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“Hold me close and hold me fast

The magic spell you cast

This is la vie en rose”

They danced. And even though it was to an instrumental version their eyes spoke the lyrics and their hearts beat along to the melody . . .

“Give your heart and soul to me

And life will always be

La vie en rose . . . .”

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 Allison and Matt are married! They had a beautiful ceremony at Palma Ceia Presbyterian followed by a reception at the always stunning Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club! From the moment we met Allison over a year ago she had everything for her wedding day planned, so we knew it was going to be absolutely perfect –and it most definitely was! Allison carried a bouquet of dahlias in memory of her grandmother with the same name, which was such a sweet touch. We also adored the summery color palette of navy with pops of yellow, and the guy’s light suits were completed perfectly with seersucker bowties. (And you know we love a good bowtie!)

The reception décor was simple and elegant, and included centerpieces of flowers with lemon-lined vases. And after sneaking outside for some golden hour portraits during the reception (really…NOTHING makes our hearts happier than this!) Allison joined her dad for the most fun father-daughter dance that left everyone with the biggest smiles on their faces. It was too cute!

Allison and Matt, thank you for inviting us to spend this picture perfect day with you both!

Love + Laughs,

Sarah & Ben

 

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Vendors:

Photography: Sarah & Ben

Hair: Irene Tucker

Makeup: Makeup by Meghan

Florist: Carrollwood Florist

Cake: La Segunda Central Bakery

DJ: Luke Entertainment

Ceremony: Palma Ceia Presbyterian

Reception: Palma Ceia Golf & Country Club

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So I know you all have noticed the new, spruced up design of our blog, but what you don’t see is the awesome behind-the-scenese program that is running it all! The mid-year sprucing was inspired by the fact that we FINALLY upgraded to ProPhoto5 (after seeing the option to back in January, but turning it down for no reason other than we’re cheap ; ) Well friends, let me tell you that now having upgraded I wish I could go back to that day in January and do it sooner because Prophoto 5? It is AMAZING. There are so, so many new features that not only make our images look better but also make our blog as a whole look so much more like “us”. Which is pretty much our number one priority when trying to attract new clients – making sure they are getting as much “us-i-ness” as possible!

For those of you guys who (like us) are feeling like the upgrade isn’t worth the $89 price tag, or that it isn’t going to make that big of a difference, here are our top 5 new fave features of ProPhoto 5 to try and change your mind!

1. Buttons – There is SO much possibility in this one little word! Buttons now let you create customized icons for your blog, as well as awesome hover options.  Our top menu is now made entirely of custom buttons, and so is the lower menu of blog categories. From changing color or graying out, to any combination of text or images, there are a million customization options that help you to make your blog match your website flawlessly!

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2. Retina Display Sizing – This is by far the BIGGEST pro to the ProPhoto 5 upgrade (see what I did there?). Before we had this feature we would find ourselves so disappointed in how terrible our images would look on the blog. We would take tack sharp images out of lightroom, stomp them in blogstomp, and then upload them to our blog only to find that the end result after all that work was not nearly as good as the original (especially when looked at on our retina laptop). ProPhoto 5 displays the recommended image size for your posts for both retina and non-retina displays. And the best part is that when you upload the retina display size, it automatically knows to use that size for any retina display, and to halve the pixels for regular screens. Leaving your images looking good EVERYWHERE.

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(notice the huge difference in his eyes and the folds of the bow tie)

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3. Social Media Integration -For those of us who use social media as our main form of marketing, this is a total lifesaver. With past versions of ProPhoto you would have to install random widgets in order to get any sort of Pinterest integration, widgets that didn’t always work or necessarily look the most professional. P5 has totally new social media integration options that make integrating your site with Pinterest, Facebook or Twitter SUPER easy (and customizable!)

You can use their Pinterest settings (or make a custom icon like we did!)

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4. Mobile Optimization – This is something even our super adorable website doesn’t do this well yet, so this was a HUGE deal to us! You now have the option to make your blog look exactly the same on mobile, or choose from mobile customizable options. Whichever you choose, the choice is just that. YOURS.

This is a screenshot of our mobile site, which we have chosen to keep the same format as our desktop blog:

 

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5. Favicon – I admit, this feature isn’t exclusive to ProPhoto5. BUT, this is the first time we are actually using it so it totally counts. Right? By going into your advanced settings Prophoto allows you to add a custom icon up in the address bar, to the left of your url. Sometimes, it truly is the little things. And this little thing is just about the cutest I have ever seen!

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If you have absolutely any questions about ProPhoto5 features or upgrading feel free to ask! We TOTALLY recommend it to everyone, you will be amazed at what a difference it makes!

Happy Friday!

