Georgi & Mariana's Clearwater Beach Wedding

It was a beautiful sun kissed Florida day when Georgi and Mariana tied the knot in Clearwater Beach. The scent of saltwater mingled with fresh cut flowers in the fall breeze. Their families traveled from separate corners of the earth to watch them take their vows by the sea and pledge their love to one another. As Tampa wedding photographers, we get to experience such an amazing range of venues, and beach weddings like this one really showcase Florida at its best.

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The groomsmen got ready at The Element with a stunning view of Downtown Tampa. They started off with a clean cut and shave a time honored Bulgarian tradition, then got suited up for the big day. The crew looked dashing as they headed to the beach to meet the ladies for the ceremony.

The ladies got ready upstairs at a private condo on Clearwater Beach overlooking the water. Stylish makeup and beachy waves highlighted the bride’s natural beauty and bubbly personality. Her elegant lace mermaid style wedding gown was accented with delicate sparkly straps.

You couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day at the beach or a more beautiful couple. Georgi and Mariana brought together their love of family, culture, and started their own traditions. As they exchanged their vows, the sun shone down on them and smiled as the breeze played with the bride’s veil and tousled her curls.

We took their portraits on the beach, right at sunset. This is quite predictably our favorite time of day, fantastic light mixing with even better emotions in a cocktail that makes for incredible photos.

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If you are on the lookout for a Clearwater Beach Wedding Photographer, we are located just 30 minutes away in Tampa, Florida and love spending time out on the sand. Get in touch through the contact form!

Taylor & David's Pena Peck House St. Augustine Wedding

It was a perfect late fall Florida day when Taylor and David tied the knot. The kind where the humidity is blessedly low and the temperature sits just above the indoors. Where you can sit in a patch of afternoon sunshine, the light warming the pages and lulling you into a state of quiet reverie.

Taylor and David got ready at the Casa De Solana in Old Town, St. Augustine. It is a time capsule of a bed and breakfast with a history dating back over 250 years.

Taylor got ready in the Montejurra room, the Casa De Solana being the sort of hideaway where every room has its own story and place in history. The room hearkened back to 19th century elegance and pomp; admirably suited to an event of as much import as a wedding.

Taylor’s bridesmaids were so sweet and supportive, doing a phenomenal job getting her ready for her big day.

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Their ceremony was wonderfully simple, and we have to point out that David hand built the arch they were married under!

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Taylor & David’s Ceremony and reception were held at the Pena Peck House, one of the oldest colonial buildings in St. Augustine, which started its life as the home of the Royal Spanish Treasurer in the new world, and now lives on as a museum and wedding venue.

The Perfect Pour served up incredible Rosemary Gin Fizz cocktails all night long among the bougainvilleas at The Pena Peck House. We were amazed by the time and attention to detail put into the making of each drink.

Taylor & David’s reception was incredible, with the most heartfelt toasts from their best friends, so excited to see them start their new life togther.

We have to mention, the tables and benches the guests ate and drank at were handmade by David. The tables proved so popular that they were overwhelmed with requests to rent them out, and so not long after getting married themselves, Taylor & David formed Timeless Design, an event rental company focused on handmade furniture.

If you are looking for a St. Augustine wedding photographer get in touch! We loved photographing this Pena Peck House Wedding.

Vendor Credits:
Furniture - Timeless Design Rentals
Planner - Endless Possibilities
Bartender - The Perfect Pour
Catering - The Perfect Pear
Florals - EP Florals
Dress - Miss Stella York

Brian & Paige's Boca Bay Pass Club Wedding

Brian & Paige’s Wedding was a breezy, late spring affair, with over
one hundred friends traveling from the midwest to celebrate with them out on
the sleepy island community of Boca Grande.

With startlingly blue waters and impeccably tasteful architecture, Boca Grande has quitely made a name as a destination for a particular sort of well heeled and mild mannered vacationer. Henry Flagler essentially put the island on the map, building a section of his famous railway to it. (Rumour has it the famous rogue Jose Gaspar was known to hide out on the island in wilder days.) Constructed in 1913, Gasparilla Inn served as a hub for wealthy northeasterners escaping the winter snows, and likely it was on one such visit Flagler decided a railway line simply had to be built to the island. Passing over the decidedly modern bridge in present day, the remains of that rail line stand to this day, now mostly serving as tempting fishing spots for local gentleman anglers.

Brian & Paige were the kind of couple you always hope to have as a wedding photographer. Utterly in love with endless amounts of patience and kindess for each other and everyone around them. Both got ready in a family beachside residence, and we had a merry time hiding them Paige from Bryan. Paige’s getting ready room was a hubub of excited sqeaks and cooing mumurs, while Brian’s was filled with hearty slaps on the back and sonorous yet lighthearted benedictions of goodwill.

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Their ceremony site was Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church on Boca Grande. It was designed in a classical Italian Renaissance style by the same architect of the Viscaya Mansion in Miami. The Architect, a gentleman named F Burrell Hoffman, was a frequent visitor to the island, having designed four homes in the surrounding area while in company of an old Harvard friend. This little chapel has so much of the character of the island within its tastefully simple walls, and the Reverend Carosella gave a stirring yet down to earth mass entirely fitting to the balmy surroundings.

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Can we point out the adorably tiny electric car they rented for their exit?

