Filipino Wedding in Tampa
Relaxed Wedding at Sailport Waterfront Suites
Wedding of Rochelle alvior & Nathaniel Jourdan at the Sailport Waterfront Suites in Tampa. The Filipino culture have some of the nicest people. This wedding was so relaxed, none of the tension that you can get at many weddings. Sailport Waterfront Suites provides such a great atmosphere, on the shores of Tampa Bay in an area known as Rocky Point. We have often shot at Sailport for the pre-ceremony shots with weddings at the Rusty Pelican which is next door, but this was the first time to shoot a ceremony at Sailport. The ceremony was on the sand with a Bamboo Hut over the altar area set near the water. If there would have been mountains nearby I would have felt like I was in Hawaii. The reception right next to the ceremony site on a concrete area. This makes it so convenient and as a result there is more time for photography & video which allowed us to get some creative shots as you’ll see at the end of this video.
The reception food was provided by Hao Wah Catering. We always enjoy it when Hao Wah is catering, because we know its not your normal “wedding food”, but some deliscious Asian cuisine. They are located in Pinellas Park but do catering all over Florida.
The bride Rochelle is from Paranaque City, Philippines and Nathaniel from Ozamiz City, Philippines. Rochelle & Nathaniel met when a comman friend invited them to join a Vokey Ball League. After being teammates they realized they shared common interests like nature tripping, food, and photography. They became buddies then lovers.
The did a Filipino wedding tradition of exchanging coins referred to as the arrhae, which are made up of 13 unity coins to represent prosperity. They are placed first in the hands of the groom who then hands it over to the bride, to symbolize how the husband will provide for the welfare of his wife and entrust his worldly goods to her care.
The Photographer was Gilbert Baron who was great to work with. Maribel who is a family friend provided the wedding cake.
For the music, I really tried to pick something that really represented the relaxed atmosphere, and just happened to find this perfect some from Premium Beat, “Home Space” to open and end the video with.