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

Vanessa + Anthony Step Into The Limelight | White Chapel & Harbor Hall | Palm Harbor, FL

What a beautiful day it was with these two amazing, and joyful individuals that said their I-Do’s at the White Chapel & Harbor Hall in palm Harbor. Vanessa and Anthony met online back in November of 2015. They agreed to go on a date and ever since, they have been inseparable! Together, they have bonded over their shared love of food and wine. They enjoy eating, playing board games, traveling, puzzles, being around friends and watching hockey together. 

These two love birds could not stop staring at each other on their wedding day. Laughter and smiles lasted throughout the entire day between the two and it set the joyful and fun mood for everyone around them. Their decor was Navy blue with blue orchids laid all around the venue. Their cake was also covered with orchids and looked spectacular.

Such a great way to start the year. Congratulations to the newlyweds!!!

Lead Photographer | Carlos Rello
Associate Photographer | Alexa

Bridesmaid Dresses | David’s Bridal
Cake | A Piece of Cake & Desserts
Caterer | Amici’s Catered Cuisine
Ceremony Site | White Chapel & Harbor Hall
DJ | Elite Entertainment DJs
Hair Stylist | LDM Beauty Group
Make-up Artist | LDM Beauty Group
Reception Venue | White Chapel & Harbor Hall

Danielle + Chad Step Into the Limelight | Harborside Chapel + Isla Del Sol Yacht & Country Club | St. Petersburg, FL

Danielle and Chad met at a mutual friends birthday party before the start of her senior year at the University of Central Florida. After their friends party Chad left and went back to Panama City Beach to finish out his summer break. They stayed close by chatting over the phone and the very next month Chad came back for Danielle’s birthday. That’s when they decided to make it “official.” Danielle and Chad like to joke around with one another, go to the movies, and try new restaurants, but their most favorite thing to do is to just be with one another. No matter what they are doing OR not doing.

The proposal came when Danielle, Chad, and select family members were on vacation in New Orleans. When deciding what to do while they were there, Chad announced that everyone should go to happy hour in the french quarter. On their way, Chad saw a horse and carriage and decided he wanted Danielle and himself to take a picture with it.  While Danielle was getting situated by the carriage she turned back around to see Chad on bent knee, THEN, he proceeded to ask her to marry him in French! Proposing in front of the carriage didn’t come unplanned though, turns out Chad had pre-arraigned for the horse and carriage to take his soon-to-be finance on a romantic ride through the french quarter. How romantic!

Danielle and Chad’s ceremony took place at the beautiful Harborside Chapel. It was very special to them to get married here because it is where Chad’s family worships. After the ceremony, all of their guests poured outside of the church and lined the walkway to cheer for the newlywed couple as they made their exit! 

The festivities continued throughout the night at Isla Del Sol Yacht & Country Club, where they watched the sun set and danced the night away with their friends and family.

Congratulations Danielle + Chad, and go UCF Knights!

Lead Photographer | Stephanie Duffany
Associate Photographer | Audrey Clifford

Bridesmaid Dresses | Davids Bridal
Cake | A Piece of Cake & Desserts 
Caterer | Isla Del Sol Yacht & Country Club
Ceremony Site | Harborside Chapel
DJ | Grant Hemond & Associates
Florist | The Brides Bouquet
Hair Stylist | Lasting Luxe
Invitations | Shutterfly
Make-up Artist | Lasting Luxe
Reception Venue | Isla Del Sol Yacht & Country Club
Wedding Gown | CC’s Bridal Boutique

Brittany + Troy Step Into The Limelight | Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort And Spa | Clearwater Beach, FL

Brittany + Troy first met at an Army training event at Fort Dix in New Jersey. Troy caught Brittany’s eye when she observed how caring, patient and goal oriented he was. Their conversations started by discussing their awesome Army skills and then progressed to talking about their love of family, food, and future business ventures. They also discovered that they are both graduates from a Historically Black College or University!

Brittany and Troy have both been deployed, and knowing that Troy would have to leave again soon they spent every moment together traveling. While traveling, Brittany would talk about her future goals and they eventually became his as well. It was during this treasured time that Brittany knew that she wanted him to be her husband.

During one of  Troy’s previous deployments Brittany wrote him a love letter to which he claimed to “never have received.” However, on April 15th, 2017 Brittany and Troy were hosting a housewarming party…Troy used this event as a platform to propose to Brittany. It wasn’t just any type of proposal, he got down on one knee and proposed to Brittany by reading her the “lost love letter” that she sent him during his deployment. Of course she said yes! Troy say’s Brittany enhances his life in every aspect. She is constantly setting goals and it is only a matter of time before she reaches them. There is nothing that she can’t do.

Even though Troy and Brittany are not from this area, they have been visiting Florida for years. They love being able to enjoy they warm weather and tropical feel during the winter months. Since they love to travel, they knew it would be great for their family as well. Brittany and Troy styled their wedding to be the epitome of black elegance with a Nubian twist and I have to admit black, royal blue, and gold never looked SO GOOD!

Congratulations Brittany + Troy, I loved hearing you say “I’m married!” to your guests. It was such a happy and heartfelt moment!

Lead Photographer | Stephanie Duffany
Associate Photographer | Alexa Rodriguez 

Bridesmaid Dresses | David’s Bridal
Cake | A Piece of Cake & Desserts
Caterer | Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa
Ceremony Site | Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa
DJ | DJ Crank
Event Planner | Special Moments
Florist | Costco
Hair Stylist | Chrystal, Diamond Salon 
Make-up Artist | Candace Tellis 
Reception Venue | Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa
Videographer | VHVideo
Wedding Gown | David’s Bridal
Caricature Artist | Cartoons By Rob Smith, Jr
Centerpieces and Chairs | Gabro Event Services