We had the honor to photograph Kera and Philip's wedding celebration a few weeks ago at The Great Escape Lakeside in Groveland. We were super excited with photographing at The Great Escape Lakeside Estate as it's a very well known location due to the amazing fun gaming amenities it includes. Kera and Philip wanted to have a different setting for their family wedding and choosing The Great Escape couldn't have been more perfect!
Kera and Philip cemented their union in front of their close friends and family members in a very lovely ceremony outdoors by Lake Wash. After the ceremony, we gather everyone for a very cool heart photo with the couple in the middle.
Kera and Philip spent the wedding reception dancing and mingling with their guests. The atmosphere at the reception was super fun and perfect for entertaining the guests. We enjoyed drifting among the guests to take the best shots and witness the stories unfold as the hours went by.
This wedding was a lot of fun and EXTREMELY memorable. We love that they decided to make it different and have fun. All in all we had a blast at Kera and Philip's wedding!
Take a peek at the slideshow video above and at some photos below. Also, make sure to read Kera and Philip's WeddingWire review that they left us. It was so heartfelt that we made a post about it separately!
If you are looking for awesome wedding photographers in Tampa, Lakeland, Sarasota, Bradenton, or all of Central Florida area, contact us! We would love to be a part of your wedding day! :)
We recently photographed a wedding for Kera & Philip at The Great Escape Lakeside in Groveland, Florida. We are getting ready to blog more about it, but with having weddings back to back to back, it will take a little longer to post a blog. BUT, we were humbled and just floored by the touching and amazing WeddingWire review we just received by Kera & Philip! For real, it made our day, week, month, maybe year. Take a moment to read it below:
Kera & Philip...THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts. This means so much to us since we work very heard for all of our couples and do it with passion. As we mention in our website, we treat each couple's wedding as if it was our own and try to provide the best customer experience and artistry. I'm glad to have been chosen to be a part of your wedding day and can't wait to meet up again for more captures of your beautiful family.
Stay tuned for more photos of Kera & Philip's wedding soon on our blog!
If you are looking for a wedding photographer or harpist in the Tampa Bay area, contact us! We want to be a part of your wedding day. :)
Jose & Kristen
Photo Harp Weddings
When Victoria and Arley reached out to us about their engagement session, we initially planned on downtown Plant City, Florida as the central location for the portraits. But the closer we got to the day of the photos, Victoria and Arley came up with a fun way to make this session memorable...by revisiting and capturing moments that mean a lot in their relationship! With that said, as soon as I captured the image above, everything turned interesting for the rest of the session! Here's how it went.
FIRST: Arley, took off his pants, and revealed the speedos he was wearing underneath. Why speedos? Well, you see, when they first met at a wedding, he was also wearing speedos and that was part of their ice breaker conversation that got them interested in each other!
THEN, we set on a short walk and sat at a bench in beautiful downtown Plant City. There Victoria and Arley enjoyed reading a book as they both like to do, with Arley's briefcase as a reminder of the love for reading and travel they like to do! Make sure to zoom into the book's title :)
WE walked over to capture a photo in front of the Heart of Plant City mural. Plant City is the city they love and live. As a matter of fact, they both have deep roots here where they serve the community in many different ways. One of them is via social media, where Victoria manages the awesome Instagram account of igersplantcity. There she shares the love and beauty of Plant City. Make sure to follow!
VISITING local Plant City bars is something they love to do, so we set on a quick trip to Strawberry Patch Lounge & Package. There was one of the first dates they had, where Victoria used to sing karaoke to show her singing skills...or try to anyway lol Regardless, her charm or singing worked since they are still together after these years! We recreated some of these scenes on our engagement photo session adventure.
HAMBURGERS. They love burgers, specifically the ones from Checkers in Plant City. They love it so much that they actually made burgers a part of the engagement when they both asked each other for marriage. With that in mind, we did a quick stop to recreate that moment as they savored the delicious and juicy burger from Checkers! Notice the golden strawberry?
On our last stop, we went to one of Plant City's jewels...Metals & Nature. Metals and Nature is owned by Arley's family and it's a beautiful garden and store adorned with statues, metal art, roaming peacocks, and much more. It's truly a dream to visit! There we took a few more photos, speedos and all, where we finished up with a coronation by an unique hat they got from visiting the country of Myanmar. They love to travel and visit places, so what a better way to capture this than the crowning using the hat made out of buffalo teeth and bones! How cool is that!
For real, at this point, I had NO IDEA this session was going to finish up like this. EPIC!!!!!!
