Beach Wedding Welcome: A Party You Can Be Proud Of

So you’re about to get married on the beach: a dream come true with your friends and family. They’ve likely traveled a bit to get to your destination wedding so why not put them at ease with a Beach Wedding Welcome Party before the special day? It’s a great way for everyone to relax, mix and mingle before you tie the knot. We know you haven’t had much stress while planning your beach ceremony (planning is so easy), but still excitement and anticipation are high. Here are some tips to help everyone unwind before the big event.

Kissing bride and groom on Siesta Key beach

Tips for an Amazing Beach Wedding Welcome Party

Most likely you will be using a restaurant near your chosen beach location or a hotel party room. No matter where you host your welcome wedding party, you can make it memorable. Bеасh wеddіngѕ аrе usually mоrе саѕuаl аnd lеѕѕ fоrmаl thаn оthеr tуреѕ оf traditional wеddіngs, although still stunning like this Floral Distinctive Design wedding on St. Augustine beach below. Ѕо you can take the pressure off by having everyone dress for relaxation.

Couple gets married on St. Augustine beach by seaoats

Grazing Tables

Everyone loves a charcuterie board, like the one below from Tastes Better From Scratch. A grazing table is ususally a large table with beautifully displayed meats, cheeses, nuts, jams, crackers, etc. for your guests to ‘graze’ while enjoying the cocktail hour. No, you don’t have to do it yourself: it can be ordered!

Charcuterie Board for Wedding party

Serve Lighter Food

Choose foods that are flavorful, and prepared in a variety of creative ways. Ocean foods such as fish tacos are always delightful, or a dip. Think of wraps or sliders. A good idea might be mini burgers as appetizers and fresh salads. Why not something like the Blackened Shrimp Avocado Cucumber Bites shown below. Be sure to offer your guests fresh non-alcoholic as well as alcoholic cocktails. As the bride, you may wish to sip sparkling water to keep you skin fresh and ready for your special day!

Shrimp bites for ocean party by the beach

Fruit and Beach Themed Dishes

Smaller beach weddings also offer the opportunity for some fun food ideas with a tropical theme. Even pizza is go, no formal tables necessary for an intimate wedding. You can have a watermelon fruit bowl shaped like a shark with melon balls inside, or other food or dips in seaside themed dishes if that’s something you love. Why not some pineapples that look like palm trees like this one from Pinterest? Unforgettable at a destination wedding!

Palm tree pineapples and fruit for wedding guests

Personalize your Party

Your wеddіng welcome party can be matched to your wedding package thеmе which will delight fаmіlіеѕ аnd frіеndѕ. Are you having a blue wedding like the Shades of the Ocean Destiny Package pictured below, a neutral wedding or perhaps tropical wedding? Small, lovely favors that guests can take away as memorable gifts are appropriate at a beach theme party like this…shell and pebble candles are a good example. You can also have guests sign a large card or keepsake book with their best wedding wishes for you and your beloved.

Destiny bamboo wedding altar on Daytona Beach

Beachy Cocktails

Another fun thing you can do if you are having your welcome party at a hotel is оffеr ѕіgnаturе drіnkѕ based on your seaside wedding theme or chosen beach location. For instance, Siesta Key has a signature spiced rum that has won awards, distilled in Sarasota. How about a tropical cocktail that has the color of the sea: a Blue Margarita, with blue curaçao. It reminds us of the Gulf water in St. Pete! For non-alcoholic options, how about the Fuzzless Navel? This is a thirst-quenching tropical drink that all ages can enjoy with a combination of peach nectar and orange juice poured over ice and garnished with slices of citrus fruit. Add this to your Daytona Beach wedding welcome party and have some fun!

Bridesmaids funny faces on beach with bride by ocean

So after the welcome party is over, it’s time for the real party to start. The wedding day that is! Click here to book your affordable Beach Wedding! We offer vow renewals, beach elopements, commitment ceremonies. We are a Couples Choice® Winner. Compare beaches and plan your Florida beach ceremony today.

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How to Have a Happy Beach Wedding Flower Girl

I’m not sure if it’s the pure innocence or the nostalgia of dressing up like a bride as a young girl…but there’s just something heart melting about a beach wedding flower girl. From dress choices to child-proofing your wedding ceremony, here are some helpful tips for your beach wedding flower girl experience. Beautiful and drama melt-down free.

