Hotel 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 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

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.

Cindy and Dan - Coral and Midnight at the Museum Wedding

Cindy and Dan - Coral and Midnight at the Museum Wedding

Dan and Cindy met on a blind date that turned into love at first sight!  They exchanged timeless vows in a ceremony mass at St. Mary Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, followed by an elegant reception at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg.  The Museum of Fine Arts is one of the bride's favorite places in St. Pete and held a special place in their hearts. Guests enjoyed a cocktail hour in the Membership Garden and a reception in the expansive conservatory with floor to ceiling views of the water. The couple's navy, pink and ivory color palette was reflected in their beautiful and classic floral arrangements and stationery.  Everywhere you looked, the wedding was filled with elegant details from the crystal candlesticks to the pocket invitations, and can we just talk about that bouquet?!  

Jessica and Mike - Timeless Tradition in the heart of Tampa

Jessica and Mike - Timeless Tradition in the heart of Tampa

Jessica's eye for classic beauty and timeless detail, and Mike's goal of excellent music and food were perfectly merged on their wedding day.  Before exchanging sacred vows in a traditional Catholic ceremony in historic Ybor City, the bride shared an intimate first look with her Father after stepping into her stunning lace sleeved gown.  The chic black and white color scheme and formal styling first appeared in custom invitation suites, and was accented with tiny touches of pale pink and pewter, appearing in flora that popped against the formal onyx gowns and tuxedos.