out Front Of Shiplap Wall at Post Card Inn Holiday IsleDon't Worry Ladies, I'm still single sign for ring bearerFather Walking Daughter Down the aisle on St Pete BeachWedding Ceremony at Post Card Inn Holiday IsleBride Smiling at Groom at Courtyard Ceremony on St Pete BeachFirst Kiss and Husband and WifeBride and Groom Walking hand in hand in Grassy Courtyard of Post Card Inn St Pete BeachPost Card Inn Weddings are so cute with flower girls and ring bearers Bridal Party Picture on St Pete BeachJumping Bridal Party Picture at Post Card Inn Holiday IsleCathedral Length Veils Are Stunning with a Strapless DressWarm Wedding Tones of Bride and Groom on St Pete beachBride and Groom Walk into sunset with Destination wedding at Post Card Inn Holiday IsleThis is an example of a Post Card Inn Wedding outside of their tiki hutPost Card Inn weddings are best outsideGold and Black Tones for wedding receptionGold Chargers Look great with black napkins and white hydrangeas at wedding reception at Post Card InnCake Pops Designed by Hands on SweetsBride and Groom First Dance at Post Card Inn Candid Moments Captured by Stephanie A Smith in St Pete Beach FloridaPhotos you can feel by Stephanie A Smith in the Florida Keysand Oval Engagement Ring is such a unique shape82nd Airborne Division of Army Men and Women who served and are serving our countryBride and Groom Night Shot outside of Post Card Inn on St Pete Beach

Wedding Ceremony :: Post Card Inn Wedding Reception :: Post Card Inn Wedding Dress :: Winnie Chlomin Lee Dress and Veil Store :: Winnie Couture Atlanta Bridesmaids Dresses :: Davids Bridal Wedding Shoes :: Badgley Mischka Hair and Makeup :: Michelle Renee Florist :: The Brides Bouquet Cake and Sweets Table :: Hands on Sweets Cookie Favors :: A Couple of Cookies DJ :: Grant Hemond and Associates Grooms Suit :: Ralph Lauren Second Shooter :: Bara Miller 

Dunedin Wedding Photographer

So usually my posts consist of some seriously gorgeous coastal weddings. On the beach, or around water is my absolute favorite, however, after Natalie and Chases’ wedding I think I’m jumping on board with being a Dunedin wedding photographer.

And honestly, this location was so much better than any beach or ocean view because this was the property that Natalies grandfather built a home for her grandmother 65 years ago. It’s where they raised children, built a life, and created MANY memories. The property stands as a symbol of love and devotion. I literally get choked up when I think about this wedding and the meaning behind every detail.

One of the most treasured things I can recall was during the ceremony. One of Natalie’s sisters explained the importance of a great oak tree {which was the location of the ceremony } “The great oak tree anchors its tap root deep to set a solid foundation. The root then spreads to form stronger bonds as the tree matures”. That, ladies and gentleman is the definition of a strong marriage, and honestly a strong life. Not only did Natalie’s grandparents set a solid example of what true love is, but also both sets of parents and all the siblings whose combined years together is close to a century.

Natalie and Chase what an amazing tap root you are setting for your future together. I cannot thank you enough for letting me be a part of your wedding weekend. I was truly humbled and honored. I am so excited for you both as you are welcoming baby Licata later this year. I hope that your roots spread strong and wide, and that they always stay rooted in love.

Here are some of my favorite images from their day, as well as the list of vendors who made it all possible.

