Davina + David Step Into The Limelight | The Birchwood | St. Petersburg, FL

David and Davina met through a best friend from college, Danielle, who is David’s cousin. Davina attended the University of Notre Dame where she majored in Civil Engineering. At the time, Danielle told her that she had a cousin named David who also was a Civil Engineer. Although Danielle thought they would have a lot in common, David was a few years older and already established in his career in New Jersey. After college, Davina chose to pursue a PhD in Civil Engineering at UCF. David had moved to Tampa while she was living in Orlando. Upon graduating, Davina got a job in St. Pete. and Danielle insisted that the two should meet. They met for dinner at the Locale Market in downtown St. Pete on a Wednesday night in December 2015, and from that day on, they were inseparable.

On Christmas morning, David gave Davina a present which was a beautiful piece of jewelry. He told her that he had something small to give to her later that was more of an “inside” thing. Davina was expecting it to be something silly, like a DVD of their favorite movie but later that afternoon, David asked if I wanted to have a glass of champagne out by the pool. He handed her a box that was larger than a ring box so she didn’t suspect anything and when she opened the larger box, there was a smaller box inside. David got down on one knee.

David and Davina had a romantic and elegant wedding in beautiful downtown St Petersburg. Davina wore a gorgeous gown with flowy tulle that accented her beauty while David wore a charcoal tux that added a clean and modern look. Blush, ivory and gold were the main colors of the decor of this wedding. From the bouquets, wedding stationary, center pieces and tables, it all tied in beautifully in a simple yet elegant way.

The couple chose The Birchwood to celebrate with their loved ones and it couldn't be any better! The love and affection that these too have for each other is overwhelming and sweet and they truly are made for one another. Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Lead Photographer | Carlos Rello
Associate Photographer | Alexa Rodriguez

Bridesmaid Dresses | Adrianna Papell
Cake | The Artistic Whisk
Caterer | The Birchwood
Ceremony Site | First United Methodist Church St Petersburg
DJ | Grant Hemmond
Event Planner | Days Remembered by ND
Florist | 2Birds Events
Hair Stylist | Destiny and Light Hair and Makeup
Invitations | Invitation Galleria
Make-up Artist | Destiny and Light Hair and Makeup
Reception Venue | The Birchwood
Wedding Gown | The White Magnolia Bridal Collection

Delmary + Anthony Step Into The Limelight | University of Tampa | Tampa, FL

Anthony and Delmary are such a fun loving couple! From the moment I spoke with them I could tell how much they can be themselves around one another. During their session at the University of Tampa, I could feel Anthony’s commitment to be there for Delmary and his willingness to be her knight and shining armor, a gentlemen, as well as her source of laughter. Their love stands strong just like the Brooklyn Bridge, in New York City, and now I understand why Anthony proposed to Delmary there!

Congratulations on your engagement and your upcoming wedding in Puerto Rico on January 26, 2019! 

Lead Photographer | Stephanie Duffany

Engagement Dress Code

As I’m sure you all know, wedding season is quickly approaching. Whether you’re planning the wedding or attending as a guest, it’s a busy time of year for everyone. Today I want to discuss some trends that are not only in-line with wedding dress code, but will also make for some beautiful photos. Hopefully you’ll find these tips helpful, so you’re not a stressed out bride- or groom-to-be, or one of those guests running around at the last minute trying to find the perfect outfit

Florals, Florals, Florals

Lately floral patterns have been a huge hit, and they’re also extremely popular during the height of wedding season when flowers are at peak bloom in late spring and early Summer. If you’re a female wedding guest looking for a new dress to wear, I highly recommend trying a floral maxi dress, like this one here. Not only is a maxi dress a flattering option for all body types, but it’s also comfortable for sitting through the ceremony and easy to dance in at the reception. Floral patterns are also beautiful in front of the lens, because even the most subtle pattern can stand out on camera.  

