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Ybor City Engagement Session

When it comes to engagements, I love those that capture two darlings doing what they love best. Say, sippin’ on a cup of cappuccino with your sweetie, trolly-ing around one of your favorite cities and lots of hand holding and laughing—that’s how this adorable duo spent their day with Pezz Photo. Take a stroll with them in this lovely gallery!

From Pezz Photo… Meredith and Ancelmo “Ray,” a U.S. Marine, love the history of Ybor City, including its cigar manufacturing heritage.

Photography: Pezz Photo

Elegant University of Tampa Wedding

Whenever a wedding comes along that is filled to the brim with beautiful blooms, you can bet it wins my pretty vote right off the bat. Enter this elegant university affair from K and K Photography that begins with soft neutrals and is then layered with vibrant petals galore from FH Weddings. It’s just the dose of lovely we need this Monday afternoon.

From the beautiful Bride… Greg and I are both from Tampa so the inspiration behind our wedding really stemmed from wanting our guests to experience downtown/historic Tampa. The riverfront and UT were the perfect location to showcase our city. A lot of planning and effort went into the floorplans for the ceremony and reception as well as choosing decor that would make the room feel warm and elegant.

Photography: K and K Photography, LLC | Coordinator: Confetti Events + Weddings | Wedding Gown: Allure Bridal | Cake: Publix Bakery | Band: Bay Kings Band | Officiant: A Perfect Witness | Transportation: Him Hers | Venue: Fletcher Lounge | Alterations And Jewelry: Malindy Elene | Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Floral/Decor: FH Weddings & Events, LLC | Hair & Make-Up: Femme Akoi | Invitations & Day-Of Stationery: A&P Designs

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Romantic Wedding at the Oxford Exchange

I have this little place in my brain where I tuck away weddings I want to remember forever. Ones where if I ever had a wedding redo (to the same handsome hubby of course), I would want to steal every.single.detail. Well this beauty from Justin Demutiis Photography just moved to the front spot of that special place. Beautifully planned by Confetti Events + Weddings with florals so pretty I could cry by MMD Events, it goes without saying I’m swooning hard over this soiree. See it all here.

From Amanda with MMD Events…The unique venue set the stage for a lot of different centerpieces. Her style centered on lots of foliage – maiden hair ferns, plumosus, ruscus, eucalyptus, geranium, sage, rosemary, jasmine and thyme. For the color palette we went with soft peaches and blushes with lots of deep color accents. It’s a style we call “dutch master style.” The light tones are made more luscious with the implementation of dark jewel tones. The flowers we used were black and white anemone, white helleborous, Juliette garden roses, baronesse garden roses, white ranunculus, pale pink spray roses, white O’hara garden roses, queen annes lace, pink O’Hara garden roses, burgundy parrot tulips, scabiosa pods, and white scabiosa.

We created 4 types of arrangements…Head table- Elaborate garland heavily filled with garden roses, ranunculus, and anemones. The table was also accented with gold rimmed glasses and gold and silver mercury glass votives. Garden feasting tables – many small unpolished low brass containers filled to bursting with large blooms and trailing greenery. Terrarium Tables – Large glass containers filled with pillar candles, moss and small delicate blooms flanked with trailing greenery and mercury glass candles. Super long feasting tables 30’– we used long mixed foliage garland without flowers and used brass taper candle sticks to elevate dramatic single blooms and accented the whole piece with mercury glass votive candles.

Photography: Justin DeMutiis Photography | Event Planning: Confetti Events + Weddings | Floral Design: MMD Events | Cake: Chocolate pi | Ceremony Venue: The Academy Of The Holy Names Chapel | Reception Venue: Oxford Exchange | Makeup Artist: Jess Waldrop | Bridal Boutique: Malindy Elene

Fresh Summer Cocktails, 3-Ways

I can’t think of anything better to cool off with on a summer evening than fresh, cold-pressed juice mixed with a dash of liquor! Sarah Dyles and Erin, Executive Chef at the Oxford Exchange, are sharing not one but three brilliant cocktail recipes inspired by Chef Erin’s original cold-pressed juices. After looking at all the mouthwatering photos from Justin DeMutiis, I’m itching to try my hand at the Market Margarita, Asian Lemonade, & Cool as a Cucumber Cocktail!

