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

 

  • Biddeford Pool Wedding » StephanieASmithBlog.Com - […] 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. […]

I can remember her email like it was yesterday. It was our first point of contact. I can recall her mentioning how she met her fiancé, their pup, Finn, and how my images resonated with her.  I felt like I already knew Samantha, and I loved everything about her.

She told me that she was planning a Carlouel Yacht Club Wedding in November of 2017 and wanted to know more about me and my wedding photography. We set up a time to meet and the rest is history. Samantha and Andrew are just that couple. They are sweet, adorable together, goofy with their fur baby, and just love genuine moments. They wanted to do their engagement session with their pup, Finn, so I suggested Ft Desoto state park.

It was absolutely magical. Couldn’t have asked for better weather or prettier light. I had so much fun with Samantha, Andrew, and Finn. Their wedding this fall at Carlouel is going to be amazing. Here are a few of my favorites from their shoot.

Cute couple doing their engagement session at Ft Desoto state parkCream colored sun dress is a great idea for a Florida engagement sessionWays to include your pup in your wedding daySuper cute candid moment during engagement session at Ft DesotoDog friendly beach on st pete beach at Ft Desoto state parkThe dog beach at Ft Desoto state park is a beautiful location for an engagement sessionCouple plays in the gulf of mexico during their engagement sessionNewly engaged couple kissing in a field of tall grass in Ft Desoto state parkSuper cute pose for a beach engagement sessionUnderwater engagement session on St Pete Beach

You may recognize this couple from the previous post . Or perhaps it was a few posts before that when I went up to Boston to photograph their fall engagement session. Or perhaps you recognize their faces from my instagram account @stephanieasmithphotography. But regardless, let me bring you the piece de resistance, their wedding day. I don’t think I can put into words how grateful I am for this couple, their families, and their friends. It was truly one of the most heart felt weekends I have been a part of. The love was everywhere. Genuine, robust, love towards everyone in attendance. And yes, Shea and Pete had a Boca Grande wedding at the Gasparilla inn and club so the setting couldn’t be beat, but it truly was the people who made the day. I hope that when you look through these images you not only see the beauty and style in their day but also feel the love displayed throughout their wedding. Shea and Pete, from the bottom of my heart, thank you so much for picking me. I feel so grateful to have been a part of your weekend. I heart you both so much! Here are some of my favorites from their day along with the list of vendors who made it all possible.

Wedding Ceremony :: Boca Grande United Methodist Church Wedding Reception :: The Lawn at Gasparilla Inn and Club Tent Rental :: Sperry Tents Wedding Dress Store :: Calvet Couture Bridal Dress Designer :: Lian Carlos Wedding Shoes :: Jimmy Choo Hair and Makeup :: Michele Renee Hair and Makeup Videographer :: Randall Productions Invitations :: Sweetly Said Press DJ :: Wiley Entertainment/ Jim Gable Linens :: Over the Top Linens Chairs & Chargers :: A Chair Affair Floral Designer :: Botanica Groom’s Attire :: Custom Groomsmen Attire :: Suit Supply Jewelry :: Swarovski Bridesmaids Dresses :: Blush by Hailey Paige Second Shooter :: Jordan Weiland Photography 

  • Cathy - So many beautiful shots.. Love the one with the Harp!
    Great Job , as usual Stephanie A Smith.