As the northeast prepares for possibly the largest winter storm of 2017, Niko, I’m reminiscing about my last trip up to Boston. My favorite new england city is Boston….Wait, let me preface. There is no greater city, then the city of Boston, in summer and Fall. Winter and spring, forget about it, you can find me in Florida. I was beyond excited when Shea and Pete asked me if I would travel up to do their Boston engagement session. While Shea and Pete were planning their destination wedding down in Boca Grande, Florida at the Gasparilla Inn, they also wanted a chance to incorporate their city, where their life together began.  Without hesitation I was online booking my flight. “Have camera, will travel” is my motto.

 As I boarded the plane to Boston I could feel the crisp air on my face, smell the changing of the season, taste the apple cider, and I could visualize the different color leaves swaying in the light cool breeze. But as fate would have it, I brought the Florida weather with me and we experienced a high of about 80 degrees on the day of their shoot. I was really happy that Shea and Pete still rocked their “fall” attire. We traveled all over the city, from the fells park to the Boston waterfront and seaport area. From there we headed over to the Public Gardens and finished the session at the Esplanade.

I really enjoyed as Shea and Pete tour guided me through their city and gave me a little history on how their journey together began. Honestly, I could go on and on about this shoot and how amazing Shea and Pete are but I can’t wait to share some of these photos 🙂 Without further ado, I give you Shea and Pete’s boston engagement session.

Fall engagement session in Boston at the Seaport waterfront areaCouple taking fall engagement photos in Fells Reserve ParkCouple gets dressed up for Boston engagement session in the Public GardensWearing white dress with nude pumps at engagement session always looks niceFall leaves changing color in Fells Park BostonBoston Engagement Session right outside of city in Fells PreserveOne of the best locations for a boston engagement session is the public gardensFall leaves falling on clients as they laid in the red maple leaves during their boston engagement session in the public gardensThe seaport area in Boston is a beautiful backdrop with brick walkways and expansive skyline views of Bostoncouple poses together on an adirondack chair on the charles river waterfront in Bostoncouple snuggles close under the willow trees at the public gardens area in Bostonthe esplanade in boston is a beautiful trail along the Charles River

One of my favorite places to photograph a wedding in Tampa, is the Tampa Yacht and Country Club. To me, a Tampa Yacht and Country Club Wedding usually means the couple and their families have roots local to the area and that it will be a wonderful evening filled with friends, family and an awesome band 🙂 This beautiful spring wedding was exactly that. Annie and Rhys grew up in the same neighborhood. They were friends first, and then it grew into something much more. On wedding day, Annie got ready in the house she grew up in. Her uncle officiated their wedding at the church that they attended from an early age. I think the thing that I treasured most about this wedding was the time they allowed prior to the ceremony for family photos and bridal party. Their friends and family mean so much to Annie and Rhys, and by allowing time early in the day they were able to capture special moments with all their loved ones.  And even with Rhys in a boot on his wedding day {he seriously sprained it playing basketball a week before the big day} there was nothing but smiles and laughter. Annie and Rhys, thank you so much for allowing me to capture your wedding. Here are some of my favorite moments from their day along with the vendors who made it possible.

Spring Wedding Invitations in Tampa FloridaTulips are beautiful flowers for weddings2017-01-29_0006Beautiful wedding dress and long veil with flowers from FH Weddings2017-01-29_00082017-01-29_0009father and daughter first look in Tampa Florida2017-01-29_00112017-01-29_0012Groomsmen Getting into JOS A Banks Tuxedo at Tampa Yacht and Country ClubBridal Portrait in her childhood home2017-01-29_0022Bride Portraits with her parents in South Tampa2017-01-29_00232017-01-29_0014Bride and Groom do their first look at Tampa Yacht and Country ClubA First Look Under the Oak Trees at Tampa Yacht and Country ClubBridesmaids wearing lavender dresses with loose formed floral bouquets by FH Weddings2017-01-29_0018Gardenias and white ranunculus in spring wedding bouquets in Tampa Florida2017-01-29_0020Spring Wedding with Bridal Party Portrait at the Tampa Yacht and Country Club2017-01-29_00252017-01-29_00262017-01-29_00272017-01-29_0030Bridal Portrait with Long Veil in Tampa Florida2017-01-29_00342017-01-29_0033Handsome Tampa Couple Smiles for the camera at their wedding at the Tampa Yacht and Country Club2017-01-29_00312017-01-29_0036Outdoor Skyline View of St Johns Episcopal Church in Tampa Florida2017-01-29_0037Beautiful Stained Glass Windows in Tampa Florida2017-01-29_0040Old Architecture in Tampa Florida at St Johns Episcopal Church2017-01-29_0042

