St. PetersburgPass A Grille Wedding Ceremony

St. PetersburgPass A Grille Wedding Ceremony


Suncoast Weddings contacted me to perform John and Samuel’s St. Petersburg Pass A Grille Wedding Ceremony. The ceremony was held on Saturday at Pass A Grille Beach in St Petersburg.  It was a picture perfect day weather wise on Saturday. Suncoast Weddings put up four post bamboo poles decorated with soft purple fabric, and blue tie backs.  Artificial palm trees accented the sides of the bamboo poles with messages on signs that were thanking guest and family. A table with photos and flowers in remembrance of John’s deceased mother was also on one side of the bamboo poles. The wedding was being videoed for out of town guest and Roku camera was placed above the bamboo poles capturing the entire ceremony.

Me officiating

Me officiating John and Sam’s wedding at Pass A Grille St. Petersburg

John and Sam have been together for 13 wonderful years and considered this marriage to be a ceremony to reaffirm their lifetime commitment to one another. John had corresponded with me in preparing the ceremony. They recognized Sam’s parents, and presented them with roses at the ceremony. John couldn’t hold back the tears when I read this beautiful poem to his deceased Mother. “Ma, Although we cannot see you,   We know that you are here.   We feel the warmth of your smile,   And can sense that you are near.   And we want for you to know,   Your love is still our guide,   Memories carried in our hearts,   You are always at our side.   We know you would be so proud   On the day we say “I do”,   And so we say our vows today,   In loving memory of you.”


A beautiful message for Sam and John on their wedding day.

A beautiful way to remember

A beautiful way to remember loved ones.

The ceremony lightened up when the ring ceremony was performed. There little mini dachshund Penny was the ring bearer. The rings were tied to a little bone around her neck.

John and Sam performed a sand ceremony and final part of the ceremony was the blessing of the stones.  The guest were given stones at the beginning of the ceremony, and asked to hold them. They were asked to think of a personal blessing for Sam & John’s continued life together. At the end of the ceremony guest were asked to come to the water’s edge and on the count of three throw the stones into the water. Tradition says that as the wave’s washes over those stones, it washes the blessings into their lives.

Sand ceremony setup or John and Sams St. Petersburg Pass A Grille Wedding Ceremony

Sand ceremony setup or John and Sam’s St. Petersburg Pass A Grille Wedding Ceremony

John and Sam were so thankful after the ceremony. John sent me a saying “Words cannot express our thanks for your amazing ceremony officiating. Everyone gave us rave reviews of the ceremony. Thank you for making us feel comfortable, and lending an emotional hand when we needed it. It was truly a heartfelt thank you for an amazing ceremony and memories to keep forever.

Me with at their St. Petersburg Pass A Grille Wedding Ceremony

Me with the newly married John and Sam, and their dog, at their St. Petersburg Pass A Grille Wedding Ceremony

Simple Weekend Weddings

Simple Weekend Weddings


Summer weekend weddings are very popular in Florida…and I love being a part of them! This past weekend I had the privilege of officiating three awesome couples simple weddings.

On Sunday, I met Heather & Ray at 7:00 AM and performed their morning sunrise wedding ceremony on beautiful Pass-A-Grille Beach in St Petersburg  A friend of theirs brought them to the beach in a limo. The beach was so quite. The only sounds were the ocean waves and a few sea gulls hovering along the shore. This is why sunrise weddings in the summer are my favorite time for beach weddings. Ray & Heather wanted a simple quiet ceremony on Pass-A-Grille beach and they got it! There wasn’t even the typical beach goers. It was just quiet, simple, and beautifully romantic.

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Ray and Heather’s sunrise wedding on Pass-a-grille beach.

Saturday afternoon I married Ron & Debra at their home in Palm Harbor, FL. Ron hired me as his Palm Harbor wedding officiant and asked me for the most basic simplest traditional ceremony. They wanted their wedding to be a celebration with a few family members and friends. The ceremony was in their living room and was just what they wanted. Debra’s sister from New York surprised Debra and came to Florida just for the wedding. They were having a celebration at a neighbor’s house. The ceremony was exactly as they asked it to be.

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Ron & Debra at their Palm Harbor wedding

Also on Saturday afternoon I officiated Kelly and Don’s wedding at Rigsby Recreation Center in Safety Harbor. Family and friends had decorated and setup the hall for the ceremony and reception. It was nice to be a part of an indoor wedding on a hot Florida Saturday afternoon.

Rigsby Recreational Center in Safety Harbor set up for wedding

Rigsby Recreational Center in Safety Harbor set up for wedding

Don was comfortable in his black tux and Kelly looked beautiful in her white gown. Don was nervous before the ceremony and was glad to see me when I arrived. I talked to him and asked him how he and Kelly met and got to know more about him and Kelly. As we spoke he calmed down and was then just anxious for the ceremony. They met a year and a half ago in a bar. He never thought he’d meet someone in a bar and get married to that person. He chuckled when I told him that’s how I met my now husband of 32 years. Kelly and Don had a simple wedding ceremony and reception. They were going to spend a few days honeymooning on St. Petersburg Beach.

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Kelly & Don at their Safety Harbor wedding

Weddings don’t have to be big and extravagant to be nice. As a Palm Harbor Wedding Officiant, trust me, there are plenty of ways to create a wedding ceremony that is perfect for you and your budget.