Destination Wedding St Pete Beach
Sunset & Moonrise on wedding at Grand Plaza
The stars were aligned, as well as the sun and the moon on this wedding at Grand Plaza on St Pete Beach. It is not often we can get a sunset as well as a moon rise on the same wedding, but due to some good time, and great lighting equipment from our St Petersburg Photographer Joe, we captured some romantic shots with the moon behind the Grand Plaza.
The Grand Plaza is ideal for aerial video and photography with its palm tree ceremony sites and distinctive 10 story high-rise with the circular rotating restaurant, Spinners, at the top. The reception was in the Presidential Ballroom which is just below Spinners on the 9th floor. The Presidential Ballroom with its floor to ceiling windows has the best view of any wedding venue in Pinellas County overlooking St Pete Beach and the Gulf of Mexico. After sunset, there is usually a nice glow from the orange sky which you see during the father daughter dance on this video..
The Ceremony took place on the north ceremony site. Some brides prefer the north ceremony site because it is further from the outdoor bar, however, when the bride party walk down the aisle you’ll have the bar in the background. Both ceremony sites are very nice, but I probably prefer the south ceremony site, because the trees are a little taller and you do not have the bar in the background during the processional.
For the ceremony site we used 4 ground level cameras including a GoPro in the sand. The GoPros seem to always give us pleasant suprises when we edit the video. In this wedding the flower girls was tossing some of her petals during the ceremony and the wind was blowing it right to the GoPro, as one of the petals landed right on the lens. We also love to get the bride and groom as the walk over the GoPro and the brides train sweeps right over the lens, Awesome!
In the air we fired up the drone towards the end of the ceremony as the bride and groom kiss, you see the bride laughing as she sees the drone fly over their heads in the video above.
We did the pre-ceremony shots in the Bridal Room at the Grand Plaza which provides some nice mirrors for creative shots.
After the ceremony while the sun is still pretty bright, we like to utilize the bridge area on the side of the Grand Plaza, it gives us a great background which provides good contrast, when the sky is just too bright. It is also a great area for aerial shots.
We provided Uplighting which added a nice blue glow in the windows of the presidential ballroom and our DJ Kevin provided the entertainment.
The Grand Plaza is such a great wedding venue, not only because of the spectacular scenery, but also the staff is always very nice, and the food is great. The Grand Plaza Resort is located on 5250 St Pete Beach, FL. For more info on weddings at the Grand Plaza see http://www.grandplazaflorida.com/weddings or call (800) 448-0901. This was our 5th wedding here in one month, so we are very familiar with the Grand Plaza, both the Presidential Ballroom as well as the Imperial Ballroom on the 1st floor.
For more of our weddings at the Grand Plaza and St Pete Beach see http://celebrationsoftampabay.com/photographers-st-pete-beach/