Cara DeHart Lewis: Blog en-us (C) Cara DeHart Lewis (Cara DeHart Lewis) Mon, 13 Mar 2023 16:52:00 GMT Mon, 13 Mar 2023 16:52:00 GMT Cara DeHart Lewis: Blog 120 68 Purple Galaxy Inspired Wedding I Sandpearl Resort Clearwater Beach The stunning Sandpearl Resort in Clearwater Beach, Florida, was the perfect setting for the breathtaking wedding of Chelsea and Charlie. The day was filled with love, laughter, and unforgettable memories that will last "to infinity and beyond" with their galaxy themed wedding! 

The day began capturing the excitement and fun in the room as the bride and her bridesmaids got ready for the day ahead. The details were such perfect touch for their galaxy themed wedding, even Chelsea's shoes had a galaxy touch! 

As the ceremony approached, Chelsea decided to have a first look with the groomsmen which was so much fun! They started by peaking in the windows of the Gulf Suite 100 and everyone was laughing.

The ceremony took place on the beach right by the Gulf Lawn, with friends and family in attendance to witness their union. The couple exchanged vows and said their "I dos," surrounded by the stunning natural beauty of the Gulf and a beautiful crescent shaped moon arch to match their theme. 

As the cocktail hour began, we took time to capture some unforgettable photos of the newlyweds with their family and wedding party. Then, as the sun began to set, Chelsea and Charles walked to the water's edge to capture some stunning photos with just the two of them.

The reception was a night of celebration, with dinner, dancing, and lots of laughter. The Hunter Ballroom at Sandpearl was the perfect setting, and the florals by Monarch Florist added a beautiful touch to the decor.

The newlyweds mingled with their guests, enjoying the night and making unforgettable memories with their loved ones. The evening ended with dancing and a very popular Photo Booth!! It was a perfect day filled with love and celebration. Congratulations to the happy couple on their beautiful wedding!

Officiant: Jacob (Chelsea's Brother-in-law)

Event Planner: Special Moments Event Planning

Hair & Make-Up: Dolled Up Brides

Wedding Cake: Publix

Musician/DJ:  BPM Weddings

Video: Mars & Moons Films 

Florist: Monarch Events & Designs


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Sunny Sand Key Beach Wedding with Brooke & Vincent Brooke & Vincent, like so many couples this year, planned to have their wedding celebrating with many of their family and friends. However, their summer Connecticut wedding with 200 guests had to be postponed. Shortly thereafter, Vincent accepted a job offer in Tampa and they relocated to sunny Florida! They fell in love with the state! It felt like an eternity to them waiting to get married and after much thought, they decided they would get married in Florida. They wanted to keep their wedding ceremony very simple with just the two of them holding hands on the beach. It was a true elopement on a beautiful fall morning ❤️. Their day was absolutely perfect!! They are still planning on celebrating with family and friends on a future date. In the meantime, it was such an honor for me to be there to capture their union and I wish them both the best!!

Officiant: Joel Kaplan

Location: Weddings on Sand Key Beach

Photographer: Cara DeHart Lewis


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Andrews Memorial Chapel & The Fenway Hotel with Hope & Tyler A little sneak peek of Hope & Tyler on their wedding day! What a beautiful day with their family!!

Officiant: Billie (friend of the family)
Photographer: Cara DeHart Lewis
Hair: Austin Campbell
Make-Up: Julissa & Arlene with Beauty Brought Out
Ceremony: Historic Andrews Chapel
Reception: Fenway Hotel, Autograph Collection
Florist: DIY from the talented sister of the bride!
Cupcakes: Wright's Gourmet House

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The Don CeSar with Brittany & Victor Brittany & Victor were married at the iconic Don CeSar! There were so many special moments from a first look with her Dad to smelling flowers with her daughter! This was a wonderful day filled with so many people that surrounded them with love! Best wishes Brittany & Victor!!!!

Hair & Make-Up: KyleLynn Weddings
Photographer: Cara DeHart Lewis
Officiant: Cathy Hart
Video: Hearts Video
DJ: Grant Hemond & Associates, Inc.
Florist: Rose Garden Florist
Cake: The Artistic Whisk, LLC



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EXPERT ADVICE: 8 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT POSTPONING YOUR WEDDING Wow! Within 2 weeks so much has happened so quickly!! Many of my Spring weddings have now found a new date although there are still quite a few waiting to hear back from their venues or still exploring their options. It is leaving less and less dates available for Fall 2020 since many of my Spring weddings have chosen the fall months to reschedule. Everyone has been so wonderful, patient, and kind! Trying to reschedule many weddings all at once has been quite an undertaking, although as I always say...I have the best couples!!! Here is another great article from Marry Me Tampa Bay about 8 things you should know about postponing your wedding:

It’s inevitable that if your wedding is approaching in the upcoming weeks, you’re going to have to postpone it.

You probably want to scream, cry, and pout. It’s all acceptable emotions.

Now take a deep breath.

Remember, this is happening to every couple, everywhere.

