“Best of” 2019: Wedding Details and Decor

Luxurious Tropical Downtown St. Pete Wedding | The Vinoy Renaissance

Ahyoung and Lamont’s downtown St. Pete wedding was a tropical paradise filled with luxurious white orchids and rich dark-green florals.

“Even though we had a fall wedding, we still wanted the colors and theme to be very representative of Florida, where we met each other and fell in love. I looked through reviews and other weddings published on Marry Me Tampa Bay for inspiration,” the bride shared. “The large green palm fronds and monstera leaves provided the tropical feel of Florida, and the silver accents and touches completed the look by making everything feel a bit more trendy and modern.”

Modern, Tropical Inspired Green and White Bridal Bouquet, Palm Fronds, Monstera leaves, Cascading Orchids Flowers by Tampa Bay Wedding Florist Bruce Wayne Florals

K&K Photography | Parties A’La Carte | Bruce Wayne Florals | The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club

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Modern Tropical St. Pete Beach Destination Wedding | The Don CeSar

Roseann and Paul’s destination St. Pete Beach wedding brought to life a modern take on tropical elegance with a color palette of white, gold, and blush.

“Our theme was a mixture of modern and tropical. I like clean lines and design, but I also didn’t want the room to feel cold, so I was conscious not to go overly modern,” the bride explained. “The tropical part I definitely wanted to incorporate given we were doing a destination wedding! It definitely is a different feel than us New Yorkers are used to seeing all the time, so I knew our guests would appreciate that.”

“I wanted my wedding cake to stick with our theme of tropical elegance and incorporate our colors, as well as our invite. The Artistic Whisk did a phenomenal job capturing our vision and even had real orchids coming down the side of the cake. It was perfect!” Roseann added.

Elegant Classic Modern Seven Tier White and Gold Wedding Cake with Cascading White Real Orchid Flowers | Tampa Bay Wedding Baker The Artistic Whisk | Wedding Florist Bruce Wayne Florals | Wedding Rentals Kate Ryan Event Rentals

K&K Photography | Parties A’La Carte | Bruce Wayne Florals | The Artistic Whisk | Kate Ryan Event Rentals | A Chair Affair | The Don CeSar

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Vibrant Downtown St. Pete Rooftop Wedding Inspiration | Red Mesa Events

Designing a fresh and colorful stylized setting for this wedding inspiration photo shoot, St. Pete wedding planner UNIQUE Weddings + Events came together with floral and rental specialists Gabro Event Services to create a uniquely vibrant design. The pop of gold chargers and cutlery with the geometric black and white plates from Kate Ryan Event Rentals effortlessly combined with the monstera leaf and vibrant peony centerpieces.

Modern Colorful Tropical Wedding Reception Decor, Feasting Table with Sheer White Linen, Wooden Crossback Chairs, Pink and Yellow Flowers and Green Monstera Palm Leaf Centerpieces, Hanging Gold Geometric Chandelier with Orange, Pink and Greenery Floral Arrangement, Gold Chargers and Plates with Bright Pink Linen with Gold Napkin Ring | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Kera Photography | Downtown St. Pete Modern Wedding Venue Red Mesa Events | Wedding Florist and Rentals Gabro Event Services | Wedding Linen and Tabletop Rentals Kate Ryan Event Rentals | Wedding Planner UNIQUE Weddings & EventsKéra Photography | Bonnie Newman Creative | UNIQUE Weddings + Events | Gabro Event Services | Kate Ryan Event Rentals | Red Mesa Events

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Jewel Toned Travel Inspired Wedding | Hilton Clearwater Beach

Kailah and Greg’s Clearwater Beach wedding dazzled with vintage travel-inspired decor, earthy elements, and pops of jewel tones.

“I have always loved the beach and knew I wanted to get married with the sand in my toes. I didn’t want to do a typical beach themed wedding so we incorporated elements of what we enjoy,” the bride shared. “Purple is my favorite color, but I wanted a little more of a pinkish-purple jewel tone. For the details, we wanted to incorporate a little bit of a travel theme with Earthy elements of driftwood, succulents, rose quartz, amethysts, and agate slices.”

To complement their personal style, the bride and groom chose a geode wedding cake design, that looked as good as it tasted.

“Crystals, rocks, and gems are common decor of our house and interest to us,” Kailah explained. “The Artistic Whisk had so many delicious flavors, it was hard to choose! Many compliments on the cake!”

Four Tier Pink Marble, Gold and Purple Geode Crystal Wedding Cake with Rose Quartz Crystal Cake Topper on Geometric Vase Cake Stand | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Wedding Cake and Bakery The Artistic Whisk

Lifelong Photography Studios | Wonderland Floral Art | The Artistic Whisk | The Reserve Vintage Rentals | Hilton Clearwater Beach

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Historic Elegance Meets Modern Chic White and Gold South Tampa Wedding | The Orlo

Planning for their celebration of 140 guests, Amanda and Brad were strategic when it came to getting the most bang for their buck and chose a rental and decor company that could transform their wedding venue.

Kate Ryan Event Rentals provided our tables, linens, chairs, draping, bars, and tabletop rentals, which we got to see all in person. The beauty of getting to see everything is being able to feel the textures of the linens and see the sequins, stitches, and designs up close. Not only that, but Kristin spent hours with us designing different place settings before we settled on the perfect one,” Amanda gushed. “Having everything in one place made it so easy to see exactly what our design would look like on our wedding day. Working with Kristin also played a huge role in flipping our ceremony space to our reception space. She worked so hard with our event coordinator, Jennifer, the night before the wedding and the day of to ensure that everything was perfect!”

Classic Neutral Wedding Reception Decor, Long Feasting Table with White Linen, Clear Glass and Gold Rimmed Charger, Gold Silverware, Low Gold Vase with Greenery and Ivory Floral Centerpieces, Gold Mercury Candles | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studio | Wedding Rentals Kate Ryan Event Rentals

Lifelong Photography Studio | Kate Ryan Event Rentals | Tailored Twig | The Orlo | Bourbon and Blush Events

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French Bulldog Inspired Tampa Heights Wedding | Armature Works

The Florida natives imagined their special day with 127 guests to be the perfect reflection of their love for each other and their undying love for their French Bulldog, Lilo, a.k.a the star of their celebration.

“The true love of our lives is our sweet French Bulldog, Lilo. She is spunky and sweet and was about nine months old at the time of our wedding. We had to include her in any way shape or form,” the bride gushed. “I got a little illustration of her made and it kind of became our little wedding logo. She was on our seating chart, cocktail napkins, koozies, and our bar were named after her. She also made a little cameo in our photos with the help of FairyTail Pet Care! She was definitely the highlight of our wedding getting to see her in between our ceremony and reception put a smile on everyone’s face!”

Florida Bride and Smiling French Bulldog, White Rose Dog Collar with Greenery | Tampa Bay Wedding Pet Planner FairyTail Pet Care

Regina as the Photographer | FairyTail Pet Care | Armature Works

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Elegant “Ballroom in a Barn” Inspired Rustic Wedding | Rafter J Ranch

Laci and Roger’s outdoor rustic Bradenton wedding found the most magical ways to incorporate a little bit of country and a whole lot of glam.

“Our wedding could be described as ‘ballroom in a barn,'” the bride beamed. “I grew up in orange groves with cattle, but I really love pink and diamonds. Since we were going for a romantic yet rustic ambiance, we chose a color palette of pink and white to tie everything together.”

Rustic Chic Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Decor, Wooden Door Entry with White Hydrangeas, Blush Pink Roses and Greenery Floral Arrangement | Tampa Wedding Venue Rafter J Ranch | Wedding Planner Kelly Kennedy Weddings and Events

LoveView Weddings | Kelly Kennedy Weddings and Events | Rafter J Ranch

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Whimsical Art Deco Meets Tropical Wedding Inspiration | Centre Club

Tampa wedding planner and designer John Campbell of John Campell Weddings created a unique wedding style for this tropical meets art deco wedding inspiration shoot at the Centre Club.

Designing a look that was more of an updated art-deco vibe rather than Gatsby, the planning team incorporated accent draping that enhanced the swanky ambiance of the ceremony and reception space and minimalistic ghost chairs and velvet table linens from rental company Gabro Event Services, while Tampa wedding decor and rental company, Kate Ryan Event Rentals set the mood with gorgeous tabletop rentals. The gold-rimmed glasses were the perfect complement to the glass chargers and gold silverware.

“There were so many marine elements: views of the bay, driftwood installations, and a beautiful color palette of muted blues. It was kind of an ‘Aha!’ moment at that point: an updated art deco look with a monochromatic blue color palette and heavy tropical foliage,” John gushed.

Whimsical Unique Tropical Wedding Reception Decor, Round Tables with Midnight Blue Linen, Tall Gold Candlesticks with Blue Candles, Tall Gold Geometric Stands with White Roses, Blue Monstera and Palm Tree Leaves and Feathers and Ghost Chair Seating | Tampa Wedding Chair Rentals Gabro Event Services | Velvet Navy Blue Table Linens Kate Ryan Event Rentals | Wedding Photographer Carrie Wildes Photography | Wedding Planner and Florist John Campbell Weddings | Tampa Wedding Venue Centre Club

Carrie Wildes Photography | John Campbell Weddings | Gabro Event Services | Kate Ryan Event Rentals | Centre Club

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“Puppy Love” Dog Inspired Wedding | NOVA 535

The navy blue, emerald green and magenta color palette popped against the lush bamboo garden at downtown St. Pete wedding venue NOVA 535.

“I integrated wooden elements and gold metallics to add texture variations to the moody jewel-toned color palette. The colors and textures were chosen to compliment the natural space of the venue while portraying a luxurious design,” the planner shared. “NOVA 535’s charming courtyard set the tone of the shoot with its natural components of lush greenery, exposed brick, and towering bamboo walls. The atmosphere was an ideal setting to bring a chic bohemian feeling to life while giving adorable puppies ample space to roam and explore.”

Wedding Reception Decor, Long Wooden Table with Velvet Blue Pillows, Blue Table Runner and Linens, Pale Blue Plates, Gold Silverware, Small and Tall Gold Candlesticks, Greenery Garland, Pink, Blue, and Red Low Floral Centerpieces, Bamboo Garden Backdrop | St. Pete Wedding Venue NOVA 535 | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Caroline and Evan Photography | Florist Monarch Events and Design | Designer and Planner Southern Weddings and Events | Rentals A Chair Affair

Caroline & Evan Photography | Kemari Lyn Films | Southern Glam Weddings & Events | Monarch Events And Design | A Chair Affair | Outside of the Box Event Rentals | NOVA 535

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Whimsical Cranberry, Blue and Gold Outdoor Plant City Wedding | Kathleen’s Garden

Envisioning a gorgeous naked cake with fresh florals, the couple turned to iconic Tampa Bay bakery Alessi Bakeries to turn their vision into a reality.

“Since we were nearly halfway across the world, I really wanted vendors that were experienced and trustworthy,” the bride shared. “Alessi Bakeries was a recommended vendor of our venue, and they did not disappoint! They were wonderful to work with, and the entire process was seamless.”

Two Tier White and Burgundy Wedding Cake with Real White, Pink, Yellow and Magenta Floral Decor, Custom Cake Topper | Tampa Wedding Baker Alessi Bakeries

Life’s Highlights | Alessi Bakeries | Kathleen’s Garden

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Timeless Greenery and Ivory, Rustic-Chic Dade City Wedding | Covington Farm

Ashley and Randy’s magical outdoor Dade City wedding came to life in a Georgia-inspired setting. The Clearwater couple’s celebration perfectly embodied sweet country charm, as the bride wore a chic yet modern lace dress, while her groom wore blue-jeans and boots, reflecting their personalities for a laid-back wedding.

