surprise wedding! | tamara & john

tamara and john’s wedding was a SURPRISE…. to tamara!

at what started out as a family lunch at a cute little cafe owned by friends of theirs, turned into john surprising tamara with a heartfelt proposal in front of her family and an invitation and “wedding map” inviting her to her own wedding in just a few hours!

i was so excited to be part of such a unique, fun, amazing wedding day that none of us will ever forget!

wondering what the key is to pulling off a surprise wedding?  in john & tamara’s case, it was her sweet sisters! they did such a great job helping john put together a day that tamara would love filled with touches that she would have chosen herself.
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reveal location | coffee n’ cream
hair & makeup | salon 5402
ceremony & reception | kanapaha botanical gardens

katie & brandon | st. petersburg wedding photographer | st. pete museum of fine art ceremony and reception

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…insight from katie…

what was your favorite moment, or favorite part, of your wedding day?
My absolute favorite moment was seeing my fiance smile as I came down the aisle with my dad. He lit up and it made me (and my dad!) both tear up. It was an incredibly special moment for all of us.
is there anything you wish you had done differently when planning your wedding?
Little details here and there but it really was the most perfect day. If I could change one thing though, I would have gone with a longer reception time. It seemed like everything flew by so quickly and although we danced the whole night it just wasn’t enough!
which three vendors were most important to you when planning your wedding?
Obviously the photographer which is why I chose Marissa. She did an amazing job! Our families and our wedding party kept saying how organized and efficient she was the whole day and night. It was my best decision of the entire wedding planning process. The next two vendors I felt were most important were the DJ and the Videographer. You obviously want the DJ to be a hit with all your guests and keep the party going all night long. Our DJ definitely did an awesome job with that! A videographer was huge to me because I wanted to be able to remember every single detail – every laugh, every person, and of course I wanted to be able to watch everything all over again!
what was your biggest wedding day savings? (and was it worth it?)
I would have to say our biggest savings was the bar. We switched from glassware to acrylic and it saved us a TON of money (which you’re really needing when it comes time to pay for everything!). It was also a great decision because it we knew everyone would be dancing and jumping around, so it was nice to not have to worry about glassware breaking. My biggest recommendation to any bride and groom is to ask about everything. There is typically a way to cut the costs if you just ask!
what was your biggest wedding day splurge? (and was it worth it?)
The venue. It was expensive but so, so, SO worth it. It was just so beautiful being on the water and also getting married in a museum. I think the guests really enjoyed it, too. It was absolutely worth every penny we spent on it;)
what was the best advice you received when planning your wedding? (and did you listen?)
That something will go wrong. But everyone told us that it will still be perfect and amazing because no one will ever know how it was “supposed” to be besides the bride and groom. We absolutely took it to heart. You learn that you can’t really sweat the small stuff and it will still be the best day of your lives no matter what!
was there anything encountered during wedding planning that was unexpected?
We seemed to encounter a lot of hidden costs and fees which was a bit stressful; especially when you’re working off a budget. It all worked out in the end, though.
was there a moment during your wedding day that surprised you?
Not really. Every moment was a special surprise:)
when you look back on your wedding day in 50 years, what do you think you’ll remember most?
That it’s true what people always say. It will be, hands down, the best day of your life. My favorite part was celebrating our special day with all of our wonderful family and friends. That is something I will never forget. I’ll also remember how beautiful and special I felt marrying the man of my dreams. I can’t wait to look back at this day forever!

…how it all came together …

2nd photographer | zekeshem parsons with blue lane studios
ceremony and reception | the museum of fine arts
caterer | olympia catering
wedding coordinator | nancy, the museum of fine arts
cake artist | debbie, olympia catering
florist | lori larson
reception music | fairytale productions
videographer | a peachy life
transportation | courtesy valet
wedding dress designer | pronovias
wedding dress boutique | vocelle’s bridal shoppe
bridesmaids dresses | the dessy group
groom and groomsmen attire | mens wearhouse
brides hair and makeup | jess waldrop
reception entertainment | memorable event pics and solutions

2014 HOLIDAY MINI SESSIONS!

…DETAILS…

mini sessions will be held at your choice of these locations:
hyde park village
university of tampa
cutris hixon park

(availability of locations may vary based on date selected. first person to book on each date will get to pick the location of BOTH sessions on that day!)

each session will result in around 10 images for you to proof to select your favorites.

all sessions also include an in-person proofing and ordering appointment at the studio (205 s. macdill avenue in south tampa) so that we can sit together to go through your images, choose your favorites for your three files and 11×14 print, and to select any others you’d like to order as gifts or for yourself. the full product menu is available (prints, albums, canvases, etc…).

mini sessions are great for a quick shoot to grab a few options for holiday cards and gifts.

these are not full, custom sessions (which are still available throughout the holiday season).

full sessions result in more options, more time, and more control over your scheduling and location. mini sessions may not be the right fit for children or babies that are shy and may need more time to warm up and get comfortable in front of the camera.

… not sure what is right for you?

if you have any questions about the differences between full and mini sessions, please ask!

AVAILABILITY

SEPTEMBER 19th (friday) | $200 | university of tampa
6:15pm | BOOKED!
6:45pm | BOOKED!

SEPTEMBER 23rd (tuesday) | $200 | curtis hixon park
6:15pm | BOOKED!
6:45pm | BOOKED!

OCTOBER 10th (friday) | $230 | university of tampa
6:00pm| available
6:30pm| BOOKED!

OCTOBER 23rd (thursday) | $230 | hyde park village
5:45pm | BOOKED!
6:15pm | BOOKED!

NOVEMBER 5th (wednesday) | $260 | university of tampa
4:30pm | BOOKED!
5:00pm | BOOKED!

NOVEMBER 21st (friday) | $260 | curtis hixon park
4:30pm | BOOKED!
5:00pm | BOOKED!