I know it really stinks, but the sooner you realize that this is no one’s fault and there is nothing that can be done, the sooner you can start transferring that negative energy to positive action.

“Postponing is more advantageous than canceling, you’ve already spent the money, you might as well push the wedding and get full use of your retainer fee,” Dorelle Raphael-Fishkin, owner of Brides n’ Blooms Designs shares.

1. If You’re Getting Married Between Now and May 2020, Start the Postponement Process

“This is uncharted territory for sure and no one is sure how short or long it will last! I think couples through the end of May should contact and potentially reschedule, and then it’s a ‘wait and see’ for June. There’s just not enough info currently known to call it for summer and fall,” Carrie Wildes, owner Carrie Wildes Photography shares.

Obviously you’ll start the postponement process by speaking to your venue, but when reaching out don’t be alarmed if you get an “out of office” reply from your coordinator. Most hotels have furloughed their wedding staff since events are on hold. Most event directors are still available and receiving emails, so they should be in touch, but in the event you can’t reach someone, contact us at [email protected], and we will try to help!

2. Saturdays May Not be an Option

Many fall 2020 and spring 2021 dates are already booked with previously scheduled weddings, so you may need to consider a Friday or Sunday date, especially if you want to get married a specific week during those months.

“This largely depends on the company you are working with. Many of the popular Saturday dates will be filled. The further out you are willing to postpone, the more the Saturday dates come into play. Many will need to be proactive in this regard and all companies expect a pent-up demand once ‘normal’ behavior returns,” Brandon Wheeler, owner of Gulf Beach Weddings, explains.

“Couples may have to be a little bit more flexible when it comes to dates and who they have for their vendors, due to the situation. In the end, no matter what, they will have a fabulous beautiful wedding that they will not forget!” Laura Detwiler, owner of Laura Detwiler Events adds.

3. Check With All Your Vendors, Not Just Your Venue Before Changing Your Date

Although your venue may be available, vendors who can only perform one wedding per day may not be. Check with your photographer, planner, DJ, etc. before officially changing your new date.

“As soon as you begin discussing postponing your wedding, you should contact your vendors. Currently, our fall bookings are holding. Turn to your venue first and ask for a selection of dates for other booked vendors,” Casey Grawien, owner of Tastes of Tampa Bay shares.

4. Expect to Lose Your Deposit if You Cancel

Trust us. Wedding vendors are just as devastated as you are that you have to postpone your wedding. It’s not ideal for them either. However, if you have to cancel, it’s likely will you NOT receive a refund.

Your contract should address cancellations and most do not provide any money back if you cancel, even in this situation, as wedding vendors are trying to keep their businesses afloat and simply cannot afford to pay out refunds. This is why it’s so important to be flexible with postponing.

Remember this is not a one-off instance. This is affecting everyone, so vendors who would normally try to be accommodating in special circumstances simply can’t make exceptions like they normally would. They’re not being heartless; they’re trying to survive.

“Thankfully almost all vendors are gracefully allowing our couples to switch the date at no cost, however, if that particular vendor is not available for the new date then our couples are losing deposits they had put down,” Brittany Downey, Director of Marketing of Coastal Coordinating, shares.

5. Instances When You May Have to Pay More for Postponing

There a few scenarios when you may have to may pay more for postponing your wedding.

Most vendors do a majority of the work the day of your wedding, i.e. your photographer, caterer, and DJ, however, your planner does 80% of the work leading up to the wedding. Therefore, you may have to pay for additional hours of work associated with re-planning your wedding. While most planners are not charging clients to coordinate new dates with vendors, if you make a lot of design or timeline changes, you may be billed for those hours as that is additional hours of work that was not part of your initial contract.

If you go from an off-peak date/time to a peak date or time, your venue contract may be adjusted.

Couples who choose a summer date and now want an in-demand fall or spring date may be subject to higher minimums or additional fees that are charged during those busier times. On the flip side, if you move from a prime Saturday date to a weekday or Sunday date you may be able to negotiate a lower minimum.

While you may not have to pay your florist or caterer more for postponing your date, floral and food seasonality may be affected.

“In terms of costs being associated with postponing a wedding, we would not charge our clients any penalties for the unforeseen need to change dates. In fact, we will do all we can to stick with the originally agreed-upon budget. Our philosophy has always been that our customers come first, and we will do all we can to work with our clients to find creative solutions to changing dates and venues. That being said, we may need to talk about any necessary changes in the menu, due to any restrictions there may be with product availability,” Melissa Misgen, owner of Elite Events Catering shares.

6. Keep Your Guests Up-to-Date

“Let your guests know as soon as possible about the modified plans. Update your wedding website as soon as possible with notices about postponing your wedding. As a courtesy for your guests and one centralized place to direct them for information, your wedding website is a great place to have a consistent message that will provide much-needed updates for all those affected,” Lela Haas, owner of Truly Forever Bridal suggests.

“The sooner your guests know the better! Even if you don’t have all the answers about when the new event will be held, we advise you update your guests you are working on postponing so they can plan accordingly. Make sure to update your wedding website with all the information regarding the situation,” Jessica Ralph, owner of Parties A’La Carte, adds.