Now for what you’ve been waiting for- the cocktail recipes! Each recipe uses a different cold-pressed juice as it’s base. The juices are made from local, fresh, organic ingredients and you can purchase them at the Oxford Exchange Market or try your hand at making your own version.

1.25 oz Tequila
2.5 oz Spicy Lemon (blend of fresh lemon juice, cayenne, agave, & water)
Sea salt + raw sugar blend for rim (50/50 ratio)
Small amount of simple syrup to rim glass

1. Shake ingredients well with ice.
2. Gently dip rim of glass into simple syrup, then sea salt + raw sugar blend.
3. Pour into glass, garnish with lime wedge.

1.25 oz Vodka
2.5 oz PH-G (blend of fresh lemon juice, ginger, & stevia)
4-5 Thai Basil Leaves
1 tsp Simple Syrup
Granulated candied ginger for rim
Additional simple syrup for rim

1. Gently muddle basil leaves and simple syrup to release natural oils and fragrance from the leaves.
2. Add vodka, juice and ice and shake ingredients well.
3. Gently dip rim of glass into simple syrup, then into candied ginger.
4. Pour ingredients into glass and garnish with a basil leaf.

1.25 oz Gin
1.25 oz Chillax (blend of fresh pineapple, cucumber, romaine lettuce, lemon juice & cilantro)
3 Cucumber Slices
2 lime wedges
Approximately 10 cilantro leaves

1. Crush cucumber, lime and cilantro with a muddler to release natural oils and juices.
2. Add ice, gin and Chillax and stir gently.
3. Top with sparkling water.

Photography: Justin DeMutiis Photography | Recipes: Chef Erin Sarah Dyles | Shop: Oxford Exchange

How to Make Perfect Tea

A 101 on Making Tea? Absolutely. A 101 on Making Tea + a beautiful space to boot? Um, hello gorgeous! This lovely spread was hosted at the Oxford Exchange and was gussied up to include a tea pairing and 2 yummy recipes, with a design from the fabulous Justin Demutiis, Courtney of Dishie Rentals, & Botanica International Design Studio. And the result is everything that SMP loves in a girl. Or a tea shop.

In just over a year of business, the Oxford Exchange has set the bar in Tampa. Their restaurant is booming for breakfast and lunch during the week, and might just be the most popular choice for brunch on the weekends. They also have the most fantastic shop, bookstore, offices, and coffee shop, but perhaps those will be saved for another SMP Living post. On the weekends, between 3-5 they offer Afternoon Tea. We decided to take it up a notch and add whimsical mismatched vintage plates and glassware, a touch of florals.

The Salted Caramel Latte and Lavender Fog are two of our most popular drinks at Tebella Tea Company and they are both simple and easy to replicate at home. Here are the simple DIY steps:


Begin by mixing 3 teaspoons of our Caramel Black tea with 3 teaspoons of German rock sugar and steep them together in 16 oz of water for 3 minutes. Strain the leaves before adding a dash of steamed milk, 2 teaspoons of caramel syrup and a pinch of sea salt. Top off the mixture with foam and caramel topping (and a sprinkling of extra sea salt if you’d like), and you’ve got a decadent treat for any time of day!


Our Lavender Fog is a delightful variation on the London Fog, a tea drink that was invented by an unknown barista in Vancouver, British Columbia. While a traditional London Fog is made with Earl Grey, we use our Earl Grey Lavender for a modern twist. Steep 3 teaspoons of the tea with 3 teaspoons of German rock sugar for 3 minutes in 8 oz of warmed milk and 8 oz of boiling water. Strain the fog mixture into a teapot and add 2 teaspoons of vanilla syrup. Top it off with foam and enjoy the creamy combo of lavender, bergamot and vanilla—perfect for a rainy day.

