Christine & Jared - A Boho Beachfront Wedding

When they began planning the couple knew they wanted a beachfront wedding, with natural and earthy elements incorporated throughout. Both Florida natives, the couple met in Gainesville while attending the University of Florida. Their love of spending time together at the beach or on their boat, and ultimately getting engaged on a balcony overlooking the ocean at The Grand Plaza Hotel, inspired their choice for a beach location. To create a relaxed, boho environment at the Tradewinds Resort, blue and green sea glass colors were accented with neutral hues found in driftwood and white shells. The most special and unique pieces were the cake toppers which once belonged to the groom’s great great great uncle.

Elegantly styled in colors inspired by the beach, the couple look stunning against the water at sunset.

Elegantly styled in colors inspired by the beach, the couple look stunning against the water at sunset.

The bride wore a strapless, lace, mermaid style gown perfect for a beachfront affair.

The bride wore a strapless, lace, mermaid style gown perfect for a beachfront affair.

Soft yet glamorous makeup in neutral colors complimented the bride’s attire.

Soft yet glamorous makeup in neutral colors complimented the bride’s attire.

The bride carried a bouquet of blue, green, and white hydrangea accented with greenery and starfish elements.

The bride carried a bouquet of blue, green, and white hydrangea accented with greenery and starfish elements.

Starfish details were also found throughout other floral arrangements like boutonnieres, and as escort card displays at the reception.

Starfish details were also found throughout other floral arrangements like boutonnieres, and as escort card displays at the reception.

To keep her hair tidy in any breezes coming in off the water the bride wore a style featuring a beautiful low updo.

To keep her hair tidy in any breezes coming in off the water the bride wore a style featuring a beautiful low updo.

Bridesmaids popped next to the bride in their strapless azure gowns.

Bridesmaids popped next to the bride in their strapless azure gowns.

Program fans were offered to guests as a fun way to keep cool.

Program fans were offered to guests as a fun way to keep cool.

A vintage dresser was converted into a “shoe valet” for guests to kick off their shoes and grab a pair of flip flops for the beachfront ceremony.

A vintage dresser was converted into a “shoe valet” for guests to kick off their shoes and grab a pair of flip flops for the beachfront ceremony.

Fedoras were offered to guests at the shoe valet, along with brushes to dust the sand off before heading to the reception.

Fedoras were offered to guests at the shoe valet, along with brushes to dust the sand off before heading to the reception.

Along the ceremony aisle, lanterns and driftwood sat beside guest chairs.

Along the ceremony aisle, lanterns and driftwood sat beside guest chairs.

The stunning couple looking elated as they are received by loved ones after the ceremony.

The stunning couple looking elated as they are received by loved ones after the ceremony.

The couple were married beneath a natural wood ceremony arch adorned with neutral flowers, lanterns, and chiffon drapery.

The couple were married beneath a natural wood ceremony arch adorned with neutral flowers, lanterns, and chiffon drapery.

Nautical details and lanterns decorated the escort card display table.

Nautical details and lanterns decorated the escort card display table.

Starfish escort cards sat perched in delicate wood boxes.

Starfish escort cards sat perched in delicate wood boxes.

The reception was held in the event pavilion, fully draped with chiffon drapery from the ceiling and along the walls and completed with uplighting throughout in blue hues.

The reception was held in the event pavilion, fully draped with chiffon drapery from the ceiling and along the walls and completed with uplighting throughout in blue hues.

Burlap table runners on blue linens were set along feasting tables adorned with centerpieces of driftwood and accented with succulents, shells, soft candle light, and lanterns.

Burlap table runners on blue linens were set along feasting tables adorned with centerpieces of driftwood and accented with succulents, shells, soft candle light, and lanterns.

The cake toppers that sat atop this adorable polka dotted cake have a very unique story: Years ago a cargo ship laden with cupie dolls sank off of the Florida Keys. For years beach goers found arms, legs, and heads of the dolls. But when a pair were found in perfect condition they were gifted to the groom’s great great great uncle, who was a lighthouse keeper in Key West, and his wife. The dolls made their first appearance on a family wedding cake in 1921, and since have adorned the tops of wedding cakes throughout the groom’s entire extended family, ultimately ending up on his own.