7. Advice for Couples Who Do Not Have a Wedding Planner

“Become acquainted with your vendor contracts. Familiarize yourself on the polices of cancellation and postponement within each vendor contact. Keep in mind that due to the current situation some of these may have been adjusted. Once you have reviewed this information, reach out to your vendors directly to see how they are handling the situation. You will then have a better understanding of where you stand,” Jessica of Parties A’La Carte advises.

8. 2021 Wedding Availability May Be Affected

“If you are planning on getting married in 2021, with many people being off work or working remotely, now is the time to book your dates with your vendors as there will probably be less availability next year as weddings are postponed,” Carrie of Carrie Wildes Photography shares.



(Cara DeHart Lewis) Fri, 27 Mar 2020 17:55:51 GMT
Coronavirus - Should I Cancel or Postpone My Wedding? This is a great article written by Marry Me Tampa Bay about whether to cancel or postpone your wedding in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic! Most of my remaining March and April weddings are rescheduling to future dates or moving towards having a much smaller wedding with their immediate families only. My couples have been nothing short of amazing during this time as we are all navigating these unknown waters. If you need any assistance or have any questions, I am here for you!!

Choosing a wedding date is such a sentimental part of planning, but with the world in a health crisis and the CDC saying not to host events larger than 10 people, should you cancel or postpone your big day?

Postpone. Yes.

Cancel. No.

“It’s safe to say if you have a large gathering planned for your wedding within the next month or so, it should absolutely be postponed,” Emily Lopez, owner of the Tampa Bay Cake Company, shares.

“Think about your guests’ health as well as comfort level when it comes to them having to make their decision on whether or not they should attend your event. You want the day to be enjoyable for everyone and you want all your friends and family present,” Jessica Ralph Bova, owner of wedding planning company Parties A’ La Carte, adds.

At this moment in time, if you host your wedding now, chances are that many of your guests will not attend. If your wedding is larger than 10 people, your venue may not be able to accommodate you because of CDC guidelines.

Plus, with lockdowns put into place by major cities all over the U.S., you may not have a choice but to postpone.

What are the next steps to choosing a new wedding date?

“Pick dates (plural),” Brandon Wheeler, owner of Gulf Beach Weddings, explains. “Please note that other couples have already reserved dates this summer, fall, and next Spring, so you will need to be flexible with the rescheduled date. The sooner you have options, the more options you will have.”

Choosing a new wedding date due to unforeseen circumstances isn’t uncommon for the Tampa Bay wedding professionals (thanks to hurricane season, they are experienced with this). Your venues and vendors are just as disappointed as you are to reschedule, but they are also very willing to accommodate you.

“Most companies are willing to work with you to push to a new date within the next 365 days and apply as much forward as possible,” Wheeler explains.

If you’re looking to reschedule, Bova recommends choosing a summer date, which is the off-season for Florida weddings, meaning there are typically more dates available during this time.

“The best times to do so is in the summer months. Since fall is an incredibly busy season in the events industry, it may be difficult to postpone your event within these months,” Bova shares.

You’ll not only have to find a new date with your venue, but also with your wedding vendors.

“Keep in constant touch with your vendors, because as couples scramble to find new dates, vendors will become booked up quicker than normal,” Lopez explains.




Will I lose my deposit if I change my date?

Most likely, no.

Postponements should be outlined in your contract, and in this situation, we’re seeing wedding professionals do everything possible to accommodate couples. However, remember that your photographer may only be able to shoot one wedding a day (unless you’re okay working with one of their associates), so reach out to them before re-signing with your venue.

“Check with all your venue and vendors to make sure they have availability on your new date. Also, check to see if they will roll over any deposits you have down and see if they can be applied to your new date,” Cindy Dervech, owner of Breezin’ Entertainment, advises.

“We are personally working with all of our couples to ensure they have the opportunity to use our services at a later date. This is a stressful time for couples who have spent so much time and put so much thought into planning their big day, so we are trying to relieve their stress in any way possible,” Lopez adds.

What if I decide to cancel the wedding altogether?

If you cancel your wedding, then expect to lose your deposits.

However, your vendors may allow you to use your deposit for other services. You may be able to book engagement photos with your photographer’s deposit or host your bach parties or bridal shower if you chose a hotel venue.

The wedding industry has come to a grinding halt, and vendors simply can’t afford to give everyone’s deposit back. Most are small business owners who will be going without income for several months. They’re not being greedy; they are just upholding the contract that you both signed.



And if you’re set on your wedding date, get married.

Your wedding date doesn’t have to be the day you celebrate with friends and family. If your wedding date is that meaningful, i.e. the date you first met or when you got engaged, you can always opt to do a courthouse ceremony on your original date, then choose a celebration date at a later time. It may even take the pressure off of postponing your wedding so that you can truly enjoy your wedding without added stress.

Jovana Boksen, owner of The Artistic Whisk, shares this uplifting message.

“At this time we recommend postponing weddings rather than canceling altogether. This way all of your planning and hard work won’t be for nothing; it will simply be moved to a new date to still say ‘I do’. Knowing that your love can make it through this trying time will be rewarded when it all calms down.”


