Downtown Tampa Armenian Wedding {Sasha and Jeff Married}

Sasha was the most beautiful bride and the details in her wedding reflected that beauty. No detail was overlooked and everything was gorgeous, starting with her exquisite dress and shoes. So classic!  

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Sasha and her bridesmaids got ready at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Tampa. It is a gorgeous hotel and perfect for getting ready photos. 

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 Sasha and Jeff met on Tinder. Isn't her coffee mug perfect? 

Sasha and Jeff met on Tinder. Isn't her coffee mug perfect? 

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Tampa Marriott waterside Bridesmaids

The boys weren't too shabby either. Love the blue tuxes.

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Tampa Marriott waterside Groom Groomsmen

We took a few moments while waiting for the Uber driver to take a few bridal party pictures in this gorgeous light!

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Marriott Harbor Tampa Wedding Bridesmaids

Sasha's beautiful bouquet was created by Carollwood Florist in Tampa, Florida. 

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The ceremony was at the gorgeous St Hagop Armenian Church in St. Petersburg. The stunning stained glass made the whole venue and the bride and groom sparkle as they should on their wedding day. 

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 When the groom sees the bride for the first time, is one of my favorite moments at a wedding! 

When the groom sees the bride for the first time, is one of my favorite moments at a wedding! 

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The outside of St. Hagop Armenian Church  was gorgeous too! 

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St. Hagop Armenian Church

When Sasha told me the reception was in her Aunt's backyard, I thought "oh that will be nice" but I was in no way prepared for this gorgeousness! It was an attraction I would pay admission to see! So Amazing! 

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Linebaugh Avenue Backyard Wedding Bridsmaids Groomsmen Tampa

It made for a stunning backdrop for romantic photos for the Bride and Groom's formal photos too. 

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Linebaugh Avenue Backyard Wedding Portraits Tampa
Linebaugh Avenue Backyard Wedding Portraits Tampa
Linebaugh Avenue Backyard Wedding Portraits Tampa
Linebaugh Avenue Backyard Wedding Portraits Tampa

The dinner and dancing was held outside around the pool and couldn't have been more perfect! 

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Linebaugh Avenue Backyard Wedding Reception Tampa
Linebaugh Avenue Backyard Wedding Reception Tampa
Linebaugh Avenue Backyard Wedding Reception Tampa
Linebaugh Avenue Backyard Wedding Reception Tampa
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Linebaugh Avenue Backyard Wedding Father/Daughter Mother/Son Dance Tampa
Linebaugh Avenue Backyard Wedding Reception Tampa

We ended the night with a grand Sparkler exit! 

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Linebaugh Avenue Backyard Wedding Grand Exit Sparklers Tampa

Georgia Destination Wedding Photographer | Kaitlyn and Eric Married

 Katilyn and Eric originally planned  a St Pete Beach destination wedding, but when Eric's family offered to host in Eric's home town of Cobb, Georgia, they jumped at the chance.  I was super excited they asked me to join them in such a beautiful place! Oh the gorgeous pecan trees!! 

They had the cutest lakeside wedding with a "beachy theme" and their loving friends and family in attendance.

After the ceremony we borrowed a golf cart from some strangers for our couple portraits and ended up back at the reception just in time for the skies to open up. Talk about perfect timing. 

Her wedding colors were blue and orange, (I teased her she was a Gator fan) and her bouquets and boutonnieres were full of birds of paradise which made them not only unique, but gorgeous as well! 

I'm so glad they asked me to take a road trip and can't wait for the next one!  If your getting married in the pecan trees, I am most definitely your girl! 

 

Photographer: Contemporary Captures Photography
Second Shooter/Assistant: Rebekah Mann 
Wedding Dress: David's Bridal 
Bridesmaids Dresses: David's Bridal
Hair & Makeup: Cuttin' Up Salon
Shoes: Kelly & Katie
Tuxedos/Suits: Macy's
Florida: Margie's Florist
Wedding Cake:  Jennifer Payne
 

If your looking for a Central Florida or Worldwide Destination photographer, shoot me an email!

