Once again the storms threatened for these two with rain pouring down as I drove to the Hollander Hotel where Jessica was getting ready for her big day. Checking the weather it appeared that Hermine was still pulling rain from the Gulf and streaming it through Pinellas County. Okay Hermine…if you’re going to rain…now’s the time. Get it all out by noon and be gone.
I enter Jessica’s room to find her and her girls dressed in matching robes, taking turns having their hair and make up perfected by The Pretty Pioneer. The rain is still falling…but it’s getting lighter. Hair and make up is completed and everyone assists Jessica step into her gorgeous lace detailed dress. Heading out for the church, the rain stops.
The ceremony is performed at St Mary’s Catholic Church in the heart of downtown St Petersburg and is carried out with grace. As Jessica and Austin joined together as husband and wife, the dark clouds parted and let the sun shine and blue skies welcome the newly married couple as they exited the church. The break in the weather was such a blessing for these two since having their photos done at Sunken Gardens was of high importance.
After the wedding party images were complete, it’s finally my turn to take Jessica and Austin through the gardens. Even with half of the gardens literally underwater, it didn’t stop Jessica from trucking through the mushy ground to get to the perfect spots. Fully prepared in her awesome pink rain boots, she gladly lead the way to ensure the ground was safe. This is just a small glimpse of the heart Jessica has. The rest of her heart is filled with love and it was evident the entire day, but especially while we were in the gardens. She didn’t care about the risks of getting her feet a little dirty if it meant spending more time with Austin before heading up to their reception. With a quick practice of their first dance we finished off their photos and the reception began. From dancing together for the first time as husband and wife to dancing with their parents and hearing the blessings of friendship from the two that stood beside them as they joined together, it was a day of perfection. Surely just a reflection of the many years to come for Jessica and Austin.
To Jessica and Austin,
Thank you for choosing me to capture your special day. It’s been a true honor to be with you and a blessing to get to know you both. Your hearts are true and pure and I know there are many great things in store for you!
The creative team that brought it all together:
Getting Ready Venue: Hollandar Hotel
Hair and Make Up: The Pretty Pioneer
Photography: Kimberly Photography
Church: St. Mary’s Our Lady of Grace
Dress: David’s Bridal, Oleg Cassini
Flowers: Trader Joe’s
DJ: Grant Hemond & Associates
Caterer: Delectables Fine Catering
Reception Venue: Sunken Gardens