“I wanted country, but elegant⁠, sort of a country-chic ambiance,” the bride shared. “I love color, but I didn’t want to look back and have regrets in ten years for doing something that was trendy. We stuck with a more traditional feel and added lots and lots of greenery with white florals.”

Rustic Country Chic Wedding Reception Decor, Purple Uplighting, Long Wooden Feasting Table with White Table Runner, Greenery Garland, Gold Candlesticks, Tall Gold Stand with Ivory, White, and Greenery Floral Arrangement Centerpiece | Tampa Bay Wedding Florist Bruce Wayne Florals | Luxury Wedding Planner Parties A'La Carte | Over the Top Rental Linens

Corey Conroy Photography | Parties A’La Carte | Bruce Wayne Florals | Gabro Event Services | Over the Top Rental Linens | Covington Farm

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Elegant Red and Gold Downtown Tampa Wedding | Tampa Marriott Water Street

Ashley and Nick’s downtown Tampa wedding didn’t skip a beat when it came to capturing their vision of laid-back Florida elegance with a romantic color palette of navy blue, mulberry, blush pink.

“Since we had a lot of family and friends traveling from out of state for our wedding, we really wanted it to feel like a vacation for them. Everything we chose, from our venue to our entertainment, was selected to ensure our guests would experience the perfect Florida weekend getaway,” the bride beamed.

Looking for a wedding baker who could create a delicious tasting cake with a modern look, Ashley and Nick turned to The Artistic Whisk for their unmatched expertise and passion.

“Nick loves chocolate, but I also wanted something unique and fall-flavored. We opted for two different cake flavors, classic chocolate and strawberry, and a more fall-inspired cinnamon flavor,” the bride shared. “We chose to have a watercolor type cake that matched our invitations and color scheme based on an inspiration photo we found. We also wanted to have our dogs incorporated into our day somehow and were able to work them into the cake design.”

Five Tier White, Gold Painted, Pink Marble Wedding Cake with Gold Geometric Vase and Real Flowers Tier, Custom Cake Topper | Tampa Bay Wedding Cake Baker The Artistic WhiskRichard Harrell Photography | Kemari Lyn Films | Special Moment Event Planning | The Artistic Whisk | Tampa Marriott Water Street

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Classic Champagne, Gold, and Blush Pink Downtown Tampa Wedding | Armature Works

Roxy and Robert’s downtown Tampa wedding embodied classic elegance with timeless decor and stunning details. Selecting a color palette of champagne, gold, and blush pink, the bride and groom snuck in some playful personal touches with a doughnut wall and their favorite craft beer on tap.

Fun Wedding Dessert Table with Blush Pink Linen, White Display Board with Mini Donut Wall, Gold Love Sign, Two Tier White Wedding Cake | Photographer Kera Photography | Tampa Industrial Wedding Venue Armature Works | Planner Kelly Kennedy Weddings and EventsKéra Photography | Kelly Kennedy Weddings & Events | Armature Works

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Whimsical Art Deco Meets Tropical Wedding Inspiration | Centre Club

Complementing an art-deco vibe with a hint of Gatsby, Sweetly Dipped Confections created an ombre-effect cake pop wedding cake, adding to the whimsical atmosphere of this unique wedding decor.

