David + Zohra • Luxe Tropical Captiva Wedding

June 22, 2018

David and Zohra tied the knot in an intimate luxe destination wedding surrounded by the tropical island atmosphere, golden sunset and coastal cloudscapes of Captiva South Seas Island Resort. Their love story began with their first trips to Sarasota together, so I love that we had time to capture their newlywed portraits on the dock with the golden sun peeking through the palm trees, Caribbean colored ocean, and dreamy Florida cloudscapes that inspired their first trips together to this part of as a couple.

This travel and festival loving couple designed their wedding as a way to share the beauty of Florida’s West coast with their Dutch & Afghan family and friends.   Their friends brought so many beautiful elements for the wedding all the way from Holland. For their Afghan lounge, the bride’s mom helped sewed some beautiful traditional style pillows to add a sweet lounge area for the open air reception on the King’s Crown lawn. It was great to collaborate with the amazing ladies at Swanky Soiree Events, who helped put together this amazing destination wedding day.

Chapter I: Bride’s Shefflera Cottage

Chapter II: Groom’s Beach Cottage

Chapter III: The Wedding Gown

Our bride found her elegant lace Galia Lahav gown at Bloomfeld Luxury Bridal in the Netherlands, and had the original long sleeves tailored into cap sleeves to fit the warm beach weather Captiva island is known for! This is a great tip for brides as they choose their gown- don’t be afraid to customize your gown and make it your own!

Chapter IV: King’s Crown Lawn Wedding Ceremony

Chapter V: Bridal Party & Friends

 Zohra filled her  hexagon copper ring box  with sand she brought from their favorite Sarasota beach, and sand, seashells and flowers she gathered at Captiva Island. Zohra filled her hexagon copper ring box with sand she brought from their favorite Sarasota beach, and sand, seashells and flowers she gathered at Captiva Island.

Chapter VI: Sunset Dock

Chapter VII: Cocktails & Reception Dinner Party

Chapter VIII: The After Party

Zohra + David’s first dance was choreographed to an afghan/ hip hop mashup which she wore her second reception dress for. After a gorgeous sunset, the stars came out through the palm trees and the wind picked up just in time for the bouquet toss. Her bouquet sailed right over all the single ladies not once, but twice, before landing in the arms of her younger sister!


Bridal Prep: South Seas: Schefflera Home
Destination Wedding Venue: South Seas Island Resort – Malissa
Wedding Photographer: Shaina DeCiryan Lifestyle Wedding Photography | Facebook | Instagram
Wedding Planning: Swanky Soiree Event Design– Christina & Kourtney
Wedding Florals: Victoria Blooms SSRQ | @VictoriaBloomsSSRQ
Videography: Dana Lynn Videography – Alex
Rentals: Exclusive Affair Rentals
Wedding Officiant: Alpha Weddings– Will Singleton
Bridal Gown: Gahlia Lahav Haute Couture, Tel Aviv
Bridal Makeup: Zohra + bridesmaid Valerie
Bridal boutique: Bloomfeld Luxury Bridal, Middenbeemster
Bridal Hair Styling: Destiny & Light – Priscilla
Cake: Publix Ft. Myers
Transportation: South Seas Trolley
DJ: Jam All Day- Jamaal

In light + love,



these shots are amazing!!! cheers!

Love all the colors – you did a great job at capturing all the happiness! Beautiful work.