Shaina & Justin's Beach Wedding At Zota Beach Resort
We’ve been dying for the opportunity to return to Zota Beach Resort for a long time, and Shaina and Justin’s Beachside wedding was the most beautiful way to come back to a favored venue!
Everyone’s concerns were running high, as the wedding date hovered around the date of an impending hurricane, but much to everyone’s relief the storm passed swiftly the day before their ceremony. The aftermath of the hurricane did effect the original plan for a ceremony directly on the beach, but the “backup” location atop the resort’s veranda was a breathtaking alternative.
With an altar swathed in sheer white fabric, adorned with white orchids, and crowned with a clear chandelier (all while still overlooking the ocean), our couple’s ceremony space was a picturesque fairytale, to say the least.
Prior to the ceremony, Shaina and her ladies spent a relaxing morning in one of the resort’s luxurious ocean view suites, enjoying plenty of downtime thanks to a well-planned timeline and basking in plenty of glowing natural light. We had ample time for capturing some stunning bridal party portraits before heading down to the pre-sunset ceremony.
Shaina and Justin’s emotional and touching personal vows were just one of the highlights of their traditional Jewish ceremony, where a husband and wife team blessed the couple’s union with beautifully sung Hebrew verses and blessings for a strong, lasting marriage. Breaking a glass to really seal the deal, our newlyweds were whisked straight to the beach for their Just Married Portraits in the last of the Golden Hour light. Shaina opted spontaneously for a quick yet fun “trash the dress” moment, since she had a stunning second gown lined up for her reception wardrobe.
The reception was fun, lighthearted, and full of dancing; but only after a moving dedication song to Shaina’s late grandparents. Our bride was the true belle of the ball in her intricately beaded reception gown, and neither her groom nor their guests could stop gushing over her beauty. Shaina and Justin’s love for one another was palpable from the moment they saw each other at opposite ends of the aisle, to their final kiss during the last dance. They are a beautifully matched pair, and it was a real honor to partake in the celebration of this marriage.