We were counting down the days until Andrea and Tarik’s wedding. As you may know, we had an epic engagement session with them at Philippe Park. I knew their wedding would be equally awesome.
LUXURY WEDDING AT OPAL SANDS RESORT
CLEARWATER BEACH, FLORIDA
The original plan was to be married on the lawn that over-looks the water on Clearwater Beach, Florida at the Opal Sands Resort. However, when I arrived, the sky was thick with clouds and approaching rain, so they were moving the wedding ceremony inside. Luckily, they had chosen a venue that had beauty on the inside and out! They also hired a wedding planner, who helped to alleviate a lot of stress from the bride and groom. When you are planning a wedding, I highly recommend hiring a wedding planner to help coordinate the event; especially the day of! It certainly helps things run more smoothly. There are so many things that can happen during your wedding day. Albeit, weather or other unexpected trials, you should have someone to handle this for you.
WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY AT PROPOSAL SITE
Andrea and Tarik were married under a beautiful arch that was covered with lush greenery and flowers. The “I dos” were teary-eyed and beautiful, and Andrea and Tarik looked equally stunning. After the ceremony, the weather had cleared enough to sneak outside to take pictures on the rocks where Tarik had proposed. Gah! I was so glad to be a part of that full circle moment. There was hardly any light available, but I knew I wanted to squeeze every piece of light left. I am considering showing some before-and-afters in another post, because it was pretty impressive as to how it was shot, versus the final product.
MAGICAL CANDLE-LIT RECEPTION
The way that Tarik looks at Andrea, the smiles from Andrea to her husband, and the love that filled the room as they celebrated their forever, was just perfect. Their vision for their reception was magical. Candle-light, heavily flowered center pieces and gold accents were amongst some of the most elegant that I had the opportunity to photograph. Their cake was a semi-naked cake dripping with gold accents and flowers. How I loved seeing their vision come to life!
Andrea and Tarik, I wish you all of the love in the world. I hope that the moments ahead of you are blissful and as magical as it was on your wedding day!
Destination Photographer: Elsie J Photo
Clearwater and Tampa, Florida Wedding Vendors
Venue: Opal Sands Resort
Wedding Coordinator: CJ, with Days Remembered by ND
Hair and Make-up: Femme Akoi Beauty Studio
Florist: Events in Bloom, Tampa
Cake: Trudy Melissa Cakes
Pastor: Sensational Ceremonies
Videographer: Hearts Video
DJ and Violinist: Breezin’ Entertainment
Decorator: Daycor Events
THE WEDDING DETAILS: