“Best of” 2018: Wedding Details

 

Tampa Bay Bridal Show TheXpos | February 10, 2019

Each year our editorial team reviews close to 500 real Tampa Bay weddings and about 200 actually make it onto the blog.

Believe it or not, we can tell you details about each of the weddings we feature as well as the couple. Our staff really makes it a point to connect with our featured couples and the details that make their wedding memorable.

At the end of the year, we like to reflect on our favorite real weddings and styled shoots to chose our “Best of” for the year. Here is our curated list of cake, flowers, wedding dresses and paper goods for 2018.

Cake

French Countryside Outdoor Waterfront Wedding Reception Dessert Table under White Draped Arch with Wide Blue Ribbon and Hanging White Anemone and Greenery Flowers and Light Blue Linen Tablecloth and Greenery Garland | Two Tiered Round Blue Wedding Cake and Desserts Served on Antique Silver Trays | Tampa Bay Wedding Cake and Desserts Alessi Bakery | Tampa Wedding Planner Kelly Kennedy Weddings & Events | Outdoor Waterfront Tampa Wedding Venue The Westshore Yacht Club | Tampa Wedding Rentals Over The Top Linens

Two Tiered Hand-painted Light Blue and White Wedding Cake with White Floral Cake Topper with Greenery on Silver Cakestand for Outdoor French Countryside Inspired Wedding | Tampa Bay Wedding Cake and Dessert Bakery Alessi Bakery

Photo: Andi Diamond Photography | Cake: Alessi Bakery

Alessi Bakery provided an indulgent dessert table with an array of sweets that were beautifully displayed, complete with a two-tiered, hand-painted robins egg blue wedding cake. Guests could choose from berry parfait shooters, cake pops, and cupcakes.

VIEW MORE: Tampa Waterfront French Country Styled Shoot | Westshore Yacht Club

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Six Tier White and Rose Gold Wedding Cake with Marble Effect, Rose Gold Drip Top Tier, Middle Tier Cutout with World Map Design in Rose Gold and Bride and Groom Figurines, Laser Cut Personalized Cake Topper | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Brandi Image Photography | Tampa Wedding Cakes The Artistic Whisk

Elegant, Unique White and Rose Gold Wedding Cake with Cutout Designed with Rose Gold World Map and Vintage Gold Decorative Outlining, Bride and Groom Figurines | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Brandi Image Photography | Tampa Wedding Cakes The Artistic Whisk

Photo: Brandi Image Photography | Cake: The Artistic Whisk

The Artistic Whisk is so out of the world, creative,” the bride gushed. “Jovana really gets to know you and draws up ideas of what she thinks embodies your personality.”

VIEW MORE: Elegant Lavender and Blush Downtown Tampa Wedding | The Vault

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Bouquet

Red Rose, White Floral and Greenery Bridal Bouquet, Bride in Blue and White Dress | Tampa Bay Wedding Florist Apple Blossoms Floral Designs | St Pete Photographer Grind and Press Photography

Outdoor Waterfront Downtown Wedding Portrait, Bride in Strapless Blue and White Printed Dress with Red, White and Greenery Bouquet and Birdcage Veil, Groom in White Shirt with Red Suspenders | St Pete Wedding Photographer Grind and Press Photography | Tampa Bay Florist Apple Blossoms Floral Desings

Photo: Grind & Press Photography | Bouquet: Apple Blossoms Floral Designs

Apple Blossoms Floral Designs came recommended from our wedding planner, and they did not disappoint. Our wedding fell on Mother’s Day weekend, one of the busiest holidays possible for florists. Scott at Apple Blossoms was up to the challenge and provided us with excellent service and beautiful floral arrangements. Even with this busy holiday looming, he came and personally dropped off the flowers at my venue and checked in with me. We were very impressed!”

VIEW MORE: Vintage Americana Red, White and Blue St. Pete Wedding 

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Outdoor Bride and Groom First Look Wedding Portrait in Illusion Long Sleeve Cream Floral Beading Embellished Wedding Dress with Satin Belt and Fuchsia, Dark Maroon, Blush Pink and Greenery Floral Bouquet, Groom in Black Tuxedo, Grey Vest, Colorful Bowtie and Blush Pink Rose Boutonniere | St. Petersburg Florist Cotton & Magnolia | Tampa Bay Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi

Outdoor Nighttime Bridal Wedding Portrait in Illusion Long Sleeve Cream Floral Beading Embellished Wedding Dress with Satin Belt, Cathedral Length Veil and Fuchsia, Dark Maroon, Blush Pink and Greenery Floral Bouquet | Tampa Bay Florist Cotton & Magnolia

Photographer: FotoBohemia | Bouquet: Cotton & Magnolia | Hair & Makeup: Femme Akoi

“Planning my wedding entirely from Japan and not being able to meet any of my vendors in-person or even view our venue, I was understandably quite nervous about how everything would come together on our big day,” Rachel explained. “I chose Cotton & Magnolia as my florist because, from the beginning, Elaina was so wonderful and easy to get in contact with. She was always open to working with my ideas and could take everything I was thinking and make it more beautiful and organized than I could have dreamed of. She also took our budget into serious consideration and worked with me to create the best possible experience.”