BUT, just as we finished up, we saw the sunset and we just couldn't leave without a few more pics in the grassy field next to Metals & Nature - on the side of Highway 60! Yeah, these images look like we were on some rolling hills in the country, but nope - cars and trucks were honking at us lol. We then ended on the dirt road as we came to an end to an amazing, fun, exciting, interesting, and memorable engagement photo session!
I'm more than humbled and thankful for the opportunity to capture these for Victoria & Arley, and I can't wait for their wedding day! THANK YOU!
If you are looking for an engagement or wedding photographer in Plant City, Lakeland, or all of Tampa Bay area, contact us! We want to be a part of your wedding! :)
It was a pleasure for us to be Morgan and Joshua's photographers (and harpist!) on their big day. BellaCosa Lakeside Lodge and Venue located in Lake Wales was a perfect choice for their wedding. It was such a joy to photograph a wedding at BellaCosa Lakeside Lodge, photographing such a picturesque venue with rich Florida history - where once upon a time Marilyn Monroe, President Calvin Coolidge and Al Capone stayed as guests - was very special, can't wait to come back.
Morgan got ready at the bridal suite on the morning of the wedding. She had her hair and makeup finished and we photographed the story as it developed. These days it's common to photograph the groom getting ready so we made a visit to grooms suite and began his story by photographing Joshua making his final preparations.
Morgan and Joshua’s wedding ceremony was located at the Lakeside Ceremony site, with a magical view of Lake Pierce on one side, and the stunning Spanish architecture of the estate on the other. The mood was set as Kristen played beautiful music on the harp while guests arrive and during the ceremony!
Morgan and Joshua enjoyed spending quality time with their family and friends and loved every bit of their reception. There was a joyful vibe during the reception. We walked around photographing the guests as they relaxed, danced, and talked.
This wedding was a dream and we couldn't be so appreciative and humbled to be a part of it. Thank you Morgan & Joshua for booking us 3 years ago! Enjoy the highlight slideshow above and some of the images from the wedding below.
If you are looking for a wedding photographer and harpist for your ceremony in Lake Wales, Lakeland, or all of Tampa Bay area, contact us! We want to be a part of your wedding! :)
When Kaitlyn and Max reached out to us about their engagement session, they wanted to have a nature theme for their engagement photos. With that in mind, we thought that Edward Medard Conservation Park in Plant City would be the perfect choice for them!
Here are our three top reasons we love Edward Medard Conservation Park in Plant City for engagement photo sessions:
1. The roots - this park has an incredible number of trees with the roots coming out of at the bottom creating such a mystical location for some epic and unique photographs!
2. The ferns - adding to the mystical look, is a sea of ferns located by the trees that adds another option for beautiful backdrops in your pictures!
3. The sun - the sunsets are to dream of! Because of the large trees, there's beautiful light all through the park, making it super photographer friendly!
Kaitlyn & Max's engagement photo session at Edward Medard Conservation Park in Plant City was truly magical! We had an amazing time exploring and going on an adventure through the woods and then enjoying the sunset as we finished up the photography session at the bridge. Enjoy more pictures below of this enchanting engagement session in Plant City.
If you are looking for a wedding or engagement photographer in Plant City, Lakeland, or Tampa Bay area, contact us! We would love to be a part of your wedding day! :)
Timelines....without one, your wedding will be a mess and not enjoyable! For that reason, we work with our couples and our wedding coordinators to make sure that we communicate clearly on our wedding photography schedule for your wedding.
How does it work? About 30 days prior to the wedding we send you an online questionnaire where you give us all the details of you wedding, including any timeline from your wedding coordinator. We will then create a wedding photography timeline with that information and share it with our couples for approval.
But how does a wedding day photography timeline help you? Here are our top reasons from our experience as wedding photographers in Tampa Bay:
1. A wedding day photography timeline helps you know exactly when we will get there and were we will be during the day.
2. It will give you peace of mind we will not miss any important details that you have requested for your wedding. First look? We got it Sunset photo? We got it! Photo with your favorite uncle? Got it!
3. It helps you schedule other vendors. Especially the hair and makeup vendors if you want us to capture the get ready moments!
4. Lastly, we can help you stay on track and on schedule....and more importantly, at peace!
Having a wedding day photography timeline is essential and we provide this to all of our couples. Below is a sample of a basic wedding photography timeline. EVERY WEDDING IS DIFFERENT! There is no timeline alike. Some include travel time between venues, first look, time away during reception for photos, special requests, additional cocktail hour harp music, etc.
We hope this information about wedding day photography timeline has helped you! If you are looking for a wedding photographer or harpist for your wedding in the Tampa Bay area, contact us! We would love to be a part of your wedding. :)
Jose & Kristen Hoyos, Tampa Bay Area Wedding Photographer and Harpist for Weddings