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St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club Wedding from Jessica Charles Photography

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.

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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

St. Petersburg Wedding from K&K Photography, LLC

We’re totally loving this pretty cobalt blue infused beach fete and the beautiful beachfront ceremony and reception that go right along with it. It’s full of personality and charm, with loads of gorgeous flowers, not to mention one ah-mazing looking cake! K&K Photography, LLC captured all the magical moments from the bride to be reading a letter from her groom to the beyond amazing sunset that initiated the start of their lives together. Click here for so much more!

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From the Bride… Eric and I had such an unexpected meeting, but we knew there was something there almost instantly. Our journey to our wedding day is that of great sacrifice and beating all the odds to be with the one you love. Fate pulled us together on the evening of May 1, 2007. We were both vacationing in South Beach when our paths crossed one night.Our initial meeting was challenging to say the least. I wanted nothing to do with Eric, especially after finding out that he was two weeks away from deploying for a year! We talked some more and quickly realized that we had a very significant connection. We didn’t know what would come of this but we knew we were falling for each other. After some last minute trips around the country, we only saw each other for a total of two weeks in the first year we were together, but that never killed our spirit. We devoted a lot of travel and phone time and spent the first 3½ years of our relationship apart until we finally found ourselves in the same city in November of 2010. When Eric was stationed in North Carolina, we discovered our favorite beach town — Outer Banks — and that is where he proposed.

Taking the time to plan our wedding was so much fun. After being at many weddings ourselves, we wanted to find a casual, yet beautiful location that would capture our spirit and let us have fun. We found the Tampa Bay Watch, in Tierra Verde, Florida, right outside of Fort DeSoto National Park, which gave us the opportunity to personalize every detail of our wedding. For our beach ceremony, our amazing wedding planner put together a beautiful setup that provided us shade from the sun but still let us enjoy the beautiful white sand and blue waters of the Gulf Coast. For the aisle, I constructed the starfish flower balls out of silk hydrangeas (which didn’t wilt in the sun) as well as the straw fans so our guests could stay cool on the hot sand. In our centerpieces, we used vintage blue mason jars that reminded us of our favorite antique shops in the Outer Banks. We filled them with my favorite flowers – blue and white hydrangeas, which reminded me of my childhood because my mother always had fresh cut hydrangeas in our kitchen in the summertime. All other aspects of our centerpieces were beach theme to match our favorite beach and where we got engaged in the Outer Banks. The white picket fence and white Adirondack chairs remind us of watching the sunset in the sand dunes. In each Adirondack chair were the table numbers along with buoys, sand dollars, star fish and blue and white sea glass to match back to our wedding colors of royal blue, Carolina blue and white. 

Just as we had sent our last boxes to Florida for the wedding, Eric and I suffered our biggest scare yet: A mere three weeks before the big day,  Eric had an unexpected seizure on a flight to California, which forced us to make an emergency landing so he could be rushed to the hospital in Denver, Colorado.  We cannot say enough about the amazing care and love we received from the flight crew, the nurses, doctor and strangers who helped us on the plane, and the outstanding ER staff at the hospital in Denver. We made it back home safe and sound, only to be side-swiped by an inattentive driver the day we got off the plane! It was an incredibly scary couple of days, to say the least, so by the time we had arrived to Florida the week of the wedding, we were so relieved to be there in good health! As I mentioned earlier, our journey to our wedding day was very stressful at times, and we were so grateful to have each other. We were so happy to have made it to our day healthy and happy, surrounded by the most supportive family & friends that anyone could ever ask for. I believe this appreciation, happiness and gratefulness for each other is truly reflected in the images that Jeff and his team took for us. There was so much raw emotion, and there was not a dry eye during our ceremony. We feel that we are the luckiest two people in the world — once you have found the one, you will do everything in your power to be together and stay together forever. And there is no greater gift than that in this world. :)