Flower Girls by beach dunes at Florida wedding

Bride Guide: Beach Wedding Flower Girl

Asking Your Flower Girl

The process for choosing your flower girl is relatively simple. Whether it’s daughter of a bridesmaid, niece, goddaughter, etc. Here are some points to consider:

Flower girl on St. Augustine Beach holding flowers

  • Age appropriate: Flower girls are typically anywhere between 18 months (give or take) and 9 years old. Once they hit 9, they may be better suited as a “junior bridesmaid.” You can choose younger, or a non-walker for the tradition, but a bridesmaid or “mom” will need to “walk” her down the aisle.
  • Memorable invitation: So it’s totally standard to simply ask the parents first and then formally ask or invite your future flower girl. You can also take things a step further and double up with a wedding gift with something like this adorable bride/flower girl memory picture. And it’s totally customizable. What a sweet token to remember this special bond.

African American Flower Girls at Daytona Beach Wedding

Flower Girl Dress Choice:

  • Weather: First and foremost, consider your season. Now a destination Daytona Beach wedding is likely to be a warm environment. But that’s not to say we don’t have a chilly day here and again in January and February. So you don’t want your sweet little Miss shivering or sweating because of her inappropriate dress.
  • Color: White is the traditional flower girl color choice. However, it’s totally ok to think outside the box or add a splash of color with a sash or bow embellishment.
  • Style: You can stick with a similar style or fabric as your bridal gown or go a different way. I think it’s best to have a budget in mind and keep the affordability factor especially if you won’t be footing the bill. You can check out a variety of ideas and styles on Pinterest and Etsy.

  Flower Girl and Ring boy on the beach wedding

  • Accessories/Footwear: So barefoot is best for little walkers. If your wedding is peak summer season, a securely strapped, light sandal may be best to keep little toes from the heat. As for accessories, you can find lots of cute ideas from headpieces to jewerly, flower baskets and more at Etsy.com

Pre-Wedding Practice

It’s important to communicate with your flower girl’s parents the timeline for when and where to be the day of your wedding. Make sure you communicate who will be transporting/walking/caring for your flower girl the day of the wedding. The idea is to enjoy each other’s presence and cherished wedding relationship. NOT a hectic babysitting scene from the movie “Problem Child.” It’s VERY important for kids to know the expectations in order to ensure compliance, understanding, and no misunderstandings. Don’t let the wedding day be the first time she hears these reminders. Take note to discuss:

  • Procedure for walking down the aisle/flower dispersing/where to go after the aisle (standing or sitting)
  • Expected noise levels at a wedding
  • Photography shoot post wedding
  • Length of wedding (though most young kids don’t have a great concept of time, explaining the wedding timeline helps and a candy bribe doesn’t hurt) 😉

Bride and Flower girl at Florida Beach wedding St. Augustine by ocean

The Wedding Day

So you’ve chosen the dress, you’ve reviewed expectations, now it’s show time! Here are some fool proof tips for a great beach wedding flower girls experience:

  • Who’s in charge? Make sure the flower girl’s “supervisor” (AKA mom, bridesmaid, etc.) reviews the plan for the ceremony. This “supervisor” should also make sure the flower girl has a:
    • Snack/Drink: A quick, mess free snack and sip of water isn’t a bad idea before walking the aisle. Once it’s all said and done it could be a while before the next meal post wedding.
    • Bathroom Break: Nothing like a potty dance or scurried rush to the bathroom in the middle of your wedding ceremony!
  • Flowers: Fake flowers are BANNED from certain beaches so be sure to stick with the real deal and check with your Beach Wedding Company regarding this.
  • Flexibility: Some times the best laid plans just don’t work out. So if your flower girl is having a diva melt down or just too nervous to walk the aisle, don’t worry. The show must go on. Have your designated “supervisor” walk/carry her down the aisle or down the beach a bit while she calms down.
  • Treats: It’s always nice to offer a little treat as a reward for a job well done and to keep the little one entertained/happy. Some ideas are bubbles, candy, a small toy. You can arrange ahead of time who will be in charge of bringing that to the beach.

