Many Tampa wedding photographers would agree that when it comes to wedding venues in Tampa – the Davis Island Garden Club is truly a gem! A short drive away from downtown, this beautiful spot has got it all – perfect location, gorgeous surroundings and stunning views of Tampa skyline. This place definitely has something very unique about it. It’s right in the middle of everything, yet feels very secluded. I guess in part it’s because of the location – Davis Island is literally just a ten minutes drive from Channelside. However, it is mostly a home to a large residential community with very few businesses.
Photo opportunities around the club are limitless – lots of beautiful greenery in front of the main building, few old trees in the back, inter coastal waters just behind the gazebo and of course, the gazebo itself. If time right (read: later in the afternoon), one can shoot there for hours and never run out of ideas. I think we easily spent 30-45mins with Sarah and Fred (and their bridal party) after ceremony and took lots of fun pictures. The girls were very enthusiastic about picture taking, Sarah had few ideas of her own and I was happy to bring in my own artistic touch into the process.
As reception began, Sarah and Fred waltzed into their first dance as their friends and family formed a circle right in the middle of the hall. The sun was setting down and its light was sneaking in through the windows of on the west side of the building which created very romantic atmosphere. I switched my flash off and tried to capture the mood as Sarah and Fred continued with parents dances. Dinner, cake cutting and lots of fun dancing followed. As I was leaving the party I walked outside and was amazed by the view of downtown at night. I couldn’t resist and took few more shots which made an excellent ending to the album.
It was very hard picking just few favorite shots… I did my best, but I feel that I could easily pick twice as many and still not show all that I loved.