Last year I had the pleasure of shooting a couple of fun weddings at the Rusty Pelican, a charming restaurant just outside downtown Tampa. One of Tampa wedding photographers’ favorites, this gem has it all – beautiful wedding gazebo, waterfront courtyard and several reception rooms with gorgeous views of the bay. This wedding venue is quite popular among local brides not only for wedding ceremonies but also for receptions. Opportunities for great pictures are limitless, inside and out. Sunsets over Rusty Pelican’s rocky shoreline, with beautiful palm trees in the background, set a romantic mood for celebrations of any kind.
Angel and Diana’s wedding was in late afternoon, outside by the gazebo just an hour before the sunset. Once we were done with all the formals, we used last 10 minutes of the sunlight to shoot few very nice portraits of the two of them right by the wall of the restaurant. Maria and Jacob’s wedding was also supposed to take place outside, but due to the rain was moved indoors at the last moment. Nevertheless, after the ceremony was over, we still managed to come out and take lots of great pictures by the gazebo. As any Tampa wedding photographer will tell you – overcast weather is great for portraiture, so we used the opportunity to the fullest. A colorful rainbow appeared out of nowhere, just as we were wrapping up, and gave us an awesome background for few more shots. The slideshow I created for Maria and Jacob was picked up by the restaurant’s management on Youtube and to this day is played on Tampa Rusty Pelican’s homepage.
Here are some of my favorite picks from both weddings: