Jessica and Bryan
Ophelia’s on the Bay – Siesta Key, Florida
Siesta Key Beach
Jessica and Bryan were such a go-with-the-flow couple and it was an honor to be the photographer for their wedding at Siesta Key this past week in Florida. They had decided on a really intimate, casual wedding with just their closest family and friends, and seeing as Jessica is from England, it was going to be somewhat of a reunion with some of the guests flying in for the event. They had even decided against having a bridal party, keeping things really simple and relaxed.
Getting ready photos:
We began the day with Jessica and her step dad, Will, as they were making their final preparations and captured his reaction at seeing her looking so radiant on this special day. We then used the time available to capture some portraits of Jessica, including creative, reflective shots in the mirror and whimsical images beneath the swaying palms outside.
When I say they were easy going, I really mean it and Jessica hardly flinched an eye-lid when her limo failed to show up to transport her to Ophelia’s on the Bay where the ceremony and reception were to be held. Instead, we just made the most of the extra portrait time we were given, including close up shots with her periwinkle bouquet and black and whites showing off her gorgeous gown.
Once we realized the limo wasn’t coming at all, I offered to drive Jessica and her small entourage over to Ophelia’s on the Bay in my ’98 BMW which is quite a spacious car. Everyone was in high spirits despite the glitch in proceedings and I was more than happy to lend a hand.
Ceremony photos at Ophelia’s on the Bay:
Jessica and Bryan said “I do” watched on by their closest family and friends at a small ceremony venue overlooking the bay at Ophelia’s. We photographed the reactions of both the bride and groom as they exchanged vows, as well as capturing a spontaneous kiss as they made their recessional walk as “husband and wife”.
Portraits at Siesta Key:
Jessica and Bryan had scheduled in plenty of portrait time between their ceremony and reception, so we wandered up and down Siesta Key capturing shots of them in this loved-up moment. There were warm embraces beneath the lush greenery of this undeniably beautiful Florida setting, as well as some wide-angles on a shaded walking trail which was framed by gorgeous palm trees.
As we hadn’t had the opportunity to take any portraits of Bryan earlier in the day, we also captured a few of him in this newly married moment.
Reception photos at Ophelia’s on the Bay:
The couple then returned to their waiting family and friends for the intimate reception dinner which was kicked off with speeches and toasts. We photographed the emotional reaction of Jessica as she wiped away tears of joy, as well as the playful cake cutting ceremony which followed, watched on by their wedding guests with camera phones at the ready!
We want to thank Jessica and Bryan for selecting Fallbrook Photography to capture this beautiful wedding at Siesta Key and for being so great to work with. We wish you all the happiness and joy in your married life together!
Wedding and Reception hall: Ophelia’s on the Bay
Cake Artist: Edible Eligance by Eli
Florists: Bradenton Flower Shop