LeeAnna + Ryan | Step Into The Limelight | St. Petersburg Yacht Club | St. Petersburg, FL

Ryan and LeeAnna’s Love Story:

It all began in 2007. Ryan worked as a manager at the local Block Buster in Northeast Shopping Center.  LeeAnna would drive over and rent movies and would call Ryan “Best Friend.” Ryan likes to refer to LeeAnna as a “stalker”. 

In an unrelated circumstance, Ryan transferred stores with his new job being in south side St. Pete near Eckerd College…and at the same time LeeAnna left to start college in North Carolina. Years later in 2010, when LeeAnna’s brother Bob was a Residence Assistant at Eckerd College, he befriended an employee at Block Buster. His Block Buster friend asked if his Block Buster Manager, Ryan, could hang out with them. They took to each other quickly and Bob and Ryan became fast friends so much so that Bob decided to invite Ryan over for a feast at his family’s house.

As dinner progressed, polite conversation ensued.  When Bob and LeeAnna’s parents asked what Ryan did for a living, he said “Manager at Block Buster.” Jaw drop…look of surprise…”Are you THE Ryan?!?”

“Yes?” at this point Ryan isn’t quite sure what he might be guilty of. Amongst the shock they had to explain to him that Bob’s younger sister, LeeAnna is the one who used to call him “Best Friend.” LeeAnna, too, was away at Campbell University, so it was just a “small world” encounter.

LeeAnna came home for Spring Break in 2011 and was visiting Bob at Eckerd when she became reacquainted with Ryan. As young adults, they seemed to hit it off and began a relationship.

Full stop…screech…LeeAnna was only home a week!

So LeeAnna being LeeAnna, said, “I love you?” off handed as a response to accidentally elbowing Ryan.

After a family dinner outing, while sitting in LeeAnna’s parent’s family room, LeeAnna went into her bedroom on the other side of the wall from where Ryan was sitting on the couch and sent him a text message…breaking up with him only to return moments later and sit back on the couch right next to Ryan like nothing had happened... awkward! Basically, I am going back to college, so peace out.

The good thing is Bob and Ryan remained very good friends and their relationship blossomed and grew. 

In May of 2012, Bob and LeeAnna were graduating from college and needed a roommate for their newly built home. Well, Ryan was the perfect choice. Everyone got along great and the awkwardness quickly dissipated. Bob and Ryan were on one side of the house and LeeAnna had the master bedroom all to herself!  They all became so close that at one point LeeAnna would introduce Ryan as her other brother.

They began acting like siblings (or a couple), arguing, appreciating each other, helping each other, disagreeing, fighting, hurting each other’s feelings, and relying on each other.

Oh and in the meantime, dating other people, a lot of other people, pushing back on others when they suggested they should date. They were going to hockey games together, playing board games together, Ryan joining on family vacations, and even being there on Christmas mornings, Ryan was always watching out for LeeAnna and making sure she was safe if she drank two, er, too much. 

It was noticeable to everyone except them that they had become each other’s significant other. Even family that wasn’t around all the time would notice the obvious. Family members and neighbors would suggest to LeeAnna to date Ryan but her response was always the same, “Ryan is the perfect guy, like really perfect, just not for me.”

In the late summer of 2015, LeeAnna moved out of the house and into her Papa’s house alone and the boy’s had their house to themselves. LeeAnna started to realize how prevalent Ryan was in her life as they still continued to do things together, but now they weren’t together all of the time under the same roof. LeeAnna and Ryan began looking at each other a bit differently, but still, oblivious to what was right in front of them.

All the while, their affection was growing, undenounced to them…STILL. (hockey games, helping pack up MeMaw, movies, Disney trips, wrapping Christmas presents, teasing each other, cleaning together, coming to each other’s rescue).

Just after ringing in the New Year of 2016, LeeAnna and Ryan felt it was time to discuss the “elephant in the room”…24 hours later, Ryan said, “Are we doing this?” to which LeeAnna responded, “Yes?” and that began their Happily Ever After!

Knowing how much LeeAnna loves Jelly Rolls at Disney’s Boardwalk, he set the stage for a New Year’s Eve Proposal on December 31st, 2017.  He pulled it off and she was so surprised!

On LeeAnna + Ryan’s wedding day you could see the excitement in everyones faces as they got to celebrate their union, just as everyone noticed all along…LeeAnna + Ryan were made for one another!

Congratulations LeeAnna + Ryan, I am excited to see what the future has in store for you!

