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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.
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.
Their love story is the epitome of serendipity; and begins in December 2007 with a soccer scarf on a chair at a bar in midtown Manhattan.
As Will described in our questionnaire, he “was instantly smitten by Andrea’s confidence, sharp wit and smile. Ignoring conventional wisdom, he asked Andrea out that same night, in an e-mail sent at 2:40 a.m. After the holidays, they met up at the Museum of the City of New York and got along well … but the timing wasn’t right. They quickly fell out of touch.
Six months later, they randomly encountered each other among the 78,680 other people filling the New Meadowlands Stadium for a friendly match between the USA and Argentina. Will bought Andrea a beer and chatted with her for 15 minutes before rejoining his friends in the upper deck… but the timing wasn’t right.
Two years and one month after that, on July 10, 2010, they randomly encountered each other among 16,239 at Red Bull Arena, the place Will had recommended (way back in 2007) that Andrea go when the stadium was completed.
Will had just gotten back from 24 days in South Africa, promoting MLS to media covering the World Cup. This time, the timing was just right…”
We had the honor of spending some time with Andrea and Will while they visited Florida last month. They endured summer’s grueling heat and humidity- still managing to look stunning and have fun in front of our camera. Collective Creations did a fabulous job on Andrea’s hair and makeup. Khaled and I can’t wait to document their upcoming wedding day at the stylish Postcard Inn.
Here’s a few of our many favorites from their Ybor city session:
That one time our groom-to-be convinces a man on the 2nd floor of a building on 7th avenue to let us come upstairs and use his private balcony for some romantic portraits!
Within the first few minutes of my phone call with Liza, I was smitten. With her make-it-happen energy and zest for life, I just knew that Khaled and I would have an unforgettable time capturing this intimate wedding story.
I’ll never forget our first meeting with Liza and Jon. Their love story is hollywood-worthy, seriously. Let me set one of the many romantic scenes for you: A tall handsome man sits at an Olive Garden in Seattle, glances at his watch, opens his laptop and prepares to have a scheduled Skype date with his love- thousands of miles away in Puerto Rico. After a few moments, he looks up to find his beautiful love…standing there…in Seattle. Yes, I’d definitely watch this film on the big screen.
Listening to them laugh together as they conversed with us and seeing the way Jon lovingly glanced at Liza from time to time, it’s certain that many more beautiful memories are in store for this special couple.
Liza and Jon shared with us that their plans were to have an intimate wedding inviting the family and closest friends that had impacted their lives throughout the years. It was important to this couple that their cherished loved ones had a great time and an unforgettable experience celebrating their unity.
They married in the church that Liza had been attending since she was 9. Her pastor, who also did Liza’s sweet fifteen, married them. It was such a sentimental touch, and the perfect way to start Liza’s new journey with Jon, as husband and wife.
Besides being spontaneous and determined, Liza loves to shake things up and dance to the beat of her own drum. She nixed the idea of including a maid of honor, flower girl, bridesmaids and best man. Instead, the wedding party included their parents, her two brothers and Jon’s two beautiful children, Cierra and Kade. I must give Liza kudos. Channeling her project manager skills, Liza planned her wedding day timeline perfectly to include ample time for all the details and special moments of the day. The day transitioned smoothly and almost effortlessly- a photographer’s dream.
We can’t thank Jon, Liza, and their family enough for trusting our vision and allowing us to spend such a wonderful time documenting their memories.
1947 Cadillac Convertible: Coles Classic Cars
Bride’s wedding gown: The Dressing Room
DJ: Kustom Karaoke
Cinematography: Life Highlights
Reception Venue: Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City, Fl
Linens: Kate Ryan
One of my favorite details (besides the luscious succulents in Liza’s bouquet) is the delicate lace on her invitations and how it compliments her stunning wedding gown.
This vintage brooch, belonging to Liza’s grandmother, gave her bouquet the perfect touch.
Liza’s grandmother was too fragile to travel from Puerto Rico, so she gave Liza her bible to symbolize her presence.
I’m obsessed with Liza’s stunning bracelet.