Sunken Gardens Wedding {Hilary and Brighton Married}

I'm so excited to blog this wedding sneak peek of Hilary and Brighton's Sunken Gardens Wedding!  The flowers...the colors... its all right up my alley! If you haven't heard of Sunken Gardens, its a botanical paradise in St. Petersburg, Florida. What a lovely place for a wedding! I'll stop talking and let the photos speak for themselves! 

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Sunken Gardens Wedding
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I mean can the backdrop be more beautiful? That morning it was threatening rain, but held off till we were headed into the reception for perfect timing! We enjoyed the storm from inside the comfort of the reception. 

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Her baby's breath floral crown fit right in with the gorgeous surroundings. 

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I love this sweet moment from their first look! 

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Didn't I tell you the surroundings were gorgeous? I can't think of a more perfect venue for a garden wedding in the Central Florida area. 

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The rain started coming down just as the party got started. 

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Hilary and Brighton love to travel, so they incorporated the travel theme into their photo booth! 

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Because their last name is Gardiner, the entire reception was full of "garden" puns! So clever! 

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If your looking for a St Pete, Florida photographer, or are a world travel and need a destination photographer, I'd love to chat with you! 

Safety Harbor Spa Wedding Photographer | Melissa and Jerry Married

Melissa and Jerry were married at the gorgeous  Safety Harbor Spa in historic Safety Harbor.  I loved more about Tampa Bride Melissa than just her name. Her wedding dress was STUNNING! I mean look at that amazing lace!  

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Safety Harbor Spa Wedding

How sweet is this moment between Melissa and her mom? 

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Safety Harbor Wedding

Her ring and dress reminded me of days past while still being classically modern. 

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I love this image of Jerry seeing Melissa for the first time walking down the aisle. I think this is one of my favorite images to capture of the wedding day.. when a groom sees his wife to be walking towards him. 

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Melissa and Jerry were excited to have their "baby" be a wedding ceremony guest. 

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Safety harbor wedding photos

I just adore this wedding cake. The flowers are so beautiful, and it tasted amazing too! 

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There were some emotional first dances, but none more than daddy giving away his bride. 

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All that was left was the party.. and party they did! 

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VENDORS

Ceremony and Reception | Safety Harbor Spa and Resort 
Cake Artist | Let Them Eat Cake 
Florist | Black Forest Flowers
DJ |

 

If your engaged I would love to shoot your wedding! Shoot me an email and lets get planning! 
 

University of Tampa Wedding Ma$e Concert

I had the pleasure of photographing a wedding where the reception was held in the Fletcher Ballroom on the University of Tampa's Campus.  The "High profile" clients had booked me through a wedding planner, Abigail of Stylish Wedding Ceremonies. (more on her later cause she rocked!!) Abigail had told me they planned on having celebrity entertainment. My close friends make fun of me because I know NOTHING about music/pop culture from my childhood, as growing up we did not listen to TV or radio, so I had no idea who or what to expect.  

Ma$e Mase Celebrity Rapper

Do you recognize him? 

Ma$e!! 

Ma$e Mase Celebrity Rapper

The songs were so familiar to me, so I couldn't wait to go home and do my research! By the end of the mini-concert, my second and I were rocking right along with the crowd! 

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 Stay tuned later this week, when I blog the full wedding.

If your looking for a wedding photographer for your Tampa wedding, shoot me an email! 

Just Peachy Siesta Key Beach Destination Wedding Photographer

Kayla and Tyler are from the beautiful "cool" state of Maine, and decided to travel on down to sunny Florida for a gorgeous but "HOT" destination wedding with friends and family on Siesta Key Beach.  Florida beaches are almost always sunny and warm, but this particular day, the sun came out to play in full force!  Despite the record heat, Kayla was a gorgeous bride and married her high school sweetheart surrounded by her closest friends and family. 

