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grand plaza wedding: katie +bill wedding

Weddings

Dec 10, 2015

The room grew silent as she peeled back the corner of the envelope, and took out the card it held inside. And as she began to read the words he had penned her eyes began to glisten. Her smile grew wider with each syllable and she reached up to wipe a tear as she got to the place where he had signed.

His words were another line in the story they had been writing for years, and the end of that note was the beginning of the next chapter they would start the day. It’s title? The Rest of Forever . . . . .

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Katie and Bill are married! They traveled all the way from Pittsburgh for a waterfront destination wedding on St. Pete Beach, and we would say that the perfect day they were blessed with was most definitely worth the trip! All of the events of the day took place at the always lovely Grand Plaza Beachfront Resort, and after a sweet and intimate beach ceremony they headed up to the top of the hotel for a reception overlooking the water. Katie wore the most stunningly classic Justin Alexander dress, which had a gorgeous neckline and amazing lace details. It was PERFECT. Bill and his groomsman wore light colored suits (to go with the beachy flow of the day) and the bridesmaid dresses had the most lovely back detailing ever! We just adored how all of the different looks came together to create a perfectly cohesive feel to the day.

We had a ton of favorite moments from the day, from their sweet first dance to their smiley walk back up the aisle, but our favorite moment came just before we were about to wrap up their portraits on the beach. We were standing on the water’s edge, looking at the incredible sunset, when all of a sudden we saw a dolphin do a legit FLIP out of the water. And then another, and another, until there was a whole group of dolphins jumping and playing straight out from where we were. So we stopped posing them for a minute and just let them stop and enjoy what was seriously a once in a lifetime moment. And then Sarah may have got a little teary-eyed, because in that moment it seemed like the whole world was celebrating for these two.

Katie and Bill, we have absolutely loved being a part of your entire planning process  and were beyond humbled to be invited into your best day ever! We hope you love this peek into your wedding day as much as we loved putting it together!

Love + Laughs,

Sarah & Ben

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Vendors:

Photography: Sarah & Ben

Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Grand Plaza, St. Pete Beach

Hair & Makeup: Kyle Lynn Cosmetics

Wedding Dress Store: Bridal Beginning

Wedding Dress Designer: Justin Alexander

Groom’s Apparel: Men’s Warehouse

Videographer: Brogan Productions

Florist: The Bridal Florist

Cake Design: Sweet Madness

DJ or Band: Jeff Staples

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  1. Gretchen Flowers

    December 10th, 2015 at 2:02 PM

    These are the most beautiful wedding photos I have ever seen. Every single one is stunning and perfectly composed.

  2. Maria

    December 10th, 2015 at 2:55 PM

    You 2 captured the total beauty (and fun) of the day! I probably won’t be getting married in Florida, but boy would I love to fly you to wherever it is I get married one day so that we can work with you again! Thanks for making Katie and Bill so happy with these photos. xoxo Maria

  3. Chrissy Scott Peduzzi

    December 10th, 2015 at 6:09 PM

    These pictures are absolutely amazing! You were able to capture their true beauty and love for each other:)

  4. Linda James

    December 10th, 2015 at 7:45 PM

    How beautiful!!! Thank you for capturing Katie’s and Bill’s glorious day!

  5. Tina Crnkovic Proctor

    December 10th, 2015 at 7:48 PM

    I got teary-eyed just looking at these – what a perfect day they had what and beautful memories they’ll have for a lifetime. A more perfect start to their life together could not have been had. But…where are the dolphin photos?

  6. Maggie Rose Smith

    December 10th, 2015 at 8:01 PM

    Absolutely gorgeous ❤️❤️

  7. Diane McGovern

    December 10th, 2015 at 8:28 PM

    Beeeautiful !

  8. Gabriella

    December 10th, 2015 at 8:43 PM

    Katie and Bill, The photos are absolutely beautiful and your love for each other just shines through!
    Best wishes for a future of happiness, love and laughter.

    Gabriella

  9. Mary Ellen Katrencik Hasselman

    December 10th, 2015 at 8:47 PM

    Absolutely GORGEOUS!!!

