Kelly & David’s beach elopement is full of the feels, amazing light and an awesome couple. After spending 11 years together, and many ‘life things’ happening they realized there really isn’t a ‘best’ time to get married. Clearwater seemed like the perfect place for them to have a beach elopement so with the help of a family friend, they were able to secure a private and secluded spot on the beach.
I arrived in Clearwater on July 4th, and hung out with David & Kelly. They travelled from Indianapolis sans friends and family to forgo all the typical wedding stuff to make their ceremony about the two of them. We watched fireworks together, drank beers and I even sang a little karaoke. On their wedding day, we started out at the local county clerk’s office so they could get their marriage license, then the ‘getting ready’ began.
The original plan was the have a sunset beach ceremony followed by an intimate first dance in the sand then photos. Only 1 of those things happened because as you’ll see in the photos, a massive storm blew in. It was actually quite intense. As their priest started the blessing, the thunder began to strike and lighting lit up the sky, which turned a post-apocalyptic shade of orange and pink. The winds picked up but the ceremony pushed on and as they were pronounced husband and wife, the sky unleashed whatever moisture it was carrying and drenched all of us.
Honestly, it was awesome and I’ve never experienced anything like it before.
After heading for cover and drying off at a friend’s house, we headed to the restaurant to cut some cake and have a private first dance.
I really had an amazing time with David & Kelly and can honestly say I made two life-long friends over the holiday. Kelly & David, THANK YOU for inviting me into your lives and letting me bear witness to such an amazing event.
Beach Elopement Location: Private Residence // Clearwater Beach, FL
Floral: Petal & Vine
Cake: Astoria Pastry Shop
Hair & Makeup: The Spa @ Salon West