Sarasota Wedding Photographer Spotlight: Cat Pennenga Photography


We believe that the connection that you have with your Sarasota wedding photographer is of the utmost of importance. When you meet with Cat of Cat Pennenga Photography, it’s easy to see why her clients love her and her work so much.

“We knew Cat was the one when we met her! She was so nice, welcoming and made us feel comfortable about the whole process right away. She and her team were great the day of the wedding!” bride Lauren shared.

Cat focuses on creating authentic photography for people who are crazy about each other! Her style of photography is self-described as “authentic, romantic and timeless,” focusing on the connection between her clients.

Tampa Bay, Sarasota Wedding Photographer, Cat Pennenga Photography


Tampa Bay, Sarasota Wedding Photographer, Cat Pennenga Photography

What inspired you to start your business?
I saw a wedding about to happen outside a church in France and that moment right before the bride walks in to see her groom still gives me goosebumps!

Where do you draw your inspiration?
Fashion photography and photojournalism books, and my clients and the stories that led them to each other.

Bride and Groom Ringling Museum's Ca' d'Zan First Look Photo Groom Wearing Blue Suit and Bride in Floor Length White Wedding Dress and Hair Down | Sarasota Wedding Photographer Cat Pennenga Photography

Siesta Key Beach Destination Wedding | Cat Pennenga Photography

What is one of your favorite things about being a wedding photographer?
Meeting people I would never have the chance to meet otherwise and being a part of their day. I also love the community of fellow vendors; we really have each other’s backs and are bonded in a way many people don’t understand!

What makes your business stand out from other wedding photographers?
I’m mildly obsessed with organization and love being involved in the timeline planning so I can deliver a relaxed experience for my clients on the day of. My experience in photojournalism and fashion gives me a unique combination of documentary style with just enough direction so everyone looks their best!

Sunset Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait | Sarasota Wedding Photographer Cat Pennenga PhotographyIvory and Peach Sarasota Wedding | Cat Pennenga Photography

In your opinion, what is a must have at every wedding?
Personal vows, written by the couple to each other, and a rocking dance party!

What is one thing most couples would be surprised to learn about you?
I met my husband on MySpace.

Outdoor Garden Bride and Groom First Dance at Wedding Reception Portrait | Sarasota Wedding Photographer Cat Pennenga Photography | Planner NK Productions | Historic, Iconic Sarasota Wedding Venue Ringling Museum

Elegant Blush and Gold Sarasota Wedding | Cat Pennenga Photography

What are some of your passions, non-wedding related?
Traveling and travel planning; I joke that I might become a travel agent if I ever retire from weddings!

What are you most excited about in the upcoming year?
I’m shooting at a couple new venues which is always inspiring, but I’m genuinely excited for every wedding I get to photograph!

Reviews From Previous Marry Me Tampa Bay Couples:

“I really wanted someone who could capture a lot of candid photos throughout the entire day and to capture the entire wedding day how I experienced it. We wanted the pictures to be comfortable and natural, really showcasing the venue and not being too formal. Cat of Cat Pennenga Photography came with great reviews and had beautiful examples of other weddings she had done in the area. She was able to perfectly capture all of the different emotions throughout the day: from the excitement of getting ready, to the first look, to the ceremony and to the joy of the reception. Cat and her team also did this without being intrusive to the event, which can sometimes be an issue.” -Lisa and Andrew | Elegant Blush and Gold Destination Sarasota Wedding

“We knew Cat of Cat Pennenga Photography was the one when we met her! She was so nice, welcoming and made us feel comfortable about the whole process right away. She was even nice enough to give us a lot of helpful restaurant and salon recommendations since we weren’t super familiar with the area. She and her team were great the day of the wedding!” -Lauren and Luke | Romantic Pink and Greenery Inspired Destination Sarasota Wedding


Cat Pennenga Photography | Tampa Bay Wedding PhotographerI am a proud 3rd generation native of Florida, but I lived in six different cities before returning home 12 years ago. I graduated from The University of Colorado with a degree in Art and Art History and received my master’s in Photojournalism at Boston University. My first job was in the mailroom at a tiny local newspaper on Siesta Key, and right before I started my business in 2011, I was the photo editor at a local magazine in Sarasota. I met my husband right after I moved home, and we got married at The Powel Crosley in 2009. We have a 10-year old wire fox terrier named Rufus who we’ve nicknamed the “Little Boss” because he is in charge of everything!

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Marry Me Tampa Bay editor, Anna Coats, created Marry Me Tampa Bay in 2012 to showcase the area's best local weddings and vendors. She has been featured as a wedding expert on the national talkshow Daytime, Fox13, ABC Action News, Great Day Tampa Bay, and Bay News 9 (now Spectrum).

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