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kristen + charlie’s wedding story \\ clearwater wedding photographer

A beautiful bride. Her handsome groom. Skies that cleared up to the perfect shade of blue. The sun shining down brightly, yet not nearly as radiant as their love for one another. That was Kristen and Charlie’s wedding. It was a day we had all been looking forward to and it was a day that did not disappoint. Friends and family surrounding them, both of them glowing from the inside out. A celebration of love and commitment, as these two became husband and wife.

Charlie and Kristen chose the Clearwater Yacht Club for their ceremony and reception, but for their couple shots, we slipped away to the lovely Sand Key Beach. The bridesmaids looked stunning in long navy dresses, which brought the nautical feel of their wedding to life. Kristen slipped into her gorgeous gown with her mom by her side and her best girls surrounding her. Holding a piece of her baby blanket around her bouquet, now embroidered with her new last name, Kristen was breathtaking.  And it wasn’t long before her dad was brought to tears during their incredibly sweet first look.

Charlie got his first glimpse of his stunning bride as she turned the corner with her father. Then they exchanged vows overlooking the water, with a steady breeze in Kristen’s veil. It was a thoughtful and sweet ceremony, with Charlie’s brother in law as the officiant.

Our time together for couple shots felt like a dream. We simply couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day and I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect couple photograph. When they stepped in front of the camera, Kristen and Charlie literally beamed. We captured some of the sweetest and most powerful images ever during our time on the beach.

When Kristen and Charlie entered their reception, they began with a choreographed dance, which charmed their guests! The rest of the evening was full of laughter, dancing and celebrating. Oh and did I mention dancing? Seriously, their nephews and nieces had some of the best moves I’ve ever seen! They left under an arch of sparklers, with one last dip and kiss! It was the perfect ending to a perfect day!


It’s not often you see me slipping into a picture after hours of shooting in the Florida sun, but for these girls- you bet! What an incredible honor it has been to capture all three of their wedding days. So many precious memories and friendships have been made over the years and it literally makes my heart swell to think about both those moments, but also all that lies ahead for them and their husbands. This is one of the greatest rewards of capturing people’s stories- relationships that go beyond the images on your screen. Thank you Kelsey, Maggie and Kristen for being some of the best brides a photographer could ever ask for! 

Charlie and Kristen,  It has been a privilege to get to know you over the years and to be a part of so many celebrations with you and your friends. We are so honored that you invited us to capture your amazing day and we hope these pictures will bring countless smiles to your faces, but more so to your hearts. We pray God’s richest blessings over your marriage and we look forward to keeping in touch as you begin your new adventure as husband and wife. Congratulations!

We love you both,
Annie and Rahul

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The Creative Team 

Dress: Ti Adora by Alvina Valenta | Tuxes: Men’s Warehouse | Florals: Chib Anderson |  Make-Up and Hair: Lauren Edwards of Style Hair and Makeup |  Catering: Clearwater Yacht Club  | Cake: Cakes by Carolyn

 

 

May 5, 2017 - 10:02 pm

Patricia Wilson - Another amazing job Annie. Reminds me of the great job you did on Maggie and Mike’s wedding. You are a true talent.

amanda + adem’s wedding story \\ largo wedding photographer

If there is one thing that comes to mind when I think about Amanda and Adem’s beautiful wedding, it’s the word “others.”
You see, these two had such a precious perspective on their wedding day. They soaked in the moments, surrounded by those they love the most. There were tender moments and tears shed with family and friends from beginning to end. It was a day full of joy and beauty, but also a day where they spent a great deal of their time making sure others were loved on, taken care of, appreciated and honored. Just before they slipped away on their honeymoon, Amanda hugged her husband in a sea of bubbles, with tears streaming down her cheeks and then turned to her guests and offered one last thank you to those who had spent the day celebrating this new chapter in their life. But what happened next is something I’ve never seen- these two went back around and hugged every neck.
Sacrificial. Considerate. Genuine. Authentic.
That’s what I’ll always remember about these two and this day.
What a lovely way to begin a life together.

Amanda and Adem chose the lovely Bayou Club as their backdrop. With petal pink dresses on her bridesmaids and stunning pastel bouquets, the color tone was set. It was a perfect pair for the greens of the golf course during their charming outdoor ceremony. Amanda slipped into her gown with her mom and sister by her side and her great grandmother’s brooch fastened in her curls. She was simply breathtaking and left both her father and her new husband speechless.
Amanda and Adem wrote their own touching vows and brought many of their guests to tears with their promises of commitment and their words of adoration. It was such a sweet ceremony!
They celebrated with an amazing reception that incorporated both florals and goldfish! It was a surprising, but incredible combination that made the room uniquely their own. Before the newlyweds left, guests were invited to take fortune cookies that contained the same message Adem discovered inside of his own, on his first date with Amanda.

