Kelsey + Joseph Step Into The Limelight | Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa | Clearwater Beach, FL

Kelsey grew up in South Dakota and knew ever since she was little that she wanted to live near the beach. Six years ago Kelsey made her dreams come true by moving to Florida. If Kelsey would have never made the journey from South Dakota, she would have never met the love of her life, Joseph. Kelsey + Joseph met through a mutual friend and have been together ever since….4 1/2 years ago to be exact!

Joseph proposed to Kelsey while on a trip to her parents house in South Dakota on the 3rd of July. They were enjoying an evening boat ride and during the fireworks display, he dropped down on one knee! So romantic!

What they love about each other:

Kelsey says, “I love Joseph’s patience and kind heart. He keeps me level headed when I overreact and doesn’t care what people think about him. 

Joseph says, “I love Kelsey for her motivation, ambition and good heart. She’s the sweetest most relatable person I’ve ever met.”

Kelsey + Joseph enjoy spending time with their fur baby, a 2yr old cavapoo named Duke. They love food, friends and family, often opening their home to host different guests for parties and family gatherings. It was important on their wedding to foster the same environment as they both had families flying in from all around the country. Most of Kelsey + Joseph’s family have never met before, so it was really exciting to get everyone together to share their joy and love for one another and to celebrate as one big happy family.

Lead Photographer | Stephanie Duffany
Associate Photographer | Audrey Clifford

Band | Ryan Pope, Matt Winter Band
Bridesmaid Dresses | Revelry
Caterer | Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa
Ceremony Site | Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa
DJ | Grant Hemond 
Florist | Iza's Flowers
Hair Stylist | Taylor Sortino
Invitations | Shutterfly
Make-up Artist | Melissa Brown
Reception Venue | Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa
Wedding Gown | Malindy Elene

Lauren + Max Step Into The Limelight | Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort And Spa | Clearwater Beach, FL

Lauren & Max

the love story | written by the bride

I apologize for the extended addition of our story in advance...but I think it's rather cute! For those of you who don't know, Max and I met in medical school. We were friends for a while but, unfortunately, we did not get together until two years after we met. We found each other attractive but, for many reasons, did not try to date for a long time.

As time went on, I dated other people but none of them worked out. Max and I became really close during this time and were talking on the phone, Facebook, etc... every night. Around the time of my birthday in October, Max wanted to ensure I had an amazing party so he planned an amazing dinner for me at Mellow Mushroom, my favorite restaurant, and invited all of our friends. He also invited me to see a scary movie at his place ("Sinister") but never really clarified that it was meant to be a "first date". I showed up wearing pajamas to the movie whereas Max had gone all out for this event and was wearing nice cologne and looked like a million bucks. I knew what was going on at that moment but I also knew I had really thrown him off by dressing like I was coming over for a nap.

As my birthday got closer, I wondered if Max would actually show up to the party after my embarrassing moment at the scary movie. He put the whole thing together but I had made it seem like I wasn't interested. To my surprise, he showed up. He greeted me wearing a very handsome plaid shirt and gave me a big hug. He didn't sit next to me, so I did what any other normal, boy-crazy girl would do, I texted him from across the table. I flirted as much as I could trying to show him I was still interested.

We started to talk a lot after that. Eventually, we watched another movie together, an event to which I showed up looking amazing and he came to the door wearing sweat pants and a dirty t-shirt (touché). I told him how I felt that night and he did the same. We started going out and two years of adventures, set backs, excitement and happiness, we got engaged.

For those of you who haven't seen the video, Max proposed in an incredible way. He saved pictures of the two of us from six months into our relationship onward and kept them on his phone. He happens to be a great guitar player and singer so he informed me that he wanted to put on a "Ten-Year Anniversary Show" with his friend, Jacob. He traveled back and forth from Gainesville several times a month for several months, an hour and a half long drive to go practice with his friend. He then rented out a church hall with a stage and invited 75 people who were close to us. We filled the house. He then proceeded to play and sing 15 of our favorite songs he had learned on the guitar. The last song was our song "Love you Like the Movies" by Anthem Lights. During this song, he jumped down from the stage, and had a powerpoint presentation go on behind him of all of our pictures together. He proposed at the end - I obviously said yes!!

From the moment I met Lauren & Max I could feel the sweet and passionate love they both possess for each other. It is undeniable…they are meant to be together. They lift each other up and support each other other through it all. I had the pleasure of following just a small portion of their medical journey as they were both matched to complete their residency at USF and Tampa General Hospital. Lauren in vascular surgery and Max in psychiatry. Just that itself is MAJOR! They both have worked intensely and tirelessly to pursue their dreams… meanwhile planning a wedding!
Ahhh… the wedding day. We LOVED being a part of such a special day. People from all over the world were present to celebrate Lauren & Max, even China. Yes! China. How absolutely amazing is that? Max’s parents who were among the travelers beamed with joy ad pride. It was a beautiful site to see.
Each moment of the day was so incredibly sweet and each detail was perfectly executed. The touches of blush and ivory were just perfection. Classic & elegant.
Thank you Lauren & Max for trusting us to capture your love story… May life bring you many many more joyous moments.

ps. fun fact: Max is probably the fastest typer in the world (no joke!) It’s incredible.

