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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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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Lido Key Beach Destination Elopement | Rachel & Kyle 

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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 […]

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

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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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Downtown Tampa Engagement Session with Chic Dresses

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Engagements

Victoria and Peyton are such a sweet couple (and have the best fashion sense!). Their Downtown Tampa engagement session was chic and stylish. We explored around City Hall and Le Meridien for their portraits and I loved the chance to get to chat with them about wedding planning, their relationship, and so much more!  Their […]

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Haus 820 Wedding Day with Earthy Vibes in Central Florida

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Weddings

Congratulations to Rachelle and Cody! They tied the knot in a romantic Haus 820 wedding day in Lakeland, Florida. From start to finish, it was clear how much Rachelle and Cody love each other – and their guests, their family and friends. The whole day was beautiful to witness and I’m honored I could be […]

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5 Tips To Finding Your Perfect Wedding Dress

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For Brides

One of the most exciting and stressful times as a bride is finding your perfect wedding dress. There are so many factors that play into what will look good on your body and will compliment the overall theme of your wedding. Choosing the right wedding dress for you can be a challenge, but with these […]

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