I first met April and Brent in the spring as they were planning their wedding with To Honor You Weddings and Special Events. Brent was the willing groom set on doing everything April dreamed of, including having his picture taken. They spent months planning every detail of their wedding and when we all met again on Palm Island a few days before the ceremony, we visualized every aspect of their day. Mother Nature had a different plan for everyone because on Friday, Tropical Storm Nestor formed in the Gulf of Mexico bringing heavy thunderstorms, tornado warnings and strong winds to the area. The decision was made on Saturday that for the safety of the wedding party and guests, the beach ceremony would be moved under the tent. The wedding team worked together on the spot, creating a beautiful environment for the ceremony. Ana at Venetian Flowers created floral arrangements and draping on the spot to fit the new location. Something Borrowed provided a gorgeous door which served as a backdrop for the ceremony. Chairs were arranged, rose petals laid down in the aisle and table arrangements were set.
April and the women spent the afternoon having their hair and makeup done by Shear Sailing while Brent and the groomsmen hung out by the pool. It was mimosas, football on the tv, and smiles as the ladies got pampered. Finally it was Brent's turn to get ready and I could tell he was excited to get to see his bride in a few minutes. After a loving prayer and boutonnieres arranged, it was a short golf cart ride to the ceremony.
They were surrounded by their closest family and friends as they exchanged vows. The family poured unity sand bringing everyone together as one.
After some family formals we were able to get down to the beach for some of our favorite photos of the day. The wind was still blowing 25+ mph but we took advantage of that with April's 20ft veil and created one of my favorite photographs of the day. We took more bridal pictures as the sun set and the storm blew around behind us. It was moody but fabulous and completely unforgettable. Rod Baker Video was there as well to capture every moment of the day.
The storm held off until dinner time when everyone was safely back under the tent. The pounding rain didn't slow down the dancing on the floor with music provided by DJ Steve. Everyone loved the beautiful and delicious cake by Cake Concepts. The rain stopped in time for a few more pictures on the dock and April and Brent got the sparkler exit they planned for. This was a day that reminds me no matter how much we plan and think we can control what happens around us, God has his own plan. By accepting what was meant to be it was a beautiful and UNFORGETTABLE day of love, surrounded by people that mean the most.