Flower girl and bridesmaids pose on Siesta Key beach

Well that covers it! Are you ready for your beach wedding flower girl to make way for you down the aisle? Click to book your Beach Wedding!

Q & A for a St. Augustine Beach Wedding

Since St. Augustine is known for its attractions in the old city, including Fort Matanzas, many couples may be wondering if St. Augustine is the right choice for beach weddings. Situated along the Atlantic Ocean, StAugustine’s pristine beaches we use for weddings include Vilano Beach north of the city to Butler Beach and Anastasia State Park. The area’s beaches feature a fishing pier, waterfront restaurants, pavilions, and shops. The beach is about 5 miles from the downtown historic area. Let’s answer some questions to help you make a decision regarding this lovely (and lively) location for your wedding day.

Castillo de San Marcos

Is it better to stay at the beach or in the city?

The beautiful and clean beaches of St. Augustine can best be enjoyed if you stay at a hotel at the beach. With many good restaurants to suit every taste and budget, it is easy to walk out to the beach without having to find or pay for parking. To get the best of both worlds, why not buy a ticket for a trolley tour and you can ride the shuttle bus (and the trolley train) to old town St Augustine to see all the attractions there.

Vilano Beach

Tucked away in this charming little beach town you’ll find shopping, fun eateries and beach cottages to rent. The town of Vilano Beach offers a charming Art Deco look, and this local beach is wonderful. However, Vilano Beach is undergoing a refresh project as part of a post-storm recovery effort so it may not be available for weddings until later in 2021. We recommend you ask us about this location and we can find out for you.

Couple saying wedding vows on Vilano Beach at sunset

St. Augustine Main Beach

Everything is here for the ideal beach vacation—sunny accommodations, tropical seaside restaurants, a beachfront park with an impressive fishing pier, pavilion, splash park and sand volleyball. Plus, a relaxed attitude. This is a great beach for families, and has a wide variety of restaurants to choose from. The harder packed sand is perfect for riding a bike or taking a romantic walk together at sunset.

Anastasia State Park

Located on Anastasia Island, with 1,600 acres, including four miles of pristine beach, tidal salt marshes and hammock preserves, Anastasia State Park has just about everything a wedding couple could ask for! Once you arrive at Anastasia Park Beach, you’ll realize that it’s the perfect wedding destination. Imagine standing in front of the crystal clear ocean with your toes in the velvet sand saying “I do” to the one you love. Your family and friends will never forget the day they witnessed your vows in this natural paradise. There are plenty of opportunities for our beach wedding photographer to capture every memory, like the couple below who married with our Rustic Romance ceremony package.

Couple kissing under beach wedding arch St. Augustine FL

What beaches can you drive on?

There is no beach driving permitted on the beaches near Fort Matanzas or in Anastasia State Park. Otherwise passes can be obtained from toll booth operators during the beach season. However, you don’t need to worry about driving in and setting up your beach wedding decor because Florida Beach Weddings takes care of it all. You just show up on the St. Augustine beach and say your vows…so easy and stress-free.

Driving on St. Augustine Beach

Is the beach good for swimming

The shells are abundant so if you like to look for shells, these ocean beaches may be a good spot for you. The Atlantic ocean water is clear and blue and perfect for swimming, fishing, surfing and boating.

Couple under wedding veil at St. Augustine wedding

Where can I have a wedding reception?

The Sea Turtle Pavilion is located close to the ocean and lifeguarded beach in Anastasia State Park. It features water and electric services. Click here to view more rental information. Maximum occupancy – 130 guests. One of our couples decorated the pavilion in their wedding theme colors and it was so pretty for all their guests.

For a restaurant dinner reception after your St. Augustine beach wedding ceremony, A1A Ale works is a place to be considered. They have two private dining options, one for up to 60 guests and one for larger parties, so weddings of all sizes can have a private dining option.

St. Augustine Beach weddings and receptions at a1a aleworks provide beautiful views

Really, it will be difficult to find a more charming and wonderful place to have your beach wedding than St. Augustine. Once you have paid your deposit and secured your wedding date, it will be nothing but fun to choose your wedding dress and find your perfect wedding package design. Why not choose the Destiny package below: it is our most customizable design with over 20 colors to choose from. Contact one of our beach wedding planners today!