Wedding Photography: K&K Photography, LLC / Ceremony: Beach Haven in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida / Reception: Tampa Bay Watch in Tierra Verde, Florida / Event Planning: Lisa Mohyla of Exquisite Events / Wedding Cinematography: Voila Cinematic / Catering: Olympia Catering / DJ: SG Mobile DJ / Wedding Programs, Menus, Place Card Holders, Card Box, Photo Booth Prop Box, “I Do” Sign + Other Details: DIY / Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza / Bride’s Hair & Makeup + Bridesmaids’ Hair: Kara Sanchez of Fabulous Faces / Bridesmaids’ Makeup: Christine Wheaton of Femme Akoi Hair & Makeup

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St. Pete Beach Wedding at the Postcard Inn by Lauren Piper Photography

There’s just something about a charming outdoor soiree that gets me every.single.time and this fabulous Postcard Inn affair has my heart jumping right out of my chest.  A marriage of sweet vintage details, uber-romantic moments and a courtyard filled to the brim with sparkly lights and chandeliers, it’s whimsical perfection meets an al fresco paradise.  Thank goodness Lauren Piper Photography was on hand to capture all of the pretty, because I seriously can’t wait to spend my day in the gallery.  Join me there for more.

From Lauren Piper PhotographyFinley and Jonathan chose to get married at the truly unique and beautiful Postcard Inn. They went with a whimsical, old-world theme with such things as an old typewriter, a cigar roller, an accordion player and wish lanterns. The ceremony was gorgeous, and so was the bride — her veil seemed to go on for days. The bridesmaids held bouquets of wildflowers and wore dresses in different, coordinating colors. Even with the 150 person guest list, the reception felt very intimate because the only lighting came from lanterns and lights strung throughout the trees in the courtyard. The night was filled with love, laughter and plenty of dancing. At the very end of the night, the wish lanterns were lit on the beach and released by all who attended this very special day. Upon their release, everyone was asked to say a wish for the bride and groom. It was such a wonderful experience photographing this beautiful wedding. Thank you, Fin and Jon, for allowing me to be a part of your special day!!

Wedding Photography: Lauren Piper Photography / Wedding Venue + Catering: Postcard Inn in St. Pete Beach, Florida / Floral Design: Redman Steele / Wedding Cinematography: Christopher Zaluski / Accordion Player: Dave Maggio (727-804-5325) / DJ: Grant Hermond and Associates / Cigar Rolling: Wallace Reyes of Gonzalez Habano Cigar Company / Rug + Dance Floor Rental: Coast to Coast Event Rentals / Wedding Dress: Anna Maier Ulla-Maija

Museum of Fine Arts Wedding by Hype Group

I am just mesmerized by the fabulous Florida color and light that Gina Leigh Photography captured in these photographs.  The pinks and greens look just divine especially paired with this handsome couple!  The rest of their exquisite wedding, from the modern invitation design by Hype Group to the mason jar and moss details, has a perfect vintage meets contemporary vibe.  MMD Events outdid themselves with the elegantly organic decor!  See it all in the full gallery!

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From the Bride… I knew that I wanted a wedding in downtown St. Petersburg at a location that was unique, yet classy. I’m from South Florida and my husband is from Indiana, so a lot of guests would be traveling in from out of town. We chose to have our bridal suites and guest room blocks at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort, the ceremony at century-old Trinity Lutheran Church, and the reception at the Museum of Fine Arts. Our overall theme for the wedding was vintage, yet we stayed mindful of the contemporary reception location, a two-story glass conservatory within the museum that offers spectacular views of Tampa Bay. I was very involved in the planning and details of our wedding, from finding a 100+ year-old Tampa Tribune mailbox, antiquing for vintage St. Petersburg postcards, mason jars and milk crates, to ordering custom St. Petersburg cufflinks for the groomsmen. My mother passed away a few years ago, so I made sure her presence was felt by wrapping my bouquet with lace from her 1978 wedding dress and hiring a tailor to make a hair accessory for my sister, the maid of honor, with lace from her gown as well.

