Hi sweet friends, Happy New Year! The past year was filled with documenting once-in-a-lifetime moments and beautiful, kind people. I am so thankful for all of my clients that invited me and my camera into their homes, weddings, and special occasions. In 2018, my photography business transitioned from mainly weddings to focus more on families. I photographed two beautiful weddings, 27 (my favorite number!) families, 5 precious newborns, a handful of maternity sessions, a church/pre-school, and a growing startup company. This blog post is one of my favorites every year. It’s a look at the behind the scenes of Michelle Stoker Photography. It’s been a good year!
Brides, expecting mamas, event planners, anyone who wants to send pretty paper goods, I’m so excited to share with you a wonderful company that is ready to serve you! Basic Invite is dedicated to serving up perfectly customized stationery, from wedding invitations, to graduation announcements, to unique thank you cards. They even offer free customizable websites for your special events!
Katie at Basic Invite reached out and asked if I would share their gorgeous designs for save the dates, rehearsal dinners, and wedding invitations here on my blog. My favorites are the nautical wedding invitations – perfect for Florida weddings!
Ashley and Devin were married on Saturday at SeaScapes Beach House, the restaurant and event space located at the Southern tip of MacDill Air Force Base. It was so cool to drive through the base, past huge airplanes and giant hangers, to get to the venue! Ashley and Devin met through a mutual friend and hit it off right away. A few weeks later, Devin and Ashley’s Dad randomly ended up on the same flight from Tampa to D.C. and sat near each other! They hit it off right away, too. Such a fun story! Ashley and Devin are the perfect match with the sweetest hearts. Their beach ceremony was officiated by Ashley’s brother and the couple shared their own vows. Their words to each other were thoughtful and so soooo sweet. Their special day was filled with their favorite people, a little bit of rain, creative DIY beachy details, a great party (including an epic toast turned personalized rap by the MOH!) and so much love. Congratulations, Ashley and Devin!! I am so honored and glad that I was there to capture your most special day. Your love is beautiful and your wedding is officially now one of my favorites! Have the best time in Hawaii!!
Venue: SeaScapes Beach House
Coordinator: Shalanda Bell-Gooch and Melissa Tibben
Dress Designer: David’s Bridal, alterations by Express Alteration
Bridesmaids Dresses: Saved by the Dress and Pink Blush Maternity
Groom’s Attire: Jos. A Bank
Groomsmen: Men’s Wearhouse
Hair: Amanda McFarland
Makeup: Emily Carrillo, Clinique/Freelancer
Catering: Aramark through MacdDill AFB
Cake: Nicole (family friend)
Flowers: Costco, Whole Foods, assembled by Tan Nguyen
DJ: Patrick Moffre with Cutting Edge Entertainment
Videographer: Rachel Prete
Honeymoon: Maui, Hawaii
Lisa and Brandon got married on Saturday at the beautiful Tampa Bay Watch near St. Pete Beach! Lisa and Brandon were surrounded by their closest friends and family, with so much love and support. It was an overcast, cloudy day but the sun popped out in the evening for a gorgeous sunset. Before the wedding, I asked Lisa what she was most excited about and she whole-heartedly said, “I can’t wait to just enjoy all of it, to finally get to experience all that we’ve been planning and to have all of our family together.” I’m so glad that they had the wedding they were hoping for and truly got to enjoy it all! It was the perfect day (with amazing vendors)!!
Venue: Tampa Bay Watch
Coordinator: Emily Rose with Milan Catering and Event Design
Dress Designer: Jason Alexander from White Closet Bridal
Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Hair: Alix Padilla from Bobby Pin Hair Gallery
Makeup: Carlita Adams
Caterer: Milan Catering and Event Design
Cake: Publix Bakery
Flowers: 2Birds Events
DJ: Tony Lange from Grant Hemond and Associates, Inc.
Ceremony Music: Sunset Strings
Transportation: Pure Limousine
Assistant Photographer: Jenny Ricker
It’s that time of year! One of my favorite blog posts – our annual Behind the Scenes photos! In 2017, we photographed a handful of weddings, multiple growing belly bumps, precious newborns and over 30 mini family sessions in the Fall AND David and I became Mom and Dad when we welcomed our sweet son this summer! It’s been a wonderful year for our family and for my business. We are so thankful and looking forward to all that 2018 will bring!