When this beautiful bride and I first spoke, I learned that she and her fiancé were living in Miami, and she was on her way to shop for her wedding dress. I lived in Miami for a few years, and also purchased my wedding dress there, so we exchanged ideas on where to shop and price points, etc… A wedding in Saint Pete Florida is much more affordable than one in Miami – so, it completely made sense to me when she explained that she decided on a destination wedding in beautiful Saint Pete Florida. The Sunken Gardens is one of my favorite wedding venues – so, of course I was stoked when she said their wedding would be taking place there.
On the morning of the wedding day – it was raining. The weather report looked like the rain would stop just in time for the couple’s first look, but it wasn’t a guarantee. We all kept our fingers crossed. I love an adventurous bride who is willing to risk a few rain drops on her dress, or get her train a bit dirty for the perfect outdoor photos, so I was so excited when she was willing to take some photos outside despite the mud and occasional spinkles.
This sweet bride was stylish and stunning in a lace Stella York wedding dress, a sparkly pink sequin bolero, and a cathedral length veil. The groom wore a blue suit, while the bridesmaids were beautiful in blue dresses of their choosing. Ashlee Ann Hair & Makeup did an amazing job beautifying the bride before her big day with vibrant makeup and a half-up/half-down hairdoo.
A wooden flower bouquet made by Pine & Petal was a festive holiday red, with various shades of purple and ivory was a great compliment to the green of the Sunken Gardens.
Being that their wedding was during the December holiday season – the bride decided on holiday decor for her centerpieces – which coordinated with the holiday decoration that the Sunken Gardens already displayed.
The bride and groom saw each other for a super romantic first look in-front of the Sunken Garden’s flower wall. The look on the groom’s face was priceless – you could tell that he was just in awe, seeing his fiancé dressed up and looking so pretty on their wedding day.
After the first look, we proceeded to do family portraits, and then extensive portraits around the Sunken Gardens of the bride and groom. We finished in time to hide them from their guests before their ceremony.
The ceremony took place in-front of the flower wall, and then was followed by a cocktail hour and dinner outside under the twinkle lights, at the brick reception area in the back of the Sunken Gardens.
Lovebirds – I am so happy that the rain stayed away, that that you all were able to have the destination garden wedding you had dreamed about. Wishing you both a long and joyful marriage!