Tampa Halloween Weddings


I’ve officiated a number of weddings on Halloween.  A Halloween wedding can be fun and something most guest will always remember. I was asked to officiate a wedding where everyone was in costume, including me being dressed as Elvis Presley to perform the wedding. The wedding was at their home. The bride wore an elegant black dress and groom wore an old fashion type of military uniform white knickers with a blue jacket and gold trimming. They had some gothic wording in the vow their piece and had their children in costumes participating in the ceremony.  They had spider cupcakes, spooky music, and punch made with dry ice looking like a witches brew. Spooky music was played throughout the house and everything was decorated for a fun Halloween party wedding.


If you prefer not to be spooky for your Halloween wedding how about something more elegant. A costume ball or a masquerade ball. You can arrive at your wedding in a hearse instead of a traditional limo.


You can make some real cool invitations.  Have your wedding rings in a Death Do Us Part Box.


So many fun things and ideas can be centered around Halloween weddings. Pumpkins for center pieces, black flowers, eyeball ice cubes, skeleton cookies or how about  a bloody cake being cut with an ax….just to name a few.

Bloody Halloween wedding cake

Bloody Halloween wedding cake

Halloween weddings allow you to wear anything you want!

Halloween weddings allow you to wear anything you want!

This year Halloween falls on a Friday making it convenient for Friday night Tampa Halloween weddings.

Contact A Beautiful Wedding Palm Harbor/Dunedin/ Tallahassee we’d love to help you with ideas and officiating services for your Halloween wedding. It’s less than a month away, but still time to plan a great fun wedding to remember….Remember..this will be until death do us part!!!

St. Pete Beach Wedding

St. Pete Beach Wedding


It was a gorgeous day on Sunday morning for Marissa & Mike’s St. Pete Beach wedding. After a wash out day on Friday & rain off-and-on Saturday, we were all so happy to see a beautiful sunny day on Sunday.  The wedding was at Grand Plaza Resort in St Pete Beach.


The Grand Plaza is a great place for St. Pete Beach wedding ceremony and reception.

The ceremony was on the white sandy beach between two palm trees. They had white folding chairs for guests and had a beautifully decorated white arch with mango colored flowers. Marissa colors were mango and white. Bridesmaids wore knee length mango dresses carried bouquets with white and mango colored flowers. Marissa even had her nail tips painted in mango color. The men were casually dressed for a beach wedding. Mike had white slacks and a black Florida print shirt and the groomsmen were wearing white slacks with mango and black print shirts. The ring bearers also had matching Florida print shirts and beige slacks.

Marissa and I had been corresponding for months in preparing her perfect St. Pete Beach wedding ceremony. After so many months of online correspondence it was so nice to finally meet her. She wanted a sand ceremony and to have their two children participate in blending of the sands. They each had a different color and bottles were placed on white table under the arch.

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Her father would be giving her away. Marissa was very thorough and paid attention to all the details in her ceremony; and I could see she was with all her wedding preparations.


They were having a reception in the Presidential Ball Room at the Grand Plaza. The Ball Room is way up 20th floor overlooking the ocean. It’s a gorgeous gorgeous view especially for a day time wedding.

Marissa sent me a message on Monday saying, “Thank you sooo much for your kind help. You were fantastic and a true professional.”


Clearwater Beach Wedding at the Clearwater Recerational Center

Clearwater Beach Wedding at the Clearwater Recerational Center


Last Saturday night, I officiated Nichole and Rick’s Clearwater Beach wedding. The wedding and reception was held at the Clearwater Recreational Center. They had a Hawaiian theme for the wedding. Guest were greeted by Hawaiian’s in costume giving everyone a flowered lei to wear and a shell that would be tossed in the ocean at the end of the ceremony.

Hawaiian greeters at Rick and Nichole's Clearwater Beach wedding.

Hawaiian greeters at Rick and Nichole’s Clearwater Beach wedding.