(Cara DeHart Lewis) Thu, 19 Mar 2020 14:34:59 GMT
Cross Creek Ranch with Haleigh & Christian This couple...that lighting!!! What an unbelievably beautiful wedding day with Haleigh & Christian!!! I’ve known Haleigh since the day she was born and it was so special to me that they asked me to capture their wedding day for them. I did shed a tear (or two) since I know their story so well!! Being so close to this couple and their family was another reminder of how blessed I feel to capture moments that will forever hold a place in their hearts ♥️ . Best Wishes to this wonderful couple!!!! 

Venue: Cross Creek Ranch -

Hair & Make-Up: Lauren Welch -

Officiant: Pastor Chris Thomas

DJ: Jason Tally with Grant Hemond & Associates

Cookies & Cake: Alessi Bakery

Caterer: Roux Catering

Florist: Alta Florist

Transportation: Hilton Garden Inn 

Wedding Day Pet Caretakers:

Wedding Dress Boutique:


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Harborside Chapel & The Fenway Hotel with Jessica & Oscar December is definitely one of the best months for a wedding! Besides the weather cooling down a little bit, you have many holiday lights and the "extras" that make December such a special month. I've been waiting patiently to capture another beautiful wedding at the Harborside Chapel and Jessica & Oscar's wedding did not disappoint!! Harborside Chapel is simply stunning and has an incredibly caring team of wonderful ladies that help keep the day running smoothly!

I have so many favorite memories from this wedding although one of the moments that really stands out is when Jessica & Oscar turned to walk back down the aisle after they were wed. The joy they both had on their faces says it all! Pure, pure, pure happiness to be MARRIED!!! Their reception was held at another one of my favorite locations The Fenway Hotel in Dunedin. If you haven't taken the time to visit this hotel yet, you are missing out on quite a gem! From the perfect reception room to the sunset views during their cocktail hour on the verandah, The Fenway provides one of the best settings for a wedding!

We had such a perfect day with a group of people that came to celebrate!! Check out some of the dance moves! On the Move Productions kept the dance floor going all night!! I also wanted to give a shout out to my wonderful second shooter Ken Heavenridge! Best wishes for a long and wonderful marriage to Jessica & Oscar!

Photographer: Cara DeHart Lewis
Ceremony: Harborside Chapel
Reception: Fenway Hotel, Autograph Collection
Hair & Make-Up: Christina - K&W Hair Studio
DJ: On The Move Productions
Florist: The Bride's Bouquet
Cake: Made by their friend Stephanie!!

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2020 WeddingWire Couples' Award!!!! I was just notified that I won the 2020 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award!!!!! What a way to start to 2020!!! Thank you to all of my amazing couples for this award!!!! I've received this award 4 years in a row and I am truly blessed to have a job that I absolutely love ❤️. I am overwhelmed with appreciation to all of the couples that gave my services a 5 STAR!! and took time out to write a review - THANK YOU! I’m looking forward to capturing more beautiful weddings this year! XO


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Fenway Hotel - Wedding Celebration for Lindsay & Taylor Lindsay & Taylor were married in a very intimate wedding in the Keys although they still wanted to celebrate their marriage with their extended family and friends. They decided to have a party at the incredible Fenway Hotel in Dunedin!! What a great time, great food, packed dance floor, a beautiful sunset, and to complete the evening...sparkler fountains!

Location: Fenway Hotel, Autograph Collection
Coordinator: Melissa Rogers
Photographer: Cara DeHart Lewis
DJ & Sparkler Fountain: DJ Cory Barron & Co.
Photo Booth: Boone's Professional Events


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Dunedin Family Session Oh summer!! Bright days, sandy feet, and the Gulf of Mexico never disappoints as a backdrop for a sweet family session :-) 


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Honeymoon Island Wedding with Lauren & Jim - Dunedin, Florida Lauren and Jim were destined to be together! Lauren worked with Jim's sister and when Lauren went to pick her up for a night out, she just happened to meet Jim. They invited him to come along with them! Jim was a complete gentleman that evening and he even made sure Lauren returned safely. In the weeks that followed, Jim kept thinking about Lauren and about 4 weeks later, he texted her and that started the beginning of their story together!

They decided to have their wedding in Dunedin at one of my favorite locations...Honeymoon Island!! I thought it was so special that Lauren's mom and Jim's mom were both there while Lauren got ready to be a part of the pre-ceremony fun. They both helped her zip up her dress and WOW Lauren looked absolutely beautiful!! Lauren wanted to have a first look before her ceremony not only with Jim, but also with her father. Lauren is very close to her parents and to see her Dad give her a big hug when he first saw her, just melted my heart. Then it was Jim's turn to see Lauren for the first time and let me say this..Jim's smile when he turned around and saw his bride for the first time was SO BIG and SO HAPPY!! It's within these small moments that create such a special wedding day between a couple.

