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!

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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!

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Merritt & Ben’s Romantic Selby Gardens Wedding

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Ashlee & Matt’s Timelessly Classic Wedding at Palmetto Riverside Bed & Breakfast

Gorgeous, talented, sweet, and in love – that’s how I (and probably most people) would describe Ashlee and Matt. Their wedding at Palmetto Riverside Bed and Breakfast was simple and classic. Soft blush tones and whites made up the color palette, which mainly came from the beautifully done florals  – the perfect compliment to Ashlee’s all lace wedding gown.  The B&B was truly a fitting venue for this laid back couple to enjoy everything about their day in one spot. Although the couple chose not to have any attendants, the love and support of their friends and family was evident and the reception was a blast. The speeches, given by Ashlee’s friends and Matt’s sister were so memorable that I can still recall them (and that’s saying a lot, considering how many I’ve heard!). I couldn’t stop laughing when Matt’s sister shared the following (I will relay it as best I can): She said Matt has always been so picky about relationships, and she asked him what exactly he was looking for in a woman. He said he wanted someone beautiful, smart, and funny, with blonde hair and blue eyes, and who is (or maybe it was looks like) a cheerleader. I don’t know how much of that was in jest, but his sister replied “Ok, good luck with that haha”. She then turned to the guests and said “Guess who’s laughing now!”. Because not only is Ashlee all of those things, she was also a cheerleader for the Tampa Bay Bucs. Sometimes dreams do come true, don’t they? My favorite thing about this wedding was all of the genuine smiles and laughter I was able to document. You can’t look at those two smiling and not smile yourself. There’s not much better than a couple on their wedding day who are so obviously deeply in love, are truly best friends, and who have contagious smiles.

Venue: Palmetto Riverside Bed and Breakfast – Catering and Coordination: Nellie’s Deli – Video: Fifth Gen Films  – Florals: Elegant Designs

 

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