The Palominos: A Day of Classic, Contemporary Fusion

With a ceremony at Trinity Lutheran Church and a reception at The James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art in St Pete, Florida, Ashley and Pedro’s wedding day had the perfect blend of traditional and contemporary vibes.

As an out of state couple, we didn’t get to spend as much time as we usually like with them, but we did get to enjoy a magic afternoon with Ashley just a few days before their wedding in order to capture a stunning bridal portrait session.  Because of their inability to participate in an engagement session, swapping it for a styled bridal session was a unique alternative.

We chose Straub Park as the backdrop for Ashley’s portraits, where the clean white architecture of the arches provided an editorial edge while the dark, regal banyan trees added a fairytale flare.  Ashley’s gown was a visual representation of the traditional and contemporary fusion by pairing a classic a-line silhouette with a sweeping, dramatic cape-veil.  Her fabulous flashy heels and gold leaf hair piece were the finishing touches of whimsy and sparkle to her bridal look.

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A few days later we reunited with our bride and her groom to help document their day, beginning with the wedding party’s preparations in their respective salon and barber shop.  We then followed the parties back to their designated Getting Ready locations to capture all the fun and emotion of preparing for the biggest day of Ashley and Pedro’s relationship.

Ashley and Pedro’s ceremony was timeless and beautiful and was performed by their beloved priest who traveled in order to join them as husband and wife.  Family formals were captured inside the church where everyone could remain safe from the Florida heat, and the altar made for a rich and symbolic backdrop.

From there we made our way to our final stop for the reception at the James Museum.  The galleries offered an amazingly original landscape (no pun intended…) for some Just Married and wedding party portraits, but the couple was eager to join the celebration with their guests; so portraits were kept short and sweet to respect their wishes.  The meal was presented in a cocktail-and-finger-food format that encouraged mixing and mingling of Ashley and Pedro’s loved ones.

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This dinner style seemed to allow for a seamless transition directly into “dance mode”, and nearly all of the guests wasted no time in fast-forwarding to that mode!  This group knew exactly how to party, so amidst sculptures and ultra modern architecture they danced the night away.

We were so happy the Ashley and Pedro managed to find us long-distance and allow us to take part in their day.  We wish them so much happiness, as well as a return trip or two to the Sunshine State to visit!

Trinity Lutheran Church

The James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art in St Pete, Florida