Summertime Morning Wedding Ceremonies

Summertime Morning Wedding Ceremonies

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Summertime Morning Wedding Ceremonies are the best!!!

Sunrise or very early morning is the nicest time of day for a beach wedding in the Florida Summer. Also if you want a quiet, peaceful atmosphere for your summertime wedding ceremony morning is by far the nicest time for just that. Summers in Florida get very hot and humid as the day goes on. In the morning it isn’t as hot and humid making it so much more comfortable thus why we highly recommend summertime morning wedding ceremonies.

A Beautiful Wedding in Florida had a beautiful sunrise vow renewal ceremony on Sunday for Brenda and Kenneth. We were the first and only ones on the beach at Sand Key Park in Clearwater at 7:00 AM. George Sr and I made a fresh rose petal heart in the sand and George SR took photos. Brenda and Kenneth were celebrating their 25th year wedding anniversary on that day. They were vacationing in Florida from Missouri. Brenda and Kenneth chose to commemorate their ceremony with the giving and receiving of communion recognizing their spiritual commitment and showing their participation in the body of Christ. The quiet ambiance at the beach allowed us to just listen to the waves of the ocean and have a very undisturbed vow renewal ceremony.

Immediately following Brenda and Kenneth’s vow renewal ceremony, we had a wedding ceremony at 9:00 AM on Honeymoon Island in Dunedin. George Sr. and I met Hope and Wendy at the beach before the beach crowds started to arrive. We setup the arbor on the white sand where no beach goers had arrived yet then had a lovely wedding ceremony. Hope and Wendy chose to participate in a unity sand ceremony with pink and purple sands to be blended.

Summertime morning wedding ceremonies are popular! We officiated another morning wedding ceremony before the Honeymoon Island park opened. Bonenita and Jody were married outside of Honeymoon Island State park before it opened! They are fishermen and chose to tie the knot with the fishermen’s knot ceremony.

Quite often summertime morning wedding ceremonies or sunrise ceremonies are celebrated without guests but guests are not excluded. After the wedding ceremony you can have a celebrotary reception brunch or beach day. We always say “It’s your day” have fun with it.

Tampa 4th of July Wedding Ceremonies

Tampa 4th of July Wedding Ceremonies

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Beach, Barbecue, and Tampa 4th of July Wedding Ceremonies

For some it was celebrating 4th of July by going to the beach, barbecuing with friends and family, and fireworks. Others celebrated by getting married or with a celebratory vow renewal ceremonies. We did it all.

The entire weekend we kept busy with Tampa 4th of July wedding ceremonies. We started on Saturday with a sunrise wedding ceremony at Sand Key Beach Park for Natalie and Terrance. Terrance is a sergeant in the US Army and Natalie is a US Veteran. They had an very intimate beach wedding ceremony with just two close friends, Jamia and Jeff, in attendance.  Natalie vowed to take Terrance as her beloved king and Terrance vowed to take Natalie as his beloved queen.  They chose to commemorate their marriage through the celebration of a Foot Washing Ceremony, “The feet of the twelve disciples were caked with the dust of daily travels. The job of washing feet was reserved for the slave of the home. Yet, in striking fashion, Jesus – the one who spoke galaxies into existence – dons the towel of a poor slave and wipes the muddied feet of his friends. What a display of love – a love that would bend as low as necessary to lift up, a love that would enter into the mess so it could make things once again clean. This is what Jesus not only does for us, but calls us to do for one another – love by serving and humbling ourselves.” The love Natalie and Terrance was infectious as their wedding ceremony was performed.

Natalie sent a review a few days later, “Amazing. Mrs. Charmaine was a true God-send. She stayed in constant communication with Terrance and I. She made us feel comfortable. When she was reading the vows we picked, she was reading them as if they were special to her too.”

That same Saturday evening our associate officiant, Ellida, performed  Jamia and Jeff’s ceremony (Natalie and Terrance’s two friends that attended their morning wedding) at sunset at Sand Key Park in Clearwater.  Jamia and Jeff were also a military couple. Jamia and Jeff radiated with the love they have for each other. Their ceremony was recognized with a sweet treat that will bring joy to their lives and nourish their souls. They shared a delicious chocolate bar promising to always be present for each other in darkness and in light in sweet and in titter in dismal and delicious!

