Should I hire a wedding planner? One of the biggest decisions you will need to make for your wedding is whether to hire or not to hire a wedding planner. As a wedding photographer and harpist for weddings in the Tampa Bay area, we have experienced many weddings with planners and without planners. From our perspective, we think you should! But why?! We asked our friend Lora Gardner, a certified wedding planner and owner of Perfect Day Productions based out of Lakeland, Florida to share with us the top five reasons why you should hire a wedding planner:
Covering Rachel and Leo's micro wedding was a real privilege as a wedding photographer. They picked a fantastic venue to get married in...their private home in Riverview, Florida. Being a wedding photographer in Tampa Bay offers great opportunities to work with lovely couples like Rachel and Leo!
Photographing JamieClaire and Michael's intimate wedding was one of the highlights of this past holiday season. They were married at a private home in Seninole Heights, a picturesque historic neighborhood in Tampa. It was a dream come true to photograph an elopement wedding at such a beautiful historic home.
Photographing Hannah and Spencer's big day was such a delight for us! They chose to get married at the historic Sunken Gardens in St. Petersburg, Florida. This was the first time I got the chance to visit Sunken Gardens as a wedding photographer, the grounds oozed with fresh inspiration for wedding photography - the perfect venue for a paradise garden wedding in St. Pete!
Kristen and I started the day photographing Hannah and Spencer at the Hyatt Place Downtown St. Pete. We got to photograph fantastic moments as the bridal parties interacted during preparations.
Lakeland Florida is probably one of our favorite small towns in the Tampa Bay Area. Not only did I spent most of my life living in Lakeland, but it's a town full of history, beauty, charm, and character. Although we no longer live in Lakeland, we still consider ourselves "lakelanders" :). Lakeland is the perfect town to get married at. There's tons of super cool wedding venues and a downtown that offers some of the best locations for engagement sessions. Here are our favorite top 5 best places to take engagement pictures in the Downtown Lakeland area:
Number 1 - The Loggia at Lake Mirror. This location is just SPECTACULAR and with the right lighting equipment you can have some EPIC images like the one below that we took for Carolina & Ryan.
Erin and Kris had a fantastic wedding recently. The wedding took place at The White Oak Cottage and at The Sparrow Barn in Lithia . I was excited to photograph another wedding at the The Sparrow Barn, when it comes to wedding ceremonies, they don't get much better than here. Being a wedding photographer in the Tampa Bay area is such an awesome job because I get to work with fantastic couples in amazing locations like this.
We had an incredible time back in December for the wedding of Amy and Chris. Town Manor on the Lake in Auburndale, was the chosen venue for the celebration. The lakeside scenic nature of this venue makes photographing at the Town Manor a delight. The bride and groom definitely picked the perfect place...especially because both Amy & Chris are avid lake lovers, which they made sure to add an exciting twist to the end of their wedding by leaving on a boat! Keep reading, you'll see :)
I was thrilled to photograph Cassandra and Gregory's recent wedding. They were married at their family's beautiful backyard in Lakeland. Their celebration continued at Lakeland's Haus 820. I always wanted to photograph at Haus 820 in downtown but never had the chance, until now! Yay! :)
Jose & Kristen Hoyos, Tampa Bay Area Wedding Photographer and Harpist for Weddings