Sarika + Shivan | Step Into The Limelight | Clearwater Recreation Center & Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa | Clearwater Beach, FL

March 1st, 2019

Sarika + Shivan welcomed their wedding guests from around the world to Florida with an amazingly creative World Market Party! Their guests were whisked from their hotel to the event by Trolley and upon arrival they were met by two food trucks lit up by market lights. Staying true to their Indian roots and their market party theme they fitted the inside of the Clearwater Recreation Center with a beautiful jewel toned mandap where guests were met by a henna artist, moroccan lanterns, ceiling drapery with multicolored hanging umbrellas, and an authentic Indian food cart with travel themed party favors. 

Sarika, Shivan and their guests were impressed and so joyful to start the weekend celebration. 

Lead Photographer | Stephanie Duffany

Band | Bay Kings Band
Food Trucks | The Twisted Indian
Event Planner | Quincey, Days Remembered by ND
Invitations | Paperless Post
Reception Venue | Clearwater Recreation Center
Photo Booth | Island Sound
Decorator | On the Move Productions
Transportation | Jolley Trolley
Henna Artist | Alisha Henna


March 2nd, 2019

Sarika + Shivan met each other in Phoenix, Arizona in April of 2016. They immediately loved that they had mutual interests in hiking, mountain biking, traveling, going to the gym, and foodie festivals. The ‘like’ with one another eventually grew into the love for one another. She loves his caring nature and he loves her passion and ambition.

While at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina, Sarika and Shivan took a horse and carriage ride to the top of the hill overlooking the Estate. While overlooking this castle-like building Shivan proposed to Sarika. 

Sarika + Shivan's wedding was like a Sri Lanken-Indian fusion fairytale with the ceremony at the very top of the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach. It felt as if you were up in the clouds!

Congratulations to Sarika + Shivan, we are so happy for you!

Lead Photographer | Stephanie Duffany
Associate Photographer | Audrey Clifford

Caterer | Flames Indian Cuisine 
Ceremony Site | Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa | Sky Terrace
DJ | DJ Phillip
Event Planner | Quincey, Days Remembered by ND
Florist | Maharani Designs
Hair Stylist | Destiny and Light
Invitations | Paperless Post
Make-up Artist | Destiny and Light
Reception Venue | Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa
Videographer | Sundial Creatives
Officiant | Bhavinbhai Joshi
Ice Sculpture | Cool Ice
Cupcakes | Baked by Melissa
Flood Bar | Flames Indian Cuisine 

Kimberly + Will Step Into The Limelight | The Don CeSar | St. Petersburg, FL

Kimberly & Will

Our story began in 2007 at Wharton High School in math class. We became friends after this math class that Will claimed to struggle in - he asked me to tutor him. We both had the same taste in music and were in sports. One time Will let me borrow a Sublime CD that I have yet to return to him. He still asks for it every time he wants to be funny. Years went by we went off to college but  remained friends. After I graduated college we started hanging out again. We enjoyed running, working out and began to travel together. After numerous miles that we ran, weights that were lifted, adventures that took place around the world and 3 years later Will got down on one knee on the beach in St. Petersburg, Florida.  

Kim - Loves Will’s patience . Will - Loves Kim’s ambition. Together they enjoy working out and traveling. 

Their elegant wedding day was inspired by a focus on flowers and a white color scheme.  Their wedding was truly a happy and exciting celebration. Their party had everyone up and dancing! 

Lead Photographers | Michael + Rebecca Zoumberos

Bridesmaid Dresses | Bella Bridesmaid
Cake | Artistic Whisk 
Caterer | The Don CeSar
Ceremony Site | The Don CeSar
DJ | Grant Hemond & Associates
Event Planner | Days Remembered by Natalia Day
Florist | Iza’s Flowers
Hair Stylist | Destiny & Light Hair and Makeup Group
Harpist | Victoria Garcia
Invitations | The Write Stuff
Make-up Artist | Destiny & Light Hair and Makeup Group
Photo Booth | Grant Hemond & Associates
Reception Venue | The Don CeSar | North Terrace 
Videographer | Voila Cinematic 
Violinist | Laurie Vodnoy-Wright
Wedding Gown | Malindy Elene

Emily + Vinny | Step Into The Limelight | Downtown St. Petersburg, FL

Oh how I loved meeting these two! (oh gosh an their pup Pim!)
Emily & Vinny are planning their wedding at Rialto Theater in the beginning of 2020 and I cannot wait to see their vision unfold for their special day. Emily is an impeccable Wedding Planner herself and works with Milan Catering and Event Design so you can only imagine the gorgeousness that their wedding will be!
Emily and Vinny chose Downtown St. Pete for their engagement sesh and the rooftop spot (which is top secret!) is truly breathtaking from every angle. #takeusback And can we talk about Emily’s ruby engagement ring? Unique in every way!
Let the planning continue and let LOVE be the center of it ALL. Cheers to you guys!

