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I'm Ruth and I'm so happy you're here. This journal is about weddings, engagement sessions, planning tips, and travels. Stay a while and say hello!

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high fashion wedding day at Ritz Carlton Sarasota with bride in custom gown and groom in blue tux

Ritz Carlton Sarasota Wedding | Carly & Drew

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Weddings

Congratulations, Carly and Drew! They planned a gorgeous tropical Ritz Carlton Sarasota Wedding here in Florida. From the first call I had with the (now) newlyweds, I knew they were my kind of people. They’re incredibly sweet and they’re fellow entrepreneurs – Carly’s a social media manager and Drew’s a web designer. I have so […]

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Oxford Exchange Wedding in Tampa, Florida | Karina & Corey 

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Weddings

Karina and Corey are now husband and wife! They hosted an intimate and sophisticated Oxford Exchange wedding this year in Tampa, Florida. I loved getting to know these two and capturing their special day with their closest family and friends. They planned the most elegant day, celebrating what mattered most to them. Truly, that’s what […]

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University of Tampa Engagement Portraits | Dimble & Ab

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Engagements

Dimble and Ab are engaged! We celebrated their upcoming wedding with a gorgeous University of Tampa engagement session together. Ab is such a romantic, which is one of the things Dimble loves about him. I loved watching the two of them be together as we explored the university and downtown Tampa for their portraits. Seriously, I […]

How to prepare for and embrace a rainy wedding day in Tampa Florida: tips to discuss plans with your wedding vendors for Plan A, B, and C

What to Do If It Rains on Your Wedding Day in Tampa, Florida 

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For Brides

Most couples dread the idea of rain on their wedding day. But, I’m here to tell you that rainy weather doesn’t have to mean a ruined wedding! In fact, many people believe it’s a sign of a blessing and of good luck. As a Tampa wedding photographer, I’ve experienced plenty of bad weather. Over the […]

engaged couple holds hands walking down pink hallway during the Ringling Museum engagement session

The Ringling Museum Engagement Portraits | Alexandra & Mike

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Engagements

Congratulations to Alexandra and Mike! They’re planning a gorgeous wedding day and to celebrate, we met at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art to capture their engagement session. Alexandra and Mike are super funny and really cool people. I had a wonderful time with them during their Sarasota engagement portraits. Mike works in […]

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Sunflower Farm Engagement Session in Tampa FL | Danica & Matt

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Engagements

Congratulations to Danica and Matt! They celebrated their engagement with a gorgeous (but hot!) sunflower farm engagement session here in Tampa, Florida. I’m so happy they asked me to photograph this special time in their life. Danica and Matt are seriously the sweetest and I had a joy exploring the fields with them both during […]

Tampa wedding photographer Ruth Terrero shares the differences between a wedding coordinator and wedding planner so you know who to hire

The Difference Between a Wedding Coordinator and Wedding Planner

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For Brides

Who You Need to Hire for Your Tampa FL Wedding Day Congratulations, you’re engaged! Now the wedding planning can begin. You get to pick the Tampa wedding venue of your dreams, your photographer, and so many more vendors who will help bring your wedding vision to life. Beyond your venue and photographer, one of the […]

bride and groom kiss during Lido Key Beach wedding day

Lido Key Beach Destination Elopement | Rachel & Kyle 

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Weddings

Congratulations to Rachel and Kyle! The newlyweds planned a gorgeous destination elopement in Tampa, FL with their closest friends and family. I’ve known Rachel since 2015 when we met studying abroad in Italy. While we were there, Kyle came to visit her and I met him while we were all there. It was an honor […]

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Best Hotel Wedding Venues in Tampa, Florida 

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Weddings

Recently engaged and ready to plan your dream Tampa FL wedding day? Choosing the perfect venue for your event is the first step to plan your wedding day. As a Tampa wedding photographer, I want to share some of my favorite Tampa hotel wedding venues! Hotel weddings can be convenient, absolutely beautiful, and an overall […]

bride leans head on groom's shoulder under stone architecture at Bella Collina

Glamorous White, Gold, and Pale Pink Wedding in Italian Inspired Venue, Bella Collina

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Weddings

White, gold, and pale pink are the perfect palette for a spring wedding. Styled Shoots Across America and Heather Benge designed a glamorous wedding celebration at Bella Collina, a venue inspired by the Tuscan countryside. This glamorous editorial was filled with over-the-top floral displays, an intimate dinner reception, and featured the courtyard at Bella Collina, […]

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