I have known Tom and his family for over 15 years, and I was so excited when he and Dawn asked me to photograph their wedding this December. It's not every day that I get to shoot a wedding filled with so many close friends while simultaneously escaping the Ohio winter for warm white sand beaches in Florida! Jess, a local Tampa photographer, joined me for the morning.
We began the day at the Sirata Beach Resort on St. Pete Beach, where Dawn and Tom were getting ready. I stayed with the girls while Jess went with the guys. We then headed to downtown Tampa for the wedding ceremony at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. The church was absolutely gorgeous, and meanwhile the Santa Fest Christmas Parade was meandering through the streets outside. After the ceremony, we did portraits inside and outside the church nearby.
Afterwards, we went back to St. Petersburg. We did portraits in the grounds of Sirata as well as on the beach nearby, and finished with some sweet images of Dawn and Tom as the sun set over the Gulf Coast. Dawn and Tom then caught the end of their cocktail hour before the reception began upstairs. The reception was full of heartfelt toasts, personalized wine made by Tom, the father of the groom, and some killer dance moves by Kenzo, the ring bearer!
I'm so excited to share some favorite images below. Congratulations to Dawn and Tom!