If you google Key West Wedding Photographer there are over 2 million sites that pop up. And while I’m nowhere near page one on the SEO list, I hope to work my way up to at least top 10. I had the best time this past February photographing Jess and Dan’s wedding weekend in Key West Florida. There is just something about the Keys that is like no other place on the planet. It’s laid back, it’s ocean, it’s good vibes, it’s just the Keys. Jess and Dan welcomed all their wedding guests at the Waterfront Brewery. Voted Key West’s Best Pub this brewery, which opened its doors in 2015, boasts of the best new brews, freshest fish, and nicest location to watch the sunset in the heart of old town. Bottom line, if you come to Key West, add this location to your “must see/experience list”. Jess and Dan reserved the rooftop deck where guests enjoyed craft beers, freshly made ceviche and lots of hugs and laughter. I was excited to pull the two of them away for a little bit and photograph them around the property. World renowned marine life artist, Wyland, was commissioned to paint a mural around the brewery building. I couldn’t help myself but put Jess and Dan in front of a giant tiger shark, and manta ray. But better then the backdrop and beer were the people. Love and friendships were everywhere. You could see it and feel it between all the guests. Here are some of my favorites from their rehearsal dinner evening. And stay tuned for their wedding day blog at Casa Marina!

Bride and Groom Poses For Wedding Photo in Key West FloridaOcean Mural on the Waterfront Brewery in Key West FloridaThe rooftop deck at the waterfront brewery is a great place for a wedding receptionThe birds eye view of the Key West MarinaRehearsal Dinner Set up at the Waterfront Brewery in Ke West FloridaBride Wears Short Cocktail Dress for Wedding in Key West FloridaEngagement Session out front of the waterfront Brewery in Key West FloridaOcean Inspired Key West Engagement SessionCouple Wears Coastal Colors for rehearsal dinner in Key West FloridaTiger Shark with Bride and Groom only in The Florida KeysCouple Poses in front of Wylands Whaling Wall in Key WestWedding Reception Guests at the Waterfront Brewery

My favorite place to photograph a wedding in Tampa is Oxford Exchange. There is just something about an Oxford Exchange Wedding. The architecture is divine. The materials used in this building remind me of Europe, where glass, marble, brick and metals are respected and well maintained. The service and food are top notch. But with Marissa and Clayton’s Oxford Exchange wedding, I have to say, my favorite part, were the people. This wedding was SO full of love and beautiful moments between the families, the friends, and the couple.  The good energy was everywhere. I truly loved how much Marissa incorporated the families. She wrote letters to all parents, gave sweet little gifts to all, and made sure that she had plenty of time for not only a first look with Clayton, but also her dad. After the first looks, we headed over to University of Tampa for some bridal party and bride and groom portraits. The light was stunning! The mismatched pastel Amsale bridesmaids dresses coupled with the mint and pink bouquets complimented the setting perfectly. Following portraits was the ceremony which took place upstairs at the Oxford Exchange. Again, all smiles, all love, lots of hugs and laughter. It was an all around beautiful heartfelt day. Marissa and Clayton, thank you so so much for trusting me to capture your day. I had so much fun and heart you both. Here are some of my favorites from their day along with the list of vendors who made their day possible.