The cake toppers that sat atop this adorable polka dotted cake have a very unique story: Years ago a cargo ship laden with cupie dolls sank off of the Florida Keys. For years beach goers found arms, legs, and heads of the dolls. But when a pair were found in perfect condition they were gifted to the groom’s great great great uncle, who was a lighthouse keeper in Key West, and his wife. The dolls made their first appearance on a family wedding cake in 1921, and since have adorned the tops of wedding cakes throughout the groom’s entire extended family, ultimately ending up on his own.

The incredible team that made it all possible include:

Venue & Catering: Tradewinds Resort St. Pete Beach

Hair & Makeup: Destiny and Light

DJ: Grant Hemond & Associates

Cake: Publix Greenwise

Linens: Connie Duglin Linens

Florist: Braun’s Fine Flowers

Photography: Lifelong Photography Studio

Jessica & Cody - A Chic Black and White Tropical Garden Wedding

Jessica and Cody met and grew up in a small town in Ohio. Together they moved their life to Florida, which had a major impact on their style inspiration, ultimately choosing a waterfront Tampa Bay venue. They envisioned a memorable event for themselves and their guests, with a simple and elegant design using a classic color palette of black and white, and a focus on lots of greenery rather than flowers. But the most important detail may have been the ring bearer, bedecked in a black and white tux (who happened to be the couple’s own English bulldog, Cheetah!)

Tampa Bay and a stunning sunset provided the perfect backdrop for this Florida inspired soiree.

Tampa Bay and a stunning sunset provided the perfect backdrop for this Florida inspired soiree.

The bride kept it simple and chic in a satin sheath dress adorned with delicate beading along the neckline and back.

The bride kept it simple and chic in a satin sheath dress adorned with delicate beading along the neckline and back.

Soft curls and glamorous makeup completed the look for this garden wedding.

Soft curls and glamorous makeup completed the look for this garden wedding.

The guest of honor at the ceremony was the couple’s dog, Cheetah!

The guest of honor at the ceremony was the couple’s dog, Cheetah!

The gentlemen looked dapper in their classic black suits.

The gentlemen looked dapper in their classic black suits.

Adding a bowtie is an instant and classic way to elevate a suit.

Adding a bowtie is an instant and classic way to elevate a suit.

How adorable is Cheetah adorned in his matching black and white tux?!

How adorable is Cheetah adorned in his matching black and white tux?!

Chic white flowers and large fronds of greenery popped against the black bridesmaids dresses.

Chic white flowers and large fronds of greenery popped against the black bridesmaids dresses.

A personal touch of DIY fern frond embroidery hoops, were suspended at the ceremony gazebo.

A personal touch of DIY fern frond embroidery hoops, were suspended at the ceremony gazebo.

Cheetah was escorted down the aisle by our great friends at Fairy Tail Pet Care, who provide couples with the option to have their furry family members be a part of their big day!

Cheetah was escorted down the aisle by our great friends at Fairy Tail Pet Care, who provide couples with the option to have their furry family members be a part of their big day!

The bride looked stunning walking down the aisle beneath oak trees and bistro lights.

The bride looked stunning walking down the aisle beneath oak trees and bistro lights.

The couple got married amongst friends and family (and Cheetah!) with DIY touches around them, creating a truly unique and sentimental ceremony.

The couple got married amongst friends and family (and Cheetah!) with DIY touches around them, creating a truly unique and sentimental ceremony.

Is there a more perfect way to get married than along the water at sunset?!

Is there a more perfect way to get married than along the water at sunset?!

Delicate laser cut seating chart cards were hung by miniature clothes pins against a carved wood backdrop.

Delicate laser cut seating chart cards were hung by miniature clothes pins against a carved wood backdrop.

The bride’s Hawaiian heritage inspired tropical foliage and delicate orchids amongst soft candlelight throughout.

The bride’s Hawaiian heritage inspired tropical foliage and delicate orchids amongst soft candlelight throughout.

A simple and elegant three tiered cake completed the decor, adorned with delicate white orchids and more greenery.

A simple and elegant three tiered cake completed the decor, adorned with delicate white orchids and more greenery.

A caramel and chocolate popcorn mix (yum!) was set at each place setting as a thank you favor, and late night snack, for guests.

A caramel and chocolate popcorn mix (yum!) was set at each place setting as a thank you favor, and late night snack, for guests.

All of the personal details came together to create this chic and elegant garden affair.

All of the personal details came together to create this chic and elegant garden affair.