I am not a huge fan of floral arrangements, so my event design company sourced moss-covered manzanita branches for my centerpieces. The theme followed through with organic-style green and white bouquets and moss accents. Vintage St. Petersburg was our look, from sending custom-designed save-the-date postcards to postcard seating arrangements. Rather than having a traditional guest book, we produced postcards that guests wrote personal messages on and then dropped them into the Tampa Tribune mailbox. The seating arrangements were specified by vintage St. Petersburg postcards rather than table numbers. Hype Group is the company that developed all of our wedding designs, the save-the-date postcards, the multi-piece letterpress wedding invitations, a BP (Brooke & Pete) logo, guest book postcards, welcome letters and thank-you cards. The theme stayed consistent throughout each piece.

With the help of Judy at The Dressing Room, my dress was the focal point of the entire day. I felt like such a princess — it was the perfect dress! We hired our favorite local band, The Daniel B. Marshall Band, to play during the reception. They played everything from classic rock to rap. My husband and I danced to “You & Me” by Dave Matthews Band. We are both business owners, so that song is very meaningful to us in the sense that together we have achieved so much at such a young age. Our photographer, Gina Leigh Photography, captured each intimate moment (there were a lot of happy tears) between family and friends, and most importantly, laughter. Gina shoots with film, which is very special and is definitely seen in the quality of the final outcome. January 14, 2012 was the best day of our lives! Thank you to all who helped to make it happen.

Wedding Photography: Gina Leigh Photography / Ceremony: Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Petersburg, Florida / Reception: Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, Florida / Floral + Event Design: MMD Events / Event Planning: Events by Vanessa / Wedding Cinematography: Four2Nine Productions / Catering: Olympia Catering / Wedding Invitation Design: Hype Group / Letterpress Invitations: Seaside Invitations / Band: Daniel B. Marshall Band / Wedding Dress: San Patrick via The Dressing Room / Jewelry: Certified Jewelers

Renaissance Vinoy Wedding by Gina Leigh Photography

This St. Petersburg pretty by Gina Leigh Photography is just the thing to make my morning feel fabulously elegant – even as I sit here in yoga pants, sans makeup. It is just beyond tasteful and timeless, and it fully motivates me to get a little more glam on this Monday morning. Maybe I’ll drink my coffee out of my prettiest mug or put on something pretty or actually wear my hair down – whatever the case, I know for certain I will be keeping the glam going in the full gallery of images!

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From Gina Leigh PhotographyChristina is Filipino and Pete is Greek which made for an amazing blending of cultures at the wedding!  The ceremony was at a beautiful Catholic church – St. Mary’s, and the BEAUTIFUL reception was in the historic Renaissance Vinoy’s Grand Ballroom in St. Petersburg, Florida.

A few notable details included the Jimmy Choo shoes, Anne Barge dress, the incredible Chihuly blown glass sculpture chandelier in the ballroom, and the TOMS that the bridesmaids were given as a gift which they wore during the reception.

Ceremony Location: St. Mary’s Catholic Church / Reception Location: Renaissance Vinoy / Wedding Planning: Events by Vanessa / Wedding Photography: Gina Leigh Photography / Flowers: Four Seasons Florals / Wedding Dress: Anne Barge via Malindy Elene Couture / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Jewelry: Adorned / Invitations: William Arthur at Beach Papery & Gifts / Bridesmaid Dresses: Priscilla of Boston via Bella Bridesmaids / Bridesmaid Shoes: TOMS via Nordstrom

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Museum of Fine Arts Wedding by Stonehouse Events & More, Inc.

I have developed a serious crush on this charming St. Petersburg soiree by Stonehouse Events & More, Inc. and I don’t see it ending anytime soon.  But, who could blame me?  With a wedding like this one, it would be impossible not to be head over heels in love.  From the stunning orange and navy blue color palette to the amazing florals by Redman Steele Florist to the fabulous museum location, I am one smitten blogger.  Not to mention the bride’s gorgeous gown and fabulous sparkly shoes.  Yes.  Please.  Lucky for us, Lauren Pauline Photography was there to capture every amazing moment, so be sure to join me in the gallery for even more!

