Palmetto Club at FishHawk Ranch Wedding

Kelvin and Ariel

I recently photographed the wedding of Kelvin and Ariel at The Palmetto Club at FishHawk Ranch. The Palmetto Club is one of those rare venues that sits in a neighborhood but isn’t attached to a golf course. It’s just a nice venue spot in a nice area where you will be undisturbed for your event or wedding and they have a lovely walled in courtyard large enough for the biggest affairs. This wasn’t my first time there and I’ve always had a good experience.

The wedding went off without a hitch. Kelvin and Ariel were relaxed and happy all day and you could really see the joy in their faces as the events progressed. Kevin is an Omega (it’s a fraternity) and so the room was full of his brothers, including a great-uncle who is 95 years old!

It was a big event and a big success!

We delivered over 500 images from the day but here are a few of my personal favorites from the day…

Palmetto Club at FishHawk Ranch

FYI – Ariel told me that these flowers were provided by the venue which is a nice touch in the foyer…

One of my favorite things is watching the bride read her card from the groom. Always an emotional moment!

A couple of prayers and we are ready to get dressed

95 years old and kickin’ it!

One of my all-time favorite tuxedo’s. Classic and a little retro..

Kelvin and his fraternity brothers doing a dance/stomp/step. The coolest thing I have ever seen at a wedding!

Wedding at The Floridian Palace

I recently photographed the wedding of Seth and Jennifer at The Floridian Palace in Tampa. Well, the weren’t married there but that’s where the party was. The Floridian Palace is one of those great hotels that has been around forever so you get this great sense of history and culture whenever you are there. The elevator is old, there’s a Mail Chute in the wall, the bar is solid wood and weighs 18 tons… that sort of old-world experience. I love that feeling.

We delivered 444 images from the day and here are a few of my favorite moments:

One of the problems you encounter sometimes is that it starts to get a little warm inside a hotel room with a dozen women working blowdryers and curling irons. Jennifer would hang out in the hall to cool off…

Mom watches over everything..

The Floridian Palace Wedding

They rented a big party bus to take the wedding party to the church. A BIG bus. Best part: Listening to someone try to explain to the ring-bearer what the stripper pole was for…

Jennifer originally suggested we go someplace else for some pictures after the ceremony when I remembered the great Tampa mural downtown. As luck would have it, it is about 2 blocks from the Floridian Palace so it fit into the timeline easily and Jennifer loved the idea.

This is actually the roof of the hotel

There’s a story here. It’s become a tradition in Jennifer’s family to have a picture of the couple with the bride in a chair and the groom standing. So, naturally we had to recreate it.