Sarah

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About 2 months ago (yes, it has taken me THIS long to share these) we ventured into Ybor for an afternoon with our besties Ailyn + Doug. They are photographers too (check out Ailyn La Torre Photography!) and we thought it would be fun to spend an afternoon exploring, shooting in less than perfect lighting conditions, and drinking some cuban coffee. (With extra importance on the coffee). We had so much fun with these two, as always, and wanted to share a little about our afternoon!

There was lots of inception style shooting going on,

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and Ben was pretty good at turning on his model-esque charm (as usual).

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We shot in the harshest of full sun, and got some preeeettty sweet stuff anyways : )

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There was lots of canoodling . . .

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and some kisses here and there.

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And the boys decided they would practice shooting their album cover,

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before Ben decided to take the shoot in a different direction for a bit.

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We spent a ton of time laughing,

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and documented how my sweet friend is every bit as beautiful on the outside as she is inside.

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We laughed some more,

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decided to be serious for just a couple,

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and then ended to get lunch. Which is enough to make any girl smile!

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Happy Wednesday everyone!

Love + Laughs,

Sarah

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Happy Monday friends!

It’s the start of a brand new week, and time for another round of Most Favorite Monday! Here’s what we’re loving and laughing at this week!

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1. Lara Bars - Is it a surprise that the very first item for MFM is food related? Probably not. But what is surprising is how insanely good these things taste, given the fact that most of them have absolutely NO sugar and are sweetened with only dates. For reals. This peanut butter cookie one is my absolute favorite, and tastes EXACTLY like the real thing. Which blows my mind considering that it is made of only three ingredients – dates, peanuts and salt. How they do that?!

2. Her - Ben and I sat down to watch this movie recently, and I have to admit that when I Red Boxed it I did it more for him than me. My type of movie choice pretty much only consists of epic love stories with dramatic face-cupping kisses done to swells of the sappiest music. And to me, Her was not that movie. However, I could not have been more wrong about this film! It was made in such a real feeling way, and was one of the more intimate love stories we have seen in a long time. It left both of us a little misty eyed and wanting to have conversations about our deepest selves. Watch it, you totally won’t be disappointed!

3. Heart Print Flats – LOVE. THESE. SHOES. And they are the very first pair of pointy toed anything I have ever bought, because I refuse to wear things that cause unrelenting pain. These are not only insanely comfortable, but they are on sale at Francesca’s this week for 40% off! Can you beat it? I think not! Especially since they are made even cuter with a teeny navy bow!

4. Osmo Shampoo - A few months ago I switched over to this shampoo, when I realized that this long hair I’m now taking care of required a bit more maintenance than my mullet pixie cut of  four years ago. I not only love the smell of this shampoo, but it does an amazing job of leaving my hair feeling clean and not weighed down by any leftover product.

5. Animals with No Necks – This is super random, I know. However, this post is titled Most FAVORITE Monday, and this little gem was one of my favorite laughs of the past week. After reading an article on Buzzfeed I came across this post, and was literally laughing so loud Ben was judging me a little. Take three minutes out of your day and go have a laugh!

What is one thing your loving this week? Whatever it is I hope it’s making the start of your week that much better!

Love + Laughs,

Sarah

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  • Raquel Jefferson - At the risk of sounding so absolutely cheesy (and, not to mention, completely paid-off) – Sarah & Ben are one thing that I am LOVING this week (two things?). Not only did you two take absolutely gorgeous photos of our wedding that I get to keep and gush over FOREVER, but you have the best personalities! Running into you on Sunday at the Bridal Show was a highlight – and now, the link of Animals with No Necks has single-handedly turned a disastrous Monday into a lesson that there is too much funny in the world to take life too seriously. I am just glad Ben is not here to judge my almost certainly too loud laughter.ReplyCancel

    • Sarah & Ben - It is absolutely not cheesy and YOU just totally made our Monday (even beating animals with no necks!) So glad we could help to make your day a little better! xoxoxoReplyCancel

Kat and Joe are one of those couples who we met and instantly felt a connection with. Kat gets all of my nonsense made-up words, and Joe is one of those rare people who actually laughs at our weird jokes. In short, these two are not only perfect for each other, they are absolutely perfect for us! And because of that we were SO excited when they flew from Texas for their engagement session last weekend on an *almost* rain free afternoon (which is a BIG deal for a Florida summer!). We had a low-key afternoon exploring UT and downtown Tampa, and were armed and ready when it decided to sprinkle for a bit. (Sidenote, these two took that rain like CHAMPS, and those umbrella shots turned out to be some of my favorites!)

Going through all of these I found it absolutely impossible not to smile, because there is just so much pure joy coming from every one of these images. The way that these two love together, and even more importantly laugh together, is absolutely infectious, and is the kind of thing we will never ever tire of documenting!

Kat and Joe, thank you guys so much for an amazing afternoon! You two were so much fun to be with, and it just made us even more excited for the big day  : ) See you soon for another dinner date when you’re back in town!

Love + Laughs,

Sarah & Ben

 

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