This adventure loving couple picked a rustic outdoorsy wedding in Florida’s country. Yes, Florida has country! The trees on the venue’s property were so amazing and FULL of Spanish moss. Plus we got a perfect golden sunset which made for some spectacular portraits!
When I think back to Chris and Raisa’s big day, the words that come to mind are sweet and DOGS! Sweet because thats what Chris and Raisa are, they are one of the sweetest couples we have ever met. And dogs because they have two adorable pups were were completely a part of every single aspect of the wedding day and we just love that. The day was a little cloudy and it ultimately did rain but they handled it with ease and went with the flow with is the best you can do with Florida’s crazy weather.
By now I am sure you know that we LOVE Cross Creek Ranch and we shoot their often :) But every wedding their is special and Zach and Jessica's is a perfect example of that! From the sequin gold bridesmaids dresses to the amazing personal vows, this wedding was special! Enjoy some of our favorite images below and learn about their wedding day plus hear advice from the Bride herself!
What do you love most about each other?
Bride: What I love most about Zachary is his laugh and personality! His laugh is contagious that when he starts laughing anyone that is around can’t help but also laugh. His personality is one of a kind. He can come across very reserved or shy but once someone gets to know him he is very outgoing and has very many different voice impressions that he will do randomly!
Groom: What I love about Jess is her eyes and her dorky personality! Every time I see her I get lost in her dark green eyes. She has a way to always make life fun even when we are fighting or bickering. She always is laughing and trying to be funny but we both know her jokes are terrible but somehow funny!
What was the most memorable part of the wedding day for each of you?
Bride: The most memorable part of our wedding day was right when the doors open for me and my father to walk down the isle I was already starting to tear up but when I saw Zach’s face and he was trying to hold it together it caused me to loose it and the tears just started flowing. I will never forget the look on his face at that moment!
Groom: I think the most memorable part of the wedding was our hand written vows! It meant so much to the both of us to speak from the heart and tell each other how we felt. The best part of all of it was that we wrote the same things about watching the game and fishing and we never even told each other what we wrote until hearing it for the first time during the wedding!
Do you have any advice for couples currently planning a wedding?
The number one advice I would give for couples planning their wedding would be to just remember that it’s about the bride and groom and no one else! It’s nice to accept help from family or friends but do not let them dictate what you should do because in the end it is your wedding.
Also, check out their Wedding Feature below:
Wedding Planner or Coordinator: Cross Creek Ranch
Photographer: Rad Red Creative
Videographer: Rad Red Creative
Getting Ready Location: Cross Creek Ranch Bed and Breakfast
Venue(s): Cross Creek Ranch
Florals: Events in Bloom
Decor/Rentals: Cross Creek Ranch
DJ: Grant Hemond & Associates
Catering: Catered by Vesh
Cake: Cakes by Ron
Hair/Makeup: Destiny & Light
Wedding Gown Designer and Shop: Maggie Sottero / CC’s Bridal St. Pete
Tuxedo/Suit Designer and Shop: The Perfect Dress
Paper Goods/Stationary: Write On Sarasota
Bride’s Jewelry or Accessories: Family Jewelry
Wedding Shoes: Kate Spade
Wedding Rings/Bands: Custom