Outdoor 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

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

Liz and Leo - A Timeless Beachfront Wedding in Clearwater

Liz and Leo knew two things when they started planning their Clearwater Beach wedding; it needed to have amazing food, and it had to have incredible live music (in honor of the couple's many concerts attended together), including the best Hora anyone has ever witnessed. Liz had event planning experience through her work with the American Heart Association, so details were very important to her (and there were plenty of beautiful and personal touches throughout the event). Guests enjoyed hosted poolside cabanas the afternoon of the wedding, and a jazz trio during a cocktail hour complete with a raw bar and a 4-tier cake made entirely of cheese! Leo's Argentinian background inspired a true party vibe for the reception, keeping the dance floor packed all night until the after-party in the hotel suite.

Clearwater beach and a Florida sunset provided the perfect backdrop for romantic portraits.

Clearwater beach and a Florida sunset provided the perfect backdrop for romantic portraits.

From the first impressions of receiving elegant pocket-style custom invitations, guests knew they were in for a special celebration.

From the first impressions of receiving elegant pocket-style custom invitations, guests knew they were in for a special celebration.

The bride’s bouquet consisted of roses, hydrangea, anemones, lisianthus (in honor of the bride ‘Liz’), and eucalyptus.

The bride’s bouquet consisted of roses, hydrangea, anemones, lisianthus (in honor of the bride ‘Liz’), and eucalyptus.

To keep things simple and sophisticated the bride chose matching bouquets of ivory florals with greenery to subtly pop against the bridesmaids’ charcoal dresses.

To keep things simple and sophisticated the bride chose matching bouquets of ivory florals with greenery to subtly pop against the bridesmaids’ charcoal dresses.

Timeless elements like this natural bouquet and the bride’s mikado, slightly off-the-shoulder dress were a stunning addition to the classic details of the ceremony and reception.

Timeless elements like this natural bouquet and the bride’s mikado, slightly off-the-shoulder dress were a stunning addition to the classic details of the ceremony and reception.

The groom wore a sharp three piece suit in complimenting shades of charcoal with pops of ivory details.

The groom wore a sharp three piece suit in complimenting shades of charcoal with pops of ivory details.

The groom signing the beautiful Ketubah, which outlines the promises he makes to his new wife.

The groom signing the beautiful Ketubah, which outlines the promises he makes to his new wife.

The ceremony was an evening celebration on the lawn overlooking the ocean.

The ceremony was an evening celebration on the lawn overlooking the ocean.

Lush arrangements of floral and greenery complimented the natural beauty of the ceremony space on Clearwater Beach.

Lush arrangements of floral and greenery complimented the natural beauty of the ceremony space on Clearwater Beach.

Pre-ceremony champagne cocktails and popcorn, with toppings like truffle salt and white cheddar, were displayed for guests as they found their seats on the lawn.

Pre-ceremony champagne cocktails and popcorn, with toppings like truffle salt and white cheddar, were displayed for guests as they found their seats on the lawn.

The “blushing bride” champagne cocktails were served with pre-ceremony snacks.

The “blushing bride” champagne cocktails were served with pre-ceremony snacks.

The stunning vine-clad chuppah, which symbolizes the home the couple will build together, was a stunning focal pooint set against the fading sunset before the evening ceremony began.

The stunning vine-clad chuppah, which symbolizes the home the couple will build together, was a stunning focal pooint set against the fading sunset before the evening ceremony began.

Beneath the chuppah, the couple exchanged vows in a traditional Jewish ceremony, lit by a canopy of bistro lights.

Beneath the chuppah, the couple exchanged vows in a traditional Jewish ceremony, lit by a canopy of bistro lights.

The reception featured feasting tables adorned with neutral linens, lush florals, delicate candles, and French country chairs.

The reception featured feasting tables adorned with neutral linens, lush florals, delicate candles, and French country chairs.

Floral arrangements included plenty of greenery for a natural element, and an abundance of candlelight for a romantic effect.

Floral arrangements included plenty of greenery for a natural element, and an abundance of candlelight for a romantic effect.

Glass charger plates were layered with linens in shades of grey and white.

Glass charger plates were layered with linens in shades of grey and white.

A mix of towering florals and candlelight with the natural color scheme created a perfect blend of sophistication and simplicity.

A mix of towering florals and candlelight with the natural color scheme created a perfect blend of sophistication and simplicity.

Fun bubble favors were passed out before the reception.

Fun bubble favors were passed out before the reception.

The wedding party showered the dance floor in bubbles during the first dance.

The wedding party showered the dance floor in bubbles during the first dance.

The couple’s first dance as husband and wife was shared with their 250 guests, most of whom traveled from across the country and even across continents to attend.

The couple’s first dance as husband and wife was shared with their 250 guests, most of whom traveled from across the country and even across continents to attend.

The live band played an epic Hora that lasted a full 20 minutes!…

The live band played an epic Hora that lasted a full 20 minutes!…

…and ended with the bride and groom crowd surfing!

…and ended with the bride and groom crowd surfing!

During dinner guests enjoyed plated surf & turf of Filet Mignon and Lobster Tail, finished with wedding cake in chocolate, vanilla, and dulce de leche flavors.

