A wedding at Armature Works has been on my wishlist since it opened. So you can imagine my excitement when Alyssa and Lukas chose me as their wedding photographer. Skip forward to their engagement session and I knew I was going to be in for a special night. These two are the real deal. Literally, the whole enchilada. They are SO IN LOVE. He is constantly gazing at her and she is always smiling when he’s close by. Taking these photos for them was an honor because I know in my heart they’ll be treasured for a lifetime.
Ok, let’s talk details…The wedding gown was AH-MAZING with blush hues and sparkles galore. Alyssa also wore the cutest Betsy Johnson heels and just a touch of glam with dangling fashion earrings that added the perfect amount of bling. Her braided hair fell flawlessly with soft curls and completed her romantic style. Lukas wore a perfectly tailored navy suit with wing tipped shoes that seriously caught my attention immediately. A simple boutonniere and watch and he was impeccably dressed and ready for his bride. I really love the photos in the quiet minutes before all the fun. These moments when the details come together, the hustle of getting ready slows down and the excitement sets in. It’s calm and serene with unscripted emotion and often some of my favorite memories of the day.
Alyssa and Lukas chose to get ready at A Loft in downtown Tampa with a first look at Curtis Hixon Park. Their first glances at each other were beautiful with warm smiles, deep breaths and a few belly laughs. We spent a little while wandering and snapping photos before it was time to head over to meet the rest of the bridal party and make them official. As if you can’t tell…Alyssa is literally ALL SMILES with Lukas. Watching the two of them together will pretty much make your heart get all warm and fuzzy!
The decor was so elegant. It had all the charm you could ask for with exposed brick, gold fixtures, greenery and candlelight. I can’t even tell you how excited I was about the cake. Seriously, it was gorgeous but tasting the layers of creamsicle and Kahlua were undeniably delicious. Yes, I ate the cake!! When The Artistic Whisk makes a cake you eat it!!!
A short and sweet ceremony with heartfelt vows left only a few dry eyes in the room. After being announced the room roared with applause and gleeful celebration. It was so cool to feel so much excitement fill the room.
Onto the reception for a serious party. Everyone danced, like everyone. Alyssa and Lukas blew me away with their first dance. He twirled and whirled her around like they were on Dancing with the Stars. It was impressive, okay dare I say Epic. No surprise here but Alyssa kept her smile the whole time as she flew around Lukas like a pro. We snuck out for a few sunset and nighttime photos by the water. It was crazy busy and these two said “hello” to every puppy that passed by and waved happily to all the random people congratulating them. What a beautiful night it was.
This wedding was one I will not forget. It had all the love, all the fun and all the memories that you could hope for on your wedding day. I am so incredibly happy to have been chosen to photograph it.
Cheers to Lukas and Alyssa!!
XOXO – Christina
Cake – The Artistic Whisk (727-350-4995)
Florist – Apple Blossoms (Scott, 813-985-6409)
DJ – Grant Hemond Associates (Eric Harding, 813-390-6636)
Caterer – Puff N’ Stuff (Sandy Rule, 813-299-1653)
Wedding Planner – Trudy Riley, Designer TMR Event Planning & Linens LLC.
Hair and Makeup – Femme Akoi
Wedding Gown – White Magnolia
Suits – The Mens Warehouse
Rings – Blue Nile & Mavilo Jewelers
Christina is a featured wedding and portrait photographer located in the Tampa Bay area, serving Florida and beyond for boudoir, wedding, elopement and destination photography. Contact her today to reserve your date and an amazing wedding experience. Christina@luxelightimages.com