Grand Plaza Resort Wedding Photos | St. Petersburg, FL Photographer | Bora and Joseph

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The Couple

Bora and Joe are an adventurous couple that met while working. They have dated for two and a half years and make all of their decisions through a game of “rock, paper scissors”. Bora, whose name means “snow” in Albanian moved to the US when she was 10 years old. Bora loves the beach and singing. Joe has a bit of a wild side and has had thirty broken bones, he also has a passion for riding motorcycles. Joe was attracted to Bora’s outgoing personality and smile. Bora loved that Joe was always cracking jokes and cared deeply about her. They quickly became the best of friends and knew they would spend forever together.  


The Engagement

During a scuba diving trip in Curacao, Joe proposed to Bora underwater. The ring was hidden in the coral and was fake, just in case it was lost. Once Joe and Bora were back on the boat he surprised Bora with a huge, dazzling ring! Bora was thrilled to say yes to the guy that stole her heart and couldn’t wait to plan their special day.


The Wedding Day & Ceremony

The day of the ceremony was a full day sunshine, family and friends. Joe and Bora had special details to make their ceremony memorable. They each gave their mothers a rose to thank them and had their dog walk down the aisle as the ring bearer. The Best Man lost one of the rings during the ceremony, but thankfully it was found the following day. The couple completed the ceremony with a sand unity celebration. As the couple was pronounced Husband and Wife, the crowd of guests cheered. It truly was a celebration of love.


The Reception at Grand Plaza Resort

The Bride and Groom celebrated their marriage at the Grand Plaza Resort with friends and family as guest enjoyed a variety of food and a 3D sand castle cake with a picture of the couple. Once the couple shared a first dance to Lonestar’s “Amazed”, the celebration got off to a huge start with traditional Albanian dancing.  The DJ kept the party going well into the evening.g. The Bride and Groom clearly enjoyed this fun, love filled reception with family and friends.


The Honeymoon

The couple took a relaxing cruise where they enjoyed resting from the chaos of wedding planning. They are planning to take a European Honeymoon in the summer as they continue to celebrate newlywed life and the adventures that await them in the future.  

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Creative Team


Photographic Team Members: Anthony and Lauren Balberchak,  Donna and John Donnino

Make-up & Hair – Destiny & Light –

DJ – EXPERT Productions –

Cake – Sweet Divas –

Flowers – 2Birds Events –

Officiant – Tom Greene –

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