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A Stunning, Seaside Wedding at Pink Shell Beach Resort: Ashley + Michael

The day was beautiful, and so much love filled the sea breeze air.  Ashely and Michael had long awaited this day, and it was finally here.  Years of love in the making, and Michael spending a week every year with his family in Fort Myers Beach, Florida; had lead them to say their ‘I Do’s’ at the ever lovely Pink Shell Beach Resort overlooking the beach on the Gulf of Mexico.  Ashley looked radiant as she got ready, and Michael just as handsome.

Family and close friends all came to Florida to witness as these two promised forevers and exchanged I love yous.  Late afternoon, Ashley walked down the gorgeous sand aisle with her dad, as Michael watched and smiled as his Bride-to-be got closer and closer.  After a beautiful, heartfelt ceremony; guests enjoyed cocktail hour outside on the patio, and later danced the night away in the beautiful Captiva Ballroom.

Ashley and Michael, thank you so much for allowing me to capture your beautiful souls on one of the most important days of your lives.  May you always have as much fun as you do when you are together, love each other so lovingly, and remember this gorgeous, gorgeous day!  I wish you life’s best as you head into this next chapter of life… together.  Much love, Annie xoxo

I hope you enjoy some of my favorites…

Ashley has impecable style, and didn’t miss a single detail!

Between the flowers that were all transported from Illinois, to the gown Ashely wore… it was all so beautiful!

Ashley spent the morning getting ready with her mom, niece, and soon to be sister…

One of my most favorite details to photograph is the Wedding Invitation.  It always sets the tone for the wedding…

Now this is what a Bride looks like…

Ashley is a dancer, and it only makes sense for her to do so on her wedding day…

While the girls were busy getting pretty, Michael spent the morning with some of his favorite guys…

As if Ashley doesn’t get any sweeter, she surprised her groom-to-be with this watch (Michael is just as sweet because Ashley opened an Apple MacBook just before getting into her gown).

The softness and colors of the day were just perfect.

The beautiful vows overlooking the ocean… get me every time.


After these two walked down the aisle after being pronounced husband and wife; Peter captured these next 2 favorite pictures.  Two of my favorite candid pictures from the entire day.  <3

The beautiful Bridal Party…



After cocktail hour, guests were brought into the beautiful Captiva Ballroom to celebrate the night away!

These two… <3! xoxo

Have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend, friends!  Happy Birthday, America!

A Special Thanks to…

Pink Shell Beach Resort | Venue

Flowers | Blooming Creations (IL)

Hair | Angelica Costa

Makeup | Jamie Lyn Contron Salon Spa Wedding

Bride’s Gown | Rosa Clara

Bride’s Shoes | Betsey Johnson

Live Music and DJ | Steve Farst

Photography | Annie Steele Photography

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