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St. Pete Museum Wedding | Jen Abert Photography

So, it’s been awhile, friends. Hope you all had a great holiday and are starting off your new year right! I know I’m trying to!

In that vein, I’m finally posting about a wedding that I photographed in *gulp* October.

I first met with Katie in March to talk about me possibly photographing her wedding. As soon as I heard that it was at the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts, I knew it just had to be me! What a neat wedding it would be! So I was very excited when I met back up with her and Jeff, her fiancé, a couple weeks later to book.

St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Art wedding

This venue was seriously gorgeous. Almost as gorgeous as the bride! Bride

A new trend that’s becoming more and more popular at weddings is the first look. Instead of waiting until the ceremony to see each other for the first time on the wedding day, couples plan a place to meet before the ceremony begins, sometimes hours before. I’ve found that planning to have your first look at a planned time before the ceremony helps to calm nerves. It also gives you the bonus of getting some of your portraits done before the real craziness of the day begins! Katie and Jeff opted for the first look for these reasons, and it was fantastic!

First Look First Look First Look

One of the things Katie and Jeff really wanted was to get some photos in front of the Banyan trees in the park next to the museum.

Bride and Groom portrait 114

And of course, there was that fabulous museum front.

Wedding Party

After the ceremony was cocktail hour, which meant we had some more time for portraits (yay!).


Jeff helped bustle Katie’s dress, then they had an impromptu first dance practice.

Bustle and first dance practice

Then it was time for the real thing.


The reception was fun, as they usually are. Everyone was having a good time enjoying the music and dancing! The evening finished off with a sparkling send-off.

Sparkler Exit

Thanks so much to Katie and Jeff for letting me be a part of your beautiful day! You guys rocked!

Know someone looking for a wedding photographer in the Tampa Bay or surrounding areas? I’d love to hear from you! I happily cover same-sex weddings, as well! Contact me today and tell me about your event!