Charitable Giving

Free Photos for a Good Cause

Photographer Ezra Ayala ( is doing something wonderful on Sunday!  He’s offering free 15 minute photo shoots in exchange for a donation to help the people of Haiti. Here are the details from his blog:
So this is the deal. From 10am until it gets too dark, on Sunday, January the 24th, I’m booking 15 minute photo sessions in front of Anomaly (1021 Park Street – 5 Points). No appointment needed…I’m taking walk-ins! All you have to do is write a check to the Yele Foundation or UNICEF (any amount…just give!)…I’ll have stamped envelopes already addressed to Yele or UNICEF…we’ll put the check in the envelopes…and then give you the envelope…yes, we’re using the honor system…you’ll be responsible for mailing the check! During that process, we’ll get your contact info so that we can deliver your images! Pets are welcomed!

Brides Against Breast Cancer VIP Party

Last week I had the pleasure of volunteering at the Brides Against Breast Cancer gown sale in Orlando.  It was two days of hard work but also incredibly rewarding.  Here are two shots of me at the VIP event on Thursday, March 12th at the Fairwinds Alumni Center at UCF:

Thanks to Allan Saltman of Allan Jay Images for capturing these memories!  Check out his blog post about the event:

Free Military Weddings

An organization on Florida’s First Coast is giving weddings to our most deserving citizens – our Armed Forces, police officers and firefighters.

Thank You Weddings was created by David Hanscom of Y? Entertainment, and will be giving away four weddings during 2009.  Applications are being accepted through December 31st for spring weddings.

The current Thank You Weddings package includes Wedding Coordination, Photography, Videography, Entertainment, Rentals, Linens and Decor valued at $12,000.

Check out this recent interview from First Coast News about Thank You Weddings!

Wedding Gowns $99 to $799!


Browse through more than 1,000 name brand and designer wedding gowns while helping men and women who are fighting breast cancer!  The Brides Against Breast Cancer Nationwide Tour of Gowns in coming to Florida in March, and you won’t want to miss this opportunity if you have not already purchased your wedding dress!

Gown sales will be held in Orlando March 14 & 15, and in Tampa March 21 & 22.  More than half of the dresses are brand new, arriving directly from bridal shops, trunk shows and the manufacturers.

Have you already purchased your dream dress?  There are other ways you can get involved:

To find out more, visit the Making Memories website at

What Do You Do With Your Wedding Dress After The Wedding?

You spent months searching for the perfect wedding dress, and also quite a bit of money! The wedding day has come and gone, and you looked absolutely perfect in your dress, and now it is a little bit dirty, hanging in your closet, holding lots of wonderful memories. What are you going to do with that fabulous wedding dress? The first thing to do would be to get the wedding dress dry cleaned. Many bridal shops provide a free dry cleaning gift certificate with the purchase of a wedding dress. Also some bridal shops offer a wedding gown preservation process. This process enables a bride to preserve the beauty of her wedding dress for years and years.

Brides Against Breast Cancer LogoAnother great idea for your used wedding dress would be to donate the dress to a charity of your choice. One example is the Making Memories Foundation’s Brides Against Breast Cancer. By searching online or maybe even speaking with the bridal shop where you purchased your dress, you will be able to find out lots of information on what to do with your wedding dress after the big day.

If you or someone you know is interesed in donating a wedding gown to Brides Against Breast Cancer, contact