VIEW MORE: Romantic, Vintage English Inspired Wedding | St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club

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Outdoor Bridal Party Portrait, Bride in V Neck David's Bridal Dress and Peach Floral Bouquet, Bridesmaids in Mismatched Pastel Solid and Floral Print Purple, Pink, and Green Dresses with Greenery Bouquets | St Petersburg Wedding Florist Cotton and MagnoliaInterior Bridal Portrait with Peach Floral with Greenery Bouquet | Tampa Bay Wedding Florist Cotton and Magnolia

Photography: Aggie Photography | Bouquet: Cotton & Magnolia

“I was very focused on the flowers for the wedding; they were one of the most important parts of the wedding decoration for me,” the bride shared. “I hired Cotton & Magnolia because of their organic, natural style. The owner, Elaina, has a beautiful style and completely understood what I was going for. She made my vision for the wedding happen. Every single arrangement she created was absolutely gorgeous and exactly what I asked for!”

VIEW MORE: Romantic Peach and Mint Green Floral Inspired Downtown St. Pete Wedding | St. Pete Shuffle Board Club

Florida Bride Wedding Portrait in Fitted Lace Wedding Dress with Tank Top Straps and Red, Pink, Ivory and Greenery Floral Bouquet | Tampa Bay Bridal Shop Nikki's Glitz and Glam Bridal BoutiqueOutdoor Bride and Bridal Party Wedding Portrait, Bridesmaids in Mismatched Dresses, Bride in Fitted Lace Wedding Dress with Red, Pink, Ivory and Greenery Floral Bouquet | Tampa Bay Bridal Shop Nikkis Glitz and Glam Bridal Boutique

Photography: The Ganeys Wedding Photography | Bouquet: Ever After Vintage Weddings | Dress: Nikki’s Glitz and Glam Bridal Boutique

“Our theme was a good mix of boho and eclectic. I often gravitate towards that look in my overall day to day style, but mostly I chose it because it delivers a very relaxed and intimate feel,” the bride shared. “More than anything I wanted a wedding that felt like a celebration of close friends and family, which is why I chose the long tables where we could eat together and be close.”

VIEW MORE: Burgundy and Pink Jewel Toned Boho Chic Lakeland Wedding

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Centerpiece

Elegant Ballroom Reception Decor, Long Banquet Table, White Linen, High and Low White and Blush Pink Floral Centerpieces in Silver Vase, Purple/Pink Uplighting, Silver Chiavari Chairs | Tampa Wedding Photographer Ailyn La Torre | Venue The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf ClubElegant Ballroom Reception Decor, Long Banquet Table and round Tables with White Linen, High and Low White Floral Centerpieces, Purple/Pink Uplighting, Silver Chiavari Chairs | Tampa Wedding Photographer Ailyn La Torre | Venue The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club

Photography: Ailyn La Torre Photography | Florist: Frances Stollmack | Venue: The Vinoy

“We wanted a simple yet sophisticated and romantic feel for our wedding. We love greenery, blush pink and silver accents; to us, this was a classic and timeless look that we would still love throughout the years.”

VIEW MORE: Sophisticated Blush Pink and Silver Downtown St. Pete Wedding | Vinoy Renaissance

Indoor Rustic Wedding Reception with Wooden Feasting Tables with Greenery Garland Centerpiece and Blush Pink Table Runner, with Marsala Red and BLush Pink Florals, Pillar Candles with Gold Candlestick Holders, White Linens with Rosemary, and String Lights | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner NK ProductionsRustic Wedding Reception Place Setting on Wooden Table with Blue Printed on White Linen Napkin and Menu with Rosemary, Low Centerpiece of Pink Protea, Marsala Red and BLush pInk Florals with Greenery, Geometric Lanterns and Gold Votive Candles | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner NK Productions

Photography: Sarah and Ben Photography | Planner: NK Productions | Florist and Rentals: MMD Events

“I specifically reached out to NK Productions after a meeting with our designer. Once they realized that we needed everything to be brought in and that logistics would be key, they knew they wanted to work with NK Productions.” the bride gushed.