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Siesta Key Beach Wedding Photographer
Siesta Key Beach Wedding Photographer
Siesta Key Beach Wedding Photographer
Siesta Key Beach Wedding Photographer
Siesta Key Beach Wedding Photographer

After the "I do's" we quickly got a few shots in before everybody melted! As hot as it was, Kayla still summoned up the energy to channel her cheerleading roots! 

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Florida Beach Wedding

Afterwards, I followed them over to Lakewood Ranch to capture the first dance, and snag the bride for a few bridal shots! I love that their wedding was all about friends and family, and just being together! 

 

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Lakewood Ranch Wedding
Lakewood Ranch Wedding
Lakewood Ranch Wedding
Lakewood Ranch Wedding
Lakewood Ranch Wedding

If you need a wedding photographer for your destination or beach wedding, be sure to contact me! I'd love to be a part of your wedding day! 


Tampa Wedding Ring Photography {Shadow} Twelve by Twelve Project

If you've been following along, you know I'm a part of a group of amazing photographers who are blogging each month in a blog circle. This month's topic is "Shadow." 
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Its no secret one of my favorite things to photograph are the details. All those special little touches you worked so hard on in the months before your wedding day.  The penny in your shoe, the note from your loved one, the jewelry your grandmother passed done, and of course the stunning wedding rings. 

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Big, small, brand new, or Grandma's hand me down, Tiffany, or the local jewelry store, I love them all. There is something so special about something given thats meant to seal a lifetime of love to come! 
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Check out the other 11 photographers and their interpretation of "Shadow" by following the blog circle starting with Reilly of Reilly Maquire Photography! Rita is our guest judge this month, so head on over to the "Twelve by Twelve Project" facebook page and share your favorite shadow image! Contact me if your looking for a wedding photographer in the Tampa Bay Area!! 

St Pete Beach Postcard Inn Wedding {Published}

This Postcard Inn Beach Wedding was one of my favorites last year! I'm super excited to see it published on Hot Pink Brideshttp://hotpinkbrides.com/2015/04/10/a-second-chance-for-love-post-card-inn-florida-wedding/ 

Here are a few additional images from this gorgeous wedding.  Isabelle and Brian started their day spending a few intimate minutes together. Brian put his own touches on the beautiful butterfly tattoo that Isabelle has on her shoulder.  There were many quiet tears. I was honored to be included 

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Then on to getting ready! The Postcard Inn has a beautiful room with funky, colorful mirrors, perfect for the bridal party! 

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The siblings!

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Time for the bridesmaids to help the  bride to put on her dress!

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The details of this wedding were so gorgeous! And I loved her colors.. blush and gold. 

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The couple both wanted Brian to see her for the first time in her unbelievably fabulous Vera Wang dress but they took time to spend a moment in prayer together. 

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The Amazing Vera Wang Dress!! 

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The Beautiful Bride.

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The Postcard Inn has many choices for couples to choose from for their ceremony. Isabelle and Brian chose a circle ceremony out on the sand. 

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Just married! 

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The reception was amazing! Love all the gold! 

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First dance!

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Everybody had an amazing time at the reception! 

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To end the night, Isabelle, Brian, their family and guests lit floating lanterns. 

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If your a bride looking for a beach wedding venue in the Central Florida area, I highly recommend the Postcard Inn on St. Pete Beach. And I'd love to be your wedding photographer!  Take a look at how cool and funky the Postcard Inn decor is! 

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Postcard Inn Wedding Photographer

Orlando Wedding at the Gorgeous Rollins Chapel

Kim and John wee just the sweetest couple! When Kim called me and asked me to photograph her wedding at the magnificent Knowles Memorial Chapel at Rollins College I was so excited! What a gorgeous venue! 

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Knowles Memorial Chapel Wedding Photographer

Kim and John invited just their children and grandchildren to be with them on this special day for a fun, laid back ceremony but they didn't forget the special touches like the gorgeous bouquets and their cute matching outfits! 

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Knowles Memorial Chapel Wedding Photographer

 Their families all walked down the aisle together! So cute.. Even a  little toy truck friend was invited!