Lead Photographer | Stephanie Duffany
Associate Photographer | Audrey Clifford

Band | Serenade Of Souls
Bridesmaid Dresses | David’s Bridal
Ceremony Site | St. Raphael Catholic Church
Florist | Wonderland Floral Art and Gift Loft
Hair Stylist | J.Con Salon & Spa
Invitations | CZ Invitations, LLC
Reception Venue | St. Petersburg Yacht Club
Videographer | Sublime Studios
Wedding Gown | Alfred Angelo | David’s Bridal
Tuxedos | Men’s Wearhouse
Transportation | Rolls Royce | Alpha Limousine

Chelsea + Pete Step Into The Limelight | The Vinoy® Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club | St. Petersburg, FL

Chelsea and Pete met 6 years to the day of their wedding day. Chelsea was going to visit her sister in Connecticut for new years (Cassidy), and Pete was going to visit his best friend (Chelsea’s sister’s now husband, Thomas). They hit it off right away, did long distance dating for 3 years, then moved to Orlando to be together.

Pete proposed at a family cottage on Lake Michigan that they go to every year. He took Chelsea to lunch one afternoon, and on our their way back, Pete insisted they’d walk out to the lighthouse. That’s where he had a photographer waiting as he proposed out on the pier. After taking engagement photos, they went back to the cottage where Pete surprised Chelsea with both of their families, best friends from college, and his best friends waiting to celebrate. It was the best day for the two!

Chelsea and Pete had a beautiful wedding day at The Vinoy Renaissance in St Pete. The two love to vacation in St. Pete, and wanted to have their wedding somewhere where their friends and families could enjoy right after the holidays. The tea garden at the Vinoy was perfect, so much that it inspired Chelsea’s stunning wedding gown with all the flowers. Pete's favorite color is blue, which is why they went with navy for the bridesmaid’s dresses and Pete's suit.

Their ceremony took place on the Tea Garden at the Vinoy which was gorgeously decorated with foliage on the white chairs that seated their guests. They said their I-Do’s and went off to their reception dinner which took place at The Vinoy’s Sunset Ball. Floating candles, floral placement cards, lanterns and green foliage topped the guest’s dinner tables - it was simply spectacular!

Congratulations the the new Mr. and Mrs!!!

Lead Photographer | Carlos Rello 
Associate Photographer | Kara Lerchenfeld

Band | Ultimate Sound Band 
Bridesmaid Dresses | Show Me Your Mumu
Cake | Publix
Caterer | The Vinoy® Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club
Ceremony Site | The Vinoy® Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club
Event Planner | The Vinoy® Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club
Florist | 2Birds Events 
Bride Hair Stylist | Avery Wells
Bridesmaids Hair Stylist | Alexandria Nicas
Invitations | Shutterfly
Make-up Artist | Lee Murray 
Reception Venue | The Vinoy® Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club
Videographer | Cechman’s Photo and Video
Wedding Gown | Calvet Couture Bridal

Gabriella + Michael Step Into The Limelight | The Floridan Palace Hotel | Tampa, FL

Gabriella and Michael met each other during the famous pirate invasion of Tampa event called Gasparilla in 2015. They had been out with friends celebrating when they just so happen to meet at Macdintons. Michael came up to strike up a conversation after just moving back to the Tampa area and the rest is history!

On Christmas Eve 2017, they were at Gabriella's mother's house having dinner. Somehow, Michael had found the time to sneak away and ask her parent's permission to marry me. Michael surprised her with plane tickets to Hawaii, a place that she had always dreamed of going! They left the morning after Christmas and had an absolute blast. On New Years Eve, they went for a walk on one of the private beaches. They sat on the beach when all of a sudden, Michael got down on one knee and proposed. They rang in the new year in Hawaii and could not wait to come home and celebrate with their family and friends!

Gabriella has this to say about her love for Michael, “Michael has an awesome sense of humor, he is a great friend and gets along with everyone! His laugh is contagious and so unique. He keeps me calm and always is my voice of reason. I love to travel with him because he loves trying new things and always keeps an open mind. He works very hard and is a loyal son, is great with his family and mine.”
Together they bring out the best in each other and have a sense of humor and their LAUGHING is contagious! They enjoy lounging by the pool or beach, traveling and cooking together.

They wanted their wedding to be very romantic and traditional. They knew that they wanted to embrace Tampa's culture and show their guests why they love this city so much. Everything felt fresh but still warm with florals and lighting. The Floridan is so iconic and grandiose, boasting the most beautiful architecture and was absolutely stunning during the holiday season. The black tie attire certainly matched the ambiance and set the tone for a glamorous final weekend in 2018!

