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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.
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.
While selecting the images for this stunning wedding feature, I was again reminded of how privileged we are to work with such talented and wonderful vendors, who help bring our couples’ dream weddings to life. The three days that Khaled and I spent at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes in Orlando, Florida for Anjali and Sagar’s Memorial Day wedding weekend will always hold a place in our hearts.
The wedding’s details, colors, events and emotions were mesmerizing; from the smooth transitions from the welcome party on Friday evening, to the vivid colors of the Mehendi and Sangeet. The wedding reception was absolutely magical, brimming with beautiful white flowers and candles. The atmosphere was alight with the warmth and happiness of family and love.
Feast your eyes on this preview of Anjali and Sagar’s magical weekend.
A huge thank you to the amazing team behind this event:
To respect our client’s request for privacy, we have limited the images featured online. Please contact us directly to view more images from this wedding, thanks.
We met Leila over Pinkberry last July and it feels like it was just yesterday. I absolutely adored Leila within a few seconds of digging into the delicious frozen yogurt! She has such a warm and contagious smile. We didn’t meet Jio that day, but by sheer serendipity, I ran into Jio months later while picking up an air filter from my leasing office. From our brief encounter, I could see that Leila and Jio were meant to be and I couldn’t have been happier to be able to document such an important part of their love story.
Before writing this blog post, I went back to my notes from our meeting with Leila and I realized that every single wedding detail she envisioned during our first meeting became a reality on her wedding day. Her wedding timeline was a photographer’s dream, including a bonus of a few hours between the ceremony and reception to sneak away with the lovely couple and capture some romantic portraits.
On the wedding day, we arrived at Leila’s mother’s estate and instantly felt like part of the family. Everyone was so kind and you could see how much love surrounded this sweet couple- from the amazing and fun bridal party to the close family and friends. Jio was also getting ready on property, at the mother-in-law house. The party bus quickly whisked him away with his groomsmen before he had a chance to sneak a peek of his gorgeous bride. Shortly after, Leila’s grandfather drove her to the ceremony and it was such a special and emotional time.
There are so many details and beautiful moments from Leila and Jio’s wedding as you’ll see in a selection of some of our favorite images below. We are so grateful for their trust on such an important time in their lives.
I’ve been known to get emotional at weddings, but I was fighting back the sobs during Leila’s and Jio’s parent dances. It was one of the most emotional moments I’ve captured.
Days after their wedding, I mentioned on our Facebook that with every wedding, my passion for what I do magnifies. Just when I thought I couldn’t love what I do more, I do.
A million thank you’s, Leila and Jio.