Samantha & Kelly’s Bed & Breakfast Wedding and Industrial Chic Downtown Bradenton Reception

Samantha and Kelly are a couple clearly in love. The looks on their faces and the tears during their ceremony said it all. You could say they are lucky in love, but I’d also say they are lucky in weather! This summer has been a rainy one here in the Tampa Bay area. And by rainy, I mean weeks on end of all day rain and gloom. Amazingly, Samantha and Kelly were blessed with the one sunny day sandwiched between a bunch of gloomy ones – and they just made it before Hurricane Irma blew into town. The wedding day was incredibly hot, but we were just so thankful to have gorgeous golden light, it hardly mattered! Their ceremony took place at the always beautiful Palmetto Riverside Bed & Breakfast in Palmetto, Florida. I never get tired of  photographing weddings at this perfect venue, a historic restored home which sits right across from the water. The real surprise came when I walked into the space that would serve as the couples’ reception venue. The bride owns a company called Brand Story Experts, which is situated in historic downtown Bradenton. The couple emptied the office and transformed the space into an incredible and unique wedding venue. Exposed brick walls and tall white ceilings gave it an industrial-chic feel. To add to the ambiance, the couple decorated with lots of large string lights, gorgeous greenery, white roses, and elegant black & gold accents. The effect was breathtaking. Swanky Soiree did an flawless job with their coordination, as always! Congratulations, Samantha & Kelly!

 

Back to Top Contact Me Share on Facebook Tweet this Post Email to a Friend

Kiersten’s Vintage and Beach Life Inspired Senior Session in Bradenton, FL

There’s something about this Senior Portrait Session that’s really special to me. It’s not just that Kiersten was a dream to photograph, or that she’s a crazy talented Volleyball player who also has brains and beauty. Those things are true. But what was so meaningful to me was to see the relationship between Kiersten and her mom. I could tell right away that they were two peas in a pod, a mother-daughter pair who had managed to tap into the balance between parent and friend, and were gracefully navigating the waters of change as Kiersten prepared to leave the state for college. I saw myself and my own 2017 high school graduate in them, and I knew I needed to photograph them together. Moms are often reluctant to jump in front of the camera with their glammed up teen, feeling like they won’t look good. But I encourage every parent who accompanies their Senior to get in a photo. First, I promise it will look amazing, and second, I promise you will not regret it. In 10 years, it will be something you cherish, and speaking as a mom of a teen I can tell you – you will never be as young as you are now! Your future self will look at the photo and say “wow, I was SO young and beautiful!” We are always so much harder on ourselves in the present moment, and we always kick ourselves for it later. Senior portraits are so much fun, and we aim to make it a memorable experience for all involved. From the planning process, to the shoot itself, to the ordering, we are going to have an amazing time. There are so many gorgeous locations in Sarasota, Bradenton, and the Tampa Bay area. I now offer two types of Senior Sessions – the standard session includes one location and up to 3 outfits. The deluxe session includes two locations, 4 outfits, and professional hair & makeup. Sometimes we can achieve two looks at one location, such as at some of the beaches in Longboat Key, Bradenton, and Lido, because there are wooded areas adjacent to the beach. For those who would like an urban look as well as a beach or green space look, the deluxe session will allow you to do that. I can’t wait to meet all of the amazing Seniors of the Class of 2018 I will get to photograph this year!


Back to Top Contact Me Share on Facebook Tweet this Post Email to a Friend

Danielle & David’s Sarasota, Florida Destination Wedding at the Historic Powel Crosley Estate

Danielle and David are one of those couples everyone wants to be friends with, and the love of their family and friends was made clear by the number of out of state guests who attended their incredible destination wedding in Sarasota, Florida. Their wedding, which would best be described as romantic, timeless and classic, took place at the historic Powel Crosley Estate. The Crosley is, hands down, one of the most gorgeous venues in the Tampa Bay area. The mansion boasts a beautiful bridal suite downstairs and a spacious upstairs area for a large group to get ready. The result is a venue that can serve as a one stop shop for the whole day, which is incredibly convenient and a huge time saver. There are so many perfect spots on the grounds to take couple’s portraits, even after shooting many weddings there over the past six years, I am still finding new ways to be creative there. Even better than the awesome location was the fact that the bride and groom were incredibly sweet, fun and talented. One of the highlights of the day was their first dance. I have seen quite a few choreographed dances, and sometimes they appear a bit awkward as couples who may not be experienced dancers struggle to remember the steps. This was not one of those dances. I wish I could have blogged every single photo of the dance because they were all so great. Not only was the choreography seamlessly professional and well done, but the bride and groom were having an absolute blast doing it and were still able to focus on each other the whole time. It was an absolute joy to watch, and left me feeling like this couple is destined for a lifetime of fun and laughter together. Congratulations, David and Danielle!

Back to Top Contact Me Share on Facebook Tweet this Post Email to a Friend

Longboat Key Family Beach Session in Sarasota

When I say this was the perfect family session, it is no exaggeration. From start to finish, these kiddos were happy and sweet. And mom suffered a broken toe from stubbing it on driftwood, and yet she was a total trooper. I have the honor of photographing many, many families who are not local to our area. Some are first time vacationers and others come back year after year and I get to watch their children and families grow. I love my out of town clients! One of my biggest goals is to not only create wall worthy portraits, but also to document the connection between family members and the personalities of each individual. I’m so happy that I was able to exceed those goals with this session!

Back to Top Contact Me Share on Facebook Tweet this Post Email to a Friend

Merritt & Ben’s Romantic Selby Gardens Wedding

Back to Top Contact Me Share on Facebook Tweet this Post Email to a Friend