Paula + David Step Into The Limelight | Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort And Spa | Clearwater Beach, FL

David and Paula met each other in August 2012 through her co-worker when they both worked at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL) in Tallahassee, FL. He was looking for a woman to play on his co-ed soccer team and her co-worker suggested asking her knowing that she had played through high school. Paula had seen and noticed him around the facility but their research groups never interacted so they hadn’t spoken before. When he asked she jumped at the opportunity to play soccer again, but better yet, to get to meet and know David better. 

They played soccer together and became good friends, and started officially dating in Spring 2013. They almost didn’t date because Paula was supposed to be moving from Tallahassee to Nashville for graduate school that summer { sweet fate! }.

David and Paula ran the Sept. 09, 2017 Savage Race (obstacle race) in Kennedyville, MD with a couple of friends. After the race they all went back to David’s Jeep to change into clean clothes. While they were changing he got down on one knee and proposed!

We LOVE Paula & David, their love for each other is so sweet! The way they look at each other and really listen to each other’s needs, spoke to us. We spent the day with them on their wedding day and we felt at home… they are both fun and love to live in the moment. Every little part of their day was special and memorable. I {Dafne} had to opportunity to speak with Robert { the groom’s dad and officiant } and he was so emotional, given the opportunity to officiate Paula & David’s marriage… what a privilege for a father! So thoughtful. Robert’s heart was bursting with joy. It was beautiful to watch as they incorporated an Irish/Celtic ceremony called Handfasting as they both have Irish roots in their families.

One of my favorite things in life are sunsets! You cannot beat the Clearwater Beach, Florida sunset! It was perfect in every way, the colors, the warmth…
The reception was loads of fun, with a traditional Philippine Tinikling dance, this! It was intense, the belly laughs were serious! We had a wonderful time and the guests LOVED the challenge.

Thank you Paula & David for having us, we will remember you two for always. Enjoy your new adventures together. Congratulations!

Lead Photographer | Dafne Spencer
Associate Photographer | Kara Lerchenfeld

Bridesmaid Dresses | Watters
Cake | Cakes by Nomeda
Caterer | Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort And Spa
Ceremony Site | Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort And Spa
DJ | Grant Hemond and Associates, Inc. | Jody Bower
Event Planner | Special Moments Event Planning | Tammy Waterman + Cameron
Florist | The Bride’s Bouquet 
Hair Stylist | Destiny & Light Hair and Makeup Group | Lucy + Jackie
Invitations | Zazzle
Make-up Artist | Destiny & Light Hair and Makeup Group | Lucy + Jackie
Reception Venue | Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort And Spa
Wedding Gown | Maggie Sottero

Katelyn + Jordan Step Into The Limelight | Town Manor on the Lake | Auburndale, FL

a special story written by the bride and groom…

The start of our journey:

“Jordan and I knew of each other back in high school but we did not share any classes and we never attempted to talk to each other. A few years after graduating high school, we met up with mutual friends at a lounge near the University of South Florida. After that evening, Jordan reached out to me through Facebook. We immediately hit it off and went on our first date shortly there after.

The Proposal:

In July 2017, we went to Hawaii as part of Jordan's family reunion and to celebrate our 6 year anniversary. This was the first time Jordan and I had ever been to Hawaii. Jordan's grandmother was from Hawaii and he has deep ties to his family with much love for these islands.

On July 23, 2017 we were driving up the side of a mountain to reach the Mauna Kea summit. We drove up this mountain with his parents who had rented a Jeep. We had little warning that the temperature at the peak would be 25 degrees so we were unprepared and ended up freezing in our shorts and thin long sleeves. However, the view from the summit is something we will never forget and it was worth the frost bite haha.

On our way back down from the summit, we stopped on the side of the dirt road to take a picture with this gorgeous back drop. The clouds looked like we could walk on them since they were level with the edge of the cliff. As his mom was taking the picture, he said to me "You know I love you, right?". When I turned towards him, he was down on one knee with this beautiful ring and asked "Will you marry me?". I was definitely caught off guard but, of course, I said yes. I can not even describe the emotions that were running through us that moment. That will be one of the most memorable days of our lives and I am sure it will not be our last as we continue to build our lives together.”

How amazing is that? 

Katelyn & Jordan beamed LOVE on their wedding day, they tied the knot at the gorgeous and charming Town Manor on the Lake which was the perfect setting for their intimate ceremony and fun-filled reception the entire venue felt like home.
Their families and friends enjoyed a gorgeous evening during the First Dances on the patio { so romantic… } A Town Manor tradition is for the bride and groom to sign a frame during the reception, making it all so official and special.

The sunset portion { always my favorite! } was so elegant and lake Juliana made it all feel so enchanting. 
We loved being able to capture this couple, we could not have asked for anything more perfect.
We wish Katelyn & Jordan ALL good things in life… Cheers to many more adventures!

Lead Photographer | Dafne Spencer
Associate Photographer | Kara Lerchenfeld 

Bridesmaid Dresses | David’s Bridal
Cake | Town Manor on the Lake 
Caterer | Town Manor on the Lake
Ceremony Site | Town Manor on the Lake
DJ | Town Manor on the Lake
Event Planner | Town Manor on the Lake
Florist | The Flower Cart
Hair Stylist | M3 Beauty Hair and Makeup Services
Invitations | Shutterfly
Make-up Artist | M3 Beauty Hair and Makeup Services
Reception Venue | Town Manor on the Lake
Wedding Gown | Truly Forever Bridal

Tatiana + Duat Step Into The Limelight | The Florida Aquarium | Tampa, FL

We had the most unforgettable night with Tatiana and Duat on one of the most special days of their life. The two started their day off by getting ready at the Embassy Suites in downtown tampa. Tatiana had the most gorgeous dress with a long veil that had little sparkly jewels. Duat wore a black suit which was customs made with a blue accent pattern within the jacket. Once both the lovely ladies and gentlemen were all set, we made our way to the Florida Aquarium. Friends and family gathered in the coral reef room where they would witness the two say their I-Do’s. Even a cute penguin came along to congratulate the newly weds once they were pronounced husband and wife! Later that night, the room transformed into the most spectacular dinner space where Tatiana and Duat would celebrate their marriage with their lovely guests. Sparkles and glitter were included everywhere they could, purple and teal blue decor of the tables and the uplighting merged the room to the large tank full of marine wildlife. The cake was SPECTACULAR with it’s very unique design and texture. Each table had a wine table number and each guest was given their own glass coffee mug, coffee, wine opener and stopper and an adorable penguin cutout that had their name written on it. It was truly a remarkable and colorfully festive dinner.

