Updated: Nov 2, 2019
With secluded beaches, castles, forts and tropical weather year round, St Augustine is among the top elopement locations in the US. Tyler + Jessika started their day in their 1950's AirBnb. Jessika was getting ready as I arrived, while Tyler waited, preparing the champagne. Tyler caught a glimpse of his bride, and his eyes welled. "I just saw her and she looked so beautiful" he told me. (As I forced the sting in my eyes to back down) Once Jessika was dressed, they had an official "first look" on the back patio of the house. Champagne was poured. Bean (Jessika's childhood pup) joined, and we headed across the bridge to the fort. As they stepped out of the car into the public, I said "now this is the part where everyone's going to 'woo' at you." "Wooooooooo" count = 5-8 We then headed to the beach, where magic happened as the waves dramatically crashed against the rocks, and Jessika + Tyler privately said their vows. I took the drone up, and we crossed over to an even more secluded area of the beach. Our last spot was a castle we had come across. Those are few and far between in Florida. Our night ended with driving up to the edge of the beach again in the pitch black, lit by the hazy light of the moon and car headlights. Scroll to see Jessika + Tyler's beautiful St Augustine elopement.
Little behind the scenes...
(Photo cred: Tatum - Jessika + Tyler's friend... thank you!!)
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Laura Palacios is a South Florida photographer specializing in destination weddings and elopements, and capturing real, raw, intimate moments.