On Saturday at sunset I officiated Bruce and Patricia’s 20 year vow renewal ceremony at Redington Shores Beach. Bruce totally surprised his wife Patricia. Bruce arranged for over 30 family members to be at the ceremony. Many of the family members hadn’t seen one another for years. Bruce had a plan and George Sr captured the moment as Bruce got down on one knee and proposed again to his wife…..She said “Yes” 😉

Bruce wrote a few days later “Great to work with. Very nice people. Everything was just beautiful.”

It was a busy weekend and we still had a few more Tampa 4th of July wedding ceremonies!

Amy and Chuck thought they were eloping until the word got out. Monday evening they had a beautiful sunset wedding ceremony at Ft Desoto Beach Park.

Also on Monday, Brandon and Tracy eloped at Sand Key Beach in Clearwater.

Pam and Lonnie thought they were eloping on the 4th, but word got out and they had a number of guests attend their ceremony at Honeymoon Island. Pam wrote the following day “Thank you we were very touched by the ceremony you made it very special for us we will always remember it and we wish you a lifetime of happiness”

What a great weekend for so many wonderful couples!! After all the Tampa 4th of July wedding ceremonies, we still had a little time for barbecuing, pool, family and fireworks.

 

 

Florida Marriage License Fee Decrease

Florida Marriage License Fee Decrease

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Florida Marriage License Fee Decrease!!

Getting married in Florida is simple, and now it just got a little less expensive! This week, Governor Scott signed House Bill 1-A.This bill eliminates the “Displaced Homemaker Trust Fund,” of which $7.50 was allocated from the $93.50 marriage license fee.  The bill is effective July 1, 2017.

Therefore, effective July 1, 2017, the marriage license application fee will be $86.00.  Please note that the application fee for couples who complete premarital counseling will remain at $61.00 as the $7.50 “Displaced Homemaker Trust Fund” fee was already waived for completion of counseling.

FEES EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2017

Item Fee Amount
Marriage application and license (includes one certified copy of license) $86.00
If pre-marital class certification filed (3-day waiting period waived) $61.00
Providing a certified copy $3.00

We notarize a lot of Florida Marriage Licenses. Whether you want to have a big fancy wedding or simply have a notary sign your marriage license, we can do it. Many Florida courts do not offer civil wedding ceremonies anymore so if you’re looking for an affordable way to get married please contact us.

Palm Harbor-   727-641-3374 

Check out our Clearwater Wedding Specials http://abeautifulweddinginflorida.com/clearwater-beach-wedding-ceremony/

Tallahassee-  850-322-0911

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Florida Marriage License Fee Decrease= less expensive to get marriage in Florida!

 

Elope in Tallahassee

Elope in Tallahassee

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If you’re in the process of planning your wedding, I’m sure you’ve thought, “OMG! We should just elope in Tallahassee!!”

Whether wedding planning is making your nuts, you want to keep your ceremony sweet and simple and just the two of you, your on a tight budget, you need to get married asap for this that or the other….we got your back! We love helping couples elope in Tallahassee!!

An elopement can be planned or done on short notice. It can be elaborate or simple. You can invite a few friends or none. At the end of the day, whether you are having a big fancy wedding or you’ve decided to elope, all that really matters is that you and your beloved are happy.

How to Elope in Tallahassee

How exciting, you’ve decide to ditch the big wedding plans and elope in the Florida Capitol City!!! We’ve officiated tons of elopements and want to share a few tips on how to put your elopement plans together.

  1. Pick a date and commit to it
  2. Budget- how much can you spend will determine whether you can hire a professional photographer, get a little cake, drive off in a limo, or simply just get married!
  3. Hire us as your officiant  😛
  4. Decide on the location. There are so many beautiful places to elope in Tallahassee;  a park, your favorite restaurant, the steps of the Florida Capitol, FSU stadium, your home, the beach, or someplace else.
  5. Guests or no guests? Decide if you want it to be a beautiful intimate ceremony shared with you and your beloved or if you’d like to have your parents or best friend with you.

We’ve officiated elopements where the couple has splurged on a high-end photographer, limo ride to the location, and champagne toast. We’ve also officiated elopement ceremonies where the couple is wearing jeans and flip flops. There’s no wrong way to elope in Tallahassee. You can keep is super sweet and simple or add a little extras to it.