For the shell toss I said, “On the count of 3 we will all toss our shells into the water & as the ripples touch & intertwine with one another may our love & best wishes also join together for Nicole & Rick.” “Ready 1-2-3- TOSS!”

The wedding was outside on the lawn facing the gulf. They had over 100 guests in attendance. Weddings & Events by Suda coordinated the day of events. Suda had everyone lined up, and was very timely and organized.

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They even had me decorated with Hawaiian lei

Bridesmaids wore mint green dresses all knee length except for maid of honor who was wearing a gown. Groomsmen were comfortably dressed beige slacks, vest and ties. Nichole looked so beautiful. She wore a strapless off the shoulders white dress with a pretty pearl and jewel necklace that just accented her neckline and bead work on front of her dress. They all got their dresses at David’s Bridal.  Nichole had a Hawaiian version of here comes the bride played as she walked down the aisle. She was given away by her parents. At the end of the ceremony the guest were asked to go to the water’s edge for the shell toss. Guest were asked to make a blessing and a wish for the happy couple. Then at count of three toss the shells into the ocean.


The reception was inside following the ceremony. Delectable’s Catering did the catering and  Chantilly’s cakes made a beautiful cake.


Clearwater Beach wedding and Hawaiian themed cake

Rick and Nicole were very pleased and happy with everything. They weren’t going on a honeymoon just yet as they had out of town guest visiting. Nichole and Rick were a great couple,  I enjoyed performing ceremony and being a part of their special Clearwater Beach wedding.

Ana Maria Island Destination Wedding

Ana Maria Island Destination Wedding


Christopher contacted me about officiating his Ana Maria Island destination wedding. The wedding was going to be at the Sand Bar restaurant in Ana Maria Island. Christopher and Megan would be travelling from New York for the wedding.

Christopher corresponded with me in preparing the ceremony and I helped him with a number of  questions and concerns. A week before the ceremony he e-mailed me asking if I thought he should switch the time from 4 pm to closer to sunset. He was concerned that it would be too hot at 4 pm. Not being from Florida that hadn’t been a concern of his when he started planning the wedding. I let him know that their ceremony wasn’t that long and suggested that they have some paper fans and perhaps a bucket with cold bottled water for guest if he was concerned about the heat. He decided to keep the time at 4 pm and fortunately he did, because we had heavy thunderstorms shortly after the wedding ceremony. Ellida, my associate, preformed their Ana Maria Island destination wedding ceremony and note that they actually had a nice breeze under the trees where the wedding was.

The wedding party arrived in a limo provided by Longboat Limousine.  The best man, Paul, escorted the mothers and then walked down with the Maid of Honor, Jennifer.  The ring bearer was their 10 year old son, Jackson. Megan was a beautiful bride. She carried a gorgeous bouquet of white and pink flowers and looked stunning.  Guitar music played before, during, and after the ceremony. Christopher and Meghan were very emotional during the ceremony. It was a beautiful wedding.

Christopher e-mailed me on Monday saying:  “Thank you, Charmaine. Ellida was great. Thanks for all the help and advice, it was a relief to come to trust someone as a source of good information, and I’m glad we found you.”

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Ellida with Christoper, Megan, and Jackson at the Ana Maria Island Destination Wedding.

Sand Key Park in Clearwater Wedding

Sand Key Park in Clearwater Wedding


After 47 e-mails and 10 months of corresponding, I finally met and officiated Melissa & Mark’s Sand Key Park  in Clearwater wedding on Saturday night. Melissa was having about 10-15 guest and the wedding party would be their three small children. She wanted to have a sand ceremony and asked for us to provide table and cloth covering. George Sr took photos and brought our portable i-pod player so we could provide the music for the ceremony.  We also made a heart in the sand with yellow, red, and pink rose petals.

Getting ready for the wedding on Sand Key Beach.

Getting ready for the wedding on Sand Key Beach. Photos by George Sr.

