Shay + Zeke Step Into The Limelight | The Florida Aquarium | Tampa, FL

Tinder for the win! Don’t you just love modern day dating?
Shay was living is Dayton Ohio when Zeke and his friend (and Best Man) Andreas were visiting a friend at the end of a month long trip to the US in May of 2016. Shay then saw Zeke on Tinder and thought it was really cool that he was Swedish. They hung out for a week before Zeke went back to Sweden. They did keep in touch and their relationship grow stronger from there.

Zeke proposed to Shay in front of a frozen waterfall in Northern Sweden about 6 miles from the border of Norway. They were up north visiting Zeke’s mom and a family friend for Christmas time and they drove out to Ristafallet waterfall the day after Christmas and walked down a hill through about a foot of snow to a frozen waterfall. That is where Zeke got down on one knee (on the ice!) to ask Shay to marry him! How ever so romantic! 

Shay loves his heart. “Zeke is the most kind and generous man that I know and he has such a big heart. I was very guarded when we met but he made it easy for me to fall in love with him”.

Zeke… “I love her because she makes me a better person everyday and her kindness and love fills me with peace and strength to meet the world with”. 

They both love to travel! They have been on many trips together to different countries and some US states and we have many more planned! They also like to play some video games together. They really love taking their dogs for walks out in nature and they enjoy cooking together. 

Zeke & Shay had their legal wedding in Sweden at Stockholm City Hall this past October 2018. They wanted to have a small wedding in Sweden and a reception for Zeke's friends and his extended family. Their wedding in Florida is a continuation of their wedding celebration. They were fortunate to have Zeke's close friends and immediate family in Florida with them and were able to celebrate together.  Shay… “Since I was a girl, I dreamed of walking down the aisle and even though we are already legally married, I am still so excited for that moment when I walk towards him. This wedding is honestly my dream wedding and we are so fortunate that we could have two completely different but beautiful weddings”. 

The wedding colors were Teal, Navy, and Gold so the bridesmaids were in teal mermaid cut dresses and the groomsmen and the man of honor were in tuxes with teal vests and bow-ties. Our flower girls were in teal and ivory dresses and the ring bearers had the same teal bow-ties as the men. There were splashes of all 3 colors throughout the room. Shay’s wedding shoes were teal with ivory starfish on the front and look very “mermaidy". The wedding cake also had an ocean theme.  Shay… “Since I was little, I have wanted to be a mermaid. I have always loved the Ocean and I grew up going to the Florida Aquarium. When Zeke came to Florida in October 2017 to meet my parents, I took him to the Florida Aquarium. When we decided we were getting married, we talked about locations and we agreed that if we were to have a wedding in Florida, we would definitely want it at the Florida Aquarium”.

The ceremony was something special to witness, Shay made sure to incorporate many beautiful jewish traditions and blessings were spoken in English, Hebrew and Swedish. We felt every guest was included and each moment was meticulously thought out, making it such a memorable to unique part of the day.

The reception was truly a celebration, the dancing, the toasts and speeches and the surprises! We could feel the love being poured out from family and friends to Zeke & Shay. Shay’s mom Debrah along with some special guests, surprised the bride and groom with a dance, Ya’ll how fun is that? They called it “The Pickled Herrings”.  They all danced the night away and beautiful memories were made.

We could not be happier for this sweet couple! They made our hearts smile with their love for each other and everyone around them. We LOVED being a part of their special day and cannot wait to see what the future holds for them all over the world. Njut av livet! ❤

Lead Photographer | Dafne Spencer
Associate Photographer | Kara Lerchenfeld

Bridesmaid Dresses | Macy’s
Cake | Hands on Sweets
Caterer | The Florida Aquarium
Ceremony Site | The Florida Aquarium
DJ | Grant Hemond and Associates
Event Planner | Days Remembered | Auburn May 
Florist | Northside Florist
Hair Stylist | Nicole Scavo
Invitations | Minted
Make-up Artist | Denise Burkle
Reception Venue | The Florida Aquarium
Videographer | Abstract Zen
Wedding Gown | Essense of Australia 

Kristine + Jacob Step Into The Limelight | The Florida Aquarium | Tampa, FL

Krissy and Jacob’s love story began on March 22nd, 2013 during their spring semester at the University of Tampa, Jake was a senior and Krissy was a junior.  They were out with their respective friends and local college hang out and bumped into each other. Jake bought Krissy a drink and the rest was history.