During dinner guests enjoyed plated surf & turf of Filet Mignon and Lobster Tail, finished with wedding cake in chocolate, vanilla, and dulce de leche flavors.

The couple shared the first piece of their gorgeous cake and a kiss!

The couple shared the first piece of their gorgeous cake and a kiss!

Guests enjoyed a late night snack of chicken tenders or grilled brie and strawberry sandwiches, with mini cupcake favors to take away as they departed. Talk about a wedding fit for a foodie!

Guests enjoyed a late night snack of chicken tenders or grilled brie and strawberry sandwiches, with mini cupcake favors to take away as they departed. Talk about a wedding fit for a foodie!

And of course no wedding photos on Clearwater Beach would be complete without the famous pirate ship at sunset!

And of course no wedding photos on Clearwater Beach would be complete without the famous pirate ship at sunset!

The incredible collection of wedding pros who created this gorgeous event include:

  • Venue & Catering: Opal Sands, Clearwater Beach

  • Photographer: Andi Diamond Photography

  • Floral Design: FH Weddings & Events

  • Entertainment: DeLeon Entertainment

  • Chairs & Chargers: A Chair Affair

  • Staging: Coast to Coast Event Rentals

  • Linens: Connie Duglin Linen

  • Videography: VH Video

  • Stationery: Oh My Designs

  • Cake: Corey’s Bakery

  • Bridal Gown & Bridesmaid Dresses: The White Closet Co.

  • Suit: Bespoke & Co.

  • Hair & Makeup: Femme Akoi Beauty Studio

Nadia and Shay - A Rustic Chic Wedding at the Historic Tampa Armature Building

Nadia and Shay's wedding was the very first at Tampa's newest (and hottest) venue, Armature Works.  The couple envisioned rustic glamour on Tampa's Hillsborough River with lush greenery, good food, and plenty of dancing for their big day!  They fell in love with the charm of the brick walls, exposed industrial ceiling, and view of the city skyline.  But with a couple this gorgeous, who’s looking at the buildings, anyway?!

The couple posed for sunset photos on the Hillsborough River following their waterfront ceremony.

The couple posed for sunset photos on the Hillsborough River following their waterfront ceremony.

A classic pocket style invitation suite in coordinating colors featured gold accents and script calligraphy.

A classic pocket style invitation suite in coordinating colors featured gold accents and script calligraphy.

The bride wore a stunning bead embellished, lace and tule mermaid style gown.

The bride wore a stunning bead embellished, lace and tule mermaid style gown.

Personalized, reusable Starbucks cups made for a fun and eco friendly gift!

Personalized, reusable Starbucks cups made for a fun and eco friendly gift!

The bride carried a bouquet made of ivory roses, lisianthus, garden roses, stock, and greenery.

The bride carried a bouquet made of ivory roses, lisianthus, garden roses, stock, and greenery.

The groom's passion for high end sneakers inspired a surprise for him later on in the wedding.

The groom's passion for high end sneakers inspired a surprise for him later on in the wedding.

As a professional model, the bride was seriously working her bridal portraits! Yowza!!!

As a professional model, the bride was seriously working her bridal portraits! Yowza!!!

Natural wood chairs adored the rooftop ceremony space to compliment the natural florals and greenery accents.

Natural wood chairs adored the rooftop ceremony space to compliment the natural florals and greenery accents.

Opulent gold details gave a hint to the chic decor found in the reception.

Opulent gold details gave a hint to the chic decor found in the reception.

The couple exchanged vows overlooking the Hillsborough River and city skyline.

The couple exchanged vows overlooking the Hillsborough River and city skyline.

A Tampa sunset on the river provided the perfect backdrop for romantic photos.

A Tampa sunset on the river provided the perfect backdrop for romantic photos.

Organic and loose floral with lots of greenery were perched atop tables accented with gold details and lots of romantic candlelight.

Organic and loose floral with lots of greenery were perched atop tables accented with gold details and lots of romantic candlelight.

Alternating tables boasted mirrored pedestals with gold mercury urns of coordinating flora and gold framed table numbers.

Alternating tables boasted mirrored pedestals with gold mercury urns of coordinating flora and gold framed table numbers.

Arrangements of hanging amaranthus, ruscus, eucalyptus, hydrangea, stock, and roses towered over tables on opulent gold pillars.

Arrangements of hanging amaranthus, ruscus, eucalyptus, hydrangea, stock, and roses towered over tables on opulent gold pillars.

Tables were set with coordinating script menu cards tucked into napkins atop gold chargers, with sprigs of greenery at each place setting.

Tables were set with coordinating script menu cards tucked into napkins atop gold chargers, with sprigs of greenery at each place setting.

A stunning four tiered cake with gold and sugar flower details was surrounded by more flowers and greenery.

A stunning four tiered cake with gold and sugar flower details was surrounded by more flowers and greenery.

A special groom's cake modeled after a favorite real life pair of Jordans belonging to the groom.

A special groom's cake modeled after a favorite real life pair of Jordans belonging to the groom.

A heartfelt speech made by the Maid of Honor.

