Harborside Christian Church – Safety Harbor – Jenna and Chris
Wedding Location: Harbourside Christian Church
Wedding Reception: Hyatt Regency Clearwater, Florida
Jenna and Chris were planning an ocean-themed wedding in Safety Harbor and Clearwater with around 100 of their closest family and friends. We were particularly honored to be selected as their wedding photographer, as Jenna is a wedding planner and has worked at many of the same venues as we have.
They were beginning the day at the Harborside Christian Church where the couple prepared in separate suites before a Christian wedding in the gorgeous, whitewashed chapel. After a portrait session in the landscaped grounds, we then headed to the Hyatt Regency in Clearwater where their ballroom reception was to be held.
Getting ready photos at Harborside Christian Church
We kicked off the day capturing photos of Chris making his final preparations, including a black and white shot of him securing his cufflinks and another as he adjusted his tie. As we stepped outside, he was joined by his groomsmen who surprised him from behind before a short portrait session in the landscaped grounds of the Harborside Christian Church.
Meanwhile, Jenna was getting ready with her bridesmaids in a light-filled suite, with makeup artist Crystal Watson adding the finishing touches to her look. We captured some shots of Jenna’s Milla Nova wedding dress hanging in the expansive windows and another as the bride admired this stunning creation.
As Jenna stepped into her dress with the help of her bridesmaids, we grabbed some creative photos peering through the curtains towards them, followed by a shot of the girls holding their gift travel mugs. After some portraits of the bride looking radiant and ready to go, we captured her emotional first-look session with her dad before he walked her down the aisle.
Pre-Ceremony photos at Harborside Christian Church
Jenna and Chris were getting married in the whitewashed chapel of the Harborside Christian Church, with ornate chandeliers hanging above. We captured up-close shots and candid reactions as they exchanged vows, as well as a wide-angle photo looking down the aisle. After being pronounced “husband and wife”, the newlyweds made their recessional walk down the aisle to be greeted by family and friends blowing bubbles (including a young wedding guest who was eating his!)
Ceremony photos at Harborside Christian Church
With the official proceedings out of the way, we used the time available for a bridal party portrait session, including classic combinations and a football-inspired shot of Jenna with Chris’ groomsmen. We then moved onto romantics, photographing the bride and groom as they embraced throughout the landscaped grounds of the Harborside Christian Church. Aside from tender shots as Chris kissed Jenna’s cheek, we also captured a wide-angle portrait incorporating their gorgeous Safety Harbor wedding venue.
Reception photos at Hyatt Regency Clearwater
Jenna and Chris’ reception was being held at the Hyatt Regency in Clearwater, which boasts a waterfront setting overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. On arrival, we captured a few portraits of the newlyweds on the sweeping staircase and on a balcony overlooking the ocean.
They kicked off their wedding reception with a first dance, which was followed by a father-daughter dance before everyone hit the dance floor to celebrate. Throughout the night, we captured the newlyweds feeding one another cake and grabbed some shots of all the photo booth action. Jenna had created the photo booth herself using a polaroid camera, so we ended the night with a portrait of the couple kissing while holding a polaroid of themselves.
We want to extend our thanks to Jenna, Chris, and their family and friends for allowing us to be part of their special day. We wish them all the happiness in the world as they make the move to Texas to begin their new life as “husband and wife”.
Wedding Ceremony Location: Harborside Christian Church
Reception Location: Hyatt Regency Clearwater
Wedding Coordinators: Jenna Pollock / Nation (The Bride)
Florists: Lemon Drops Weddings and Events
Cake Artist: Corey’s Bakery
Officiant:Rev. Philip Nation
DJ: John Rinell
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