Valerie and Ryan are one of the most fun-loving couples I’ve met. They’re super sweet, totally down to earth and a complete blast. So I basically knew their St. Petersburg wedding at gorgeous Sunken Gardens was going to be one of my faves.
Valerie started her day at the beautiful Hollander Hotel in downtown St. Pete. She spent the morning with her closest friends and family while getting ready for the big day. Valerie is a no-stress bride with an easy breezy attitude. She laughed and celebrated while hair and makeup did their thing and smiled her way all through photos before heading to Sunken Gardens for the ceremony.
Her dress was the perfect choice for her petite frame and it looked absolutely breathtaking on. I’m also in LOVE with her orange heels. I mean seriously, they are FABULOUS! Little pops of color in the details always make me swoon!
It was so fun taking creative shots at the Hollander. If you haven’t checked this place out you definitely should. It’s such an eclectic place with a really cool vibe!
Ryan prepped at Sunken Gardens and looked handsome in gray with pops of orange and brown.
Sunken Gardens didn’t disappoint with it’s lush landscape and gorgeous, tranquil, manicured walkways. The backdrop to the ceremony with bright bougainvillea was a perfect pop of pink that complimented the crisp, white chairs and fresh cut lawn. I love all the smiled and bursts of laughter while exchanging vows. Valerie and Ryan are so in love and it was obvious to everyone attending their wedding that these two were meant to be!
We had fun for couples portraits around the property. The brick walkways, darkened sky and bursts of wind gave us the opportunity for some very romantic images.
Off to the reception where everyone enjoyed great drinks, photo booth fun, delicious food and dancing. SO MANY SMILES! This wedding was a blast and I am so glad I had to the amazing privilege to celebrate with this couple as their photographer!!
Cheers to a lifetime of love and happiness!!
Cake- Kate Hlas – @KateHlas on IG
Florist- Green Bench Flowers
Makeup – Rose Johnson – IG @ameliarosebeauty
DJ- DJ Rodney Coro
Caterer- Puff N Stuff
Photobooth- Tampa Selfie
Officiant- Al Hankel
Venue: Sunken Gardens
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