Miguel & Danielle • Channelside Engagement Photos • Downtown Tampa, Florida

We met up with Miguel & Danielle and their sweet pup Romey for their engagement session a few weeks ago. The weather was beautiful and the light was even more beautiful. Add in a good looking couple and an adorable dog, you have the perfect conditions for a great session. Enjoy!

When & how did you meet?

We meet in 2007 in Miami during graduate school and ended up being physical exam lab partners. We spent grueling long hours studying physiology and pharmacology which eventually led into falling for each other.  We both finally found our "home" in Tampa, FL after spending some time doing long distance in various cities. 

When & how did you get engaged?

I said "yes" to Miguel at my Grandparents waterfront home in Indian Harbour Beach, FL during sunset the day before New Years Eve! :)  My family was present as the hidden papparazi. Fortunately, they also had my step dad on Facetime while he was deployed in Afghanastan so he could take part in the moment. Miguel arranged to have the rest of our friends and family there as a surprise engagement party after the proposal.  His niece was so cute, she said "What if Danielle says no? Will there still be a party?" I was so shocked that he was able to plan something without me knowing! 

When and where is your wedding?

We are getting married at St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Longboat Key and celebrating our reception at Zota Beach Resort after on St Patricks Day! March 17th will always be a fun anniversary! 

Miguel as explained by Danielle.

Miguel is the most humble handsome human being on the planet! He has a way of captivating others heart with his kindness and gentle gestures. I adore his dedication to work, family and culture. My heart and soul lives in that tall mans body and can not wait to spend forever with him! :)

Danielle as explained by Miguel.

Danielle is a caring, warm-hearted and passionate lady and dog mom. She loves to travel, sleep and is a wonderful cook!

Jared & Melissa • Isla del Sol Wedding • St. Petersburg, Florida

Jared and Melissa selected the tropical venue of Isla del Sol to begin their married lives. We can’t get over the beauty and the serenity of this location — the breeze through the palms, the sparkling Gulf of Mexico, and the warm temperature made this a uniquely Floridian experience.

Enjoy these pictures from their special day!

What were some of your favorite memories from your wedding day?

One of my favorite moments of the day was when Jared and I were holding hands walking from the first look to our ceremony. With all the craziness and nerves about being in front of so many people, it was wonderfully normal (even in a wedding dress) to be walking hand-in-hand with my best friend.

What were some of your favorite memories from your wedding day?

When Melissa made her way to the front of the ceremony hall, and we stood together, holding each other's confident gaze. That gaze, that look. My insecurities were at once exposed and simultaneously melted away. I will never forget the bold look in her eyes... a look I see now every day.

Advice for future grooms:

Let your you-may-kiss-the-bride kiss, be your first kiss. You and your bride will cherish that forever. The purity and exclusivity of such intimacy is a deep joy.
Remember the gospel. Remember the love of God eternally poured out on you in the person and work of Christ. Be humbled. Be strengthened. Love and forgive your bride as zealously, as recklessly as Christ determined to love and forgive His church.

Advice for future brides:

Focus on your man. There are so many people you love and beautiful decorations to gawk at, but keep your eyes on him more than any of these. Be kind and thankful to all who came for sure. The way you share your joy with them makes the celebration what it is. But don't do so without him. Don't get lost in it all. Remember the God who brought you together, and enjoy your new husband! 

We absolutely loved my father's speech and my parent's anniversary dance that followed. It was awesome to see them celebrate their marriage with all that God has done in their relationship. 

Brett & Amy • Station House Wedding • St. Pete, Florida

Brett & Amy were married at a super cool venue in St. Petersburg called Station House. We LOVE shooting at this venue not only because of the awesome aesthetic and atmosphere, but because it allows our couples to have their ceremony and reception in the same location. This is a HUGE time saver and allows for more time for authentic moments, portraits and taking our time to creating real images.

They started things off getting ready with their wedding party and families at yet another super cool spot in St. Pete - Avalon Hotel. This place is so unique and was perfectly fitting for Brett & Amy's personalities.

"I loved having the morning with my girls. My bridemaids are my closets friends. I chose them because they are all fun-loving, kind people who are drama free!
He wore a tux because I asked him to, ha. He looks so good in a tux! All the groomsmen had individualized cuff links. Brett's cufflinks were a reference to one of his favorite professional wrestlers, Razor Ramon."
"Station House itself was a huge source of inspiration for me. It provided beautiful character we needed to help set the tone of our wedding. We chose Station House for both our ceremony and reception because they offered different spaces where we could have both and not have our guests have to move to a different location."
"I bought my dress at the Dressing Room in St. Pete. It wasn't what I had envisioned wearing at all -- but once I put it on I knew it was the one!"

Brett took great care to get a gift that was perfect for each one of his groomsmen. We love how much thought was put into these gifts!

Our ceremony was unique because our best friend Nick agreed to officiate it. He was able to speak to our love like no other because he's been there since the beginning. We wrote our own vows and didn't know what the other had written until we heard it at the ceremony.

Brett & Amy channeling their inner Queen B.

"Our reception was fun and traditional. People had a good time and were always dancing. Our first dance was to Tony Bennett's "The Way You Look Tonight." We did a last dance alone on the roof top to Prince's "Diamonds and Pearls." I surprised one of my father's with our first dance song, Sweet Melissa. I'm named after that song (middle name) and my father forgot that I knew that."

What were some of your favorite memories from your wedding day?

Amy: I loved having the morning with my girls. I loved all the private moments I had with Brett -- from our little whispers to each other at the altar to our last dance together on the roof. 
Brett: I loved getting ready with my groomsman. Seeing Amy for the first time in her gown walk down the aisle was amazing. Taking photos with my closest family members, especially my grandmother.

