Boca Grande is on Gasparilla Island. Gasparilla was the nickname of Jose Gaspar, the “last of the buccaneers”, a famous pirate. Jose may have been fictitious, but nobody knows for sure. There are many versions of who he was and what he did. Real or not, he is the inspiration for Tampa's annual Gasparilla Festival.
The island has been one of my favorite places on the planet to photograph weddings. I have photographed well over 100 of them and I have loved shooting every one!
George Vanderbilt was 25 years old when he purchased the Biltmore property in the late 1880s. In 1895, he officially opened the estate with an elaborate housewarming party for family and friends on Christmas Eve. The house was his dream for a country retreat where he could pursue his “passion for art, literature, and horticulture.” In 1898, he married Edith Dresser; after their honeymoon, they moved to the estate. Even after they moved in, work continued on the home.
Asheville North Carolina is a wonderful place to live and to have a wedding. The Biltmore Estate is truly a one of a kind destination.
These links will give you more information about the area.
Begin your married life in the elegant indoor or enchanting outdoor wedding venues at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes. Replete with luxury amenities and supported by impeccable service, extraordinary catering and expert technology services, couples and their guests will have an experience at the Florida resort that surpasses their fondest hopes. As you take your walk down the aisle, be it in the Citrus Garden or at the lakeside gazebo, you will feel the support of their experienced team. From bridal showers and bachelor or bachelorette parties to traditional rehearsal dinners and ethnic wedding receptions with authentic Indian cuisine, they offer the most comprehensive wedding services for personalized celebrations.
I have been photographing weddings and receptions at The Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes in Orlando, since they opened. If you are looking for a fabulous location in Orlando, be sure to check out them out!
The Beach Club is located on Gasparilla Island. The island is one of my favorite places and there are many venues to choose from.
The Gasparilla Inn Beach Club features a family pool with changing facilities and a sparkling white sand beachfront. A spacious, glass enclosed dining room for lunch and late afternoon food and beverage service is also available to resort guests. The spacious and picturesque Gulf Room is available for private functions, as well as weddings. The Gasparilla Inn Spa, The James Griffith Salon, Lap Pool, and a fully equipped Fitness Center and Exercise Studio are also part of the resort’s expansive Beach Club complex.
Combining the timeless romance of Hawaii and the elegance of a luxury resort, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua offers the perfect setting for your destination wedding. Comprehensive wedding services begin with their packages and dedicated planners, who work with couples to ensure every detail is decided. The celebration is underway as soon as your guests arrive in Maui with a day at the spa for the bridal party, a few rounds of golf for the groomsmen or an authentic luau to replace the traditional rehearsal dinner. With an array of indoor and outdoor venues, the resort can host your big day as well as all the events surrounding it.
This was the second wedding I photographed for this family. The ceremony was on a bluff and the reception down the hill. The Ritz Carlton Kapalua is a magnificent location for a destination wedding!
This link will show you how beautiful the resort is.
Walloon Lake is near Petoskey Michigan and is the 26th largest lake in Michigan. I grew up in Michigan and absolutely love the summers there. Since I have lived in Florida, I have photographed many fabulous weddings in Michigan. Getting out of Florida, during the summer, is a good thing!
Tucked away on the southern tip of Gasparilla Island, the Boca Bay Pass Club is one of Southwest Florida's best kept secrets.
Located on the Gulf of Mexico, it has spectacular sunsets. On many occasions we have seen dolphins swimming by. The event planner and I take credit for the show, the guests laugh when we tell them it was all pre-planned!
Every wedding is unique and a beach wedding in Naples on the sugary white sand offers romance beyond fairy tales. Imagine exchanging vows on the beach as the brilliant Florida sun slowly sets over the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
It’s not every day you have two fighter jets do a fly over a wedding ceremony. The groom, who is a golf pro, had that only one request. I was one of the few that knew about it and I had to be ready to get this perfect shot.
The Winter Park Racquet Club has been an ideal location for beautiful waterfront weddings for many years. They hold exclusive access to unforgettable sunset ceremonies looking across Lake Maitland. The lakeside receptions framed with gorgeous oak trees and sparkling string lighting are stunning, as well as elegant indoor mahogany rich dinner receptions. The possibilities at this Club are endless.
The Gasparilla Inn & Club is a dream destination for brides and grooms who love their special combination of island vibe and genteel hospitality. I have been photographing weddings and events there since 2000 and just love it. Now that I use a drone, I’m getting some additional great perspectives.
More than just the home of lavish wedding receptions in Orlando, Grande Lakes offers an unmatched setting for all types of celebrations - anniversaries and vow renewals, bridal and baby showers, bar and bat mitzvahs, family reunions, graduation celebrations, and other special occasions. Menus designed with true creative artistry provide a variety of healthy choices and savory delicacies.
Boca Grande is the perfect backdrop for destination weddings and Banyan Street is a one of a kind location. The island exudes romance and adventure afforded by its historic aura and lush subtropical flora. Whether you are planning a simple barefoot beach ceremony followed by cheeseburgers in paradise or a million-dollar extravaganza, every wedding in Boca Grande feels special.
Nothing compares to the way this island creates the feeling of being in another time and place. You will feel like you’ve slipped away to a far off exotic land without the hassles of foreign travel. When guests fly in from all over the country for a wedding on Gasparilla Island, it’s like a great big sleepover. Don’t forget to reserve enough golf carts for all your guests.
I did my first Boca Grande wedding, at the Banyan tree, for the DuPont family in 2000.
For details on how to have a wedding, click on this link.
Considered the heart of The Alfond Inn, the Conservatory features a soaring glass domed ceiling, creating a light- filled space overlooking the Courtyard that is ideal for wedding ceremonies, receptions and dinner. Beyond the Conservatory is 10,000 square feet of lushly landscaped green space in the garden Courtyard with built-in fire pits and an area designed for team building and al fresco events. This area is what makes The Alfond Inn the optimal choice in Winter Park Wedding Venues.
Clearwater Beach provides a magical backdrop for your wedding day, with its long stretches of white-sand beach, mangrove trees and stunning sunsets. A Clearwater Beach wedding brings together the charm of one of Florida’s most beloved destination towns with the natural beauty of the gulf coast. Saying your vows on these pristine shores is an experience you will never forget.
This link will give you information about the resort.
Photographing destination weddings is so much fun, especially in New Orleans. New Orleans likes to say “I do.” with its beautiful architecture, horse-drawn carriages, centuries old oak trees and European ambiance. New Orleans is often called the most romantic city in America. Where better to start your wedded bliss than in a city that celebrates love? Having a parade through the French Quarter is an experience I recommend to everyone.
These links will guide you in planning a wedding in New Orleans.
This amazing venue is located in the beautiful master-planned community of Champions Gate, Florida. Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate will impress the most discerning bride with attentive service, exceptional banquet room facilities and luxury guest accommodations.
I have photographed many Hindu/Indian weddings and I just love the cultural, families and colors. They can last a few days and I usually will bring in two second shooting photographers to assist me in capturing all the details.
There is a reason why outdoor ceremonies are popular – nature simply offers no backdrop more romantic. The Palm Coast and Flagler Beaches have a myriad of options for outdoor venues. From a traditional beachside ceremony, the formal gardens at Washington Oaks State Park or kick back with a casual country theme at the Florida Agricultural Museum.