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Elegant St. Petersburg Winter Wedding at Vinoy Renaissance

What does a winter wedding look like in Florida, you ask? Well, it looks like this collection of pretty images from Ledia Tashi. A mostly-winter white palette, with touches of silver, fresh peonies and a side of pink venue thanks to Vinoy Renaissance. One look at the captures below and you’ll be floating on whimsy, magic and elegance. Dive in right here!

What did you envision your wedding being prior to planning?

I wanted a beautiful all white wedding with touches of silver. We decided on December, right before Christmas to do the wedding. Vinoy park right outside the hotel we had our wedding in st Pete was filled with lights. We wanted our out of town guests to really enjoy the atmosphere and have a good time! The weather around this time in Florida is absolutely perfect. Little to no chances of rain and cool weather with no humidity and beautiful sunny weather. I couldn’t have asked for a better day.

What was your color palette and your style vision?

All white wedding, touches of gray. My vision was luxe, flowers everywhere. The main focal point for me was the stage where my husband and I would sit in front of the dance floor. This is where people come up to greet the bride and groom and take pictures. I wanted a halo above the white sofa with florals dangling from above and arrangements around the stage.

What unique elements or DIY details did you include?

One unique element was the “getting ready room.” I wanted a beautiful space for the bridal party to be together, get ready for the day and have a good time. We draped an area in this meeting room, with a white sofa to take pictures on, white floral arrangement and a mannequin to display my wedding gown.

What was your favorite moment? Your favorite crafted detail?

That’s an easy one. Definitely the first look was my favorite moment. I was so excited but so nervous to see his reaction. He used to always ask me and my sister about the dress and what it looked like. I would give him wrong details to try and throw him off. I was so glad when he turned around and I got to see that smile again. He loved it and I could wait to spend the rest of the day with him.

Tell us about your flowers, your gown, your favors, your cake, etc.

Our wedding favors were also from Jordan. They were acrylic Qurans in a clear box with touches of gray. On the top it stated “mashAllah” in Arabic which means “God willing.” My flower bouquet was all white peony, with white satin ribbon. My bridesmaids bouquets were a mixture of white hydrangea, peony and roses. My flower girls had white roses and baby’s breath for flower crows with a white ribbon in the back.

What is one piece of advice that you could give brides-to-be?

To just relax! All the details leading up the wedding can be super stressful. I remember feeling so overwhelmed. But you just need to have faith that your vision will come to life and all the vendors you had hired will make sure that you and your husband have the most unforgettable experience that you’ll cherish for the rest of your lives.

Photographer: Ledia Tashi Photography | Videography: Voila Cinematic | Coordination: John Campbell Weddings | Floral Design: Milly's Florals and Events | Bakery: The Artistic Whisk | Reception Venue: Vinoy Renaissance Resort | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Portia and Scarlett | Catering: Vinoy Renaissance Hotel | Groom's Attire: Suitsupply | Groomsmen's Attire: The Fancy Frock | DJ / Entertainment: Ahmad Kanaan | Farheti: Event Decor | Fashion Designer: Louboutin | Sparkler Fountains, Dry Ice Cloud, Dance Floor Lighting, DJ and : Spark Wedding Events

A Classic Color Palette That Never Disappoints!

A classic blush and gold wedding just doesn’t disappoint and when it’s as pretty as this one here, well, it’s a win-win. K&K Photography captured this fall Florida fete at the Museum of Fine Arts and we’re smitten with every stylish bit of it, from the beautiful Bride and her maids to the cutest little flower girl we ever did see. Join us in this swoon fest right this way!

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From K&K Photography… Chelsea and Steven prepped for their big day at the Historical Vinoy Renaissance Hotel of Downtown St. Pete, followed by a heart-warming ceremony in the garden of the Museum of Fine Arts. They then danced the night away with close friends and family in the Conservatory at the museum. Such a gorgeous day!!

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Photography: K and K Photography, LLC | Floral Design: Wonderland Floral Art | Wedding Dress: Essense of Australia | Invitations: Paperless Post | Bride's Shoes: Stuart Weitzmen | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Hair + Makeup: Femme Akoi | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Wedding Venue: Museum Of Fine Arts | Bridal Boutique: Malindy Elene | Cake Artist: Olympia Catering | Save the Date: Minted

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An At-Home Wedding We’d Die to Attend!

This wedding is a day of three parts. Part one, a beautiful ceremony in front of the bride’s family home. Part two, champagne at sunset. And part three, a tented reception that’s straight from our dreams. Kuddos to Tracie Domino EventsA&P DesignsSperry Tents, and the entire vendor crew for a stunning celebration captured by Justin DeMutiis Photography and Voila Cinematic.

