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St. Pete Beach Wedding Film from Voila Cinematic

We get our fair share of romance here at SMP. Aside from the obvious insider’s peek into every beautiful wedding that graces our pages, we get to hear a few love stories along the way. And this one takes the cake (it’s all spelled out by the stunning bride below). Voila Cinematic captured a love story worthy of the big screen, and we love, love, love it.

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From the gorgeous bride… Four years ago and the first day of my new job, I met a very handsome colleague named Kosta, who happened to work for the same branch of government as me in New Jersey. I wouldn’t say it was love at first sight, but there was no denying the sparks between us when we first locked eyes. Neither of us was available at that time and even if we were, there was no breaking that golden rule of not dating people you work with. A few weeks later, my office moved and one year later he randomly showed up at my office to just to say hi. Same sparks, but this time we were both living single and were no longer working in the same office. To my surprise, I later received an email from him asking if I wanted to go out sometime. We played it safe making it an ‘unofficial’ work date, but it was obvious there was something brewing between us… fireworks!

One week later, Kosta asked me out on an ‘official’ dinner date. Prior to meeting, he sent me a text that said, “I booked us a vacation!” (What? Is he crazy!) Over our dinner date, Kosta would not disclose where this vacation was taking us, but that he had booked it four months ahead. So I said to him, “Well what happens if we are not still dating by then?” He simply said, “Well, it was a good deal for a date.”

Over the course of four months, we only went out on two more dates. We both decided that neither of us was really ready for a serious relationship and we remained friends. After not having talked to Kosta for some time, I randomly texted him asking if he would be my date to an upcoming wedding. Thankfully he accepted and we ended up having a blast! At the end of the night with no further obligation to ever see each other (at least I thought) he asked me if I was still interested in going with him on that trip he booked and that I had completely forgotten about! I accepted and found myself spending an amazing few days in sunny St. Pete Beach, Florida where I fell in love with the man and the place. The rest is history.

For anyone that knows Kosta and I, we live our lives outside of the box. Traveling is something we love to do and we do a lot of it. So when Kosta planned for us to vacation at a hotel in St. Thomas there was no other thought except that this was another great vacation and we were going to have the time of our lives. To my surprise, Kosta had a few tricks up his sleeve and we actually ended up in St. John at the most gorgeous mountain top villa I have ever seen. To further the surprises, Kosta rented us a private catamaran for the day to sail around the islands and then proposed to me at sunset.

We are one of few couples that can actually say we planned our wedding together. From wedding eve to wedding day, there was not one piece of this epic two night event, that did not come straight from both our hearts and souls. Our wedding reflected our personal taste and style, but was also heavily inspired by things that have deep personal meaning to us or that have a story behind them. For one, we decided to have a destination wedding in St. Pete Beach, because that’s where we fell in love. What you see in the photos and video highlight is a true reflection of us as a couple and our most special day!

Our wedding was a unique blend of the Old Greek Orthodox traditional church ceremony paired with a contemporary twist to an Old Hollywood Glamour reception. As my husband is Greek, it was his dream to get married in a traditional Greek Orthodox ceremony. So it was a major plus to find St. Nicholas Cathedral in Tarpon Springs, Florida which is one of Florida’s oldest Greek churches. The tempura painted icons in the arch and ceiling of the Church, along with its original marble floors and chandeliers makes this Church beautiful and breathtaking. The unique style of this Church can only be found in old monasteries in Greece. Our reception was held at the Loews Don Cesar Hotel, also known as the ‘Pink Palace’ in St. Pete Beach, Florida. Kosta and I were so inspired by the Don’s unique history dating back to 1928 and the lavish living of prohibition times, that we used that as our theme for planning our rehearsal dinner and reception.

Our reception theme was “A Night to Remember” Old Hollywood Glamour Style, and boy was it ever! An intimate candlelit room showcased a unique set up of one large table in the shape of an X so that all guests sat together. The table was laid with sumptuous black textured linens with a black and white damask runner, accented with silver candelabras, an abundance of soft classic white and off white flowers, including hydrangeas, garden roses and ruffled tulips. Finishing the table was an ivory three tier textured cake accented with a simple jeweled broche and feather, placed at the center of the X table giving a dramatic look. The colored up lighting illuminated the swag covered walls creating the illusion that the walls changed color. The dining room connected onto an open veranda outside where a black and white monogrammed dance floor stood underneath a swag covered pergola finished with a hanging chandelier with offset white lounge chairs for added seating. And to add a little more ‘wow’ guests looking over the veranda could see our monogram being illuminated in the grand pool given off by a custom gobo light.

