Mel & George’s Sunken Gardens Wedding

I’ve been looking forward to Mel and George’s wedding for what feels like forever, and for so many reasons, I know it’ll be a day I never forget!! It’s not often I get asked to be a photographer AND a bridesmaid, and doing double duty along with my associate photography team was the biggest honor I could’ve imagined.

Mel and George’s wedding vision was tropical whimsy. Sunken Gardens in St. Pete, Florida was the perfect setting with its vibrant plants and friendly flamingos! It was important to Mel and George to have a laidback day – their hope was a party full of good food, good music, and good vibes. They wished for guests to have an amazing experience and share in their joy.

George’s dad married the happy couple in front of blooming Bougainvillea. My favorite moment took place after the ceremony, when Mel and George exchanged a private vow reading. They soaked in the intimate moment, then joined their closest people for an epic reception filled with laughs and dancing!

Mel and George, what an honor it was to witness and capture your incredible story!!! Congratulations on forever, lovers.

Creative Team

Venue: Sunken Gardens St. Pete \ Hair Stylist: Bambu the Eco Salon \ Makeup Artist: Megan Panwar \ Florist: Cotton and Magnolia \ Invitation Suite: Zola \ Bride’s Dress: Maggie Sottero \ Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka \ Bridesmaid Dresses: For Her and Him \ Bridesmaid Robes: LavishRobes \ Groom’s Suit: Bonobos \ DJ: Celebrations24 \ Drapery + Lighting: A Linen Valley \ Catering: Good Food Events + Catering \ Bakery: Chantilly Cakes

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