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From Justin DeMutiis PhotographyAs guests arrived for Caroline and Brad’s wedding at her parents’ home on Snell Isle, they were guided through a three-part journey of celebration. Starting with a garden-inspired ceremony at the front of the home where the couple exchanged vows, followed by cocktails at the gorgeous guest house where guests sipped champagne and watched the sunset, to the final transition where the guests followed the whimsical light of the luminaries along the water’s edge, until they were welcomed into the luxurious glowing sailcloth tent for an event of dinner and dancing.

Photography: Justin DeMutiis Photography | Cinematography: Voila Cinematic | Event Planning: Tracie Domino Events | Floral Design: MMD Events | Wedding Dress: Inbal Dror | Cake: The Cake Zone | Stationery: A&P Designs | Hair + Makeup: Rachel Reumann | Band: Kamil Haddad | Officiant: Michael DeArruda | Officiant: St. Athanasius Syriac Church | Hotel: Hollander Hotel | Hotel: Vinoy Renaissance | After Party Catering: Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally | Backup Generator: Coastal Rental Center | Brunch Venue: Vinoy Renaissance | Catering + Rehearsal Dinner: Parkshore Grill | Ceremony Music + DJ: Impulse Entertaiment | Event Decor: MMD Events | Executive Restrooms: Waterloo Washrooms | Gown Boutique: Blush Bridal | Security: Sunken Gardens | Tent Rentals: Sperry Tents | Valet: 717 Parking | Wooden Signage: Paper & Pine Co.

Say Hello to the Perfect Halter Neck Wedding Dress

This bride wanted a dress that was anything but ordinary, and we’re giving her the official job well done. She opted for a halter neck, tulle skirt Tara Keely customized it to fit all her dress dreams. It was the perfect attire for a classic Floria wedding, and thanks to Kallima Photography we’re getting an inside look at the big day, fashion moments and all.

From The Bride…Rob and I were married at the First Presbyterian Church in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. From the moment we began planning our wedding, there was one thing Rob and I immediately agreed on…we wanted our wedding weekend to be as memorable for our guests as it would be for us.

We chose St. Pete as the location with this in mind, everyone could be in walking distance from each other and from all the venues all weekend long. Our reception was held at the Museum of Fine Arts, located in the middle of downtown right along the water, with the most beautiful views of Tampa Bay.

In searching for my dress, I knew I wanted a look that had some kind of sleeves or straps, as I am not one for anything strapless, but I didn’t quite know what that look was. I also envisioned my dress incorporating tulle, I’ve always thought tulle skirts give off an airy, lighthearted and romantic feel. When I tried on the Tara Keely gown, it felt as if it was made for me, and my seamstress Rita was able to customize it so that it truly was. She worked so the bodice of the dress fit seamlessly and also customized the back by adding thin straps – just what it needed.

The lace bodice of the dress had scalloped edges and was exactly the right amount of classic bridal I wanted in my look. The skirt was perfectly airy and light, yet still fitted below the layers of tulle, adding in the slightest hint of a contemporary feel. The finishing touch was wearing my sister’s veil that matched the tulle in my skirt perfectly.

The months of planning and attention to details led to our wedding day exceeding my expectations in every way possible. Most of all, it was so unbelievably special to have all of our favorite people that mean so much to Rob and I in one place to share in our love and commitment to each other.

Photography: Kallima Photography | Coordination: Olympia Catering | Floral Design: Redman Steele Florist | Wedding Dress: JLM Couture, Inc | Ceremony Venue: First Presbyterian Church St. Petersburg | Reception: Museum Of Fine Arts | Bride's Shoes: Stuart Weitzmen | Jewelry: Beard's Jewelry | Catering: Olympia Catering | Hair + Makeup: Jess Waldrop | Band: Bay Kings Band | Groom's Attire: Calvin Klein

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A Glamorous Gold Wedding that Will Bring Out Your Inner Sparkle

There’s glamour and then there’s sequin dresses, men in tuxedos, art museum wedding reception glamour. This exquisite day from Jacqui Cole Photography is the latter. From the regal black, ivory and gold A&P Designs to every gorgeous detail planned by Tracie Domino Events, this Florida wedding is all kinds of fabulous. See for yourself with each and every pretty picture in The Vault!

