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Tampa Fall Wedding from Jillian Tree Photography

It’s always amazing to me how I seem I get to know the couples that grace the pages of SMP. It’s like meeting a new group of friends each day, and getting a peek at their personalities through images as gorgeous as these from Jillian Tree Photography is just the icing on the cake. With a wedding this lovely, and a couple this darling this gallery is one fabulous way to spend a day. See it all here.

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From the Bride… Gabe and I met and became friends through the Lighthouse Church youth group when we were both in high school. Those were the days! I used to leave to go to school really early every morning in order to get a parking space (Cypress Bay was a very overcrowded high school), and Gabe would get there early on the bus most days…so he would come sit with me in my car until the bell rang. My mom encouraged him to do this so that I would not be alone in the “scary” parking lot; she referred to him as my body guard. Now, if you know anything about Weston or Cypress Bay (or my mom for that matter), you know that this was a ridiculously unnecessary precaution…but I did start looking forward to seeing him every day! Sometimes I would even bring him hot chocolate or some tasty breakfast treat =D Also, our houses were pretty close together, so a lot of times I would drive him home after school or he would just come home with me and we’d do homework together…

One particular day in January, my mom invited Gabe to come to the beach with us (us = me, my mom, and my sister). And yes, I said January (one of the perks of living in South Florida)! Upon arriving at Hollywood beach, we got some delicious pizza, and then my mom and sister decided that they were going to go for a walk (a total set-up!)…so, once they left, Gabe and I walked toward the water and plopped down in the sand. And, following some nervous stalling, Gabe told me that he liked me. After keeping him in suspense for a bit, I eventually told him that I liked him too! Then I asked him if we could take 2 months to pray about our developing relationship before we became “officially” boyfriend and girlfriend (of course, he agreed).

After a little over two months, on April 7th of 2007, Gabe took me out (on our first “official date) to an Italian restaurant called Tarantella. After dinner, we walked over and sat in front of the big fountain in Weston Town Center, and I told him that I would love to be his girlfriend. I will never forget how Gabe then prayed aloud the words that were in my heart for our relationship, and how I felt that God was smiling down on us – as HE was beginning to write our love-story.

Since then we have made tons of memories together – from our high school graduations, to road trips, to birthday parties, to cooking together, to theme parks, to picnics, to walks around IWU campus (sometimes in the snow), to concerts, to coffee runs, to classes together and LOTS OF STUDYING, to my college graduation, to ring shopping, to our epic engagement story – we haven’t stopped falling in love.

Sure, we’ve faced some challenges: many miscommunications, the living long-distance thing, times of sickness, excessive loads of stress at times, etc. but I can say that I am thankful for each and every challenge because they have been opportunities for our relationship and our love to grow deeper and stronger.

It is so wonderful to know now, without any doubt, that Gabe is so perfectly “right” for me, that He loves and respects me, and that He has chosen me to be his bride. And I would have never been able to imagine – at the start of our relationship 5 years ago – how very much I would grow to love and appreciate this man. But it is even more wonderful to know the love of God for me and to have Jesus as the foundational ROCK of Gabe’s and my relationship! In fact, this is what our “wedding logo,” the three roses, is all about! It is a symbol that God must be the center rose who intertwines us (the outside roses) – for we know that ONLY HE can satisfy our deepest needs and ONLY HE can give us the ability to love each other selflessly.

So, even though our upcoming wedding is a celebration of Gabe’s and my earthly romance and commitment to be faithful to one another for life…if you look a little closer, you will see that it is really a celebration of our heavenly “romance” and the never-failing faithfulness of God in our lives. In summation, “we love because He (Jesus) first loved us” (1 John 4:19).

Photography: Jillian Tree Photography | Cinematography: Life's Highlights | Floral Design: Sherwood Florist | Ceremony Venue: Brooksville Wesleyan Church | Reception Venue: Brooksville Country Club

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Florida State Fair Engagement from Sarah & Ben

Carnival engagement sessions are sooo much fun.  The kind of fun that can only be had when you pair two adorable cuties with a ferris wheel, stuffed animals and a whole lot of cotton candy.  And when those two adorable cuties are as stylish as these two (tulle + denim = fabulous), it takes it to an entirely new level of lovely.  See every last fun-filled moment captured by Sarah & Ben in the full gallery.

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From Sarah & BenWe are SO excited to share this fair engagement session with you! These two are having a circus-themed wedding later this year, so the fair was the perfect setting for their engagement session. We loved how easily they interacted with each other, and the effortless style they both seem to have. We were obsessed with the bride-to-be’s tulle skirt and the Anthropologie necklace she wore with her second outfit. All in all, it was a perfect couple in a truly perfect setting! Here are a few words from the bride-to-be about their session . . .