VIEW MORE: Elegant, Rustic Outdoor Marsala Wedding with Barn Reception

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Vibrant, Modern Ballroom Wedding Reception with Rustic Wooden Feasting Table, Turquoise Linens, Low Fuchsia and Greenery Centerpieces, Clear Plastic Chairs and Vintage Velvet Chairs, and White Draping | Tampa Bay Wedding Venue Isla Del Sol Yacht and Country Club | Planner Kelly Kennedy Weddings and Events | Draping and Florist Gabro Event Services | Furniture Rentals A Chair AffairVibrant, Modern Whimsical Wedding Reception Wooden Feasting Table with Black Flatware, Wine Glasses, and Plates, Copper Chargers and Votive Candleholders, Low Plum and Fuchsia Florals with Greenery Centerpieces, Pink and Purple Watercolor Napkins and Turquoise Linen Runners, Glitter Rock Candy Favors | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner Kelly Kennedy Weddings and Events | Furniture Rentals A Chair Affair | Florist Gabro Event ServicesVibrant Whimsical Wedding Reception Wooden Feasting Table with Black Flatware, Wine Glasses, and Plates, Copper Chargers and Votive Candleholders, Low Plum and Fuchsia Florals with Greenery Centerpieces, Pink and Purple Watercolor Napkins and Turquoise Linen Runners, Glitter Rock Candy Favors | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner Kelly Kennedy Weddings and Events | Furniture Rentals A Chair Affair | Florist Gabro Event Services

Photography: Lifelong Photography Studio | Florist/Draping: Gabro Event Services | Planner: Kelly Kennedy Weddings and Events | Rentals: A Chair Affair | Venue: Isla del Sol Yacht & Country Club

“As the venue is located on the water and within a marina, I wanted to stay away from traditional nautical and beach themes. The design I created was on a different spectrum than what has been done at the venue before. I also wanted to step outside of my own personal box and pull together a design that was different than what I have ever done before,” wedding planner Kelly Kennedy explained.

VIEW MORE: Vibrant Purple and Pink St. Pete Wedding Inspiration | Isla del Sol Yacht & Country Club

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Outdoor Whimsical Boho Garden Wedding Reception Decor with Vintage Mismatched Dishes and Garland Floral Table Runner and Candelabra Centerpiece | Over the Top Rental LinensOutdoor Whimsical Boho Garden Wedding Reception Decor with Red and White Centerpiece in Geometric Vase with Moss and Vintage Blue Glasses

Photography: Christina Maldonado Photography | Florist: Bloomingdale Florist | Linen Rentals: Over the Top Rental Linens

“Venetian masks served as both fun favors that also denoted each table setting. We imagined guests wearing them later as they celebrated and danced the night away. Moroccan lanterns, wine, and tea glasses add a fanciful touch and hint at adventures in faraway lands.”

VIEW MORE: Whimsical, Organic Outdoor Boho Wedding Inspiration

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Dress

Outdoor Nighttime Downtown Tampa Bride and Groom Portrait, Bride in Lace Layered Mermaid Ines Di Santo Dress, Groom in White Tuxedo with Hora Loca Props Angel Wings | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner Special Moments Event Planning | Dress Shop Isabel O'Neil Bridal

Photography: Castaldo Studio | Dress: Isabel O’Neil Bridal Collection

“I have always believed that a woman looks the most beautiful when she feels confident, for that reason I looked for a wedding dress that was figure flattering, elegant and comfortable. Those exact three things are what my Ines Di Santo gown from Isabel O’Neil Bridal embodied. The modified mermaid lace dress with plunging illusion back was the perfect way to surprise my new husband and guests during our first dance. I chose Isabel O’Neil Bridal Collection based on the unique selection of designers and great reviews from other local brides. The staff was wonderful in assisting me find a dress with a perfect fit that highlighted my best features and my dress made me feel radiant and ready to enjoy the night.”

