Archive for 'Weddings'

October 23, 2015

Blush Bridal Sarasota is taking our small little town to the next level with the Couture Gowns they are bringing into their shop. I love the owners with all my heart. And their style and taste is just perfect.  Thank you Fondren & Nicole for bringing amazing designers into Sarasota.

This weekend they are having a much awaited truck show featuring one of my favorite wedding dress designer’s, Reem Acra. Sip champagne, enjoy sweet treats and preview the designer’s newest collection along with some of her best selling styles. Blush Bridal are offering 10% off your purchase this weekend only.  Call 941-316-1615 or email to schedule your appointment.

Below is just a preview of the gowns that came in this week.  All are STUNNING!  I love the Coco dress from their Fall 2016 collection that they previewed this month at bridal week in New York. The lace tiered gown looked so gorgeous on our model Alene. I loved that I was able to get a sneak preview of their gowns this morning during our shoot.

Special thank you to Alene Sartori Fowler for modeling, Liz & Sam of Influence Style & Kelly Kane for the venue.

Dress 1: Reem Acra, Coco Strapless Tiered Lace Panel Gown, Fall 2016
Dress 2: Reem Acra, I’m Extravagant, Fall 2015
Jewelry: Influence Style
Hair & Make-up: Kelly Anne, Styles by Kelly Anne

October 20, 2015

I was overwhelmed and honored beyond belief when I was asked to be Caleb & Liz’s photographer for their wedding.  Not only was I hired for their two day event at The Oxford Exchange and The Ritz Carlton Sarasota but Liz even granted me the courtesy to changed her wedding date to a month later to accommodate my schedule.  Not gonna lie….I cried after we talked on the phone.  That was such a huge compliment and an extreme amount of trust that she showed me for doing that.

Lets begin with the brides wedding dress & shoes….Ramona Keveza and Gianvito Rossi!!!!  I.DIE….over and over again whenever i look at her images, I know everyone including myself has been waiting to see what Liz chose to wear. Liz is Sarasota’s local fashion icon (yes you are Liz).  She co-owns a gorgeous store in town with brands that make my jaw drop every time I see her post on Social Media. Her style and taste in fashion is impeccable and everything I would ever wear myself….lets get it straight….really want to own too. I love her and everything about her, what she wears, her store and just how REAL and kind she is. So her wedding dress choice was definitely much awaited and can be compared to the world awaiting for Princes Kate’s wedding dress debut. Even Caleb said it perfectly during their first look….”It’s you, It’s a Liz dress.” I agree with him a 100%.

Their 2 day wedding affair was PERFECT.  Perfect couple, families, bridal party, friends, guests, vendors and venues. The way they structured both days allowed for everyone who attended to feel special, relaxed and have fun. The first day of their festivities took place at The Oxford Exchange in Tampa.  They opted to have the ceremony and a dinner reception with family and close friends.  The details reflected the brides style…elegant, classy with an edgy twist to it.  I absolutely loved their place cards…polaroid images of their friends and family with my friend Shannon Kirsten’s custom calligraphy work.  Everyone was laughing and having so much fun looking at their images as they make their way to their tables.

Day 2 of their wedding took place at The Ritz Carlton Sarasota. The staging and design was done to perfection by So Staged Events. On this day they opted to do the rest of the traditional toasts and first dances for all to see.  Then it was basically a huge PARTY.  Jonathan Cortez kept the crowd going with their signature EDM playlist.  Caleb being in the music and music festival business had an amazing set that played and the dance floor was packed! The energy of that evening was so high and everyone definitely had a blast celebrating this gorgeous union!

Caleb & Liz: I cant thank you enough for choosing me to photograph your wedding.  I couldn’t believe you went as far as accommodating my schedule.  I’m so HONORED.  Your 2 day affair was beautiful and the best way to celebrating this amazing marriage.  You could just feel the love everyone had for you both during that weekend.  Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for the love and friendship. Big huge thank you to Sam and the rest of the Murray Family and Jones Family for welcoming me with open arms. Love you guys so much

Enjoy their gorgeous images. . . . .

Day 1 Vendors:

Venue: The Oxford Exchange
Florist: La Vie En Rose
Videographer: Current Films, Zach Holmstrom
Hair: Fresh Salon, Bethany Holmstrom
Make-up: Jess Waldrop
Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza
Wedding Shoes: Gianvito Rossi
Grooms Tux: Indochino
Stationary/Illustration: Shannon Kirsten Illustration
Jeweler: Duke Courtney

Day 2 Vendors:
Venue: The Ritz Carlton Sarasota, Kelsey Aholm
Catering/Baker: The Ritz Carlton Sarasota
Event Rentals: So Staged Events
Videographer: Current Films, Zach Holmstrom
Hair & Make-up: Kelly Anne McGraw
Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza
Wedding Shoes: Gianvito Rossi
Grooms Tux: Indochino
Stationary/Illustration: Shannon Kirsten Illustration
Jeweler: Duke Courtney


Gorgeous video by such a talented videographer and friend….Zach Holmstrom of Current Films

CALEB + LIZ from Current Films on Vimeo.



The Oxford Exchange, La Vie En Rose Florist, Current Films, Zach Holmstrom, Fresh Salon, Bethany Holmstrom, Jess Waldrop
Romona Keveza, Gianvito Rossi, Indochino, Shannon Kirsten Illustration, Duke Courtney, The Ritz Carlton Sarasota, Kelsey Aholm, So Staged Events, Victoria Blooms, Victoria Warren, Kelly Anne McGraw, JAC of All Trades, Jonathan Cortez

September 22, 2015

I have been waiting to document this wedding!  I couldn’t wait to work and spend the day with Brian and Lauren again.  I shot their engagement session last summer in Santa Monica and it was so much fun and I loved seeing how they are together.  Brian adores Lauren and he makes her laugh and Lauren feels so secure in his arms.

Brian & Lauren McDonnel’s Wedding at the Westlake Village Inn was STUNNING! The venue itself has so many areas and little pockets perfect for images.  I remember asking Brian why they choose this venue.  He said that he once lived across the street and always saw weddings taking place there.  I thought it was pretty cool and sweet that they chose their venue because of that.  I’m pretty sure he wished and secretly wanted that for himself too.

I love their story.  They have known each other since Jr. High (aka Middle School for the below 30 age range haha).  Brian asked Lauren to marry him…she said no and made him wait 17 years.  The groom got to marry the woman of his dreams and he said that he’s known since he was 14!

Lauren was so beautiful that day!  Her dress suited her perfectly. Brian with his navy blue tux and white shoes…..daper! My favorite moments during their wedding day was during the ceremony.  Lauren was emotional while Brian made her laugh.  The Best Man speech will definitely go down in history for me as the best speech I have ever heard. He made sure to involve all the guests and asked everyone to write something special to the bride and groom that they will open on their 1st year anniversary.

Lauren & Brian – THANK YOU!  I can’t thank you enough.  I loved every bit of your wedding….it was perfect…it gave me butterflies in my stomach.  I love you both together and I’m so happy you found each other.  I’m so grateful you chose me to document your wedding.  Can’t wait for little babies wearing Melin!!! I smell family pictures in your future!

Venue: Westlake Village Inn, Westlake Village, CA
Wedding: Maggie Sottero
Floral Designs: Florals by Roni 
DJ: Vincent Franco