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“Best of” 2021 Wedding Receptions: Part 1

Downtown St. Pete Boho Picnic Elopement | Wild Roots

“The theme was boho and free-spirited. We wanted to stick with a more neutral palette with lots of greenery to not take away from all of the plants and nature existing at the venue. We had so much fun designing a boho picnic for our couple to enjoy after the ceremony. A picnic is such a unique and fun way to celebrate after your elopement or intimate wedding.” – Emily and Melanie, Elope Tampa Bay

*Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pros:
Planner: Elope Tampa Bay
Photographer: Amber McWhorter Photography
Pastry Chef: The Artistic Whisk, LLC
Wood Chargers and Rose Gold Flatware: Kate Ryan Event Rentals

Venue: Wild Roots| Florist: Cotton & Magnolia | Hair and Makeup: Glow by Natalia Barlow | Dress: The Kindred Soul | Picnic: Brown Sugar Event Co.

Modern Tropical Green and White St. Pete Wedding | NOVA 535

“Our theme was tropical and natural, sultry and romantic, and lush and moody, with a hint of boho in our furniture rentals. We have always loved tropical greenery and felt like it was a timeless look that we could always look back on still be in love with. We actually chose to do no colors and neutrals only, aside from the tropical greenery in our florals. We went for champagne and cream for linens with gold accents and literally no actual flowers, just greenery only!” -The Bride

*Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pros:
Reception Venue: NOVA 535
Rehearsal Dinner: The Hotel Zamora

Ceremony Planner and Florist: Tide the Knot Beach Weddings | Photographer: Ashlee Hamon Photography | Wedding Planner: Everlasting Affair, LLC | Florist: Wonderland Floral Art & Gift Loft | Mobile Caterers: Tampa Bay Food Trucks , Dochos Latin Bistro , The Melt Machine Gourmet Grilled Cheese Food Truck | Rentals: PKS Rentals INC , Inc, US Tent Rental , So Staged Event Design + Rentals, The Moody Groovy | Cake: Nothing Bundt Cakes – South Tampa, Publix | DJ: Jaey Pereira | Invitations: Minted | Transportation: J&D limousine LLC | Dress Shop and Designer: Isabel O'Neil Bridal Collection , Ines Di Santo | Shoe Designer: Schutz | Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Lulus | Hair & Makeup: Ashlee Ann hair and makeup artist | Live Entertainment: Luna Blue – Tampa Bay, FL rock cover band

Bridgerton-Inspired Victorian Wedding Inspiration | Covington Farm

“The theme of this shoot was whimsical Victorian. We wanted to showcase a wedding full of whimsy with colorful details and blooming florals. This was for the couples who are looking for that classical, old romance inspiration. Our color palette consisted of soft tones such as peach, pink, white, lavender, green, and gold. We wanted this to be colorful and playful but also quite delicate.” -Annah Tarallo, owner of Everlasting Affairs

*Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pros:
Venue: Covington Farm

Photographer: The Camera Crew | Videographer: Passenger Productions | Planner: Everlasting Affair, LLC | Set-up & Assistant Planner: Elevate Events | Florist: By The Bay Floral | Bartender: Fierce Vanity Bartending | Cakes/Desserts: Kristen Marie Cake, Mel's Desserts and Delights | Dresses/Suits: Arden Bridal & Boutique Tampa | Hair and Makeup: The Beauty Babe Studio | Dance Floor/Drapery: On The Move Productions | Linens: Fancy That Specialty Linens LLC | Ring Box: @The Velvet Garden Ring Box | Resinologist: The Resinologist | Candles: Aries Heat Candles | Stationery: Paper Majik Designs & Events | Picnic: The Picnic Social

Organic Meets Modern Opposites Attract Wedding Inspiration | Sal Y Mar Events

“The theme for this stylized shoot was ‘Opposites Attract.' After touring the new Sal Y Mar Events at the Aloft/Element hotel, I quickly realized that it was a ‘two brands under one roof' concept. The Element is more natural, organic, and spa-like. The color scheme combines light shades of blues and greens with neutral tones and natural wood. On the other hand, the Aloft is urban, high style, and whimsical. The color scheme combines blacks, silvers, and rich pops of color, such as royal blue, magenta, and mustard yellow. The juxtaposition of these two polar opposite styles inspired me to imagine a couple that is just as contrasted but is brought together by love,” -Staci Mandikas, wedding planner and designer of UNIQUE Weddings + Events

*Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pros:
Venue: Aloft Tampa Midtown | Element Tampa Midtown
Photographer/Videographer: Bonnie Newman Creative
Designer and Planner: Unique Weddings & Events
Floral and Decor: Monarch Events & Design
Musician: Breezin' Entertainment and Productions
Lighting, Music and Special Effects: Spark Wedding Events / Nature Coast Entertainment
Rentals (Furniture and Equipment): A Chair Affair, Inc.
Linens: Over The Top Rental Linens
Draping: Gabro Event Services
Cake: The Artistic Whisk, LLC
Wedding Dress: Truly Forever Bridal Tampa
Hair and Makeup: Adore Bridal Hair and Makeup
Jewelry Accessories: International Diamond Center
Pet Sitter: FairyTail Pet Care

Tuxedo Rental: Sacino's | Tabletop Rentals: The Treasury Rentals | Stationery: WeddingInvy | Models: Noah and Ali

Luxurious Classic Outdoor Wedding | The Concession Golf Club

“We love how versatile the Concession Golf Club is. It is just so stunning on its own that minimal decor is needed to create the most dreamy ceremony and reception space. The look was more romantic and elegant with white lace, pinks, and pops of blue!!” – Jessica Ralph, wedding planner and owner Parties A'la Carte

*Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pros:
Venue: The Concession Golf Club
Videography: Bonnie Newman Creative
Planner: Parties A' La Carte
Rentals: Kate Ryan Event Rentals

Photography: Photography by Avery | Florals & Design: MMD Events Paper: URBANcoast | Rentals: The Treasury Rentals | Linens: Nuage Designs, Inc. | Cake: Hands on Sweets | Dress: The White Magnolia Bridal Collection Tampa | Men’s Attire: Sacino's | Hair & Makeup: Lasting Luxe Hair and Makeup Artistry | Models: @noahandali & @_ryanvella

Romantic 1920’s Inspired South Tampa Wedding | The Anderson House

“The theme for this shoot was inspired by the art nouveau period of the early '20s. I chose it as soon as I walked into the venue for a tour. It’s consistent with the home's history and just felt perfect. The color palette was blush and lavender with a contrasting jewel-toned green. The pinks and lavenders lend themselves to the romantic feel I wanted and show along with the home's beautiful dark wood moldings and green walls.” -Karen Cerboni, EventFull Weddings

*Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pros:
Planner: EventFull Weddings
Rentals: Kate Ryan Event Rentals

Venue: Anderson House Tampa | Photographer: Nina Bashaw Photography | Videographer: The Picture of Love | Catering: SaltBlock Hospitality | Flowers: Jennie's Flowers | Cake: Hands on Sweets | Pianist: Sweet Caroline Entertainment| Pet Care: Furry Ventures Pet Care | Cigar Roller: Tampa Handmade Cigar | Acrylic Signs and Place Cards: @Blush and Blooms | Attire: All Brides 2 Be Tuxedo, Formalwear & Fashion Styling | Jewelry: Mavilo Wholesalers | Hair and Makeup: @Tampa Bay Beauty Team & Salon | Models: Will Doll, McKenzie Doll, Franklin Kinman, Paige Thompson

Black and White Modern Winter Inspired Wedding Shoot | White Rock Canyon

“This theme can be described as a Florida-inspired winter. I thought it would be a good idea to showcase that you can still have a very romantic and winter feel to your day, even if it's in a traditionally warm place. When I think of winter, I think of snow, so I wanted to create that feeling through our colors. I wanted the white to really pop and the black accent helped bring out that color even more.” -Delaney Driver, Wilder Mind Events

*Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pros:
Photographer: Amber McWhorter Photography
Planner: Wilder Mind Events
Pet Care: FairyTail Pet Care
Hair & Makeup: Femme Akoi Beauty Studio

Venue: White Rock Canyon | Videographer: Labif Filmhouse | Florals: Flower Child Florist | Cake: Farmhouse Cakes | Neon Sign: Posy Exchange | Tables/Chairs: Traditions Rentals | Tableware: Flock Decor | Linens: Elite Events & Rentals | Invitations/ Place Cards: MadWolfe Designs | Mobile Bar: The Tipsy Trotter Mobile Bar Co. | Attire: Nikki's Glitz and Glam Boutique | Jewelry: Marble & Moss

Wine Country Inspired South Tampa Wedding | Oxford Exchange

“Since we originally looked into wine country, that’s where a lot of the inspiration came in from, really rich, deep colors that would play off the landscape and keep in time with the season We had shades of cabernet, gold, sage green, cream, and little pops of pale pink and navy. Walking into the main dining room after the ceremony, I couldn’t hold in my excitement. The way it came together with the rentals and the colors…I wish I could keep it all forever!” -The Bride

*Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pros:
Planner: Winsor Event Studio
Rentals: Kate Ryan Event Rentals
DJ: Grant Hemond & Associates, Inc.
Florist: Botanica International Design Studio