Mark wore a black tux with an orange tie and vest. Their youngest boy, Riley, was the ring bearer and first to walk down to the beach. He was so cute! Had on a black suite with an orange tie and vest that matched his Dad’s. When he walked up to Mark he handed him a note. Mark opened it and read, “I can’t wait to marry you, Mark.I love you Melissa.”


Riley looking sharp as he walks down the beach toward’s his Mom and Dad’s Sand Key Park in Clearwater wedding. Photos by George Sr.

The two daughters were flower girls Kayden and Bailey. They followed after Riley. They had pretty oranges dresses on and were adorable!!

Girls walking down to the ceremony.

Melissa and Marks’ girls walking down to the ceremony. Photos by George Sr.

Melissa then followed the girls. She looked beautiful. She wore a bear neck sleeveless white dress with a jeweled necklace. She was carrying a bouquet of yellow and orange flowers tied together with an orange ribbon that matched the orange colors of the wedding party.

Melissa walking down the beach isle at her Sand Key Park in Clearwater Wedding.

Melissa walking down the beach isle at her Sand Key Park in Clearwater Wedding. Photos by George Sr.

Melissa and Mark have been together for over 6 years. They met at their jobs where Mark is a welder and Melissa was a bookkeeper. It was about time after 6 years that they were married!! You could see the love and joy they had for one another.

Officiating Melissa and Mark's Sand Key Park in Clearwater wedding ceremony. You can see that they truly love each other!!

Officiating Melissa and Mark’s Sand Key Park in Clearwater wedding ceremony. You can see that they truly love each other!! Photos  by George Sr.

The children participated in the sand ceremony with them. Filling the picture frame with pretty colored sands.


“Just as the grains of sand are poured from individual containers so will your marriage be.” Photos by George Sr.

George Sr. took pictures, before, after and during the ceremony. Just as he was taking photos he noticed the dark clouds rolling in. Fortunately most of the photos were done. He wanted to do a few more, but it was starting to rain. Then it started to pour. He and everyone from the wedding were able to run and not get totally soaked. At least all went well for the ceremony and photos. It was so nice to meet Melissa after so many months of corresponding and planning together. She e-mailed me the following day saying, “Thanks for everything. You guys did an amazing job!!!”

Photos by George Sr.

Photos by George Sr.

Andrews Memorial Chapel Dunedin Wedding Ceremony

Andrews Memorial Chapel Dunedin Wedding Ceremony


Shanik and Jeff had their wedding ceremony at Andrew’s Chapel in Dunedin on the Saturday before Labor Day. After being together for six years and having a beautiful five year old daughter, Kierra, they decided it was time to be married. Andrews Chapel has the historic early Florida Victorian charm and is centrally located close to downtown Dunedin near Hammock Park. The chapel has an open alter with shiny hardwood flooring and wooden pews. A convenient changing room for bride & bridal party is adjacent to the chapel.

Andrews Memorial Chapel in Dunedin is a great place for a civil ceremony wedding.

Andrews Memorial Chapel in Dunedin is a great place for a civil ceremony wedding.

Shanik had relatives from her hometown, Jamaica. Here Grandma was so tearful, and almost had me in tears, as she was escorted down the aisle to “Ave Maria”.  The bridesmaid wore teal sleeveless dresses and the groomsmen had matching ties with beige suits. Shanik looked absolutely stunning with her sleeveless white dress. The dress had a jewel beaded waistline and Shanik accented her neck with a lovely necklace and matching head piece. She got her dress at David’s Bridal and carried a beautiful bouquet of white and deep peach colored roses. Their daughter, Kierra, carried the rings in a box. She was very excited and looked adorable.


Shanik’s white and peach roses

Shanik and Jeff were having a reception at 315 Banquet Hall in Palm Harbor.

Shanik sent me a text message the following Monday and said, “Thank you so much Charmaine you helped make our wedding day perfect and are really thankful.”

I really enjoyed meeting them and serving as their Dunedin wedding ceremony officiant


Me with Shanik and Jeff at their wedding in Dunedin, FL