Photographing Alison and Bryan's big day was so much fun! Alyson and Bryan decided to have a non traditional wedding and when they told me about their plans I was more than excited since it's something we don't get to experience of photograph often! They held their wedding at Ulele, located in Downtown Tampa. It was the first time I photographed a wedding at Ulele, it's a great venue right by Tampa's Riverwalk that allowed me to bring the best of each moment.
I started the day photographing Alison at The Barrymore Hotel. I photographed her having her hair and makeup applied and getting the final stages of her preparation. It was so cool seeing all the details of this renaissance type of wedding with hand crafted medieval jewelry and dresses.
Once we got to Ulele, friends and family looked on as Alison and Bryan exchanged rings in a fantastic ceremony right on the riverfront while my wife played their favorite tunes on her harp!
Ulele was decorated beautifully based on Alison and Bryan's love for role playing games, cosplay, and medieval/renaissance. The guests were chatting happily, as they enjoyed drinks of their choice while I was still on the lookout to catch fantastic moments on camera.
Alison and Bryan created a fantastic day and it was a joy to share it with them.
This unique wedding was a success thanks to the amazing work of Rachel Dummeldinger with Ardour Complete Events! Take a peek at some of the images from the wedding below.
If you are looking for a wedding photographer and harpist in the Tampa Bay area, reach out to us! We would love to be a part of your wedding day!
Alexandra and Steve had a fantastic wedding a couple of weeks ago. Knotted Roots on the Lake is located in Land O'Lakes was a perfect choice for the wedding.
The day began with me photographing Alexandra while she got ready at the bridal house. I really enjoy photographing bridal prep as it gives you a chance to get to know the bridal party a little better. My wife photographed Steve's preparations over at the guys super cute vintage silver trailer.
Once they were prepared, they took time to do a first look with the bridal party...Alexandra and Steve got super emotional as they saw each other for the first time. We love first looks because it gives us extra time to take additional portraits of the bride and groom, giving them more time to spend with each other later after the wedding.
It was a cloudy day and it obviously had the bride and groom worried about possible rain, but the clouds eventually left and the sun came out at the same time as the bride was walking down the aisle to the romantic music of the harp..perfect timing! They spent the wedding reception mingling with their guests and enjoying the moment.
As well as having a thoroughly fantastic day, it was just a joy to photograph Alexandra and Steve's wedding and I just know they will build a fantastic life together. :) Enjoy the highlight video and the images below from their wedding!
If you are looking for a wedding photographer and harpist team for your wedding in the Tampa Bay Area, contact us today!
VIDEO: River Hills Country Club Styled Photo Shoot @Riverhills_CC Wedding and Event Venue in Valrico, Florida
Located between FishHawk and Bloomingdale, next to the Lithia Springs Natural Preserve and the Alafia River, River Hills Country Club is a recently upgraded private country club in Valrico with an array of luxury amenities.
With the recent changes to their facilities, River Hills Country Club reached out to us and a group of all star Tampa Bay wedding vendors to help with a styled photo shoot to showcase their updates.
As you can see from the highlight video and the image gallery below, River Hills Country Club in Valrico is truly a gem in the Tampa Bay area! This WeddingWire 5 Star venue boasts with beautiful scenic views, a huge dining ballroom featuring a stunning stone fireplace, multiple wedding ceremony locations (indoors or outdoors), a bar, terrace, covered patio, and much more. Not only that, but their top notch staff will help you achieve the wedding or event of your dreams in a knowledgeable, friendly, and professional matter.
If you are looking for a wedding or event venue in the Tampa Bay area, you definitely need to check out River Hills Country Club in Valrico Florida, which is just 25 minutes away from Downtown Tampa! Also, make sure to check out the amazing wedding vendors below, who are now part of River Hills Country Club preferred vendors!
It was a pleasure photographing Samantha and Scotty's wedding ceremony. They took their vows at Historic Dubsdread Ballroom in Orlando, Florida. It was such a joy to photograph a wedding at Historic Dubsdread Ballroom, and I couldn't wait to photograph there.
All wedding stories begin with bridal prep and Samantha's story started at her house. She began getting her hair and make up done, those first few hours were the perfect way to start her story.