FH Weddings Designed the Floral Mantle at Tampa Yacht and Country ClubTulips and hydrangeas make beautiful spring floral arrangements for classic spring wedding in Tampa Florida2017-01-29_00472017-01-29_00552017-01-29_00482017-01-29_00492017-01-29_00522017-01-29_00502017-01-29_0053DeLeon Entertainment performs at Tampa Yacht and Country Club2017-01-29_00562017-01-29_00632017-01-29_00572017-01-29_00612017-01-29_00582017-01-29_00602017-01-29_00652017-01-29_00642017-01-29_00662017-01-29_00692017-01-29_0068Sparkler Exit with extra long sparklers at TYCC

Getting Ready Location :: Bride’s Parents House  Wedding Dress ::  Ti Adora by Alvina Valenta   Dress Store ::  Malindy Elene   Wedding Shoes :: Antonio Melani  Bridesmaids Attire :: Jim Helm Occasions by Bella Bridesmaids   Grooms Attire ::  Jos A Bank  Hair and Makeup :: Style Hair and Makeup     Florist ::  FH Weddings  Event Planner :: Confetti Events  Wedding Ceremony ::  St John’s Episcopal Church   Wedding Reception :: Tampa Yacht and Country Club  Cake :: Publix Greenwise Wedding Band ::  DeLeon Entertainment Second Shooter :: Regina as the photographer

There is just something about springtime in Florida. The temperature has not quite reached its hottest, most humid potential, the sky is crisp, breezes are light and the smell of blooming florals permeate the air. It’s the perfect time to get married here. A Florida Spring Wedding is one of my favorites, and Bre and Alex’s day perfectly exemplified what I mean. Bre and Alex were married in March on Bre’s parents property in Largo, Florida. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the beach, this beautiful home sits on acres of mature oak trees. Bre’s mom has quite the green thumb so the backyard is absolutely breath taking when you see it. It’s an oasis where Bre and Alex retreat to almost every weekend with their pup. Bre’s mom grew all of the succulents which were the party favors for all the guests. A tent was setup, chairs brought in, a deck was built, and while this sounds like quite the production, the feeling of the wedding remained intimate and comfortable. The florals were white peonies with green garland table runners. And with the amazing guidance of  Cindy, from Stonehouse Events, Bre and Alex pulled off the most beautiful wedding of the Spring. I have so many favorite images to share from this day. But first I just want to say thank you to Bre and Alex for allowing me to be a part of your amazing Florida spring wedding.

Bride and Groom First Look in Flower FieldWedding Invitation from Minted2017-01-03_0006Personalized Champagne Flutes For Bridesmaids2017-01-03_00072017-01-03_0039Bride Getting Her Hair and Makeup done by Femme Akoi2017-01-03_0010Bridesmaids Wearing Jim Helm Helping Bride into her Miss Hayley Paige Gown2017-01-03_00402017-01-03_00112017-01-03_0012Dad and Daughter First Look on Front Steps of Childhood Home2017-01-03_00162017-01-03_0015Bride and Groom Do First Look in front of Parents Home in Largo Florida2017-01-03_0017Bridesmaids in BHLDN dresses create an organic natural lookNatural White and Cream Florals by Redman Steele2017-01-03_0021Peonies are my favorite florals for bridal bouquetsGroomsmen wearing Happy Socks for a fun pop of colorCandid Moments of a bridal partyFlorida Spring Wedding is the best time to get married Bridal Portrait out front of her childhood homeBride wears babys Breath Florals in her hair and a Miss Hayley Paige dress2017-01-03_00382017-01-03_0049Live Oak Trees in Largo Florida Save our shrubs2017-01-03_0051Father Giving Daughter away to groom in a backyard wedding in Largo floridaThe Parkers Married in the Spring of 2016 in Florida2017-01-03_0027Wedding Ceremony in Parents Backyard in Largo Florida2017-01-03_00282017-01-03_0029Florida Spring Wedding in Largo Florida2017-01-03_0056Sperry Tent in backyard Largo Florida with Stonehouse Events coordinating 2017-01-03_00592017-01-03_00612017-01-03_0060Fun Bridal Party Poses for your weddingNatural Bride and Groom Portraits in a tropical forrest of Largo Florida Bride and Groom holding hands wearing Jos A Banks and Miss Hayley PaigeTender Moment between bride and groom in Florida 2017-01-03_0033Succulents used for guest favors at wedding in FloridaOrganic Table scape for backyard wedding in FloridaSimple White Wedding Cake designed by Hands on sweetsSweetheart table adorned with candles and white flowers Sperry Tent Wedding Reception in Florida2017-01-03_00052017-01-03_00642017-01-03_00652017-01-03_00672017-01-03_00682017-01-03_00692017-01-03_0070