Then it was time to leave for Honeymoon Island for the ceremony and reception. What a gorgeous day and I loved their bright colors of blue and yellow they chose for their wedding! Their close family friend Cathy spoke words of love to them then it was Lauren & Jim's turn. They each wrote their own vows to each other, and while their parents and guests listened (along with their adorable dog Bella!!), everyone experienced the bond and love these two have for each other. It was so touching!! After a big kiss, they headed back down the aisle and the guests celebrated by showering them with bright yellow rose petals of happiness! Did I mention I loved their colors??!!

As the sun slowly sank into the Gulf, they shared their first dance as husband and wife. The sky glowed orange in the background in it's own celebration of their day. The fun started with the toasts and the best man had everyone laughing with his stories about Jim which began a full night of celebration! I know these two will keep on loving each other and celebrating their love for many many many years. Best wishes Lauren & Jim!!!

Pre-Ceremony Location: Coconut Villas of Dunedin
Ceremony & Reception: Romantic Honeymoon Island 
Hair & Make: Ashley Windham @makeupbyashleywindham
Cake: Corey's Bakery
Officiant: Cathy Small (friend of the bride & groom)
Bride's Bouquet: Flowerama in Clearwater
Bridesmaids bouquets: Erika Scott (friend of the bride & groom)
DJ: Joe Rodriguez 
Video: Friends of the bride & groom


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Clearwater Beach Destination Wedding Jessica & Marc came from Illinois to Florida to have their wedding ceremony. They have known each other since elementary school and one day they realized the person they loved the most was right in front them. What a great love story. It's always such a privilege for me to capture these lifetime memories for a couple and their families. Their dream was a sunset wedding and unfortunately, the weather didn't quite cooperate. However, it has been said that rain on your wedding day is a sign of Good Luck! I wanted to capture that very light sprinkling rain and did so in one of their images for them. They both look so happy! I'm not sure they really even noticed it was raining :-). I wish these two many more beautiful days ahead and hope they continue smiling even through the rainy ones. 

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Tampa Firefighters Museum Wedding with Lacey & Brian Lacey and Brian are just an all around fantastic couple and have surrounded themselves with the best people. I think everyone who meets these two loves them!! As long as I have been capturing weddings I'm not sure exactly what makes a wedding stand out. I think maybe it's the couple, it's their story, it's the people they call friends and family, and it's the right mix of formal without being too stuffy. Lacey and Brian had all of this and more!

Let me first start by saying that if popping confetti bottles is incorporated into your pre-ceremony fun, count me in and this is how the day started!! Lacey & Brian each wrote each other special cards with their vows to each to other that were exchanged before the ceremony. I'm not sure what the cards said exactly although there were definitely tears and some laughs too! Brian is a firefighter and they chose the Tampa Firefighter Museum for their ceremony and reception (great location!) Brian wanted to surprise Lacey and brought their dog Rex complete with a matching vest & bow tie to stand up with him. Lacey had no idea that her beloved dog would be there waiting at the end of the aisle for her along with Brian! Their reception was equally as fun when Brian danced into the room with his gorgeous bride! During dinner the guests were encouraged to show their talents by singing to the bride and groom, the winners were the next in line for the dinner buffet! Everyone was laughing trying to outperform each other! Another highlight was a dance off between the fathers - so much fun!!! Or the sexy dance Brian did for his wife during the garter removal and then to her surprise pulled out may "items" from under her dress including large panties, a stethoscope, a ball and!! There were so many great memories created that will stay with me and I know with everyone else as well!! May their passion for life and for each other keep going strong! I already know they have what it takes to create a successful marriage and I wish them the very best in life!!

Their Wedding Team:

Officiant: Rachelle Williams (friend)
Photographer: Cara DeHart Lewis
Location: Tampa FirefightersMuseum
Hair/Make-Up: Aimee Scott - Sesentiraimee Artistry LLC
Cake: Publix
Cupcakes: Mmmm Delicious Cupcakes
DJ: Phil with Fast Breaks Executive Entertainment
Video: Caleb with Oosterling Productions
Event Coordinator: Lynda Crute Scull, Catered Lifestyle
Caterer: 4Rivers BBQ

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Tradewinds Island Grand Resort Wedding - Monica & John Monica and John picked the Tradewinds Island Grand Resort for their wedding, which is a wonderful hotel. Not only do they have a great staff, I think they also have almost every amenity that you can imagine right on their property! I met Monica almost a year ago as she was planning her wedding and she has the sunniest personality that really lights up the room! Besides planning for their wedding, she is also in her residency to become a doctor. She is one busy person! John is a firefighter and I think they make the best couple!! They both had their best friends in their wedding party and the rooms were filled with laughter while everyone was getting ready. John had his brother as a groomsmen along with his firefighter friends which are like brothers to him. Monica’s parents both walked her down the aisle and John was just BEAMING when he saw his bride. After the ceremony we had some time for images on the beach. What a sunset!! The reception started with the amazing band C-Nergy. They really had the dance floor going all night too!! EVERYONE had such a great time and I think they will talk about Monica & John’s wedding for many years. As the night came to end, the guests went outside to send our couple off with a sparkler exit. I thought is was funny that one of their friends brought out a fire extinguisher for their grand exit. They are firefighters after all and you can never be too safe!!! Thank you Monica & John for your service to our community and I wish you the best in your marriage!!