Once all the prep had finished Samantha arrived at the ceremony in a limousine bus (with her bridesmaids and family) and took a deep breath as she made her way towards the venue. The ceremony was a fantastic service amongst close family and friends at Dubsdread outside terrace and Samantha and Scotty were in their element. Ceremonies like this make my career as a wedding photographer in a very enjoyable job.
The reception was very warm, colorful and welcoming. The drinks flowed and the atmosphere was full of happiness and joy. I started photographing the story unfolding as the guests enjoyed the wedding and mingled.
Everyone love a good fall wedding, and I'm no exception. The sun came out for the day, which was really nice to see, and it just meant everyone could get some fresh air on the day.
Samantha and Scotty had scheduled speeches before the meal. Some of the best reactions are photographed whilst the speeches are being delivered...especially the speech from Samantha's dad who literally stole the show as he unraveled a long scroll when he got ready for his speech lol Everyone had a great laugh! At the end of the day, Samantha and Scotty rocked the dance floor accompanied by their guests, courtesy of the amazing team of Soundwave Entertainment DJs.
You couldn't wish for a more perfect day for Samantha and Scotty! Take a peek at their wedding slideshow below and some of the photos from their day.
If you are looking for a wedding photographer in the Central Florida area, look no further! Contact us today for a quote. We would love to be a part of your wedding!
We are so honored to have been awarded the coveted WeddingWire Couple's Choice Award for the Tampa Bay area once again for 2020. This award recognizes only the top 5% of local wedding professionals who demonstrate excellence in professionalism, responsiveness, service, and of course...quality!
We pride ourselves in what we do and we give it our all to our couples. Read our heartfelt reviews here, and then contact us to see how we can help you on your wedding day! By the way...my wife also won the award as the only harpist in the Tampa Bay area to have won it for the last 6 years in a row! With that said...thank you to all our couples! xoxo
Click here to learn why our couples love working with us!
If you are looking for a wedding photographer and wedding harpist in the Lakeland, Sarasota, Plant City, or all of Tampa Bay area, please contact us today! We want to be a part of your wedding. :)
Katie and Alex were planning their dream garden wedding at Sunken Gardens for a while. We were super excited to be a part of their planning as we got ready for their intimate family wedding. But, when the day came, a tropical storm put a hinder at their plans and they had to move their garden wedding indoors. Non the less, we were ready for it to make sure we helped them feel at ease and that we will be able to capture some beautiful pictures of the wedding.
Sunken Gardens rightfully moved the ceremony indoors into their second floor banquet hall. The decorations were perfect and there was a nice backdrop of the gardens through their impressive, big windows. As the ceremony was getting to start, Kristen played the harp to set the mood and get everyone ready.
During the ceremony, Katie and Alex filled out a Scrabble game with their names and their kids names - such a great idea! After the ceremony, we looked out and we saw there was a little break in the weather, so we headed out for some quick photos in the gardens. So glad we did!
Overall, even though sometimes things may not go as planned, we are ready for any challenge that may arise and we will be there for you and help you through those challenges and still capture the loving memories. Here are some heartfelt words by Alex & Katie:
"These people are superhumans!! I had no idea when we hired Jose and Kristen that they would end up being such an irreplaceable component in our wedding. Not only were they an excellent support in planning and the time leading up to the wedding but they bravely battled a tropical storm (and MANY other adversaries throughout the duration of our ceremony) right along with us. They felt like the family you’d choose... if you had a choice 😉I will be forever grateful for their teamwork, flexibility and perseverance. They saved my day!! Thank you is not enough❤️" Katie & Alex, Sunken Gardens Wedding
That review made our day...maybe our year! Take a look at Katie and Alex's wedding slideshow and some images of their indoor Sunken Gardens wedding below. If you are looking for a wedding photographer in St. Petersburg Florida, contact us! We would love to be a part of your wedding :)
"Easy to work with, so sweet! Very personable! I worked with the husband and wife and I had a great experience! Both very sweet people, took great photos and harp was amazing! I’d definitely recommend!" Rosaria & John, Clearwater
I was privileged to photograph Rosaria and John's wedding recently. The Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa, located in Clearwater, was a perfect choice for the wedding. This was the first time I got the chance to visit Hilton Clearwater Beach as a wedding photographer, but I really loved working there and I can't wait to photograph another wedding there soon. Working with couples like Rosaria and John, photographing the magic moments of their day in venues like this, remind of how lucky I am as a wedding photographer.
