Don CeSar – St Pete Beach – Mimi and Charlie

Wedding and Reception Location: Don CeSar


Mimi and Charlie booked us back in January of this year to capture their modern wedding at the iconic Don CeSar hotel in St Pete Beach. They hail from Minnesota (but have family links to St Pete Beach), with the majority of the bridal party and guests coming from interstate to celebrate on the coast of Florida.

The couple was planning a family-oriented day, with a Christian ceremony and cocktail ceremony on a balcony overlooking the beach. Auburn May from Days Remembered by ND was their skilled wedding planner and Jason Sowell their officiant, both of whom ensured a stress-free day.

Getting ready photos at Don Cedar

We began the day capturing photos of the couple getting ready in separate suites at the Don CeSar, with Vince photographing the guys and Tara hanging out with the girls. Aside from photos of Charlie getting ready with his dad and a reflective shot as he adjusted his bowtie, we also grabbed some classic portraits of the groom and a shot as he walked down a hallway of the Don CeSar with his groomsmen.

Meanwhile, Mimi was enjoying a champagne toast with her bridesmaids in their bridal suite. We captured close-up shots of their gorgeous bouquets from 2Birds Events and the bride’s personalized coat hangar, as well as some photos as Mimi shared in this special moment with her mom and sisters. We got creative with a reflective shot of the bride looking out her shuttered windows with one of the Don CeSar’s chairs in the foreground before heading outside for a bridal party portrait session.


Pre-Ceremony portraits at Don CeSar:

After some sophisticated portraits of Charlie and his groomsmen in front of the sweeping staircase of the Don CeSar, it was then the girls’ turn. We captured shots of the girls holding their personalized clutches that were gifted from the bride and grabbed a portrait inspired by the “Bridesmaids” film. After a photograph of her bridesmaids gathering around, we captured a few portraits of Mimi on her own, with her wedding dress from Blush by Hayley Paige billowing in the wind.

It was then time for the first look session, with Mimi walking up behind Charlie in an elegant hallway of the Don CeSar. We captured their reactions at seeing one another for the first time on their wedding day, then took the time for a short romantic portrait session of the couple in this loved-up moment.


Ceremony photos at Don CeSar:

Mimi was escorted down the aisle of the Don CeSar courtyard by her parents before a short Christian ceremony. We photographed the proceedings from various angles, including from above to get a bird’s eye view across the ceremony site. After being pronounced “husband and wife”, Mimi and Charlie sealed their marriage with a kiss and made their recessional walk down the aisle.



Post-Ceremony photos at Don CeSar:

After the ceremony, we headed down onto the sands of St Pete Beach for some more portraits, beginning with some classic jumping shots of the bridal party. We then captured a few romantics of the newlyweds, backed by the late afternoon sun and some shots as they walked hand-in-hand towards the Don CeSar.




Reception photos at Don CeSar:

​Mimi and Charlie’s cocktail-style reception was being held in one of the ballrooms of the Don CeSar, with an attached balcony where we grabbed a few sunset portraits of the couple. Throughout the evening, we documented their first dance, their cake cutting ceremony and grabbed details shots of their personalized napkins, which featured their much-loved dogs. We ended the night with some candid photos of the couple enjoying the dance floor, surrounded by their family and friends.



We want to thank Mimi and Charlie for trusting Fallbrook Photography to capture their wedding at the Don CeSar and for being such an easy-going couple to work with. We wish them all the best as they return to Minnesota to start their married life together.

Wedding Ceremony Location: Don CeSar

Wedding Coordinators: Auburn May

Hair Stylists: Makeup By Pink

Florists: 2BirdEvents

Cake Artist: The Artistic Whisk

Officiant: Jason Sowell

Decorator: Day Cor Events

DJ: Chris Grainger-Graingertainment



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