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mary + ryan’s wedding story // tampa + punta gorda wedding photographer

From the minute the day began, Mary was consumed with such deep and incredible joy that nothing could quelch it. The pressure of the clock, the sweltering heat, the dark rain clouds that led to Florida sprinkles – none could compare to the sheer delight of this bride as she anticipated becoming a wife.

Mary soaked in every precious moment – the hugs from her family, the way her flowers smelled, the feel of her gown as she swished from side to side, the emotional prayers offered up on her behalf, the cuddles from her nephew, the handwritten letter from her groom. You see, in the hustle and bustle of the festivities, Mary was careful to consider each second as a precious gift. It was almost as if she was tucking these moments away in her heart, these priceless memories that she would cling to and revisit for many years to come.

And then it was time…

She waltzed down the aisle- glowing, radiant, her sparkly Kate Spade Keds tucked just under her dress. With her stunning red hair perfectly placed; her beaming eyes locked on her groom. It was magical, just like a fairy tale and exactly how she had always dreamt it would be. And in this moment, she left everyone breathless.

And then there was Ryan, looking dapper in his vest and tie, who had been counting down the minutes until he would see his stunning bride turn the corner. He too was a picture of calmness, his heart intently set on thoughts of his future with Mary. Smiles and laughter filled the space as he got ready, but then tears welled up in his eyes when he at last spotted her.

The adoration, love and joy these two have for one another is nothing short of contagious. They light up when they are together, eyes shimmering with happiness and hearts overflowing with gratitude. You simply won’t meet kinder, more tender-hearted individuals than Mary and Ryan; and this is only one of the many reasons why we were so excited to capture their amazing day.

Since we met Mary years ago at the USF BCM, we knew God was going to use her mightily. Even then, she was a picture of grace and generosity, someone who made others feel at ease and well loved. As we have watched her grow, move on and embrace a new season in life- we have continued to see those traits at work in her life. On her wedding day, it was no different. The foundation that she and Ryan have in Christ overflows in their interactions with others and one another. How precious it is to see them walking out their faith, serving one another and committing to love Jesus together, as husband and wife.

Our hearts are bursting with excitement for their future and I’m so thrilled to share with you some of the most amazing parts of their incredible day!

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For months, Mary and I prayed that God would grant us a tiny sliver of golden sunlight so that we might sneak in a few more lovely moments to capture their love. He did not disappoint! This came just moments before raindrops began to fall. It was perfection.

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Hands down, one of the most creative exits I have ever witnessed!  

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Mary and Ryan, We are humbled that you chose us to spend the day with you, capturing the moments as they unfolded and helping to document your fierce love for one another. We are so excited to see what God continues to do in your lives as you continue to put Him first, to seek His best and to serve Him always. We love you both! Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. West!

Blessings,
Annie and Rahul

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The Creative Team 

Florals: North Port Natural Florist  |  Make-Up: Makeup Artistry By Corinne  | Hair: Turning Heads   |  Catering: Laishley Crab House   | Cake: Robyn Meadows  | DJ: Jam All Day Entertainment

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