Boca Grande Wedding Photography

Christa and Mike are the coolest couple ever. In fact on our initial phone consultation I’m pretty sure we talked more about dogs and football than wedding details. While they are based on the West Coast they will be having their wedding this May down in Boca Grande at the Gasparilla Inn. Christas family has ties to that area and it just felt right to host their wedding weekend on this little gem of Florida. And if you know me, you know I am TOTALLY into some Boca Grande Wedding Photography. Old Florida, golf cart driving, dogs and seashell everywhere type island. Yes please. For their engagement session we went to Long Boat Key. I am OBSESSED with all the down trees and just slightly gnarled coastline. We couldn’t have asked for better weather or a better sunset. Christa and Mike, I cannot wait for May!!! Here are some of my favorites from their engagement session.

Intermezzo Weddings

It has been really awesome to witness the transformation of downtown St Pete. What once was lost, is now found as new businesses and ventures begin. Along central avenue there is a little coffee place called Intermezzo. It’s been really cool to see if grow and develop. What used to be a place to grab a great cup of coffee and catch up on emails is now bustling with a cocktail menu, weekly events on the neighboring vacant lot, and now they have moved full steam ahead into a venue. That’s right, you can host your wedding there!!! Intermezzo weddings! How cool is this? I was honored to be a part of this styled shoot showcasing Intermezzo coffee & cocktail as a wedding venue, along with its next door neighbor, Baum Ave Market. Here are some of my favorites from this shoot along with a list of the amazing vendors who made it possible.

Modern Photograph of bride and groom at wedding at Intermezzo Coffee & cocktail Treasury Rentals provides plenty of furniture for weddings in St Petersburg FloridaGorgeous spring Florida wedding with bride wearing  Made with love bridal dressIntermezzo Coffee is now a wedding venueThe unique and hip new wedding venue in downtown St Pete is Intermezzo Coffee and cocktail2 Birds events is the leading floral designer for weddings in St PeteWedding Ceremony at Intermezzo coffeeNewlyweds at the brand new weddings venue Intermezzo coffee and cocktailTreasury Rentals offers rich romantic jeweled toned furniture for any wedding or eventBride wearing Made with love bridal wedding dress and groom wearing Express suit for styled modern wedding in downtown St Pete2Birds events create amazing bouquetsEditorial Shoot taken at Baum Ave Market to showcase new wedding venueBride and groom pose next to Baum Ave Market in downtown St Pete showcasing the new wedding venue propertyEdgy wedding photo from a styled shoot at Intermezzo Coffee and cocktailBest Outdoor Wedding Venue in downtown St Pete is Intermezzo Coffee and cocktail Kate Ryan Linen and Treasury Rentals provides a stylish wedding table set upClara Rose is the latest trend in wedding food truck rentals for the downtown St Pete areabride and groom pose in front of Clara Rose ice cream truckBourbon and blush events styles beautiful wedding in downtown St Pete

Venue : Intermezzo Venue 2 : Baum Ave Market Wedding Planner : Bourbon and Blush Events Floral Designer : 2Birds Events Model : Anna Ornella and her husband Wedding Dress : Made with Love bridal Shoes : Madewell Grooms Suit :Express Hair and Makeup : Lasting Luxe Furniture Rental : Treasury rentals Linens : Kate Ryan Linens Invitations : APDesign Co Caterers : Salt Block Hospitality Ice Cream truck : Clara Rose Ice Cream Photography : Stephanie a Smith Photography


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