Couple poses for a photo at University of TampaBride and Bridesmaids dresses hanging inside Oxford ExchangeBadgley Mischka wedding shoes at Oxford ExchangePersonalized bridesmaids hangers with amsale dresses Bridesmaids toasting the bride at an Oxford Exchange WeddingBride wears floor length veil for her oxford exchange wedding in Tampa Floridamother daughter moment while getting ready at the Oxford Exchangebride seeing herself in her Martina Liana wedding dress for the first timebride and groom exchanging gifts father daughter first look at Oxford ExchangeBride and Groom have their first look on the upper level of the Oxford ExchangeTampa couple does their first look before the ceremonyA first look is a wonderful time between bride and groom before weddingSuccessful first look with bride and groom at Oxford Exchange in the studyBride and Groom walk hand in hand out front of Oxford Exchange in TampaBridesmaids are wearing light pink Amsale dresses by Bella BridesmaidsGroom and his groomsmen all wearing black tuxedosAmsale gowns and mint and pastel florals for this Tampa Spring wedding at Oxford Exchangemismatched Amsale gowns and mint and pastel florals by CarmenBlack tie Bridal Party Poses at University of TampaHandsome couple weds at the Oxford Exchange in TampaGroom kisses his bride before the wedding startsBride wears a beautiful Martina Liana wedding dress and veil which she purchased from Malindy Elene in Tampa Veil blowing in the breeze while bride and groom cross the street to return to their Oxford Exchange Wedding Parents of the bride and groomParents of the bride kiss their daughter before she walks down the aislemother son moment before the wedding begins in TampaCarmenbride walking down the aisle at Oxford ExchangeBeautiful Black tie wedding upstairs at Oxford Exchangethe first kiss as husband and wifeJust married in Tampa FloridaReception set up in the conservatory of Oxford ExchangeCarmenWedding Reception set up in the restaurant of Oxford ExchangeBeautiful reception table floral arrangements by Carmentable settings were named after different suburbs in Atlanta The famous faces wall at Oxford ExchangeWedding Cake by Chocolate Pi with Eucalyptus leavesCouple poses outside of Oxford ExchangeBride and Groom walk down the cobblestone street outside of Oxford Exchange the brides radiant smile Groom twirling bride around during first dance at Oxford ExchangeWedding Reception at Oxford Exchangeprops make a great addition to any wedding receptionmini doughnuts from the mini Donut Factory for a late night wedding snack at Oxford Exchange Bride and groom have a sparkler exit at the Oxford ExchangeBride and Grooms grand exit from the Oxford Exchange

Wedding Ceremony :: Oxford Exchange  Wedding Reception :: Oxford Exchange Wedding Planner :: Sarah Fairban from One Fine Day Events Wedding Photographer :: Stephanie A Smith Photography Florist :: Carmen’s Flowers Wedding Dress :: Martina Liana Wedding Dress Store :: Malindy Elene Wedding Shoes :: Badgley Mischka Bridesmaids Dresses :: Amsale Bridesmaids Dress Store :: Bella Bridesmaids Jewelry :: Etsy Hair :: Mint Salon Makeup :: Blow Bar Groom and Groomsmen Tuxedos :: Men’s Warehouse Cake :: Publix Mini Doughnut {Late Night Snack } Mini Doughnut Factory DJ :: Grant Hemond and Associates  Second Shooter :: Bara Miller

I knew that this was going to be an amazing wedding to be a part of the moment I talked to Charlsey on the phone. She told me a little bit about herself, her fiancé, and her vision for their destination Don Cesar wedding. She wanted elegant, but not arrogant, coastal, but not beachy, classy but not overdone.  And while beautiful details mattered, it was the people and the moments that were most important to her. I LOVE that. I never had a chance to meet her before her wedding, however we exchanged a great big hug as soon as we saw each other. I felt like I had been helping my friend plan her wedding and we were finally getting a chance to celebrate together. Charlsey and Andrew opted for the first look prior to the ceremony. They wanted to alleviate wedding day jitters as well as accomplish some of the family and bridal party photos. The first look was absolutely priceless. Andrew started tearing up before even seeing Charlsey, and as soon as he took one look at her, the water works started from both of them. I loved their style for the wedding as well. They went with golds and greens. Classic, timeless colors that compliment the Don Cesar perfectly. 2 Birds events did an amazing job with the greenery in the bouquets as well as the baby gold pineapples for the guys boutonnieres. The sunset pictures of the two of them were unreal, can you say supermodels?! It was just such an amazing wedding to be a part of and Charlsey and Andrew, I can’t thank you enough for entrusting me to photograph your day.

Below are some of my favorite images from their destination wedding at the Don Cesar, along with the list of vendors who made it possible.

