Nats & Drew

January 24, 2014

St Petersburg Wedding Photographer

Nats and Drew didn’t just invite me to shoot their wedding, they brought me into the fold. With a whole weekend of celebration and soaking in all their city has to offer, I’ve never been so far from home while feeling so at home at the same time. The community of friends and family that surround these two was a magnificent thing to witness.

And so, on my 29th birthday I woke up at 4am and jumped on a plane to Florida. I’d never been to the South before, but am happy that St Pete was my introduction. It’s hard not to be taken with this little city. It feels small and laid back, but bustling with life at the same time. Lizards would dart across the sidewalk with every other step I took, webs of moss hung from trees I’d never before seen in my life, and it seemed like I could always hear the faint sound of steel drums off in the distance. I definitely wasn’t in Kansas anymore, and I loved it.

After brunch on my third day in town I walked back into the Tampa airport with new friends on the map. I have much to be thankful for after just one weekend in Florida.

Thanks to Drew’s dad for getting me drunk on my birthday. Thanks to their friend for showing me how to open a wine bottle with a shoe. Most of all, thanks for not laughing when a girl from the PNW tried to wear liquid eyeliner in the South.

St Petersburg Wedding Photographer - Bridesmaids getting ready at the Vinoy Renaissance Hotel

St Petersburg Wedding Photographer - Bride getting ready at the Vinoy Renaissance Hotel

st petersburg wedding photographer - Bride getting ready at the Vinoy Renaissance Hotel

St Petersburg Wedding Photographer - Bride's dress hanging in the Vinoy Renaissance Hotel

St Petersburg Wedding Photographer - Groom waiting for the ceremony at the Vinoy Renaissance Hotel

St Petersburg Wedding Photographer - Groom's first look at the Bride at the Vinoy Renaissance Hotel

St Petersburg Wedding Photographer - Bridal Portraits in North Straub Park

St Petersburg Wedding Photographer - Portrait of bride and groom in North Straub Park

St Petersburg Wedding Photographer - Portrait of Bride and Groom at the Marina

St Petersburg Wedding Photographer - Portrait of Bride and Groom under a palm tree in the Marina

St Petersburg Wedding Photographer - Bridesmaids touching up in the Vinoy Renaissance Hotel bathrooms

St Petersburg Wedding Photographer - Bride dancing at the reception with her aunt

St Petersburg Wedding Photographer - Bridesmaids at the Vinoy Renaissance Hotel outdoor reception

St Petersburg Wedding Photographer - Aerial view of Nats & Drew's outdoor reception at the Vinoy Renaissance Hotel

St Petersburg Wedding Photographer - Guests sending off wish lanterns in North Straub Park



Vendors & Resources
Venue: Vinoy Renaissance Hotel
Officiant: Pastor Lee
Wedding Planner: Laura Helm for Ashton Events
Catering: Vinoy Renaissance Hotel
Wedding Cake: Chef Marie for Hands On Sweets
Live Music: Strings Attached / Freddy Montes y su Hijo
Florist: Botanica
Hair & Make-Up: Crystal Eller for Jess Waldrop
Bride’s Dress: Reem Acra for Malindy Elene
Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Accessories: Ben-Amun

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Seriously amazing wedding. Love it!

Absolutely stunning work. Love it, well done.

Stunning work from start to finish – I really love your dress shot!

Holy crap this good! Love everything about it. Really, beautiful work!

Shooting this wedding is kind of like an amazing birthday present. :) It’s all so beautiful.

It really, really was. Thanks, Nessa. :)

Super compositions Kim – great work…

Beautiful set. great story telling

Wowzers. Absolutely stunning. The detail shots wowed, especially the dress sleeve and sky. Holy moly.

They’re so cute during the ceremony! Beautiful images!

Your work is breathtaking! You make me feel like I was a guest at this wedding. Stunning!

I love this so much! I went to college in Sarasota and would go to St. Pete all the time and just seeing all the banana trees in the ceremony background makes me homesick. Her dress, the lanterns, the dancing, and that incredible high angle wide shot at night. All of it is amazing and I’m glad you got to spend your birthday in such a cool way!

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