Becoming The Barrons- May 5th, 2018

Hair | Classy Styles Hair and Makeup | Makeup | Laura Smith Cruz | Decor | Bella London and Co. | Catering | Gaston's | Cake Artist | Veronica's Sweet Shoppe | Bar Services | Tipsy Tampa | 

Kristin and Alex's wedding was, not unlike them, perfection. The bridal party began wedding-day preparation at a gorgeous, waterside hotel in the historic district of Bradenton, FL. Upon our arrival at the hotel, the girls were finishing up hair with the wonderful April of Classy Styles Hair & Makeup and makeup by the amazing Laura Smith-Cruz! The hair and makeup team absolutely slayed the girls' looks, they all looked flawless! Kristin was the most gorgeous bride, she wore a mermaid-style, open back, lace gown that literally looked like it was made specifically for her! Her beautiful bridesmaids wore sequined gold and burgundy dresses that complimented her dress perfectly. The hotel was complete with a sun-soaked, central grand staircase, which was the perfect location for Kristin and Alex's first look! Alex stood at the bottom of the stairs and waited for his beautiful bride. The look on Alex's face when he turned around and saw Kristin for the very first time in her wedding dress was absolutely priceless!!!!! His actual words to me were "she looks like a dream"! Well said Alex, she certainly did! A bridal vision! After we took a few photos on that fabulous staircase, we headed to the Palmetto Historic Park with the bridal party. I had never been to this location before but let me tell you what, it was a photographers playground! Historic buildings, a church, schoolhouse and barn and cobblestone streets, perfection! We had a blast soaking in the versatility that this amazing location had to offer before heading out to the ceremony. Kristin and Alex's friends offered up their AMAZING waterside home for their ceremony and reception location and it couldn't have been prettier! A lush, tropical garden adorned with twinkling Edison bulb string lights, burlap and lace place settings and scattered tea lights set the perfect ambiance for this sweet couples special day. Once guests had taken in the beauty of the location and all the special little details, seats were taken and the ceremony commenced. Kristin and Alex's good friend Sandra was their officiant and she did such a wonderful job with their ceremony. It was personal, heartfelt and beautiful. Prior to the wedding Alex didn't think he would cry....boy was he wrong! There were many happy tears, not only from Kristin and Alex but from the majority of their guests! The pure happiness and love that everyone exuded towards the couple could be felt in the air! After the couple exchanged the most beautiful vows that they had written to one another, they were officially announced THE BARRON'S! We enjoyed the beauty of the location while shooting with the newlyweds before they were announced into their reception! The couple danced to "To the moon and back" by Luke Bryan, which even had me in tears! The way Kristin and Alex looked at one another was something I will never forget! After all of the formal dances, guests were invited to enjoy a delicious gourmet meal provided by Gaston's Culinary Services. It was SO good! Kristin and Alex's beautiful and talented friend Chelsea, of Tipsy Tampa, did an incredible job with the bar services and making sure that everyones cup was full with their drinks of choice or one of the couple's signature drinks, "the Barron blue margarita" or the "Marry me mojito"! After dinner the celebration was in full swing, despite a little rain, the dancing and good times continued all the way up until the couples sparkler exit! This wedding was filled with so much love, not just between Kristin and Alex, but also from all of their family and friends! It was an absolute honor to capture such a special couple's big day! We wish them all of the love, happiness and blessings that life has to offer as they embark upon their "greatest adventure" yet! Cheers! 

Kristin & Alex's engagement session published!

Kristin & Alex's sweet engagement session has been published on How He Asked By The Knot! Stop by to get all the juicy deets on how they met and so much more!

