Wedding and Reception Location: Zota Beach Resort


St. Louis couple Emmy and Brad were planning an intimate wedding at the Zota Beach Resort and we were thrilled that they selected Fallbrook Photography as the destination wedding photographer to capture their special day. Conditions in Longboat Key were absolutely perfect for a beach wedding, with Emmy and Brad saying “I do” in front of 30 of their closest family and friends.

Getting ready photos at Zota Beach Resort:

We began the day capturing candid shots of Brad and Emmy as they made their final preparations in separate suites at the Zota Beach Resort. We captured reflective shots in the mirror as both the bride and groom adjusted their wedding attire, as well as some shots of Emmy’s stunning bridal gown hanging from a ceiling lamp.

Once the bride was dressed and ready to go, we grabbed some black and white portraits as she relaxed in her suite overlooking the waters of Longboat Key, as well as some dramatically-lit shots in the bathroom. We also captured more classic portraits of her looking out the window as the natural light streamed in and one showcasing her beautifully detailed bridal train and veil.


Ceremony photos in Zota Beach Resort:

Emmy was then escorted across the white sands of Longboat Key by her US father figure for the start of her destination beach wedding ceremony, with a beautiful white bridal arch by Sand Petal Weddings framing the couple as they exchanged vows. We captured both wide-angle shots looking across the beach venue and up-close reactions of the bride and groom, as well as documenting their sand ceremony which reflected their love for one another.

After being pronounced “husband and wife”, the couple then threw seashells into the Gulf of Mexico and we waded into the waters to capture some creative action shots. Their wedding party then joined them to do the same, reflecting their support for this new union.


Portraits at the Zota Beach Resort:

Before the wedding reception at the Zota Beach Resort was due to start, we had plenty of time for romantic portraits of the couple in and around the hotel. We photographed Emmy and Brad walking hand-in-hand across their beach ceremony venue and embracing on the white sands, as well as some whimsical portraits in the long grasses that backed the beach.

We then moved inside for couple portraits incorporating the contemporary interiors of the Zota Beach Resort, including a striking white sofa, and got creative with some up-close shots showcasing their new wedding rings.

As the sun began to sink towards the horizon, we headed back to the beach for what was an absolutely spectacular sunset and grabbed candid shots of the couple soaking up this moment together. We captured a silhouette as they embraced against the bright orange sky behind them, as well as grabbing a high vantage shot as they watched it transform into deep pinks and purples.


Reception photos at the Zota Beach Resort:

Emmy and Brad’s reception at the Zota Beach Resort was being held outdoors on a stretch of sand in front of the hotel, with romantic string lights illuminating the setting from above. We photographed the couple feeding one another the cake created by Pastries by Design and dancing surrounded by their family and friends, as well as getting creative with a backlit shot using off-camera flash.



Although we were only with Emmy and Brad for a few hours, we felt privileged to document their special day and the love they have for one another. We wish them all the best as they return to Missouri and begin their new life together as husband and wife.

Wedding Ceremony Location: Zota Beach Resort

Cosmetician and hair stylists: Artist from Classy Styles Hair and Make up

Florists: Beneva Flowers

Cake: Pastries by Design

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