Just Engaged? Plan a Beach Wedding Everyone will Envy

Congratulations! It’s so exciting to get engaged and celebrate! However, after the BIG question, there are even more questions to answer: when and where? These days, those questions can be tough to answer. Even with the new COVID-19 vaccine, it may be awhile before traditional weddings and receptions get back to normal. So, these days many couples who want to get married are still considering outdoor, non-traditional venues. Destination weddings and elopements are more popular than ever and, in Florida, destination weddings offer the the most unique, beautiful venue: the BEACH!

Even during a pandemic, one thing remains constant: all brides desire a wedding ceremony that fulfills their dreams. That dream could be romantic, fun or dramatic. It could include flowers, rustic wood, lanterns, a variety of colors or flowing, silky fabric. Can you get this on the beach in Florida? Yes, you can! Beach wedding packages include all the elements of a traditional ceremony including on-trend, elegant decor, a wedding officiant, and music. Some may even include a wedding photographer or you have the option to add it (for less than a traditional photographer). You can have 100 guests if that is your dream, although many couples choose smaller guest counts during this time. Our Florida Beach Weddings packages start at $699 and at the top end average $2,500.

This couple is happy to say "I Do" under one of our Classic Distinctive Design Wedding Packages in Florida.

Which Florida Beach is Best for a Wedding?

Although very affordable, the beach a couple chooses will be a factor in the cost. Gulf beaches like Clearwater/St. Pete and Siesta Key are very popular because of the sunsets. However, with the Daytona Beach area is often less crowded and provides a variety of beaches. They offer you the Atlantic ocean and beautiful waves. Permits are less, and many places don’t have parking fees. Brides also love St. Augustine which is a historic city and Cocoa Beach which is the closest beach to Orlando. A reputable beach wedding planner can help you pick the right beach location for your ceremony.

However, do you really need to use a wedding planner or beach wedding company? The answer is no…BUT if you want an outdoor wedding ceremony everyone will envy, you should say YES! Besides the fact that you will have a much easier wedding experience, and will likely save some money if you do. Choosing a complete beach wedding package will be stress-free and, once you browse the gorgeous package designs with customizable options, you will be even more excited about your special day. Some of our most popular wedding ceremony designs include:

Rustic Romance Beach Wedding Package

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Wedding couple kissing on white chairs in St. Augustine

Floral Distinctive Design Beach Wedding Package

Click here for more infoClearwater couple poses by chalkboard sign announcing marriage on beach

Natural Distinctive Design Beach Wedding Package

Click here for more infoNatural branches and flowers on wedding arch Daytona Beach with couple

Teal Distinctive Design Beach Wedding Package

Click here for more infoWe present the newly married couple at this beautiful Teal Distinctive Package at a Florida Wedding on the beach.

Tropical Geometric Distinctive Design Wedding Package

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Nautical Knot Beach Wedding Package

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Nautical Knot wedding package and couple Palm Coast

Florida Destiny Beach Wedding Package

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Daytona Beach Wedding Packages with black bamboo, aisle way, chairs and officiant.

Beach Wedding Planning

The help you receive from your Beach Wedding Specialist will make every detail a sea breeze! After you reserve your date with a deposit she will:

  • Provide guidance in choosing exact ceremony location, time (tides or sunset), as well as the beach permit if required
  • Recommend many package options to design your wedding online with your wedding ideas
  • Assist you with ceremony vows (you can also choose to write your own)
  • Provide consultations by phone and email
  • Help you choose ceremony decorations including sand colors for the Unity Sand Ceremony
  • Provide recorded music for ceremony played on our PA system and decide if you want to add on a first dance under the wedding arch
  • Legally file your Florida marriage license after the ceremony, per Florida laws for resident and non resident couples
  • Provide recommendations for florists, salons, suggestions for a reception or celebration dinner, outline the best parking areas and more.

As you can see you, your partner, your guests will be comfortable and relaxed on your wedding day. Your friends will breathe a sigh of envy when looking at your photographs and you will remember your Florida Beach Wedding ceremony for a lifetime. So are you ready to plan when and where to say, ‘I do?’, then CLICK HERE to book a Florida Beach Wedding or browse more packages. You can also call our Beach Wedding Specialists at 386-214-6361.