The fall of 2017, was a crazy time period for Krissy and Jake. In October, Jake had decided that he wanted to make Krissy his forever and got blessings from Krissy’s parents. Krissy’s parents then gave Jake a diamond. Jake decided on a plan to propose to Krissy in Florida during Christmas. However, tragedy happened when Krissy’s dad got hurt in a hunting accident. So, Jake changed his plan. He, Krissy, and their fur baby Chase drove up to Cleveland for the holidays to spend time with her family. While they were headed out to dinner in downtown Cleveland Jake saw the city square lit up so beautifully that he stopped and asked Krissy to come with him. They were standing in front of the Christmas tree and Jake dropped down on one knee. 

Krissy and Jake love everything about each other, especially how they are able to make one another laugh. They are truly best friends in every way and love spending time on the beach walking their fur babies, Chase and Hayden. For their wedding they decided to have it in Tampa since it is where they met and where they live. Most of their family are from the Ohio and New Jersey so it was a perfect time to get their family out of the freezing north and enjoy some beautiful Tampa weather. Krissy and Jake’s inspiration for their wedding was to incorporate their love for animals and what better place to do it than The Florida Aquarium! They even had extra special guests at the ceremony, penguins!

Congratulation’s on finding your forever Krissy + Jake!

Lead Photographer | Stephanie Duffany
Associate Photographer | Audrey Clifford

Cake | The Artistic Whisk
Caterer | Aramark
Ceremony Site | The Florida Aquarium
DJ | Grant Hemond & Associates
Event Planner | CJ Inzirillo, Days Remembered by ND
Florist | Jennie’s Flower’s
Getting Ready Location | Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
Hair Stylist | LDM Beauty Group 
Make-up Artist | LDM Beauty Group
Officiant | Michael Moriarity
Reception Venue | The Florida Aquarium
Transportation | Escot Bus Lines + L3 Limo

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

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

Desiree + Stephen Step Into The Limelight | Avila Golf and Country Club | Tampa, FL

Desiree and Stephen met 8 years ago. A few of their family members knew each others family's Pawn and Jewelry store. After meeting Stephen there, he found out Desiree worked at Cracker Barrel and Stephen started bringing his family for breakfast on Sundays. A year and half in, the two went on a cruise with about 20 to 30 family and friends. After an awesome excursion in Honduras, they boarded are ship and went to the top deck for the view. Stephen asked for Desiree to face the Island for a picture and as Desiree turned back around and Stephan asked for her hand in marriage.

Desiree and Stephen had a wonderful day with the most beautiful weather Florida could provide! Both the ceremony and reception took place at the Avila Golf Club and Country. Their ceremony was short and sweet but very beautiful! Their friends and family then joined the two at their reception. The tables were decorated with light pink, coral and peach floral, glass plates with silver beading on the edges, Slate Blue napkins and keys for each guest. What an evening full of fun and special moments. Congratulations o the newlyweds!!!

Lead Photographer | Carlos Rello
Associate Photographer | Alexa Rodriguez

Piano & Cello Players | Richard Kittelstand
Bridesmaid Dresses | JJ's house
Cake | Elise's Pieces
Caterer | Avila Golf Club and Country
Ceremony Site | Avila Golf Club and Country
DJ | Grant Hemond and Associates, Inc.
Event Planner | Event Sisters
Florist | Hilda's Flower Company
Hair Stylist | Beauty Brought Out
Invitations | Echo Blueprint
Make-up Artist | Beauty Brought Out
Reception Venue | Avila Golf Club and Country
Wedding Gown | Malindy Elene
Rental | Elite Events and Rentals
Photo Booth | Snap Shot Photo Booth 
Transportation | Ambassador Limousine