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Knowles Memorial Chapel Wedding Photographer

The ceremony was short and sweet but was full of laughter and smiles

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Rollins College Chapel Wedding Photographer
Rollins College Chapel Wedding Photographer

Isn't Kim's ring gorgeous? I love photographing details like this amazing engagement ring, almost as much as I love photographing people! Almost! ;) I had to shoot it twice. 

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Afterwards we took a few family formals on the steps of this gorgeous Rollins Chapel! 

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Rollins College Chapel Wedding Photographer

Then we had a few moments (full of more laughter) to photograph the happy couple alone! Aren't they so cute? 

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Rollins College Chapel Wedding Photographer
Rollins College Chapel Wedding Photographer

Rollins College Knowles Memorial Chapel in Orlando is a beautiful place full of gardens, architecture, and a million fabulous places for photos! If your getting married in Orlando and looking for a unique venue, check them out! I'm itching to shoot another wedding there, so if you need a wedding photographer, give me a call! 

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Rollins College Chapel Wedding Photographer

Alfred Angelo Frozen Bride | Orlando Wedding Photographer

I was thrilled when I was asked to be the first to photograph Alfred Angelo's new Elsa Inspired Frozen Dress.  Rebekkah from Runway Events and I had so much fun putting together this shoot with some AMAZING Orlando Wedding Vendors. (see list below) Thanks to each of you for all your hard work and to Stephanie Byrne for being a perfect Elsa model! 

 

Photography: Contemporary Captures 
Design: Runway Events 
Cake: Sofelle Confections 
Cake Pops: Pop Goes the Party  
Makeup: Amanda Maybry - Bella Con Style
Hair: Tiffany at Michelle Renee The Studio  
Cake Table, Crystal Centerpieces:  Orlando Wedding & Party Rentals   
Chairs, Chargers, Crystal Tree, Tableware and Flatware: A Chair Affair  
Stationary: Pretty Peacock Paperie 
Floral: A Special Rose Florist 
Linen: Over The Top 
Dress & Accessories: "Elsa" by Alfred Angelo 
Model: Stephanie Byrne

 


Ellie & Justin's Davis Island Garden Club Wedding

Ellie wanted her wedding centered around a flower theme and so the Davis Islands Garden Club  located on beautiful Davis Islands Tampa was a perfect choice.  Everybody included in this wedding was so full of love and emotion. Here is a tiny glimpse into their day filled with so much joy and LOVE! It was a pleasure to be a small part!  More to come! 

If you need a Tampa Wedding Photographer, give me a call! 

"Us" {Tampa, Florida Wedding Photographer}

If you follow me on facebook, you may have seen me announce a blog circle that I am a part of for 2015 called the Twelve by Twelve Project. It is a group of 12 wonderful photographers who are sharing a journey of growth and sharing in 2015. Our first monthly topic is "US." Please join us not only in following each of our blogs, but we would love to have you join in! I can't wait to see the amazing things 2015 brings!   

"US"

For What Binds Us

BY JANE HIRSHFIELD

There are names for what binds us:

strong forces, weak forces.

Look around, you can see them:

the skin that forms in a half-empty cup,

nails rusting into the places they join,

joints dovetailed on their own weight. 

The way things stay so solidly

wherever they've been set down—

and gravity, scientists say, is weak.

 

And see how the flesh grows back

across a wound, with a great vehemence,

more strong

than the simple, untested surface before.

There's a name for it on horses,

when it comes back darker and raised: proud flesh,

 

as all flesh,

is proud of its wounds, wears them

as honors given out after battle,

small triumphs pinned to the chest—

 

And when two people have loved each other

see how it is like a 

scar between their bodies,

stronger, darker, and proud;

how the black cord makes of them a single fabric

that nothing can tear or mend.

