Christina and Tony planned the perfect museum wedding. Reason being? Their love was the ultimate work of art on display. I mean, how sweet is that!? An elegant celebration complete with A&P Designs and sentimental meaning, Sunglow Photography captured it all to share and thankfully we can relive each and every moment in The Vault!
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From the Bride… Tony and I were married on May 1, 2015, under the shade of a beautiful banyan tree at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, Florida. Since our wedding was in the spring, we wanted it to feel very fresh, natural, and romantic. We used lots of different shades of green along with ivory, champagne, gold, and pops of peach.
We kept our wedding intimate and had fun adding many meaningful, personal touches to the day. I carried the same purse used by my mom on her wedding day. It was lovingly made by my maternal grandmother, who was a wedding dress designer. A picture of my late maternal grandparents proudly hung from my purse along with a “lucky” jade charm from Tony’s grandmother and a gold cross from his aunt.
Instead of having a traditional cake topper, we used a teacup and saucer from an heirloom china set gifted to us by Tony’s parents. Our wedding favors included mini boxes of warm Krispy Kremes, because anyone who knows Tony, knows how much he loves his donuts! And of course, we wrote and exchanged our own wedding vows; we wouldn’t have had it any other way!
What we will treasure most about our wedding day was the overwhelming sense of excitement, love, and support we felt from our friends and family. Everyone was smiling ear-to-ear all day, and it was just so cool to see how happy they were to celebrate our marriage!
Photography: Sunglow Photography | Event Planner: Lisa Mohyla Of Exquisite Events | Floral Design: Creations by Mylez Edward | Invitations: A&P Designs | Catering: Olympia Catering | Hair + Makeup: Michele Renee The Studio | DJ: The Party Doctors Productions | Wedding Venue: St. Petersburg Museum Of Fine Arts
This St. Pete e-sesh is what happens when you mashup good style, sweet love and the sea all into one pretty package. Jacqui Cole captured Coley and Matt, along with their adorable mini golden doodle, on the sun-kissed waterfront surrounded by lush greens and a warm breeze. Escape to the full gallery for even more.
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From Jacqui Cole… Coley and Matt’s engagement session was perfectly intimate and natural. They decided to roam around their hometown of St Pete, FL for their session. We started the session at the historic Vinoy Renaissance, where their mini golden doodle made a wonderful appearance! As the sun set over the harbor we made our way out onto the docks where Coley and Matt released their balloons. Coley’s impeccable sense of style, paired with their natural connection turned out so beautiful on film!
From the beautiful Bride-to-be… Matt and I have known each other for years, it was only a matter of the right timing till acquaintances became sparks, and sparks quickly became love. Not even a year went by before he was down on one knee, with our dog by our side, and he was asking for my hand in marriage.
For the engagement session I knew I wanted it to be near our wedding site, but in an area where we won’t be able to catch on our wedding day. We’re getting married at the St. Pete Museum of Fine Arts this coming October. Since I love photos that include greenery and nature, the hidden backdrops of St. Pete were perfect! When choosing what to wear for the session it wasn’t too hard for me – I love dresses, I mean loveee dresses. So being in anything other than that would just be uncomfortable so I picked outfits that made me feel pretty and most of all comfortable. As nervous as I was, I couldn’t believe how much our photographer eased our nerves. It was actually fun and i never expected that! I would definitely advise all the brides-to-be who are waiting for the engagement session to just take a deep breath and trust your photographer. You can plan all you want in your head, but ultimately, they are the one catching the shots. So be comfortable, laugh as much as you can, and be yourself.
When planning our wedding I think finding the right planner was key. They will direct you to the best connections they have. If you trust your planner, they will make sure to trust their recommended vendors. It will always be a win win! I’m so excited for the big day and walking down the isle in a dress I’m obsessed with to marry the man I keep falling more and more in love with everyday. It all seems so surreal still.
Photography: Jacqui Cole Photography | Event Planning: Tracie Domino Events | Black Heels: Louboutin | White Dress: Forever 21
This garden soiree from K and K Photography is romantic right down to it’s very core. The Bride’s story says it all. A long distance love affair, a handwritten poem proposal and touches of Shakespeare led to a gorgeous day filled with pure love. Get your swoon on in the gallery.
From the beautiful Bride… I am about to graduate my residency in Pediatrics at the University of Florida and move to St. Louis for a fellowship in Pediatric Allergy. My (now) husband lives in St. Louis where he is a high school science teacher. We first met eight years ago in Belize during a medical trip but did not start dating until much later. Because of our mutual love of poetry and the fact that we have been long distance all this time, writing each other poems is how we grew to be good friends and eventually start dating. Tim proposed to me with a poem that he had written (which I should have seen coming, but it was a total surprise!). Because of our passion for poetry/books/reading, we decided to incorporate this into our wedding by having our friends read some of our favorite passages from novels and poems at the ceremony. Also, chess is a significant part of Tim’s life (he has a king piece tattooed on his arm!) so we decided to also include some touches of chess here and there. We included images of the king/queen on our invitation, Tim’s boutonniere had the king chess piece while my bouquet had the queen chess piece, all the groomsmen’s boutonnieres had the knight, our favors were a chocolate king piece and a white chocolate queen piece with a tag reading “you move me”. We did a lot of DIY projects because my mom and I enjoy them so much. She cut out a book in which our rings were displayed and she made the cut out of the man and woman holding hands to represent us (him an english book, me a persian book). I made the table numbers by printing on pages of Romeo and Juliet from an old Shakespeare book. All in all, we simply wanted a romantic and poetic feel to the wedding in a way that represented our love and passions.
Photography: K and K Photography, LLC | Videography: Voila Cinematic | Florist: Dana Dineen | Wedding Gown: The White Closet (Cindy And Sarah) | Cake: The Aspen Institute At Wye River | Ceremony Venue: The Aspen Institute At Wye River | Reception Venue: The Aspen Institute At Wye River | Make Up: Femme Akoi | DJ: DJ LV Productions | Ceremony Drapery And Chandeliers: My Event Design