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Ok two things I love about Abi & Bobby, they had their first date at Chipotle (amazing!) and they are related to my amazing couple from last year, Val & Rory (Rory is Abi’s brother and he was their ceremony officiant). So I was extra excited about this wedding because I already loved them plus I would have the chance to work with a planner I’ve loved for so long, Kelly McWilliams (please check out her work, it’s stunning but also follow her on IG, she is hilarious!). As their wedding week arrived the news about COVID-19 was changing by the HOUR, but we were all still holding out hope that plans would stay the same, and Abi & Bobby were determined to say “I Do” no matter what. 36 hours before their wedding day the original plan was out the window, the event was moved to their house & about 100 of their guests wouldn’t be able to attend. But Kelly managed to pull together key vendors to create ACTUAL MAGIC in their backyard (Abi said how happy she was to finally have people over to their house because they hadn’t even had a housewarming party yet!). It was such a special and amazing day and I could not have been more happy to be part of it. P.S. We are planning a gorgeous styled shoot with the whole wedding party in their actual wedding attire soon!

Abi & Bobby’s Wedding @ Private Residence // Planning: Kelly McWilliams // Florals: Floral Symphony // Beauty: Bridesmaids themselves! // Officiant: Rory Mitchell // Cake: Publix and Nothing Bundt Cakes // Videographer: Aloha Filmworks // Music: Jay Rigdon // Furniture Rentals: Trinity Special Event Rentals // Taco Truck: Red Roc Cravings

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This Coronavirus is causing so much stress and anxiety on its own and now even more so in the wedding industry with couples having to make heartbreaking decisions about their wedding dates. We are all in this together! I know some of you have had to postpone your dream wedding, some will even have to wait another year, I can’t imagine. But if you don’t want to wait that long to get married, maybe you can elope! You can still have pretty details, say I do to your forever person and get amazing photos together. Elopements have been on the rise in the last year, and I am HERE FOR IT! More time together, more time for portraits & usually less stress. Even if you still have your big celebration at a later date, there’s no stopping you from saying I Do right now. Pick a beautiful spot outdoors or our historic courthouse and lets make it happen!

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Kelsey & Trevor are so fun to be around, and clearly love being around each other. They were laughing and smiling the entire day of their wedding, which is always a really good sign. After they matched on Tinder & he proposed at a Christmas Light show in Ohio, they finally said “I Do” under the beautiful wedding oak tree at Selby Gardens. But their dance floor was the absolute star of the day, from a singalong session to Hotel California to a drinking game played to the AC/DC song “Thunderstruck”, there was no shortage of celebration on their night. Congratulations Kelsey & Trevor!

Kelsey and Trevor’s Wedding @ Marie Selby Botanical Gardens // Planning: Randy Bishop // Florals: Flowers by Fudgie // Beauty: L.A. Bride Studio // Bride’s Dress: David’s Bridal // Groom’s Fashion: Men’s Wearhouse // Officiant: A Wedding with Grace // Catering: Michael’s on East // Cake: Julie Deffense Artistry // Music: Celebrations 24 // Stationary: Minted // Lighting: Affairs in the Air // Photobooth: The Fancy Booth

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Olivia & Gabe are the kind of people that very soon after you meet them, they make you feel like you’ve all been friends for years. And that probably explains why they had 20 people in their wedding party (and honestly it was 20 of the nicest, most fun people I’ve been around!) who not only stood by them during the ceremony but also serenaded them on the beach for photos afterwards 🙂 They read vows to each other on the beach at LBKC in front of a pampas grass arch that Olivia’s Dad made & ended the night with a glitter confetti toss at Harbourside Ballroom. This gorgeous day also included the couple’s sweet dog Mae, who was there when Gabe asked Olivia to marry him during one of their regular sunset strolls. Olivia & Gabe, thank you for letting us be part of your amazing day!

Olivia & Gabe’s Wedding at The Resort at Longboat Key Club // Planning by Swanky Soiree Events // Florals by Flowers By Fudgie // Beauty by Brides by Kelly Anne // Bride’s Dress by Made with Love Bridal from Malindy Elene Bridal // Bridesmaids’ Dresses by Shona Joy // Groom’s Fashion by Generation Tux & The Tie Bar // Officiated by Michelle Latham // Catering by The Resort at Longboat Key Club // Cake by Cakes By Ron // Videography by Imagery Wedding Films // Music by Bay Kings Band // Lighting by Swanky Soiree Events // Transportation by Siesta Trolley

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Deanna & Joel have a love for adventure (he proposed on top of Machu Picchu!) and their wedding weekend, planned by NK Productions, was definitely exciting. We dodged a last minute Tropical Storm (and instead had a miraculous day of sunshine!), Joel surprised Deanna with his custom suit that had the inside covered with photos of the couple and we were all treated to an amazing fireworks show on the beach! Then the next day Deanna & Joel shared brunch with friends & family before hopping in their gorgeous getaway car from Revvies. Deanna & Joel, thank you for including me in your beautiful day, I wish you many years of adventures together!

Deanna & Joel’s Wedding @ Gasparilla Inn & Club // Planning: NK Productions // Florals: Botanica International Design Studio // Beauty: James Griffith Salon // Bride’s Dress: Winnie Couture // Groom’s Custom Suit: Stitched Lifestyle // Officiant: Mother Michelle Robertshaw // Catering: Gasparilla Inn & Club // Cake: Cakes by Ron // Videographer: Voila Cinematic // Music: Matt Winter Band // Stationary: Doyle Paper Co, Custom Crest by Simply Jessica Marie // Linens: BBJ Linen // Furniture Rentals: So Staged // Lighting: Lightworks Productions // Fireworks: Zambelli Fireworks // Getaway car: Revvies Luxury Transportation

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