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Krista & Justin are married! February 19th, 2012 – The Ritz-Carlton – Sarasota, Florida

The weather on Krista and Justin’s wedding day was not looking hopeful. The forecast called for lots of wind and thunderstorms and with everything being on the beach, it was looking like we were needing to go to “plan B”.  But, life is funny and weather reports can be wrong, which is luckily what happened here. Not only did the skies open and sun come out, but Krista and Justing were treated to one stunningly gorgeous sunset. Something I believe was a blessing meant specifically just for them. Jessica and I started off the day greeting Krista and her ladies at The Ritz-Carlton where we began photographing all the lovely details. She’s, sachets, perfume, I love it all!  Just after Krista was officially ready, we headed downstairs to photograph Krista and Justin’s first moment of seeing each other that day. Gray clouds still glooming overhead, we all headed to The Ritz-Carlton Beach Club where the ceremony and reception were to take place. A simple bamboo altar with a white shear sat amongst the pure white sand.  White wooden chairs lined in front of it patiently awaiting the beginning of the ceremony.  Just as we headed onto the beach for pre ceremony portraits, the clouds disappeared and the sun came out. Jessica and I let out a huge sigh of relief and quickly adjusted our ISO’s. (Photography lingo, sorry.)  From that point on, everyone’s hearts, including the bride and groom, were lifted.It was going to be beautiful! Amazing sunset portraits were captured just after the ceremony as guests enjoyed cocktails a few steps away. Krista and Justin had one beautiful and blessed wedding day and I’m so thankful we had the honor of documenting all the wonderful memories that unfolded.  Congratulations to the happy couple!

xoxo – Abby

(View their Engagement Session here.)

LOCATION:  The Ritz-Carlton Beach Club, Sarasota, FL

PLANNER:  Maria Brady of Choreographed Events

HAIR & MAKEUP:  Ana Molinari Salon

PHOTOGRAPHY:  Liga Photography 

SHOES:  Badgely Mischka

We started off the day photographing all the lovely details…

Sweet Krista.

More details…Loved the blue and diamond necklace.

Her gown…

…and her bridesmaids…

Meet the Mother of the Bride.

Let the getting ready begin!

Stunning…

A little garter application…

…and don’t gorget the shoes. Krista chose these beautiful and practical flats to wear for most of the day.

..and the finishing touch of a signature scent…a detail so personal.

Krista in all her beauty…

So classic.

Her bouquet.

And  now onto see Justin!

Such a special moment.

Let the portraits begin!

Meet the wedding party. Loved the navy and earth green color palette.

Krista’s bridesmaids…

…and Justin’s groomsmen.

..and Justin.

Now beachside, so happy the weather cooperated!

And look at what amazing light came through…

…and therefore I got this.

…and this.

One of Jessica’s fabulous images from the day…

…and this one.

Love the creaminess of the sky, sand, and her gown. It all blends so perfectly together.

Hugs and kisses…

Life is good.

Some more fabulous details.

Lido Key is one of my favorite places on earth. I grew up in Sarasota so there are SO many memories created throughout the years.

The ceremony…

Some of the most moving moments happen here.

The setting…

Sand ceremony…so fitting.

Just married!

Time to celebrate!

This sums up Krista’s happiness right here.

Now for the amazing sunset portraits…

…and a little veil love.

Beautiful reception details with the remnants of the gorgeous sunset, now casting a hue of deep blue.

Their first dance.

…and meaningful speeches.

Wrapping it up with the cutting of the cake…so sweet.

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