From boots and belt buckles, corn hole to cows (wandering amongst the cars in the parking lot) - the “rustic barn wedding” that Minyon & Derrel planned for their big day could not have been more perfect! The S bar S barn Ranch in Lakeland served as the backdrop and Mother Nature added nothing but sunshine to a beautiful April day. We started the day with a little hair and make up over lunch before the bride put on her gorgeous dress (made by her mother!) and the groom took his mark outside for their “first look”. It may have been 137 degrees outside but the moment Derrel turned to see his bride in her wedding dress for the first time, it was if time stopped! From that moment on, this happy couple could not keep their eyes off each other and the smiles never left their faces. These two could not be more perfect for each other and I was honored to capture their special day from hair and make up to their sparkler exit and everything in between!
When mom and dad show up for family photos in outfits that coordinate perfectly with 4 boys who match top to bottom, you know you’re in for some serious cuteness! We started with a evening with a little fun at the park and ended up splashing away on the beach at sunset. I’m so glad Mother Nature cooperated and gave us such a beautiful night!
It all started in July of 2017 when this adorable couple invited me to capture their cuteness with engagement photos and then an intimate family wedding ceremony in St. Pete. From there, the Bailies announced that a new addition to their family would be arriving in October of 2018 so I had the pleasure of setting up a photoshoot before they welcomed Baby Bailie into the world. Joanna Kristine arrived and just a few weeks later, we were all off to Ireland for a wedding reception over a year in the making! 30+ family members and friends of the Bailies took over the Belle Isle Castle in Lisbellaw, Northern Ireland. To say it was the trip of a lifetime would be an understatement! We had a portrait session with the happy couple, a family photo shoot with Baby Joanna by the fireplace, a fun filled evening with a murder mystery masquerade ball and a wedding reception the following night that most people can only dream of! Mother Nature didn’t exactly want to cooperative on wedding day but that didn’t stop the Bailies from heading outside, ditching their umbrellas and embracing the pouring rain…because they were in front of their castle! What an amazing couple of days to say the least!
Even though their big day is almost a year away, the future bride and I couldn’t wait to set up this adorable couple’s engagement session. Weeks and weeks ago we narrowed down the date, finalized the location and time and we were good to go. Who would have thought that we would have picked the exact date, time and location of a holiday parade and festival that closed half the roads in downtown Tampa? Not to worry though, Mother Nature cooperated and our wonderful assistant brought along flats for the future bride so we walked here, there and everywhere and had a blast doing it! These two are just too cute and I already can’t wait for their big day!
I’ve been lucky enough to capture all sorts of memories over the years. Whether major life events like weddings or maternity sessions or major sporting events like the Boston Marathon, I cover each and every event with a big smile on my face. This event however, this one just made me giggle from start to finish. Seriously, could this girlie (or her big brother Zach) be any cuter? Happy 1st Birthday Miss Rylie!!
What do you do when you want to take “fall like” photos but you live in Florida? You throw on some flannel and you fake it! With these smiles, you’d never guess that temps in the 90 aren’t flannel wearing weather. These guys were troopers to say the least!
From engagement photos to wedding day to now getting ready to meet Baby Bailie - I can’t say enough about how excited I am to have been asked to capture it all! These two are just the cutest! I can’t wait for Baby Joanna’s first photo shoot at home…and her second in Ireland in December!
Despite Mother Nature’s best efforts to dampen our day, there were nothing but smiles at Philippe Park this past weekend! The Bluniers are just the sweetest family and these two girls - they couldn’t be any cuter!
When your beautiful cousin reaches out to ask if you can take her senior pictures, you hop on a plane and make it happen! Such a fun time on the farm with Miss Mia!
I just can't get enough of these smiling faces! I'm a bit biased since the two little ones are my "niece" and "nephew" but seriously, could they be any cuter?
I had the pleasure of meeting this adorable couple at their wedding rehearsal 2 years ago...and now they're welcoming a new little Kuhlman to the world! Congratulations Anne Marie & Kelsey! I can't wait to meet Baby Coco!
I'm slightly biased since I've been friends with the bride for about 11 years now but these two are just too cute! Despite heading the beach under overcast skies and popping over to the Botanical Gardens with the threat of rain, these two welcomed my silly ideas with smiles on their faces.
I've had the pleasure of photographing all sorts of weddings over the years but this one was definitely one of my favorites! Sure I'll admit that I was sort of "cheating" a bit on this one since I've known the bride and groom and their families for years but that only made this night more special. There truly are few things better then watching two people who couldn't be more perfect for each other exchange vows with smiles on their faces and happy tears in their eyes! An amazing couple, some adorable kiddos, two incredible families coming together and a wedding party that'll keep you laughing for days - talk about the perfect combination! Congratulations Shannons!!
With their big day right around the corner, why not share a few pics from our recent engagement/ family photo session with their little ones. This family is just the cutest! I can't wait to see them all dolled up and fancy for the big day!