i grew up in tampa, florida, the oldest of three, and attended the same elementary, middle, and high schools as my mother and the rest of our large extended family. in my freshman year at h. b. plant high school i met a boy named michael in spanish class who i dated for 8 years until we married in 2008. after high school, i headed to gainesville, florida and graduated from the university of florida in 2007, sleep deprived and overworked, and with a degree in interior design. two days after graduation, michael and i hopped over the pond and backpacked around europe for two months, visiting ten countries in all, and came home with thousands of photographs and wonderful memories.
once back stateside, we drove to california where we would live and work in los angeles for the next three years. i showed up for work everyday at a corporate interior design firm downtown, but spent my nights and weekends photographing and photoshopping and blog stalking photographers. by the time we were ready to leave los angeles i knew i’d be leaving interior design as well. michael and i took this transition time in our lives to, again, explore the world and spent three months backpacking through south america before settling back into the lives we were always meant to lead, back where it all began, in tampa, florida.
at the end of 2012 we moved into our first house, and it may just be the littlest house you've ever seen! we are cozy and happy here and busily making ends meet while chasing our dreams.
i am so happy we are where we are, and to be doing what i’m doing.
i love photography. i hold the photographs of my life as one of my most valued, irreplaceable, and loved possessions, and i hope you do the same. i'd love to help you create fresh, lovely, joyful images to mark the milestones of your life.
Friday, April 28, 2017
jennifer & james | oxford exchange ceremony and reception photography | downtown tampa wedding photographer
how would you describe your wedding to someone who was not there? what were some of your inspirations? how did you envision the wedding prior to your special day?
Classic, elegant and romantic. You could feel the love in the room. Each and every person there meant so much to us!
is there anything you wish you had done differently when planning your wedding?
Looking back all the planning and thought that went into the wedding was completely worth it. The night was better than I could have imagined.
which three vendors were most important to you when planning your wedding?
Each and every vendor was amazing to work with and we couldn’t have done it without their help and expertise. The OE team was so wonderful, helpful and always available to answer all of my questions. Botanica was so much fun to work with and the flowers really set the tone of the night. We also loved the DJ! No one wanted to leave the dance floor. My Mom was so helpful, organized and a blast to work with. She’s not a vendor but she deserves a ton of credit!
what was your biggest wedding day splurge?
The food and drinks were amazing! The chef prepared such a delicious and unique meal. Guests told us that it was the best meal they had all year!
what was your favorite moment, or favorite part, of your wedding day?
The ceremony is something that I will never forget. My Uncle was the officiant so we were able to make the ceremony very personal. At the request of my husband we wrote and memorized our vows. It made it so special and there wasn’t a dry eye in the room!
when you look back on your wedding day in 50 years, what do you think you’ll remember most?
I will remember the love and commitment that we made to each other. It was such a wonderful experience to have all of your favorite people in one room!