Liz and Walker met at a Fraternity and Sorority Social while both attending the University of Florida; after dancing and chatting, they went on their first date the next day, and the rest is history! Both raised in Florida, they wanted their laid back lifestyle to be reflected in their wedding by keeping the overall vibe fun instead of 'theme-y' or 'stuffy'. More than anything they just wanted to enjoy a great celebration with their closest friends and family.
Who doesn't love brunch?! Katy & Greg’s wedding is full of amazing coffee-themed details in honor of their morning nuptials and Greg's former life as a barista! Guests were greeted with a coffee station with assorted vintage mugs and gourmet coffees to sip on before the ceremony. Katy and Greg exchanged vows in front of the white gazebo and instead of a unity candle, they had a plaque with a little lock that was engraved with their names and wedding date. They placed the lock on the plaque and locked it together - such a great unity ceremony alternative. It was a gorgeous day for photos and an outdoor reception set at one enormous communal table under the sprawling oak trees. The table was dressed with coffee sack runners and hedge box centerpieces along with candles nestled in coffee bean vessels. Guests enjoyed a mimosa and bloody mary bar, yogurt station and donuts as everyone played corn hole and jenga on the lawn. Their favor was different flavors of coffee beans for their guests to put in favor bags that said "Katy & Greg the perfect blend”. They ate brunch family style and after mingling with friends and family, and having some to die for cupcakes (how cute are the mini donut topped cupcakes?!), and then the newlyweds departed through a tunnel of eco-friendly confetti and on to a boat for their grand exit.
Vendors who made this day amazing include:
Venue: Davis Islands Garden Club
Photographer: Carrie Wildes Photography
Floral Design: Belle Fleur
Entertainment: DJ Cory, Grant Hemond & Associates
Catering: Good Food Catering
Event Rentals: Coast to Coast Event Rentals
Specialty Furniture Rentals: WISH Vintage Rentals
Linens: Connie Duglin Linen
Cupcakes: Sugardarlings Cupcakes
Donuts: SoHo Donut Company
Hair & Makeup: Destiny & Light Hair & Makeup
Videography: Randall Productions
Transportation: Suncoach Transport
Send-off: Tampa Water Taxi
Accommodations: Tampa Marriott Waterside
When Elliott told Brittany that they would be engaged by the end of the year, and the months passed by and suddenly it was December 31st, Brittany was starting to wonder if it was actually going to happen! She even joked with Elliott, "You know what today is? It's the last day of the year!" hoping to get a read on him, but he didn't take the bait and he ended up just going fishing with his friends that day like it was any other weekend. Little did she know that Elliott was thinking about waiting until the year had passed and proposing on January 1st, just to throw her off! But he decided not to wait any longer, and he proposed as they headed out for a New Year's Eve party so that Brittany could show off her gorgeous new engagement ring to all of her friends and family she would see that night!
The couple chose their venue for the waterfront views that would be perfect for their nautical nuptials, since they love fishing and boating together. This style direction, along with their coral, navy, and gold color scheme, inspired maritime details such as gold lanterns for décor, rope wrapped cans and jars, painted bottles, anchor stir sticks, and rope knot table numbers. Most of the decorations were DIY projects, including the flag ribbon boutonnieres, chevron table runners, and the ribbon curtain backdrop for the gazebo. And what better favor to give guests than custom koozies!? Each koozie held a mason jar for guests to use at the bar throughout the evening, and they were displayed in rows escort card flags affixed to drinking straws as a fun twist for guests finding their seats!
Jessica and Peter were married during their traditional Catholic ceremony at Christ the King Catholic Church before celebrating with 200+ of their closest friends and family at their downtown St Petersburg Vinoy reception! The overall event exuded elegance and classic details such as all white flora, silver candlesticks and lanterns, and a crisp color palette of navy and white with very soft pops of tulip pink. The event was also filled with sentimental touches, including Peter's wedding gift to Jessica - a family heirloom pearl mounted to a necklace pendant, and a touching toast shared by the father of the bride, not to mention Jessica and Peter's personalized intros for each person in their wedding party. Guests enjoyed a variety of food stations including gourmet macaroni and cheese as well as mini sliders paired with local Cigar City beers. After enjoying the wedding cake confection nearly too beautiful to eat, everyone danced under the stunning Chihuly chandelier at the Vinoy’s Grand Ballroom. Guests were sent off with hand made chocolate Gator favors with gratitude from the bride and groom; a nod to their collegiate days at the University of Florida!
Brittney and Robbie's gorgeous wedding combined elements of tradition and elegance. Brittney’s “Yacht Club Chic” wedding style translated into classic details such as monogrammed stationery and a dramatic cathedral veil, as well as nautical details such as navy jackets paired with khaki slacks, an oar guestbook, and gold rope chair sashes. The sun smiled down on Straub Park where the wedding party took gorgeous waterfront photos before the ceremony. The nuptials were held at the Cathedral of St. Jude where the bride’s parents exchanged their own wedding vows and her grandparents were original parishioners of the church. As the sun faded into the night, the couple celebrated their reception at the grand St. Pete Coliseum where lush creamy florals accented with lemon slices and buttery roses and calla lilies filled the room. Personalized wine bottles served as table numbers, perfect for wine service during dinner. Music from a live band kept the party’s energy soaring long into the evening, before the couple departed in their family convertibles (one in Gator blue and one in Seminole garnet as a nod to the couple’s alma matars).