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Why To Have A Destination Wedding in Florida 

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February 3, 2023


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Planning a destination wedding is a wonderful way to mark the start of your next chapter in life. Destination weddings lend themselves to more intimate days with incredible memories – all in an unique and beautiful location. Over the last few years, I’ve photographed several couples whose Tampa, FL wedding day was a destination for them and their loved ones. Honestly, hosting a destination wedding in Florida is a wonderful idea! There’s so much to enjoy – including beautiful views, incredible wedding vendors, and the vibe. Here’s a few other reasons why you should have your destination wedding in Florida! 

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It’s easy to travel to Florida. 

When planning your destination wedding location, it’s important to consider the logistics of travel for yourselves and your loved ones. Florida is a great option because it’s in the United States, so if you’re traveling domestically, you don’t need your passport updated! There’s also lots of options to travel to Tampa, including flights, trains, and the ability to drive – which means everyone can find a way to get here. Once your guests have arrived, there’s also a plethora of amazing hotel and local accommodations available. We have no shortage of stellar 5-star hotels and airbnbs for all of your guests! 

Florida has a variety of wedding venues! 

Now that you’ve figured out the logistics of traveling to Florida, it’s time to think about your wedding venue. Tampa, FL has some truly beautiful options for your wedding day and it comes down to the vibe you want. If you’re looking for a beachside wedding, we’ve got plenty of white sandy beaches for you! If something with a more upscale and modern feel is for you, consider a wedding in Downtown Tampa. Between the incredible hotels, historic areas, and restaurants, there’s lots of great options for a modern brunch wedding or luxury downtown hotel wedding. 

Florida isn’t just about beaches, though! We’ve also got a variety of museums and other historic locations that are known for their incredible architecture and gardens! Tampa is full of beautiful views, luxurious museums, European inspired architecture, and a downtown vibe that’s very modern and ready for you to celebrate. No matter what kind of wedding day you’re dreaming of, you’ll find the perfect venue in Tampa! 

I love planning destination weddings! Let’s chat about your wedding plans!

It’s easy to get married in Tampa, FL! 

Many of our wedding venues and hotels provide inclusive planning options. Having a caterer onsite, a planner that knows the venue, and preferred vendor lists will make your planning a breeze! When you select your wedding vendors from afar, it’s important to trust them and know that you’re in good hands. With so many inclusive planning options, the Tampa FL wedding community truly does make it easy for you to plan your celebration from afar! Additionally, this area is known for destination and microweddings weddings – so we’re used to planning with couples who aren’t local. Vendors with experience for all parts of your wedding will truly make the entire experience way less stressful! 

The vibe in Florida is like no other!

If I haven’t convinced you yet that a destination wedding in Florida is a good idea, consider the vibe of the area. Tampa FL (and so many other cities here) are beach towns. We’re known for our laidback vibes and the incredible food and drinks we provide. If you want your wedding weekend to be relaxing and celebratory more than anything else, you want a city that’s known for those vibes! Tampa Florida has so many wonderful places to visit, eat/drink, and check out while you’re in town. It’s a great tourist town and will allow you to fully relax and enjoy your wedding weekend! 

Ready to book your destination wedding in Tampa, FL? Let’s chat about your wedding plans!

Finding the Florida Wedding Photographer of Your Dreams

Once you’ve picked a date and venue for your destination wedding in Florida, it’s time to book your wedding photographer! Make sure that you love their portfolio and check where they’re based. Depending how close they are to your venue/city, you may want to check about travel fees.  Don’t forget to discuss an extra portrait session before or after your wedding day in this special place. If you’re going to plan a special destination trip for your celebration, you might as well make the most of it all! I love doing this with my couples traveling abroad, but I think it’s a great idea no matter where your destination wedding is! 

No matter where you tie the knot in Florida, there’s going to be a great venue, fun party, and relaxing weekend! Ready to book your destination wedding? Let’s chat about your dream wedding plans!

newlyweds stand at base of steps at the Ritz Carlton Sarasota

I love getting to capture these special moments so that you can remember your wedding day for the rest of your life! For me, your wedding day is so much more than just a day.

You deserve a wedding photographer who is invested in you and capturing every moment! Reach out and let’s connect to book your wedding day here in Florida (or around the world)!


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