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Tampa Bay Straz Center Portraits (5 of 15)

This year J and I celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary with a tradition we started last year: the Celebrating Love contest. Couples from all over the U.S. shared their stories with us for the chance to win a Celebrating Love gift box or the grand prize, a complimentary photo session-- you can read more about it here.

Alli and Paul were selected as this year's grand prize winners and I am so excited to finally be able to share their session images.

Tampa Bay Straz Center Portraits (1 of 15)
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Alli and Paul met at the Straz Center {the Shimberg theater to be exact} so it was only fitting that we use it as the backdrop for their session. J and I connected with their story because of their love of theater and it was so fun to explore the area around the Straz while hearing their story!

Tampa Bay Straz Center Portraits (5 of 15)
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Tampa Bay Straz Center Portraits (12 of 15)

These two are incredibly talented and I really enjoyed hearing about how they contribute back to the Tampa Bay community through the arts. From Alli teaching music in the local schools to Paul running an independent theater company and performing both together and apart on the side, it is evident that they are making an impact!

We ended their session outside the Shimberg Theater {where they first met} and stopped by the historic Tampa Theater for a few final images. It was so fun to put such dramatic, theatrical backdrops behind them for the grande finale!

Tampa Bay Straz Center Portraits (14 of 15)
Tampa Bay Straz Center Portraits (15 of 15)

Alli + Paul,

Thank you for entering this year's Celebrating Love contest! Alli, I am so glad to have reconnected and Paul, I am so glad to have met you! Thank you for all your are doing for the Tampa Bay Arts community-- I can't wait to see where life takes you both :)

in His love, Laura