Abby + Eric Step Into The Limelight | Sirata Beach Resort | St. Petersburg, FL

Abby and Eric met In April of 2017 when a mutual friend set them up on a blind date. Eric drove two hours to take Abby out for dinner and drinks. They hit it off right away and have now been together for over 2 years. One day, when they were on vacation in Punta Cana,  Eric got down on one knee and asked for Abby’s hand in marriage. Of course, she said yes! 

Eric and Abby both love to travel and love the beach. His family lives in Ohio, while Abby’s family lives in Illinois. They were going to have a wedding in Indianapolis as a central location, but when they realized Abby’s grandparents wouldn't be able to make a 2 hour drive, they both decided to have a small ceremony for them at home and then take off and get married on the beach with their closest family and friends in Florida. Since both Abby and Eric love the beach, Eric did some research on locations and made plans to call a few locations. They fell in love with Sirata Beach Resort. 

On the day of their wedding, Abby’s bridesmaids wore sunflower yellow dresses and the men were in gray and white outfits. Abby wore a beautiful, white gown and held the most colorful and lively bouquet of flowers. Each groomsmen had a different colored boutonniere and the bridesmaids had bold colored bouquets as well. The day was sunny with a clear blue sky. It was simply perfect for these two!

Lead Photographer | Carlos Rello
Associate Photographer | Audrey Clifford 

Bridesmaid Dresses | David's Bridal
Cake | Publix
Caterer | Sirata Beach Resort
Ceremony Site | Sirata Beach Resort
DJ | DJ by CJ
Florist | 2Birds Events
Hair Stylist | Michele Renee The Studio
Invitations | Shutterfly
Make-up Artist | Michele Renee The Studio
Reception Venue | Sirata Beach Resort
Wedding Gown | David's Bridal

Danielle + Paul Step Into The Limelight | Don CeSar Hotel | St. Petersburg, FL

The Don Cesar is one of the most spectacular venues that host the greatest weddings. Danielle’s and Paul’s wedding did not fall short one single bit - simple, elegant and classic.

The couple met at grad school in Virginia in 2013 but did not start dating until 2015. After some time, Paul knew it was time to propose to the love of his life. The engagement ring was hidden in a sweatshirt that Paul bought for Danielle after taking her to dinner on a Wednesday night. The day of the week made it a surprise. The sweatshirt was an Army sweatshirt because Paul went to West Point and was taking Danielle to her first Army/Navy game. She said YES! 

Danielle loves that Paul is protective, intelligent, and helpful to the point of making every situation feel easier to deal with. Paul loves that Danielle is easy to talk to, intelligent, and challenges him. Together, they enjoy working out, running, hiking, watching sports, traveling and of course, being together. 

Danielle grew up in the Tampa area and has always loved St. Pete Beach and the Don Cesar. Most of Paul's family and friends and a lot of Danielle's extended family and friends live up north so they also thought it would be a great vacation weekend for everyone.

On the day of the wedding, Paul wore a midnight blue tux that was custom made for the wedding. Danielle wore a beautiful gown that had a moscato lining that shimmers in the light. The reception space was decorated with floral centerpieces, chandeliers and blue uplighting all around.

It was truly and honor to be part of such a gorgeous wedding, congratulations to the newly weds!

Lead Photographer | Carlos Rello
Associate Photographer | Alexa Rodriguez

Band | Foreman Productions
Cake | The Don Cesar
Caterer | The Don Cesar
Ceremony Site | The Don Cesar
Florist | Flora Fine Flowers
Hair Stylist | The Don Cesar
Make-up Artist | The Don Cesar

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

Cassandra + Scott Step Into The Limelight | Vinoy Renaissance Resort & Golf Club | St. Petersburg, FL

