MICHELLE AND JOSEPH FEATURED IN THE LIMELIGHT | DAVIS ISLAND GARDEN CLUB | TAMPA, FL

Michelle and Joseph had a wonderful, outdoor wedding on the last weekend of 2017 and it was truly heart-warming even though the weather was rather chilly! They got married in front of their loved ones at Davis Islands Garden Club in Tampa and said their I Do’s under the gazebo of this wonderful venue. To make things even sweeter, Michelle’s Father not only gave her away but also married the two love birds and performed the most gorgeous service. It was truly the highlight of this day!

Michelle and Joseph met back in 2014 while working at similar locations. They both got to know each other and while on a trip to Las Vegas which was planned to a birthday celebration for Michelle, Joe popped the question and the rest is history!

Michelle LOVES his drive, passion, intelligence and just how sweet he is to her and Joe just loves how loving, compassionate, brave and fierce she is. This really translated into their wedding and of course the interaction between these two was just SO beautiful. We could not stop them once they got lost in each other’s presence!

What a beautiful time we had with Michelle and Joseph. We truly wish you both the best of the best and a life full of so many more fun, sweet moments with each other. Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Lead Photographer | Carlos Rello
Associate Photographer | Alexa Rodriguez

Band/DJ | Party Starters
Caterer | Tony's Ybor Restaurant
Ceremony Site | Davis Islands Garden Club
Event Planner | Blue Skies Events & Weddings
Dance Floor and Lighting | Gabro Event Services
Hair Stylist | Shear Joy Salon
Invitations | Brides
Make-up Artist | Shear Joy Salon
Reception Venue | Davis Islands Garden Club
Videographer | Allure Cinema
Wedding Gown | Madison James

JESSICA AND MARCOS FEATURED IN THE LIMELIGHT | POWEL CROSLEY ESTATE | SARASOTA, FL

Jessica and Marcos were married in a beautiful ceremony and reception at the Powel Crosley Estate in Sarasota, FL!  Vincent Van Gogh was the inspiration for this elegant and romatic evening and his painting “Starry Night” made a thematic appearance from the hand painted table numbers to the cake!.  The bride and groom both love art and are both very fond of that piece so they wanted the whimsy of this painting to set to the tone for their wedding in addition to their colors being navy and gold which matched the feeling of a winter time wedding.  The Powel Crosley made the perfect venue and the atmostphere and architecture were exactly what this couple wanted to fit their whimsical and romantic wedding day! 

This sweet couple was just so amazing and was so happy to work with us to capture the most beautiful moments!  I love what they had to say about why they love each other! . Jessica said, “ I love that Marcos is kind, genuine, and just and all around amazing person.. He has the best sense of humor and makes me happy every day.  I also love how much he cares for his family and friends!  Marcos said, “I love the way that Jessica smiles, her sense of humor, her compassion and kindness.  She brightens every room she walks into.”   They truly are a compatible and loving couple and sweet in every way!  This wedding day was such a pleasure to capture! 

Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Peet! 

Lead Photographer | Sarah McDonald
Associate Photographer | Kay Kennedy

Band/DJ | Grant Hemond
Cake | The Cake Zone  
Caterer | Milan Catering and Event Design
Ceremony Site | Powel Crosley Estate
Event Planner | Milan Catering and Event Design
Florist | Flowers by Fudgie
Hair Stylist | Destiny and Light Hair and Make-up
Invitations | Minted
Officiant | A Wedding With Grace
Make-up Artist | Destiny and Light Hair and Make-up
Reception Venue | Powel Crosley Estate
Wedding Gown | The White Magnolia

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CATERING AND EVENTS FEATURED IN THE LIMELIGHT | HILTON CLEARWATER BEACH | CLEARWATER BEACH, FL

NACE brought a Mardi Gras Masquerade style Christmas Party to the Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa. Guests arrived in dazzling attire and masks. They were treated to dainty appetizers and cocktails until the main ballroom opened to all. 

The evening kicked off in the ballroom with live music by one of the amazing Breezin’ Entertainment jazz and soul bands. Guests enjoyed New Orleans-style gumbo, oysters, freshly carved ham, and turkey. Can't forget to mention the desserts: mini cherry cheesecakes, gingerbread, spiked desserts from the Cake Zone, and even hot chocolate with mini marshmallows.

