Wedding Photos Betsy Ross Hotel Ocean Drive
This spring wedding took us to one of the best boutique hotels in South Beach, The Betsy (formally the Betsy Ross). It is well known for its classic colonial-style architecture, cozy mahogany elevators, and of course, the many rare photos of both the Rolling Stones and the Beatles throughout the corridors of this elegant venue.
We began the Saturday morning with the bride in her spacious suite overlooking the busy Ocean Drive. The day was perfect and tourists and locals alike were making their way to the beach to take in the beautiful South Florida sunshine.
The room had a large bay window which allowed for the perfect mix of soft warm light to complement the room’s nature-inspired color scheme of fields of lavender in Provence. It was the perfect space to photograph the bride’s dress and accessories as she prepared for the wedding ceremony.
After a quick champagne toast, the bride gracefully slipped into her dress with the help of her sister who was her maid of honor. As the last button was done and her bouquet was handed to her by her wedding planner, everything became real at that moment. “I am getting married!” she said, teary-eyed at the realization that in just a few short hours, she would be starting a new life with the man she loved.
First Look Wedding Photos, Lobby of the Betsy Ross Hotel
As Miami wedding photographers, the first look is one of our favorite moments to capture. It’s an opportunity for the bride and groom to step outside of the box of traditional wedding imagery to create some unique memories. We decided to capture this moment in the Betsy’s lobby with its charming world traveler feel, antique plantation style wooden shutters, potted palms, and white lacquered furniture.
It was the perfect backdrop for the couple’s first look session. It’s these moments we live for as photographers. Seeing the look in the groom’s eyes and the emotion on the bride’s face is wonderful to experience. Months of planning and anticipation came to this special and unforgettable moment.
Wedding Ceremony, Roof Deck of the Betsy Ross Hotel
After a short photography session with the bride and groom, they headed up to the roof deck to say their vows, sealing it with a kiss before their closest friends and family. After the ceremony, we snuck away with the newlywed for a few more photos on the strip while Prosecco, Sangria, and Bellinis flowed as the mid-morning cocktail hour started.
Wedding Photos on the iconic Ocean Drive
Keeping to our lifestyle imagery, we captured the couple as they made their way to the beachfront walkway, taking in the South Florida sun and the perfect weather. We also had to take a picture of the couple sitting down on one of the iconic turquoise South Beach benches on the strip. Afterwards, we walked the beach for a few more photos and then back to the Betsy for the reception.
As the day continued, the newlyweds joined the rest of their family on the rooftop for the lavish brunch and signature cocktails. This Miami wedding indeed had all the elements of a perfect wedding: a boutique venue for the reception, a chic outdoor event space, as well as simple but elegant décor.
When all the elements of a beachfront event are done right, as a Miami wedding photographer all you can do is take wonderful photos of the momentous day for the couple to remember for the years to come.