We know you lovelies share our obsession with all things vintage, so the very second this pretty little St. Petersburg affair came our way, well… we could NOT WAIT to share it all with you. Chock-full of retro-inspired goodness and fab DIY details, it’s a fun-filled love fest with an uber-adorable duo and a crazy awesome venue (the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club!) to boot. Jessica Charles Photography captured all of the lovely… and the gallery? All caps AMAZING. See so much more right here.
From the Bride… My now-husband Chris and I have a surprising amount in common, and planning our wedding was maybe the simplest thing we’ve done together. We were on the same page with almost every decision, from food trucks to a DIY playlist of golden oldies. Aside from letting me do most of the crafting solo (by mutual agreement), Chris was involved in every decision and even came up with some creative solutions when I got stumped. We were on a limited budget ($5,000) and paying for everything ourselves, so DIY was definitely the name of the game.
We decided on the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club because it was a date night destination for Chris and I and it is such a cute location. We wanted to stick with local and independent vendors as much as possible, which ended up being a great choice for our budget. I worked with the chef at Fire Monkey Food Truck to develop a hearty menu that wouldn’t be too heavy for summer, would satisfy some of my vegetarian friends and satiate Chris’s army boys and Texas family. He came up with an amazing custom menu that we still get compliments on. At a local food truck rally, I tasted Whatever Pops, a gourmet popsicle vendor, and knew that with our date (May 26), I had to have popsicles for our dessert. I still made the cake and got extra dessert trays from Fresh Market, but everyone raved about having gourmet popsicles on what turned out to be a scorchingly hot night!
Our theme was a loose vintage Florida feel, and since I call Chris my “bear” and I was the mascot at my college (Gladys, the Fighting Squirrel) I designed the programs, table numbers, and cocktail descriptions to match. Our colors were navy, yellow, and green to kind of keep with the shuffleboard courts coloring and a vintage/preppy feel. I found the cutest dresses for my bridesmaids, and I was so lucky that they liked them too. I made the wrapped bottles in our colors (tip to other brides — start at the top, not the bottom); I made the burlap table runners, the aisle runner, the bunting (out of Chris’s old shirts!), invitations/save-the-dates and cocktails. Chris came up with idea of the four posts around the altar, and he made them for me himself two days before the wedding! We hung the bunting from there to set the ceremony space apart. For the favors, I wanted to keep with the Florida vintage theme and so I made a mini orange crate with real Florida oranges in a small wooden berry box with a vintage orange crate label I edited to personalize with our names and the wedding date. I also included the mason jar drinking glass, straws, packets of bug spray and packets of sunscreen.
One of the most important things to both Chris and I was to find a way to honor his combat brothers, the men of Dog Company. Chris is a Purple Heart recipient from the Iraq War as a member of the 506th Infantry Regiment. While serving in Iraq they lost a beloved leader, Sgt. David Herrera, and it meant a lot to Chris to have our wedding be a sort of reunion for the guys who were able to attend. So to honor Sgt. Herrera and all the men they served with, Chris and his groomsmen wore the “Currahee” crest instead of boutonnieres. It was a small touch but full of meaning. Following the wedding, one of Chris’s groomsmen told us that so often, he’s been to weddings where people want to make it laid-back and fun and that we should be proud that our wedding truly was laid-back and fun. I can think of no better compliment, and I’m so glad that our friends and family were able to enjoy the day, celebrate our marriage and get down to shuffling!
Wedding Photography: Jessica Charles Photography / Wedding Venue: St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club in St. Petersburg, Florida / Floral Design: Fresh Market + Sam’s Club / Catering: Fire Monkey Food Truck + Wicked ‘Wiches / Dessert: Whatever Pops / Wedding Cake: DIY by the Bride / Cake Topper: MelaboWed / Dessert Trays: Fresh Market / Wedding Invitations, Programs, Table Numbers, Cocktail Descriptions + Favors: DIY by the Bride / Wedding Playlist: DIY by the Groom / Wedding Dress: Vintage via Salvage Life / Bride’s Shoes: Nine West / Bride’s Belt: Cassie Stephens / Makeup: Lulu Makeup / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Judith March / Groom’s Vest: Men’s Wearhouse / Groomsmen’s Suspenders: JCPenney