VIEW MORE: Modern, Elegant, Purple Downtown Tampa Wedding | The Vault

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Bride Portrait in Illusion and Floral Applique, Strappy Rhinestone Back, Empire Waist High Neck with Lace Floral Cap Sleeve Wedding Dress with Blush Pink Ribbon and Ivory and Greenery Floral Bouquet | St. Petersburg Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Tampa Bay Wedding Dress Shop Truly Forever Bridal | St. Petersburg Historic Hotel The Don Cesar | Before 5 Networking EventBride Portrait in Illusion and Floral Applique Empire Waist High Neck Wedding Dress with Blush Pink Ribbon and Ivory and Greenery Floral Bouquet | St. Petersburg Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Tampa Bay Wedding Dress Shop Truly Forever Bridal | St. Petersburg Historic Hotel The Don Cesar | Instagram

Photography: Lifelong Photography Studios | Dress: Truly Forever Bridal

VIEW MORE: Unveiling The Don CeSar Hotel Ballroom Renovation | Marry Me Tampa Bay “Before 5” Networking

Outdoor Bride and Groom Portrait in V-neck Rhinestone Beaded Bodice and with Keyhole Back and Beaded Detailing Wedding Dress | Tampa Wedding Dress Shop Truly Forever Bridal

Photography: McNeile Photography | Dress: Truly Forever Bridal

“I was looking for organization in a bridal shop, a variety of up to date styles and reasonable prices,” the bride explained. Truly Forever Bridal had a variety of styles within my budget. The store is well-organized and the staff took their time to find exactly what I was looking for.”

VIEW MORE: Glamorous Pink and White Tampa Wedding | The Crystal Ballroom

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Outdoor Bridal Wedding Portrait on Dock, Bride wearing Jeweled Lace Drop Back A Line Wedding Dress from Tampa Bay Bridal Shop Nikki's Glitz and Glam, with Natural Coastal Greenery Bouquet | Dunedin, Florida Waterfront Wedding Venue Beso Del Sol Resort | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Grind and Press Photography | Hair and Makeup Femme AkoiBride Getting Ready Portrait in Jeweled Drop Back Wedding Dress from Tampa Bay Wedding Bridal Shop Nikki's Glitz and Glam | Photographer Grind & Press Photography

Photography: Grind & Press Photography | Dress: Nikki’s Glitz and Glam Boutique | Hair and Makeup: Femme Akoi

VIEW MORE: Elegant Coastal Waterfront Dunedin Wedding Styled Shoot | Beso del Sol

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Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait, Bride in A-Line Illusion Lace Floral Applique, Plunging V-neck Neckline and Tank Top Straps, Groom in Grey Tuxedo and White Rose Boutonniere Tampa Bay Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Men's Wear Sacino's Formalwear | Wedding Dress Shop The Bride Tampa | Florist Cotton and MagnoliaBride Wedding Portrait in A-Line Illusion Low Back with Tulle Ribbon, Tank Top Straps and Floral Lace Appliques Wedding Dress Bay Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Hair and Makeup LDM Beauty Group | Wedding Dress Shop The Bride Tampa

Photography: Lifelong Photography Studios | Dress: The BRIDE Tampa | Hair and Makeup: LDM Beauty Group | Bouquet: Cotton & Magnolia

VIEW MORE: Modern, Bohemian Downtown St. Pete Styled Wedding | The Birchwood

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Stationery

Custom Purple and Floral Tampa Bay Wedding Invitations and Stationery | Sarah Bubar Designs | Clearwater Wedding Photographer Kera PhotographyPhotography: Kera Photography | Stationery: Sarah Bubar Designs

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White and Gold Elegant Wedding invitation Suite with Custom Monogram, Drop Blue and Rhinestone Gold Earrings and Pointed Toe Wedding Shoes | Tampa Bay Wedding Stationery and Paper Goods URBANcoastWhite and Gold Elegant Wedding invitation Suite with Custom Monogram, Drop Blue and Rhinestone Gold Earrings and Pointed Toe Wedding Shoes | Tampa Bay Wedding Stationery and Paper Goods URBANcoast

Photography: Jonathan Fanning Studio | Stationery: URBANcoast

“URBANcoast was phenomenal from the start, picking out our invitations and stationery, to the end, providing day of materials and even incorporating our non-traditional ideas, like diamond-shaped cutouts for champagne glasses with guests names and table assignments which we used instead of plain place cards.”

VIEW MORE: Luxurious Neutral Outdoor Waterfront Sarasota Wedding | Powel Crosley Estate

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Vintage Inspired Blue and Floral Letterpress Wedding Invitation Suite | Tampa Bay Stationery A&P Design CoVintage Inspired Blue and Floral Letterpress Wedding Invitation Suite | Tampa Bay Stationery A&P Design Co

Photography: Bara Miller Photography | Stationery: A&P Design Co

VIEW MORE: Elegant Southern Charm Inspired Vintage Wedding Styled Shoot | Covington Farms

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