From Downtown Dunedin to Downtown Tampa, Katie and Juan’s wedding did not lack incredible locations or stunning views. I started the weekend capturing photos at their rehearsal. I love having this opportunity to really get to know not only the couple more, but also their families. We all got comfortable with the settings of the Historic Andrews Memorial Chapel and then headed just down the street to The Fenway Hotel. Downtown Dunedin has so much to offer in such a close proximity. The Fenway Hotel is a dream come true as it offers not only beautiful architecture, but also waterfront views. During this this time, I was able to get Juan and Katie to sneak away for a Hello perfect golden hour shots!
Then it was time for the day Katie and Juan had been waiting…and waiting…and waiting a little longer for. Unfortunately, the pandemic cancelled their original wedding date and the two to that followed. That made this day even more important for this couple and it was finally happening! We started the day again in Dunedin. The Historic Andrews Memorial Chapel features gorgeous cathedral windows and is filled with warm wood tones inside. It was such a special location to get to see Katie and Juan finally get to say “I Do” and officially become husband and wife. The couple, along with friends and family celebrated with a bubble exit.
The Jolly Trolley was waiting for the bride and groom to board for the next event in Downtown Tampa. I actually had the chance to ride the Trolly with the family and bridal party. Similar to Dunedin, Downtown Tampa offers incredible historic sites all within walking distance of water. Before heading to the reception, the bridal party and family took their portraits in the streets of downtown. Katie and Juan finished their Bride and Groom Portraits alone, while the rest rode the trolly to the reception. The couple had a chance to breathe and enjoy the fresh air together as newlyweds on their way to The Tampa Club.
The views were only made better by the choice of reception location. The Tampa Club is on the 42nd floor and offers 180-degree views of the city and Tampa Bay. For these kinds of active weddings, it is important to maximize your photography by hiring a two photographers for your day. My second shooter, Milly Vadi, was able to capture stunning memories of all the details and guests enjoying cocktail hour. These outdoor photos were some of my absolute favorites from all of the wedding festivities.
Around 6 pm, is when the reception began. Katie and Juan truly enjoyed having all their loved ones in one room to finally celebrate their commitment to each other. We were able to sneak out during the reception for some breathtaking bride and groom portraits. These photos show the raw emotion of this day. It was truly a pleasure getting to capture Katie and Juan’s wedding weekend.