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

Islamorada Wedding Photographer

There is something about being a Florida wedding photographer that makes me smile. Being part mermaid, I can’t resist shooting a wedding barefoot on the beach. And being an Islamorada wedding photographer is even better!!! I have known this beautiful bride for a few years now. Leo, was actually a bridesmaid in a few weddings I photographed prior to hers. I was so excited when she got engaged and reached out to me. Leo just has this awesome energy. She is sassy, funny, and just as pretty on the inside as she is on the outside. Bill scored big time with this one! Their initial plan was to elope to Bimini, Bahamas. They traveled there often and loved the laid back atmosphere of the island. But on their last visit back there, the island had changed. Yes, I agree with them, there is a massive resort now on the north end of the island with plans to continue building and expanding with very little concern for the environment. For that reason, Leo and Bill opted for the most laid back part of Florida, the Keys. There are so many places in the Keys to get married but when they arrived at the Caribbean Resort, they knew this would be the place. These caribbean style cottages provide a very serene setting in the middle of the fishing capital of the world. While most cottages are booked year round, the spacious property makes you feel like you are the only guest. Leo and Bill chose to elope on a Thursday and then have an intimate dinner at Pierres in Morada Bay.  They held a larger celebration a few days later where friends and extended family would join in on the festivities. I absolutely LOVED being a part of Leo and Bills Islamorada elopement. Here are some of my favorite photos from their intimate elopement, and stay tuned for more photos from their reception party in Coral Gables.

Islamorada is the perfect location for an intimate wedding elopementFlorida foliage is so beautifulBanana leaves are natural to the state of FloridaLow tide at the Caribbean Resort in Islamorada FloridaBrown pelicans are a common site in floridaBanana leaves make for a perfect tropical leaf for wedding reception decorSide tendrils for a wedding updo in the Florida KeysBride using her grandmothers purse as family heirloom for her weddingBride putting her wedding dress on in Islamorada FloridaWearing white on her intimate wedding elopement in the Florida Keys Bride and groom have their first look at the Caribbean Resort in Islamorada Floridawedding elopement with Bride and groom portraits at the Cheeca LodgeCouple takes newlywed photos by Florida Foliage native to the Florida KeysBride and Groom walking to their elopement location at the Caribbean Resort in Islamorada FloridaDad walking daughter down the aisle at Caribbean resort Ceremony location for intimate elopement in Islamorada FloridaFlorida Keys wedding ceremony with the water in the backdropIslamorada excitement as newlyweds walk down the aisle together Bride and Groom portraits around the Caribbean resortImage that looks like Carolyn Kennedy on her wedding dayBride and Groom pose in front of lobster traps in Florida KeysCouple Poses in the dock at Caribbean Resort because of their love for the waterNewlyweds dine at Pierres Morada Bay in Islamorada Sunset picture at Morada BayBride wearing chic nostalgia poses in front of iconic palm tree at Morada BayBride and Groom portraits at Morada Bay in Islamorada Florida KeysMorada Bay night time shot

Wedding Ceremony :: The Caribbean Resort Wedding Reception :: Pierre’s at Morada Bay Wedding Dress :: Chic Nostalgia Dress Store :: Coral Gables Bridal Wedding Shoes :: Badgley Mischka Hair and Makeup :: Amanda Robinson Floral Designer :: Floral Fantasy

Tampa Yacht and Country Club Weddings

It has been a hot second since I shot at the Tampa Yacht and Country Club. I love being a part of Tampa Yacht and Country Club Weddings. And looking back on this wedding, its bringing back all the feels for that venue. As you may have read in the previous post Ansley and Cory held their rehearsal dinner at the beautiful Le Meridien Tampa. Friends, family, aunts and uncles, and grandparents gave their well wishes to the soon to be Mr and Mrs. It was an incredibly heartfelt evening that carried on into wedding day. Ansley was absolutely stunning in her beaded Rosa Clara wedding dress. The style was classic and clean with pops of spring time everywhere. I loved the heartfelt first look at that Yacht Club. Happy tears were shed and then an uproar of laughter as a rooster snuck in the frame to photobomb the soon to be Mr and Mrs {rooster not pictured because I didn’t want him upstaging the bride and groom 🙂 } I adored the bridesmaids dresses. BHLDN knows how to make beautiful dresses, and this brides tribe knew how to rock them! One of my favorite memories from their day was the sparkler exit boat getaway. Gone are the days of a getaway car, let’s jump on the water and go for a “three hour tour” . I realize that Im totally showing my age with that last sentence. All in all this has been one of my most memorable weddings to be a part of. Ansley and Cory, thank you so much for letting me capture your wedding weekend. Here are some of my favorite photos from their day as well as a list of the vendors who made it all possible.