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From Stonehouse Events & More, Inc. Here is a gorgeous wedding of Jennifer Tylman, the American to George Keatinge, the Aussie. It was a beautiful Catholic church ceremony followed by a reception at the St. Pete Museum of Fine Arts.  The head table was lined with a mirror runner bursting of gorgeous flowers.  The theme for their wedding was Eat, Drink and Be Married, which is exactly what the guests did!

The tables were named after wineries and the name for each table was actually displayed on a bottle of wine!  The mother of the bride had so many special surprises for her daughter, every moment was even more special and it was so fun to witness each unveiling!  The lighting with the GOBO of their names was a huge surprise as well as the horse and buggy for their exit! Guests held glow sticks for the bride and groom to walk thru at the end of the night. The night was full of LOVE and the perfect day to begin the rest of their lives together!

Wedding Planner: Cindy Stonehouse of Stonehouse Events & More, Inc. / Wedding Photography: Lauren Pauline Photography / Wedding Ceremony Location: St. Raphael Catholic Church / Wedding Reception Location: Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg / Horse Carriage: St. Petersburg Carriages (Formerly Surrey’s at the Pier) / Lighting: Bay Stage / Catering + Wedding Cake: Olympia Bakery / Floral Design: Redman Steele Florist / Ceremony Music: Praise Band / Cocktail Hour: Meredith Coffman, Harpist / Band: Synchronicity / Transportation: Ambassador Limo / Hair : J. Con Salon / Bride’s Hair: NaNash / Make-up Artist: Shirley George / Stationery: Not From a Box / Valet: Courtesy Valet

St. Petersburg Wedding by K&K Photography, LLC

Could we get any more luxe and glam than this St. Petersburg wedding?  First of all, that dress just makes me reconsider every dress decision I’e ever made in my life and the flower arrangements and decor by Artisty Designs Group is just wow, wow, wow.  I’ve been muttering that word over and over again as I drool over each and every dreamy image by K&K Photography, LLC.  Click here to see even more in the full gallery!

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From the Bride… I knew that I wanted to get married at home since I am somewhat of a traditionalist, so we chose Tampa/St.Petersburg, FL, where I grew up. We looked at several venues, but as soon as we walked into the Grand Ballroom at the Vinoy we knew that’s where we wanted our wedding. It has so much character, history, and elegance. The Chihuly chandelier helped, too. We also wanted to get married outside since we were getting married in Florida, so the Tea Garden at the Vinoy was the perfect setting for the ceremony.

I chose Barb/Artistry Designs because she understood my vision from our very first conversation. She asked me to use some words to describe what I had in mind. I told her I wanted a romantic, glamorous wedding. I love flowers and knew I wanted a lot of beautiful flowers everywhere, and candles and lighting to add to the romance. I also liked Barb because she had the beautiful centerpiece holders, that were very different from the traditional candelabra or vases that all the other florists were showing me.

The dress was exactly what I had dreamt of.  And it really was inspiration for a lot of the decor at the wedding – white flowers everywhere, with intricate details – romantic and glamorous (Again!). The table linens were even selected because they looked somewhat like the dress. I also wore my mother’s veil and the beautiful diamond broach on my bouquet was my grandmother’s.

We wanted the wedding to reflect our personalities as a couple, so we were very particular about the food and picking out what we wanted and liked. Including some of our favorites, like sushi, sliders, chicken parm (on a stick), edamame dumplings and not to mention 2 of our favorite desserts: red velvet cake and French macaroons!

