Location: Honeymoon Island, Dunedin Florida (near Tampa, Florida
Set on the pristine, white sands of Honeymoon Island near Tampa, Florida, Natalie and Tristan’s wedding elopement was an intimate occasion. It was just the two of them, their officiant and ourselves, and it was a pleasure to be present to capture this special moment and the undeniable love between the two of them. Tristan works as a tour manager for country group and is such an easy-going guy to be around. While Natalie is an interior designer and had done some modeling in the past, meaning that she was really comfortable in front of the camera. Their relaxed nature and experience made our job a lot easier as the wedding photographers for this beachfront elopement.
They had planned their ceremony to coincide with sunset over the idyllic waters of the Gulf of Mexico, but we decided to capture a few casual portraits beforehand. Natalie had left her bouquet at the hotel, so while Tristan raced back to get it, we started by getting a few portraits of her relaxing on the beach. Natalie is actually eightish pregnant and excited to soon be welcoming a baby girl into her family. So it was the perfect opportunity to do a bit of a maternity shoot, showing off her baby bump. When Tristan returned, we captured some portraits of them together, followed by a few of the groom-to-be in these final unmarried moments.
Natalie and Tristan relaxing on the sands of Honeymoon Island during their romantic elopement
Capturing a tender moment between the couple as they relaxed before their wedding ceremony
A casual portrait of Tristan kicking back on the beach at Honeymoon Island
Tristan leaning up against a wooden fence before his beach wedding on Honeymoon Island
A portrait of the soon-to-be-groom before his beach wedding elopement on Honeymoon Island
Natalie and her baby bump on a Honeymoon Island beach during her Tampa wedding elopement
Natalie shows off her eight and a half month baby bump on a Honeymoon Island beach
A close-up shot of Natalie's eight and a half month baby bump during her Tampa, Florida shoot
Natalie stands on the idyllic white sands of Honeymoon Island during her maternity shoot
Then it was time for the official proceedings to get underway, with Natalie and Tristan’s beach elopement held in front of a gorgeous white bridal arch. We really appreciated that the officiant always stepped out of the way when he wasn’t required, allowing us to capture clean shots as Natalie and Tristan read their vows to one another and exchanged rings. We photographed both close-up shots of their emotional reactions, as well as wide-angle shots looking across this picture-perfect setting. Then just as the sun was about to sneak behind the clouds behind them, they went in for their first kiss, with the officiant jokingly encouraging all present (just us!) to congratulate the newly weds.
A wide-angle shot looking across Natalie and Tristan's elopement ceremony at Dunedin's Honeymoon Island
A close-up shot of Natalie's vows as she wed Tristan on a Honeymoon Island beach
Looking across Natalie and Tristan's idyllic wedding ceremony elopement setting on Honeymoon Island
A creative shot of Natalie reading her vows to Tristan as they wed on a Honeymoon Island beach
Capturing Tristan's reaction as Natalie read her vows during their elopement on Honeymoon Island
Tristan slips the wedding ring onto Natalie's finger during their emotional wedding elopement
Natalie was all smiles as she wed Tristan during their beachfront elopement in Florida
Capturing Tristan's emotional reaction as he exchanged vows with Natalie on Honeymoon Island
A creative close-up of Natalie's baby bump, bouquet and wedding ring
Looking down towards the couple's feet during their barefoot beach wedding on Honeymoon Island
The officiant celebrates as Natalie and Tristan kiss during their sunset beach wedding
Natalie and Tristan kiss as they are pronounced "husband and wife" during their sunset wedding elopement
A close-up of Natalie and Tristan's first kiss after becoming officially wed on Honeymoon Island
Natalie and Tristan were all smiles after becoming married on an idyllic beach on Honeymoon Island.
Natalie and Tristan both exuded so much love in this special moment and I think their chemistry really shone through in the Honeymoon Beach wedding photo session which followed. Although it was a little cloudy and windy, the newly married couple brought a lot of warmth to the images with their embraces and I loved the whimsical beach attire they had chosen. The sky started to transform with soft pastel tones as they wandered along the sands hand-in-hand, then richened into bright oranges and pinks for what was a pretty magical sunset. We got creative with some silhouette shots against this spectacular backdrop, as well as a couple of black and whites to showcase their new wedding bands.
Natalie and Tristan look lovingly into each other's eyes during their Honeymoon Island elopement shoot
Capturing an intimate moment between the newly married couple during their sunset wedding photo shoot
A classic portrait of Natalie and Tristan during their Honeymoon Island wedding photo session
Natalie shows off her baby bump while leaning against Tristan on a beach on Honeymoon Island
Natalie leads Tristan along the sands of Honeymoon Island during their romantic sunset portrait session
A close-up portrait of the happily married couple during their Honeymoon Island wedding photo session
The newly married couple watch sunset on the beach together at Honeymoon Island
A creative shot of the newly married couple walking along the beach on Honeymoon Island
Tristan kisses Natalie affectionately during their Honeymoon Island wedding portrait session
Natalie and Tristan look affectionately at each other during their whimsical beach portrait session
couple kiss water sunset wedding portrait session
Capturing an intimate moment between the newly married couple during their Honeymoon Island elopement
A creative silhouette of the newly married couple, backed by a spectacular sunset sky
A whimsical portrait of Natalie and Tristan watching sunset together from Honeymoon Island
An intimate portrait of the couple embracing as the sky transforms brilliant colors behind them
The chemistry between Natalie and Tristan was undeniable during their sunset wedding elopement
A creative black and white shot of the newly married couple showing off their wedding rings
A black and white shot of Tristan and Natalie holding their wedding rings together in the sand
We want to thank Natalie and Tristan for choosing Fallbrook Photography for this intimate beach elopement on Florida’s Honeymoon Island and for being such a great couple to work with. We also wish them all the best as their lives transform with the arrival of their new baby girl!