A beautiful bride. Her handsome groom. Skies that cleared up to the perfect shade of blue. The sun shining down brightly, yet not nearly as radiant as their love for one another. That was Kristen and Charlie’s wedding. It was a day we had all been looking forward to and it was a day that did not disappoint. Friends and family surrounding them, both of them glowing from the inside out. A celebration of love and commitment, as these two became husband and wife.
Charlie and Kristen chose the Clearwater Yacht Club for their ceremony and reception, but for their couple shots, we slipped away to the lovely Sand Key Beach. The bridesmaids looked stunning in long navy dresses, which brought the nautical feel of their wedding to life. Kristen slipped into her gorgeous gown with her mom by her side and her best girls surrounding her. Holding a piece of her baby blanket around her bouquet, now embroidered with her new last name, Kristen was breathtaking. And it wasn’t long before her dad was brought to tears during their incredibly sweet first look.
Charlie got his first glimpse of his stunning bride as she turned the corner with her father. Then they exchanged vows overlooking the water, with a steady breeze in Kristen’s veil. It was a thoughtful and sweet ceremony, with Charlie’s brother in law as the officiant.
Our time together for couple shots felt like a dream. We simply couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day and I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect couple photograph. When they stepped in front of the camera, Kristen and Charlie literally beamed. We captured some of the sweetest and most powerful images ever during our time on the beach.
When Kristen and Charlie entered their reception, they began with a choreographed dance, which charmed their guests! The rest of the evening was full of laughter, dancing and celebrating. Oh and did I mention dancing? Seriously, their nephews and nieces had some of the best moves I’ve ever seen! They left under an arch of sparklers, with one last dip and kiss! It was the perfect ending to a perfect day!
It’s not often you see me slipping into a picture after hours of shooting in the Florida sun, but for these girls- you bet! What an incredible honor it has been to capture all three of their wedding days. So many precious memories and friendships have been made over the years and it literally makes my heart swell to think about both those moments, but also all that lies ahead for them and their husbands. This is one of the greatest rewards of capturing people’s stories- relationships that go beyond the images on your screen. Thank you Kelsey, Maggie and Kristen for being some of the best brides a photographer could ever ask for!
Charlie and Kristen, It has been a privilege to get to know you over the years and to be a part of so many celebrations with you and your friends. We are so honored that you invited us to capture your amazing day and we hope these pictures will bring countless smiles to your faces, but more so to your hearts. We pray God’s richest blessings over your marriage and we look forward to keeping in touch as you begin your new adventure as husband and wife. Congratulations!
We love you both,
Annie and Rahul
The Creative Team
Dress: Ti Adora by Alvina Valenta | Tuxes: Men’s Warehouse | Florals: Chib Anderson | Make-Up and Hair: Lauren Edwards of Style Hair and Makeup | Catering: Clearwater Yacht Club | Cake: Cakes by Carolyn