Florals: Botanica International Design Studio | Reception Venue: Oxford Exchange | Plates And Glassware: Dishie Rentals | Sweet And Savory Bites: Oxford Exchange | Tea: Tebella Tea Company

Tampa Bay Wedding from Debra Eby Photography

This is one of those days where every perfect detail you’ve ever dreamt of comes together in one fabulous wedding.  Where a gorgeous Vera Wang stands hand in hand with lush florals from FH Weddings and a modern meets classic vibe planned by Elan Event Studio that is all kinds of amazing.  This, my friends, is what we’re calling a “serious lesson in pretty” and you can see every last moment captured by Debra Eby right here in the full gallery.

And a little something special from 829 Films?  Yes, please.

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From Debra Eby Photography… Bridesmaids float in their blush Lazaro gowns doting on the bride in all her Vera Wang splendor. The VIP suite of the Grand Hyatt offers a light-filled space for laughter and tears as the girls prepare. Gifts, stories, and sentimental smiles are shared generously.

Holding to tradition, Ryan and Rachel’s first look is on the aisle as they wed. Emotion fills the sanctuary as friends and family stand. Rachel walks on air, as if in a dream, to her groom. The stained glass windows let in streams of sunlight on this perfect Florida day.

There is a quiet understanding in the love shared between Ryan and Rachel. They are full of flirtatious glances and stolen kisses. Ryan elicits beaming smiles of his bride. Rachel’s touch rouses a blush on her groom’s debonair face.

The sun sets over the bay, Ryan and Rachel begin the wedding celebration. The atmosphere is a cocktail party denoting suave elegance. A James Bond esque affair swimming with black, white, and golds. City lights twinkle as the bride and groom dance in each other’s arms.

The perfect beginning to a perfectly dreamy happily ever after.

Photography: Debra Eby Photography | Wedding Planner: Elan Event Studio | Floral Design: FH Weddings & Events, LLC | Wedding Dress: The Collection Bridal | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Chocolate pi | Stationery: the write stuff | Reception: Grand Hyatt | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Bridesmaids' Dresses: JLM Couture, Inc | Hair Stylist: Femme Akoi | DJ: Grant Hemond And Associates | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Groomsmen's Attire: Vera Wang | Cinema: The Richards | Make-Up Artist: Femme Akoi | Second Shooter: Sarah Sharpe Photography

Style Me Pretty Florida Welcomes Our Advertisers!

We love Monday through Friday on SMP Florida, but Saturdays are equally special.  Because that’s when we get to cozy up with some of the nearest and dearest members of our SMP family who just happen to be right in your backyard. And today, we get the pleasure of spending some serious quality time with Isabel O’Neil Bridal Collection. A bridal boutique that we couldn’t possibly adore more, and might be a tad bit jealous of all the brides-to-be that get to experience their one-of-a-kind boutique. But it gets even better lovelies, because they are hosting some note-worthy events right in their store – allowing those brides-to-be to get the dress of their dreams at a discount. Now that, my friends, is fabulous.

About Isabel O’Neil Bridal CollectionThe belief at Isabel O’Neil Bridal Collection is to provide a unique and personalized shopping experience for brides that will be enjoyable and unforgettable. Isabel O’Neil carries an exclusive assortment of couture gowns, veils, and accessories. It’s is the only one in the bay area featuring wedding gown designs by Romona Keveza, Ines Di Santo and Alyne.

An Isabel O’Neil bride has an eye for detail, admires quality and design and has an appreciation of service. She is a bride who is looking to reflect her amazing style in her entire wedding. She doesn’t want to feel like every other bride and is looking for a gown that speaks to her style and personality.

The inspiration behind the design and styling of the boutique was to create a modern and luxurious space where brides and their parties would feel welcome and relaxed. It has an intimate feel with a great seating area for the brides’ loved ones.

We would love to announce two exciting events happening in our boutique! Our Romona Keveza Trunkshow will run from November 22 thru 24 , and we will be offering a 10% discount on new gown orders during the event! Additionally we have a sample sale event on November 29th with  30% to 50% off select sample gowns! We hope to see you there! 

Photography: Pezz Photo | Event Planning: Merren Events | Wedding Dress: Isabel O'Neil Bridal Collection | Reception Venue: Oxford Exchange | Make Up: Colours by Linny | Hair: Ty at David Gavin Salon


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.

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

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.

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.

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

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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.


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.

