Ballroom Weddings

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

TRENDSETTING - A Modern Glam Sparkling White Wedding

We created this styled shoot to showcase a modern glam wedding with shades of white and ivory, lots of crystal and bling, and over-the-top flora.  We wanted to showcase a beautiful indoor ballroom ceremony with views of the water, as Florida weather can be unpredictably hot or rainy, making an indoor option more desirable.  The result was absolutely stunning!

A sequin tablecloth and crystal candle holders adorned the sweetheart table.

A sequin tablecloth and crystal candle holders adorned the sweetheart table.

Metallic details in the invitation suite complimented the rhinestone and mirror chargers and mirror tabletops.

Metallic details in the invitation suite complimented the rhinestone and mirror chargers and mirror tabletops.

An ivory and white bouquet made up of roses, peonies, and berries was accented with rhinestones.

An ivory and white bouquet made up of roses, peonies, and berries was accented with rhinestones.

The ceremony space featured a stunning blossom branch arch with crystal chandelier and gold chiavari chairs facing floor-to-ceiling windows of the water.

The ceremony space featured a stunning blossom branch arch with crystal chandelier and gold chiavari chairs facing floor-to-ceiling windows of the water.

The ceremony aisle was lined with floating candles, rose petals, and lush flora in white hedge boxes.

The ceremony aisle was lined with floating candles, rose petals, and lush flora in white hedge boxes.

A champagne escort card display invited guests to 'Sip and Be Seated!'

A champagne escort card display invited guests to 'Sip and Be Seated!'

Glamorous gold paper straws featured printed escort cards inside glasses of sparkling champange!

Glamorous gold paper straws featured printed escort cards inside glasses of sparkling champange!

Ornate vases topped with fluffy hydrangea, rose, and dripping orchids sat amongst floating candles and crystal stemware.

Ornate vases topped with fluffy hydrangea, rose, and dripping orchids sat amongst floating candles and crystal stemware.

Feasting tables featured mirror tops, and place settings were accented with rhinestone napkin rings.

Feasting tables featured mirror tops, and place settings were accented with rhinestone napkin rings.

Crystal chiavari chairs and an abundance of lush florals helped create an elevated and elegant affair.

Crystal chiavari chairs and an abundance of lush florals helped create an elevated and elegant affair.

Alternating tables were topped with crystal candelabras, accented by floral arrangements and votives.

Alternating tables were topped with crystal candelabras, accented by floral arrangements and votives.

The sweetheart table was also filled with extravagant flora and foil printed chair signs.

The sweetheart table was also filled with extravagant flora and foil printed chair signs.

Inside the expansive ballroom, a floral ceiling installment was the jaw-dropping focal point above a white dance floor.

Inside the expansive ballroom, a floral ceiling installment was the jaw-dropping focal point above a white dance floor.

Crystal chandeliers were tucked among the flora cascading from the ceiling.

Crystal chandeliers were tucked among the flora cascading from the ceiling.

And can we just talk about this cake?! The gold accents and crystal details commanded attention under the pinspot.

And can we just talk about this cake?! The gold accents and crystal details commanded attention under the pinspot.

The incredibly talented team of vendors who created this beautiful shoot include:

- Venue & Catering:  The Rusty Pelican Tampa

- Photography:  Life Long Photography Studios

- Videography:  Brett Rohlfing

- Dresses & Accessories:  Isabel O'neil Bridal

- Hair & Makeup:  Femme Akoi

- Groom Attire:  Mens Wearhouse

- Stationary:  The Southern Wedding Belles

- Floral & Decor Rentals:  Alrene Floral Designer

- Cake:  The Artistic Whisk

Gabriella and Aric - Old World Tradition in Tampa

Gabriella and Aric - Old World Tradition in Tampa

Gabriella and Aric wanted their wedding to reflect their traditional Catholic backgrounds, the bride's Venezuelan heritage, and have an overall old Florida feel. The groom's love of craft beer inspired the space for their rehearsal dinner, which was held at The Tampa Bay Brew Bus, as well as all the craft beer that was served at the reception. Elegant classic design paired with personalized touches created a luxurious and sophisticated affair in the heart of Tampa.

Christina and Jonathan - A Merlot and Rose Wine Wedding at the Straz Theatre

Christina and Jonathan - A Merlot and Rose Wine Wedding at the Straz Theatre

When Jonathan proposed to Christina, he had just finished a 28 hour day of his residency, and secretly drove to the Kennedy Center to drop off a special bottle of wine for their date that evening.  During dinner on the rooftop terrace, Jonathan ordered a bottle of wine and the server presented the special bottle.  Jonathan turned the bottle to face Christina, revealing special dates and milestones etched on the label, and then got down on one knee and popped the question.  Swoon!  The couple knew they wanted their wedding to be set in Tampa (the city where they met) and wanted to provide a unique experience that also incorporated wine elements as a nod to their engagement. 

Brittany and Tyler - An Art Deco New Years Eve Wedding

Brittany and Tyler - An Art Deco New Years Eve Wedding

Brittany and Tyler were set up on a blind date by a mutual friend and it was a perfect match!  Brittany has always loved the Lake Mirror area of Lakeland, so Tyler planned the ultimate proposal on New Years Eve 2015, walking the nearby gardens together after dinner and proposing in front of the lake.  Tyler even booked the adjacent Magnolia Building for New Year's Eve 2016, unbeknownst to Brittany, and when he popped the quested he asked if she would marry him on New Years Eve the following year in that very spot!  After the proposal, he surprised Brittany with a New Year's Eve engagement party that night.  Needless to say, New Years Eve and their Lakeland venue were very sentimental to them; They even shared the sweetest first look in the garden where they were engaged.  The pair decided to exchange vows at the church where Tyler is a youth pastor, and then host a cocktail-style reception afterwards where guests could ring in the New Year with lots of heavy hors d'oeuvres and sweets.  To end the night, party poppers were released by the wedding party as they welcomed the year 2017!