Many St. Petersburg wedding photographers name Sirata Beach Resort as one of the favorite places to shoot at. Located on St. Pete beach strip, next to Don Cesar and Grand Plaza, this resort indeed offers lots of opportunities for creative photography. Yellow colored building with white terraces, curving stairwells with complimenting fountains on each side create a gorgeous backdrop for bridal photos. Today I’d like to share with you Katie and Andrew’s wedding which I’ve shot at the Sirata last July.
When I arrived, Katie, her mom and four of her bridesmaids (all of which turned out to be her sisters!) were just starting to get ready. I began taking pictures right away, trying to capture the mood and the emotions of the entire family. About half hour into it I ran downstairs and caught up with the guys as they were about to leave for the church. Few portraits of Andrew alone following by few with the guys and I was back with the girls. Final touches, a couple pictures of the entire family and we were ready to head out.
The ceremony took place at the St. John’s Church, which was only a couple of miles away from the resort. We arrived there with a little bit of time to spare, so I had a chance to take some nice detail shots of the church interior. I loved how well lit it was inside. Also, they didn’t have any restrictions for me to move around so I managed to get lots of great shots from different angles.
After the ceremony we had almost an hour for some fun photography. We started with the entire bridal party and then did some cool portraits of just Katie and Andrew together. Mid day sun was pretty brutal, but we manged to find some shade here and there. That’s actually one of the things I like about Sirata – if the sun is blasting on one side, you can shoot on the other side of the resort and vice versa. Katie and Andrew were quite excited about picture taking and brave enough to pose even in the open sun, but I didn’t want to “melt” them before their party even began
Reception was held at one of the reception rooms upstairs, with gorgeous views of St. Pete beach and surrounding areas. Everybody was dancing and having a good time. Around sunset time we walked out on the beach for the sunset shots. I don’t think we had clear sky that evening, but even with the clouds the sunset looked quite dramatic.
I realized that I never posted any of my album layout samples (other than Regina and BW wedding). This time, I’d like to share with you some of the album spreads instead of individual images. These are few of my favorite spreads from Katie and Andrew’s wedding album. Enjoy!
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