When Regina first approached me, asking if I was available to shoot their wedding, she told me right away – photography was very high on the list of their priorities. Those kind of words is music to the ears of any Tampa wedding photographer! She said that their wedding was going to take place at the Avila Golf and Country Club, but they were open to ideas about picture taking outside the club as well. We spent some time flipping through my portfolio while she was pointing out her favorites. It turned out that she really liked the feel and the mood of Dinara and Johnny’s pre- wedding photoshoot in downtown of Tampa. She also said that they were renting a Rolls Royce Phantom instead of a limo and right away I knew I wanted to work it into the pictures.
Finally, we came up with a plan – we’ll start shooting in downtown of Tampa and then go over to the University of Tampa campus for the shots of the Rolls Royce and UT’s Plan Hall as a backdrop. Also, rather than trying to work with very limited time between ceremony and reception, we’d go a less traditional route and start their wedding day… with a 3 hour photoshoot! Now, that’s what I call a dedication to photography! Since I’ve shot quite a few engagement sessions on campus of University of Tampa, I was already envisioning some of the setups. I was excited and couldn’t wait…
Few days before the wedding I got a bit worried – the forecast for the big day was alarming: in almost unprecedented turn of events the temperatures in Tampa Bay area would drop to freezing during the day for the first time in many-many years. (They were talking snow in Florida!). I was almost convinced that Regina and BW would cancel the downtown shoot and settle for pictures on the Avila’s Golf course. To my surprise, they stuck to the original plan. The day was freezing as predicted, but the pictures came out perfect. We even made a huge canvas print (4ft x 2.5ft) of the shot with the two of them and the Rolls in front of the UT (see below). In fact, I think that we actually got somewhat lucky with the cold. Many Tampa wedding photographers love UT – usually on a weekend you’ll see occasional wedding or two stopping by for pictures. Then there are always tourists, students, etc. On that day however, it felt like we had the entire campus to ourselves!
Reception and ceremony took place at the magnificent Avila Golf and Country Club, where we managed to steal few more shots on the course and around the club. Decoration, setup and lighting were absolutely stunning. Oh, and so was the dinner
You can see more pictures in their Wedding Album.
For their album they picked Italian 12×12 flush mount book with beautiful acrylic cover and metallic pages. See the actual pictures of their album here (scroll down a bit, it’s the second album of the three I posed there).