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Victoria and Brandon’s destination Clearwater Beach wedding was a beachfront celebration that even COVID-19 couldn’t hold back. The San Antonio, Texas bride and groom originally planned a wedding for earlier in the year, but due COVID-19 pushed their date back into the summer.

“Our original date was April 25, 2020, but we had to move the date due to COVID. We also lost about 10 guests due to the change. Don’t stress if you have to move the date. Try not to worry so much about the guest count. Your friends and family who can make it will be there, and it will be just as memorable as your original date,” the bride shared. “The ceremony was perfect, but we plan to have a reception/party to get together with family and friends who couldn’t travel during pandemic once life gets back to normal.”

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The couple had their hearts set on a destination wedding where 38 of their closest family and friends could join them at the beach for a weekend of love and laughter. Over the following 18 months, they virtually planned their wedding day.

“We always knew we wanted to have a destination wedding, and we love the beach. We chose Clearwater Beach without ever visiting since it was named the most beautiful beach in Florida,” the bride beamed. “We wanted a beach ceremony with fresh flowers and close family and friends.”

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While searching for the right Tampa Bay wedding venue, the couple prioritized a location that was convenient to shops and restaurants, while also offering in-house planning services. For an idyllic beachfront wedding, the bride and groom relied on the expertise at Hilton Clearwater Beach to orchestrate a fairytale experience.

“The Hilton Clearwater Beach was amazing! Perfect location, exceptional amenities, and top-notch staff! We’re already in talks of a return to Clearwater for our anniversary and couldn’t imagine staying at a different location,” Victoria gushed. “Everyone did an exceptional job. From the moment we arrived, we felt welcomed. Candice was amazing throughout the entire process. She played a big role in the selection of the majority of the vendors we used for our special day. I’m not sure if we could have put this all together without her assistance.”

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The bride complemented the modern beachfront venue aesthetic with a sophisticated wedding day look. Victoria’s classic fit-and-flare wedding dress was paired with an elegant side-swept updo that tied in the refined look she was seeking.

“Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, ‘Jackie O,’ was my [beauty] inspiration. I loved that Michele Renee The Studio specialized in big hair and big buns,” the bride explained. “After my trial run, I fell in love with my makeup.”

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As Victoria and Brandon look back on the memories made, they each held a fondness of when they first saw each other during the ceremony.

“Watching Victoria walk down the aisle with her father and taking her hand [was my most memorable moment]. After nearly five years of dating, we finally made it to this point,” Brandon reminisced. “All of our friends and family who had been there for us throughout this journey were there to rejoice and celebrate such a special milestone for us!”

“Walking down the aisle on this beautiful beach to the man of my dreams while surrounded my so much unconditional love [was my most memorable moment],” Victoria added.

Elegant Wedding Dress Hanging Outside Greenery Wall at Florida Wedding Venue Hilton Clearwater Beach

Romantic Clearwater Beach Bride Getting Ready in White Strapless Wedding Dress | Florida Wedding Hair and Makeup Artist Michele Renee The Studio

What were your hair and makeup inspiration?
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, “Jackie O,” was my inspiration. I loved that Michele Renee The Studio specialized in big hair and big buns. After my trial run, I fell in love with my makeup.

Tampa Bay Beach Wedding Ceremony, Outdoor Beachfront Ceremony on the White Powder Sand with Tropical Decor, Elegant Black Script Welcome Sign Victoria and Brandon, Bamboo Wooden Aisle Runner | Florida Hotel and Wedding Venue Hilton Clearwater Beach

What did you look for in a wedding venue?
Close beach access, walking distance to shops and restaurants (McDonald’s for kids), in-house wedding coordinator that helped with all aspects of the wedding!

The Hilton Clearwater Beach was amazing! Perfect location, exceptional amenities, and top-notch staff! We’re already in talks of a return to Clearwater for our anniversary and couldn’t imagine staying at a different location. Everyone did an exceptional job. From the moment we arrived, we felt welcomed. Candice was amazing throughout the entire process. She played a big role in the selection of the majority of the vendors we used for our special day. I’m not sure if we could have put this all together without her assistance.

