Opening My Heart and My Business To My New Home, Tampa, Florida

The Move:

So, I have mentioned previously I was moving from O’ahu, Hawaii to Tampa, Florida. Well the time has come, the move has taken place and I am embracing the new state with open arms! Since hitting the mainland we have seen so many friends and family and it has been totally wonderful! Moving our whole family as well as a business comes with a fare amount of challenges. But I am looking forward to Florida wedding photography as well as Florida living!

I mean, don’t get me wrong, the move itself sucked! We had to leave a place we loved, friends we loved, and definitely food and culture we loved, and we got to transition into single hotel rooms with 5 people and a dog. Live in empty houses, eat more fast food than any one person should ever be subjected too! And even as I write this we have still not received our belongings, almost 2 months after we packed out our house. I sit on a $7 air mattress and think, wow I can’t wait to have furniture again someday.

Seriously though, within the first week of being in Florida I got to see one of my best friends from my first duty station, Okinawa Japan, and her gorgeous family. Then I got to travel down to Delray and spend Father’s Day with my dad! I can’t remember the last time that happened! I got to see my cousins in Fort Lauderdale and we finally got to introduce our doggies Romeo & Juliet! It has been an amazing, stressful, crazy journey filled with lots of ups and downs!

Starting the Florida Wedding Photography Biz:

I can truly say though, that I am so happy to be here and start working in such a beautiful state!
I jumped right into shooting here because it is one of those things that brings me joy and oddly enough relieves stress. So I participated in a beautiful styled shoot that was coordinated by the charmiA Stylized Florida Wedding Photography Shoot put on by Taylor’d Southern Events and shot by Photography by event planners @ Taylor’d Southern Events.  We had such a lovely day to shoot in the super fun little beach town of Stuart, Florida at the Flagler Place wedding venue.  What a fun time working with other photographers and getting to explore the new area!  It has been such a great experience so far! We got to work with such talented individuals in the wedding industry. Check out all the beautiful details!

Bridal shots and bridal party images from Florida Wedding Photography stylized session in Stuart, Florida. Bridal shots and bridal party images from Florida Wedding Photography stylized session in Stuart, Florida. A few detail shots as well.

A huge thank you to all the vendors that came together to make this day happen and help to improve the Florida wedding photography scene!

Planner and Designer – Taylor’d Southern Events (IG: @taylordsouthernevents) 
Venue – Flagler Place (IG: @flaglerplacestuart)
Florist – Vero Beach Florist (IG: @verobeachflorist)
Cake – Let Them Eat Cake  (IG: @north_claire)
Vintage Rentals & Décor – Southern Vintage Décor (IG: @southernvintagedecor)
Tableware and Table Décor – Island Party Rentals (IG: @islandpartyrentals) 
Hair & Makeup Artist – Haute Dry (IG: @hautedry)
1. Calligrapher – Cristina Prieto (IG: @cpcalligraphydesign)
Calligrapher & Hexagon Place Cards- Sara McConnell (IG:
2. Calligrapher – Emily Chandler (IG: @poppiestudiosdesign)
Handmade Champagne Flutes – Kathryn Loboda (IG: @cambridgeavenue) 
Bridal Gowns/Bridesmaid Dresses – Fifth Avenue Bridal (IG: @fifthavebridal)
Bridal Gowns – Olivia Bowen (IG: @olivia_bowen_bridal)
Men’s Attire – Men’s Wearhouse (IG: @menswearhouse)

Some detail shots from the Florida stylized wedding photo shoot. Beautiful flowers, cake, and table settings come together to set the scenery.

And thank you to all the multi-talented models who came out!

Bride & Groom – Meghan (IG: @mermaid_meg8) & Anthony (IG: @quaid_music) – Wearing Olivia Bowen Bridal 
2nd Bride – Victoria (IG: @victoriasempsrottphotography) – Wearing Olivia Bowen Bridal
3rd Bride – Kaylin (IG:@xoxkaylinxox) – Wearing 5th Ave Bridal
4th Bride – Emily (IG: @minimiller44) – Wearing 5th Ave Bridal 
Bridesmaid – Bree (IG: @breelievable) – Wearing 5th Ave Bridal 
Bridesmaid – Susanna Moore (IG: @susannaleigh626) – Wearing 5th Ave Bridal
Bridesmaid – Shelby (IG: @sheljewell) – Wearing 5th Ave Bridal 


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  • Gail - Beautiful photography Drena, best of everything in your new digs, I’m sure your talent will soar as you venture into new territory…Many blessings..Auntie Gail..ReplyCancel

    • drenas - Awe thanks Auntie! Hope we see you down here soon! <3ReplyCancel

  • Candice - Beautiful images! So dreamy!!ReplyCancel

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