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October 18, 2022


Kelly McKinnis



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Coastal St. Pete Pier Wedding | Bella and Sam | St. Petersburg, Florida

This wedding was featured on Ruffled!

Where do we even begin talking about Bella and Sam’s coastal St. Pete Pier wedding?

I guess we’ll start by sharing our first interactions with them during their engagement session earlier this year. Bella and Sam are the most inviting people we’ve met. From the moment we met them, they instantly made us feel like we were already friends!

During their engagement session, we spent about four hours with them, so we really got a taste for these two as individuals and as a couple. Bella and Sam are electric in the best way! They have the same energy and love bringing people together. From their engagement session alone, we knew they had an amazing group of friends.

Fast forward to their St. Pete Pier wedding and the day couldn’t have been better. Some may say that an unexpected 30-minute thunderstorm right as your ceremony is supposed to begin would be awful. But, we had a feeling that this would actually be a blessing in disguise… and that it was! Instead of having a ceremony with the hot sun, Bella and Sam shared their vows with overcast skies and a cooler temperature. And as the officiant said, “you may now kiss,” the sun made its appearance and was beaming, giving us the most beautiful light for the rest of their portraits. I truly believe this is the best symbolism for Bella and Sam’s relationship; they make things golden like daylight.

As their friends and family gave their toasts, it was evident just how much they are loved. Their thoughtfulness, love for bringing everyone together, and support for one another is unmatched. We’ll never forget that near the end of the night, Sam asked us, “but the real question is, are you guys having a good time?”

It truly was an honor to capture their wedding day and be a part of it. We can’t wait to see where their journey takes them next! Cheers to the Arangos!

Bella and Sam,

Thank you so much for choosing us to photograph your wedding. We had so much fun with you guys! Your wedding day was so beautiful, but we truly believe it’s because you two are beautiful inside and out. We can’t wait to continue following along and seeing where married life takes you! 💕

With Love,
Matlock and Kelly

St. Pete Pier wedding Ceremony at the St. Pete Pier St. Pete Pier wedding

The Vendor Team:

Venue: St. Pete Pier
Planning: Kandace McElroy Events
Photography: Matlock and Kelly Photography
Videography: Grove Film
Florals: By the Bay Floral
Beauty: Bridal Beauty by Tara
Bride’s Dress: Hayley Paige from White Magnolia
Bridesmaids: Revelry
Groom and Groomsmen: Suit Supply
Invitations: Minted
Rentals: Elite Events and Rentals
DJ: DJ Gary with Graingertainment
Cake: Publix
Catering: Catering by the Family


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