Wedding at The Floridian Palace

I recently photographed the wedding of Seth and Jennifer at The Floridian Palace in Tampa. Well, the weren’t married there but that’s where the party was. The Floridian Palace is one of those great hotels that has been around forever so you get this great sense of history and culture whenever you are there. The elevator is old, there’s a Mail Chute in the wall, the bar is solid wood and weighs 18 tons… that sort of old-world experience. I love that feeling.

We delivered 444 images from the day and here are a few of my favorite moments:

One of the problems you encounter sometimes is that it starts to get a little warm inside a hotel room with a dozen women working blowdryers and curling irons. Jennifer would hang out in the hall to cool off…

Mom watches over everything..

The Floridian Palace Wedding

They rented a big party bus to take the wedding party to the church. A BIG bus. Best part: Listening to someone try to explain to the ring-bearer what the stripper pole was for…

Jennifer originally suggested we go someplace else for some pictures after the ceremony when I remembered the great Tampa mural downtown. As luck would have it, it is about 2 blocks from the Floridian Palace so it fit into the timeline easily and Jennifer loved the idea.

This is actually the roof of the hotel

There’s a story here. It’s become a tradition in Jennifer’s family to have a picture of the couple with the bride in a chair and the groom standing. So, naturally we had to recreate it.



Wedding at Tampa Aquarium

Tampa Aquarium is an Incredible Wedding Venue

You can look all over town for a unique place to get married and you just won’t find anything like The Tampa Aquarium. Where else can you get married in front of a live shark? I was fortunate enough to be the photographer at Anthony and Elizabeth’s wedding recently at the aquarium and had a great time. It really is one of those venues where you feel lucky to have the job that you have… photographing people on the happiest day of their lives at a truly unique and cool place!

One of the great things about booking Booray Perry photography for your wedding is that all of our wedding packages are custom built for the couple. So, when Anthony and Elizabeth decided that they wanted us to start with the ceremony and skip the “getting ready” phase of the wedding, we were able to shift that money and put it towards something else like the photobooth and a custom album. Our system of wedding photography packages really gives you the most flexibility with your budget.

The Tampa Aquarium may be the most challenging wedding venue in the city for a wedding photographer. For us, it’s always about light. What light is available? What light can I add? How will that light work in this room?…. We are always trying to figure out the best way to light a room for great images. The best thing we can hope for is a lot of flat, white surfaces because our flash will “bounce” light off the walls and ceiling like a pinball… bouncing all over the room to light everything.

You don’t get that at The Tampa Aquarium.

In order to see what’s inside the tanks, everything outside the tanks is painted black. So, the tank looks awesome but everything else is dark. We tackle this problem with flashes on light stands around the room but it’s definitely the sort of place where your wedding photographer needs to really know their stuff.

Until recently, the wedding reception was held in front of the tank and it was restricted in size because it’s not a big space. Now, the aquarium has a new banquet room that is beautiful and can accommodate a typical wedding so you get married in front of the tank and go to the new hall for the party.

Here’s just a few favorites from the wedding!

Wedding Tampa Aquarium

Yes, that’s a penguin. You can always tell if the wedding is at The Tampa Aquarium. You just don’t see a penguin anywhere else.

Credit to the sharks for posing during the ceremony…

This is a cool touch. When you kiss, they release a huge stream of bubbles in the tank…

What you aren’t seeing here is the 10 pictures I have of the penguin trying to eat the bouquet. lol

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The jellyfish tank may be the coolest thing in the place…

The photobooth is always a hit!