Ceremony and Reception Venue and Caterer: Oxford Exchange | Photographer: Regina as The Photographer | Cake & Desserts: Publix | Officiant: @Pastor Wes Morris | Invitations: Minted | Dress Shop: The Perfect Dress of Sarasota Florida | Dress Designer: Essense of Australia | Shoe Designer: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaid Dress Shop and Designer: David's Bridal | Hair & Makeup: Beauty Brought Out | Rehearsal Dinner: American Social Tampa

Waterfront Pink Spring Tampa Wedding | Davis Islands Garden Club

“The main driving design factor for our wedding was it being spring; that really influenced our color palette. The flowers were the star of the show for me! I wanted some bright pops of color. We had bright pink peonies, hot pink garden roses, light pink Mondial roses, orange ranunculus, and cream ranunculus with greenery. They were the flowers straight out of my dreams! I will forever be swooning over them.” -The Bride

*Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pros:
Planner: Special Moments Event Planning
Rentals: Outside The Box Event Rentals
DJ: Grant Hemond & Associates, Inc.

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Davis Islands Garden Club | Photographer: Katie Hauburger Photography | Videographer: Torres Tribe Films | Florist: The Bride's Bouquet | Caterer: Delectables Fine Catering, Inc. | Cake: A Piece of Cake | Invitations: Minted | Transportation: Tampa Water Taxi Co. | Dress Shop and Designer: Ivory & Lace, Maggie Sottero | Shoe Designer: David's Bridal | Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Birdy Grey | Hair & Makeup: Sip & Dry Blow Bar | Rehearsal Dinner: Jackson’s Bistro | Letters: Realbigletters

Vibrant Pink and Gold Fairytale Wedding | The Don CeSar

“I grew up regularly going to Disney World. We didn’t want a traditional Disney wedding but still wanted to capture the enchanting and romantic feel of a fairytale wedding. The Don CeSar is known as “The Pink Palace,” so it was a perfect match. Our colors were pink and gold. The pink coordinated with the Don, and the gold was an accent color for some added elegance. We both love vibrant colors, so It was important to us to have a palette with a pop instead of the traditional neutral bridal palette.” -The Bride

*Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pros:
Ceremony and Reception Venue, Rehearsal Dinner: The Don CeSar
Planner: Parties A' La Carte
Florist: BRUCE WAYNE florals
Rentals: A Chair Affair, Inc.
Cake: The Artistic Whisk, LLC
Cocktail and Reception Entertainment: Grant Hemond & Associates, Inc.

Photographer: Photography by Avery | Videographer: Voila Cinematic | Linens: BBJ Linen | Ceremony Entertainment: Jade Strings | Officiant: Sensational Ceremonies West Coast FL | Invitations: The Messy Painter | Day of Stationery: URBANcoast | Dress: Maggie Sottero Designs | Shoe Designer: Bella Belle Shoes | Bridesmaid Dress Shop and Designer: BHLDN | Hair & Makeup: Lasting Luxe Hair and Makeup Artistry | Veil and bridal accessories (comb/earrings): Sara Gabriel

Quotes have been lightly edited for clarity and brevity.

Vendor Credits


Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pros

Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pros are highly respected by our local wedding community and have been personally vetted by our editor.