After enjoying such tasty treats, the new NACE board was inducted in front of all guests. Post-inductions, all guests celebrated the evening by dancing the night away to both the Breezin band and Grant Hemond DJ. 

Congratulations to all of our new NACE board members! We had a wonderful time being a part of this fantastic event!”

Photographers | Audrey Clifford + Kay Kennedy 

Caterer | The Cake Zone
Caterer | The Artistic Whisk
Caterer | Amici’s Catered Cuisine
Reception Venue | Hilton Clearwater Beach
NACE President | Jeff Boone
Desserts | Corey’s Bakery 
Linens | Connie Duglin
Marketing Piece | iCustom Label 
Salon | Michele Renee the Studio 
Decor | Creations by Myles Edwards
Videographer | Hatfield Productions 
Photo Booth | Boone’s Professional Events 
Pipe & Draping | On The Move Productions 
Chairs | Elite Events & Rentals 
Entertainment | Breezin' Entertainment
DJ/MC |  Grant Hemond & Asssociates, Inc.
Step & Repeat | Boone’s Professional Events

GENEVA AND MATTHEW FEATURED IN THE LIMELIGHT | SAINT MARY OUR LADY OF GRACE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND THE VINOY RENAISSANCE ST. PETERSBURG RESORT AND GOLF CLUB | ST. PETERSBURG, FL

 

Matt and Geneva met on an evening out in Miami (January 3, 2014 to be precise). Matt had friends in town for the upcoming Florida State University (FSU) national championship game. Geneva had plans to be out of town but as fate would have it her flight was cancelled due to inclement weather anywhere north of Florida.  She decided to make the most of it and headed out to dinner with friends.

The night ultimately led them both to Fado's Irish Pub where Geneva was immediately taken by Matt's charm. :) They both could tell that there was something special about the other. Several days later, despite knowing that the game could get quite intense, Matt invited Geneva over to meet his friends and to watch his alma mater, FSU, play Auburn in the 2014 national championship game. Fortunately, FSU ended up winning. Even better, Matt and Geneva hit it off and the rest is history!

After talking about it for a few months, Matt and Geneva decided to take a trip to Cuba in early 2017. They wanted to have the experience before life in Cuba significantly changed with the borders becoming more open and the possibility of increasing American influence. They booked their flights for February 2017.

The first day in Havana was spent taking a 2 1/2 hour taxi ride direct from the airport to the Valley of Vinales, followed by 4 hours of horseback riding in the beautiful countryside. Matt was looking for opportunities to propose but the timing was never quite right. That night, Matt attempted several times to get Geneva to go for a walk on the Malecon but she complained of complete exhaustion and his plans were foiled.

The next morning, the couple decided to venture out into the city shortly after breakfast. They walked by the Hotel Nacional down towards the Malecon. Once there, Matt climbed upon the breaker wall and asked Geneva to join him. Geneva turned down the request, stating she had on a dress and couldn't possibly get up on the wall. Matt requested again after which Geneva finally complied. He asked her for the camera she was holding, which she refused because she wanted to take pictures after climbing up on the wall. He finally got the camera out of her hand and got down on one knee.

This was quite the pleasant surprise for Geneva, who had no idea that a proposal was on its way. Matt asked his best friend to spend the rest of her life with him and of course, she said YES! They got the opportunity to celebrate the occasion with one of Geneva's closest friends (and maid of honor), Sara, and her boyfriend, Ramsen, who arrived in Havana later that day!

This sweet couple is fun spirited, dedicated to family and friends and each other, have a strong work ethic, intelligent, optimistic and energetic. They enjoy running, spending time with their puppy Kailani, traveling and going on adventures, spending time with their family, time at the beach, discovering new places/restaurants, visiting their friends.

They knew when they first became engaged that they wanted to get married before the end of 2017.  They wanted to share the moment with all of their family and closest friends. It was a special moment for everyone to come together and enjoy a wonderful evening/celebrating of this amazing moment in their lives.