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It has been said that no trip to Boca Grande is complete
without a walk down Banyan Street.

More couples that are exceptional dancers, please! The sailcloth tent at the Pass Club and sea breeze coming off the Gulf kept things cool as they danced to swirling Jazz and roaring applause.

We took Paige and Brian out for a second set of portraits around sunset, and shortly thereafter Paige broke down as she reflected on the day. Watching Brian hold her about made us cry too. These two were wonderful.

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Toasts are one of those parts of the day that never ceases to amaze us. Getting to see the people a couple is closest to in the world be so publicly and openly pouring out their love makes this job immeasurably better.

Brian’s brother was hysterical. Seriously. Difficult to take photos because we were laughing so hard levels of funny. He gave the best man speech to end all best man speeches. Future best men of the world, take notice, this guy set a new standard!

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So so thankful to have been able to witness and capture this day! If you or someone you love are thinking about getting married on Boca Grande, we’d heartily recommend it! Every time we come here we fall in love a little more. (Also, get in touch if you would like photos like this, we’re available for weddings at Gasparilla Inn, Boca Bay Pass Club, and all the other major wedding venues on Boca Grande!).

Thanks so much to Brian and Paige for bringing us out, and the lovely staff of Boca Bay Pass Club for crafting such a remarkable reception!

Tampa Heights Fancy Free Nursery - Wedding Inspiration

To cap things off, we decided to incorporate one of Julia’s Xiaolin bespoke wedding dress designs. The wedding dress featured delicate mirror image lace appliques, pearl buttons down the back, and a soft ostrich feather plume train. The feather train perfectly complimented the verdant surroundings.

So excited to debut this gorgeous styled shoot we recently put together at Fancy Free Nursery in Tampa Heights!

The beginnings of this shoot came about when our friends Taylor and David contacted us with exciting news. They were starting an event rental company following an incredibly enthusiastic response to their wedding furniture, which David had handcrafted in his backyard workshop. After some deliberation, they came up with the name, Timeless Design.

This news started our minds whirring, as we dreamed up the perfect location to set this earthy, minimalist furniture in. Fancy Free Plant Nursery came instantly to mind. Their positively lush workshop, venue, and store has become something of a Tampa landmark, with its endlessly instagrammable interior and remarkable selection of exotic greenery.

The day started out with setup and prep by our fantastic makeup artist, Kayla Marie, whose meticulously detailed and refined work looked perfect on our model Taylor.

We ended up asking our friends Brandon & Taylor to model for the shoot. They’re a super cute young couple already planning their own wedding this year and their chemistry was just what we needed. Brandon is a wedding photographer himself and Taylor does wedding florals, so they were a huge help in pulling off the whole day!

Keep scrolling for gorgeous photos of the couple + photos of Timeless Design's handiwork!

Timeless Design brought along two of their hand crafted tables and benches for Fancy Free’s veranada, which is next door to another Tampa Heights staple, Foundation Coffee Co! We stopped in throughout the shoot for coffee refills. Such a great venue perk!

Below, right, Timeless Designs also brought one of their shiplap bars, seen under Fancy Free’s circular garden arch.

Below, left, we just loved the little details of this shoot. The boquet was a modern mix of crisp white florals and dramatic greenery.

The Bride’s dainty floral inspired hairpiece as seen below was provided by Romantic Art Life.

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Thanks again to the wonderful team of vendors that collaborated on this!
Links to their work below:

Florals/Venue — Fancy Free Nursery
Furniture/place settings — Timeless Design Rentals
Dress — Xiaolin Design
MUA — Kalya Marie
Hairpiece — Romantic Art Life
Models — Taylor Stacy & Brandon Burridge

Erwin & Alondra - Oxford Exchange Tampa Wedding

Erwin and Alondra’s wedding was one for the books! Taking place just a few days before Christmas, both their traditional Catholic ceremony at Nativity Catholic church in Brandon and their reception at Oxford Exchange were filled with Christmas spirit and decor. It was an all day affair with minimalist greenery and timeless details. Erwin and Alondra were the life of the party, salsa dancing and champagne toasting the night away. A pleasure to get to shoot at such a well known Tampa venue, we’ll remember photographing this Oxford Exchange Christmas Wedding for years to come.

Nativity Catholic Church was a stunning place to get married in December. The church was beautifully decorated for Christmas and the red poinsettias looked magical against the bride’s white dress.

The upstairs rooms at Oxford Exchange were the perfect place to get ready for the reception and pop champagne. Photogenic brick walls and vintage furniture made it a great place to take photos too.

You can’t have a wedding at Oxford Exchange without taking photos on the beautiful staircase! We love how elegant the bride and groom look here.

The lights dimmed and the restaurant was turned into a dance floor. The guests were eager to kick off their shoes and dance the night away. We love a crowd that knows how to party!

Oxford Exchange was decorated with a mix of classic and contemporary. White and green florals with a hint of pink shone out amongst the Christmas decorations.

Josh & Victoria's S Bar S Barn Lakeland Wedding

Josh and Victoria were married at S Bar S Barn in Lakeland, Florida. It’s a quaint venue full of details pointing to its place as a working ranch in addition to a barn wedding venue. As Tampa wedding photographers, we love the opportunity to venture out of the city for weddings like this! Barn weddings can be a nice respite from city life, a little reminder of quieter places.