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I’m Lisa…lover of Slurpees and photographer of couples in love, high school seniors and pets!

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Amber & Hunter | Tampa Bay Watch Wedding | Tampa Wedding Photographer

March 4th, 2015

Let’s take a quick trip down memory lane for a minute here. Flashback…5-6 years (first OMG it’s been that long?!) but anyways, let’s not go there because we’re all getting older, some just don’t want to admit it.  Amber.  Sweet, loving, funny Amber.  We’d sit at the bar (specifically the Round Up in Tampa) bashing […]

 

Let’s take a quick trip down memory lane for a minute here.

Flashback…5-6 years (first OMG it’s been that long?!) but anyways, let’s not go there because we’re all getting older, some just don’t want to admit it.  Amber.  Sweet, loving, funny Amber.  We’d sit at the bar (specifically the Round Up in Tampa) bashing every man that walked in the door and how we were never going to find someone to sweep us off our feet and we would forever be single.  Men were evil lol

Then came Hunter.  Her ginger, as she calls him, did just that.  He swept her off her feet, moved her to south Florida and on a cold night in New York City, asked her to be his wife.  So here I am, shooting their wedding, crying because I’m so happy that Amber found her soulmate.  They are absolutely perfect for each other and as cliche’ as it sounds, they really do fit perfectly together.

Tampa Bay Watch is where they ended up choosing for their wedding.  Hunter is an FWC officer so the fact that it’s not only a wedding venue, they also give back to the environment so it was a perfect fit for the two of them.  And then the rain came.  Definitely wasn’t what they were thinking when it came to an outdoor ceremony but they made it work.

Huge shout out to all the vendors that ended up making Amber & Hunter’s day perfect!  Be sure to show them some love!

Vicki from Beachangels (officiant & day of coordinator)
Delma’s Flower Booth
Chantilly Cakes
Larry from Celebration Productions (DJ)
Valerie from Beautiful Brides (Make Up)
Michelle Balderas (Hair) elegantbrides.michelle@gmail.com
Amici’s Catering

 

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The weather didn’t look to good coming across the bay but it’s still a great view

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This little dude was hanging out in a tank watching everyone do their final touches on makeup ;)

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Bay Watch Wedding

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Bay Watch Wedding

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Bay Watch Wedding

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Bay Watch Wedding

Amber putting her vows together.  She had to get the watchful eye of her niece to make sure that everything was perfect.

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Bay Watch Wedding

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Bay Watch Wedding

So of course, while Amber was doing that, Hunter is having his “calming” drinks lol

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Bay Watch Wedding

Amber’s dad pass away about 12 years ago but he was there watching over her along with everyone else :)

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Bay Watch Wedding

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Bay Watch Wedding

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Bay Watch Wedding

Since the wedding was moved up on the balcony because of rain, the aisle was a bit longer then what it normally would of been.  Vicki (the officiant) had Hunter turned around so he wouldn’t see Amber until she got closer.  The look on his face when he saw his bride for the first time was priceless <3

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Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Bay Watch Wedding

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Bay Watch Wedding

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Bay Watch Wedding

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Bay Watch Wedding

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Bay Watch Wedding

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Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Bay Watch Wedding

Amber made sure that he dad was close to her all day <3  Sunflowers were the flowers that Amber and her sister had that symbolized their dad so having them for her flowers was only fitting.

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Bay Watch Wedding

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Bay Watch Wedding

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Bay Watch Wedding

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Let’s talk about this cake that Chantilly Cakes absolutely rocked out!  I’ve seen a lot of cakes and this one was amazing.  But the story behind the arm that is holding the cake is even more amazing.  The arm is the arm of a cradle that has been in Amber’s family for over 40 years passed down generations and now it will be passed on to Amber and Hunter for them to continue the tradition of “The Cradle”.
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What the plaque says:
“Amber and Hunter’s wedding cake is a blend of the new with tradition.  The cake is suspended from the main arm of what has come to be known in the Lester family as “The Cradle”.

The cradle was built by Grand Pop Lester for Ashley at the end of 1971 and early 1972.  Since the it has been used by most new members of the family and some friends.  We trust it will not be long before additional newcomers can enjoy it’s comfort.”

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Bay Watch Wedding

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Bay Watch Wedding

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Bay Watch Wedding

Daphne…oh Daphne.  This is where you made me bawl my eyes out.  The bucket of sunflowers represented Amber’s dad.  Daphne had anyone that had an impact on Amber’s life after her dad pass away come up and give Amber a sunflower and have a moment with her.  So many came up and there were plenty of tears.  I know you know it already Amber but you are truly loved!

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Bay Watch Wedding

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Bay Watch Wedding

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Bay Watch Wedding

The next tear jerker of the night.  Amber’s uncle (her dad’s brother) came up to give his speech.  He had a cross of her dad’s that he made sure to give her so that she will forever have it.  Yep…more tears.

