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Anna Maria Island Wedding Photographer | Em & Kyle's Sandbar Wedding

As an Anna Maria Island Wedding Photographer, beach weddings are, of course, one of my favorite things in the world!! Em and Kyle's wedding will always be a particularly memorable one for me, not just because it was my first wedding back from having maternity leave, but because of the beauty and sentiment that it captured. They were supposed to have had their dream wedding in the Bahamas, but the destruction caused by Hurricane Dorian put an end to that. Not to be deterred, they changed their direction and found the perfect spot for their beach wedding at The Sandbar Restaurant on Anna Maria Island and hired AMI Beach Weddings to help plan their perfect day. Against all odds, tragedy attempted to strike at them twice with the onset of COVID-19 and the world wide pandemic, but they didn't let that stop them this time, and the result was a stunningly beautiful day filled with love, friends and family!

Em's day started with getting ready at Salon Salon in Holmes Beach for her hair and make up, Then it was back to Cedar Cove Resort where her wedding gown and jewelry were waiting for her and the magic could truly begin! The beautiful bouquets, artfully created by Blooms By the Beach, completed the look and added the perfect tropical flair to her look.

Anna Maria Island Wedding Photographer detail picture of wedding dress hung on balcony at Cedar Cove Resort
Anna Maria Island Wedding Photographer tropical wedding flowers by Blooms By the Beach
Anna Maria Island Wedding Photographer Tropical Wedding Boquet
Anna Maria Island Wedding Photographer tropical wedding invitation
Anna Maria Island Wedding Photographer Bridesmaid Pajamas
Anna Maria Island Wedding Photographer getting ready details at Cedar Cove Resort
Anna Maria Island Wedding Photographer getting ready details at Cedar Cove Resort
Anna Maria Island Wedding Photographer getting ready details at Cedar Cove Resort

Meanwhile, back at their Anna Maria Island rental home, Kyle and his groomsmen were getting ready and having a little pre-wedding celebration of their own. A few photographs, a toast to the groom, and it's time to get rolling!

Anna Maria Island Wedding Photographer Groomsmen drinking beer
Anna Maria Island Wedding Photographer groom getting ready by pool

Once they were ready, they headed over to The Sandbar Restaurant for a few quiet moments of reflection and time with the ones they loved, and just a few more details to perfect before getting started.

Anna Maria Island Wedding Photographer bride getting ready at the Sandbar Restaurant
Anna Maria Island Wedding Photographer groom getting ready at The Sandbar Restaurant

The rain threatened to interrupt their ceremony and a drizzle even started just as they spoke their vows, but this amazing couple was completely undaunted. The dramatic skies and soft lighting just added to the ambiance and emotion of this beautiful moment. Say I Do on the Suncoast did a beautiful job officiating their ceremony as the couple literally Tied-the-Knot and became husband and wife.

Anna Maria Island Wedding Photographer beach ceremony at The Sandbar Restaurant
Anna Maria Island Wedding Photographer beach ceremony at The Sandbar Restaurant
Anna Maria Island Wedding Photographer beach ceremony at The Sandbar Restaurant
Anna Maria Island Wedding Photographer couple tying-the-knot beach ceremony
Anna Maria Island Wedding Photographer beach ceremony at The Sandbar Restaurant
Anna Maria Island Wedding Photographer beach ceremony at The Sandbar Restaurant
Anna Maria Island Wedding Photographer beach ceremony at The Sandbar Restaurant

The rain may have kept us from venturing back down to the beach, but that didn't stop us from capturing stunning portraits of this beautiful bride and groom! The sea grapes and the beautiful porch at The Sandbar made for the perfect backdrop for their wedding day memories. I just love these photographs!

Anna Maria Island Wedding Photographer Wedding Party walking at The Sandbar Restaurant
Anna Maria Island Wedding Photographer portrait of bride and groom kissing
Anna Maria Island Wedding Photographer beach bridal portraits at The Sandbar Restaurant
Anna Maria Island Wedding Photographer beach bridal portraits at The Sandbar Restaurant
Anna Maria Island Wedding Photographer beach bridal portraits at The Sandbar Restaurant

Finally it's time to celebrate! The party began as friends and family surrounded the couple for dancing, speeches, and a beautiful cake from Cupcake Delights. In one of the most thoughtful, creative, and timely acts I've seen at a wedding, the guest seats were marked with sea glass set on top of masks, made in the wedding colors! We did finally make it down to the beach for portraits, and even though the sunset eluded us, I'd still say that these pictures are as lovely and filled with emotion as their entire day was! I'm so in love with the photographs of their beautiful Anna Maria Island Wedding and I can't wait to share them with you!! If you'd like more information about having your wedding captured by Sandhill Photography, click here to check out our pricing and packages!

Anna Maria Island Wedding Photographer beach themed wedding cake by Cupcake Delights