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From Jacqui Cole PhotographyShooting a wedding day like Coley and Matt’s really reminds me of how lucky I am to have this job. Their love for each other just shone throughout the whole day! Just before the ceremony I specifically remember asking Matt if he was nervous. Without hesitation he said he was just so excited to marry his best friend and couldn’t wait to be her husband. This love was evident through every hug, a tearful first look and a joyful celebration that carried into the evening.

Tracie Domino Events executed Coley’s vision perfectly. Her color choices were ivory with accents of gold and rose gold. Through using simple and elegant floral arrangements on top of glitzy linens Coley’s wedding vision came to life! Her bridesmaids looked absolutely stunning in their Badgley Mishka dresses from Rent the Runway and of course Coley herself made every jaw drop in her boutique gown. The guests danced the night away to the Phase 5 Band who kept the dance floor packed all night! Coley and Matt left their wedding through an amazing sparkler exit and onto a horse drawn carriage – how perfect can it get?! So many congratulations to the happy couple!

Photography: Jacqui Cole Photography | Event Planning: Tracie Domino Events | Floral Design: The Flower Centre | Invitations: A&P Designs | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Badgley Mischka | Catering: Olympia Catering | Makeup: Tampa Premier Artists | Band: Phase 5 Band | Venue: St. Petersburg Museum Of Fine Arts | Bridal Boutique: CC's Bridal | Bridal Boutique - Bridesmaids' Dresses: Rent The Runway | Getting Ready Venue: The Redmont Hotel

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Elegant Museum Wedding in St. Petersburg, Florida

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!

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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

Elegant Downtown St. Pete Engagement Session

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.

From Jacqui ColeColey 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

Romantic Vinoy Tea Garden Wedding

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 Floral Design | 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

A Glamorous Celebration in St. Petersburg

This wedding goes beyond the standard gorgeous fare. The pretty pastel florals by Iza’s Flowers or the glamorous details by Special Moments are all making an appearance. But what really strikes a cord is that all those pretty moments were planned by the Bride-to-be while her love was deployed over seas. And the culmination of all that love and planning and waiting is so, so sweet. Have a look at all the imagery by Captured Photography By Jenny right here.

Nick and Candi’s wedding was a celebration of their love. Nick has been deployed 3 times since their relationship began. Candi did a lot of the wedding planning and organizing while Nick was over seas. They couldn’t wait to get married to each other with their closest family and friends.

Photography: Captured Photography by Jenny | Event Planning: Special Moments | Floral Design: Iza's Flowers | Cake: Cakes by Carolyn | Reception Venue: Pasadena Yacht Club | Chair Rentals: Signature Event Rentals

St. Petersburg Wedding at The Vinoy Country Club from Andi Mans Photography

I’ve never met Andi Mans in person, but I am fairly certain we would be besties.  That’s a knowledge that comes with the years and years I have spent getting to know her and her amazing work, and loving every last second of her heart and creativity.  In other words, she’s a lady that really understands (and loves) weddings… and this pretty party she captured on her very own birthday is a prime example of just how awesome her work can be.  It’s romantic stylings meets lush blooms by Josey Posey meets all kinds of St. Petersburg pretty.  See it all in the full gallery.

From Andi Mans Photography… This beautiful day landed on my birthday! Yes, some might say “you worked on your birthday?!”  But honestly, I love what I do and it’s a wedding… I love my brides! I had such a good time and my day was filled with so much love! Beautiful bride Leslie and her bridesmaids even sang “Happy Birthday” to me, it was SO sweet! I traveled to the west coast of Florida to St. Petersburg at the beautiful Vinoy resort. The two are now residing in Hawaii because Chris the groom is in the Army, nice location, eh? Both Chris and Leslie are from Florida and had their closest friends and family attend, it was filled with big smiles, fun dancing and love all around. Enjoy!

Photography: Andi Mans | Photography: Andi Mans Photography and Design | Floral Design: Josey Posey | Wedding Dress: Malindy Elene | Wedding Venue: The Aspen Institute At Wye River | Dress Designer: Reem Acra | Makeup/Hair: Christine Gold | Sign Decor: Sweet Carolina Collective

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St. Petersburg Wedding at Postcard Inn from Shipra Panosian Photography

Let’s talk about fabulously chic weddings for a moment, shall we?  Fabulously chic weddings held at the always breathtaking Postcard Inn with enough crazy gorgeous DIY details to fill your entire Wednesday with pretty.  Because that, my friends, is exactly what this is.  A picture perfect St. Petersburg affair where a crafty bride and groom (+ awesome friends and family) created a day that is all kinds of amazing… and all kinds of happy.  See it all captured beautifully by Shipra Panosian in the full gallery.