The fantastic group of vendors who made this day possible include:

Venue: Davis Islands Garden Club

Photography: Andy Marten Photography

Officiant: It’s Official

Linens: Connie Duglin Linens

Entertainment: Sound by Sideshow

Cake: Publix Greenwise

Hair & Makeup: Femme Akoi

Pet Care: Fairy Tail Pet Care

Catering: Delectables Fine Catering

Will You Regret NOT Having A Destination Wedding?

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Let me tell you a little story about my recent 10 year wedding vow renewal. Yes, I (Christi Winsor) have been married for over a decade! We decided to commemorate our anniversary by renewing our vows in a beautiful international destination that is near and dear to me personally. This is 10 years after our local Tampa wedding, and out of our original 100 guests we had about 7 of those same people present for our vow renewal, plus another 10 very close friends we made over those last ten years (this goes to show how close you really are to some of those original guests you ‘have to invite’). Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely LOVED my wedding! It was the BEST day of my life and I had a blast with everyone who was there to celebrate with us. But once I spent 3 days in paradise with this small group of my closest friends and family, enjoying their company for sightseeing and excursions, our incredible vow renewal event, and casual breakfasts and poolside hangs, I realized “Wow, this is the INCREDIBLE! Every wedding should be more like this!” (And I plan local weddings for a living!! That’s really saying something!!)

Whether you’ve considered a destination wedding or you’ve always thought you’d marry locally, you MUST read this article and ask yourself these questions before you have serious wedding remorse!


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Do you have a modest wedding budget?

The National average wedding costs around $33.400 for only 136 guests - or about $245 per person! (And Florida tends to come in closer to $40,000, higher than the National average). If you aren’t prepared to spend this kind of money, or if your anticipated guest count for your local wedding tends to be very high, you should seriously consider a destination wedding. After all, guest count is the single biggest factor in your wedding budget and overspending! Destination weddings tend to cost less than local weddings due to a smaller head count, a more favorable currency rate, or both! (sometimes up to 1/3 the price - ask us for more info!)

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Do you long for a unique guest experience that your friends and family will remember over all other weddings?

This is a time where every couple wants their wedding to be unique and different, but if you’re getting married locally and inviting a lot of local people within your social network, chances are your guests have attended a wedding at your venue before, seen your band perform at another wedding already, or even eaten those same cupcakes before your big day. If you want to provide your guests a unique and memorable experience that will make every other home-town wedding pale in comparison, then you should give a destination wedding some thought. There are plenty of options to suit your desired travel distance and event style (i.e. not every destination wedding is on a beach! HELLO!)

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Are you worried the day will go by too quickly, without enough quality time with the ones you love most?

This is a big motivator! A wedding day goes by crazy fast (ask anyone who has been recently married); you’re lucky to spend about 4 hours with your guests during your reception, maybe up to 8 hours with those extra special people who are in your wedding party and shadowing you before the festivities. Ideally you should plan to spend a little time with everyone who attends your wedding, and that’s already hard enough to do with an average count of 136 guests let alone more than that number (let’s see, if we divide them into pairs and have 3.5 hours of reception time after the formal dances finish, that means you need to greet almost 20 couples per hour in order to have face time with everyone… Sound like fun? No?!? Wait, you mean you want to dance and socialize and enjoy yourself instead of feeling like you’re running for office? Well there is another option…) Cue the Destination Wedding! A typical destination wedding spans a weekend instead of a single evening (sometimes even 3-4 days depending on the location). Often an all-inclusive resort will offer your lodging and wedding venue all on site. This gives you ample time with your guests, both before and after the actual wedding. And since the guest count for a destination wedding is often a smaller group of your truly closest friends and family, you have even more quality time with that tight knit group of people. It’s win-win!

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Do you love to travel?

If the answer is Yes, then a destination wedding should really be at the top of your list! This gives you the opportunity to gift yourself a unique wedding travel experience along with your friends and family. Be it a favorite vacation spot you’ve visited before, or somewhere new and exciting you’ve always wanted to see, imagine how special it would be to share that distinct ‘local’ flavor and culture as part of your wedding day experience. And even if your answer was No, but you answered Yes to the other 3 questions above, you shouldn’t rule out the idea of a destination wedding. Some locations are as close as a 2 hour plane ride away; that’s less than most drives across the state! It may be worth expanding your venue search if it means getting everything else you’ve ever wanted.


