Jen and Hutch originally dreamt of a Napa Valley wedding, but it just wasn't in the cards, so they decided to try to bring some of that natural, elegant, & Earthy beauty of Napa Valley to their wedding in Florida. We selected a muted color palette of creams, taupes, leafy greens, & blush pinks. The St. Pete Women's Club on Snell Isle was the perfect location. We held the ceremony on the venue's lawn, & transformed the parking area into reception space with overhead string lights, large feasting tables, & a dancefloor.
The bride wore a classic lace gown, & the bridesmaids selected their own champagne cocktail dresses. The bride carried a bouquet of hydrangea, vibernum, roses, peonies, freesia, & hypericum berries, while the bridesmaids carried clusters of ivory & green hydrangea (courtesy of Arlene Floral Designer). The bride walked down an aisle lined with suspended mason jars filled with roses, lilies, hydrangea & seeded eucalyptus, while serenaded by the Dillingham string quartet. The groom's sister, a local judge, performed the ceremony. They exchanged vows in front of a white wooden arch with climbing vines & flora.
Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed passed pulled pork sliders & mac-n-cheese lollipops (catering by Good Food Catering), along with a customized Bubbly Bar offering sparkling wine & mixers like pear puree, peach nectar, & pomegranate juice. The bar was placed in front of a Great Oak tree trimmed in twinkling lights (kudos to Tampa Lights).
Guests found their escort cards tucked into wine corks, directing them to tables named after wineries the couple had visited together. Each table featured a framed winery label as a guide. To save money, the bride had her programs & menu cards printed by an artist from Etsy. The dining tables featured copper chargers & beams of wood dotted with mis-matched metal lanterns, votive candles, & mason jars filled with flowers (all collected by the bride & her mother).
Guests dined on regional favorites like shrimp-&-grits & lemon-artichoke roasted chicken before dancing under the stars (music provided by Universal Music Entertainment). The couple also saved money by ordering sheet cakes from a local renowned bakery, (thank you Wright's Deli!) to be cut & served from the kitchen, & opted for a simpler, yet equally elegant cake for the cake cutting (props to Publix Bakery). A big thank you to Lauren Pauline Photography for the amazing images!!