New Venue Spotlight:
The Epicenter Event Venue is one of Tampa’s hidden gems. The moment you walk through the speak-easy style door, you are transported through time. This space is perfect for couples looking for something different, there is nothing stuffy or run of the mill about it. Your guests will never want to leave such a unique space, and are guaranteed to be talking about the amazing time they had for years to come! This venue is truly magical and unlike any other!!
Arthur Plowden – Male Model
Jordyn Maddison – Female Model
Oh the Places You’ll Go!- Dr. Seuss
A balloon engagement session is a shoot we have been wanting to do for years! Despite having to wake up at 4:30 in the morning, this couple had endless amounts of energy! They were eager to play in front of the the colors that bounced around behind them.
After they got engaged flying high in the sky on a hot air balloon months ago, this couple knew that they wanted their session to be different. They wanted it to be with one of these magical, colorful, and completely whimsical balloons!
This was a one of a kind unique Tampa engagement session! Love is in the air and so is this magical balloon!!! We love this couple as much as their location choice!
A Stunning Wedding at the Florida Aquarium in downtown Tampa
The Florida Aquarium offers a wide variety of unique spaces to have portraits taken, such as the wetlands area, the underwater tunnel, and up on the rooftop. This location provides for wedding photos that are one of a kind!
Ceremonies take place in the Tank Room, which features a magical panoramic viewing window and sets the stage for your vows. The fish tanks make for a dreamy backdrop, with amazing shades of blue that will make any couple look radiant.
This venue definitely knows how to throw a party and with all inclusive packages, they make it easier than ever to enjoy every second! We recently photographed Lindsay and Ryan’s romantic wedding under the sea. Not only was their wedding ceremony absolutely gorgeous, but their reception was nothing short of perfection!
Davis Island Garden Club Wedding Photos
Davis Island is just five minutes from downtown Tampa! The Davis Islands Garden Club is a gorgeous location to say your I-DO’s. They have a covered veranda, a large backyard, and a beautiful gazebo and it is a beautiful place to relax and enjoy Florida’s weather. To take a walk through their lush garden, enjoy the gorgeous waterfront, and take in the overall beauty please visit the Davis Island Garden Club to schedule your tour!
The lush greens and beautiful wood tones that appear throughout this wedding tie in the gardens that surround the property. The sting lights and tall candles added the touch of romance to the night and even gave a little sparkle to the photos. Please take a moment to glance through the images and let us know what you think!
Engagement session 101
Now that you have answered the “BIG” question, how do you decide the best way to document such a momentous occasion? The answer is simple. You need to have an engagement session. However, as all couples know, the steps after making that decision are far from simple. Where should the photos take place? What should they wear? Do they bring their furry family? And most importantly, who can they trust to capture this exciting time in their life?
An engagement session is a photo session to document the start the lifelong journey of a couple. It’s also a wonderful chance to get comfortable in front of the camera before the big day! While deciding on the details of your engagement session may not be simple, they should not be hard either. Hiring a professional is the best way to take away any stress and ensure timeless images are captured and will be cherished forever. Doing a make-up trial on the day of the shoot ensures your look will shine though in photos.
Most companies include complimentary engagement sessions with their packages. For this reason, it is important to spend a little bit of time researching and choosing the perfect pro. For the bride and groom’s that do, it is time well spent.
When a couple is considering what location to choose for their engagement images, they should think about what style reflects their personality and the theme of their wedding. Are they beach people, love a more city or urban vibe, or do they love nature? The spot they choose should reflect them and their story and also give some variety to the photos they will get on their wedding day. While they shouldn’t pick the same exact location where they will pledge their vows, they can find a place that will have a similar feel and theme.
Colors can be scary for many people. Choosing clothes that reflect personality and style while coordinating in color can be tricky and that is why so many couples today look to pinterest for inspiration. Also, when ordering outfits online it’s important to checkout well before the session takes place. Clothes should be tried on, danced in, jumped around and handled. If they are not comfortable and are not flattering they are not a good fit for such a special day.
Furry family members make a wonderful addition to any shoot. Bringing a third person to dog-sit is also a fabulous idea. Trying to take photos while chasing puppies for an hour may be eventful but not make for ideal images.
Although getting in front of the camera can be scary for most people, photographers should make the experience fun! It’s a chance to connect with your partner and most of all capture the emotion and love that you both share! Enjoy every moment and happy planning!
To view more of our engagement session brows Here!