Location: TradeWinds Island Resorts
Photographer: Cara DeHart Lewis Photography
Hair & Make-Up: Lauren & Nina (friends of the bride)
Officiant: Wayne Goldworthy [email protected]
Event Coordinator: Lisa Mohyla Exquisite Events Florida 
Dress: Martina Liana at CC's Boutique Bridal Locations
Florist: Northside Florist Weddings
DJ: C'Nergy Band 
Cake: Publix
Draping/Lights: L&L Events Tampa
Photobooth: Snapshoot Photobooth

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Kapok Tree Wedding Katie & Ryan decided to have their wedding at the historic Kapok Tree! For those of you that don’t know about the Kapok Tree…it’s quite a gem! During the 60’s through the 80’s, the Kapok Tree was one of the top restaurants in the country with its Greek and Roman-style statues, cascading waterfalls, magnificent fountains, grand chandelier, and gardens. Although the restaurant has closed, it remains open for events and is a wonderful location for a wedding! Katie asked her 2 sisters to stand up with her for the ceremony and Ryan asked his 2 brothers. I know that both sets of parents had a huge amount of pride seeing all of their children supporting each other on such an important occasion. Katie and Ryan even had their 2 dogs at the wedding – Scoobie & Wilson! The girls from FairyTail Pet Care are simply amazing!! They genuinely love the pets and helped so much in making them a special part of the day.

Katie and Ryan wrote their own vows to each other which added such a personal element to their ceremony. I can't express enough how much it changes a ceremony when you say your own words of love and commitment to each other. Hearts Video was there to capture this on video for them and for them to be able to watch their wedding day again in the years to come is something they will treasure. As soon as their ceremony was finished, we ran into the gardens to take advantage of the last bit of light during the day. Katie and Ryan have such a great chemistry with each other. You can obviously tell they are madly in love with each other!!

Their reception was so much fun!! I’ve captured many weddings over the years and this was a first…2 of the guests tied their ties together to create a limbo stick!! Pure fun!! Everyone had such a great time!!! At the end of the evening, everyone grabbed glow wands to send Katie and Ryan off in a vintage Rolls Royce. What a fun day with a fun couple!! Both sets of their parents are still married and I wish Katie & Ryan as much success in their own marriage!!

Location: Kapok Special Events Center
Hair & Make-Up: The Destiny & Light Hair and Makeup Group by Priscilla Marie
Photographer: Cara DeHart Lewis
Video: Hearts Video
Caterer: Milan Catering and Event Design
DJ: Kyle with Celebrations 24
Florist: Floral Creations by Blanca
Cake: Chantilly Cakes
Officiant: Weddings on a Whim – Joe Liteheart
Incredible Pet Handler & Sitter: FairyTail Pet Care

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Andrews Memorial Chapel Wedding - Christy & Tim When I first met Christy & Tim, we realized that we share mutual friends and we clicked right away! They wanted an intimate wedding with their families and closest friends. They chose Andrews Memorial Chapel to exchange their vows and it's one of my favorite locations!! Rev. Rick Lackore officiate their beautiful wedding! They had a wine box during their ceremony, where they placed letters they had written to each other about their love inside of the box. The box was then sealed during their ceremony. It was agreed that if they felt discouraged in their relationship, they would open the box together and read the letters they wrote to each other on their wedding day while sharing the wine. If that day didn’t come, they are to open their wine box and read the letters together on their 10th anniversary!! I really loved this part!! After their ceremony, their guests waited for them to exit the chapel with bubbles blowing!! I hope that I continue to see Christy and Tim in our social circles. Best wishes to them both!!

Location: Andrews Memorial Chapel 
Photographer: Cara DeHart Lewis
Dress: Truly Forever Bridal Tampa
Coordinator: Jessica Nelson
Officiant: Rev. Rick Lackore 
Florist: Publix
Hair & Make-Up: Femme Akoi Beauty Studio
Cake: Everything Bundt Cakes


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Don CeSar Wedding The Don Cesar is an iconic and classic hotel that’s simply beautiful!  What a perfect location for a wedding! Natalie’s family vacationed from Ohio to the Don CeSar every year and she knew this is where she wanted to be married ever since she was a little girl. Once Joe saw this beautiful hotel, he definitely agreed! As Natalie and the bridesmaids were getting ready, everyone was smiling ear to ear! Natalie along with her mom, slipped away to get dressed away from the girls and when they all saw her for the first time, there were genuine hugs all around! It was so easy to feel the love that was shared in the room.  Joe is a wonderful easy going guy with an incredible smile too! I loved his reaction when he saw Natalie walking down the aisle towards him. It was such a special moment! The wedding ceremony was serious, funny, and touching.  Natalie’s brother officiated their wedding day and it was such a gift he gave to them. I think they will always remember their ceremony! During the reception, Natalie’s father gave a toast that had everyone laughing. At the end of his toast, he said that if searched the entire world to find the perfect match for his daughter, it would have been Joe.  Everyone in the room wiped away a tear with this statement (including me!)  While dinner was being served, Natalie, Joe and myself headed to the beach for sunset images and WOW! What a beautiful evening on the beach. I wish Natalie and Joe continued love and success in their relationship! I know in 50 years they will look back on their wedding day with wonderful memories.