  • Modern, Simplistic Indoor Tampa Bay Wedding Ceremony, Downtown St. Petersburg Bride and Groom Exchange Vows With Exposed Brick Walls and Romantic String Lighting in Backdrop, White Draping, and Light Gobo of Custom Monogram | Florida Historic Wedding Venue NOVA 535 | St. Petersburg Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios
    NOVA 535 Unique Event Space
    Reception Venue
  • Covington Farm | Dade City Wedding and Event Venue
    Covington Farm
    Ceremony and Reception
  • Aloft-Element Tampa Midtown | New Tampa Bay Wedding Venue | Skydeck Terrace
    Sal Y Mar Rooftop Bar & Events Venue
    Ceremony and Reception
  • St Pete Beach Florida Wedding Venue Don CeSar | Lifelong Photography
    The Don CeSar Hotel
    Ceremony and Reception
  • St. Pete Beach Wedding Venue | Hotel Zamora | Blue Skies Events | Lifelong Photography
    The Hotel Zamora
    Rehearsal Dinner Venue
  • Classic Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Pergola and Lush Floral Arrangements | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner Parties A'la Carte | Wedding Rentals Kate Ryan Event Rentals | Bradenton Wedding Venue Concession Golf Club
    The Concession Golf Club
    Ceremony and Reception
  • Tampa Bay Wedding Videographer | Bonnie Newman Creative
    Mars and The Moon Films + Photos (Formerly Bonnie Newman Creative)
  • Modern Wedding Portrait Downtown St. Pete Wedding Photographer Amber McWhorter Photography
    Amber McWhorter Photography
  • Tampa Bay Boudoir Cinematographer and Photographer | Bonnie Newman Creative Boudoir
    Boudoir Videographer: Bonnie Newman Creative
  • Boho Neutral Styled Shoot | Bride in Vintage Lace Fringe Short Sleeve V Neckline Wedding Dress Groom in Blue Plaid Suit with Greenery Plants | Unique St. Pete Wedding Venue Wild Roots Nursery | Amber McWhorter Photography | Wedding Planner Elope Tampa Bay
    Elope Tampa Bay
  • Florida Bride and Groom Outside Tampa Bay Wedding Venue Rooftop 220 at Armature Works, Gold Arch with Colorful Moroccan Inspired Lush Flower Arrangements, Yellow, Pink Fuschia, Orange Roses and Greenery | Wedding Planner UNIQUE Weddings + Events | Wedding Rentals Kate Ryan Event Rentals
    Intimate Planner: UNIQUE Weddings + Events
  • Featured Planner: Parties A’La Carte
  • EventFull Weddings | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner
    Featured Planner: EventFull Weddings
  • Tampa Wedding and Event Planner Winsor Event Studio
    Winsor Event Studio
  • Modern Florida Bride and Groom on Dance Floor, Wearing Wearing White Mermaid Style Illusion Lace Couture Wedding Dress with Long Tulle Cape, Whimsical Garden Wedding Decor and Reception under Gazebo, Pink Floral Boxwood Wall, White Draping, Hanging Floral Arrangement, Long Feasting Tables. Rose Gold Chiavari Chairs, Floral Curly Willow Arches, Sweetheart Table with Ghost Acrylic Chairs, Outdoor Dance floor | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner Special Moments Event Planning | Tampa Bay Wedding Florist Gabro Event Services | Tampa Bay Wedding Rentals A Chair Affair | Tampa Bay Hair and Makeup Artists Femme Akoi | Tampa Bay Couture Wedding Dress Boutique Isabel O'Neil Bridal Collection
    Featured Planner: Special Moments Event Planning
  • Kate Ryan Event Rentals
    Kate Ryan Event Rentals
  • A Chair Affair Furniture Collections | Tampa, Central Florida Wedding and Event Rentals from A Chair Affair
    A Chair Affair Event Rentals
  • Tampa Wedding Linen Rental Company from Over the Top Rental Linens | Tampa Bay Wedding Linen Rental
    Over the Top Rental Linens
  • Florida Garden Bride and Bridesmaids Wedding Portrait, Bride in White Fit and Flare Wedding Dress, Bridesmaids in Mix and Match Long Mauve Dresses, Carrying White Floral Bouquet with Baby's Breath and Greenery | Tampa Bay Florist Monarch Events and Design
    Monarch Events and Design
  • Tampa Bay Wedding Florist | Bruce Wayne Florals
    Featured Wedding Florist: Bruce Wayne Florals
  • Botanica International Design Studio | Botanica Florist Tampa, FL
    Botanica International Design Studio
  • Breezin’ Entertainment
    DJ/Band & Live Entertainment
  • Grant Hemond & Associates
    DJ/Band & Live Entertainment
  • Brides Carrying Unique Floral Wedding Bouquets, Purple Hibiscus, Ivory Carnations, Baby's Breath Garland, Tropical Inspired, Garden Crescent Style Wedding Bouquet with Pink King Protea, Peach, White and Orange Florals with Greenery | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Truly Forever Bridal Shop Sarasota
    Truly Forever Bridal
    Dress and Bridesmaid Attire
  • Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait with Five Tiered Square Artistic Wedding Cake with Textured Design and Sugar Flower Accents by Tampa Wedding Bakery The Artistic Whisk
    The Artistic Whisk LLC
    Cakes & Dessert
  • Bride and Groom Rooftop Close Up Wedding Portrait | Adore Bridal Services
    Adore Bridal
    Hair & Makeup Artists
  • Bride in Wtoo by Watters Lace and Illusion Crepe Off the Shoulder Wedding Dress, Bridesmaids in Mix and Match Gray Dresses | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Kera Photography | Wedding Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi | St. Pete Pier Bridal Party Portrait
    Femme Akoi
    Hair & Makeup Artists
  • Florida Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait with Pets, Two Puppy Dogs Dressed in Tuxedos | Florida Wedding Pet Care Planner FairyTail Pet Care | Sarasota Wedding Planner | NK Productions Wedding Planning
    FairyTail Pet Care
    Pet Planning
  • International Diamond Center IDC Logo
    International Diamond Center