The colors, aesthetics, presentation and orchestration of our events would not have been what they were without the help of a great team who saw our vision and helped us bring it to life. And the amazing cinematography and photography that captured it all allow for this greatest day of our lives to be relived every time. One of the best things we did in our planning was to hire Georgia Watson, professional wedding planner or as we like to call her a wedding engineer. She found us amazing vendors and orchestrated a flawless weekend filled with love, joy and beauty.

Concept and creation of both events: Georgia Watson | Videography: Voila Cinematic | Photography: Shannon Livingston | DJ: DJ Jeff Staples | Venue: The Don CeSar | Hair and makeup: Beauty Brought Out |  Florist: Botanica International | Linens: Connie Duglin Linen | Drape, lounge furniture: Botanica International | Wedding Cake: Alessi Cakes | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale | Bride’s Dress: Augusta Jones

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Honeymoon Island Bridal Shoot from Rustic White Photography

Sometimes all it takes is a stunning bride, a beautiful location and a drop-dead gorgeous gown to send our hearts into a serious pitter patter… a stripped-down version of wedding lovely with just the prettiest details at play.  So, when the oh-so-talented Rustic White Photography sent along this beyond breathtaking Honeymoon Island shoot, we couldn’t wait to share it all with you.  From the fab stylings of FH Weddings & Events to the perfect Ivy & Aster gown to the beauty skills of Michele Renee, it’s simplicity at its absolute finest.  See it all right here.

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From Rustic White PhotographyHoneymoon Island was the perfect backdrop for this simple and elegant beach bridal styled session shot in Dunedin, Florida.

In “The 4-Hour Chef,” author Tim Ferris talks a lot about simplify, simplify, simplify.  He uses cooking as the vehicle to share his belief in breaking down any venture into it’s most simple elements, and describes when learning how to cook you need to separate out ingredients and taste them individually to better understand their complexities and strengths.  Through all of his books Tim shares the common held belief of less is more.  With “The 4-Hour Chef” Tim talks of how people often tend to over-season in the belief that more is better, but sometimes all you need is a drizzle of olive oil or a squeeze of lemon to allow the beauty of the flavors that are already there to shine through.

This was our thought process when collaborating with FH Weddings, Malindy Elene, and Michele Renee for this beach inspired bridal shoot.  We wanted to strip away any excess and allow the organic beauty of the blue water and white pebbled beach to simply accent the details and highlight the strong, beautiful features of our model.

We quite simply wanted to simplify.  Separate out the components and allow the beauty of each to stand and be seen for how lovely it can truly be.  The graceful overlays of a fishtail braid.  The light and timeless feel of an Ivy & Aster gown.  The fresh and enticing feel of a Delphinium Daffodil bouquet against a sea of white pebbled stone.  There is so much beauty in each of these components that until you take the time to see how beautiful each one is on it’s own you are simply standing in the kitchen and running the risk of over-seasoning.

From FH Weddings & Events… If loveliness could wash up on the beach this is what you would find…

Our antique rustic white loveseat and side chair along with a custom made driftwood coffee table.  Large pieces of driftwood dripping with pure white orchids and a touches of blue Delphinium.  The brides bouquet has blue Delphinium, Daffodils and gold Brunia Berries.

Wedding Photography: Rustic White Photography | Location: Honeymoon Island State Park in Dunedin, Florida | Floral, Event Design +  Vintage Furniture: FH Weddings & Events | Wedding Dress: Ivy & Aster via Malindy Elene | Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bride’s Jewelry: Malindy Elene | Hair + Makeup: Michele Renee

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St. Petersburg Wedding at Mirror Lake Lyceum from Gina Leigh Photography

Sometimes a smile says it all. And this Bride’s smile says she feels like the luckiest girl in the world. Lucky that she gets to marry the boy of her dreams surrounded by the people she loves most, and do so in serious style. When you start scrolling through the gorgeous images from Gina Leigh Photography, It’s safe to say she has every right to feel that way. It’s a day that would make anyone smile, and you can see even last moment right here.

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From the Bride… Ricky and I shared a very similar vision of what we wanted our wedding day to be. More than anything, we wanted our day to be laid back and unhurried, but still elegant. Our hope was that our guests genuinely enjoyed themselves, and left knowing us a little better as a couple.

Our families are very important to us, and we incorporated a lot of little details to include them in our special day. Ricky’s uncle performed our ceremony, which was so personal and special to us, and my uncle said the blessing before dinner. We also used heirloom candlesticks, that were a wedding gift from my Great Aunt, to flank the floral arrangement that was the backdrop for our ceremony. Also, a family tradition on my side is to make an Italian cookie table. My hope was that we could create a dessert table that featured the cookies and our favorite cupcakes. We knew that we did not want a wedding cake, but instead opted for cupcakes from our favorite cupcake spot in downtown St. Petersburg. My aunts and uncles made family recipes, and we displayed them on beautiful cookie trays. We had something for everyone, and our guests filled to-go boxes full of treats to take home with them.

