A high school boy meets a high school girl and they start to date.

They graduate, go to different colleges – but continue to be together through the ups and downs of college and new jobs.

. . .

Ten years later they travel to Greece.

They explore the city.  Enjoy sampling the little cafes.  Hike the Parthenon.

Get lost.  But they don’t care, because they’re together – and that is all that has ever mattered.

. . .

One night there are dinner reservations in Athens’ city square.

Afterwards a rooftop cafe for dessert.  With the Parthenon below and the city illuminated with lights – it all looks larger than life and takes their breaths away.

The evening draws to an end and they head back to the hotel to relax, to sit on the balcony and take in the night lights, the church across the way on the mountain.

. . .

The boy, now a man, gets on one knee and asks the girl, now a woman, to be his wife.

She says yes.

The rest is history.

Tara and Stephen were one of the most precious couples I have ever photographed!  Seriously, as we listened to their self-written vows, my side shooter and I got teary-eyed.  They truly appreciate the being of the other – the time that they’ve had together to grow into themselves and to grow as a couple.


Their wedding day was celebrated with family and friends at the beautiful Tampa Bay Watch facility in Tierra Verde, FL.


Lots and lots of amazing vendors came together to make it the perfect day!


First, I have to thank Kimberly Romano from Kimberly Photography who was an incredible side-shooter.  It was my first time working with her and I absolutely love her wide-angled style.  Several of her photos are mixed within this post and I will try to point them out as we go along!


Other vendors included:

Wedding Officiant: Grace Felice

RisingSky Videography (video linked below!)

Amici’s Catering

Chantilly Cakes

Redman Steele Floral Design Studio

Jonathan Cortez – their amazing Reception Musician/DJ!
email: thejacofalltrades@gmail.com


Enjoy their wedding day!


The day started out with everyone getting ready.  I had a little bit of time with the girls at the hotel before heading over to Tampa Bay Watch in the limo with the guys.

Once everyone arrived to Tampa Bay Watch it was time for their lovely ceremony to get started.  (Maybe have a tissue ready for this one!)

As their guests headed to the cocktail hour, the newly weds and their wedding party snuck away for some photo time!

And more details: I LOVE when couples personalize their tables.  Each tabled was named after a place that was important to them.  And you can see that they varied their centerpieces.  Beautiful!

After photos – it was time to get the party started!  Tara and Stephen surprised their guests with a choreographed first dance to “Lucky” by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillet.

Instead of a guest book, Tara and Stephen opted for a Wishing Tree -where their guests were encouraged to leave their messages to the couple right their on the tree!

And then it was a dance party – and they and their guests know how to have fun!

When the night was over, Tara and Stephen exited through sparklers onto the dock where they took off into the night in a boat.  Lovely!

Watch their SLIDESHOW now!


Check out Rising Sky’s Video of their day as well!

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