Naseem + Michael Step Into The Limelight | Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay | Tampa, FL

I had quite the privilege of being able to be with Naseem and Michael on their wedding day on this beautiful day in early May. Our sweet couple chose to get married and the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay. We started off the day by getting ready. Naseem got in her dress with the help of mom and her then, soon-to-be sister in-law with the happiest of smiles! She looked spectacular in her gown specially made for her! Michael wore an all black suit - very classy and sharp! It was finally time for both of them to see each other for the first time that day. First look was the sweetest moment for both of them and they took the time to comfort each other and have an intimate moment to themselves. It was now ready for the ceremony! Naseem and Michael chose to do a ketubah signing with their dearest loved ones present and said their I Do’s in one of the Grand Hyatt’s ballrooms which was decorated with gold chairs, white floral and a beautiful chuppah at the front of the room. Once married, Michael broke the glass and sealed their new lives together with a kiss! 

Their reception was nothing short of spectacular! Every single item was specifically chosen by our couple so their guests could celebrate in comfort and in style. Each table was decorated with a floral centerpiece, custom match box and chocolate chip cookies! our couple danced the night away and had such a great time.

We were very blessed to be a part of this couple and their new journey in lie as the new Mr and Mrs. Congratulations to the newly weds!!!

Lead Photographer | Carlos Rello
Associate Photographer | Kara Lerchenfeld

Ceremony Site | Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
Event Planner | Days Remembered by ND
Reception Venue | Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay

Naseem + Michael Step Into The Limelight | Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park | Tampa, FL

I had the pleasure of meeting both Naseem and Michael on this beautiful Sunday evening. We focused our attention around the Downtown Tampa area where we explored the grounds while getting photos of this lovely couple. We started off at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, made our way to the edge of the river walk and ended up in front of the Le Méridien Tampa. We are more than excited to be with them once again on their wedding day in early May. Naseem and Michael, Congratulations on your engagement!!!

Lead Photographer | Carlos Rello

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

Lisa + Ryan Step Into The Limelight | Downtown Tampa, FL

We enjoyed a gorgeous evening in downtown Tampa with perfect weather and the most genuine, humble, down-to-earth, sweet and fun couple! Truly a delight working together to create these portraits. 

Lisa is a Tampa native and Ryan hails from Michigan. They have been dating seven years and Ryan proposed on Christmas this past year. Lisa is an attorney and Ryan works out in the oil fields. Although they both have very intense careers that they are dedicated to, they both LOVE vacationing together! They especially enjoy tropical cruises - so it was only fitting to capture the sunset during their session! Congratulations Lisa and Ryan we cannot wait for your wedding this fall!

Lead Photographers | Michael + Rebecca Zoumberos

Embassy Suites By Hilton Tampa Downtown Convention | Styled Shoot

Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa Downtown Convention Center provides an experienced team that will tend to every detail from accommodations for your guests and rehearsal preparations to reception rooms and banquet options. Located in the heart of vibrant Downtown Tampa, your guests will be kept entertained, enjoying waterfront activities, historic Ybor City, and an immersive dining experience. Their onsite wedding consultants offer guidance through every step of the planning process, while the culinary team provides inspired cuisine specifically tailored to your special day. Visit their Web site here to get started and find out more about Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa Downtown Convention Center !


Our first model Amy is a Limelight Photography bride! 

A Bit About Amy: 

We had used Limelight photography for our engagement and wedding in November 2017, and we could not have loved the pictures more. It was evident to see that they captured the complete gamut of emotions we had on our special day. {Engagement session may be viewed here.} Carlos Rello photographed Amy and Aaron’s wedding at Palm Lake Christian Church and the Museum or Arts, St Pete. {Wedding images may be viewed here}.  As a St. Petersburg native, I am blessed to live and work in a city that I truly love. I am a pediatric dentist, and that allows me to interact with, educate, and take care of childrens’ needs on a daily basis; it’s also how I met my husband, who is also a pediatric dentist! We love to spend our time travelling, both to our favorite places as well as exploring new places together. We also love to cheer for our beloved Gators!

Amy's Modeling Experience:When I saw Rebecca’s posting for any available brides to help model for a photo shoot, I felt like it was a no-brainer! Not only would I love the experience to have beautiful pictures taken again, but who could say no to the opportunity to look glamorous, too?

Although the day of the shoot was a chilly, Friday morning, once I arrived at the Embassy Suites in Downtown Tampa, it was nothing but so much warmth! I had the pleasure of “modeling” alongside a wonderfully sweet and beautiful woman, Ashley, who quickly turned into a friend. The staff at the Embassy, both Samantha and Dana checked on us throughout the day to make sure we had anything and everything we needed, even including a plate full of delicious desserts at the end of the photo shoot.  The hair & make up duo did a fantastic job of creating very dramatic and glamorous looks for us. It really is an amazing experience to have TWO people working on you a once….talk about feeling like a celebrity!

