Kelly found us online and snagged us up quickly for her destination, St. Pete Beach wedding at the stunning Tradewinds Resort. We were lucky to reserve a hotel room way ahead of time because while standing in line at check-in we heard a couple of people being turned away and they were complaining that there were no hotel rooms available on the whole beach!
Kelly's dress was perfect for the beach. It was delicate and flowing like the ocean breeze, and a light sand color with a beige sash and cream silk flower.
The couple chose sweet songs for the processional. The groom, Jeff, walked down the aisle to Tom Petty's, "Angel Dream." The bride walked down the aisle to, "Lucky" by Jason Mraz."
The scorching summer sun was headed off nicely by the off shore breeze that luckily didn't interfere with our wireless mic too much.
Instead of the candle ceremony (which would have been a disaster in the wind) the couple poured sand into a vase.
Michael, of Frank Lebano and Co. DJ's played the tunes as guests snacked during a beach side cocktail hour on the lawn while Robert Richards snapped the pics (not these, these are stills from the video).
The guests were treated to crab, lobster, shrimp along with fresh, crisp veggies and fruit with a variety of sauces. I noticed that the Tradewinds has a labyrinth of strings above guest sitting and eating areas, to keep the sea gulls from diving down steeling the sea food and exceptionally yummy fare out of the guest's hands and plates!
Jeff and Kelly did a sunset photo shoot then joined their guests over on the courtyard. At the courtyard, large round tables were decorated with sheer, light beige chiffon fabric draped over white cloths , then matching chiffon fabric wrapped wooden white chairs and tied around the back. The centerpieces were huge vases of candles and sand dollars nestled in sand.
After the first dance, (Joshua Radin's, "Today") Jeff gave a toast to his new bride that brought tears to everybody's eyes. Then the party began...Mike was one of those DJ's who mixed the beats together and creates new songs out of the ones he is switching between. It was a great atmosphere, really happy with great weather and a beautiful sky getting redder until darkness set in and the bright moon lit the sky.
The cake was topped with beach chairs on 2 layers, then the rest was made of stunning little cupcakes, matching the beach colors with super cute little shell shapes molded into the icing.
Check out the video to see much more of this wedding set to great music, sweet vows, and how fun the garter and bouquet toss was. The wedding was a huge success and the video was a blast to film and edit. I love destination weddings! Set me up at the beach anytime, Thanks Jeff and Kelly, I hope you love your video!!
p.s. if you like this highlight, you can check out the super fun and short teaser video I put together for them when I first started working on the video.