 Photo by Flaunter.com on Unsplash

Photo by Flaunter.com on Unsplash

Let’s Talk Layers

Whether the wedding dress code is casual, semi-formal or black-tie, it’s a great time to get creative with your choices. Blazers have come a long way from your standard brown, black and gray colors. Many men opt for blazers with plaid and floral patterns, or branch out with new materials, such as linen, to elevate their formal look. Whether you’re the groom, a groomsman or a guest, you’re going to get featured in a lot of wedding photos, so be sure to have a reliable wrinkle free dress shirt that won’t bunch when you throw on your blazer. If the wedding venue is outside, a crisp button down is a great option to have on underneath. 

 

 Photo by Men's Fashion World on Tumblr 

Photo by Men's Fashion World on Tumblr 

No White.. Ever

While you’d think people would follow this rule without question, you’d be shocked with how many wedding guests think it’s okay to wear white as their main wedding outfit color. Unless you’re a bridesmaid and bride-to-be has chosen white for you to wear, steer clear of all white at all costs. Spring and Summer add more life into our wardrobes anyways, so don’t be afraid to be bold with colors and patterns. For the women out there, test out a colorful jumpsuit to wear. For the male wedding guests, add some color with your accessories. A colorful tie or bowtie won’t just elevate your look, they’ll add a lovely pop to wedding photos as well!

 Photo by Lulus

Photo by Lulus

These are only a few tips and tricks to keep in mind when putting together your wedding-day look, but are hopefully some that will come in helpful, so you feel confident when stepping in front of the camera. These photos are memories that last a lifetime, so of course you want to look and feel your best. If you’re curious for more wedding photography advice, keep following my blog for more inspiration! 

Courtney + Alan Step Into The Limelight | Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel | Tampa, FL

Courtney & Alan’s first date was over breakfast, so it was perfectly fitting to plan a brunch wedding! The morning was gorgeous and the bagels and eggs were just what their guests needed.

Their wedding was elegant and romantic the way Courtney envisioned, the decor was oh so classic… with touches of blush, rose gold, champagne gold, light pink and white.

Our bride Courtney has a very creative eye and she is very talented, she handmade their one-of-a-kind floral arch for their ceremony { I think it turned out beautiful! }. She also made each place card which were super cute and original with the most perfect succulents.

The Bride & Groom enjoyed their morning alongside their loved ones and we truly loved being able to share these moments with them, it was definitely a morning to remember.

We wish Courtney & Alan ALL the best life can offer. Congratulations!  

Lead Photographer | Dafne Spencer
Associate Photographer | Kay Kennedy 

Cake | Publix
Caterer | Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel
Ceremony Site | Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel
DJ | OTM Productions | Brandon James
Florist | Jennie’s Flowers of  Tampa Bay 
Hair Stylist | Michele Renee The Studio
Make-up Artist | Michele Renee The Studio
Reception Venue | Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel 
Wedding Gown | CC's Boutique

MEAGAN + BARRY STEP INTO THE LIMELIGHT | THE FLORIDA AQUARIUM | TAMPA, FL

Meagan and Barry were married in a beautiful ceremony and reception at the Florida Aquarium!  Meagan had always dreamed of having her wedding at the aquarium surrounded by the sparkling turquoise waters and sea life of the coral reef tank for her ceremony and a reception designed with blue lighting and dendrobium orchids, which were the perfect compliment to the color palette of the space!  The couple said their vows and exchanged rings in front of the majestic under sea tank accompanied by fish, sharks and sea turtles and celebrated in the new Mosaic ballroom with their closest friends and family!  Their daughter Sydney was so sweet as the flower girl and I am happy that we were able to capture a few loving moments between her and her parents on this special day!  I loved the romantic moments we photographed of the newlyweds together backdropped by the water and in the rock windows of the wetlands!  I loved the energy of the reception as the happy couple celebrated and the fun sparkler send off from their guests!  Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Rome!  

Lead Photographer | Sarah McDonald
Associate Photographer | Audrey Clifford

Bridesmaid Dresses | David’s Bridal
Cake | The Artistic Whisk
Caterer | Aramark
Ceremony Site | The Florida Aquarium
DJ | IDVES
Event Planner | Days Remembered
Florist | Craig A. Beckinger
Hair Stylist | Angela McDowell
Invitations | Zazzle
Make-up Artist | Glam Kings LLC
Reception Venue | The Florida Aquarium 
Wedding Gown | David’s Bridal