Category Archives: Weddings

Yayyyyyy my first Florida wedding! In May, I had a wonderful opportunity to photograph Reese and Adam’s wedding right on the University of Tampa‘s campus. Surrounded by incredible architecture of Plant Hall, amazing views of the city, and perfect weather, this wedding was everything I imagined a Florida wedding would be 🙂 Yes it was hot and yes I eventually realized that a black outfit soon will have no place in my wardrobe anymore. Still, it was a fantastic experience and I thank the newly minted Lees for allowing me to celebrate with them!Reese has worked at UT for a few years, and in her words, she had her wedding venue picked out way before she even met the man who would become her husband. It was only fitting that she would get ready right in her own office on campus, at Plant Hall.

Yes, that is indeed a Star Wars themed garter 🙂
We had plenty of time before the ceremony to explore the hallways, nooks, and crannies of what used to be the Tampa Bay Hotel, and arranged a first look between the lovebirds in a long winding hallway flooded with great natural light.We got special permission to go upstairs in Fletcher Lounge and take photos that showed off the magnificent domed ceiling.

The bridal party was relaxed and enjoyed being silly and having loads of fun on the East Verandah.

Ceremony time! The ring is safe with this little Stormtrooper ring bearer!

Just some of the amazing views we were treated with – including the “Sticks of Fire” sculpture; its title alludes to legendary Indian meaning of the word Tampa “bringing light of knowledge and warmth of feeling to a people who don’t just wish to exist, but to excel.”   

Some details. And a Darth Tater cake topper 🙂

The reception was held at Fletcher Lounge (of the domed ceiling fame). It started with a traditional Polish tradition of breaking bread, then some toasts, and of course, the first dance by the newlyweds…

… which quickly became a flash mob dance to the Party Rock Anthem! Surprise!

I adore this image below. We had an excellent view of the Tampa University from the hotel room, and that night my husband remarked to me how the moon looked just like the moons on each tower and spire. I quickly grabbed my camera and fired a few shots before the moon set beyond the tree line.

Thanks to Bryce my 2nd photographer for the day, and thanks to Canon for fixing my 5D classic at no charge after the mirror fell out in the middle of bridal party pictures RIGHT after the ceremony! Yikes! And the biggest thanks goes to the Lees for inviting me to Florida and helping me set in motion all the things that needed to happen to make the eventual physical move to Florida (Orlando) possible. YAY!

Keep kissing,
Kristina
Orlando Tampa Wedding Photographer 🙂

Fall can be such a beautiful season in upstate NY! And it’s even better when I have beautiful couples to photograph on the very happiest day of their lives.

One such couple was Sarah and Paul.

Are you kidding me with those shoes?! Whoa! Love them!!!

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Sarah did her own bridal makeup, and she rocked it!

bride putting on makeup and bright red lipstick

The wedding ceremony took place at St. Lawrence Church in Greece. Sarah’s brother walked her down the aisle.

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Rockcastle provided the stunning bridal bouquets. The peacock shawl was lovingly crocheted by hand by one of the moms, isn’t it just amazing?

bride and wedding flowers

After the ceremony we spent some time at the Sunken Gardens for bridal party pictures. It was pretty chilly but the wedding party was up for anything and we got some really great fun images.

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I really enjoyed all the red accents at the reception, which was held in Harro East Ballroom downtown Rochester.

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Showcase Sound provided not only musical entertainment but also some great colored uplighting which transformed Harro East into a magical place.

wedding reception newlyweds at Haro East in Rochester NY

Thank you Sarah and Paul for the honor of photographing your wedding! I’ve enjoyed getting to know you better and staying in touch long after this momentous day in your lives. See you at roller derby soon!
Keep kissing,
Kristina

 

So much to do! Loving my career and all my wedding couples!!! Hold on tight while I finish up all these weddings, monster posts will start up again once the season slows down a bit next month 🙂

Keep kissing!
Kristina

Elegant. Timeless. Classic. Simple. FUN. That was the wedding of Kim and Kevin at Honeoye’s Rabbit Room.Even though it poured all day, we found a few nice little spots inside for some beautiful portraits of the glowing bride.The ceremony in the art gallery area was intimate and emotional.Some details… I loved all the sunflowers scattered throughout the venue and in bouquets.We braved the storm and ran to the Honeoye Falls, and then ran back to the reception, in about 15 minutes. Ok fine, we drove. But we did get soaked! 🙂The toasts were pretty awesome.

All the best to the newlyweds! Much love to you both!

Elisa and Mike’s wedding day was definitely one for the books! Not only was the bride absolutely radiant, together with Mike they made a great team and put together a celebration that their guests won’t ever forget.

The bridal party got ready at the Del Monte hotel, which gave us spacious rooms and lots of soft natural light. Elisa and Mike exchanged wedding day gifts. His sweet card made his wife to be cry! There wasn’t a dry tear in the room.

The couple got married in the chapel at Colgate Divinity, and had their reception there as well.Photographing into the sunset was my favorite sequence and the newlyweds were more than happy to oblige with kisses and laughter. The image on the right is one of my current portfolio favorites!Some details of the dayThere was some formal dancing and cake cuttingAnd garter/bouquet tossAnd some crazy good dancing!Elisa put a lot of thought into the photobooth props, and all the guests had tons of fun in it allllllll night! I even got to keep some mustaches on a stick for my future wedding photobooths – yay!

A sparkler send off and a getaway car, what better way to end a perfect Rochester night!And of course the ever popular ring shot for your enjoyment. I’d love to hear what you think of Mike and Elisa’s celebration – comment below!

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