Kristin & Alex Engagement

Where do I even begin with these babes???? Kristin and Alex really are the epitome of true love. The way they look at each other, the sweet smiles, everything about them exudes lasting love. Kristin & Alex met just about 4 years ago at a work mixer, and the rest is history! Here are a few sweet details about this adorable couple's love story, answered by our gorgeous bride herself!!
Q: Let’s start at the beginning. How did you two first meet? 
A: To say "a friend introduced us" doesn't quite cover it.  Both of us have been married before.  In my previous marriage, I became close friends with the wife of my ex's best friend.  Of course when we divorced, I lost her - wasn't easy to stay close in that situation.  Many years later, my email account sent her spam!  She replied to it saying she knew that I hadn't actually emailed her, but she thought about me often and would love to reconnect.  We met for dinner and it was just like old times.  In the years apart, she had also divorced and now understood what I went through in losing both the marriage and my friends.  I was so happy to have my friend back!  About a month after we reconnected, she told me about a wonderful man she worked with... that he had recently divorced and she thought we would get along.  I met her for happy hour and a group of her coworkers was there - including Alex.  We talked for hours that afternoon and there was such a spark.  Five days later we had our official first date and we have been inseparable ever since.  God certainly blessed our broken roads.
Q: What makes your relationship special? Tell us some things that you both value in your time together. (example: pushing each other to new limits, love to travel, huge comic book fans, foodies, etc.) What makes your relationship unique? 
A: We are both obsessed with theme parks!  We are passholders for Universal Orlando, Sea World, and Busch Gardens.  Our favorite time of year starts in September - that's when all the Halloween events start.  We LOVE all things scary and "haunted" and have the best time exploring the parks together that time of year!  Of course Christmas at the parks is magical too.  We just love to "play tourist" together.  Other interests include watching sports (especially FSU football!), trying new foods & cocktails,  going to concerts (mostly country), keeping up with our fitness together, spending time with family, and loving on our 3 precious rescue dogs.  We have a passion for doggies!  Especially rescues.
Q: Give us all the details about the proposal. How and where did it happen? Was it a surprise? What was the planning process? 
A: Well, he proposed on "our bridge" (where we first said "I love you"!) at Universal Studios Orlando.  But not just on any day - it was on the 2nd night of Halloween Horror Nights!  Our friends caught it all on video and not only are we both wearing black and skulls, but there is the roar of chainsaws in the background!  Sounds ridiculous, but it couldn't have been more perfect for us.  I was SO surprised, had absolutely no idea it was coming.  I thought we were just taking photos in our favorite spot, like we always do.  Alex had been planning on it for months, and once he had the ring in our house he really started to struggle - he isn't good at "lying" or keeping secrets!  Fortunately he only had to hide the ring for a week or so before our trip.  It was the most perfect moment and I love that we have the video forever.

Boudoir Attire - The 411

Have you booked a boudoir session with us or are you thinking about it? Stressing out about what to wear? Well not to worry because we have got you covered! When it comes to lingerie shopping there is the obvious choice of Victoria's Secret. I have found that when the store is running sales, promotions, etc. you can actually get some great lingerie without breaking the bank. I stopped in last week and all of their "sexy little things" collection was 40% off! That made the piece I had my eye on around $45, which isn't horrible for a good-quality piece of lingerie. I always recommend girls bring roughly 5 items to their shoots, its always better to have too many options than not enough, am I right?! If you don't have any luck with good ole' VS, I would send you over to www.spicylingerie.com or www.adoreme.com. Both of these sites have great options that are budget-friendly, which makes the shopping that much more fun! I have found that 95% of items I have ordered from both sites fit really well and I have been really satisfied. Some tips for lingerie shopping; first and foremost, select items that YOU feel comfortable and sexy in. If you don't, it will show in the pictures. If you have problem areas {we all do} find pieces that accentuate the parts of your body that you are proud of! For me my biggest problem area would be my tummy, I have a big scar on my lower abdomen that is incredibly noticeable. When shopping for lingerie I tend to gravitate towards the lace body suits, silk nighties, and what I am loving right now are all of the high-waisted options. Not only are these options INCREDIBLY flattering, they hide anything I am self conscious of! Below are a few of my favorite options of our past clients. Something of your significant other's, i.e a sports jersey, button up shirt, etc. are also always good options! Hopefully this was helpful, and if you are need of more inspiration check our our boudoir gallery page! xoxo

 

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Molli's dreamy boudoir session published!

At Diamonds & Light, it is always an honor to have our work published! This month we have one of our recent bridal boudoir sessions that has been published on www.theburgundyfox.com! This shoot was the perfect mix of sexy, sweet & edgy. Our stunning client pulled off each of her looks flawlessly!

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