Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club is well known among Sarasota and Tampa wedding photographers as a premier wedding and event venue. From outdoor ceremonies to rehearsal dinners, it is indeed a perfect spot for a celebration of any kind. Today I’d like to blog about Lindsey and Andrew’s wedding which I’ve had the pleasure of photographing at the Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club not so long ago.
It’s not unusual for Tampa wedding photographers to travel outside the city limits. I, personally, always enjoy road trips and this time was no exception. The drive from Tampa to Sarasota was smooth and I arrived at the clubhouse just as Lindsey and her bridesmaids were settling in the bridal suite. It was unseasonably hot outside, so as I walked into the lobby I was excited to see that it was very spacious and had lots of natural light, which meant we could shoot most of the bridal party and family portraits indoors.
I took few pictures of the girls helping Lindsey with the final touches and then stepped outside to find a place with more room for the group shot. Exploring the hallway next to the reception room I noticed the gorgeous bridal suite’s balcony overlooking the grand lobby. It was perfectly lit with natural window light and just happened to be exactly what I was looking for. I also decided to take pictures of Lindsey’s dress in the hallway instead of the bridal suite and I think those turned out quite nicely.
I caught up with Andrew and the guys at the church. We didn’t have much time for fun shots, so I used the 15 minutes we had left to take few portraits of Andrew before ceremony began. The church itself was very beautiful and I loved how much light I had to work with. I ended up shooting mostly without flash and enjoyed the fact that I could move around freely, which allowed me to take lots of shots from different angles.
On our way back to the Lakewood Ranch I managed to beat the limo by about 10mins. First thing I did was raced into the reception room – it was all set, beautifully decorated, waiting to welcome Lindsey’s guests. I took few pictures of the setup and hurried downstairs to meet Lindsey and Andrew just as they were walking into the lobby. We managed to get the formals out of the way relatively quickly and then all the family and friends proceeded to enjoy the cocktail hour. Lindsey, Andrew and I spent about 20 minutes shooting portraits of just the two of them on the magnificent stairwell, upper level hallway as well as in the grand lobby downstairs. They loved those pictures so much that we ended up dedicating three full album spreads to them.
Reception started with the introductions, followed by the first dance and then gradually transformed into a full blown party. As the heat started to subside, many guests walked out onto the outdoor veranda. At some point I grabbed one of my tele zooms and stepped outside as well for some cool candid pictures. Overall, the entire day was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed being there! Below are few of my favorite spreads from Lindsey and Andrew’s album. Enjoy!