  10. Cara Fornella

    December 10th, 2015 at 8:57 PM

    My favorite is the black and white one of Katie reading the letter. Absolutely stunning!!

  11. Kelsey Fay

    December 10th, 2015 at 9:05 PM

    What a breathtaking recap!

  12. Amanda Marion

    December 10th, 2015 at 9:39 PM

    These are so nice 🙂 your wedding looked beautiful!

  13. Kay Tee

    December 10th, 2015 at 9:48 PM

    I love everything about these photos, and it’s so special to have such an amazing documentation of our day. I’m speechless with how much these images mimic my memories from our wedding! I love them!!!

  14. Sarah Homyk

    December 10th, 2015 at 11:17 PM

    Gorgeous pictures!!! These photographers captured your happiness. Congrats 🙂

  15. Jeff Gray

    December 10th, 2015 at 11:25 PM

    These photos are spectacular. But then again, the subjects were, too! Congratulations to Katie and Bill!

  16. Nicole Holtz

    December 11th, 2015 at 1:32 AM

    They all turned out beautiful! I can’t wait to see the rest of them.

  17. Liz Hartigan

    December 11th, 2015 at 2:30 AM

    I am speechless! These are stunning! I feel like I just relived that gorgeous day again!

  18. Denise Wilsher Ford

    December 11th, 2015 at 2:42 AM

    Stunning and sweet and beautiful!!!! ♥️♥️♥️

  19. Pharlan Rock Ives

    December 11th, 2015 at 3:55 AM

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful day, Katie!!! The photography is really timeless and tells the story of your day. Many blessings on your future together!!!

  20. Connie Downey

    December 11th, 2015 at 4:15 AM

    Beautiful!

  21. Lori Dedola

    December 11th, 2015 at 5:32 AM

    What a perfect, wonderful wedding!

  22. Laur Soup

    December 11th, 2015 at 5:46 AM

    Everything turned out gorgeous!! These pics are beautiful

  23. Amanda Gilmore

    December 11th, 2015 at 11:44 AM

    Absolutely beautiful pictures! They truly capture the love and happiness that you both share together!

  24. Peter May IV

    December 11th, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    Wow! These photos are just amazing. What a wonderful wedding from start to finish. Really seems like Sarah and Ben perfectly captured the story of the day. I particularly love some of the tight detail shots and the candid moments with Dad. Anybody else trying to decipher what the gulls were spelling out/drawing?

  25. Jen Bradley

    December 11th, 2015 at 5:19 PM

    WOW! What gorgeous pictures. The way Bill is looking at you is priceless. These pictures tell a beautiful story. What a blessed couple.

  26. Christina Johnston

    December 11th, 2015 at 5:49 PM

    These pictures are so beautiful!! It looks like it was a really wonderful day! Congrats!

  27. Amanda Dernosek

    December 11th, 2015 at 9:30 PM

    What a beautiful day!

  28. Danielle Monaco-Wood

    December 12th, 2015 at 8:39 AM

    Absolutely stunning photos!!! What a beautiful wedding!! Katie you were beautiful bride!!

  29. Anonymous

    December 12th, 2015 at 12:12 PM

    Gorgeous photos to remember a priceless day! 🙂

  30. Alexandra Sahady

    December 12th, 2015 at 12:14 PM

    Absolutely gorgeous photos to remember a priceless day!

  31. Kelly Collins

    December 12th, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    Wow every picture is beautiful!!

  32. Janet Boese

    December 12th, 2015 at 8:40 PM

    I love the photo of the gown in the window! these are well done wedding photos!

  33. Connie Palovcsik Collins

    December 12th, 2015 at 9:58 PM

    Absoluteyl beautiful pictures. I love them all of them!!

  34. Pixie Trigere

    December 14th, 2015 at 10:51 PM

    These are gorgeous but where are the pics of Willie… Bill’s Dad! Laur

  35. Lexie Beer

    December 15th, 2015 at 12:18 AM

    These are such beautiful pictures of such a beautiful couple!!