Scott and Cassandra first met while working together in sales. While developing their work relationship they realized quickly that they shared similar interests and hit it off almost instantly! They decided that it was worth investing time with each other outside of work and even kept in touch almost daily while Cassandra was traveling in Europe for about a month during the summer. When Cassandra returned from her summer trip, Scott asked her to meet him for dinner at Sushi Inc, in downtown St. Pete. They comfortably sat for hours just talking, laughing, and enjoying each other's company. It didn't even feel like it was a date because it seemed overly natural and easy without the "first date" jitters and awkwardness. From that night on, they started coordinating their days off together and made plans every chance they could. Throughout the last three years, they’ve had the best of times, gone through difficult ones as well, and have traveled to various places in the US, Iceland, London and Costa Rica and can't wait for their next adventure together! While there is no "perfect" relationship, theirs has always been SO great! Scott likes to remind her that, “their relationship will even get better with time.” He proved it to Cassandra when Scott took her back to their first date at Sushi Inc. Cassandra had been out of town for business for about ten days and Scott wanted to celebrate her finally being home. To her surprise, he really wanted to take it back to where it all began and to start the next part of their journey by asking Cassandra to marry him. After Cassandra said 'yes!' they went to The Canopy at The Birchwood, and celebrated by toasting with glasses of champagne!

As local’s, Cassandra and Scott LOVE St. Petersburg. When searching for their venue they wanted a location that would provide the elegant and timeliness atmosphere they were looking for,  they found it at The Vinoy.  On their wedding day, The Vinoy’s architecture served as the beautiful backdrop for their Tea Garden ceremony…At the beginning of their ceremony I noticed Scott facing the wrong direction just as Cassandra was getting ready to walk to him. THEN, I got goosebumps as I realized that Scott didn’t want to see the bride until she was at the aisle. (This was a first look, but at the ceremony! How adorable! )He turned around once he received the signal that Cassandra had arrived. It was such a sweet moment and throughout the ceremony you could see how much they love each other….and when they read their vows, it pulled everyones heartstrings. Cassandra and Scott’s love for one another is so unconditional, rare and special. 

Congratulations Cassandra + Scott, may your life continue to be blessed! 

Lead Photographer | Stephanie Duffany
Associate Photographer | Audrey Clifford

Bridesmaid Dresses | Hayley Paige Occasions | Bella Bridesmaids
Cake | Vinoy Renaissance Resort & Golf Club
Caterer | Vinoy Renaissance Resort & Golf Club
Ceremony Site | Vinoy Renaissance Resort & Golf Club
DJ | James King, Grant Hemond & Associates
Florist | 2Birds Events
Hair Stylist | Collective Creations
Invitations | Shine Wedding Invitations
Make-up Artist | Collective Creations
Reception Venue | Vinoy Renaissance Resort & Golf Club
Videographer | A Peachy Life Productions
Wedding Gown | Paloma Blanca | The White Magnolia
Officiant | Rev. Tom Greene

Kristen + Eric Step Into The Limelight | Museum of Fine Arts | St. Petersburg, FL

Kristen + Eric met on a snowy night in Cape Cod, Massachusetts in 2012 and have been on many adventures together ever since. Whether it is snowboarding, cliff jumping, kayaking, hiking, they both have SO much fun together! In true adventurous fashion, Eric proposed to Kristen in a living treehouse in Burlington, Vermont! 

Recently, Kristen + Eric have started a new chapter of their lives by moving to Florida. When Kristen + Eric were deciding where to have their wedding they decided that they wanted their family to experience Florida’s tropical atmosphere, as well as, having their guests embark on an adventure of their own. It just so happens that the weather this time of year is perfect for vacations….and weddings, so there was no better time to showcase their new hometown! 

On their wedding day, the weather was perfect and with a slight breeze ensuring that their northern guests did not get too hot. The ceremony atmosphere at the Museum of Fine Arts’ garden gave a little bit of ‘old Florida’ charm as well as classic elegance. When the ceremony came to conclusion and Kristen + Eric turned to their guests to be announced as husband and wife, their guests erupted in the most exciting and heartfelt moment I have ever experienced. It was a true celebration of love!

Congratulations on becoming Mr. and Mrs. Eric + Kristen, you are one of the sweetest couples I have ever met ♥️

Lead Photographer | Stephanie Duffany
Associate Photographer | Audrey Clifford

Bridesmaid Dresses | Dessy Group
Cake | Sweet Divas Cakery
Caterer | Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg FL
Ceremony Site | Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg FL
DJ | Randy Leichman, Everlasting Sounds
Event Planner | Nancy, Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg FL
Florist | Leaf it to Us
Hair Stylist | Femme Akoi
Invitations | Minted
Make-up Artist | Femme Akoi
Reception Venue | Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg FL
Wedding Gown | Tulle