Courtyard View of the Don Cesar during a weddingBride and Groom Sharing a tender moment on St Pete beach in front of the Don CesarBride getting into her nicole Miller Bridal Dress at the Don CesarBridesmaids wearing gold strapless dresses from NordstromGroom model wearing hugo boss suit on his wedding day at the Don Cesar Bride and Groom first look at the Don Cesar wedding venueBest first look reaction from a groom everBride cries during first look with groom at Don Cesar on St Pete BeachBride and Groom have a tender moment before their wedding ceremony at the Don CesarBridesmaids wear gold while their bouquets are all greeneryGroomsmen and groom looking sharp in fitted Hugo Boss suitsGreen Foliage Wedding Bouquets designed by 2Birds eventsClassic Wedding at the Don Cesar hotelWedding invitations created by Vista PrintWedding Ceremony on St Pete BeachBride and Groom Wed on the courtyard steps of the Don Cesar hotel on St Pete BeachWedding Ceremony on the courtyard steps at the Don CesarBride and Groom just married walking down the aisle togetherBride and Groom walking out on St Pete BeachStunning Couple Weds at the Don cesar on St Pete Beach Couple Holds Their Destination Wedding at the Don cesarSunset Moment between Newlyweds on St Pete BeachLong Veils Are Beautiful for Destination Beach WeddingsCouple Kisses in the sand on St Pete BeachTropical Bouquet made out of green foliage and baby pineapples by 2Birds eventsModel Couple Gets Married at the Don cesar hotelBride and Groom Elope for their destination wedding on St Pete BeachBeautiful Backless Wedding Dress By Nicole Miller BridalSweet Moment Between Newlyweds outside of the Don Cesar Bride is all smiles in her Nicole Miller Wedding DressThe sexiest groom ever photographed wears Hugo Boss tuxedoBanana leaf and palm leaves make great decor for a destination wedding receptionGold Pineapples and green foliage are trending for wedding reception decorGold pineapples are trading for 2017 and 2018 wedding seasonDessert bar for a don cesar weddinggreenery and gold for the destination wedding at the Don Cesar on St Pete BeachBride and groom have their first dance Cigar Roller is a great addition to any destination wedding receptionModel couple cuts their wedding cake at the Don Cesar wedding

Wedding Ceremony :: Don Cesar Wedding Reception :: Don Cesar Wedding Planner :: Bri with Cheers Events Wedding Dress :: Nicole Miller Dress Store :: Che Bella Boutique Bridesmaids Wedding  Veil :: Che Bella Boutique Dresses :: Nordstrom Jewelry :: R & M Diamonds Groom & Groomsmen Attire :: Hugo Boss Wedding Cake :: Don Cesar Invitations and Programs :: Vista Print Hair and Makeup :: Rose Johnson of Style Hair and Makeup Floral Designer :: 2Birds Events Wedding Photographer :: Stephanie A Smith 

As I begin to work on this blog posting it is drizzly and dreary outside. A far cry from my Carlyle and Jeremy’s Biddeford Pool Wedding last August.  Their wedding weekend was nothing short of amazing. Perfect weather, great food, family and friends, and of course the CUTEST ringbearer pup ever, Sammie! The vibe of the day was completely relaxed and fun. Carlyle and Jeremy opted for a first look so that they could spend some time with each other before the ceremony. Having everything in one location made it easy to move about the property. And with the beautiful backdrop of Biddeford Pool there is not a bad place to take a photo. The ceremony took place out on the lawn, while cocktail hour and dinner was held under the sperry tent. Immediately following a fireworks display which was a surprise gift from the brother of the bride to his sister, Kitchen Chicks catering invited all the guests inside the rustic barn for dancing, dessert and a sparkler send off. It truly was an affair to remember. Carlyle and Jeremy, thank you for letting me be a part of your wedding weekend. Here are some of my favorites from their day as well as a list of all the awesome vendors who make their dream come to life. Also, if you want to check our their lobster bake rehearsal dinner just click here.