As a wedding day surprise for Ricky, I had our German Shepherd, Reno, brought to the venue for pictures. He is our favorite boy, and having him there was a highlight for both of us. Our wonderful photographer, Gina, captured all of the special moments and details that filled our day. Her style of photography perfectly reflected the soft color pallet I wanted, and made every image look so romantic. I loved seeing our wedding through her eyes. We could not be happier with the memories she captured for us.

Wedding Photography: Gina Leigh Photography | Wedding Venue: Mirror Lake Lyceum in St. Petersburg, Florida | Floral Design: Delma’s The Flower Booth | Catering: Delectable’s Fine Catering | Cupcakes: The Cupcake Spot | Wedding Invitations: Blush Paperie | Wedding Dress: Anne Barge via Malindy Elene | Bride’s Sash: Haute Bridal via Malindy Elene | Bride’s Hair Pin: Percy Handmade | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids’ Attire: BCBG | Mother of the Bride’s Attire: Kate Spade | Groom + Groomsmen Attire: Indochino | Flower Girl Attire: David’s Bridal | Flower Girl Shoes: J.Crew

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St. Petersburg Wedding from mandy & me studio

When the happiest day of your life is planned for the most magical time of the year, it’s bound to be good. And this St. Petersburg wedding from mandy & me studio is no exception. Wintery florals by Dana Dineen Floral Design set the tone and sweet touches like the s’more jar favors perfectly personalized the holiday-esque wedding! See the rest of this sweet fête in the full gallery!

From mandy and me studioWe loved everything about this wedding. There were so many amazing details, and the cake was just beautiful! We loved the jars of s’mores supplies that were put together as favors for the guests. It was a special day, and we are glad that we were part of it. It was a day packed with emotions, energy and love.

Wedding Photography: mandy & me studio / Wedding Venue: Mirror Lake Lyceum in St. Petersburg, Florida / Event Design: One Stone Events / Floral Design: Dana Dineen Floral Design / Wedding Cinematography: Indie Atlantic Films / Catering: Amici’s Catering / Wedding Cake: Cakes by Carolynn / Cake Topper: Hand Painted Love Boxes / Ceremony + Cocktail Hour Music: Bella Musica / DJ: Sword Sounds / Wedding Dress: Casablanca Bridal via CC’s Boutique /  Hair + Makeup: Destiny & Light

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Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Wedding from Jason Mize Photography

Sometimes you meet the love of your life when you least expect it.  Like in 6th grade.  Sure, you may not realize it at the time (you are eleven after all), but years later – after you’ve fallen head over heels in love and tied the knot in one seriously gorgeous St. Peterburg wedding – it will rank high among the best love stories EVER here on SMP.  Need proof?  Well, take a gander at this adorable duo, who first laid eyes on each other way back in middle school and said “I Do” in a traditional fête boasting beautiful blooms by Botanica International Design Studio and an entire gallery of glorious images from Jason Mize Photography.  See them all here.

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And a beautiful film from Voila Cinematic that will take your breath away.  Guaranteed.

From the Bride… Since the day we first met in sixth grade, Garrett has had a crush on me … But little did I know, it would take him seven whole years to muster up the courage to tell me.  He finally asked me out the month that we graduated high school in 2005. On November 24, 2010 all of my dreams came true when Garrett proposed at Discovery Cove, a place I had been wanting to go since we began dating five years earlier. When we got engaged, we hadn’t talked specifically about what type of wedding we wanted. What we did know was that we wanted it to be a celebration of our love, our amazing family and our wonderful friends. Finding a place large enough to hold everyone was our first step, and so the planning began. Our first focus was on choosing our absolutely gorgeous venue. We fell in love with The Vinoy in St. Petersberg in its entirety — the history, the architecture, and, of course, the stunning Chihuly chandelier in the Grand Ballroom. We knew we wanted to allow the beauty of Grand Ballroom to shine through, so we chose a soft, classic color palette with vintage touches. Grand floral arrangements in myriad containers (designed by the ever-so-talented Botanica International) graced the tables accompanied by a mix of unique soft gold and silver charges. These elements, combined with the candlelight’s soft amber glow, created an absolutely gorgeous and classic ambiance in the room. 

