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Saturday Spotlight – Samantha & Kyle

May 17, 2021

Downtown Tampa Wedding on the Riverwalk

Yes, I understand that today is Monday and this post is titled “Saturday Spotlight.” This is a great example of how photographers are also humans and sometimes we don’t hit “post” on the day we intend to because we just flew back from a two-week trip and forgot to schedule the post ahead of time. Y’all, I’m only human. But it is Monday and we all need a little Monday motivation so what better motivation than some pretty photos of Samantha and Kyle’s best day ever!

I met Samantha and Kyle through my husband Cody and I’m so thankful they took a chance on me to capture their wedding day. This was such a fun wedding during all the 2020 craziness! I knew after their engagement session at Fort de Soto, almost a year previously, that their wedding would be beautiful and fun in all the right ways. Little did we know that COVID would be looming over things. Thankfully, their wedding day wasn’t hugely affected because the Tampa River Center was the perfect venue!! They had an outdoor ceremony overlooking Downtown Tampa and then the reception area was an indoor/outdoor type of space with large glass doors that opened up the entire room to the outside and let in the fresh air. These are the times when I am grateful to be a Floridian!

One of the sweetest parts of the day was seeing Samantha with her mom and stepdad. She gave them each a little gift before the ceremony (all the tears). Watching her dance with her mom (and her grandmothers) at the reception gave me all the feels. I think I’ve said this before but life would be nothing if it weren’t for the relationships we are blessed with and I feel so honored to be able to witness those relationships on wedding days! Samantha and Kyle are now all the way out in California and they are missed!

Thank you for letting me spend this wonderful with you and your family and friends, Samantha and Kyle!

Ceremony + Reception Venue | Tampa River Center

Dress Designer | CC’s Bridal Boutique

Florist | Flora Fine Flowers

Wedding Planner | Tampa Wedding Gallery

Hair & Make Up | Reign Beauty Collective

DJ | Breezin’ Entertainment

Catering | Milan Catering


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