grand hyatt tampa bay wedding: kristen + joel

The sun seemed to set a little as each word of their ceremony was spoken, and as it dipped below the horizon it took it’s warmth with it. The day was officially done, a perfectly fitting representation of the chapter they were closing and the new one they were promising to write. And as a chill entered the air, their bodies moved closer, inch by inch, until finally she was in his arms and he was keeping her warm as the rabbi spoke. Not because that was the traditional way to stand during a ceremony. But because it was what was normal for them. Taking care of one another. And as a warm day turned into a brisk evening, they promised to do just that for the rest of their days . . .

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Kristen + Joel are married! They had a waterfront ceremony on the beach of the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, followed by a reception in the main ballroom. Kristen wore a cap-sleeve gown with the most beautiful neckline, which left us raving about how timeless and Audrey Hepburn-esque she looked all day. And Joel looked oh so dapper as well in a navy suit, and a giant smile he couldn’t seem to stop wearing from their first look on. After some solo portrait time their super fun bridal party joined us for a few, and then the two of them headed in to sign their Ketubah before the ceremony.

After saying their vows (and a few sunset portraits with the gorgeous orange sky) everyone headed over to the main hotel for the reception. The ballroom was decorated beautifully, with a mix of high/low floral centerpieces and the most sparkly chandeliers. And after dinner, everyone  immediately hopped onto the dance floor to get things started with the hora, with the newlyweds being popped up high into the air which is always one of our most favorite parts!

Kristen + Joel, thank you both for such a fun day! It was an absolute blast and we  hope you love reliving it through these as much as we did. 

Love + Laughs,

Sarah & Ben

Wedding Invitations with white rose on greenery Wedding shoes with jewels and a shot of the wedding rings in a boxLay flat of wedding jewelry and florals with navy color tones Bride being helped into her dress by her mother Mother of the Bride helping her daughter into her lacy wedding dress Grooms putting his watch on before his wedding Black and white images of the groom fixing his cufflinks with a photo of his cigars and whiskeyGroom putting his yarmulke on before his wedding Bride and Groom before their wedding day in classic poses Black and white image of the bride and groom in Tampa Florida Wedding bouquet against the brides dress and the grooms navy suit Black and White image of the bride and groom by Sarah & Ben Photography Bride and Groom walking while he holds her bouquet The Grooms white rose boutonniere The bride surrounded by ferns in black and white Bride and Groom leaning against a hedge Black and White headshot of the Groom Bride and Groom with greenery and a solo of the bride Groom and his groomsmen by Sarah & Ben




Credit Where Credit is Due:

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay

Hair & Makeup: Denise Burkle (db Studio)

Wedding Dress Designer: Stella York

Wedding Dress Store: The White Closet

Bride Shoe Designer: Nina

Groom & Groomsmen Apparel: Frank’s Formal Wear

Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Lulu’s

Caterer: Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay

Florist: 2Birds events

Cake Design: Publix

DJ: Grant Hemond (Cory Barron)


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