What is something that happened on your wedding day that you didn't expect?

I didn't expect the hotel shuttle to take 45 minutes to arrive to take us less than a mile away to the venue, especially after I had spoken to the hotel on 4 separate occasions about whether the shuttle would be available and able to take us to the venue in a timely fashion! The groom and his groomsmen ended up taking Uber!

Advice for future brides & grooms:

Trust your gut. Try to find common ground in all things -- even things you disagree on.

Anything else? Feel free to share anything you'd like about your wedding day here...

It's not going to be perfect, and at the end of it all you won't care.

Thanks goes out to...

Our officiant Nick. He's not only our best friend, but was kind enough to become a minister to be the one who made our love official. Our amazing bridal party, groomsmen, and their significant! They were all amazingly supportive and there for every step of the way. Also -- our dear friends Kim and Matt Apthorp, the parents of our flower girl Sidney Apthorp. They singlehandedly put out so many fires and fixed so many issues, often before I realized it was a problem.


Check out Brett & Amy's wedding video by Rad Red Creative:

Guest Post: Karissa, Jake & Katie Photography intern

We are currently accepting applications for interns and we thought it would be fun to have one of our past interns share their experience. Our most recent intern, Karissa, traveled all the way to Tampa from Melbourne every other week, as well as some extra times here and there to help with weddings and shoots.

Over the past six months of interning with Jake and Katie I learned a.) that I have a long way to go before I'm fluent in movie/tv quotes and b.) that without a doubt, they are some of the most amazing people I will ever meet.

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Jake and Katie instantly welcomed me into their business, home and family (Molly wasn't quite as excited about the idea at first, but she warmed up to me eventually. ;) We spent time working, shooting, making Starbucks runs, exploring Tampa, and editing—and every minute of it was worth it. If I had questions about anything, (editing software, what coffee to order, how to word a blog post) they were quick to teach me....and not just so I would get better at helping them. Both Jake and Katie have a genuine desire to make a positive impact and encourage everyone they come in contact with through their business. Having had my senior photos taken by them the previous year, I was well aware of it, but working with them for months gave me a whole new perspective. From going the extra mile in every area, to ensuring client satisfaction each and every time, and to making everything (editing for hours on end or golden hour engagement sessions) downright fun, Jake and Katie are easily the most joyful, genuine, and intentional people I've ever met. 

It's kind of ironic that, at this point, I'm actually not planning on pursuing photography as a career. The Lord had a different plan for my life than I expected. But either way, I am so thankful His plan put me on a path that led me to Jake and Katie and allowed me to spend time working with/for them (and also some movie marathons...because what's better than Netflix after a hard day's work?)

I can't even put into words the impact they made on my life. And I know I'm not the only one, because Jake and Katie radiate joy and touch the lives of everyone they meet. 


Karissa,

We loved having you as part of our team and we're so excited about what the future holds for you. Thank you for your friendship and your sweet spirit. We love ya girl!

- Jake & Katie

If you're interested in applying for our internship, learn more and apply here: www.jakeandkatie.co/intern

Caleb & Morghan • Hillsborough River State Park Engagement Photos • Thonotosassa, Florida

A few months ago, Katie had the pleasure of playing paparazzi and photographed Caleb's proposal to Morghan. Check that out here.

We love shooting at beautiful Hillsborough River State Park and when Caleb & Morghan suggested this as the location for their session, we jumped on it! These two are so natural in front of the camera that all we had to focus on what finding some beautiful light and avoiding alligators...

When and how did you meet?

We met on Memorial Day of 2013 at Madeira Beach during a “Beach Day,” hosted by the college age ministry at our church. We had both attended the same college age events in the past, however had never even seen each other. At the beach, we played some corn-hole and a few games of volleyball with friends, when we ended up on the same team. We made small talk for a while, and hung out on and off throughout the rest of the day. That week we exchanged numbers, and by the weekend, went on our first date. One month later, we were dating. The rest is history!

When and how did you get engaged?

We got engaged on December 10, 2016 in Hyde Park. Caleb had planned for the proposal to be photographed, and met with Jake and Katie a week before to go over the details. The day of the proposal, we went to lunch and shopped in Hyde Park Village, before heading over to a nearby park, where Caleb said he wanted to take some pictures of the two of us. Surprise! He got down on one knee, and was holding out the most gorgeous ring as Morghan turned to face him for a photo! Katie was stealthily photographing the whole thing from behind the trees, capturing every sweet moment of the proposal. 

When and where is your wedding?

The wedding is 10 months away! Everything will take place in March 2018 at Streamsong Resort, in Bowling Green FL. We cannot wait for the big day, and to spend the rest of our lives together.

Caleb as explained by Morghan

Caleb is, by far, the most lovable, patient, and kindhearted person I have ever met. I am so proud of the man that he is, and cannot express how blessed I feel that he is mine, forever. He is the absolute best at making me laugh, and knows exactly how to lighten my mood. Caleb always makes known that I am his first priority. His love is consistent and unconditional. He only wishes to make me happy (which he hasn’t realized, doesn’t take much). I love this time in our life, as I get to see him embrace the role of fiancé, and soon, my husband. I have grown to trust him entirely, and realize how much I have come to admire and depend on his leadership in our relationship. He unknowingly teaches me something every day, whether it be about myself, life, or how to love people deeply with complete acceptance. Caleb is truly my best friend. He’s the man I prayed for, and the love of my life. 

Morghan as explained by Caleb

Morghan is selfless. She always puts others before herself. She is the most caring person I have ever met. Despite her being in school for her master's degree, going to clinical, and working 12 hour days as a nurse, she still finds the time to do everything she can for me. She constantly makes me feel like the most important person in the world. I am confident that she not only will be an amazing wife, but an amazing mother one day as well.