Yacht Club

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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Tampa Wedding from K&K Photography

A blending of culture, tradition and personal touches made every little detail of this winter wonderland themed Tampa wedding an absolute hit in my book. Captured to perfection by K&K Photography and beautifully styled by Ideal Design Events + Bay Bouquet, this stunner simply screams timeless romance. See the entire wedding right here!

From the Bride… On a warm, sunny, Florida afternoon, I wanted us to step out of the norm and into a romantic and elegant winter wonderland where even with 150 guests, it still felt cozy, warm, intimate and inviting. The entire planning process felt overwhelming, but with the support of family, friends and a wonderful team of vendors, everything fell perfectly into place and the day turned out more magical than we expected!

We wanted the wedding to be something a little different that what would be expected, as my husband liked to go against the norm, starting with my nontraditional aquamarine engagement ring. Also, my family is Polish so I also wanted to incorporate certain traditions like a salt/bread and vodka/water greeting after the ceremony with our mothers and Polish music for the dance floor. An old Polish joke with the vodka/water was that whichever one of us selected the glass of vodka (we did not know which glass was filled with what) would be the boss of the house (I got the vodka!). We had the ceremony and reception in the same location so that guests could start the party as quickly as possible. One of our close friends officiated the ceremony; I chose my best friend and my cousin, who were both like sisters to me, as my matrons of honor; my husband chose his sister as his best ‘person’. As part of the ceremony, we included a candle lighting ceremony and a reading in Polish, followed by the English translation.

The day was full of many emotions – the most anxious part of the entire day being our ‘first look’ moment before the ceremony and one of the most emotional parts being when we read our own vows to each other. Looking back, I wouldn’t change a thing and the one piece of advice I’d offer to other couples would be to enjoy every single moment because it’s over in a flash. Each moment was perfect (captured beautifully by K&K Photography!), and was made more special by the love and support that surrounded us from our family and friends. To everyone that took part, we say, thank you, thank you, thank you!


Wedding Photography: K&K Photography | Wedding Venue: Avila Golf & Country Club in Tampa, Florida | Wedding Coordinator: Ideal Design Events | Floral  Design + Décor: Bay Bouquet | Officiant: Joseph Bailey | Wedding Cake: Chantilly Cakes | String Quartet: String Divas | Photobooth: Fotobox | DJ: Grant Hemond | Stationery: Kristina Hanson | Car Service: Ambassador Limousine | Jewelry: Emelina’s Bridal & Boutique +  Tiffany & Co | Bridesmaids’ Attire: David’s Bridal | Groomsmen Attire: JoS A. Banks | Hair + Makeup: Femme Akoi


Clearwater Beach Wedding from Karen Harrison Photography

An intimate beach wedding – is there anything better?  I mean, saying “I do” with your toes in the sand, the cool, ocean breeze in your hair and those majestic waves crashing sweetly in the background?  It’s crazy amazing, no?  Especially when your intimate beach wedding happens to include some gorgeous turquoise blue hues, beautiful florals from DD’s Blooms and one moment after another of pure happiness captured by Karen Harrison Photography.  That’s crazy amazing and then some and you can see it all in the full gallery right here… and then stay tuned for even more lovely with a sweet film from Studios 76 below.

From Karen Harrison Photography… Francesca and Corey were married in a beautiful beachside ceremony at the Hyatt Regency on Clearwater Beach, Florida.  Their lovely decor consisted of simple and elegant hues of turquoise and neutrals.  The bride’s bouquet was a beautiful creation with starfish mixed into the florals.  This was an intimate gathering of family and friends who traveled from as far as Europe to celebrate with the couple.  

Wedding Photography: Karen Harrison Photography / Second Photographer: Stephanie Smith / Wedding Venue: Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach in Clearwater, Florida / Floral Design: DD’s Blooms / Officiant: Weddings by Christina / Wedding Cinematography: Studios 76 / Wedding Cake: Cakes by Nomeda / Ceremony Music: Caladesi Steel Drum Band / DJ: Jude from Grant Hemond and Associates / Linen Rental: Connie Duglin / Chair Rental: Signature Event Rentals / Photo Booth: Tampa Bay Photo Booth / Hair + Makeup: Theresa from Michele Renee Hair & Makeup Group

Tampa Wedding at The Rusty Pelican Restaurant from Paige Lowe Photography

Some color palettes just sing to me, making me giddier than I probably should admit. Well the pops of pink mixed with the naturally gorgeous blues of this Tampa wedding from Paige Lowe Photography fall smack dab in the middle of that giddy-inducing category. And when you start to pull back all the layers of this gorgeous seaside soiree, you slowly begin to realize you are looking at prettiness defined. And it doesn’t get better than that. See it all here.

