Sandbar Restaurant Wedding – Anna Maria – Gavin & Emily

Wedding and Reception Location: Anna Maria Island


Emily and Gavin’s wedding at The Sandbar Restaurant on Anna Maria Island was bringing together two families from across the globe. The bride hails from Kentucky while the groom is from Wales, with the couple having met at a bar in England where Gavin’s based in the military.

They were planning a romantic destination beach wedding with just their closest family and friends, most of whom would be meeting for the very first time. It was envisioned as a fun and relaxed day where everyone could revel in the warm Florida weather and celebrate their love.

Getting ready photos at an AirBnB on Anna Maria Island

We met up with Emily at the Airbnb where she was getting ready, capturing a few portraits of the bride in her gorgeous gown by Isabella’s. Her hair and makeup were being done by the talented Ashlee Ann who we’ve worked with before and always does such an incredible job.

After some black and whites of the beautiful bride, we also captured a special moment with her mom. Emily and Gavin had decided against having any formal bridal party, so it was quite a laid-back vibe as she made her final preparations.




Pre-Ceremony portraits at The Sandbar Restaurant:

We then headed over to The Sandbar Restaurant to meet up with Gavin and captured a few portraits of him on his own. This was really just an excuse so we could surprise him with the first look, having Emily walk up behind him in the gardens of this gorgeous Anna Maria Island wedding venue.

We captured a few portraits of the couple in this loved-up moment as they enjoyed seeing one another for the first time on their wedding day, then grabbed a few more portraits of the bride on the sun-dappled beach trail.


Ceremony photos at The Sandbar Restaurant:

Emily and Gavin were exchanging vows on the white sands of Anna Maria Island, with a few scattered storms forecast. Thankfully, it didn’t affect the proceedings and we were lucky to get some gorgeous diffuse lighting for the ceremony itself. It was also relatively quiet on the beach, probably due to the fact that it was a mid-week wedding.

We captured candid photos throughout Emily and Gavin’s beach wedding ceremony, including shots as the couple read their vows to one another. Emily’s finger had expanded in the heat, creating a fun moment as Gavin struggled to fit her ring on during their ring exchange.



Post-Ceremony photos at The Sandbar Restaurant:

After making their recessional walk down the aisle, we took advantage of the favorable weather conditions for a beach wedding portrait session. Aside from whimsical photos of the couple embracing in the dunes backing the beach, we also grabbed a shot of Emily leading Gavin along the sands and another capturing a close-up of her bare feet.





Reception photos at The Sandbar Restaurant:

Emily and Gavin’s wedding reception at The Sandbar Restaurant was a really relaxed affair, with plenty of dance floor action beneath the breezy pavilion. We photographed the couple feeding one another doughnuts from their doughnut tower, as well as capturing details shots of their meal and signage. As the sun began to set, we snuck out with the couple for another beach portrait session and photographed Gavin twirling his bride in the atmospheric dusk light.



It was a real pleasure to be selected as the photographers for Emily and Gavin’s destination wedding on Anna Maria Island and experience this union between their two families. We wish them all the best in their married life together, whether that’s in the U.S. or the U.K.

Wedding Ceremony Location: The Sandbar Restaurant

Wedding Coordinators: Molly Powers

Hair Stylists: Ashlee Ann

Cake Artist: Donut Experiment, Hometown Desserts

Make Up: Ashlee Ann



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