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Rick of Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club in Palm Harbor, Florida contacted me a few months back.  “I have the most adorable elderly couple having a small wedding reception in November and are looking for a photographer.” he mentioned to me.  Upon meeting Gloria and Leon for the first time, I fell head over heals for these two.  In that one quick hour, their love for each other stole my heart.  I’m pretty sure they will steal yours too.

Just a sneak peek for now…many more coming soon.



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A Salute… definition it means: “a gesture of respect, homage, or polite recognition or acknowledgment, especially one made to or by a person when arriving or departing.”  Today American’s are saluting our veteran’s in honor of veteran’s day.  It’s so easy to be grateful during a holiday, and not as easy in our day to day lives.  I’m just as guilty of it as many are, even when having my own family members give so much to this country, such as my brother.  As long as I can remember, Christopher always looked out for everyone.  It was no surprise to me when he joined the Army in November of 1998 and became a medic.  Always wanting to serve others, both in a military uniform and civilian one.  He fought for and saved countless lives, even almost giving his own.  He beat the odds and although no longer a medic, still to this day continues to serve others in so many ways.

So many families sacrifice more than we can imagine and today I salute you. My family was blessed beyond words to not loose our soldier and every day I’m grateful.  I also want to salute Christopher’s military family.  Thank you for looking after him, making him laugh when times were hard and being there when we couldn’t.  Thank you to your families for everything they gave and for some, continue to give.  I am humbled and pray that I have the presence of mind daily to salute all of you.

I’m proud of you Christopher and I’m thankful to God that August 2008 wasn’t your time.  I may not say it often, but I think about it every day.  Keep fighting your good fight and continue to serve.  I am forever grateful that your children have such a strong father to learn from.

All my love,



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  • Christopher Peterson - Your message is moving and brought tears to my eyes. Thank you Sis, I love you with all of my heart!


One of my favorite things about shooting weddings are all the pretty little details.  From jewelry, shoes, hair pieces, flowers, hand bags and special dress details, they all have a purpose for being present on a wedding day.  Whether it’s a family heirloom or just something unique to the Bride and Groom, you can’t capture the wedding day as a whole without these images.  And who says they have to be extravagant?  Some of the prettiest details are the simple ones.  Here are a few of my favorite details and I hope they inspire you to include something extra special on your big day!


Looking for more inspiration?  Be sure to check out all of our Get Inspired series!

Get Inspired Part 1 – Coral and Gold Indian Wedding Mandap Decor

Get Inspired Part 2 – Maroon and Gold Indian Wedding Reception Decor

Get Inspired Part 3 – Indian Wedding Mandap Decor

Get Inspired Part 4 – Romantic and Elegant Pink Reception Decor

Get Inspired Part 5 – Blush Indian Reception Decor

Get Inspired Part 6 – Wedding Dessert Table Decor

Get Inspired Part 7 – Bridal Bouquets

Get Inspired Part 8 – Vintage Decor

Get Inspired Part 9 – Red and Gold Wedding Decor

Get Inspired Part 10 – Silver and Purple Reception Decor

Get Inspired Part 11 – Cà d’Zan Blush Wedding

Get Inspired Part 12 – India Cultural Center Garba Decor by Suhaag Garden

Get Inspired Part 13 – Bridal Hair and Make Up Inspiration



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He asked and you said yes, the moment you’ve been waiting for is finally here.  It’s time to plan your wedding and look at you, you’ve got this!  You’ve rocked out party after party for family and friends and been to countless weddings.  You know exactly what you want and which vendors you want to work with.  Why would you hire a wedding planner?  Over the years, I’ve captured hundreds of weddings, some with and some without a planner.  There is a HUGE difference between the two…even when both are successful events.

So how can a wedding planner help you? I reached out to, Pea to Tree Events, Tracie Domino Events, and the Catering Sales Manager for the Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach to help put into perspective 3 key points to consider.