Matt is from Safety Harbor and we wanted a location that had a connection to home while maintaining elegance and romance for our wedding day. The bride's dress was chosen on a similar type of theme. Their wedding was elegant, vibrant, romantic, colorful and FUN! They were excited for the entire day.  They both really enjoyed starting out the day spending time getting ready with their closest friends. Also very special was the first look with each other and the bride’s first look with her father. It was a joy to share in the ceremony with their loved ones, many made a long journey to be with them. Finally, they had a blast celebrating on the dance floor with all of their closest friends and family! aIt was  fun celebration for Geneva + Matthew and all of their guests where they made amazing memories to last a lifetime.

The highlights of the ceremony was the entrance of the parents, bridal party and of course the bride; the moment the bride's father presents her to the groom, the vows, the first kiss, the exit of the newly married couple. The highlights of the reception: were the entrance of bridal party and bride/groom; bride and groom first dance; bride/father dance; son/mother dance; speeches, cake cutting, all the time on the dance floor! The vibe all night was one of excitement, energy and inclusion!  

Congratulations to Geneva and Matthew!  

DJ | Grant Hemond
Bridesmaid Dresses |  The Dessy Group
Cake | The Vinoy® Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club
Caterer | The Vinoy® Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club
Ceremony Site | Saint Mary Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church
Church Coordinator | Alice Coston
Event Planner | Theresa Mezzari, Confetti Events
Florist | FH Weddings & Events
Hair Stylist | Femme Akoi
Invitations | Wedding Paper Divas
Make-up Artist | Femme Akoi
Reception Venue| The Vinoy® Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club
Save-The-Dates | Minted
Videographer | Voila Cinematic
Wedding Gown | One Fine Day

 

JADA AND O'DANE FEATURED IN THE LIMELIGHT | MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS ST. PETERSBURG | ST. PETERSBURG, FL

Jada and O’ Dane grew up together in the City of Poughkeepsie, New York, and attended church and Sunday School together.  They dated in high school and went to O'Dane's senior prom together. The night before Mother's Day, May 13, 2017, they went to a John Legend concert in Clearwater. O'Dane had already purchased a rare yellow, cushion cut diamond, ring and been secretly hiding it in his kitchen cupboard, but he had no intention of proposing until Jada’s birthday in August. After the concert, they went back to his place and he asked, "So, what are you doing for the rest of your life? Want to spend it with me?" The rest is history.

O'Dane is kind, humble, charming, funny and super gorgeous :-)! He loves his family. Jada is smart, beautiful and feisty. She has a beautiful smile and she's understanding. They enjoy movies, snuggling, watching the food and travel channels, traveling and most importantly...spending time with their daughter.

Their wedding story is simple; it's all about our love.

They chose the museum as their location because it's unique and different, much like their relationship. 

Jada’s ceremony dress reflects her tomboy/diva personality. She does not like a ton of bling; she is more into the understated beauty, but with a little flair.  Her ceremony dress was very artsy and reminds her of something I saw on "Sex and the City," the movie. Her reception dress on the other hand, was inspired by old Hollywood...Marilyn Monroe/Dorothy Dandridge. O’Dane’s tux was inspired by watching "Married at First Sight" and one of the grooms had on a blue tux with black lapels (but O’Dane’s was better!).

Their wedding's theme was "Old Hollywood Glam." I was a perfect combination of modern meets old Hollywood.  Dane's secretly 75 (he has a very old soul) and Jada is a cinematic makeup artist so she love movies and production. Jada’s mother is an event planner and she made all of their centerpieces, and the aisle decorations in the ceremony space. The love and fun shared as a family was definitely the highlight of the wedding day.

Lead Photographers |  Rebecca + Michael Zoumberos
Associate Photographer | Audrey Clifford 

DJ | Brad Master J
Bridesmaid Dresses | David's Bridal 
Cake | The Artistic Whisk
Caterer | Olympia Catering 
Ceremony Site | Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg
Designer, Decor & Florist  | Creations by Mylez Edward 
Silk Flowers | Felicia Watson Events and Designs
Hair Stylist | Kelli Spears + Saraya Whitfield
Reception Venue | Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg
Videographer | Baby Blue Film
Wedding Gown | CC’s Bridal Boutique