From the Bride… When deciding where to do our engagement photos, we knew we wanted a fun, whimsical backdrop. Although I tried to imagine a few settings, we kept coming back to a carnival feel, and after discussing it with Sarah & Ben we decided The State Fair was the perfect setting for us. The day of our engagement pictures was the most romantic day EVER. Sarah & Ben did so much work, and we didn’t have to do anything but steal the occasional kiss and be silly with one another – two of our favorite things! The whole day was full of fun and adventure, and was topped off perfectly with a nighttime ride on the ferris wheel. While we were riding the ferris wheel it stopped for a moment, and we were stuck at the top. We turned to each other and kissed, and all of a sudden fireworks started going off in the background! Real, live FIREWORKS. It was by far the most romantic moment I’ve ever had, and we were fortunate enough to have Sarah & Ben there to capture it!

Photography: Sarah & Ben | Location: Florida State Fair at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, Florida | Hair + Makeup: Marissa Bernal with Holly Nazario | Engagement Ring: Jewels by Erica Grace | First Outfit:  Skirt by Shabby Apple, Necklace from J. Crew, Shoes from Target, Groom’s Outfit by Banana Republic | Second Outfit: Dress + Necklace from Anthropologie, Shoes by Tahari, Bow Tie from April Look, Groom’s Shirt by Banana Republic

Ybor City Museum Garden Wedding from Raquel Sergio Photography

This wedding is all about the romance.  The kind of romance that makes you absolutely weak in the knees.  From the lush florals from Events in Bloom to the breathtaking Ybor City Museum Garden setting to the gallery of beautiful images captured by Raquel Sergio Photography, it’s a non-stop day of romance-filled lovely.  And, really, is there a better way to spend your Friday?  (Answer: no.)  See every last glorious moment in the full gallery.

From Raquel Sergio PhotographyLovebirds. When I first met them that was the word I used to describe them. I knew right from the start of our journey together that being a part and documenting their day would be such a pleasure . We had so much fun getting to know each other while we did their engagement photos and in this wonderful journey to their awesome styled wedding. From Kelleigh’s beautiful gown to every detail in the reception, their day fit their personalities and story like a glove. I loved every single detail that was knit together to make their day. Cheers to the newlyweds and lovebirds!

Wedding Photography: Raquel Sergio Photography | Ceremony Venue: Lady of Perpetual Help | Reception Venue: Ybor City Museum Garden, Tampa, Florida | Event Coordination: Kimberly Hensly Events | Floral Design: Events in Bloom | Catering: Good Food Catering | Wedding Cake: Publix | Hair + Makeup: Michelle Renee | DJ + Lighting: RJ Vida | Rentals: US Tents

Tampa Bay Wedding from Jenn Hopkins Photography

A DIY affair chock-full of vintage-inspired details and more than its fair share of heartwarming moments sounds like the perfect way to jump start our Tuesday, so that’s exactly what we plan to do.  Fill our morning with beautiful lace details, gorgeous blooms from Apple Blossoms Floral Design and one picturesque moment after another in an uber-sweet Davis Island Garden Club setting.  Also along for the ride?  One seriously adorable duo, whose smiles could literally light up an entire room.  See so much more from Jenn Hopkins Photography right here.

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From Jenn Hopkins PhotographyAn amazingly sweet wedding! Amy used all the knick knacks and antiques she found at her grandmother’s house as decor and centerpeices. Her father handmade her amazing drink station. Amy carried her antique vintage theme even down to the lace in her dress. She hung lace throughout the entire venue.

Wedding Photography: Jenn Hopkins Photography | Wedding Venue: Davis Island Garden Club | Floral Design: Scott of Apple Blossoms Floral Design, Tampa | Catering + Cake: Olympia Catering | Hair + Makeup: Donna Camposecco | Wedding Dress: Casablanca | Veil: Melindy Elene | Bridesmaids Dresses: Custom | DJ: Dj by cj

Hearts Inspired Engagement Session from Twinkle Twinkle Little Party

You know what we adore more than anything here at SMP?  Love… honest to goodness true love.  That you know.  But did you know that when true love comes a knockin’ in the form of a heart-filled engagement session styled to absolute perfection by Twinkle Twinkle Little Party, our hearts pound just a little bit more?  Well, it’s true.  And when you add in some sweet DIYs, a table of yummy treats and one gorgeous image after another captured by Sky Stone Photography, it’s what we like to call the perfect Tuesday.  See it all in the full gallery.

