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Avila Golf and Country Club Wedding – Erin & Billy – by Tampa Wedding Photographer

Tampa is well known for being the location of several high class and sophisticated wedding venues, all of them unique and special. One such site is the Avila Golf & Country Club. While famous for its authentic golf courses , this country club is also known for entertaining lavish wedding ceremonies year round and Tampa wedding photographers enjoy shooting there regardless of the season.

Earlier this year I had the privilege of photographing Regina and BW’s wedding ceremony and receptions at the Avila. This time, it was the wedding of Erin and Billy that brought me to this awesome venue. The ceremony took place at the beautiful St. Paul Catholic Church, in Carrollwood. From there everyone headed to Avila for the reception. That’s where Erin wanted to do most of the portraits. It was a hot and sunny day, so while taking pictures outside on the golf courses we tried to stay in tree shades for the most part, which definitely helped.

But it’s the insides of Avila’s clubhouse where I enjoy shooting the most. The magnificent ballroom with marble columns, dimly lit upstairs and really cool stairwell are great for creative photography. Erin and Billy were just excited about pictures there as I was so we all had lots of fun that afternoon. Later on, as the reception was at its peak I pulled them away for few more minutes and we managed to steal a couple of cool shots outside in almost complete darkness, with the lights of Avila in the background.

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Angela and Monti – Crosley Mansion Wedding – Tampa Wedding Photographer

As I mentioned in my previous posts, Tampa wedding photographers always appreciate an opportunity to shoot in Sarasota, and this time was no exception. Angela and Monti’s wedding at Crosley Mansion in Sarasota last weekend was truly awesome! It was a very special and intimate affair. Both ceremony and reception took place outdoors which was an excellent choice for this time of year. The guests enjoyed beautiful Florida Fall weather, spectacular sunset over the Gulf, and cool evening breeze later that night.

Everything went as planned but not without surprises. Half way into the ceremony, when the officiate asked for the rings, Monti raced a radio-controlled car, with the rings attached to it, straight to the altar. How cool is that?

Crosley Mansion is truly an amazing place for wedding photography. I could probably shoot there all day and wouldn’t run out of ideas. Thankfully, Angela and Monti were just as enthusiastic about pictures as I was, and gave me plenty of time to work with. We ended up taking photos all over the place – balconies, rooms, stairwells and outside by the water. We even managed to incorporated Monti’s red mustang into few of the shots.

Reception was held at the pavilion right next to the water, with a stunning sunset in the background. Rob Satori’s Italian repertoire set very romantic mood for the evening, as the guests continued to dance well into the night.

Choosing only few favorite pictures for this blog post was hard because there were just too many of them. Enjoy!

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Brad Ross Photography - Cool Couple, Cool Venue and Some Seriously Amazing Photography. Lovely work.

Kim Cavanagh - Great work. Very cool location, I can see why you were excited to shoot there!

Ruth Silver - Absolutely gorgeous photographs. I really love the bridal shots! You did a fantastic job of capturing the love these two share!

Bob D - Raleigh, North Carolina Wedding Photographer - What a wonderful set of wedding images. Well done! Tampa Bay must have a wonderful assortment of wedding locations… beaches, missions, country clubs. You’re not only a talented photographer, but a lucky one to be working in such an exciting location.

Angela and Monti Bridal Photoshoot in Ybor City – by Tampa Wedding Photographer

Not living in Florida did not prevent Angela and Monti from planning the most elegant wedding in Sarasota’s Crosley Mansion. Capturing the beautiful moments of their special time was the priority for both of them so we decided to do a bridal photo shoot in Ybor City and Downtown Tampa few days before the wedding. We picked these two locations for their uniqueness as well as great mix of modern and old architecture. Both Ybor and Tampa downtown have always been considered prime spots for Tampa wedding photography.

Our photo session began a couple of hours before the sunset in Tampa’s historic Ybor City. Being a Tampa wedding photographer, I find Ybor City to be one of the most fascinating and charming places for bridal and engagement photography. The architecture and décor of the old Cuban cigar making neighborhood is full of opportunities for taking most exciting pictures. As the sun began to set, we jumped in our cars and drove to Downtown Tampa and continued shooting at the newly built Waterfront Park.

Monti and Angela’s wedding at the Crosley mansion took place the following day, and was an affair to remember. I will write more about it in the next few days. For now – congratulations to Monti and Angela!!!

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Susan Williamson - Angela and Monti,
I love your pictures. Looks like you had a lot of fun with them and they set the tone for the elegance of your wedding!

Adam Cavanagh - Awesome work! Loving those night shots!!

Boundless Photos - Super fun photos, such great colours in them all and that last ones a real cracker!!

Michael Kent - Philadelphia Wedding Photographer - Wonderful wedding portraits. The colors just pop! Great job.

South Tampa Wedding – Liz and Brandon, by Tampa Wedding Photographer

When it comes to wedding photography, St. Petersburg and Clearwater seem to be the obvious choices for destination weddings (thanks to the beautiful beaches and tropical resorts), while for those in the know, the city of Tampa offers its own very distinct flavor and style. Take for example Ybor City – located just north of downtown, this historical district’s architecture has been influenced throughout decades by cigar production industry and Cuban immigrants. Ybor has a unique and distinct feel, and is one of the favorite spots for engagement sessions. Tampa’s downtown, by contrast, is representative of modern style. Urban feel and contemporary architecture make it exciting choice for wedding day or lifestyle photography. And of course the old and cozy South Tampa – with a variety of its distinct neighborhoods, such as Hyde Park, Bayshore, Davis Island, just to name a few – is a unique and fun place to work for any Tampa wedding photographer.

Today I’d like to share with you few of my favorite pictures from Liz and Brandon’s wedding which I had the pleasure of photographing earlier this year. We began at the Embassy Suites hotel in downtown Tampa. Liz’s room happened to have a huge balcony which we managed to use for few nice shots of her dress as well as a couple of nice bridal portraits. Their ceremony took place at the South Tampa Fellowship Church, and after we were done with the formals, the entire bridal party headed to the Fred Ballast Park on Bayshore Boulevard for group pictures. Shooting on Bayshore in South Tampa at sunset is a lot of fun for any Tampa wedding photographer and this time was no exception. The sun was setting down fast but we had good 20 – 30mins before it completely disappeared. We definitely managed to bring home quite a few keepers that night. Reception was at the Embassy Suites, and the set up was magnificent – decoration, lighting, cake and all the details were carefully thought out and perfectly executed, thanks to Liz’s wedding planner Beth Carrick from Flawless Occasion.

Congratulations again, Liz and Brandon!

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Jason Collin - Excellent job with this wedding Vadim. Very sharp and detailed images. Can you tell us how you setup/made the couple on the dance floor shot? The couple is very well lit and there is still a good amount of ambient light too.

Vadim - Thanks Jason! Believe it or not, it was bare on-camera flash pointed straight at them! I couldn’t bounce because it would ruin the ambient, so this was my only option.

Mark Hudson - Excellenet elegant photography,fabulous shots has been taken with perfection.Location used for the ceremony was the best point from the photogaphy point of view.All the pics looks so awsome.Clarity of the pics was too high and gracefully captured.Congrats to the couple.

Oleg Bari - Wow ! Great images !!! Love the “golden hour” shots !!! Well done !!!

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