It may not have been love at first site when they met five years ago but it took them less than a month to realize they were perfect for each other. Seven months later, Abby and Ryan decided to spend their lives together and start a family. Now it was time to make it official but I could tell that a piece of paper wasn't going to change the love and commitment they had for each other and their two children.
When I met them for the first time in December to talk about the wedding, they knew they wanted it to be relaxed and casual. The plan was to get married Memorial Day weekend on Englewood Beach. Their closest friends and family were planning to come and make it a weekend celebration.
What none of us could have planned on was the Coronavirus and the restrictions that were put into place. As soon as Florida opened the beaches back up and small groups were allowed to gather, they rescheduled their wedding to the end of June. A few changes were made like moving the reception to The Waverly so everyone could enjoy a nice dinner indoors. They chose to keep the ceremony short so everyone wouldn't have to be out in the sun and humidity for longer than necessary. They did a First Look so that we could get pictures done before the ceremony so everyone looked fresh and beautiful.
A great team of vendors worked together to make sure they had a perfect day. To Honor You Weddings and Special Events set up the arch, decorated the tables at the reception and provided the music during the wedding and reception. Ann's Flowers provided bouquets of white roses and lilies for the ladies and the arch. Give Me Glam and Jessie Lee Hair Artistry did an amazing job of making Abby and her whole bridal party look and feel beautiful.
It was a great summer day. Abby's best friends from childhood shared in their celebration. Ryan, his brothers and his friend had plenty of fun getting ready in their own suite. It was all smiles as they said their vows in front of friends and family. After pictures on the beach we headed over to The Waverly for their first dance, toasts and cake cutting. The party continued after we left and I'll bet that it lasted late into the night.
I am honored to have gotten to know Abby and Ryan and capture these memories that their whole family will have forever.