Bride and Groom at sunset in biddeford pool maineEasy Wedding Invitations for a summer wedding in MaineNew England house with cedar shakeBridesmaids clutches by Sea Bags MaineLoose Looking Flower Bouquet for Wedding in MaineBridesmaids in embroidered robes for Maine weddingBride and Groom First Look in Biddeford Pool MaineRingbearer Dog named Sammie for Maine weddingSummer Bridal Portraits with loose greenery floral bouquetGroomsmen portraits on the rocky coast of MaineWedding Ceremony Location overlooking Biddeford Pool MaineFlowergirls wearing babysWedding Ceremony on the rocky coast of MaineThree Generations of Women in MaineRingbearer is the couples dog, SammieBride and Groom Kiss Amongst the wooded trees of MaineKitchen Chicks Catering a wedding in Biddeford Pool MaineCoastal Wedding Design with hydrangeasrocks for name tags at wedding in MaineCoastal Design For a Summer time wedding in Biddeford Pool MaineA flower pup named Sammie Bride poses with her dog at wedding in MaineKitchen Chicks serving a summertime caprese salad Bridal Party Portraits on the rocky coastlineGroomsmen show off their happy socks lobster socksBridesmaids wearing mint green davids bridal dresses Bride and groom walking hand in hand along Maine coastlinea tender moment between the newlywedsBride and groom reflection in biddeford pool pondGroom twirls his bride along coastline in MaineFireworks in Biddeford Pool Maine 4th of JulyBarn Reception Venue in Biddeford Pool MaineBiddeford Pool Wedding Reunion with local high schoolersAll guests at this wedding were from Biddeford PoolBiddeford Pool Wedding with all the local Maine peopleSparkler Exit in Biddeford Pool MaineKissing Couple Surrounded by Sparklers in Maine

Wedding Ceremony and Reception  :: Private Estate in Biddeford Pool Maine Videographer :: LMV Productions Caterer :: Kitchen Chicks Catering  Cake :: Let Them Eat Cake Tent Rental :: Sperry Tent Marshall Tent and Event Florist Nancy Williams Band :: Music Man DJ Wedding Dress Store :: Hannelores Wedding Shoes :: Jack Rogers  Bridesmaids Dresses :: Davids Bridal Bridesmaids Clutches :: Sea Bags Maine RingBearer Pup :: Sammie Hair and Makeup :: Lindsey Green Second Shooter :: Jordan Weiland Photography

If there is one bucket item suggestion I could make to you, it would be to visit the state of Maine in the summer. The weather is divine, the flowers are blooming, the coastline is picturesque, the seabreeze is constant and cooling. It’s magnificent. For me, there is nothing better then shooting a wedding in Maine in the summer. Biddeford Pool Weddings are some of my favorites and I want to share an amazing wedding weekend I was a part of last summer in Maine.

Carlyle and Jeremy grew up in Biddeford Pool, so it was the perfect fit to host their wedding there. The rehearsal dinner took place on the same property as the wedding the following day. Family and out of town friends joined them for a lobster bake on the beach {well more like cliff side}

Kitchen Chicks provided the food and beverages for the evening. And Marshall Tent and event rental provided the stunning sperry tent which created an amazing rehearsal dinner space. Speeches were given. Love and laughter resonated throughout. I was really excited when Carlyle and Jeremy allowed me to pull them away for a bit and take them down to the rocks for sunset photos. They were just as excited as I was to see the sunset as it had been cloudy the days before.

I’m extremely excited to share their Biddeford Pool wedding images with you as well, but for now, let’s get started with their rehearsal dinner. Here are some of my favorites from that evening.

 

Sperry Tent Rehearsal Dinner in Biddeford Pool MaineBride and Groom Lobster Aprons for rehearsal dinnerKirchen Chicks Catering in Biddeford Pool MaineCliffside Lobster Bake in Biddeford Pool MaineDog Attending A Wedding Navy and white striped linens for rehearsal dinner Lobster Bake in MaineTraditional New England Lobster Bake Makes for a great rehearsal dinner option for a summer weddingBride and Groom and Dog During Wedding PhotosBride and Groom Pose For Photos During Wedding in Biddeford PoolBiddeford Pool Engagement Session of couple on rocky coastlineCouple walking along rocky shoreline in MaineBride and Groom Pose for Maine WeddingMaine Wedding Photography along the shorelineLobster Bake in Biddeford Pool Maine provided by Kitchen Chicks catering

 

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