From Shipra PanosianMary & Kevin’s special event all took place at the gorgeous beachfront Postcard Inn in St. Pete, Florida. The location was popping with color and pretty eye catching details. To keep this special day reflecting the bride and groom’s personalities and tastes the all the decor was DIY by Mary and her friends. This beach side wedding was such a joy to photograph!

Photography: Shipra Panosian Photography | Flowers: Fifty Flowers | Wedding Location: Postcard Inn

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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

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

St. Petersburg Wedding from Scobey Photography

On a day that we stop and give thanks to all that we hold near and dear, it seems only right that we add this gorgeous St. Petersburg wedding to the list.  Because any wedding that boasts a sunny yellow color palette, a breathtaking seaside ceremony and an al fresco reception under towering palm trees is most definitely one that needs our complete and total appreciation.  The always amazing Scobey Photography was on hand to snap up all of the pretty and it’s a gallery overflowing with inspiring details and moment after moment of L.O.V.E.  See it all here.

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From the Bride… Casey and I are from Tampa and grew up there together at the same church, and we both went to college in Nashville, Tennessee. So this weekend was not only so special to us because we were getting married, but because we were so incredibly happy just to have our entire youth group back together all in the same place at the same time. Not only that, but we got to unite our Nashville friends with our friends we have grown up with, and that was so special. Basically the inspiration from our wedding mostly came from just growing up at the beach. Casey and I have known each other since first grade and I have had a crush on him forever.

For the ceremony, our parents had made a ring bearer box that was really special because they all had a part in it. Casey’s dad burned our date into the front, my mom wrote on it, his mother put the cloth inside, and my dad put a picture of us inside the front. Our guestbook was made by Casey’s mom and it had tons of pictures in it from high school and the past six years that we have been together. I had a table set up right at the start of the aisle with an assortment of pictures of our grandparents who we have lost and his biological mother who died of a heart attack when we were in third grade. Also very special was that Casey’s father, who was also our youth minister growing up, did our ceremony. As for the reception, there was a table cloth laid out on that table that was made for me by one of the house parents at Village of Hope, the orphanage in Africa that I have worked at for the past three years during the summertime. She put it together for me as a gift for my wedding, so we used it on the table. We are both missionaries aside from our day to day jobs, and it is something very special to us. I had a map made with hearts on all the special places to us. I had little hearts on the states where we had family, one on Mexico for an orphanage I had been to, one on Ghana for another orphanage I’ve been going to, and one on Honduras for the mission trip we have been going on to build houses for the past 10 years with our church and youth group. We had a little frame that read, “In lieu of a dollar dance help us build a house in Honduras!” and if you wanted you could put money in a crate. There was a little crate with our favorite bible verse painted on it which reads “No one has ever seen God but if we love one another God lives in us and his love is made complete in us” (1 John 4:12).

Our wedding day was so special to us because the entire weekend was just full of pure love. Everyone was so happy to be together, and so many people were willing to run around for us and hug us and just be in each others’ presence. One of my flower girls’ mother prayed with me the night before the wedding after we had spent an entire day of everyone at the pool together just laughing and reuniting and so excited. The night before the wedding quite a few of my bridesmaids, from Nashville and home, stayed in the room with me, and Casey and I were both so overcome with joy at how well all of our friends immediately meshed together. That is something that is so special about our relationship and our wedding, We want to make a difference by showing people the greatest gift that we have on earth is love, and it is so easy to show it. Our wedding was bursting with energy and joy as we danced under the lanterns in the trees, wore sunglasses and ran out to sparklers!

Wedding Photography: Lacey for Scobey Photography / Wedding Venue: Postcard Inn on the Beach in St. Petersburg, Florida / Floral Design: Marsha Marie Floral / Event Coordination: Greg McIntosh / Wedding Cake: Publix / DJ: Carlos Sein / Wedding Dress: Pronovias via The White Room / Bride’s Shoes: DIY / Bride’s Hair: Sarah of Beautiful You Makeup / Bride’s Makeup: Karen Boni of Beautiful You Makeup / Groom’s Suit: JCPenney

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St. Petersburg Wedding from Lucky Lemon Films + Divine Light Photography

When a wedding like this comes along, I get crazy excited.  Like stare endlessly at the breathtaking images from Divine Light Photography and press repeat (over and over) on the amazing film from Lucky Lemon Films excited.  Stunning traditional affairs can do that to a wedding obsessed lady like me.  Even better?  I know you’ll love the gorgeous St. Petersburg setting, beyond beautiful blooms from Botanica International Design Studio and uber-darling couple just as much as I do.  And that’s a serious win-win. Click here for a gallery chock-full of lovely and then stay tuned for the oh-so-fabulous film below.