Easy, Outdoor, Affordable Beach Weddings for 2021

Now that the COVID-19 vaccine is starting to be distributed in the United States, we can begin to think about when weddings might get back to normal and have some hope. Even though brides and wedding planners are optimistic, it’s going to take some time to get the vaccine to all the recipients in high priority groups…and even longer for the general population. So what does that mean for a couple that wants to get married in 2021? For the Fall wedding season, key populations may already be vaccinated: so hopefully we will be past most of the COVID-19 outbreak by that time.

Bride and Groom in Covid Masks on Clearwater Beach

Eric and Trisha in COVID-19 wedding masks on Clearwater Beach

But what about the earlier months in 2021? Experts advise that couples should continue to follow the safety measures advised so far. That’s why you might want to consider a Florida beach for your wedding: it’s outside, it’s warm and you can easily social distance. Zoom and live feeds can be used on the beach for relatives and friends that cannot be present.  Many couples get married legally on the beach, but put off the big wedding reception until they get home. Some have a small, outdoor dinner party at a Florida restaurant. Others may wait to schedule the reception party to go along with their first wedding anniversary, just to be on the safe side.

The bonus with a Florida Beach Wedding is that it will surely cost less than a wedding at home. Brides can still have a decorated ceremony, full of all the beautiful decorations they desire, at a much lower cost than a traditional wedding. Plus, you will likely get better weather with a beach wedding, even if it is early in the new year. They don’t call it the Sunshine State for nothing!

Bride and Groom say I do on a Florida Atlantic beach

Bride and Groom say I do on a Florida Atlantic beach with Tropical Decor

Having a large wedding reception is likely still out of the question in early 2021, so what can you offer your guests? Although masks and social distancing will still be necessary in some places, the bonus to hosting a destination ceremony in Florida is that you can entertain outside. You can definitely eat outdoors at a restaurant or a covered beach pavilion (like St. Augustine), and outdoor activities are everywhere in Florida. From mini-golfing to cycling to kayaking, there is a socially distant activity for everyone.

Anastasia Park Wedding Pavilion

Sea Turtle Pavilion at a St. Augustine Beach Wedding reception

“But is a destination wedding really that easy to plan?”, you might ask. You might think there is extra work involved. Well, really it’s quite simple if you have the right help. And by the end of this post, you’ll know everything that goes into planning a beach wedding in Florida. And from the comfort of your living room sofa, can plan your entire beach wedding that won’t break the bank! Here’s how:

1. Choose Your Wedding Date

Couple kisses at Daytona Beach Wedding

Couple kisses at Daytona Beach Shores Wedding

Bookings for summer 2021 are increasing as Coronavirus vaccine hope rises! So maybe you want to consider a Spring beach wedding or Fall. Whatever your choice, you want to be sure to get the right date for you and your beloved. Pent-up demand for travel makes it important for couples to book that important date as early as possible with the wedding provider of their choice.

2. Make Your Deposit

Couple kisses at Jacksonville Beach Wedding

Couple kisses at Jacksonville Beach wedding under lily bamboo wedding arch

Once you’ve decided your date, your deposit will reserve your selected beach location and date. And this deposit goes towards your package price once you decide on the right beach wedding package for your special day.

3. Choose Exact Time and Ceremony Decor

Are you looking for a late morning wedding with a quiet, intimate ceremony? Or will your wedding bells be ringing in the afternoon/evening hours with a sunset?

Upon your deposit payment, you will receive the User ID and Password to our selections pages.  Here you can make all of your important beach wedding ceremony selections.  A confirmation packet will be sent to you via email, where you can fill in all of your contact information, and selections electronically. Our professional design experience allows for easy decisions on your end and you can keep it as neutral or colorful as you like! Do you like white chairs or bamboo? Tropical flowers or lilies? Lots of green palms or starfish? You can even have black bamboo for your wedding arch if you like. Our goal is to provide a wide variety of themes and styles for almost any beach bride to love!

Bamboo chairs and tropical flowers on bamboo wedding arch on Daytona Beach

Aloha Destiny Package on Daytona Beach with bamboo chairs

Couple saying vows under lime and bamboo wedding arch on Siesta Key Beach, FL

Nautical Knot Wedding Ceremony Package on Siesta Key

4. Getting Here/Staying Here

Basically you just need to find a way to get to the beach, find something to wear, and come with marriage license in hand! Airline travel is expected to pick up in the second quarter of 2021 as the vaccine continues to roll out. With Orlando, Daytona Beach, Tampa and Sarasota International Airports all within 10 minutes to 70 minutes of the beach, your travel arrangements should be easy to make. Airlines are taking safety measures seriously in 2021.