Wedding Photography: Jeff Kathrein of K&K Photography, LLC / Wedding Ceremony & Reception Location: Renaissance Vinoy Resort / Floral Design & Decor: Barbara Oehlerking of Artisty Designs Group / Cinematography: Bryan & Tracee Coward of Tampa Wonderworks Films / String Quartet: Eric Nordstrom of Bella Musica / Officiant: Cantor Moshe Friedler / Entertainment: Atlanta Party Band via East Coast Entertainment / Wedding Invitations: Encore Studios / Wedding Program & Reception Menu: The Bride / Rehearsal Dinner Place Cards & Table Numbers: Amy Willoughby of Not From A Box, Inc / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Makeup: Christine Wheaton of Femme Akoi / Wedding Dress: Christos / French Macaroons: Chocolate Pi / Wedding Cake Artist: Renaissance Vinoy Resort / Groom’s Attire: Ralph Lauren Black Label

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Modern Wedding At Nova 535 From Pezz Photo

Chic, modern with a touch of whimsy ~ that’s what Abby and Michael were going for with their wedding at NOVA 535 in St. Petersburg, Florida. That’s precisely what they got. And ~ who better record it than Amy Pezzicara at Pezz Photo!

Abby and Michael originally got their inspiration from the Delano Hotel in Miami. They then set about transforming their own venue, NOVA 535, into their own rendition of an uber-sophisticated, modern celebration!

from AbbyMichael and I both like to add our own flavor to most everything we do, so when we started planning our wedding, we knew we wanted it to have a unique twist throughout the details. We kept coming back to the idea of having an elegant, modern party with some whimsy. Having lived in Miami for some time, I immediately thought of the Delano Hotel, as inspiration for whimsical elegance: the lobby décor is stark yet warm with white draperies hanging from the ceiling to the wood floor; the hotel restaurant, Blue Door, has white leather backed chairs and banquettes surrounding white table clothed tables; and the back courtyard is filled with lush greenery and candlelight. Using these elements, we were able to plan an elegant modern wedding with slight unexpected variations to the wedding norms.

After we found our location, NOVA 535, an art gallery and event space in St. Petersburg, we knew we had to have ceiling-to-floor white draperies hanging throughout.

I quickly decided that I wanted my bridesmaids to wear white, so as not to distract from our all white decor. At the same time, I wanted each of my bridesmaids to display her individuality so I asked that they each wear a different style dress. Finding a variety of white bridesmaid dresses proved far more difficult than I expected, but with the help of The Dressing Room, we found Coren Moore dresses. My original plan was to wear red shoes under my dress, but once I actually found my dress (Augusta Jones), it didn’t lend itself to such a distraction. Instead, I asked each bridesmaid to wear a different color shoe. We took the individuality yet another step further and had each bridesmaid carry a different bouquet made up of white flowers, so one carried tulips, one carried orchids, one carried roses, one carried calla lilies, and one lilies. The same flowers were used as different boutonnières for each groomsman. At the reception, the tables were covered with one of two tablecloth options: white fringe or white pintucked satin. There were also five variations of centerpieces made up of a single type of flower, tracking either the flowers in my bouquet (gardenias) or those used in the bridesmaids’ bouquets. Finally, for favors, we had white chocolate lollipops made with our names, Abby and Michael, and our wedding date.

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Photographer: Amy Pezzicara, Pezz Photo / Wedding Gown: Augusta Jones / Wedding Consultant: Alluring Events / Ceremony/Reception Site: NOVA 535 / Caterer: The Wine Cellar / Florist: Botanica International / Ceremony/Cocktail Music: The IBEX Company / Specialty Décor: conceptBAIT / Reception Entertainment: DeLeon Entertainment / Transportation: AllStar Limo/ Stylists: Colours by Linny / Bridesmaids Dresses: The Dressing Room, Coren Moore/ Favors: White chocolate pops by Debbie’s Chocolate Delight / Confectioner: Publix Amy Riggs/Susan Moriarity 1313 South Dale Mabry Highway Tampa, FL

And for more of Amy’s work, take a look at this Vintage Florida Wedding featured on Style Me Pretty!


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