Nate & Bekah’s Beach Wedding | Don Cesar Beach Resort | St. Petersburg Clearwater
Can I even remember when I first met Nate? Was it 6th Grade or 7th Grade? When did I meet Bekah? Sometime in High School but my memory is hazy of when they first started dating, 10th or 11th Grade maybe? Even I’m getting old or these two crazy kids had this big day a looooong time coming!!
As I’ve known these kids since almost day one, I feel well qualified to tell their story. They met at Lakewood High School (in the greater St. Petersburg/Clearwater area) during a robotics competition that they were both part of. Bekah was the first girl to join our core group of guys, making Nate the first of us to actually get a girlfriend ^_^. While this usually meant us seeing less and less of Nate, we did get together here and there:
During Senior year of high school our story takes a short break. Nate and Bekah broke up right as high school drew to a close, and as we headed off to college most of us went to the University of Central Florida in Orlando, but Bekah was accepted into Emory in Atlanta. College life is all about finding who you are, right? Nate, Adam and I had some great times in Orlando during that Freshman year as we first lived on our own.
This photo from the end of Freshman year really sums it up best I think: up to no good but doing nothing terribly exciting! We decided to go “explore” around the UCF campus late one night on our rollerblades, after skating through the random housing developments at the start of the bubble in Orlando we ran out of road and had to walk: that’s where the walking sticks come in.
Back to our main story, Bekah transfers to UCF during our Sophomore year of school in 2001/2002. While I she might not admit it outright, the fact that Nate and Bekah started dating again shortly after she came to Orlando might be a hint. For a year in college we even lived together: Nate, Bekah, Adam and myself. Finally, years later on December 11th, 2010 we have ourselves a happy ending.
On a beautiful Saturday afternoon in December at the Don CeSar Beach Resort on St. Pete Beach, another chapter ends and another chapter begins for Nathan Bachellor and Rebekah Freilich. After spending the morning getting Nate ready at the barber and picking up some last minute items such as a guestbook and the unity sand, we made it to the ceremony on time!
We had a little untraditional ceremony, mixing Jewish and Catholic traditions with Bekah’s uncle and his Harley-Davidson yamaka officiating. Saying their vows and mixing the unity sand, Nate also had to partake in the tradition of breaking a glass at the end of the ceremony – Mazel Tov! The weather was perfect though, 70 degrees and sunny in December. For us, coming from Atlanta which was in the mid-30s this was a blessing for a weekend getaway!
What would a wedding be without a party? Nate and Bekah both have pretty large families and I know they worked hard on the guest list, which still ended up to be about 150 people. We headed up to the 5th floor of the Don CeSar Beach Resort where the banquet rooms are located and had a ball! My favorite part of the night was seeing old mutual friends from the area and reconnecting, if only briefly.
We only had one mishap the entire night. Apparently Bekah should have considered a career as a softball player because her toss of the bouquet broke the chandelier! Now, this isn’t a small venue by any means either, with pretty high ceilings! The toss was a bit too high apparently and ended up shattering one of the lights to provide a bit of excitement for all of the attendees. Nate’s toss was a bit milder for the boys :)
Some of my favorite photos of the night was when Bekah’s family decided to invoke their Jewish heritage and force Nate and Bekah to do the Hora, or chair dance. Bekah is not a super-religious person, but I know this really made her Dad and family happy… plus, from the expressions on their faces you can tell they were having a great time too!
To anyone with an interest in photography, these Hora photos were taken handheld without flash – ISO 6400 at 24mm, f/1.4, 1/250 on the Canon 5D Mark II with a 24mm f/1.4L II lens. The videographer had a video light on the bride which is providing the light on Bekah and making her glow. Shooting indoors is always tough and while technique and creativity certainly play a role, sometimes it really is the gear that allows you to get the shot.
What a weekend, congratulations Nate and Bekah for finally tying the knot after a 10-year romance that started in High School. It is always touching to hear a story like theirs of High School sweethearts coming together and having their love stay strong throughout all of these years. Now it’s your turn Adam, you’re the last bachelor standing from High School!