Tampa Bay Watch Wedding
Tucked away just south of Tampa, and near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, lies the Tampa Bay Watch. This venue is one of our team’s favorite spots for coastal wedding ceremonies! Most couples are looking for a space that offers a combination of a natural beautiful scenery and privacy. A wedding at Tampa Bay Watch will offer those exact perks! With the beach being further south, this area gets less traffic than the main beaches up North. The lack of buildings keeps the greenery and dunes intact, making lovely backdrops for photography. Some unique characteristics of this waterfront location are the mangroves and rocky beaches. This really is one of the more picturesque venues we visit.
This area also offers a great option for receptions. We recently photographed Hilary and Patrick, and they fell in love with this location for their special day. Wanting a St. Pete Coastal Wedding, they loved the charm of this amazing venue. The sunset for their wedding was beautiful and the lighting added a soft touch to such a spectacular location.
Planner: Winsor Event Studio
Ceremony: Tampa Bay Watch
Make-up: Lindsay Yarbrough
Caterer: Catering By The Family
Music: Grant Hemond
Florist: Brun’s Flowers
Officiant: Vanessa Struck
See more weddings we’ve captured at this amazing venue!
If you’ve never heard of a stylized shoot before, allow us to show and explain. We have created some magical friendships with vendors in the wedding industry over the years. With these friends we’ve often banded together to put on a “stylized shoot” or “mock event”. We come together with a coordinator, makeup artists, cake baker, florist etc, with one vision. It’s our time to shine and show off our skills and have fun with it! For this stylized shoot we centered the vision around this couple! Amy and Brent and their love was our driving inspiration. Amy has been with us at Lifelong Photography as a photographer and album designer for over 8 years. She has helped make Lifelong what it is today. She is always in the constant pursuit of beauty and brings an incredible sense of excellence to everything she does!
Amy brought with her own gem collection for accent pieces on the tables. The gorgeous textures of the gems against the soft flower petals was so perfect showing a glamorous elegance…just like Amy! We had such a fun time posing her and her husband together with their amazing dog Burly! Their playful love is so inspiring!
Coordination: Blue Skies Events
Venue: Barrington Hill Farm
Florals: Iza’s Flowers
Hair and Make-up: Jessica from Michele Renee Studios
Cake: The Artistic Whisk
Attire: All Brides 2 Be
Chairs: Chaivari Chic
These two wonderful women chose the Oxford Exchange as their romantic backdrop for their wedding day! We were so excited about their love story and they way the incorporated their personalities into their amazing decor! We just had so show these off, not only on our blog but also in a collage canvas featuring the images below! We can’t wait to hang them up in our studio!
Getting ready location: Epicurean Hotel
Ceremony and Reception location: The Oxford Exchange
Caterer: The Oxford Exchange
Cake: Chocolate Pi
Florist: O’Berry’s Succulents
Officiant: Ryan Newton
Rings: Continental Diamonds
We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day! The wedding took place at the Barn at Crescent Lake. Locals around here remember it as Old McMickey’s Farm where we would go to for field trips as kids. While you may still take tours to visit sweet farm animals, this day the sweet residences of the farm let us share their beautiful spot on the lake! The bride got ready at the cute little cabin on the grounds. We did a romantic first look then had free range all to ourselves around the farm. We just love all the beautiful old oak and pine trees and the cute little boat house! The ceremony over looked the lake followed by a the couples reception celebration in the barn!
Wedding Planner: Blue Skies Events
Getting ready location: The Barn at Crescent Lake
Makeup artists company & stylist’s name: Michelle Renee the Studio – Jessica
Hair stylist company & stylist’s name: Michelle Renee the Studio – Jessica
Caterer: 4 Rivers
Cake: 4 Rivers Sweet Shop
Music: Adam Gilley DJ
Florist: 2 birds events
Officiant: Michael Woods
Wedding dress shop: Athena’s
Groom’s wear shop: Jos A Banks
Rings: International Diamond Center
The wedding day!
This romantic industrial wedding took place in Grand Rapids MI. We had the pleasure of traveling outside our Florida stomping grounds to capture this amazing couple’s special day! Their venue was an old factory building that had recently been renovated for events. It still had the charm of the old brick and factory windows. The brides soft details and accessories popped so well!
First looks are always a wonderful experience!
This one was one for the books! We could hear Jorge’s breath taken away when he saw his bride. His reaction shows it all!
Jorge and Kerri’s romance started in Mexico. They brought in elements of there memories there together into the decor and the wedding gifts. Under their beautiful rings are Mexican tile magnets that they gifted to all their friends and family who attended.