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Bay Watch Wedding

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Bay Watch Wedding


So you guessed it…it was only fitting that I do a ring shot with the cross :)


Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Bay Watch Wedding

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Bay Watch Wedding

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Bay Watch Wedding

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Bay Watch Wedding

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Bay Watch Wedding

I saw a picture that I wanted to recreate with Amber & Hunter.  It was a group effort to help Hunter….

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Bay Watch Wedding

Do this!

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Bay Watch Wedding

I had already done the one ring shot but with Hunter being an AVID fisherman (well and the whole FWC thing too), I needed to pull that into their ring shot.  I hunted around my house to see what I had and then saw our Tarpon scales.  I think it was fitting for them!   Okay, maybe more Hunter but I gave Amber her ring shot too!

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Bay Watch Wedding

So they say rain on your wedding day is good luck.  If that’s the case, then they will have YEARS of good luck.  I’m so glad that they went out to play in the sprinkles so that we could get this shot.  I’m seriously in love with it!

Lisa Otto Photography - Tampa Bay Watch Wedding

What an amazing way to end the night!  Saw a bunch of people that I hadn’t see in a long time and was for a perfect day!  Thank you Amber and Hunter (and both families) for letting me be there to capture the day <3

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Christa & John | St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Wedding & Tarpon Springs Yacht Club

February 28th, 2015

St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church.  One of the most beautiful churches in Pinellas County and Christa & John got married there last weekend.  What an amazing day.  I know I say this about all my weddings (because they’re all amazing) but this one was special for me.  I’ve known John for years now and to […]

 

St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church.  One of the most beautiful churches in Pinellas County and Christa & John got married there last weekend.  What an amazing day.  I know I say this about all my weddings (because they’re all amazing) but this one was special for me.  I’ve known John for years now and to see the look on his face when Christa walked down the aisle, the gaze in his eye when he danced his first dance with her…well it was amazing.

I told Christa the day before the wedding to breathe, well and eat lol  When I got to Innisbrook, where she was getting ready, I could tell the little bit of nervousness was there but her girls were making her laugh as she was getting her hair done, so I think the tension eased up a bit.  She looked absolutely gorgeous in her dress and I know John had a smile from ear to ear when she walked down the aisle!

Church – St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox in Tarpon Springs
Reception – Tarpon Springs Yacht Club
Cake – Sweet Caroline’s Bakery in Palm Harbor
Make up – Josie Starke (a friend of Christa’s)

Flowers & Reception details were all done by a family member of Christa’s

 

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On instagram?  Me and my dogs are too because really, it’s more about them
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Not too shabby of a view as your getting ready on the biggest day of your life!

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Lisa Otto Photography | Tarpon Springs Wedding Photographer

Lisa Otto Photography | Tarpon Springs Wedding Photographer

Lisa Otto Photography | Tarpon Springs Wedding Photographer

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Lisa Otto Photography | Tarpon Springs Wedding Photographer

Lisa Otto Photography | Tarpon Springs Wedding Photographer

Lisa Otto Photography | Tarpon Springs Wedding Photographer

 

Lisa Otto Photography | Tarpon Springs Wedding Photographer

Lisa Otto Photography | Tarpon Springs Wedding Photographer

 

 

With the whack-o weather that Mother Nature has been throwing us, gorgeous blue skies were very welcome!

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Lisa Otto Photography | Tarpon Springs Wedding Photographer

Lisa Otto Photography | Tarpon Springs Wedding Photographer

Lisa Otto Photography | Tarpon Springs Wedding Photographer

Fireball….oh Fireball!  You were at yesterday’s wedding too!

Lisa Otto Photography | Tarpon Springs Wedding Photographer

Lisa Otto Photography | Tarpon Springs Wedding Photographer

Lisa Otto Photography | Tarpon Springs Wedding Photographer

Lisa Otto Photography | Tarpon Springs Wedding Photographer

Lisa Otto Photography | Tarpon Springs Wedding Photographer

Lisa Otto Photography | Tarpon Springs Wedding Photographer

Lisa Otto Photography | Tarpon Springs Wedding Photographer

Lisa Otto Photography | Tarpon Springs Wedding Photographer

Lisa Otto Photography | Tarpon Springs Wedding Photographer

Sweet Caroline’s did another awesome job!

Lisa Otto Photography | Tarpon Springs Wedding Photographer

John fishes….A LOT!!  So it was only appropriate that I incorporate the fish hooks into their ring shot <3

Lisa Otto Photography | Tarpon Springs Wedding Photographer

Lisa Otto Photography | Tarpon Springs Wedding Photographer

Lisa Otto Photography | Tarpon Springs Wedding Photographer

Lisa Otto Photography | Tarpon Springs Wedding Photographer

Thank you John & Christa for allowing me to be a part of the biggest day of your life!!

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