From Paige Lowe Photography… The Bruey’s got married in gorgeous Tampa Bay Florida at the Rusty Pelican Restaurant. The pink and white hues contrasted beautifully with the deep blues of the ocean back ground and the couple could not have looked happier! From the cute beer coozie party favors, to the softball accents and gator goodies, this wedding was personalized to the University of Florida alum and sport lovers perfectly. 

Wedding Photography: Paige Lowe Photography / Wedding Venue: The Rusty Pelican Restaurant in Tampa Bay, Florida /  Floral Design: 2Birds Events / Band: Bus Stop Band / Bridesmaids’ Attire: Lula Kate / Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse / Hair + Makeup: Destiny and Light Hair and Makeup

Bradenton Wedding from Justin DeMutiis Photography

Romance will always be in style, no matter when you get married, so it makes for the perfect wedding inspiration. And if you find yourself drawn to all things classic and vintage, you’re in for a special treat this morning because this adorable bride crafted a day filled with the prettiest of details. It’s elegant, timeless and oh-so-chic, and Justin DeMutiis Photography was on hand to capture it all – ultimately filling the gallery with SO much pretty.

From the Bride… We wanted our wedding to be a glamorous take on classic southern vintage: blush florals mixed with gold, crystal and milk glass decor. The overall feeling was romantic and vintage.

Wedding Photography: Justin DeMutiis Photography / Wedding Venue: Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club in Bradenton, Florida / Event Coordination: Jennifer Burkle of Burkle Events / Floral Design: Stephanie Prenatt  of FH Weddings / Wedding Cake: Pastries by Design / Wedding Dress: Kenneth Pool / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Wtoo

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Jewfish Key Wedding from Sophan Theam Photography

They say when you find the one, you just know.  And, yes, I am talking about the dress.  THE dress you’ll wear to marry the love of your life on one of the most important days you’ll ever have.  And for this drop-dead gorgeous (+ amazingly beautiful) bride, it wasn’t the dress she expected to fall for, but this White by Vera Wang gown was most definitely made for her AND for her intimate seaside affair with her dashing beau.  Together they make one VERY stunning duo… and the images of the day captured by Sophan Theam Photography?  Serious eye candy.   See them all here.

From the Bride… Let’s just say I had no idea what I was doing — but I knew we couldn’t spend a ton of money on our wedding. I had no idea what I wanted, but I surely could tell you what I didn’t want. I knew that I wanted it to be different. Not different like “that’s weird,” but different like “I should’ve thought of that.” Regular wedding chairs were unacceptable. Suits, unacceptable. A white dress — who does that!? We both wanted an outdoor wedding. As opposed to buying decorations, it seemed logical to go to a place where we could take advantage of nature’s beauty. And the wedding had to be SUPER small. Neither of us wanted the attention of 200 or so people on our day. We wanted our families to really get to know each other. So, needless to say, we went from having our wedding on a mountain top, to under a waterfall, to near a lighthouse, and then on a beach — but we never imagined a private beach.

I knew that the two most important things to me were my dress and the pictures. We could’ve eaten at Waffle House for all I cared. So I knew where I could slash the budget and where I was going to splurge. I created all of my paper items. I am a total DIY freak, and that stuff was right up my alley. My programs, wedding invitations and menus were all inspired by items I saw online. Let me say, I NEVER wanted a princess-style dress. Not me! No how! I went on my first trip for a dress and tried on every trumpet and mermaid-style dress the store had. I hated them! Someone suggested that I try on another style, and it just so happened to be this dress in blush. I was floored. After that, my entire wedding centered around THAT dress. I have to admit, originally I was in denial (and a little upset) that I even liked it — I had my heart set on a mermaid dress at the time.

