Carey and Gabriel had all but given up on finding ‘the one’…until they found each other. Their romantic beach-side Jewish wedding ceremony in Longboat Key, Florida made the wait well worth it! Ailyn La Torre Photography beautifully captured their true love and commitment to each other.
Their invitations set the tone from the start, with starfish designs that would continue to make appearances throughout the wedding day.
Capturing the bride and groom’s gift exchange is a must-have request for any couple’s wedding photographer!
During their first date, Gabriel was transfixed on Carey and could only think of the word ‘amazing.’ He seems to be thinking the same sentiment when first seeing the beautiful bride in her gown.
And amazing is just how she looked! Carey absolutely glowed, with simple but stunning accessories and natural but gorgeous hair and make-up.
Her dress proved that gowns can still be full for a beach wedding. These soft ruffles were girlishly bridal, while maintaining the lightness required for seaside nuptials.
Starfish flip-flops for the ceremony and strappy heels for the party were a perfect balance of beach and elegance!
Jewish Wedding Beach Ceremony
The Bay Isles Beach Club provided an enchanting backdrop for the ceremony.
Jewish traditions such as the reading of the Seven Blessings and breaking the glass were included in Carey and Gabriel’s wedding. The ketubah was signed the day before in a separate religious ceremony. Carey and Gabriel sculpted a kiddish cup which was not only used for the religious service, but also displayed with the ketubah at Sunday brunch.
This bouquet wrap was a clever and easy “something blue,” reminding brides that adding the traditional dose of blue is always possible! The blue handkerchief wrapped around the bouquet had belonged to Carey’s Nana who passed away. It was something blue as well as her way of honoring her loved one that day.
Why wait for the cocktail hour? Refreshing drinks and light snacks are perfect little delights for an outdoor ceremony…never mind what a treat it is for the guests!
The joy on their faces says everything you need to know about Carey and Gabriel’s love for each other.
These vintage family photos were used to recreate a photo honoring Carey’s grandmother who could not attend the wedding, and grandfather who is no longer with us.
Who says you have to have rice tossed at you?? After all, aren’t marshmallows just a little more delicious! Carey and Gabriel opted for this colorful sweet treat to be showered on them after the ceremony.
With a theme of starfish and sea glass, these centerpieces embodied the day’s motif perfectly.
Their first dance was a favorite memory of the couple, having been choreographed by their friend via skype.
Flip-flops are always a favorite giveaway at beach-side weddings, but baby powder for sand removal is a completely unique (and much appreciated) idea!
This crisp white cake was simply elegant, while the starfish were upscale without losing the beach’s relaxed ambiance. The cake was topped with a sculpture of the couple lovingly created by Gabriel.
What better way to capture the wedding rings than amidst the day’s most distinctive images? Here, the starfish and sandy centerpieces made a beautiful backdrop for the keepsake photo.
The couple’s wedding day was as fantastic and special as Carey described it. We are so happy to have been involved in the day, and wish them nothing but happiness in the future.
Photographer: Ailyn La Torre Photography
Event Venue: Bay Isles Beach Club
Catering: Harry’s Continental Kitchen
Flowers by Fudgie, Becki Creighton
Invitations by our friend Margaux Reynolds
Sunday Brunch by Jim’s Small Batch Bakery
Choreography by our friend Carly Marie Knudson
Ketubah by an artist on Etsy
Cake Topper by Gabriel Sanders
Submitted via Two Bright Lights