Lead Photographer | Dafne Spencer
Associate Photographer | Carlos Rello

Bridesmaids Dresses | Mori Lee
Cake | A Piece of Cake
Caterer | Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa
Ceremony | Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa
DJ | Grant Hemond Associates, Inc.
Event Planner | Special Moments Event Planning | Tammy Waterman
Florist | Artistry Designs Group
Hair Stylist | Destiny & Light
Make-Up Artist | Destiny & Light
Reception | Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa
Videographer | VH Video | Maureen Taylor
Wedding Gown | Ysa Makino

Stacy + Scott Step Into The Limelight | Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa | Marco Island, FL

In October of 2016, Stacy + Scott met through match.com. They started their relationship by building a strong foundation of friendship, saying, “It’s so easy to enjoy each others company and to make each other laugh.” Whether it is the mundane or a new adventure Stacy + Scott enjoy every minute they spend with one another. They respect each other, they listen to one another, and they can talk about any and everything.

Stacy + Scott enjoy taking walks along the beach and traveling, so it is no surprise that that’s how Scott decided to propose to Stacy. While they were vacationing in Big Sur, California, they decided to go to Pfeiffer Beach. While enjoying the sunset on the beautiful purple sand, Scott proposed!

During their engagement, Stacy + Scott took a trip to Naples, Florida. While enjoying a walk by the Gulf of Mexico they saw a lot of beautiful beach weddings. Scott and Stacy loved how they seemed fun and relaxing, while still being romantic. It was during this trip that they knew how they wanted to spend their wedding day together. 

Stacy + Scott’s wedding day was everything they thought it would be and more, it was fun, it was relaxing, it was romantic, and most importantly, it was filled with SO MUCH LOVE! Stacy + Scott have a very special type of love, when you see them together you will believe in happily ever afters…

Congratulations on your forever Stacy + Scott!

Lead Photographer | Stephanie Duffany
Associate Photographer | Audrey Clifford

Bridesmaid Dresses | Camille La Vie
Caterer | Hilton Marco Island
Ceremony Site | Hilton Marco Island
DJ | A DJ with Class
Florist | Marco Island Florist
Hair Stylist | Hilton Marco Island
Invitations | Team Concept Printing
Make-up Artist | Hilton Marco Island
Reception Venue | Hilton Marco Island

Hannah + Adam Step Into The Limelight | University of Tampa | Tampa, FL

Hannah & Adam’s love story began back in Ohio and they are both taking roots in Tampa as they begin their lives together in sunny Florida. They LOVE their dogs Titus & Nala so it was so important to have them join in their engagement session (they did so well!). 

Hannah & Adam will tie the knot in February of 2020 at Isla del Sol and we could not be more excited.

Happy wedding planning!

Lead Photographer | Dafne Spencer

Location | University of  Tampa 

Samantha + Joe Step Into The Limelight | The Sunset by Gulf Drive | Bradenton Beach, FL

Samantha and Joe met on eharmony in November of 2014. They were living in Manhattan in an apartment in Hell's Kitchen, Joe took her to one of their favorite restaurants and then up to the rooftop of their building and he proposed there with the skyline as their beautiful backdrop. Joe never fails to make her laugh. They are each other's best friend and are always happy to spend time together, no matter what they are doing.

Samantha and Joe had their wedding at The Sunset by Gulf Drive Café right next to the beautiful blue ocean. They invited friends and family from all parts of the states to join them in one of the most important day of their lives. The ceremony site was lined with white chair with coral linens and flower pedals that trailed up to where they would be standing to say their I-Do’s. Reception was beach themed and provided seats to their guests until it was time to party! It was truly a pleasure to be part of their special day! Congratulation to the newlyweds!!!

Lead Photographer | Carlos Rello
Associate Photographer | Alexa Rodriguez

Bridesmaid Dresses | Bridal Relections
Cake | Hometown Desserts 
Caterer | Gulf Drive Café 
Ceremony Site | The Sunset by Gulf Drive Café
DJ | Grant Hermond & Associates 
Event Planner | The Sunset by Gulf Drive Café
Florist | Ms Scarlett's Flowers
Hair Stylist | DS Hair&Makeup Creations LLC 
Invitations | minted.com
Make-up Artist | DS Hair&Makeup Creations LLC
Reception Venue | The Sunset by Gulf Drive Café
Violinist | Sunset Strings LLC.
Wedding Gown | Blossom Brides