Bride and Groom have a first look at Tampa Yacht and Country ClubRosa Clara beaded wedding dress paired with nude heels are a must have this Spring 2018 for weddingsReaves Engraving does beautiful wedding invitations in Tampa FloridaGroomsmen wear college team cufflinks for Tampa weddingBrides tribe popping champagne while getting readyBridesmaids wear beautiful floral robes while getting ready for Tampa WeddingLong cathedral veils are a must have for 2018 weddingsBride and Groom portraits at TYCCClassic Attire for this Tampa couple getting married at the Yacht ClubStephanie A Smith captures Tampa couple at the Yacht and Country Clubblush tone BHLDN bridesmaids dresses for Spring 2018 weddingclassic Vera Wang black tuxedos for Tampa weddingSpringtime blush tones adorn this beautiful bridal party in Tampa FloridaStephanie A Smith Photography captures bridal portraits with brides cathedral length veilBeautiful Tampa wedding held at Palma Ceia Presbyterian Churchfirst kiss as husband and wifemodern geometric wedding reception centerpieces at the Tampa Yacht and Country clubSperry tent receptionGasparilla Day Parade 2018 3 generations of women wedding ringsBridal Party images on a boat Bride and groom have their sunset photos on the water in TampaFirst dance at TYCC under a sperry tentNewlyweds cutting their cake with blush toned florals midnight snacks are a great idea for wedding guestslive band is a must have for a 2018 weddingsparkler exits are the best way to end your wedding receptiondragging your shutter creates linear effect with sparkler exitboat getaway is the new trend for 2018 2019 weddings

Wedding Ceremony :: Palma Ceia Presbyterian Wedding Reception :: Tampa Yacht and Country Club Wedding Dress :: Rosa Clara Bridesmaids Dresses :: BHLDN Jenny Yoo Annabelle Men’s Tuxedos :: Vera Wang Wedding Invitations :: Reaves Engraving Floral Designer :: Julian Cunningham Wedding Cake :: Catering by Family Band :: Cashmere Band Second Shooter :: Bara Miller  

Le Meridien Tampa Wedding

I am really, really excited to share this Le Meridien Tampa Wedding with you. Well, to be honest, it’s Ansley and Corys’ wedding rehearsal. I will share their Tampa Yacht and Country Club wedding next, but for my nerdy SEO optimization I had to use the keyword “Le Meridien Tampa Wedding“. Gotta make that first page on google, right ? 🙂

Anyway, I want to share with you the most beautiful blending of families in the history of families. Cory and Ansley have been dating for a few years now. But before that, their families already had a strong history with one another as the uncles of both Cory and Ansley were friends since childhood. And living only blocks apart allowed for an easy commute.

The rehearsal dinner was held at the architecturally beautiful Le Meridien of Tampa. The building from the outside is stunning, but the details that went into the inside are par for the course. Light blush tones and navy adorned the tables. The evening was filled with MANY well wishes, speeches from the loved ones, and lots of hugs, kisses and cheers to the newlyweds. Here are some of my favorites from their rehearsal dinner.

And up next, Cory and Ansley’s springtime  Tampa Yacht Club Wedding 🙂

Cocktail Hour out front of Le Meridien TampaTall Centerpieces work well with the ceiling height of Le Meridien Tampa Navy and blush tones are a great color palette for a spring wedding in Tampa FloridaRomantic soft candle light in the ballroom of Le Meridien in Tampa FloridaWedding Reception decor at Le Meridien TampaBride and Groom Pose for a photo outside of Le Meridien TampaA toast to the bride and groom Father of the bride speech at le Meridien TampaFirst Kiss of Bride and Groom at Le Meridien Tampa

Fall Engagement Session

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.

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