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From Lucky Lemon FilmsWe first met Jacqueline when she was a bridesmaid in the wedding of another of our favorite couples, Brittany and Danny. So we were super-pumped about Jacqueline and Nick’s wedding, and we were right. It was a blast. These two both have such a great sense of humor and such dedication to their friends and family. And they have SO MUCH FUN with everyone. We were especially touched when at the end of the night, the newlyweds danced a last dance to “Piano Man” as all their family and friends gathered in a circle around them. Then before the the song ended, Jacqueline and Nick broke apart and high-fived each of the guests in the circle. We really felt how much they cared about each guest being a part of their very special day! We also can’t help but adore anyone who loves 16mm film like we do, and we were so excited to shoot it on their wedding day! What can we say — we have the best job and get to hang out with the coolest people ever.

Wedding Photography: Divine Light Photography / Wedding Venue: Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg in St. Petersburg, Florida / Floral Design: Botanica International Design Studio / Wedding Coordination: Jennifer Widmeier / Wedding Cinematography: Lucky Lemon Films / Catering + Wedding Cake: Olympia Catering / Alcohol: Catering by Lundy’s / Wedding Invitations: Simply Put by Ashley Woodman / Calligraphy: Yellow House Calligraphy / Band + Lighting: DeLeon Entertainment / Transportation: Ambassador Limousine / Valet Service: 717 Parking Enterprises / Photo Booth: Snapshot Photobooths / Accommodations: Loews Don CeSar Hotel / Wedding Dress: Pronovias / Hair + Makeup: Makeup Pro / Groom’s Tuxedo: Franks Formal Wear / Rehearsal Dinner: Postcard Inn

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St. Petersburg Wedding from K&K Photography

A dream team of Florida vendors and a drop-dead gorgeous St. Petersburg wedding – we’re kicking off your Tuesday morning in one seriously amazing way.  Think beautiful blooms from Artistry Designs Group, the perfect planning of Exquisite Events and glorious image after glorious image from K&K Photography, LLC – all wrapped up in a beautiful blending of cultures and a traditional love-fest that will take your breath away.  Ready for a morning, noon and night of pretty?  Join us in the gallery for more.

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From the Bride… Our wedding day was inspired by the merging of our two cultures into one — my husband is a Cuban born and raised in Florida, and I’m a German from the Midwest. We wanted to acknowledge both of our families, backgrounds and heritage and create a sense of unity throughout the entire day. We incorporated this by maintaining our wedding mantra, “joining lives, cultures and hearts.” We kept that idea in mind when we made all the decisions regarding our big day. Our first dance was a combination of salsa and waltz to music that transitioned from English to Spanish. We located our band at a work function of mine; they incorporated Spanish music into their performance as well. I created signage throughout the day at the ceremony and reception that was written in both German and Spanish. The thank you signs, the drink signs and card signs all reflected this. I added the monogram motif to every stationery item and sign that I created, which also brought a unity to all of the signage. The menu also offered food representative of both cultures. My mother, sister and I made the cookie favors; one was a replica of my dress and the other a similar design to my husband’s tuxedo. We wanted to tell our story through the details of our special day, and we wanted our guests to feel they were getting to know more about us from this event.  

Looking back, the day felt magical. We’re so fortunate to have worked with an amazingly talented photographer, K&K, and cinematographer, Tampa Wonderworks. We wanted to ensure every detail that we put into our special day was captured. Our guests commented that our wedding felt very warm and personal, which was exactly what we wanted … although it was a large wedding and in a hotel ballroom. The love we have for each other and our families was reflected throughout the day, which I know was special to our parents as well. My favorite memory of the day was my husband’s tight embrace at the church when the priest made it official. We’re so happy to begin our lives together.

Wedding Photography: K&K Photography, LLC/ Ceremony: St. Paul’s Catholic Church in St. Petersburg, Florida / Reception + Wedding Cake: Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club in St. Petersburg, Florida / Wedding Planning: Lisa Mohyla of Exquisite Events / Floral Design: Artistry Designs Group / Officiant: Father Gibbons of St. Paul’s Catholic Church / Wedding Cinematography: Lucky Lemon Films (Formerly Tampa Wonderworks Films) / Wedding Band: The Headliners / Wedding Dress: Saison Blanche Couture / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Makeup: The Michele Renee Hair & Makeup Artist Group

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