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kapok special event center wedding: melina + ravin

Weddings

Jan 10, 2019

He turned around to see her for the first time that day, and without saying a word he kissed her hand. Not for the photo op or because anyone asked him to, but simply because that’s how he loves her. So easily. In the kind of classic way, usually reserved for black and white movies or children’s tales. Their’s is a love story meant for a storybook, and that day it got the fairytale celebration it deserved . . . .

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Ravin and Melina are married, and oh what a wedding day this was! We couldn’t have asked for a better wedding to serve as our last one of the year, because this one had aaaaalllll the storybook details you know we’re all about! Melina wore a beautiful gown (that could have been straight off of our favorite Disney princesses!) which popped against the greenery of the courtyard where she and Ravin shared their first look. And after some portraits around the seriously stunning scenery of the Kapok the two of them headed inside for their second wedding ceremony that week. (Sidenote, if you missed their traditional Hindu ceremony you better go check it out HERE!) Before Melina walked down the aisle the curtains at the end of it closed, and her silhouette appeared to announce her presence. We’re pretty sure the only place we had ever seen anything like this was in the movies, and it was impossible not to get goosebumps!

After some cocktails guests entered the reception space, which was filled with so much gorgeous decor that was beautifully accented by the architecture of the Kapok. The head table was decked out with the most amazing chair for the newlyweds (seriously still figuring out how we can squeeze one of those into our house ; ) and before taking their seats for the night the two of them shared a first dance beneath the grand chandelier. We adored so much of this day, and the perfect finale was getting to sneak outside for some night shots that we couldn’t love any more.

Melina and Ravin, thank you for including us in your fairytale! We loved being the ones do document it all and we hope you love these as much as we loved making them!

Love + Laughs,

Sarah & Ben

The Bride's wedding dress hanging on an iron pergola and a detail shot of the fountains outside the kapok tree by sarahben.com The bride's dress hanging against the greenery of the Kapok Tree by sarahben.com The bridal bouquet against the lace of the bride's veil A bouquet of white roses and the bride's heels against a chiavari chair by sarahben.com The bridal jewelry against the bride's shoes and her bouquet The diamond centered bridal necklace against the florals of her flower bouquet by sarahben.com The bride and her mother getting ready for the wedding ceremony The Bride laughing as her mom buttons her into her wedding dress The Groom's navy blue suit with black trim by sarahben.com The groom leaning against a column at the Kapok Tree in Clearwater, Florida The Groom and his Bridal party outside the Kapok Tree in Clearwater, Florida The red rose of the Groom's boutonniere by sarahben.com The bride and groom seeing each other for the first time on their wedding day by sarahben.com The Bride and Groom seeing each other during their first look against the greenery of the Kapok Tree in Clearwater, Fl. by sarahben.com Timeless black and white photo of the bride and groom in the gardens of the Kapok Tree by sarahben.com The Bride and Groom share an embrace in the gardens of the Kapok Tree The bride holding her bouquet with her lace covered wedding dress sleeve by sarahben.com An intimate moment with the bride and the groom with the veil blowing in the wind.The Bride in a classic portrait by sarahben.com A timeless portrait of the bride in black and white at the Kapok Tree in Clearwater, FL. by sarahben.com The Bride and Groom  outside the Kapok Tree in Clearwater, FL. The Groom posing in front of the fountains in the gardens of the Kapok Tree by sarahben.com The bride laughing as she holds her wedding veil The Bride and Groom kissing under the iron gazebo at the Kapok Tree by sarahben.com The Bride and Groom laugh during a casual moment on their wedding day by sarahben.com The Bride laughing with her new husband on their wedding day in Black and White by sarahben.com The floral arrangements of the bridal party The entire wedding party posing next to the columns of the Kapok Tree in Clearwater, Florida The Bridal party and a floral detail by Sarah & Ben Photography A candid moment between the bride and her bridal party by Sarah & Ben Photography A picture of the ceremony space with lots of white drapery at the kapok Tree in Clearwater, Florida by Sarah & Ben Photography A floral print welcome sign and a column used as a plant holder inside the ceremony space The bride's silhouette against the white drapery before she entered the ceremony by Sarah & Ben Photography The groom smiling from ear to ear as he watches his bride walk down the aisle to meet him. The bride's father gives her away with a bit of humor. The bride and groom framed by the gold arches of the Kapok Tree's ceremony space by Sarah & Ben Photography The bride laughing during her vows to her future husband by Sarah & Ben Photography The bride putting the ring on her grooms finger during the wedding ceremony by Sarah & Ben Photography The first kiss between the bride and the groom surrounded by their friends and family The new mr and mrs as they walk back up the aisle at the Kapok Tree in Clearwater, Florida The ballroom of the Kapok Tree in Clearwater with huge chandeliers and crystal everywhere by Sarah & Ben Photography Some floral and crystal decor details and the wedding cake close up by Sarah & Ben Photography The simple yet luxurious wedding cake covered in full florals and greenery by Sarah & Ben Photography A huge sweetheart table chair and some guest seating surrounded by statues and wall mosaics by Sarah & Ben Photography The bride and grooms sweetheart table under the giant chandelier in the ballroom of the Kapok Tree in Clearwater, FL by Sarah & Ben Photography Gold decor against the marble that was everywhere brought this reception to a whole new level. Photo by Sarah & Ben Photography The Bride and Groom share their first dance in this fairy tale setting in black and white by Sarah & Ben Photography Bride and Groom sharing a laugh at their sweetheart table by Sarah & Ben Photography The mother/Son and Father/ Daughter dance An epic staircase photograph of the bride and groom under a giant oil painting by Sarah & Ben Photography The groom escorting his bride down the stairs to their reception by Sarah & Ben Photography An amazing nighttime portrait against all the lush greenery of the Kapok Tree in Clearwater, FL by Sarah & Ben Photography Bride and Groom share a dance in the night under the floral gazebo by Sarah & Ben Photography

 

Credit Where Credit is Due:

Photography: Sarah & Ben

Venue: Kapok Special Event Center

Decorator / Florist:  A Tailored Event

Videographer: Al B Productions

Cake: Publix

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