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From Twinkle Twinkle Little Party … I was planning a Valentine’s Day Styled Shoot when my friend photographer Sky decided to invite me to style a whole setting for her cousin, David, who had just proposed to his beautiful girlfriend, Stephanie. I was thrilled. It would be a challenge as I have been working primarily with kid-friendly events.

Sky chose a beautiful green location in Brandon and she thought the end of the afternoon would be just perfect for an outdoor photoshoot. She is very familiar with the location, so I knew I just had to trust her. The sun was still shining and the soft breeze made our afternoon even more pleasant.

David and Stephanie make such a beautiful loving couple and I could see the excitement as they make plans to get married in November. The smiles, laughs and the way they looked at each other during the session seemed so genuine – such a lovely couple to work with! I feel honored I had the opportunity to style something special and romantic to celebrate their engagement.

I decided to go with soft tones of blue and green, red and soft pink. I designed the heart balloon printable collection to represent the theme chosen “Love is in the Air.”

The vendors got so excited when they learned they were going to design something special for a couple who had just got engaged!

The cake artist, Dreama, of Dream Cakes, Florida designed a cake inspired by a Valentine’s Day cake I found via Pinterest. I thought the idea of a floating balloon would be perfect to coordinate with the stationery. I absolutely loved the final result.

Vanilla cupcakes were dressed up with mini French Macarons and placed in Valentine’s day inspired cupcake liners.

Mini parfait glasses were filled with layers of vanilla cake and swiss meringue frosting with a heart-shaped dessert spoon attached and decorated with Valentine’s Day-inspired ribbon. Mini french macarons were placed on top of each mini parfait glass.

Ruffled Cake Pops decorate with super mini hearts and cake balls added the extra romantic touch to the dessert table.

Organic chocolate covered cookies by Earth and Sugar decorated with edible red ribbon added a simple yet sophisticated feeling.

I dressed up mini milk shot glasses with a heart cut-out and wire to translate the theme “Love is in the air.”  I also made a garland with over 250 mini hearts we used as a backdrop – an easy and inexpensive DIY idea.

Wedding Photography: Sky Stone Photography | Location: Brandon, Florida | Concept, Styling + Stationery: Andressa Hara from Twinkle Twinkle Little Party  | Wedding Cake: Dream Cakes Florida | Cake Pops: Island Girl Cakes | Cookies: Earth & Sugar  | Macarons: The Splendid Sweet Shoppe | Heart Balloons: Bon Fortune

Clearwater Beach Wedding from Liga Photography + MMD Events

My very own big day was a seaside soiree with a touch of tradition, so it should be no surprise that I fell head over heels in love with this beauty captured by Liga Photography. It’s dripping in that old Florida charm that never fails to leave me speechless, perfectly curated details from MMD Event and of course enough l.o.v.e to fill up that gorgeous blue ocean. Which ultimately justifies my obsession with this pretty little number, but if you need more, it’s all waiting for you right here.

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From Liga Photography… Finally the weather is cooling down, leaves are falling, and I’m happy to say, Fall is finally showing it’s much-awaited face here in Florida. And along with the gorgeous weather comes gorgeous Fall weddings! To start the season off, we witnessed the lovely destination wedding of Kristin and Steven. Chicago-based, Kristin and Steven decided to hold their wedding in Kristin’s hometown of Clearwater Beach. Their Catholic ceremony was held at Espiritu Santo and reception followed at the historic Carlouel Yacht Club.  I loved incorporating all of the sweet uniquely Florida details of Carlouel into their wedding photographs from the native mangrove and palm trees to the “old Florida charm” cabanas. And the details of their reception were so beautiful. Cathleen Wozney of Cathleen Marie Events did a fantastic job of designing and implementing Kristin’s vision of decor. Glowing candles, blush pink floral, mercury-glass vases, gold chargers, and chivari chairs came together to create a chic romantic setting. The evening ended up being a fabulous party with some amazing toasts, dancing, and cake. I thoroughly enjoyed having the honor to photograph Kristin and Steven’s wedding. And much like the glowing candles which illuminated the room, Kristin and Steve were emitting the warm glow of true love.

Photography: Liga Photography | Coordination: Cathleen Marie Events | Ceremony: Espiritu Santo Catholic Church | Reception + Catering: Carlouel Yacht Club | Decor + Floral Design: MMD Events | Dress: Anne Barge | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Band: Southtown Fever | Hair + Makeup: Artemis | Videography: Michael Alan Films | Invitations: Not From A Box

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