1. Getting Connected with Vendors

Selecting your venue typically finalizes your wedding date so it’s usually one of the first items booked.  Believe me when I tell you the wedding industry is huge.  There are so many options, it can become overwhelming very quickly.  Even if you know what you want…putting it all together is a lot of work and takes a ton of time.  Experienced wedding planners know the ins and outs of venues and vendors which can be a huge asset to any couple getting started.  Georgette Casimir with Pea to Tree Events sums it up perfectly,

“Your life is busy filled with work, school, loved ones…the list goes on and on.  There’s so much that goes into the planning process and a planner can save you time, money and stress.  We spend a great deal of time to build relationships with vendors, which benefit you when trying to secure a venue or favorite vendor.  Once we get to know your style and vision, we can connect you with the perfect vendor to help create your dream creative team.”


2. The Sales Catering Manager will do it…right?

Many don’t know this…but there’s a big difference between a wedding planner and a catering sales manager.  They have different titles, because they have two completely different responsibilities.  I reached out to the  Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach‘s catering sales manager, Sarah McChesney, and here’s what she has to say about the roles of planners and managers:

“Catering sales managers are focused on connecting the Brides dream wedding picture to the venue itself. We are there to assist the Bride and Groom with anything related to the venue. We tend to act as a liaison between the Bride and the venues operating team. This can be anything from set up to break down, tables and chairs, in-house catering, valet parking, etc. A wedding planner is purely focused on the nitty gritty details of your wedding and helps coordinate your day from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to sleep. They ensure that your day will run as smooth as possible and can help with any bumps along the way. Both people are very important players to have with you on your wedding day!”


3. The Unexpected Can Happen

You’ve planned your dream wedding without issue or a planner. You’ve chosen your creative team carefully and your timeline is in perfect order.  Here is my final key factor for you to consider.  You can’t plan for the unexpected, so when it happens, who is going to handle it?  At a recent wedding, an unexpected issue unfolded as the reception was about to begin.  The couple hired Tracie Domino of Tracie Domino Events and because of her and her team, everything stayed on time and nobody knew the unexpected had ever happened.

Imagine you’ve completed your ceremony, the portraits are captured, your guests are enjoying cocktail hour and your reception is about to begin.   You’re excited for all of the celebrating, especially the hired professional ballroom dancers as entertainment for your guests.  But wait….the dancers aren’t here yet.  The doors have opened, your guests pour in to your elegantly designed ballroom, but the dancers aren’t here.  What do you do?  Who contacts them and who takes control of the situation?  If you have your family do it, then they can’t participate in the intros that are about to begin.  So, do you start late?  Go without the dancers at all?  Just wait for them to show up and see what happens?  Wait…why do you even know about the dancers being late?  Why, all of a sudden, do have to make all these decisions?

Here is where Tracie Domino Events stepped in and saved the reception timeline and more importantly, didn’t stress out the couple.  Behind the scenes, Tracie was on the phone with the dancers while continuing to push the timeline forward to prevent guests from having to wait on anybody or anything.

“We think of planning a wedding day like putting on a Broadway show with no dress rehearsal. We always have a plan A, B and C for anything that can happen or come up unexpectedly. Our goal is for the couple to never be worried and know that whatever happens we have a whole team of people available to figure it out and take care of it for them.” – Tracie Domino


At the end of the day, it’s up to you to decide if a wedding planner is right for you.  If you take anything away from this Guide, I hope that it is to at least consider a planner and talk with them to see how you can benefit from an experienced, passionate, professional wedding planner.

Thank you Georgette, Sarah and Tracie for participating in today’s Guide!

Like what you read?  Check out our other Guides to help you make the best decisions for you!

Wedding Photography Guide: How To Hire A Wedding Photographer
Wedding Photography Guide: What to wear to an Engagement Session
Wedding Photography Guide: How to Prepare for your Photo Shoot
Wedding Photography Guide: The Best Time to Schedule A Photo Shoot
Wedding Photography Guide: Do I need two photographers at my wedding?
Wedding Photography Guide: USB Drive vs Download
Wedding Photography Guide: Why I Love Pinterest Boards
Wedding Photography Guide: Is A First Look Right For You?
Wedding Photography Guide: Importance of a Photography Timeline

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