What a perfect day. What a perfect couple!

Amanda and Adem, We are so honored that you chose us to capture your incredibly special day!  It was marvelous from beginning to end and we pray the same for your marriage. May it be even more delightful than you could have ever imagined. Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Telci!

Blessings,
Annie and Rahul

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The Creative Team 

Dress: Galina Signature  | Tuxes: Ike Behar | Florals: Dana Dineen Floral Design |  Make-Up and Hair: Michelle Dalderas of Elegant Brides  |  Catering: The Bayou Club   | Cake: Chantilly Cakes 

erin + eric’s engagement story \\ tampa engagement photographer

It doesn’t seem like all that much time has passed since this lovely lady was in front of my lens for her senior portraits. But the years have brought new memories her way and new seasons to celebrate; and I’m so very honored that I get to capture them!

Erin and Eric have been together for six years (SIX YEARS!) and this Fall, they’ll become husband and wife. What an adventure they have already experienced, but as they step into the journey of marriage I know an even greater story is yet to be written.

Here’s to each new page and each new chapter, filled with incredible memories and an enduring love!




Congratulations Erin and Eric! We can’t wait to capture your beautiful wedding story!

February 14, 2017 - 1:03 am

Starr Shirley - Such a beautiful couple, love you both!

welcome to the world ryals \\ tampa newborn photographer

Oh how I love this family so very much. I mean, dearly love them.
We were there when their family was established, one lovely Tallahassee day and we’ve watched their tribe increase over the years. I was thrilled beyond measure to hear that their sweet new blessing was going to be a precious little girl and knew that she would be just as darling as her big brothers!
Beautiful Ryals made her debut while we were out of town on Christmas break and she stole my heart with the first little glimpse I got of her from my computer.
But meeting her in person, well my heart melted a thousand times over.
She has the sweetest disposition, the most darling little cheeks and when those big eyes met mine, yep- I turned to mush.

There’s just nothing like a new life- all the wonder, the adventure, the possibility.
What a glorious gift from God!

Kristina and Clayton, thank you for opening your home and trusting me to capture this incredible season in your lives. My heart swells every time I’m with you, as I see the Lord writing such amazing new chapters in your story. It is always an honor to spend time with you both.

And sweet Ryals, I pray all your days are filled with joy and that you grow to know The One who loves you most!


February 10, 2017 - 6:15 pm

Dee - These are beautiful

brianna + matthew’s wedding story // tampa wedding photographer

Months and months ago, when I first sat with Brianna and Matthew over a cup of coffee, I knew their day was going to be so special. We connected on so many levels with our own love stories and I simply couldn’t wait for their big day to unfold. They had a vision that went beyond themselves and it made me think about these conversations that Rahul and I had with our mentors some 15 years ago. Instead of just a wedding, they desired for their day to be a reflection of Christ and the hope they have found in Him. It was more than exchanging rings, it was making a covenant. It was more than stunning florals- and they were stunning, and so much more than a breathtaking dress. Brianna and Matthew wanted everything to be done with purpose and attention to details that would make lasting impact.

The other thing that literally made tears well up in my eyes, was one decision they made- a decision that my own husband and I had made as well. Brianna and Matthew postponed their honeymoon departure so that they could attend church on Sunday morning with their guests. I had never met anyone else who had made this decision and I knew it was one that they would never regret… because all these years later, we look back and still count that as one of our deepest honors.

These two get it.

They understand that marriage is sacrifice and they have confidently pledged that theirs will be rooted in Christ.

What a beautiful day and what a privilege it was to capture it for them. The story they told was one of love, hope, adoration and commitment. And it is a story worth retelling here…

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Such a sweet first look! 

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Seriously, Brianna was flawless! 
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Sunday Morning Newlyweds!

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Congratulations Brianna and Matthew! We are so excited for this new adventure you are on and we can’t wait to see all that God is going to do in and through you both! Thank you for trusting us with these precious memories. We pray for years to come you’ll look back on them and remember the joy and excitement that you experienced as you became husband and wife!

Blessings and Love,
Annie and Rahul

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Ceremony Venue: First Baptist Church Temple Terrace
Bridal Gown: Forever Love Bridal
Hair and Make Up: Lili’s Weddings 
Florals: Beautiful Floral Designs
Reception Venue and Catering: Temple Terrace Golf and Country Club
Wedding Cake: Vanessa Lockwood