I cannot say enough for Rebecca, our photographer. It’s incredible to watch her artistic process and creative visions for each shoot come to life. We had the best time posing all over the Embassy Suites…by the gorgeous pool, in several ballrooms, in guest suites, and outside. Rebecca’s direction as to the look and pose she wanted for a particular picture was so thorough and easy for us to follow. Honestly, it was one of the best experiences I have ever had and am truly appreciative for the opportunity to have been one of her models! Thank you, Limelight and Embassy Suites!

Breezin’ Entertainment assisted with providing Ashley, one of their very own brides, to model for the fabulous shoot! 


A Bit About Ashley:

I am an optimist who is driven, motivated to succeed and see others succeed. As a people person, I believe relationships are critical to success with clients, co-workers and in one’s personal life. I'm outgoing and energetic and love getting to know others and truly believe people are inherently good-hearted.

 I love being active and find that I am always choosing to be on-the-go.  As a native Floridian, I love being close to the water and my favorite summer day absolutely includes going to the beach and reading a beach novel or boating. In addition to the beach, I love any type of outdoor activities including bike riding, walking along Bayshore or playing organized sports. I love a good workout and usually hit the gym at least 4 days per week.

 I guess I'd consider myself a foodie and am always looking forward to new, local restaurants to try out with friends. I'm also sucker for a good food network show or a binge-worthy series. While I'm no gourmet chef, I do like to get creative in the kitchen with my cooking and baking -- so far, the hubby hasn't complained with the end results!

 

Ashley’s Modeling Experience:

Being part of the Embassy Suites photo shoot was SO. MUCH. FUN. At 30, you never think you'd be able to break into the modeling world (especially if this is not your main job) however, this opportunity came knocking and during a photo shoot with Limelight and the Embassy Suites of Downtown Tampa, I felt like a celebrity!

 Arriving at the Embassy, Samantha, Embassy's Senior Catering Manager, greeted me and made sure the first thing we did after putting my belongings down was take a trip downstairs to Starbucks (she really knew the key to my heart-- COFFEE). This type of hospitality continued throughout the day. Between Samantha, Dana and the rest of the Embassy team, they genuinely seem to care about our well being. The team was present throughout the day to help ensure we were well fed and hydrated. They were also incredibly friendly and fun to talk with. While business was on the forefront of their mind, I felt like I had the opportunity to get to know the team and understand their vision based on the time spent together. This really helped to make shoot that much more enjoyable.

 Having my hair and makeup done really helped contribute to my celebrity-like feeling. The hair and makeup team was efficient with their time and focused on what style and 'look' was going to work best for my facial structure as well as my dress. The best part was that as creatives, the HMU team selected a look that I would not have necessarily selected for myself. My favorite part was how much my eyes popped with the makeup selected. This opened my perspective to the possibilities of styles I can try within my day-to-day life.

 While not a model by trade, some may be uncomfortable in front of the camera. For me, although I wouldn't consider myself shy, any potential feeling of being uncomfortable was extinguished once Rebecca with Limelight Photography began working shooting. She instantly found a way to relate to us and make us feel comfortable which is so important so that a calm and relaxed demeanor translates into the photographs. Rebecca was very professional and also made sure that she communicated what she wanted during each shoot. The best part of the whole thing was how much fun we all had together. While we had a timeline and shots that were needed, I never felt rushed nor pressured. It was an enjoyable atmosphere and a blast! I am hopeful that I have the opportunity to do it again. 

Poolside Area Model #1 Amy
Pre function Area Model #2 Ashley
Bayside Ballroom Elegant Theme (light blues, grays, white) Model #1 Amy
Bayside Ballroom Rustic Theme (wood, nudes, ivory, etc) Model #2 Ashley
Gandy Ballroom Cultural/Indian Wedding (vibrant colors) Model #2 Ashley
Gandy Ballroom Garden/Earthy (netural colors) Model #1 Amy
Skyway 2 Room Ceremony Set Up Modern Theme (silver, white and blue) Model #1 Amy
SkyBridge showcases water view Model #2 Ashley
20th Floor Balcony Suite Room, gorgeous window view Model #1 Amy
Atrium view with water in background Model #2 Ashley
Staircase Model #2 Ashley
Exterior Shots: Fountain at Front Entrance w/ Sign In Background, Trolley Stop Model #1 Amy

 - VENDOR LIST –

Cake | Publix | Maria 
Décor | Outside of the Box Rentals | Ann Marie 
Hair & Makeup | Destiny & Light Hair and Makeup Group by Priscilla Marie 
Model #1 Bride Amy 
Model #2 Bride Ashley
Talent Manager | Breezin’ Entertainment | Jessie Soplinski 
Venue | Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa Downtown Convention Center | Samantha Mann + Dana Jacob