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

Shelby + Kyle Step Into The Limelight | Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort | Clearwater Beach, FL

(Sweet) Shelby & (Hugger) Kyle met their senior year at Purdue University. Shelby worked as the athletic trainer for the Women's Volleyball team and Kyle played as a practice player. Kyle would fake injuries in order to talk to Shelby and get her attention. Shelby would stay professional and was clueless that Kyle was interested in her. Two months later, Shelby saw Kyle out at a bar, and he had Arby's sandwiches. Kyle offered Shelby a sandwich and they have been together ever since.

Kyle proposed on New Years Eve at 9:00PM (12/31/17) in The Villages, FL. They were out dancing in the town square with Shelby's parents. When the band wrapped up, Kyle got down on one knee and proposed. The band saw the commotion and pulled back out their instruments. They called them both on stage and played Buddy Holly's "True Love Ways" as they danced.

Shelby loves Kyle fun-loving personality and the fact that he can always make her laugh. He has taught her to not take life so seriously and to enjoy the little things in life. She loves his ambition and how he always goes above and beyond expectations. Kyle will always go out of his way to try and make someones day. 

Kyle loves that Shelby is such a kind, loving, generous, athletic, and sweet person. What's not to love! She is always there to put a big smile on his face, and always knows how to pick him up. She's extremely supportive in his my crazy ideas, and he knows she will always be by my side.

They both enjoy hiking, traveling, wine-tasting, and cheering on the Purdue Boilermakers.

Uncle Toby officiated their wedding, and cousin Jeff played the guitar as they walked down the aisle.  We could not has dreamed of a more perfect wedding day for Shelby & Kyle. Every moment was gracious and oh so sweet. The ultimate goal was a beautiful destination wedding to celebrate their love with close friends and family ending with one big party. Success!

Shelby & Kyle… you both are in for a treat! Life together is the BEST! Enjoy it all 💕

#SchwedesinParadise

Lead Photographer | Dafne Spencer
Associate Photographer | Kara Lerchenfeld

Bridesmaids Dresses | Azazie
Cake | Chantilly Cakes
Caterer | Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort
Ceremony | Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort
DJ | DJ Cory Barron & Co.
Florist | 2Birds Events
Hair Stylist | Michelle Renee The Studio
Invitations | Joy District Design Co
Make-Up Artist | Michelle Renee The Studio
Reception | Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort
Wedding Gown | Lulu's

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

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 

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