Lead Photographer | Dafne Spencer

Heidi + Tom Step Into The Limelight | Opal Sands Resort | Clearwater Beach, FL

Sweet words from the bride Heidi:

A Cinco De Mayo to remember!

Tom and I met at a Mortgage Professionals Golf Tournament on Cinco De Mayo. I invited Tom with the intention of networking and hoping to build a business relationship. I ended up with the love of my life and a love story I will never forget.

About a month before the tournament I met Jolie, who is a realtor in Tom’s office. We had recently worked together on a deal and originally I had asked her to attend the tournament. She said she wasn’t much of a golfer and suggested that I ask a friend in her office instead. Little did I know that Jolie was playing matchmaker and had told Tom she thought we'd hit it off. We’d both been saying the same thing “there’s no good guys/girls left”.

I almost didn't call him not wanting to spend 18 holes with a stranger. The thought of small talk for an entire day sounded miserable but this was a new job and my new boss was going to be there. I was supposed to bring someone relevant to our industry so I worked up my courage and ended up calling him a few days before the event and left a voicemail. Funny that he still has it saved to this day.

May 5th rolled around and Tom and became fast friends. The conversation was easy and immediately I felt at ease with him. By the third hole we were swapping match.com date stories and by the 18th hole we were planning our next adventure. It may have taken us all of 3 weeks to figure out we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together and we could not be more happy to share in this special day with all of you.

The Proposal!

I popped the question at the Don CeSar Resort on St. Pete Beach! It was our birthday weekend and I surprised Heidi the morning of our trip that I switched our room from Postcard Inn to the Don because it was her big 3-5 bday! I set up a couples massage that day for us to set the tone and get relaxed. After an amazing couples massage and lunch/pool day/drinks (but not too many!)...we got ready for what she thought was a dinner down the street. Instead, I told her we should go down to the pool for a drink and then take a stroll on the beach before dinner. Little did she know, I was just delaying her to drop on one knee on the beach.

Behind the scenes I had lots of help from her sister/Matron of Honor- Holli on coordinating our families to get rooms down there and also to be there for the surprise as well. Holli used her Ninja-like moves to be invisible down on the beach to be able to take all the pictures of the surprise proposal. After Heidi said YES, we went up to the Don restaurant where our families were there to Surprise her.

What a celebration it was! Between the best day of my life to celebrating both of our birthday's, it's a day that we both will never forget!

And let me tell you! The love these two posses for each other is a beautiful sight to see! 

From the First Look to Tom’s remarkable Karaoke performance during their reception. They could not stop starring at each other! We LOVED being there to witness each moment unfold. Each detail was impeccably done and LOVE was all around. Fun they had! Tom should be an entertainer! He had that room on fire with excitement and Heidi’s sweetness is just what Tom needs… Thank you for having us Tom & Heidi, we wish you ALL the best.

Lead Photographer | Dafne Spencer
Associate Photographer | Kara Lerchenfeld

Band | Matt Winter Band
Bridesmaid Dresses | Bella Bridesmaids
Cake | Opal Sands Resort 
Caterer | Opal Sands Resort
Ceremony Site | Opal Sands Resort
Florist | Flora Fine Flowers
Reception Venue | Opal Sands Resort
Wedding Gown | The White Closet Bridal Tampa

Clara + Abraham Step Into The Limelight | Powel Crosley Estate | Sarasota, FL

Clara and Abe met in Kindergarten where they played and picked on one another. During the school year Abe’s mother had a parent teacher conference where it was brought up that there was a little girl that he always played with. Their teacher said to Abe’s mother “I wouldn’t be surprised if these two get married one day”… and here we are!  

Even though they did meet in Kindergarten, Abe and Clara didn’t date while in school. They both liked each other but didn’t have the courage to say it to one another. It wasn’t until four years after high school that they started talking and eventually dating.

Abe proposed to Clara at midnight on New Years Eve, she said yes, and they began the 2018 New Year even more in love as a newly engaged couple! They love spending time together watching movies, exercising, cooking, hiking, and making each other laugh. 

During Clara and Abe’s wedding their family surrounded them with so much positivity, love, and light. You could feel the absolute joy and happiness in the room. I am so genuinely happy for this couple and their family and I am so lucky to have witnessed their love for one another.

Congratulations Clara + Abe on your greatest adventure and living #HappilyEverHerrera!

Lead Photographer | Stephanie Duffany
Associate Photographer | Keyont’e Howard

Cake | Milan Catering & Event Design
Caterer | Milan Catering & Event Design
Ceremony Site | Powel Crosley Estate
DJ | Grant Hemond and Associates, Inc. | James King
Event Planner | Milan Catering & Event Design | Anastasia Taylor
Florist | Oneco Florist | Kathy
Hair Stylist | Bride
Invitations | Vista Print
Make-up Artist | Bride
Reception Venue | Powel Crosley Estate 
Wedding Gown | Something Blue Bridal Boutique