I cannot tell you how excited I am to share this next wedding with you! Kathy and Mike are the sweetest couple, and they had such a beautifully perfect seaside wedding celebration! It's summer, and in Fort Myers Beach, that means temperatures in the mid-high 90s and humidity! This combination often brings with it some powerful storms, however, as love and luck would have it for these two and their wedding day, it was just amazing! The skies were clear and provided a soft and sweet light for the beach ceremony, as well as for all of their bride and groom portraits! I was in photography heaven, and couldn't have asked for more on this June afternoon! Kathy and Mike, what an honor it was to document your first day as husband and wife! And in such a beautiful and meaningful place! I have so many favorites from your day, it was hard to choose for the blog! I am so happy for the two of you, and wish you a lifetime of love and laughter together!
Kathy found the perfect beach wedding gown! I loved the delicate, flowing layers!
And don't you just adore her bouquet?!
Mike was so relaxed and cool as a cucumber for his groom portraits!
Meanwhile, Kathy put on her jewelry and prepared for their First Look.
Kathy, you looked so beautiful! Just stunning!
I loved watching Mike as he watched his Bride pin on his boutonniere!
I love when couples opt for a First Look! We were able to get some lovely portraits on the gorgeous grounds of their condo before heading to the ceremony.
It was a breezy day, which was welcome considering the summer heat.
Then it was time to travel to Bowditch Point Park for the ceremony!
Kathy and Mike wanted to keep their guests happy and cool!
Loved these beach buckets filled with ice water, a personalized fan, and sunglasses!
Beach Goddess Bride! So beautiful, Kathy!
Kathy's son, Tom, walked her down the aisle.
Mike with his two best men, his son, Logan, and his brother, Reggie. Handsome guys!
Family and friends traveled from near and far to celebrate! Our Aunt Sally calls Fort Myers home, while others came from Indiana and Pennsylvania.
And I had to get a portrait of the officiant, a dear friend of the bride…Debbie and her husband were going to be celebrating their wedding anniversary soon!
As guests made their way to the reception, I had the honor of photographing the happy newlyweds!
Bowditch Point Park had abundant palm trees and other tropical foliage,
providing a perfect location for wedding portraits!
What a gorgeous couple!
When scouting for portrait locations prior to the wedding day, I was absolutely giddy when I found this little grove of trees and lush greenery! I love this whole series!
The reception and dinner took place at a wonderfully delicious local restaurant, Fresh Catch Bistro. It was the perfect venue for an intimate dinner with family and friends with views of the beach.
And as if the day couldn't be any more wonderful, we had this amazing sunset on the beach for some sweet and romantic portraits!
These two smiled all day!
What a joy it was to witness and capture their love and happiness for each other!
Ahhh! I could have photographed them all night in this glowing sunset light!
Favorite, favorite, favorite!
Once back inside, it was time to cut the cake!
The evening ended with a colorful night sky and some rain, you know, for good luck. ;)
Kathy and Mike, I hope your wedding day was everything you dreamed of and more! Thank you for choosing me to document your special day, I loved every minute of it! And thank you for making time for so many portraits! What a perfect day it was! Wishing you all the best as you walk hand in hand on sandy beaches and beyond! Congratulations to you, Mr. + Mrs. Stewart!!! xoxo