A heartfelt speech made by the Maid of Honor.

A live band made sure this party lasted all night!

A live band made sure this party lasted all night!

Friends and family gathered on the dance floor to celebrate the couple!

Friends and family gathered on the dance floor to celebrate the couple!

Great food, great music, and great friends… What more can you ask for at a wedding?!

Great food, great music, and great friends… What more can you ask for at a wedding?!

Armature Works provided the perfect balance of industrial chic and historic charm!

Armature Works provided the perfect balance of industrial chic and historic charm!

The talented team of wedding professionals who made this luxuriously epic wedding include:

- Venue:  Armature Works

- Photography:  Andi Diamond Photography

- Floral & Decor:  FH Weddings & Events

- Videography:  Randall Productions

- Entertainment:  Tom Sartori Band

- Catering:  Puff n Stuff

- Cake:  Designer Cake Art by Elise's Pieces

- Transportation:  Clearwater Jolley Trolley & Pirate Water Taxi

- Stationery:  Invitation Galleria

Hilary and Patrick - A Coastal Chic Wedding on Tierra Verde

Hilary and Pat share a love for the outdoors, be it scalloping in the summer, riding their horses, or just being outside every day.  Their fun, laid-back lifestyles dictated their wedding style (along with Hilary's love of everything blue and white), and they fell in love with the Tampa Bay Watch venue for it's waterfront views as well as their contribution to marine research.  The couple wanted their wedding to be a fun celebration with their closest friends and family, where they enjoyed great food and great music above all else.  The dinner reception on the second floor featured a wrap-around balcony overlooking the sunset, surrounding water and dancefloor below.  Everyone danced under a canopy of bistro lights as the sun disappeared over the waterline, before hopping on the open-air trolley to head back to the beach resort.

The couple shared a first kiss, overlooking the stunning waterfront view.

The couple shared a first kiss, overlooking the stunning waterfront view.

The groom sported a sky blue tie to accent his navy suit, and a custom monogramed pocket square.

The groom sported a sky blue tie to accent his navy suit, and a custom monogramed pocket square.

The boutonnieres reflected the clean color palette and unique succulent accents of the floral arrangements.

The boutonnieres reflected the clean color palette and unique succulent accents of the floral arrangements.

The gentlemen sported navy suits with soft blue and white adornments.

The gentlemen sported navy suits with soft blue and white adornments.

Bridesmaids wore chiffon dresses in varying shades of seaglass, to compliment their soft, organic bouquets.

Bridesmaids wore chiffon dresses in varying shades of seaglass, to compliment their soft, organic bouquets.

The bride's bouquet was wrapped with a sentimental piece of fabric from her grandmother's dress.

The bride's bouquet was wrapped with a sentimental piece of fabric from her grandmother's dress.

The couple exchanged vows in front of a jaw-dropping arch made from large driftwood branches accented with flora.

The couple exchanged vows in front of a jaw-dropping arch made from large driftwood branches accented with flora.

Organic-style floral arrangements boasted quicksand roses, lisianthus, stock, eucalyptus, blue thistle, hydrangea, queen anne's lace, dusty miller, and succulents,

Organic-style floral arrangements boasted quicksand roses, lisianthus, stock, eucalyptus, blue thistle, hydrangea, queen anne's lace, dusty miller, and succulents,

Watercolor blues and glass bottles added a nautical element to the decor.

Watercolor blues and glass bottles added a nautical element to the decor.

Guests enjoyed views of Tampa Bay as the couple were married.

Guests enjoyed views of Tampa Bay as the couple were married.

The bride's brother, dressed in full uniform, sabered a bottle of champagne for a ceremonial toast before the couple was pronounced husband and wife.

The bride's brother, dressed in full uniform, sabered a bottle of champagne for a ceremonial toast before the couple was pronounced husband and wife.

A coastal chic motif incorporating sunbleached wood boxes gave a nod to the bride's rustic Southern style.

A coastal chic motif incorporating sunbleached wood boxes gave a nod to the bride's rustic Southern style.

Driftwood accents were incorporated into the floral arrangements.

Driftwood accents were incorporated into the floral arrangements.

Guests enjoyed Floridian cuisine including grilled oysters in the halfshell, cedar plank salmon, and a giant seafood paella station.

Guests enjoyed Floridian cuisine including grilled oysters in the halfshell, cedar plank salmon, and a giant seafood paella station.

Bling bling - how about that RING!?!?

Bling bling - how about that RING!?!?

Seriously - our clients are just the cutest (and the sweetest)!!

Seriously - our clients are just the cutest (and the sweetest)!!

Wedding pros who created this picture-perfect event include:

- Venue: Tampa Bay Watch

- Photography: Life Long Studios Photography

- Catering: Catering by the Family

- Florist: Braun's Fine Florals

- Rentals: Coast to Coast Rentals

- Lighting: Tampa Lights 

- Entertainment: Grant Hemond and Associates, DJ Eric Harding

- Transportation: Clearwater Jolley Trolley

- Hair & Makeup: LDM Beauty Group

- Linens: Connie Duglin Linen

- Cake: Publix Greenwise