When I heard Zahara’s voicemail, I turned to Khaled and said, “I like her already!” Her boldness and zest for life was apparent in every word. Little did I know that just twenty-four hours later, I would be documenting such a sweet and intimate elopement.
Zahara and Daniel are hosting a bigger wedding celebration next year, but wanted to document their nuptials in an intimate and romantic way. As a couple, they have a sophisticated and modern style, so it was only fitting that after their I-do’s at the downtown Tampa courthouse, they toasted with cappuccinos at the cool and London-chic, Oxford Exchange. As you’ll soon see, Italian marble, reclaimed white oak and leather panels on walls and ceilings made for a stunning backdrop.
I had such a beautiful time getting to know Zahara and Daniel- it seemed like we had been friends for years. We wish for them many, many more years of love and happiness and look forward to documenting more of their precious memories in the future.
Enjoy a few of my favorite images from our time together:
These last few weeks of 2013 are just flying by- there’s just so much happening at Kismis Ink! Last week I was in Los Angeles for a Conference For Wedding Innovators (COWI), and I can’t wait to share my inspiring experience. In between business travels and our rebranding project (catch a little peek over on our Instagram) we’ve had the privilege to document some amazing love stories, work with awesome vendors, and surround ourselves with absolutely breathtaking wedding details.
Zahara and Daniel’s intimate elopement in downtown Tampa took us to the chic spot, Oxford Exchange- where we enjoyed cappuccinos and laughs. Can’t wait to share more from this sweet day soon!
Brooke and Bruce’s Hawaiian-infused beach wedding at the Sand Pearl was stunning. This wedding had me in tears from start to finish-so much emotion and love! I’m completely obsessed with Brooke’s colorful and stunning bouquet!
Andrea and Will’s beach wedding was nothing short of perfection. The rain magically stopped at just the right times throughout the day at the Postcard Inn-and it was so heartwarming to see them surrounded with love and happiness. Andrea’s exclusive blush Manolo Blahnik‘s were to die for. You won’t want to miss this wedding!
You know the wedding is going to be unforgettable when the bride makes her groomsmen drop down and give her 20 during the formal portraits! I just can’t wait to share more from Bekah and Danny’s fun wedding day.
Enjoy this little peek into our latest weddings- definitely more to come soon!
Pssst…a little birdie told me you may want to hang out on our blog a bit more than usual during the next couple of weeks.
It’s been over a year since little Gavin’s session, but within seconds of being in the same room with his beautiful momma, Shannon, it instantly feels like it was just yesterday we last saw each other. This time, the spotlight was on Shannon and her lovely sister, Christine. I can’t begin to describe how much fun this sisters session was! Shannon and Christine wanted a creative shoot that would highlight some of the fun things they like to do together: shop, laugh, have fun, and laugh some more! We accomplished that…and then some! They decided to make it a sisters weekend getaway and stayed at the gorgeous Don Vicente in Ybor. It was the perfect backdrop for their adventures! Here are a few of our many favorites- doesn’t this feature just make you want to grab your sibling and have a fun session, too?
Making us laugh until our stomachs hurt- that’s pretty much the definition of Jasmin and Hameed. After hearing that yes, they also love Chipotle just as much as we do, and that Jasmin is as obsessed (if not more) with Pinterest as I am, I could tell we were a match made in heaven. As if to further prove this point, Jasmin’s first email contained one of the most thrilling, warm-fuzzy inducing sentences I’ve ever read: ”…what are the chances that I’d find something I love on Pinterest, happen to go to their website to see more design pics, love the images and find that you’re located in Tampa? It must be meant to be!”
Yes, Jasmin, we totally agree. :)
I’ve unmercifully teased Hameed with being our “groom of the year”, but after hearing how planned, detailed, and romantic his proposal was, I’m sure you’ll agree how deserving he is of the title!
Hameed had Jasmin adventuring through all sorts of different spots throughout Lakeland, including Britts Cafe (a little breakfast spot they frequent), a dance studio where Hameed setup a private lesson for them (swoon!), the fountain, and Hollis Gardens- the final spot where he proposed! Of course, no other place in the world would be better suited for their engagement session! Let me just say that I am completely obsessed with Jasmin’s gorgeous sari and their adorable custom designed Toms shoes. We had so much fun hanging out with these lovebirds, but I have to say that my favorite part of the session had to be when, in a spontaneous turn of events, they decided to cool off from the hot Florida summer sun for a few seconds…in the fountain!
Their fun, romantic shoot left us anxious for their wedding next year, but for now, enjoy a few of our favorites from their session.
The end of summer brought us some exciting opportunities, once-in-a-lifetime photo shoots, and lots of travel. I can’t wait to blog more of what we’ve been working on in the next few weeks. Let’s get the party started with Asha’s session! I don’t even know where to start when describing what a unique experience it was working with Asha. Imagine how much trust and confidence she must have had in us to go along with our wild ideas- like planning her photo shoot somewhere neither of us had been to or waking up in the wee hours of the morning, due to a three hour drive! I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful, flexible model than Asha. Actress and model (currently seeking representation in the UK), she booked us on recommendation from one of the very first models we worked with, Melissa. After deciding to expand her portfolio, Asha chose our creative vision to take her portfolio to the next level. Asha was completely at home in her favorite relaxing spot- the beach! The sandy coquina rocks and rising sun were a perfect backdrop- I couldn’t be more in love with the images we created together!