The wedding day did NOT turn out exactly the way I wanted it. I was surprised at the level of chaos and confusion that occurred (even when there were only 14 people there!). However, the ceremony went off without a hitch. Both of us “wrote” (really, made-up on the spot) our own vows, and it was over WAY too fast. The reception took place on the beach as well. It was nice to have everyone seated at the table by the beach — the atmosphere was exactly what we wanted. All in all, I am happy with the way it went. Our families had a great time, we didn’t break the bank, my dress hit the spot, and the pictures are gorgeous! I couldn’t ask for more.

Wedding Photography: Sophan Theam Photography / Wedding Venue: Extreme Polynesian Beach House in Jewfish Key, Florida / Officiant: Reverend Frank McGrath / Wedding Cake: Publix / Violinist: Anton Cutajar / DJ: DJ Thomas / Wedding Dress: White by Vera Wang

Backyard Parrish Wedding from Aaron Bornfleth

I’m in the midst of a serious case of wedding envy and I am not afraid to admit it.  That’s because I know full well that each and every one of you are about to feel the exact same way.  The reason?  This ever-so darling Parrish affair captured by Aaron Bornfleth, which is literally boasting one crazy gorgeous moment after another all set against one of the prettiest backyards in the entire state.  Oh, and that masterpiece of a cake by The Cake Zone?  Amazing.  Click here for so much more.

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From Aaron BornflethI was truly inspired by Ashley and David’s wedding held on her family’s estate on the river in the tiny town of Parrish, Florida (just south of Tampa). So many wonderful details — bottled maple syrup from the Dave’s family’s acreage in Massachusetts given as party favors, rustic latticework framing portraits of passed away loved ones, a stunning cake that was simply perfect for the occasion, hollowed-out birch lanterns floating in the pool, a live band, and a bonfire late at the end of the night (complete with s’mores and hotdogs). All of the special touches complemented one another and evoked the easy and warm feeling of home.

Wedding Photography: Aaron Bornfleth / Wedding Venue: The Bride’s Family Estate in Parrish, Florida / Wedding Planning + Coordination: Sable Perrin / Floral Design: Tim Perrin / Catering: Chef Doug Hitchings of Fun With Food Catering / Wedding Cake: The Cake Zone / Band: Big Daddy / Guest Sign-In Tree Artwork: DIY by the Groom’s Mother / Lighting: Affairs in the Air / Wedding Dress: Liancarlo / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka

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Tampa Wedding from Stephanie A Smith Photography

A breathtaking bride, a dapper groom and a “first look” that made my eyes a bit misty, that’s just the beginning of this classically elegant Tampa soiree from Stephanie A. Smith Photography and Voila Cinematic. Pretty flowers from The Potting Shed were the perfect compliment to the stunning grounds at Tampa Yacht and Country Club, where the couple held their green, white + gorgeous reception.  See the rest right here!

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From Stephanie A Smith PhotographyThis day was filled with lots of laughs, hugs, warmth and fun. It began at Jenna’s parents home, where all the bridesmaids and Jack (the adorable puppy dog) gathered. From there, the adventures continued at First Presbyterian church in Tampa. The most memorable moment from the church was when Jenna and Trey did their twist on a “first look.” Rather than meeting face to face, they held hands with a door in between them. They wanted to wait to see each other at the altar but thought a hello and hand-holding session would be nice. It was so sweet. The reception was amazing. The florals, the food and the band were all top-notch. The light was gorgeous outside, and I loved capturing the two of them in their element. It was an amazing day with an amazing couple.

Wedding Photography: Stephanie A Smith Photography / Second Shooter: Blue Lane Studios / Ceremony: First Presbyterian Church in Tampa, Florida / Reception: Tampa Yacht and Country Club in Tampa, Florida / Floral Design: The Potting Shed / Wedding Cinematography: Voila Cinematic / Wedding Cake: Chantilly Cakes / String Quartet: The Dillingham String Quartet / Reception Band: Bobby & The Aristocats / Lighting: Ideal Design Events / Transportation: Ambassador Limousine / Cigar Rolling: Lorenzo’s Handrolled Cigars / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier

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