I always start the day by photographing the bride getting ready. Rosaria began her preparations at Hibiscus Spa of Clearwater. She had her hair and makeup finished and I photographed the story as it developed. As John was getting ready, I decided to focus on his story and the moments shared with his friends and family.
The wedding ceremony was initially scheduled for a sunset beach ceremony, but the rain had it moved inside at one of their banquet halls. Even with the rain cancelling the beach ceremony, we sneaked out while the rain was gone for a few minutes to take a few sunset photos!
The reception was decorated beautifully and was the perfect spot for the newlyweds to welcome their guests. There was a feeling of happiness and joy in the air as everyone enjoyed themselves. I started photographing the story unfolding as the guests relaxed and mingled.
A delicious dinner was served and once people had finished, everyone got ready to hear the speeches. Every speech is unique and I never get bored of photographing them. Once the evening began the guests had a great time dancing to the tunes of a live band. What a way to end the day.
All in all I had a blast at Rosaria and John's wedding and I felt buzzing by the time I left.
Take a peek below at some of the photographs from Rosaria and John's wedding! If you are looking for a wedding photographer and harpist in the Clearwater and Clearwater Beach area, contact us today!
Wow! Yesterday's Florida Wedding & Bridal Expo at The RP Funding Center in Lakeland was, once again, an amazing experience. We met so many awesome brides and couples from all over Central Florida. We also met some amazing local wedding vendors. Royal Bridal stole the show with their bridal fashion show in which I had the honor to photograph. Below you will find a few sneak peeks from the fashion show! Check out the stunning black and red gowns - talk about something different...just wow!
For all the brides and couples that visited our booth, THANK YOU! If you need anything from us, contact us! We would love to be a part of your wedding.
We offer wedding photography and wedding ceremony music by an award winning husband and wife team! Click here to learn about the top reasons couples book us and what makes us different. :) Contact us today for a personalized quote if you are still looking for wedding photographer and harpist in Lakeland, Plant City, Winter Haven, Orlando, Dade City, Clearwater, Sarasota, Bradenton, and of course all of the Tampa Bay area!
Planning a wedding in the Tampa Bay area? Then you absolutely have to come to one of Tampa Bay's largest bridal expos at the Florida Wedding & Bridal Expo in Lakeland Florida. They have some amazing grand prizes and giveaways for participating brides. Some of these include thousands of dollars in honeymoon getaways, venue discounts, floral design, photo booth rentals, make up and so much more.
To register, visit the Florida Wedding & Bridal Expo registration page. Photo Harp is a proud sponsor and the official fashion show photographer for the Florida Wedding & Bridal Expo in Lakeland, Florida. Come visit our booth and say hi! We would love to be a part of your wedding day!
If you are looking for a wedding photographer in the Lakeland or all of Tampa Bay area, contact us today for a personalized quote!
When Shayla contacted me she was concerned with selecting the right photographer for her wedding. With so many options now a days, I honestly feel her pain. But, my goal is to make it easy for my clients and we hit it off right away! Shayla is a planner and I LOVE that from my clients. If you have a vision, my goal is to make that vision a reality. Shayla sent me a Pinterest board with some samples of images she would like - with that in hand, and with my own spin of artistry, we went off to explore Plant City with her super cool fiancee Preston.
The weather was perfect for this nature walk engagement session on a nature reserve in Plant City - an area where in talking to Shayla and Preston, was owned at some point by Preston's family! We are so glad that it's now a place where people can enjoy the beauty of Florida and not filled with houses or development. We walked to a creek for the first set of photos where we got some beautiful sun rays through the big oak trees. Then we headed to the tall grass for some final sunset moments. Overall we had a blast chatting about the wedding, life, and random stuff lol After Shayla and Preston received their gallery, they said: "OMG Jose saying they are amazing is an understatement!! We couldn’t be happier with them!!!!" Thank you Shayla and Preston for trusting me for your engagement and wedding photos. Can't wait for your big day at Cross Creek Ranch in Dover, Florida!
Take a peek at some samples of the photos of the engagement session in Plant City below!
If you are looking for a wedding or engagement photographer in Plant City, Lakeland, Dade City, or all of Tampa Bay area...contact us today! We would love to be your photographers!
Jose & Kristen Hoyos, Tampa Bay Area Wedding Photographer and Harpist for Weddings