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Mike & Heather's Rialto Theater Wedding in Tampa, FL

Mike & Heather's Rialto Theater Wedding features dino details, a Toy Story Rex t-shirt and a custom wedding dress by Mikaella Bridal. These two wanted a wedding day that was simple and full of fun and that exactly what they got.

Le Meridien Wedding

Starting with prep and their first look at Le Meridien Tampa, they were surrounded by their closest friends and family all day long. Both the bridesmaids and groomsmen chose their own outfits sticking with a simple gray and white scheme. Mike & Heather wanted everyone to "feel beautiful and comfortable," including the groomsmen according to Mike.

Less than a mile north, the Historic Rialto Theater was prepped and ready for their simple ceremony and super personal reception.

Rialto Theater Wedding

"We knew we wanted something fun to throw into the mix and the idea of gold dinosaurs was born. We wanted everyone to eat, drink, and dance the night away and we didn't want to interrupt any of the partying for bouquet tosses, etc. Once the reception started we did not want anyone to leave the dance floor and the DJ did exactly just that for us. "

Shout out to an amazing vendor team:
Hair & Make Up by Michelle Stall with Aquali Bridal, Florals by Natalie Haney with Belle Fleur StudioGood Food Catering, DJ Cory Barron, Tampa Lights, Coordination and final details by Special Moments Event Planning, Rentals by A Chair Affair, and Hope with Rialto Theater.

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!

Anthony & Bria • Beach Sunset Engagement Photos • Clearwater, Florida

With impending rain (welcome to Florida in the summer...), we were nervous for how much we'd be able to shoot with Anthony & Rain but the rain ended up making this session even better! We got just the right amount to make things even better!

We started things off with Anthony & Bria at her parents house in Clearwater with their dog Bailey, who was just as great as can be.

When & how did you meet?

Anthony will tell you that we met for the first time riding together on a two and a half hour drive to Fort Myers for his fraternity formal. While that is technically true, we didn’t see each other for the rest of the weekend so I don’t think that counts. We REALLY met a month later when my date cancelled to my own formal and I needed a new date last minute. Two of my friends were dating Anthony’s best friends and suggested I take him. He seemed nice enough, and I figured if he turned out to be lame I could just ditch him with his friends! There was an instant connection at formal and we danced the night away! (or tried to) 6 years later and we can’t wait to (try to) dance the night away at our WEDDING

When & how did you get engaged?

In December Anthony and I bought our first house. Even though I had never mentioned it to Anthony, before we purchased our home he made it very clear that if we were going to buy a house an engagement would be at least 2 years or so away. I was in no rush, we had been together for almost 6 years at that point and purchased a home, an engagement could wait. 2 months into our life in our new home, Anthony insisted we have a house warming party. I tried to put it off because I wanted the house to be perfect, but he wouldn’t let me off the hook (even once claiming that April was too warm to have a house warming party) so I gave in. Then a few days prior to the party, Anthony suggested having just our close friends and family over early for a toast. I thought he was just being sentimental about our new house so I agreed and he coordinated it. Once all of our friends and family had arrived we went on to the front porch for pictures. I was holding our puppy so I didn’t notice when Anthony dropped to one knee. I was in total shock. After the hugs and the tears, Anthony had coordinated with my friends to bring decorations and treats and our house warming party turned into an engagement party! I guess that’s why he kept making excuses about having a party sooner than later!

When and where is your wedding?

Wedding will be in March 2018 at Sunken Gardens.

Anthony as explained by Bria.

Being with Anthony is effortless, his kind, caring heart and warm personality make him one of the most genuine people I have ever met. When you meet Anthony, you feel like you are instantly best friends and have known each other for years. He has such an infectious personality.  I always joke that Anthony could make a wall talk back to him if he tried. He keeps you on your toes, making sure you are laughing and having a good time. He is loving and very sentimental (something he thinks he keeps under wraps, but it beams from him all the time) He is driven, always seeking to better himself. He is my perfect man and best friend. I can’t wait to marry him. 

Bria as explained by Anthony.

Bria is the sweetest person I have ever met. She is beautiful and kind, she is brilliant and funny. But above all, Bria is the most honest and kind-hearted person in the world. She always puts others before herself, often going out of her way to make sure others don’t have to. She decided to become a nurse because she loves helping people, especially women and babies. She always teases me and says she wants 5-6 little babies. (At least I hope she’s teasing…) Bria is always happy and always knows how to put a smile on my face. I love her more than anyone or anything in this world, and I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with her.

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. 

Daniel & Lily • At Home Engagement Session • Tampa, Florida

Love love love this session!!! And if you're wondering if you can bring your dog to your session, the answer is always always YES. Daniel & Lily were so easy in front of the camera and their pup Nero was a total ham.

At home sessions are so much fun and a great option for these hot summer months!

When & how did you meet?

We met in high school, Danny and I shared a few classes together and some how always ended up sitting next to each other. He would always make me laugh and in return I would help him out with some of the classwork. It wasn't until after he graduated that one of his close friends set us up. 

When & how did you get engaged?

It all started one night when we went out to dinner and Danny hinted that he would like to get engaged soon. Me being the wedding obsessed girl that I am, thought nothing of it. (Little did I know he already had a ring!) He got me all excited, then a few week later told me he went to through his finances and it just wasn't going to happen for a few years. I told him that it was ok and we had time. About 3 or so weeks later he took me on a nice walk with our puppy, he was very sweet and told me why he loved our life so much. We made it to the dog park and he told me to close my eyes. When I opened them, he had our dog with a note attached to him. The note said "will you marry him?" I look up and and was he down on one knee with a ring in his hand. I was shocked! I said yes of course then we drove to the store to get champagne. When we got in the car 'Forever and Ever, Amen' by Randy Travis was playing on the radio and I knew that it was meant to be. 

Daniel as explained by Lily.

When I try to think of a word to describe Danny, all I can think of is home. I can go on and on about how amazing, funny, smart, and talented he is. Every day he surprises me, everyday we learn something new about each other. He is the often found playing with our puppy, making delicious breakfast, laughing with his friends, or watching Seinfeld.

Lily as explained by Daniel. 

Lily is the embodiment of everything that is good in the world. She is intelligent, driven, compassionate, and always has a way of seeing the positive aspects of everything. It is hard to imagine what life would be like without her. Even after 5 years she still manages to surprise me. Sometimes I feel like she knows me better than I know myself. She is often found hanging out with friends, listening to Britney Spears, or watching HGTV.