 

Please continue the story of "us" in our blog circle by checking out Ashley Yvonne Photography at Tampa Newborn Photography

 

 

Why a first look? {Davis Island Wedding Photographer}

Some of you are asking "What's a first look?" Basically it's exactly what it sounds like.. Its the first "look" between a bride and groom.  Quite often these days, couples opt for a first look, before their actual ceremony begins.

"Why a first look?" One of the biggest pros to a first look is it takes the pressure off the timeline for the day. Once those first quiet private moments (captured on film from far, far away) are over,  there is time to photograph you as a couple without starring eyes, and impatient guests who are waiting to party with you at your reception!  This also allows for plenty of time for family and bridal party portraits afterwards! Some couples say a first look also helps take away the nervousness and helps them to focus on what's truly important as they walk down that aisle.. their love.  Its also a great idea to have a first look if your ceremony is at sunset, so that your couple portraits (which more often than not are your favorites and most important from the  day) won't be in the dark. A night portrait can be gorgeous and romantic, but you don't want every photo to be taken in the dark. 

So how do I feel about first looks?  A first look isn't for everyone. To some couples, tradition is super important, to others, they can't imagine that first moment of seeing each other to be anywhere but on the aisle in front of family and friends. As your wedding photographer, I believe your day is about YOU and not me, so whatever you choose, I am here to capture your day the way you've always imagined it! Give me a call and lets grab a drink and chat! 

Abeda and Michael {Orlando Indian Wedding Photographer)

 

I was thrilled when Jennifer of Soltren Photography asked me to shoot this gorgeous wedding with her in Orlando, Florida. Abeda was not only a gorgeous bride on the outside, but spending the day watching how much she loves her friends and family really touched me.

The wedding and reception were both  beautifully designed by her friend Farah and she truly put her heart and soul into making every detail gorgeous!  

Although many of the customs and traditions of the day were new to me, the love was so familiar. I am so grateful to Abeda and Michael for allowing me to be a part of their wedding day. 

 

 

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Amy & Erik Married {Orlando Reunion Wedding Photographer}

Another sneak peek from this double wedding weekend! Also shot alongside the fabulous Soltren Photography!  More gorgeousness to come! 

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Abeda & Michael {Orlando Indian Wedding Photographer}

A sneak peek of a wedding I had the privilege of second shooting this weekend with  Soltren Photography. More gorgeous photos to come.  

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Fearless Bridals {Tampa Bridal Photographer}

You spent a ton of money on that gorgeous dress for your special day. Now what? Don't box it in the attic and let it get all dusty!! Instead why not book a "Fearless Bridal" session!!  Get out there and frolic in that dress the way you were afraid to on your wedding day for fear of getting it dirty! Never fear, we won't do anything permanently damaging to your dress unless you want to.

I met Sarah for a short Fearless Bridal session tonight in Wesley Chapel and were fortunate to have some amazing clouds as our background! She shows you just how fabulous a "Fearless Bridal" session can be! 

Email me today and lets rock that dress!! 


 

If you are searching for your wedding photographer, destination or local, let's chat!  Tampa, St. Pete, Clearwater, Lakeland, Orlando and beyond we would love to be a part of your big day! 

 

Sneak Peek Pam & Matt {Cypress Grove Estates Wedding Photographer}

If you are searching for your wedding photographer, destination or local, let's chat!  Tampa, St. Pete, Clearwater, Lakeland, Orlando and beyond we would love to be a part of your big day! 

 

"As You Wish" Princess Bride Shoot {b. retreat photographer}

 

Here is a peek at some of the GORGEOUS styling  Diane Marie Events  put together for our Princess Bride shoot at Fiddlers Green Ranch.  Our Princess Buttercup and Prince Wesley Models were the stunning Taylor Hill and the handsome Cameron Bigelow.  The MAGNIFICENT hair and makeup for the bride were done by Michelle Renee The Studio. This was the finale shoot after an amazing weekend of shooting, teaching, and networking with the talented ladies who attended our first annual b. photography retreats

Feel like you missed out? "Like" b. retreats facebook page to hear us announce details  of our next retreat in January! 

HERE is a link to another TDF shoot from that day!