Photo Credit: Lifelong Photography Studios

Adilen and Manny - An Elegant and Intimate Wedding

Adilen and Manny planned an intimate wedding with their closest friends and family in celebration of their many years together. Adilen envisioned vintage details and soft colors, and Manny made sure there was great food and music! A charming and cozy venue created a modern garden setting, which was the perfect backdrop for all of the romantic flora that Adilen favored! Gold details added a vintage element to the elegant decor, and little brass airplane bottle opener favors gave a nod to the groom’s pilot skills. The result was a perfect combination of romantic and sophisticated.

Initially worried about inclemental weather for their outdoor ceremony, the resulting sky full of pinks and purples proved to be beautiful surprise that complimented the blush colors found in the reception.

Initially worried about inclemental weather for their outdoor ceremony, the resulting sky full of pinks and purples proved to be beautiful surprise that complimented the blush colors found in the reception.

The gorgeous bride wore an ivory, mermaid style lace gown, with a plunging back and beaded cap sleeve straps.

The gorgeous bride wore an ivory, mermaid style lace gown, with a plunging back and beaded cap sleeve straps.

Bridesmaids glittered in rose-gold sequined gowns and the flower girl looked precious in white lace and tulle.

Bridesmaids glittered in rose-gold sequined gowns and the flower girl looked precious in white lace and tulle.

The couple exchanged vows during an outdoor ceremony beneath an arbor of flora and greenery, and a crystal chandelier.

The couple exchanged vows during an outdoor ceremony beneath an arbor of flora and greenery, and a crystal chandelier.

Elegant details, like drapery and twinkling lights strung overhead, as well as tables dressed with mirrored pedestals, gold and crystal candelabras, and clusters of blush and ivory roses, elevated this intimate wedding.

Elegant details, like drapery and twinkling lights strung overhead, as well as tables dressed with mirrored pedestals, gold and crystal candelabras, and clusters of blush and ivory roses, elevated this intimate wedding.

Gold and rose gold details were displayed amongst blush linens, soft candlelight, and bouquets of ivory and blush florals.

Gold and rose gold details were displayed amongst blush linens, soft candlelight, and bouquets of ivory and blush florals.

A handmade mantle was used as a focal point and backdrop for the simple and sophisticated three tiered cake, which was decorated with metallic gold accents and fresh peonies.

A handmade mantle was used as a focal point and backdrop for the simple and sophisticated three tiered cake, which was decorated with metallic gold accents and fresh peonies.

Together the couple cut into their gorgeous cake amongst their closest friends and family.

Together the couple cut into their gorgeous cake amongst their closest friends and family.

The bride carried a bouquet of garden roses, peonies, and sprigs of greenery which complimented the enormous vine wall, that sat behind the guests’ feasting table, which was uniquely created for this event.

The bride carried a bouquet of garden roses, peonies, and sprigs of greenery which complimented the enormous vine wall, that sat behind the guests’ feasting table, which was uniquely created for this event.

Vendors who created this beautiful wedding include:

  • Venue: Forty Two Ten

  • Catering: Flavor Gourmet

  • Florist: Hannah’s Flowers

  • Hair & Makeup: Destiny & Light

  • Stationery: All That Glitters

  • Videography: Brett Rohlfing Video

  • Bar: Spunky Spirits

  • Officiant: Sensational Ceremonies

  • Linens: Connie Duglin Linen

  • Transportation: Suncoach Transport

  • Cake: Publix Greenwise

TRENDSETTING - A Coastal Chic Styled Shoot on Anna Maria Island

The Waterline Marina Resort and Beach Club is one of many resorts in the Autograph Collection hotels, which are specially designed to be unique to their locations. The Waterline on Anna Maria Island was designed with an emphasis on island life and elegant coastal chic vibes. So this styled shoot incorporates the cool, laidback attributes of living on an island with the upscale, chic details of the luxury Autograph Collection resort. Shades of ivory and ocean blues were accented with natural seaside greenery, nautical elements like driftwood, and pops of pearlescent shells throughout.

The resort, which offers activities like kayak and bicycle rentals, provides a beautiful backdrop for photos in the setting Florida sun.

The resort, which offers activities like kayak and bicycle rentals, provides a beautiful backdrop for photos in the setting Florida sun.

Fun invitations, with elegant script writing, in a range of shades of cobalt, dusty-blue, sage green, and ivory create a watery motif that perfectly sets the tone for this elegant beach wedding.