Unique Whimsical Ombre Blue with Gold Accent Three Tier Cake Pop Cake and Bride and Groom Cake Pop Topper | Wedding Cake Pops and Desserts Sweetly Dipped Confections | Wedding Photographer Carrie Wildes Photography | Tampa Wedding Planner John Campbell Weddings

Carrie Wildes Photography | John Campbell Weddings | Gabro Event Services | Kate Ryan Event Rentals | Sweetly Dipped Confections | Centre Club

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MEET THE EDITOR

Marry Me Tampa Bay editor, Anna Coats, created Marry Me Tampa Bay in 2012 to showcase the area's best local weddings and vendors. She has been featured as a wedding expert on the national talkshow Daytime, Fox13, ABC Action News, Great Day Tampa Bay, and Bay News 9 (now Spectrum).

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Avila Golf & Country Club

Florida Rustic Barn Weddings

The Vault

The Godfrey Hotel

Renaissance Tampa International Plaza

Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach

Red Mesa Events

Kera Photography

Lifelong Photography Studio

Creative Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait with Veil Blowing in Wind | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studio

Carrie Wildes Photography

dewitt for love

Modern Dramatic Unique Asymmetrical Red Wedding Bridal Bouquet with Ranunculus Tulips Protea Roses Anemone and Amaryllis | Dewitt for Love Photography

Breezin’ Weddings

Florida Bride and Groom Romantic Portrait Under Whimsical and Lush Circular Floral Arch with Pampas Grass, White and Blush Pink Roses, Hydrangeas and Greenery, Bride in Full Length Veil | Tampa Wedding Planner Breezin' Weddings | Wedding Dress Isabel O'Neil Bridal | Wedding Hair Femme Akoi | Waterfront Wedding Venue Tampa Yacht and Country Club

Coastal Coordinating

UNIQUE Weddings & Events

Parties a la Carte

Special Moments Event Planning

Modern, Garden Inspired Wedding Decor, Blush Pink Floral Wall and White Draping, Gazebo, Outdoor Dance Floor, Long Feasting Tables. Rose Gold Chiavari Chairs, Floral Curly Willow Arches | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner Special Moments Event Planning | Tampa Bay Wedding Florist Gabro Event Services | Tampa Bay Wedding Rentals A Chair Affair

Bruce Wayne Florals

Truly Forever Bridal

Michele Renee The Studio

Elite Events Catering

Tastes of Tampa Bay

Graingertainment

Longboat Key Club

Beso Del Sol

Isla del Sol Yacht & Country Club

The Poynter Institute

The Don CeSar Hotel

Hotel Zamora

Postcard Inn

The Mahaffey Theater

Hotel Alba

Bayou Club

Kemari Lyn Films

amber mcwhorter photography

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Luxe Light Images

Gulf Beach Weddings

Elope Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay Wedding Elopement Planning | Elope Tampa Bay

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Tampa Bay Wedding Planner EventFull Weddings

Monarch Events And Design

Cascade Bridal Bouquet with White and Blush Pink Roses and Ranunculus, White Astilbe, Ivory Stock, Greenery and Eucalyptus | Tampa Wedding Florist Monarch Events and Design

Lynn’s Catering

Amici’s Catered Cuisine

Sweetly Dipped Confections

Nikki’s Glitz and Glam Boutique

Tropical Boho Bride and Groom Excited After Exchanging Vows, Bride in Flowy Deep V Neck Wedding Dress, Colorful Floral Arrangements | Tampa Bay Wedding Venue The Godfrey | Wedding Planner Elope Tampa Bay | Wedding Florist Brides N Blooms | Wedding Dress Nikki's Glitz and Glam | Wedding Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi Beauty Studio | Amber McWhorter Photography

Bella Bridesmaid

A&P Designs

Bay Kings Band

Grant Hemond & Associates

breezin' entertainment

St. Petersburg Wedding DJ Breezin' Entertainment

A Chair Affair

outside the box

Tampa Bay Bride and Groom Cheers in front of Champagne Wall, Greenery Boxwood Bubbly Wall Rental, Bride Holding Vibrant Jewel Toned Floral Bouquet with Bright Pink Roses, Ivory, Purple, and Blue Flowers | Florida Wedding Planner Breezin' Weddings | South Tampa Outside The Box Event Rentals