Wedding Ceremony and Location :: Brides Parents Home Wedding Planning :: Stonehouse Events Dress Designer :: Miss Hayley Paige Wedding Dress Shop :: White Magnolia Bridal  Hair and Makeup :: Femme Akoi Florals:: Redman Steele Men’s Attire :: Jos A Banks Socks :: Happy Socks Linens :: Linens by the Sea Lighting :: Tampa Lights Catering :: Lynn’s Catering Cake :: Hands on Sweets DJ :: Grant Hemond and Associates Videographer :: Brogen Productions

I definitely consider myself a St Petersburg Wedding Photographer. I’ve lived on St Pete Beach for 10 years and I am a 12 minute commute from downtown St Pete. I guess its safe to say I love it here. And being a photographer, I totally appreciate the various settings and backdrops that can be used while on location downtown. With so many parks, museums, and art all within a few blocks of one another its relatively easy to switch up the setting while shooting in downtown St Pete. That’s what I did with Karen and Scott. They really enjoy the vibe of St Pete and came down from Tampa for their engagement session. We started around the Dali Museum and then gravitated towards the Mahaffey Theater. From there we finished up the session along the water and Albert Whittead airport. It was a great evening full of laughs, love and lots of locations. I am SO excited for their wedding at one of my favorite places, the Oxford Exchange. Here are some of my favorites from their downtown St Pete engagement session.

couple poses for an engagement photo in front of the Dali Museuma blue maxi dress and button down blue shirt is a great engagement session outfit idea couple smiles for the camera outside of the Mahaffey TheaterA great engagement session location in downtown St Petersburg is the Mahaffey theater2016-11-10_00012016-11-10_0006Bride wears gold bangle bracelet for her engagement session in downtown St PeteGreat Save The Date Pose for a weddingWaterfront picture near Albert Whittead airport in downtown St Pete

I had the privilege of second shooting for the ever talented Jordan Weiland Photography this past January. The couple getting married was John and Scott, partners for 10 years, best friends for longer. They met doing community theatre together at Lake Mirror Theatre. I was ecstatic to be able to capture this wedding along side of Jordan. To me, it isn’t about race, culture, gender, sexual preference, or age, it is truly about capturing the love between two people, and their friends and family.  If you are fortunate enough to find someone {girl or guy} who is willing to love you through the good, bad, and indifferent in all of life’s up and down and support you every step of the way, then I’d say you’re lucky enough 🙂 The ceremony took place where the couple first met, Lake Mirror Theatre. There wasn’t a dry eye in attendance and the couple received a standing ovation at the end. It was truly magical! The reception was held afterwards for family and friends at The Magnolia Building. Tears, laughter, hugs, and a feeling of victory that they could legally celebrate this day with the ones they treasured most resonated throughout the evening. It was such an amazing celebration to be a part of. The energy was so positive and happy, it radiated throughout downtown Lakeland. Here are some of my favorite moments from their wedding.

Lakeland LGBT couple gets married in January2016-02-03_00012016-11-03_00012016-11-03_0002Groom helping apply the bowtie for LGBT wedding2016-02-03_0002first look with groom and groom near waterfront in lakelandfirst look reaction of groom seeing groom for the first time2016-11-03_0005first look reaction of gay couple in lakeland wearing gray suitstender embrace between groom and groom in lakeland2016-02-03_0006LGBT friendly bridal party wearing gray in downtown lakelandcandid moments between the LGBT bridal party in FloridaThis bridal party is LGBT friendly 2016-02-03_0011mom helping groom with boutonniere2016-11-03_0011prayer before the ceremony at Lake Mirror Theatre Center2016-11-03_0013interior of lake mirror theater 2016-02-03_00152016-02-03_00182016-02-03_0019LGBT friendly wedding ceremony at Lake Mirror Theatre gay couple marries at Lake Mirror Theatre center in Lakeland Florida2016-02-03_00222016-02-03_0023standing ovation for gay couple at their wedding in Lakeland2016-02-03_0012Gay couple poses for bridal portraits after their wedding ceremony in Florida2016-02-03_0026LGBT couple ties the knot in January in Florida2016-02-03_00282016-02-03_0030Wedding Reception at the Magnolia building in downtown LakelandBaby2016-02-03_00342016-02-03_0035first dance as husband and husband at the Magnolia building in downtown lakeland2016-02-03_00372016-02-03_00362016-02-03_0038sparkler exit for newly married gay couple in Florida