Bride wearing Martina Liana backless dress at her wedding in Dunedin FloridaPrivate Estate Wedding in Dunedin FloridaBridesmaids in spring time robes before the ceremonyBride dancing before her wedding ceremonyStunning Martina Liana backless wedding dressBrides first look with father in Dunedin Floridadad and daughter first look Izas flowers designs bouquet with pantone colorflower girls walk down the aisleWedding ceremony on grandfathers property in Dunedin Floridagrandmother laughing at wedding ceremonyWedding ceremony under a great oak treeBride and groom wed under the gray oak tree at bries grandfathers estate in Dunedin FloridaMr and Mrs wearing Hugo Boss and Martina LianaParents of the bride still together after 40 yearsFamily photos captured by Dunedin wedding photographerIzas flowers designs white and cream colored bouquetsMismatched BHLDN bridesmaids dresses in purplePanatone color of the year Dunedin Wedding Photographer captures bridal party on private estate in Florida Bride and Grooms wedding in Dunedin FloridaGolden Hour is the best time for bridal portraitsSunbursts at golden hour in Dunedin FloridaBride and Groom walking around on private estateDunedin Wedding Photographer photographs bride and groom on grandfathers property during golden hourSperry Tented Reception on grandfathers propertyA Chair affair designed unique sweetheart table wedding receptionBride and groom first dance in Dunedin Florida Live band None Other is a great idea for your wedding receptionBride and Groom Sparkler Exit

 

 

 

 

Ceremony Location :: Southfolks {private estate} Reception Location :: Southfolks {private estate} Gown Designer :: Martina Liana Dress Boutique :: Malindy Elene Wedding Planner :: Simply Divine Events Tent Rental :: US Tent Chairs :: A Chair Affair Floral Designer :: Iza’s Flowers Videographer :: Randall Productions Link to their wedding video :: Vimeo Wedding Cake :: Publix Hair and Makeup :: Rachel Artistry Bridesmaids Dresses :: BHLDN Groom’s Suit :: Hugo Boss Band:: None Other Caterer:: Puff n Stuff Second Shooter :: Bara Miller

Coral Gables Wedding

Have you guys ever been to Coral Gables? Have you ever been to a Coral Gables wedding? They’re pretty epic. In my last post, you saw Leo and Bill’s Islamorada elopement. They wanted an intimate ceremony with just parents and siblings, but knew that their extended family and friends also wanted to celebrate with them. So, the day after they eloped they drove to Coral Gables where Leo’s uncle hosted a huge backyard reception. It was amazing. First of all, I want to talk about the homemade mojitos that Leo’s family made. No, I don’t typically drink on the job, but yes, when a homemade mojito is staring at me for hours on end, I had to partake in one during dinner. Just the sip. HaHa! And then there was the most AMAZING authentic Cuban food I’ve ever had. Leo’s grandmother made the mini cuban sandwiches and I kid you not, my mouth is watering thinking about them. The decor was on pointe. The bamboo chairs paired perfectly with the backyard setup. Long feasting tables ran the length of the yard and candles and market lights adorned the tables and sky. But more important than the food. More important than those delicious mojitos. More important than the decor, was the people. It was the friends and family who gathered in support and celebration of this couple. It was one of the last events where Leo got to spend time with her amazing grandmother before she passed. A true matriarch of the family who lead with strong love. I want to say this to all future brides and grooms. Food, drinks, decor, dresses, suits and ties are all a part of a wedding. However, what matters are the people you surround yourself with and choose to invite in this celebration. I am SO grateful that I was able to be a part of this incredible wedding, but I am beyond grateful to have met the friends and family members who loved and supported Leo and Bill through one of life’s greatest adventures, Love. Here are some of my favorite photos from their Coral Gables Wedding.

Coral Gables Backyard Weddingauthentic cuban mojitos at a backyard wedding in Coral Gablestropical feasting tables at a wedding reception in Coral Gableshead wedding table with Polynesian chairsbanana leaf table center pieces at coral gables weddingTropical backyard wedding decor with candles and birds of paradiseBamboo chairs are amazing upgrades to the typical wedding chairsfeasting tables in a backyard wedding in Coral Gables FloridaCenterpieces made of orchids and palm leaves in Floridanight time reception shot of backyard Coral Gables weddingbride and groom pose in their reception set upbackyard events are so beautiful and intimatefirst dance as husband and wifeBackyard Reception :: Uncles House in Coral Gables

Event Design :: Pink Apron Events

Wedding Dress :: Chic Nostalgia 

Dress Store :: Coral Gables Bridal 

Hair and Makeup :: Amanda Robinson

Chair Rentals :: Lu Party Rentals

DJ :: Go Live DJ

Doughnuts :: Mojo Doughnuts

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