Photographer: Cara DeHart Lewis 

Coordinator: Cara Tomlinson with Cheer Events

Officiant: Ryan Irwin (Bride's Brother)

DJ: Grant Hemond & Associates

Florist: Cheers Florist

Cake: Artistic Whisk

Hair & Make-Up: Brittany Piazza 


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Earthscapes Garden Room Wedding There is so much to say about Dani & Matt’s intimate garden wedding! They chose Earthscapes Garden Room for their wedding day and the gardens are just beautiful! Nestled in Palm Harbor, I can’t believe this little gem is so close to my home! Dani & Matt arrived together before the guests to enjoy the gardens and also capture some images before their ceremony began. It was so a delight to have this time with them!

As the guests arrived, they were welcomed with drinks in customized cups with the bride and groom’s names! The cups changed colors when a cold liquid was inside – FUN! The processional began with their adorable flower girls making their way down the aisle. They were so cute!! Dani & Matt wrote their own vows to each other which allowed everyone a unique glimpse into their love for each other.

After the ceremony, they treated the guests to a “shoe game!” This is such a fun game played with couples and if you aren’t familiar with how the game is played – look it up! Everyone was laughing! Another fun element that I loved about their wedding day was the catering was provided by Taco Bus! I mean…PERFECT! Who doesn’t love Taco Bus?? As the sun was setting, their grandparents stood up to give them toasts. The toasts encompassed everything from love to laughter!  Dancing went into the evening and all I can say is… What a great day!!!! I felt absolutely blessed that I was able to be there for Dani & Matt to capture their wedding day story.  I wish them all the very BEST!!!!


Officiant: James McKeever (friend of bride and groom)

Photographer: Cara DeHart Lewis

Florist: Bride’s Mom  

Rentals: Elite Party Rentals

Bartender: Good Vibes Bartending

DJ: Pure Energy DJ Service with Cisco Hill

Cake/Pie/Dessert: JJ Gandy’s

Catering: Taco Bus 

Coordinator: Destined Events by Shannon

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2018 WeddingWire Couple Choice Award!!! Cara DeHart Lewis Photography honored for Excellence in 10th Annual WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards


I am so completely honored that I was awarded the 2018 WeddingWire's Couple Choice Award!!! A BIG thank you to all of my wonderful couples for helping me earn this fantastic award!!! You are all the best !! The Couple's Choice Award recognizes the top 5% of local wedding professionals on WeddingWire that demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness, and professionalism. Winners are selected solely based on reviews from more than a million newlyweds and are determined by a combination of excellence in four factors: overall rating, total number of reviews, review performance from 2017, and consistency of reviews from year to year.

“This is the tenth year we’ve celebrated our top-rated vendors who have helped millions of couples celebrate one of the most important days of their lives,” said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. “This group of dedicated and acclaimed wedding professionals, such as Cara DeHart Lewis Photography, not only make wedding planning simpler for engaged couples, but also serve as a trusted partner in helping to make WeddingWire the go-to place for wedding planning. We congratulate all of this year’s winners on their achievement.”

(Cara DeHart Lewis) Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:06:18 GMT
2017 Awards - The Future is so Bright!

It's so nice to be recognize as an industry leader and I'm proud to show off these awards so far for 2017!  Thank you to all of my wonderful clients for helping make these awards a reality this year! Thank you, thank you, thank you!! 

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Chatting & Coffee & Facebook & Instagram I'd much rather spend the time chatting on the phone with you or meeting for a cup of coffee instead of blogging - haha!! Most of my clients become friends and I hope that we do too!! So please save me from blogging and let's meet. If you want to keep up to date with my work, please follow me on Facebook or Instagram. There you will find my most recent images :-) 

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(Cara DeHart Lewis) Wed, 22 Mar 2017 23:16:26 GMT
Bride's Abroad Magazine - I've been published!! :-)

It was a complete surprise this week to find out that a wedding I captured and Deborah Walker from A Florida Wedding Ceremony officiated was featured in the magazine "Brides Abroad!" The feature highlights a destination wedding on Clearwater Beach from this past fall with Sam & Lee from the UK.  I'm pretty excited!! 


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Karla & Fran - Sneak Peek from The Ritz Carlton Sarasota What a beautiful and perfect evening at the Ritz Carlton.  Karla and Fran decided to elope!  They were secretly engaged for months and then the night before the wedding, Karla announced on social media that Fran popped the question and Karla accepted.  However, no one knew they planned on "tying the knot" the next day! 25 minutes before the wedding, Karla let her friends know on social media that she was actually getting married! With just the two of them in the gardens at the Ritz Carlton, they vowed their love for each other.

