Amid the backdrop of the St. Pete Beach, the waves crashing behind the ruffled bottom of the bride’s dress, Andrew and Ashley knew this was the right location to vow their love for each other. The ocean has always been part of their lives, Andrew being Puerto Rican, and Ashley growing up on Florida’s beaches. To top it all off, they met in Miami! So of course Andrew and Ashley knew that the beach was the perfect spot for their wedding.
Unfortunately, the weather didn’t cooperate with them actually getting married on the beach, but they were able to keep the beach in the background and chose to get some wonderful photos staring into each other’s eyes while the waves crashed beneath their feet.
Colors That Sparkle
Our colors were rose gold, blush, ivory and pretty much anything that sparkled. I love how the sparkle and glitter contrasted with the calming beach tones. It was classy and glamorous and something that we can look back on years from now and still be proud of.
Staying True to Themselves Made Their Wedding Unique
The thing that made our wedding the most unique is that we stayed true to ourselves throughout the entire process and didn’t settle for anything that we weren’t 100% invested to. We didn’t do a lot of the traditional “fluff” events, as Andrew likes to call them. [This means] we didn’t do a garter and bouquet toss, didn’t have a traditional cake, didn’t have things in our ceremony just because we were “supposed to”, and didn’t invite people out of obligation.
Everything that was done and everyone that was there was because we whole-heartedly wanted it that way. We settled for nothing less than the best and had the day that we always wanted.
Wedding Guests Say They Had ‘The Most Beautiful Wedding’
Although everything didn’t go exactly as planned, our day was perfect in the imperfections. All of the feedback that we have gotten since our wedding day was that it was a beautiful wedding and a celebration of two people that truly love each other. We believe that our wedding was so beautiful because it truly reflected who we are as people and who we are as a couple.
We can’t thank our wedding professionals enough for bringing our vision to life and creating a day that we will never forget. Countless people have said that our wedding was the most beautiful wedding they have ever been to and that is all we could have ever asked for.
Making the Moment Last a Lifetime
Our first look is definitely something that stands out for both of us. We had been told over and over again that your wedding day flies by and becomes a blur that you don’t really remember. We both made a point to avoid that feeling and be present and take in every moment throughout the entire day.
Having those few moments together before the actual wedding started was very important to us. Seeing each other for the first time, away from all the hustle and bustle, and a moment for us to appreciate each other is something that will be imprinted in our minds forever.
How They Chose The Perfect Wedding Day Photographer
When looking for a wedding photographer, one of the most important things for us was the artistic quality. We didn’t want the same old cookie cutter wedding photos that you see over and over again from every wedding. We were making it a point to have a unique wedding and wanted our photos to reflect that.
The same goes for the wedding cinematography – Micah makes movies, not just a recording of the day, and that was important to us. We wanted something that we would enjoy watching over and over for years to come.
The Love Story
View their love story film- Choose the Finding Love video: Castorina Films- Finding Love
View their fun and entertaining reception: Elegant St. Pete Beach Wedding | Sirata Beach Resort Part 2.
Venues: Sirat Beach Resort | Photographer: Castorina Photography & Films | Videographer: Castorina Photography & Films | Planner: Table 6 Productions | Florist: Concept Bait | Rentals: ConceptBait; PKS Rentals | Catering: Sirata Beach Resort | Cake: Chocolate Pi | DJ: DJ Felix | Officiant: Deborah Walker | Invitations: Jupiter and Juno | Wedding Dress and Brand: The Perfect Dress, KittyChen Couture | Bridesmaid Dresses and Brand: Dillard’s, Badgley and Mischka | Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Warehouse | Wedding Hair and Makeup: Denise Burkle | Entertainment: Hora Loca – Black and Wine Events
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