Terrace Hotel

Ciana and Michael | Lakeland, FL Wedding at the St. John Neumann Catholic Church | Destination Wedding Photographer

Ciana and Michael's wedding the the St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Lakeland, FL is one I won't soon forget! I never thought I would be photographing Ciana's wedding they day I met her (to do her Florida State University graduation photos!). Ciana is a super sweet person, and when I met Michael during their first look, I knew they were meant for each other!

I would say that Ciana and Michael are a fun-loving, sweet couple. They were absolutely perfect to photograph. Their best friends were also a group of amazing people, and together, they made the most fun bridal party I have been around!

The day started in the Terrace Hotel, where I met all the girls in the pre-wedding robes. They looked so comfortable and stunning, as they were ready to put on their dresses. But first, we did some fun shots with a few glasses of champagne to celebrate the beginning of the wedding day. Soon after that, we did the first look, and I met Michael and his best friends. I love doing first looks because the emotions I get to capture are priceless, and the intimacy of the moment just lets the couple show their true emotions. When Michael saw Ciana, he was in awe!

Later we walked down to the lake, which is right in front of the Terrace Hotel. We found an amazing location with a bit of shade (it was pretty sunny and hot!), and I got to spend quite a bit of time doing bride and groom photos and the bridal party as well. 

The ceremony was at the St. John Neumann Church, and everyone was so excited to see Ciana and Michael get married! I got to meet their lovely family, and everyone was so welcoming and helpful. I felt so special being around Ciana and Michael's most precious people.

Soon after that, we headed for the reception hall, The Magnolia Building, which overlooked Lake Mirror. Everything was decorated beautifully! The red, gold, and white theme was so classy and beautiful. Everyone really enjoyed the music, the food, and the partying! (they even had a champagne fountain and an ice cream bar!).

Ciana and Michael, I am so incredibly honored to have been there to capture all the details of your day. Thank you a million times over for being so incredible. I hope your life will continue to be filled with happiness as you enjoy each other's company. May you be blessed with many, many more years of love and smiles!

Vendor Credits

CEREMONY: St. John Neumann Catholic Church

RECEPTION: The Magnolia Building

FLORIST: Taylormade Floral and Event Design

CATERER: Simply Southern Catering

MAKEUP ARTIST: Melissa Kinsey 

HAIR: Whitney Hunt, Southern Sass Salon

DRESS: Stella York, The White Closet Bridal Company

PHOTOGRAPHY: Melissa Artieda

CAKE ARTIST: Paige Phoa