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Happy Monday friends! Today we’re celebrating just a little, because we found out over the weekend that we are a 2015 Editor’s Choice Award winner for Two Bright Lights! For those of you who don’t know, Two Bright Lights is the platform we use to submit our work for publication, and includes publishers like The Knot, Southern Weddings, and all of the wedding blogs we love so much! We are super stoked (not only because it gives us an excuse to have a celebratory cupcake) but because it means we are getting a lot of our sweet couples’ wedding days published and seen by even more people. And what is better than spreading the love of a wedding day around even more?!

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We can’t wait to keep working hard towards all of our 2015 publication goals, and already have an AWESOME new print feature coming soon that we can’t wait to share with you all! But for now, we’re off to have that cupcake ; )

Love + Laughs,

Sarah & Ben

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Travis comes from generations of ranchers, so when it was time to pick the place for he and Jessica’s engagement session there was absolutely no question where it would be. Afterall, why not document something so special in a place that is so very special to both of them? So we followed the dirt roads and a few one way bridges out to meet them for a tour of the place they love most. We had SO much fun exploring the property, including the gorgeous house they are in the process of building (and when we say building, we mean legit BUILDING) and we think it is so cool that there will one day be a finished house that Travis literally poured his sweat and handwork into. Is there anything more romantic?

Their two super sweet (and majorly adventurous) dogs followed us around for their session, and Ben got to drive us through the woods off roading style which he was preeeetty pumped about. We loved their natural style (including Jessica’s ridiculously cute boots) and felt so spoiled by how easy these two were to photograph. (I mean really Jessica, you are basically a professional smizer!) Overall, it was absolutely perfect in every way (can we just talk about the golden light everywhere?!) and we are so excited to get together with the two of them for their wedding among the orange groves!

Jessica + Travis, thank you both for such a fun afternoon! We had SUCH a blast exploring with you both, and can’t wait to see you soon!

Love + Laughs,

Sarah & Ben

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There was a feeling in the air that day. And it didn’t come at any specific time, or during any particular event. It wasn’t only because he whispered something sweet in her ear, or because she was simply excited the day was finally here. It was just there, from the first time she stepped into her dress to later that night when he would twirl her in it.  Everything felt so genuine. It all just felt so real, and perfectly authentic that you knew the love they were there to celebrate was the real thing. That it would stand the test of time. Because the way he looked at her that day when he first saw her, and the way she laughed when her smile simply couldn’t get any bigger, that’s the stuff real-life love stories are made of. . . .

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Nadia and Casey are married! The day started off perfectly with Nadia’s ridiculously gorgeous details (can we just talk about those Kate Spade shoes?!) before a super sweet first look in downtown Tampa. We loved the energy pouring out of both of them as they giddily got to see each other for the first time that day, and how easily they moved into their portrait time afterwards. Casey was cracking jokes that had Nadia (and the rest of us!) laughing all day, and being with them and their sweet bridal party was so, so much fun for us. And speaking of fun, these two had a reception that was pretty much the best party ever! The dance floor was packed all night long, and we loved getting to sneak outside with some of the guys for some fun cigar pictures.

Nadia + Casey, I hope it goes without saying that we absolutely love you two to bits. Thank you both for an amazing day, and for the incredible honor of documenting it all for you both.

Love + Laughs,

Sarah & Ben

 

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Photography: Sarah & Ben

Reception Venue: Tampa Firefighters Museum

Hair & Makeup: Mystic Hair

 

Wedding Dress: Athena’s Bridal Boutique

Coordinator: Unique Weddings & Events

Florist: Carrollwood Florist

Cake Design: Wrights Gourmet

Catering: Puff ‘n Stuff

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If you follow along on Instagram, you know that last week I (Sarah) was lucky enough to get a seat at the workshop of the ever so lovely Amy & Jordan. These two are just about the sweetest human beings on the planet, are doing huge things in the photography world, and I am so incredibly honored to now call them friends.I flew out to Arizona intending to learn a few things to improve the way we run our business, but what I got instead was a total soul recharge I didn’t even know I needed. So now that I’m back (and I’ve had the time to brain dump everything I learned into Ben) I thought I would share a bit about my trip with all of you guys. (Which just so we’re clear involves just as much eating as it does learning. . . .) Here’s a peek at my adventure through a mix of iphone snaps and actual pictures : )

I ventured out west with my sweet friend Ailyn, and the very first stop we made of course had to be In-N-Out. Guys, this is popular for a reason. SO. INSANELY. GOOD!