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It's official...I'm not very good at blogging :-) I have the best intentions....I really do!! I will make proclamations that NOW I will start blogging!!!  Then I get lost in my editing, answering emails, or I'm just not at my desk because I am off capturing a wedding or at a session. The truth is, I am MUCH better at communication through my images then I am with the written word. I basically bore myself with my words - haha! I am much better at posting images on Instagram or Facebook. There is where you will find me attempting to show you what I am up to at the moment!  

In the meantime, family sessions are in full swing and I am enjoying this glorious weather! I hope this cool weather lasts a little longer - I'm wishing on a STAR! This image is of a recent family session. There are so many cute images to may want to mosey on over to IG or Facebook.  Here is where you'll find me (or click on one of those icons here on my page!) Instagram: Cara DeHart Lewis or Facebook:

I would love to hear from you and it would also save me from blogging while we are chatting ;-) ! XO 


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I've hired an assistant!! This has been my busiest year and this spring has been exceptionally busy.  When I actually capture a wedding, engagement session, or family portrait that is probably the smallest amount of work that is actually completed.  On the back end is emails, creating timelines, designing wedding album, bookkeeping, meeting with clients, meeting with potential clients, contracts, marketing and meeting other vendors, equipment upkeep, editing, phone calls, did I mention editing??, the list goes on and on.  Trying to keep up with my editing and complete my desk work in a timely manner has become increasingly difficult for me.  I'm a one woman show! I really appreciate everyone's amazing patience! I take my time with each wedding and while this is probably not the best “business model" for efficiency, it is my work and I take great pride in the images that I capture.


Since the beginning of the year, I have upgraded to a new faster computer, I have a new website where clients can view, share, and order their prints (if they decide to use my lab), I upgraded all of my software to the newest versions and while it has been a bit of a learning curve I am finding that I LOVE the new features, AND I finally hired an assistant to help me with my desk work!  Hannah has been amazing and even though it takes some time to teach someone your work flow, she has been wonderful and it has allowed me to really focus on the part of the job that I love the most – shooting and editing! She is getting up to speed quickly and I have already discovered that every day I have a little more time to spend on editing.  This is truly exciting to me!!  Happy June Everyone!!! XOXO

(Cara DeHart Lewis) Tue, 02 Jun 2015 19:50:06 GMT
Bye Bye old computer Spring is always busy and this year has been no exception! I spend more days capturing weddings and engagement sessions than I do behind the editing desk so a back log is usually inevitable! This year, my computer kept increasingly grower slower and slower and  s  l  o  w  e  rrrrrrrr.  Until I finally realized that although well loved, it was time to move on to a faster machine.  Which is not an easy process when you work with multiple editing programs! However, I have spend the majority of the day today getting my new computer up to speed.  I am "hoping and a wishing" that I will finally have a computer than can render my editing in a much more efficient blazingly quick speed.  Like The Flash kind of fast! Okay...well maybe not that fast, but if you are a fan of the series having Cisco or Felicity here today would have been MOST beneficial (I wish an inner dork emoji existed because I would it insert it here!) 

I appreciate everyone's patience as I edit your images! As a true artist, I take great pride in my final work and I take my time with the editing process.  After all these images will last a lifetime and beyond!!  Here is an image from my own family taken over 100 years ago at a family wedding.  My great grandfather is the tallest standing in very last row and my great-great grandfather is seated in the first row, last male on the left. I love the hats!! 


(Cara DeHart Lewis) Wed, 20 May 2015 01:48:15 GMT
Good Morning Monday!

I had a wonderful wedding this past Saturday on Honeymoon Island and a bridal show on Sunday.  I met some really fantastic soon to be brides too.  I always enjoy hearing about couples ideas for their wedding day and how they are making it their day!  Here is an image of the gorgeous Kara! Kara incorporated her mother's wedding dress into her own. She even wore her grandmother's wedding veil that Kara's mother wore at her wedding as well. Wow! I wanted to create a vintage looking image of Kara in her veil. I'm still experimenting, but here a glimpse into what I am doing so far. I hope you have a wonderful and healthy day! 

(Cara DeHart Lewis) Mon, 23 Feb 2015 16:18:27 GMT
Learning, Learning, Learning! I'm always working on learning how to further myself artistically.  It's a 3 steps forward, 2 steps backwards process!  I have some well meaning friends tell me how much they wish they had a camera like mine so they could take great pictures. WOW! I wish it was that easy and then I don't because I enjoy the challenge of creating lasting images. By the way... I taught my camera everything it knows - haha!  I just recently purchased some new equipment and I am SO excited to see how that helps me explore new possibilities.  I am also in the process of learning some new editing techniques that has me really inspired!!  See what I learned today above :-)

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New Year and New Website! I'm finally updating my website and settling into 2015 with a new look! I'm glad that you stopped by and I hope that you enjoyed looking at some of my images. Many more are coming in the near future!  In the meantime, you can check out my facebook page, instagram, and twitter. Just search my name or look for the buttons on my website! I'm here to help you relive the perfect moments in your life and I hope to hear from you soon. Until then... keep smiling. :)

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