Getting to Know Us

Florida beach wedding planners with a difference

We're a great team at Suncoast Weddings and from beginning to plan your ceremony, through to the magical day itself, we build quite a relationship with our happy couples. Florida beach wedding planners are not all alike so we'd like to take this opportunity to introduce ourselves a little and then we'll already be friends the first time we meet! We look forward to getting to know you too!

Sue Ashton - Owner

Florida beach wedding planners




"I'm Sue Ashton and I'm the owner of Suncoast Weddings. I hope you enjoy looking around and are inspired to choose something which fits your vision for your special day. We've tried to include something for everyone - if your style is classic or fashion forward, we've got the perfect service for you. If you don't see the perfect setting for you, then let us create something uniquely yours!"


"I love my job at Suncoast Weddings. I'm very much a part of the day to day running, but my favorite moment of the service is when the groom turns around to see his lovely bride for the first time. It is a privilege to be a part of your lives at such a special time. This is more than a business for me, it is a passion. Put your trust in me, and Suncoast Weddings will deliver a magical day!"


Thankyou for checking out our website - I hope to see you soon!


Autumn Berlin - Wedding Planner and Coordinator

Autumn Berlin



Originally from Michigan, Autumn has called Florida home for many years.


A gifted artist, she has been awarded scholarships for her artwork, particularly focusing on portraits.


Her favorite location for a beach wedding is Sunset Beach and her favorite color scheme on the beach is teal. A perfectionist with a great eye for detail, she is creative, artistic and loves crafts.

"Making the bride happy is my top priority on the day", Autumn can help take the stress out of planning your big day and brings her great artistic flair to each ceremony she coordinates.




Jake Rauer - Operations Manager

JakeJake is a newlywed himself so he knows firsthand exactly what our couples can expect. He was hands-on in helping to plan his own rustic wedding to his beautiful bride, Sam, in September 2017.

He loves the great outdoors - kayaking, hiking, camping, and spending time with Riley his Labrador and Bailey, his Labradoodle.

His eye for detail, enthusiasm, and easy charm are a great asset to Suncoast Weddings. 









Marie Delaney Rauer - Logistics Manager and Coordinator



Marie is our logistics manager for a great reason - she is super organized! She not only manages all the supplies, she keeps the whole team in order too πŸ™‚


Originally from Montana, she's been in Florida for 7 years and her favorite location for a beach wedding is Sunset Beach. Her favorite color scheme is champagne (which looks great on any beach!)


"Working at Suncoast Weddings means working with a great team, being creative and growing each day".


It's true that she has cried at every wedding she has coordinated. She loves watching the family watch their happy couple, especially the mother of the bride.

A perfectionist, she makes sure we're always ready for every ceremony - big or small - so that the day is perfect.



Reverend Curt

Florida beach wedding at Treasure Island

Suncoast Weddings Ministers - simply the best!

Curtis W. Swan is the senior pastor at the First Christian Church of Dunedin. His friendly manner and years of experience will guide you through your service with sincerity allowing you to share the most precious of times, without any of the stress.


Are you ready to say "I Do"?








Dan Stuecher

beach wedding officiant


Dan calls Lexington, Kentucky home originally and lives in Palm Harbor, Florida with his wife, Carolyn. They have two married sons who live in the area with their families. He is retired from a ministry career of over 30 years but is currently the Director of Marketing and Business Development for an accounting firm in Tampa as well as working with Suncoast Weddings. He finds the opportunity to officiate weddings to be a very rewarding experience to share with couples on what is one of their most memorable and exciting days.






beach wedding coordinator

AJ (or DJ AJ as he is known to some!) splits his time between the office and the ceremonies. His easy-going nature and years of experience will instantly calm any last minute nerves and set the stage for a wonderful day. His outgoing nature and friendly personality mean he is always in a 'Sunshine state of mind'!











Reverend JR

Florida Beach Wedding Ministers


 β€œI am the Pastor of Discovery Christian Church, a non-denominational church in Tampa. 
I have been involved in church leadership for over 30 years in the Tampa Bay area.
I have performed hundreds of weddings both in the church and on the beach.   I have been married to the same wonderful woman for 39 years, making me something of a marriage expert.
I strongly recommend the book, β€œHis Needs, Her Needs” by Willard Harley as the best book on marriage and relationships on the market.”





Reverend Pat

Florida beach weddings
J. Pat Carrington, A.B., M.R.E.

"I have been in ministry for nearly 50 years.  I have an AB in ministry and a Masters in Religious Education.  Over the years I have served as a Youth Pastor, Senior Pastor, Hospice Chaplain, and currently a Minister of Pastoral Care. I have performed over 2000 weddings and am sanctioned to perform weddings in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, Texas and Oklahoma.
I believe that marriage has the potential to demonstrate the very best qualities of the human condition.  It was intended by God to be the clear expression of unselfishness and sacrifice.
I think the most meaningful words of the wedding service are "to love and to cherish" and my best advice to a married couple is that you should enter your marriage intending to put your spouse first every day.  If you do that your marriage will weather every storm."




Simon Crane, Photographer

Florida beach wedding photography

Florida beach wedding photography


Photography is so important. To be able to share pictures with loved ones and to look back for years to come, you want to capture the special looks, the laughs, the emotion .... enter Simon ....

Simon will instantly put you at ease.

Professional, instinctive and a master of his craft, his work captures your special day without interrupting the flow of the ceremony and gives you a beautiful digital album to reflect on forever.

He is a master at sunset (a difficult time of the day to get just right) and will direct you to get the best possible results. If we hear a complaint about Simon - it's that it is too difficult to choose only some of the pictures - luckily you can always add pictures afterwards or buy everything so none of the magic is forgotten.



Roberto Jerez, Photographer

Florida beach wedding photography

Roberto is a maestro with the lens. He describes himself as dynamic, serious but not too serious and most importantly for our brides, "You are my number one priority when we create images together"


He will make sure to capture your day in the most beautiful way. Equipment is not the key, Experience is πŸ™‚


He is an expert at fashion photography and his vision will bring out the best in every detail of your day - the dress, the emotions, the scenery, captured and framed whilst having fun!

The way Roberto sees it: "There is beauty in all of us"


His candid and quirky shots bring an added dimension to wedding photography, his passion for photography and great eye for detail bring out the best of tradition and the best of your own personalities.


Marcio Silveira, Videographer

Florida beach wedding videos

Marcio not only brings his artistic skill to the Suncoast Weddings family, he brings the latest in videography technology with the ability to 'live stream' your service to friends and family anywhere in the world.

If you have relatives who can't get to Florida, if you have an unexpected emergency, we can send out the link and Marcio can live stream your event to anyone you choose to share that link with. You can even comment to the site in real time and share your emotions with the happy couple.

You can almost feel the sand between your toes!

Call us for a quote on Marcio's live streaming and let everyone share the magic of your special day.


Here is a link to some of the beautifully edited candid shots Marcio gets at our beach weddings. Add in music to evoke the spirit of the day and you have memories recorded to watch forever and to share with your loved ones.

Videography is one of our most popular upgrades to weddings and also one of the biggest regrets for couples afterward who didn't opt to have their ceremony recorded.




 Joanne Ashton - Web design and Social Media

florida beach weddings by suncoast weddings Joanne is lucky enough to go through all the galleries and post some of our favorite shots to facebook, instagram and pinterest. "I love being inspired by the colors and new ideas our Suncoast Weddings couples bring to the shores, watching styles change and new colors become more in vogue - it's difficult to choose favorites and I would have 100 themes if they would fit!"






Let Suncoast Weddings deliver the day of your dreams!