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Kristen & Ryan’s beautiful spring wedding at the Don Cesar.  This venue is pure magic.  With this hotel as a backdrop you seriously cannot go wrong.  Plus the beauty of the beach and tropical elements, this combined with Kristen’s elegant taste and choice of using mostly whites and black, was just plain beautiful.  Her dress and veil, out of this world gorgeous.  I loved how intimate the time before the wedding was, her with just her best friend and mom and him with his family in their suite.  The weather and cloudless heaven of a sky could not have been more perfect.  Then they danced the night away to the music of a Jamaican steel drum band.  It was such a pleasure to be there and photograph. xoxo

Thanks to Sabra for assisting me this day (Mari Sabra Photography) // Day of wedding planner: Danielle Tieman – Cheers! Events @ The Loews Don Cesar Hotel // Caterer: Loews Don Cesar, Lauren Jones // Florist: La Vie en Rose, Nicholas Plakotoris // Baker: Chocolate Pi, Kim Yelvington // Brides Dress: Isabel O’Neil, MaryIsabel Rooney (designer-Ines Di Santo) // Videography: Voila Cinematic, Alex Karas // Entertainment: Leon Coldero // Linens: Loews Don Cesar // Invitations: Invitation Galleria // Photobooth: K-2 Photobooth // Event Coordinator: Loews Don Cesar, Beth Clark // Makeup / Hair: Colours by Linny, Linny & Vanessa // Officiate: Spencer Parker // Honeymoon: I DO Honeymoon, David Shelley

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Where to start with these two and this beautiful evening we had on the water.  I first had the opportunity to get to know Ali a bit when designing her wedding invitations.  Her and Ryan have since modeled for me in one of my most favorite shoots and then as their one year anniversary approached this spring, Ryan got in touch to surprise Ali with an anniversary session. I mean…  {heart heart heart}

Leading up to the shoot Ali and I pinned pretty dresses and talked location ideas.  When they mentioned taking the boat for a spin I just knew it would be perfect! We swung by passage key for a more casual look then trekked through the jungle of Egmont Key.  We climbed up pilings and waited for those magical golden moments just before the sun sets.  I love a couple that loves to celebrate their love.  These two are definitely that and truly the best of friends.  It was a joy to capture their smiling, beautiful faces.

Thanks again Ali & Ryan! xox

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I am thrilled to be able to share these photos now that Dream Factory Magazine’s June edition has been released.  We have a few pages inside, you can visit Dream Factory here.  This shoot was pure magic; the sunlight, location, vintage clothes, and team involved.  I so love these.  A big thank you to Brooke and Laura for making this amazing!

xox

Styling & Photography: Shannon Kirsten

Model: Brooke Huseby

Hair & Makeup: Blend True (Laura Barone)

Location: St. Petersburg, Florida