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Couple expands photo business

Jessie and Pavel Stehlik pose in front of the Bizzou Brasserie at the Meridien Hotel in downtown Tampa. The couple looks to extend its photography business with a focus on placing weddings in downtown. Photo courtesy of the Stehliks.

Jessie and Pavel Stehlik pose in front of the Bizzou Brasserie at the Meridien Hotel in downtown Tampa. The couple looks to extend its photography business with a focus on placing weddings in downtown. Photo courtesy of the Stehliks.

Husband and wife duo, Jessie and Pavel Stehlik have been capturing special moments for 18 years.

Though they shoot a variety of occasions, with a primary focus on high-end weddings, they also understand those types of weddings can be costly.

To combat the costs and appeal to a wider audience, they launched Pop Wed Tampa on New Year's Eve.

"If you have the budget and people to help you organize the day, then awesome, we can't wait to shoot it," Jessie Stehlik said. "But there is a whole entire section of the world that that doesn't apply to."

Inspired by their own Key West elopement, the Stehlik's want to eliminate the negative stigma attached to eloping.

They teamed up with wedding coordinator Jenna Ribarich of Weddings By Jenna who sits down with the bride and groom and goes over their style to pick out the perfect venue.

"If you say you like stars at night, Jenna may take you to MOSI to the planetarium and when the stars light up, you'll be announced husband and wife," Jessie said.

A portrait session follows the ceremony, then the new couple can meet friends and family at a dinner arranged by Ribarich.

The whole experience can last two hours or less.

"There's no work or insanity, just enjoy the day and focus on the point of a marriage, which is starting your life with the person you love, and not in debt."

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Another Stehlik project, Downtown Tampa Weddings, launches Thursday with a Chill Lounge Launch Party.

"It's post holiday season but getting ready to start the crazy spring wedding season, so we thought we'd throw a chill party before it all starts," Jessie said.

Though relaxation is always important, Downtown Tampa Weddings is really all about promoting weddings in venues throughout the downtown area.

"We've been trying to bring more of that to downtown because a lot of our business takes us out of the city."

The party is also being thrown to show appreciation to the downtown venues that have been working on the project with the Stehliks.

The invite-only party will feature food from Mise en Place, and Anise Global Gastrobar will provide food and Touch Vodka will add a signature aphrodisiac drink.

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Couple expands photo business 02/10/16 [Last modified: Thursday, February 11, 2016 2:01pm]
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