Tampa 4th of July Wedding Ceremonies

Tampa 4th of July Wedding Ceremonies


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.



Surprise Vow Renewal on Belleair Beach Florida

Surprise Vow Renewal on Belleair Beach Florida


Jimmy contacted me about having a surprise vow renewal ceremony while he and his family were vacationing in Belleair Beach Florida. They would be celebrating their 20 year wedding anniversary and they had talked about doing a vow renewal. Jimmy had a tough time keeping his surprise vow renewal plans a secret. He e-mailed me and said his wife, Roxanne, was being nosey and needed a way to throw her off. He was very thoughtful! He said he would send a money order for deposit or have his brother-in-law send a check for him so she wouldn’t see the money come out of their bank account and start asking questions. He e-mailed me from work and sent discreet text messages so she wouldn’t find out about his plan.

He did such a great job because she was totally surprised!!

Jimmy asked me to be out on the beach and have a sign that read, “Rox” with a heart on it.


Sign to get Roxanne’s attention for the Surprise Vow Renewal on Belleair Beach Florida that Jimmy had so thoughtfully planned

It was a beautiful night. The ceremony took place right outside of the Belleair Beach Club. I went out on to the beach, placed my beach chair out, and had a chalkboard. I drew the “Rox” message on the chalkboard and sat on the sand pretending like I was drawing. Jimmy text that they were on the way down. Jimmy, his wife Roxanne & son and daughter walked right by me heading towards the ocean. His daughter noticed me drawing, and said to her Mother “look what that says”. When she turned around and read the message she looked at her husband and said, “What are you up to?” I went over to her and asked if she was Roxanne Miller, and when she said yes, I said to her “a special admirer shared with me a special occasion that you are going to be celebrating, and asked if I would be here to perform a 20 year vow renewal ceremony celebrating your 20 year wedding anniversary.” She was so shocked!!

We had a beautiful surprise Vow Renewal on Belleair Beach Florida. I took photos for them after the ceremony and congratulated Jimmy on a great job keeping this hidden.

They were all very pleased and thanked me very much.

Me with Roxanne and Jimmy at their 20 year Surprise Vow Renewal on Belleair Beach Florida

Me with Roxanne and Jimmy at their 20 year Surprise Vow Renewal on Belleair Beach Florida