If you want to elope in Tallahassee check out our Waverly Pond Special….it’s a super special price for weddings held at the beautiful Waverly Pond Park. Of course, if you have special spot you’d like to elope just let us know and we can officiate your ceremony there– wedding officiant prices vary depending on the type, date/time, and location  Contact us today for an exact price quote.

Here are a few pictures of  of couples we’ve help elope in Tallahassee

 

Pinellas County nondenominational wedding ceremony chapels

Pinellas County nondenominational wedding ceremony chapels

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Our Favorite Pinellas County nondenominational wedding ceremony chapels

We’re in Florida so beach wedding ceremonies are popular! But maybe having your toes in the sand and sun in your face on your for your wedding ceremony is not your thing. An alternative option to a beach wedding ceremony is to have a nondenominational wedding ceremony at a chapel. With the heat of the summer and rainy season a chapel is a suggestion to consider when planning your Florida wedding. Here are a few Pinellas County nondenominational wedding ceremony chapels available for rent that we recommend:

St Michael’s Shrine in Tarpon Springs. This beautiful little shrine is very spiritual. Light a candle and enjoy the peace. The chapel has only a few pews and no air conditioning. It is very small, but quite beautiful. No charge is required to use the chapel for your wedding. It is just asked that a donation to be given. The chapel is just a few blocks from Tarpon Springs sponge docs. The chapel is open from 7am-6pm. The chapel ask that you notify them in advance if you would like the chapel for a wedding.

Andrew Memorial Chapel in Dunedin. This historic chapel is located by then entrance to Hammock Park and close to downtown Dunedin. The building has a charming Victorian style. They welcome all faiths and orientations. The chapel can be rented out hourly, and has seating for up to 130 people. The pews are hand carved, and has a nautical beamed ceiling.

Palm Harbor Reba Sutton White Chapel in downtown Palm Harbor is a historic 1920’s White Chapel. The chapel has a bride room and groom room available, and an adjacent reception hall if needed.

These chapels allow you to bring your own officiant to perform your wedding ceremony. You are not required to use a priest or minister. We have officiated ceremonies at all these lovely chapels. Here are a few of pictures.

 

 

 

Renew your vows once again with a special touch

Renew your vows once again with a special touch

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Renew your vows once again with a special touch like a surprise vow renewal ceremony. Eric surprised his wife with a 10 year anniversary vow renewal on Honeymoon Island Beach, Dunedin Anniversary Vow Renewal Ceremony

When you are at a new stage of your married life after completing 2, 5, 10, 25 or even 50 years, then it’s the perfect opportunity to renew your vows once again with a special touch of a vow renewal ceremony.

This is an opportunity for both of you to really think about how you feel about your relationship, especially if the last time you exchanged vows was decades ago.

A celebratory anniversary wedding ceremony is conducted with a special touch. After all it is your wedding anniversary day. The ceremony is truly the most special part of a vow renewal. Exchanging vows with each other can make a wedding anniversary celebration even more special than it already is. Your ceremony doesn’t need to be elaborate; it can be as simple as exchanging of vows before close family and friends.

  • You can use strings of lights and candles for night celebrations, and sprinkle silver glitter, confetti and tiny white hearts on the tables.
  • Framed photos from different stages of your life together also make great centerpieces and provide a conversation starter for guests.

Where do you want to celebrate?

The vow renewal can be conducted in a house of worship, at your home, at a restaurant, on the beach, in a pretty garden or park, on a mountaintop or on a cruise—basically; anywhere that has sentimental meaning for both of you.

Choosing the right wedding officiant is one of the most important decisions you’ll make because the way your ceremony feels will be something you and your families will remember forever.  Our wedding officiants work closely with each couple to create a fully customized ceremony.

Recently we officiated a romantic 10 year anniversary vow renewal ceremony on Honeymoon Island State Park in Dunedin with a fresh rose pedal heart in the sand. Eric surprised his wife Dana with a beautiful ring and a poem,”I love my life, I love my wife. I love you here, I love you there. I love your sexy underwear.”

We truly care about all the couples we work with and work hard to ensure your wedding ceremony is amazing! We are available to plan and officiate your vow renewal ceremony. If you’re looking to Renew your vows once again with a special touch check out our vow renewal packages.

Photos are essential for any big celebration! Hire the best photographer you can afford to capture your big day.

For Eric and Dana’s vow renewal we were fortunate to have our very own Photos by George Sr. capture the surprise and celebration.