Treasure Island Beach Weddings in Clearwater at the Thunderbird hotel

Thunderbird Beach Resort, Treasure Island near St. Pete, FL

We can see that Florida has many hotels to offer and the hygiene of guests is very important. Our Florida Beach Weddings company can help you with recommendations in your desired beach location. We can also help you with restaurants, florists, hair salon recommendations and more.

5. Wedding Dress

Choosing a wedding dress is such a timeless right of passage for brides. And just because you’re getting married on a beach doesn’t mean you can’t pick out an elaborate wedding dress. Or, maybe you love the idea of a casual wedding dress, short dress or bohemian style. Whatever your style, whatever your budget, choose a dress/groom attire that suits you and matches your personality.

Barefoot bride and groom kiss after St. Augustine beach wedding

St. Augustine Beach bride and groom

That’s it. Seriously. You just basically learned to plan your destination wedding in Florida. You don’t have to settle for a drive-through or middle of the street wedding ceremony. You don’t have to wait forever to get married. Run away and tie the knot the way YOU want! Click HERE to contact our beach wedding specialists today.

Hiring a Professional Wedding Photographer

So you’re probably reading this for one of two reasons:

  1. You’re getting married and need a wedding photographer.
  2. You’re getting married and not sure if a professional photographer is worth the money.

And if neither of those reasons pertain to you (maybe you are just dreaming about weddings) then, welcome anyway! Hiring a professional beach wedding photographer is an easy choice if you ask us. And with our Florida Beach Weddings company, you have the option add a staff photographer to any of our wedding ceremony packages, for a small fee. Is it worth it? Let’s explore the top 5 reasons to hire a professional wedding photographer.

1. Experience

Well a no-brainer really, but let’s clarify. So having a friend snap some shots on his/her latest iPhone may seem tempting to save a few bucks on photography. However, the angles, tricky lighting, perfect timing, are all things a few YouTube tutorials cannot replace when faced with years of experience. Professional wedding photographers have to know the flow of the ceremony to make sure the bride and groom are the objects of attention. Also, you want your friend to enjoy your wedding ceremony and not have to think about (or miss) any important shots or poses. It’s definitely a lot of pressure to put on someone. It’s less stressful to know your special day is in capable and experienced hands for the first kiss, Unity sand ceremony pouring, ring exchange, etc. Our photographer have down hundreds of beach ceremonies in all weather and lighting conditions. They love doing it and you can check out our photo gallery to see for yourself!

2. Reliability

Daytona Beach Weddings exclusive photographer poses the bride and groom.

Late, last minute cancellation, dead battery, full storage space. All things your professional wedding photographer will NOT have issues with. The wedding professionals are prepared. And they have a back up for batteries, memory cards, and worst case, even themselves. Another professional could stand in. Whereas your friend who caught the stomach bug probably doesn’t have a replacement on hand.

3. Editing

So getting the perfect shot is only half of it: brighten, darken, soften, touch up, remove unwanted objects. This is all part of the job for an experienced photographer/editor who has done thousands of shots. That speedo jumping character in the photo background can be easily erased with a few handy photoshop tricks to preserve the beauty and magic of your special day.

4. Affordability

Wait, WHAT?! Yes, there are photographers out there who charge more money for your wedding photoshoot than a down payment on your new home. But our Beach Wedding Company isn’t in that category. So by eliminating the middle man and using staff photographers, the result is easy on your wallet.

5. Forever

Your marriage, your vows, your photos. Your wedding photos will adorn your walls, Christmas cards, Facebook page, Instagram feed…and they never get old. Your wedding photos are your one way to preserve the beauty and experience of your destination wedding: the beach venue, package decorations, first kiss and more. These photos will be passed on for generations and hiring a professional wedding photographer means clear and perfect shots and the preservation of a once in a lifetime experience.

Beach wedding couple in Siesta Key by Gulf

So….ready to have your wedding photos hanging up in your home? Click HERE for more information on booking your Beach Wedding!