Gabriella was most excited for her wedding dress and they both loved their band, the florals. They also had some amazing details during the cocktail hour that are unique to Tampa - a cigar aficionado and a flamenco guitarist!

Gabriella and Michael really love to have fun and entertain, and they certainly paid attention to every little at the biggest party they will ever have! They picked out each detail together so that everything at the wedding was a reflection of both of their families and history, and the different pieces that bring them happiness.

So many special emotional moments throughout the day left all of the guests feeling overjoyed and in awe of the elegant decor. You could see and feel the love as Gabriella was first walking down the aisle with her dad, when her dad gave her away and as Gabriella and Michael said their vows. The excitement and celebration of love continued as their shared their first kiss and first dance as husband and wife with all of the most special people in our lives being in one room witnessing their joy.

Lead Photographers | Michael and Rebecca Zoumberos

Band: The Bay Kings Band
Cake: Elise's Pieces
Caterer:  The Floridan Palace Hotel
Ceremony Site: Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church
Cigar Aficionado: Delite Entertainment
Drapery + Lighting: Delite Entertainment
Flamenco Guitarist: Delite Entertainment
Florist: Northside Florist
Hair Stylist: Destiny and Light Hair & Makeup Group
Invitations: The Write Stuff
Make-Up Artist: Destiny and Light Hair & Makeup Group
Reception Venue:  The Floridan Palace Hotel
Videographer:  Voila Cinematic
Wedding Gown: The White Magnolia | Watters Too Dress
Wedding Planner | Taylor Falcon Events
Photobooth: Snapshoot

Shar + Nivi Step Into The Limelight | Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach | Clearwater Beach, FL

We had such the pleasure working with Nivi and Shar who had the most spectacular wedding at the beautiful Wyndham Clearwater Beach Resort. Our day started nice and early with Shar in a room full of her loved ones who helped her get ready for the big day. Red and Gold covered her from head to toe - she looked stunning! Once both were ready, they gathered themselves with their family and went right into the ceremony which was located in the grand ballroom. A gorgeously decorated stage seated both Nivi’s and Shar’s family and the ritual which would bring blessings, prosperity and happiness took place. Once they were officially married and blessed by all their friends and family, the two enjoyed a nice walk at the beach before heading back inside to get ready for their reception dinner which they had been highly anticipating.

Their reception ball room was vibrant and strategically decorated to the couples liking. Large blue and silver drapes covered the stage where the couple would sit on an elegant white chair. A flower wall was set as a background and the entire room was lit in blue uplighting. Guest tables consistent of different centerpieces which were made of glass and silver pieces. Dancing was definitely the main focus of this gathering and the two along with their guest danced the entire night away. What a celebration this was! Congratulations to the newly weds!!!

Lead Photographer | Carlos Rello
Associate Photographer | Alexa Rodriguez

Caterer | Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach
Ceremony Site | Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach
Decor | Beautiful World Events
DJ | Dj Mazhar
Florist | Beautiful World Events
Hair Stylist | Michele Renee The Studio
Make-up Artist | Michele Renee The Studio
Reception Venue | Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach

Ali + John Step Into The Limelight | Vinoy® Renaissance Resort & Golf Club | St. Petersburg , FL

Ali and John met in Washington DC, They have a lot in common as far as interests and hobbies go and enjoy boating, being outside, and sports. John proposed to Ali at sunset on the balcony of our hotel in Cabo Mexico while they were on vacation. It was the sweetest moment and a new beginning for the couple.

This lovely couple said their I-Do’s at the beautiful Vinoy in downtown St Pete. They chose this venue because they wanted a wedding that represented the area and The Vinoy was just that.  They chose to meld "old Florida" with classic St. Pete which was just perfect! The two are both from Florida, but not from St. Pete, so they both wanted to make sure to capture all of that in the wedding theme and location. Utilizing oranges and orange colored florals, the wedding had that classic Florida feel. The ceremony site was lined with greenery on the floor with candles, reception was filled with little orange blossoms, oranges as placement “cards” and candles to light each table. Congratulations to the newly weds!

Lead Photographer | Carlos Rello
Associate Photographer | Alexa Rodriguez

Bridesmaid Dresses | Asos
Cake | The Vinoy® Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club
Caterer | The Vinoy® Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club
Ceremony Site | The Vinoy® Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club
DJ | InPulse Entertainment
Florist | Bruce Wayne Florals
Hair Stylist | Your Stylist Amy
Invitations | minted.com
Make-up Artist | Your Stylist Amy
Reception Venue | The Vinoy® Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club
Wedding Gown | Rita Vinieris