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Beth & Byron . . . A Family Affair

June 28, 2011

The beautiful beach at North Bean Pt., on Anna Maria Island set the stage for Beth & Byron's "Surprise" elopment in May.

Beth contacted me in March from what she described as "cold and rainy" Missouri. She and Byron found me online and saw where I specialize in including children and family into a wedding ceremony and wanted to share their ideas and vision for their special day.

Beth and Byron were bringing their children (3,5,6, and 8 . . . quite the blended family) on a trip to Disney World in May and planned a surprise elopement while here. They had both been previously married so the frills were not important to them - it was all about their families coming together as one. Byron is in the military and was away on a long deployment so when her gave Beth her ring he also wanted to present his daughter, age 3 with one as well. The boys were also given dog tags, engraved with promises they were all making to each other. The family all formed "A Circle of Love" filled with love and promises - the moment was sweet and tender. The boys walked her down the aisle where Byron and daughter met to exchange their vows.


One of the highlights of the ceremony is when Beth and Byron surprised the children by giving them Mickey Mouse shirts, indicating that they were all going to be going to Disney the next day. The entire ceremony was a joyous celebration of love and family. As the sun slowly set on the beach at North Bean Point,  the night was magical and full of love and renewal. 



"Christina did an amazing job making our day special and memorable. She had wonderful ideas and seemed to know just what we needed...even from 5 states away!!! She is very professional and enjoys finding those special touches...which was exactly what I wanted. She was patient with the kids in our wedding ...even when I wasn't. :) I would recommend her to anyone getting married...she does great work and has many resources that were very useful to me. I didn't meet her until the day of our wedding, but she was always a phone call away leading up to it. It felt like I knew her personally and made us a priority"

Thank you Christina, for everything!!!
Thank-you, Beth and Byron for the privlege of sharing in your special day!  I wish you and your family a wonderful life together.


For more photos of this ceremony, please visit my Gallery page of my website,



Photography by: Chi Photography

Flowers by: Flowers by Edie, Bradenton, Florida


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