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That night we headed to an ice cream social with Amy, Jordan, and the rest of the workshop attendees. I loved getting to meet everyone in such a laid back environment, and was so surprised at how quickly our little group of strangers from all over the country felt like old friends . . .

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But the laid back feeling of that night quickly melted away (ice cream pun ; ) because the next morning A+J were ready to get down to business.

We were each welcomed to the workshop with our very own top secret playbook.

I would tell you how incredibly awesome it is, but even THAT is top secret ; )

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The first half of the day was spent raising a whole lot of roofs, and talking about everything shooting related.

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And then we got into the shooting part of the day.

I opened my memory card case and found this sweet little note.

Cue cry #1 of the trip. . . .

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Day 1 included an absolutely EPIC styled shoot that I am so, SO excited to share with you guys soon.

These models plus the gorgeous design work?! PHOTOGRAPHER HEAVEN.

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Then after the shoot we spent the evening going everything post-processing related.

(And of course eating pizza.)

Day 2 came early, but not so early that I skipped my morning selfie. . . .

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And after a morning chatting about business, Amy gave us each a mini headshot session

while Jordan kept teaching and answering everyone’s questions . . .

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Amy Demos, you’re a magician! ; )

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Afterwards we took a few fun shots with new friends. Love these girls and their sweet hearts so, so much!

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Love each of these faces and the bond I feel with each of them from this awesome process : )

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I mean, we’re all pretty adorable. Just sayin’.

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And ever so quickly, our two days were over.

But that didn’t stop Amy & Jordan from sitting outside with us until midnight for one last chat.

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Which of COURSE included a stop for a breakfast cupcake (or two!) at Sprinkles. . .

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This my friends, is the stuff dreams are made of . . .

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And then we headed out into the desert for a little bit of sight seeing.

I came to Arizona with the goal of seeing a real, live, cactus. Turns out Arizona has just a few. . .  .

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Even though I was in ballet flats instead of hikin’ boots

(when you’re serious about hiking you can leave off the g. I know now, I’m an expert ; )

we hiked up to this little lookout anyways. Totally worth all the weird looks I got from fellow travelers!

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To anyone debating attending one of Amy + Jordan’s workshops in the future, I whole heartedly recommend it. No matter if you are in your first year of business or you’re a seasoned pro, I promise you will learn something new and walk away feeling ready to serve your clients even better than before. Not to mention you get your very own #demossandwich. And isn’t that worth it in itself?;)

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Love + Laughs,

Sarah

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The room was dimly lit. With only the light from the nearby tank illuminating their faces, and the sea of their loved ones behind them becoming one in the shadows. There, standing together, they both talked in voices a bit hushed, as if the vows they were making to each other through teary eyes and full hearts were a secret just for them. And in a way, they were. Because in that warmly  lit, slightly hushed room there was such a feeling of intimacy that you couldn’t help but be feel lucky to be one of the few people in the world witnessing it. You couldn’t help but feel like, for just a little while, they let you in on their secret . . .

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Melissa and Dan are married! They had an intimate ceremony in front of the floor to ceiling coral reef tank followed by an outdoor reception with family and friends. We loved how the nautical vibe of the aquarium was carried through to the centerpieces on the tables. Then the party kicked into high gear with the always fantastic Grant Hemond DJ’s. The night concluded with an amazing bubble send off which was absolutely magical!

Thank you Melissa and Dan and we can’t wait to see you on the big screen at Wrestlemania!:-)

Love + Laughs,

Sarah & Ben

 

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Vendors:

Photography: Sarah & Ben

Hair: Manuela Yabar

Makeup: Casey Hodgin

Coordinator: Rhonda Abdalla From Yes to I Do Events

DJ: Grant Hemond

Venue: Florida Aquarium

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  • Patricia Gomez - Wow! What a cool & fun wedding. Looks like it was one to remember. I would’ve loved to have been there. Awesome job Sarah!ReplyCancel

  • Rick Talbott - What fun we had!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Evan Anderson - these pics came out so great! what a lovely night it was <3ReplyCancel