Kristen + Matt Step Into The Limelight | Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa | Clearwater Beach, FL

Kristen & Matt met online in 2016… and have been loving life ever since!
They enjoy watching football together, playing catch in the pool, traveling, ping pong and darts in their basement (how fun us that?) Even more fun… Matt proposed to Kristen by spelling out “Marry Me” with flower pedals on their ping pong table!  

Their beach wedding at Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa was all Kristen dreamed of. She always wanted to tie the knot by the water where she spent most of her time as a swimmer.
The array of blues, tropical greenery and touches of gold made up their beachy and elegant decor.
Every moment was beautifully thought out as their celebrated their union and honoring those who could not be there.

Matt is not much a of a picture person but it was beautiful to see him taking in the surroundings and enjoying each moment with Kristen.
Their rooftop reception was the perfect way to end the night, alongside great friends and family.

We wish you both the BEST life can bring!

Lead Photographer | Dafne Spencer
Associate Photographer | Kara Lerchenfeld

Bridesmaids Dresses | David's Bridal
Cake | The Artistic Whisk
Caterer | Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa
Ceremony + Reception | Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa
DJ | Grant Hemond & Associates, Inc. | James
Florist | Artistry Designs Group | Barb Oehlerking
Hair + Makeup | Destiny & Light
Invitations | Shutterfly
Videographer | Sundial Creatives
Wedding Gown | Ivory Bridal

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

Andreina + John Step Into The Limelight | Cross Creek Ranch | Dover, FL

Ina first met John while finishing her internship at Palmetto General Hospital. Though John did not notice Ina during this time, he definitely left quite the impression on her. Sadly, their timing was not right and Ina's internship came to an end sending them both on separate ways. Fast forward a couple of months when Ina was offered a job at Palmetto and where John was still working on his fellowship. This time, however, their timing was perfect and with a little help from some friends, a relationship began between the two. They were both crazy about each other and knew they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together and so John asked Ina the question in front of a million people (which she hated) and she said yes. Now the two live together in Tampa along their two crazy, but loving puppies, Red and Blue. 

Love story from couples’ website: http://www.johnpaulandandreinasayido.wedding/ 

We could not have asked for a more beautiful weekend!  The deeply rooted and serene ceremony at Nativity Catholic Church was intimate and honorable. Then on Saturday,  the feeling all around was warm and comforting with family & friends and the most perfectly decorated venue at Cross Creek Ranch with touches of dusty pink elegance with a modern rustic chic feel.

Ina & John are a delight to be around… they live life to the fullest and their dancing shoes are on ALL DAY!

Andreina is from Venezuela, so you know the party was on! So.Much.Fun. indeed! Along with so many memorable moments, like the First Look on the “love” bridge, First Dances and the time when the Best Man said “ I’ve know John since kindergarten”, such a cherished friendship. This will be a night to remember for us. 

Thank you for having us Andreina & John. We wish you ALL the best life can bring. Viva la vida!

Lead Photographer | Dafne Spencer
Associate Photographer | Kara Lerchenfeld

Band | Jariah Higgins
Cake | Alessi Bakeries
Caterer | Vesh Catering
Catholic Ceremony | Nativity Catholic Church
Ceremony Site | Cross Creek Ranch
DJ | Grant Hemond and Associates, Inc.
Florist | Alta Fleura
Hair Stylist | Destiny & Light | Camery
Make-up Artist | Destiny & Light | Kirstin
Reception Venue | Cross Creek Ranch
Videographer | Voila Cinematic
Wedding Gown | Bellissima Bride | Essense of Australia

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

Karen + Christian Step Into The Limelight | St. Mary Our Lady Of Grace Church | Isla Del Sol Yacht and Country Club | St. Petersburg, FL

Kae + Christian met each other six years ago while attending medical school. They didn’t expect to fall in love because they were always very busy eating out, studying, and sleeping, but they did. Kae and Christian have worked very hard to get where they are. Originally from the Philippines, they worked tirelessly through college and surprised their family with their engagement.

This couple lives in the northern U.S. but wanted to have a destination wedding. The part of their wedding day that they looked forward to the most was their beautiful ceremony at Saint Mary Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church. It provided such a special moment as I had the privilege of listening to their family rejoice with the lord and sing hymn’s, blessing Kae + Christian on their wedding day. Once the ceremony concluded, their family was whisked off to Isla Del Sol Yacht & Country Club to relax and dance the night away in a private yacht club and beach atmosphere.

Kae + Christian compliment each other very well, and I am so excited to see what the future holds for you. Congratulations!

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

Bridesmaid Dresses | Brideside
Cake | Artistic Whisk
Caterer | Isla Del Sol Yacht & Country Club
Ceremony Site | Saint Mary Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church
DJ | Grant Hemond
Florist | Iza’s Flowers
Hair Stylist | Destiny and Light
Make-up Artist | Destiny and Light
Reception Venue | Isla Del Sol Yacht & Country Club