Tampa Bay Beach Wedding Ceremony, Outdoor Beachfront Ceremony on the White Powder Sand with Tropical Decor, Wooden Arch with Elegant White Floral Bouquets with Greenery, Bamboo Wooden Aisle Runner | Florida Hotel and Wedding Venue Hilton Clearwater Beach

Tampa Bay Beach Wedding Ceremony, Outdoor Beachfront Ceremony on the White Powder Sand with Tropical Decor, Wooden Arch with Elegant Floral Bouquets, White Roses with Greenery and Draping | Florida Hotel and Wedding Venue Hilton Clearwater Beach

Romantic Clearwater Bride and Father Walk Down the Aisle in Outdoor Florida Wedding, Bride Wearing Romantic Fit and Flare White Dress, Holding Ivory Mixed Floral Bouquet with Roses and Greenery | Tampa Bay Hair and Makeup Artist Michele Renee The Studio

Florida Bride and Groom During Outdoor Beachfront Wedding Ceremony, Tearful Groom, Romantic Tropical Decor with White Roses and Greenery | Tampa Bay Hotel and Wedding Venue Hilton Clearwater Beach

Florida Bride and Groom Exchange Vows in Outdoor Beachfront Ceremony, Tampa Bay Wedding Party with Romantic Tropical Ceremony Decor, White Roses and Greenery | Tampa Bay Hotel and Wedding Venue Hilton Clearwater Beach

The Proposal:
New Year’s Eve dinner with friends and family all coordinated by Brandon. He made a photo album of us and had the waiter bring it out with the dessert menu. He dropped down on one knee as I thumbed through the album!

Tampa Bay Bride and Groom Just Married During Beachfront Outdoor Wedding Ceremony, Waterfront Wedding Recessional with Romantic Tropical Deco, Wooden Ceremony Arch and Bamboo Aisle Runner, White and Ivory Florals, Roses, and Lush Greenery, Beach Bride wearing Sophisticated Fit and Flare Wedding Dress | Tampa Bay Wedding Hair and Makeup Artist Michele Renee The Studio | Florida Beachfront Hotel and Wedding Venue Hilton Clearwater Beach

Tampa Bay Bride and Groom Beachfront Wedding Portraits, Romantic Tropical Bride and Groom Just Married on the sand of Clearwater Beach, Bride Wearing Sophisticated Fit and Flare Strapless Wedding Dress | Florida Gulf of Mexico Hotel and Wedding Venue Hilton Clearwater Beach

Destination Wedding During Pandemic. COVID Bride and Groom Beachfront Wedding Portraits Wearing Mr. and Mrs. Masks, Romantic Tropical Bride and Groom Just Married on the sand of Clearwater Beach, Bride Wearing Sophisticated Fit and Flare Strapless Wedding Dress | Florida Gulf of Mexico Hotel and Wedding Venue Hilton Clearwater Beach

Romantic Tropical Florida Wedding Party, Bride and Groom Beachfront Portraits, Bridesmaids Wearing Matching Sophisticated Navy Sequined Halter Dresses, Bride Fit and Flare Strapless Wedding Dress Holding Ivory and White Round Floral Bouquet | Florida Gulf of Mexico Hotel and Wedding Venue Hilton Clearwater Beach

Tampa Bay Bride and Groom Take Sunset Stroll on Clearwater Beach, Bride Wearing Sophisticated Fit and Flare Strapless White Wedding Dress | Florida Wedding Hair and Makeup Artist Michele Renee The Studio

Tampa Bay Bride and Groom Take Sunset Stroll on Clearwater Beach, Bride Wearing Sophisticated Fit and Flare Strapless White Wedding Dress | Florida Wedding Hair and Makeup Artist Michele Renee The Studio

Tampa Bay Bride and Groom Take Sunset Stroll on Clearwater Beach, Bride Wearing Sophisticated Fit and Flare Strapless White Wedding Dress | Florida Wedding Hair and Makeup Artist Michele Renee The Studio

Florida Wedding Reception and Decor, Elegant Black Script Welcome Sign, Our Love Story with Dates, The Met Date, The Yes Date, The Best Date

Romantic Tropical Wedding Reception and Table Decor, Navy Blue Runner, Low Floral Centerpieces with White Roses and Ivory Floral, Gold Vase | Outdoor Destination Wedding Venue and Hotel Hilton Clearwater Beach

Romantic Tropical Inspired Three Tier Wedding Cake, White Fondant, Navy Stripe, Decorative Ivory Floral Accents | Florida Wedding Cake

What advice would you give to other couples who have been affected by COVID?
Don’t stress if you have to move the date. Try not to worry so much about the guest count. Your friends and family who can make it will be there, and it will be just as memorable as your original date.

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Hilton Clearwater Beach *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Venue
Photographer and Videographer: Fabian Photo + Films
Florist: Iza’s Flowers
Cake: Kristen Marie Cakes
DJ: DJ Darryl J
Officiant: Sensational Ceremonies
Hair & Makeup: Michele Renee The Studio *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro

Quotes have been lightly edited for clarity and brevity.

*Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pros are highly respected by our local wedding community and have been personally vetted by our editor.




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