Fun invitations, with elegant script writing, in a range of shades of cobalt, dusty-blue, sage green, and ivory create a watery motif that perfectly sets the tone for this elegant beach wedding.

A beaded dress with delicate straps and light accessories are the perfect compliment to the natural beauty of this island wedding.

A beaded dress with delicate straps and light accessories are the perfect compliment to the natural beauty of this island wedding.

The bride and bridesmaids enjoy mimosas while wrapped in fluffy hotel robes.

The bride and bridesmaids enjoy mimosas while wrapped in fluffy hotel robes.

The gentlemen relax at the bar before the ceremony begins.

The gentlemen relax at the bar before the ceremony begins.

Navy suits with pops of grey and ivory perfectly accent this waterside affair.

Navy suits with pops of grey and ivory perfectly accent this waterside affair.

The bridesmaids wore short, striped dresses to incorporate a fun and relaxed searsucker vibe.

The bridesmaids wore short, striped dresses to incorporate a fun and relaxed searsucker vibe.

Fun, beachy elements, like nautical rope and barnacles, were used as decor and fun props for photos.

Fun, beachy elements, like nautical rope and barnacles, were used as decor and fun props for photos.

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A seaside ceremony between palm trees, took place in front of a chiffon draped arch with complimentary floral arrangements.

A seaside ceremony between palm trees, took place in front of a chiffon draped arch with complimentary floral arrangements.

Glassine envelopes, printed with the program, were filled with ivory rose petals and handed out during the ceremony to use during the send off of the couple.

Glassine envelopes, printed with the program, were filled with ivory rose petals and handed out during the ceremony to use during the send off of the couple.

Silver lanterns and ivory florals, with pops of blue and green, lined the aisle.

Silver lanterns and ivory florals, with pops of blue and green, lined the aisle.

The bride’s bouquet was kept simple and sophisticated with all ivory roses, greenery, and mother of pearl branches to resemble shells.

The bride’s bouquet was kept simple and sophisticated with all ivory roses, greenery, and mother of pearl branches to resemble shells.

The couple are showered in rose petals as they’re received by guests for the first time as husband and wife.

The couple are showered in rose petals as they’re received by guests for the first time as husband and wife.

Escort cards, that were made to resemble mother-of-pearl shells, were displayed above a driftwood table.

Escort cards, that were made to resemble mother-of-pearl shells, were displayed above a driftwood table.

Soft blue and white burlap linens were paired with clusters of florals and candle light, on tables overlooking the waterfront pool, during cocktail hour.

Soft blue and white burlap linens were paired with clusters of florals and candle light, on tables overlooking the waterfront pool, during cocktail hour.

White linens with sheer overlays in varying textures and patterns, were paired with pops of blue and silver in the ballroom.

White linens with sheer overlays in varying textures and patterns, were paired with pops of blue and silver in the ballroom.

Silver candelabras that resembled painted driftwood were set against pearlescent shells and dusty blue greenery.

Silver candelabras that resembled painted driftwood were set against pearlescent shells and dusty blue greenery.

Lanterns and florals transferred from the ceremony adorned some of the tables.

Lanterns and florals transferred from the ceremony adorned some of the tables.

The silver chargers set with blue napkins, and elegant script menus brought a hint of watercolor to the neutral tables.

The silver chargers set with blue napkins, and elegant script menus brought a hint of watercolor to the neutral tables.

A dessert display boasted a coastal-inspired three tiered cake, cupcakes, cake pops, macarons, and handmade marshmallows, accented with nautical displays like wood trays, rope, and seaglass.

A dessert display boasted a coastal-inspired three tiered cake, cupcakes, cake pops, macarons, and handmade marshmallows, accented with nautical displays like wood trays, rope, and seaglass.

Cake pops the color of ocean foam were accented with metallic gold and ivory sugar roses. Sweet coastal chic!

Cake pops the color of ocean foam were accented with metallic gold and ivory sugar roses. Sweet coastal chic!

The incredible team of wedding professionals who created this shoot include:

Venue: The Waterline Marina Resort and Beach Club of the Autograph Collection Hotels

Photographer: Stephanie Smith Photography

Hair & Makeup: Femme Akoi

Wedding Dress: Isabel O’Neil Bridal

Florist: Arlene Floral Designer

Stationary: The Southern Wedding Belle’s

Linens: Connie Duglin Linen

Cake & Desserts: Trudy Melissa Cakes

Videography: VH Video

Rentals: US Tent