Once the large items of the day were planned and in place, we turned our focus to the intimate details that would make our wedding uniquely ours. The “Something Blue” that was pinned beneath my gown was that of a small piece of patriotic fabric from one of my grandfather’s cherished patriotic clothing items. It made me feel near to him, as though my family in heaven was smiling down on us that day. My uncle carried the American Flag as part of our processional. I had personalized handkerchiefs embroidered with loving messages of gratitude for both of my parents. I shopped around for an assortment of vintage frames for both my handmade table numbers and my escort card table, which used the frames laying flat with the escort cards placed inside. I also collected vintage elements from various antique and home decor stores to complete the look of the escort card table as well the as candy buffet. My grandmother’s brooches adorned the cake, my bouquet and the bridesmaids’ dresses. Old photographs of our grandparents were placed lovingly on the escort card table to honor them and to add to our personal vintage touches. Lastly, among other details, a custom monogrammed dance floor cover by SHOWORKS pulled the beauty of the ballroom together seamlessly. Every element was designed as a personal touch to represent Garrett and I as we were united as one.

The ceremony was performed just before sunset on a cool Florida fall day. It was everything we had dreamed it would be and focused on the love Garrett and I have for each other. The reception was a celebration of our love for family and friends as our two lives came together as one. With the help of our family, friends and fabulous wedding professionals (especially our amazing photographer, Jason Mize), everything came together perfectly. It was more beautiful than anything we ever hoped for and far exceeded our expectations and imaginations.

Wedding Photography: Jason Mize Photography / Ceremony: The Tea Garden at Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club in St. Petersburg, Florida / Reception: Grand Ballroom at Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club in St. Petersburg, Florida / Floral Design: Botanica International Design Studio / Wedding Cinematography: Voila Cinematic / Wedding Cake: Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club / Candy Table: Chic Sweets / Wedding Invitations: Carlson Craft / Programs, Menus, and Place Cards: Not From A Box / Music: DJ Fitz Otis of Jay Goodley Entertainment + John Demas & The Omega Project / Uplighting, Trees, + Custom Vinyl Dance Floor: SHOWORKS / Chairs: Signature Events by Design / Wedding Dress + Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo / Bride’s Shoes: Benjamin Adams

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St. Petersburg Photo Shoot from Best Photography

For those of you still feeling a little overstuffed from yesterday’s festivities (read: me), we have just the thing to put a pep in your step this lovely Friday morning.  And for those of you who didn’t indulge in pumpkin pie for hours upon end (read: not me), you’ll love it, too.  Because when some of Florida’s finest vendors come together for a vintage meets beach photo shoot, you can’t help but get excited. Especially when that shoot includes beautiful blooms from Jennifer Aquilia Events & Floral Design, your soon-to-be new favorite cake from Raphsodic Bakery and gorgeous images from Best Photography. See them all right here.

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In need of even more inspiration?  No worries – we have you totally covered.  Check out this amazing film of the shoot from Imprint Cinema. Enjoy!

From Best PhotographyThis romance-filled styled shoot was put together to provide inspiration for brides who are dreaming up a beach wedding with a chic, vintage style. We chose a lavender theme and created a vintage look with soft colors of mint and peach, distressed furniture for props and plenty of sweet, old-fashioned touches. Think milk glass, french lace, distressed wood and antique crystal. My favorite element of the shoot was the groom’s outfit, curated by Brothers and Craft. He wore a vintage newsboy hat, suspenders and a bow tie with a succulent boutonniere. For the florals, we chose classic and romantic anemones, earthy seeded eucalyptus and, of course fresh, lavender. The cocktail table was set up on an antique dresser with drawers full of iced clams, sweet goat cheese with figs and lavender-infused lemonade cocktails. The sweets table consisted of a gorgeous cake by Rhapsodic Bakery, Vanilla Lavender cupcakes and delicate macaroons. And favors were little jars of lavender-infused Florida honey, a heavenly combination for a chic beach wedding. Of course the essential element to any great photo is real love — and the fact that our models are a real-life couple made the shoot so romantic. Pair true love with a gorgeous Florida sunset, and you get a dreamy wedding.

Photography: Best Photography / Photo Shoot Location: Don Cesar Beach in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida / Event Design + Planning: Jennifer Aquilia Events & Floral Design + Josh & Rachel of Best Photography / Floral Design: Jennifer Aquilia Events & Floral Design / Cinematography: Imprint Cinema / Wedding Cake + Lavender Cupcakes: Raphsodic Bakery / Macarons: Le Macaron / Invitations: Grasshoppers and Gardenias / Butterfly Release: Butterfly Impressions / Vintage Furniture Rentals: Wish Vintage Rentals / Wedding Dress: Rivini “Lisette” (Spring 2013) via Solutions Bridal / Hair + Makeup: Lejeune Hair & Makeup Artistry / Groom’s Attire: Brothers and Craft / Model Bride: Kriss Pugh / Model Groom: Aven Pitt