We loved working with this sweet and kind couple. Congratulations to Tatiana and Duat!

Lead Photographer | Carlos Rello
Associate Photographer | Alexa Rodriguez

Bridesmaid Dresses | David's Bridal
Cake | The Artistic Whisk
Caterer | Aramark
Ceremony Site | The Florida Aquarium
DJ | Staar Entertainment
Event Planner | Days Remembered
Florist | Jenny's Flowers
Hair Stylist | Iliana
Invitations | Magnetstreet
Make-up Artist | Iliana
Reception Venue | The Florida Aquarium
Wedding Gown | David's Bridal 
Strings | Bellamusica

 

Natalia + Gordon Step Into The Limelight | Davis Island Garden Club | Davis Island, FL

Gordon and Natalia’s story began at a wellness store during closing hours. Gordon and his friend had just finished their gym workout and they needed to make this quick stop. As Gordon was getting ready to leave the store, Natalia walked in from a modeling shoot. She looked stunning! Gordon says, “That was the moment that Natalia stole his heart.” Unbeknownst to him, Natalia did not speak any English at this time and so he asked his friend to help him translate because Gordon wanted to get her information. They were able to exchange their contact information and decided to meet up. For their first date, they went shooting at a shooting range and afterward went to Starbucks to talk. Using google translate it helped them to communicate with one another and it wasn’t long for them to express that they both had experienced love at first sight!

Natalia loves Gordons patience. He know’s how to take care of her without trying too hard and she always feels happy around him. Even though she didn’t understand English when she first met him she would still give him her undivided attention because the sound of his voice comforted her.

Gordon loves how Natalia smiles. She has a the most precious gift of being able to soothe Gordon in any situation. Just by being with him, she gives him unrelenting strength. She always makes sure he is taken care of in the best way that she knows how and he truly loves her for just being her.

On their wedding day, Gordon had the happiest look on his face as he watched Natalia walking toward him. He was beaming at her and she was filled with love looking up the aisle into her future with the man she loves. For their wedding, Gordon and Natalia wanted the modern rustic look and they were able to achieve this by incorporating classic old world elements, with modern design in a garden setting. 

Additionally, they had the Marine Corps Honor Guard adorn their ceremony to make it even more special! I heard several of Gordon + Natalia’s guests gasping in awe about how beautiful their wedding day was! 

Congratulations Natalia + Gordon!

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” - Walt Disney

Lead Photographer | Stephanie Duffany
Associate Photographer | Audrey Clifford

Bridesmaid Dresses | Amazon
Cake | Family Friend
Caterer | Amicis Catering
Ceremony Site | Sacred Heart Catholic Church
DJ | DJ Yves Entertainment
Event Planner | Marie Reed, Mother of Groom
Florist | Neida, Gif Floral And Events Designer
Invitations | Vista Print
Reception Venue | Davis Island Garden Club
Wedding Gown | Bearer of the Bling Bridal Store

Maggie + Ryan Step Into The Limelight | The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota | Sarasota, FL

Ryan’s brother Bradley is Maggie’s hair stylist. Little did Maggie know that Bradley was one of three identical triplets. Maggie went to a concert and ran into Bradley. She was hugging on Ryan thinking it was his brother Brad 😂 They have a mutual friend who then saw what was going on and properly introduced them to each other.

Ryan proposed while they were out in Malibu, California Bradley. Brantley had recently moved to CA, so it made sense for Ryan to rent a house on beach. It was the perfect backdrop for such a sweet and proposal and Maggie was for sure surprised! It is super special that Brad styled Maggie’s hair on the day of her wedding! 

Maggie and Ryan are a great balance to one another. They truly make each other strive to be better. Together they enjoy country/live music, traveling, spending time with family and their dog Gracie. Longboat Key area has always been special to Maggie’s family.  Ryan loved it the first time he came and they knew they wanted a destination wedding. The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota Beach Club was the perfect backdrop for their simple and classic beach wedding. The vibe was a casual, comfortable and super FUN as they celebrated with their friends and family! This memorable day was highlighted by Maggie’s walk down the aisle to exchange nuptials with her husband and celebrating with their friends and family. 

Lead Photographers | Rebecca + Michael Zoumberos

Bridesmaids Dresses | Lilly Pulitzer
Cake |  The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota
Caterer | The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota
Ceremony Site |  The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota Beach Club
Chair Rentals | A Chair Affair
Cigar Bar | Covadonga Cigars
DJ | DJ Fitz
Flatware | Emily Grace Design
Florist |  Victoria Blooms
Furniture Rentals | So Staged
Hair Stylist | Bradley Leake (Groom’s Triplet brother)
Invitations | Write On Sarasota
Make-Up Artist | Beaute Savage
Musician | Rob Satori Entertainment
Reception Venue | The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota
Trolley | SRQ Trolley
Videographer | Current Films 
Wedding Gown | Elite Bridal
Wedding Planner | NK Weddings