We explored Tampa during their engagement session before their Tampa wedding. Getting to know parts of the city they haven’t been to before was an adventure in itself. The two styled their own clothing and picked locations on their own. We stopped by Hyde House, a new wedding venue in Tampa, to check out their new space as well.
This couple did not want to do a typical engagement session and wanted something more alternative. I suggested we find some graffiti and parking garages and they both loved the idea. First, we stopped by Oh Whatever to check out their “Live Colorfully” wall and all of the antics.
It’s hard to find locations sometimes that all of your friends haven’t had their engagement sessions at — look outside of the box, do an activity together, even if it’s just doing laundry, or explore parts of the city you’ve never seen before.
We hit up the roof of a parking garage, one of my favorite places for engagement sessions, especially when you can see a city line or other buildings. I had just finished an engagement session in LA that was on a parking garage — it’s funny how different parts of the country can be so similar.
You never know what you can find for beautiful backdrops just walking around a city. Lots of people overthink engagement sessions and feel like they must look like a cover of Vanity Fair or Vogue — you can make that happen just about anywhere you go.
We stopped by wedding venues in Tampa, like the Hyde House, which is a gorgeous modern venue walking distance to bars, shops, and restaurants. There’s a fun garden-y nook outside the venue that’s great for portraits. The way light hits the front area of the venue during sunlight is gorgeous and I cannot wait to photograph a wedding here!