On the sugar sand beaches of the south west coast of Florida, Michelle and Neil vowed their lives together with their toes in the sand and love abound. The day was hot, and though rain was predicted in the forecast, the day turned out to be absolutely perfect. Sweet, sweet vows were exchanged and forever promises were made as they held hands under a gorgeous arbor overlooking the ocean at the Pink Shell Beach Resort.
When I met Michelle and Neil a little less than a year ago, I just knew this Wedding was going to be special. Destination couples are some of my favorites mostly because of the recurring theme: they are in love, and want their day to be captured in a place THEY love. Friends and family traveled from far to see a love 20 years in the making official. The soft tones, a ceremony centered around family, and a romantic sunset all played a part in making this day one to remember. Guests dined and danced the night away with the new Mr. and Mrs!
Shellie and Neil, I am SO glad we met through the wonderful Dony! It was an honor to photograph your engagement session at your home in Green Lake, WI and an even bigger honor to document your first day as Mr. and Mrs. in Fort Myers Beach, Florida! The true love you have between you is an amazing love and I wish you nothing but happiness forever and ever…Congratulations! XO, Annie and Peter
Enjoy some of my favorites…
The perfect seaside Bouquet their ever was <3
The Bride’s gorgeous Suite over looked the ocean and exactly where she would be saying… I DO!
I loved Shellie + Neil’s classic seaside style. Muted, romantic tones, paired with the perfect sunset = perfection!
Neil spent the morning relaxing and getting ready with his son…
At 4 o’clock…. Shellie’s dad walked his gorgeous daughter down the most beautiful aisle
Having someone as talented as the amazing Steve Farst sing and play guitar while walking down the aisle…is the only way to get married in Florida…
Official Mr. and Mrs!
LOVE this moment of pure joy!
I could photograph this kind of love all day long.
After having some fun in the sand, Shellie and Neil arrived to their reception…
Loved this moment during their first dance… All of Me…
A nod to their favorite Chicago sports team…
I’ll end with this great picture of all of their friends and family who made this day as special as it was <3
A special thank you to the following for making this Florida Wedding even more spectacular…
Resort | The Pink Shell Beach Resort
Wedding Coordinators | Dony and Ashley (these girls are amazing)
Dress | Allure
Bride’s shoes | Ivanka Trump
Grooms suit | Calvin Klein
Grooms Shoes | Reef
Flowers | Libby’s Flowers
Bakery | Yum Yum Bakery
Musician | The ever amazing Steve Farst
Photography | Annie Steele Photography
To see more of Shellie and Neil’s beautiful day, you can watch their slideshow here!