“Best of” 2021 Wedding Receptions: Part 2

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“The wedding inspo was tropical, bohemian, funky, and bold. Initially, we were going to do all white and green with pops of blush, but one day I was talking to our wedding planner, and I said ‘Would It be totally crazy if we did something different with the flowers? Instead of green and white, we do all of the colors?’ Then, with the inclusion of a tropical explosion color palette, we were able to play with everything having a funkier, less formal vibe. Capturing the beach vibes with the colors was a major pivot about two months out, and we were so happy we did! Our wedding palette was a tropical explosion, orange, pink, red, yellow, green, all of the vibrant tropical colors. Even though this is where we live, we wanted this to be like a destination wedding for our guests.” -The Bride

*Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pros:
Photographer: Amber McWhorter Photography
Planner: Wilder Mind Events
Rentals: Kate Ryan Event Rentals
Hair & Makeup: Femme Akoi Beauty Studio
Photobooth: The Gala Photobooth
Rehearsal Dinner: Red Mesa Cantina

Ceremony and Reception Venue: St. Pete Pier, Spa Beach Park | Videographer: Martin Media Productions | Florist: Save the Date Florida | Caterer: Good Food Events + Catering | Neon Sign: Posy Exchange | Cake: Publix | Grooms Cake: Mazzaro’s Italian Market | Band: Bay Kings Band | Officiant: Anthony Trucks | Invitations: Invitations by Whitney | Transportation: Clearwater Jolley Trolley | Dress Shop and Designer: Showpo | Shoe Designer: Dolce Vita

“I wanted soft romance with our colors, candles, and natural wood everywhere and letting the natural beauty of the venue shine through. My dream color palette was always blush pink, light grey, and greenery, with romance everywhere. I am obsessed with pink, and they felt so natural and romantic and truly just spoke to me. We looked specifically for a barn wedding venue that felt like you were transported out of Florida! The whole experience of the wedding was very unique, not many of my friends or family had ever been to a barn wedding. We incorporated our personalities into our wedding with small details everywhere you looked. We wanted our guests to be reminded. ‘Oh hey, we’re at Zach and Megan’s wedding!’ Our signature drink was named after our cat, ‘The Jameson.’ We also had signature cocktail cups and koozies. We incorporated a wine ritual into our ceremony since we are both winos! We tried to incorporate little details everywhere from being greeted by a champagne wall the moment guests got off the bus to #knechted hashtag signs (a play on our last name) on display.” -The Bride

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

Photographer: Rabecca Cruz Photography | Videographer: KEJ Productions | Planner & DJ: Crown Entertainment | Florist: Petals Presents and Parties | Caterer: Catering By The Family | Linens: Connie Duglin Specialty Linen | Champagne Wall: Tipsy Tampa Bartender & Events | Cake: Farmhouse Cakes | Officiant: Rev Scott Lortz Weddings & Wellness | Invitations: Zazzle | Transportation: Tampa Limo Service – Network Transportation Solutions | Dress Shop: Stephanie Leigh Bridal | Dress Designer: Stella York | Shoe Designer: JIMMY CHOO | Bridesmaid Dress Shop: Birdy Grey | Hair & Makeup: Bombshell Beauty | Rehearsal Dinner: Hyatt Place

“Inspired by the venue, we honored the building’s historical significance to Tampa and to Ybor City by choosing a Cuban-themed photo shoot. We wanted an Old Havana Cuban feel but with a more formal twist consistent with the building’s architecture and interior. We used tropical florals in peach and pinks and a lot of tropical greenery. Gold was used for accents to compliment all of the gold chandeliers.” -Karen Cerboni, EventFull Weddings

*Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pros:
Planner: EventFull Weddings
Photographer: Amanda Zabrocki Photography
Rentals: A Chair Affair, Inc.
Rentals: Gabro Event Services
Hair and Makeup: Adore Bridal Hair and Makeup

Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Cuban Club | Videographer: Only Wave, LLC | Florists/Decor: Save the Date Florida | Invitations: Bloomish Designs | Rentals: ADR Decor, Johnson Plant Rental | Cakes & Dessert: Willow Wisp Cakes | Dessert: The Frozen Tricycle | Bar: Mimosa Mavens | DJ/Band & Live Entertainment: Bay Kings Band | Attire: The Dressing Room – St Pete | Cigars: Long Ash Cigars

“Our wedding theme was classic and elegant, a modern fairytale. It was very romantic. My favorite color is hunter green, and my husband and I love gold. I’ve been planning our wedding for years and had always known I wanted dark greens, whites, and a gold color scheme! We love to go all out in all aspects of our life, so we had to do it big and over the top for our big day! It was all about the florals for me. I wanted all white flowers with lots and lots of greenery. That was what we were most excited about.” -The Bride

*Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pros:
Planner: Parties A’ La Carte
Florist: BRUCE WAYNE florals
Tables, Chairs, Flatware, Charger Rental: A Chair Affair, Inc.
Draping: Gabro Event Services
Cake: The Artistic Whisk, LLC

Ceremony Venue: St. Jude’s Cathedral | Reception Venue and Caterer: The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club | Photographer: Photography by Avery | Videographer: Voila Cinematic | Chairs and Dance Floor: Fiestas Solutions Party Rental | Entertainment: Matt Winter Band | Invitations: URBANcoast | Transportation: Network Limo | Rolls Royce: Ambassador Group | Bridesmaid Dress Shop: Kleinfeld Bridal | Hair & Makeup: Lasting Luxe Hair and Makeup Artistry

“We are both very traditional, and some would say, old souls. We wanted everything to be classic and timeless. We love the beach, but we still wanted the wedding to be more elegant than casual. Everything came together to fit our vision of beachy elegance with classic and traditional elements. We chose white and gold colors with some sage-green accents.” -The Bride

*Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pros:
Photographer: Lifelong Photography Studio
Pet Planning: FairyTail Pet Care
Florist: Iza’s Flowers, Inc.
Rentals: Gabro Event Services
Hair and Makeup: Adore Bridal Hair and Makeup

Venue: Sandpearl Resort Clearwater Beach | Planner: Blue Skies Weddings and Events | Cake: A Piece of Cake & Desserts | Officiant: Rev Alex Gallimore, Bayshore Baptist Church | Invitations: Minted | Dress and Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal | Shoe Designer: Bella Belle Shoes | Rehearsal Dinner: Island Way Grill | Ice Sculpture: Tampa Bay Ice Sculptures And Fruit Carvings

“For our November sequel wedding, the theme was Florida! Rob and I are both born and raised Floridians and went to the University of Florida so we wanted to weave that heritage throughout our day. My girls wore Lilly, his guys wore Gator ties, and our florals all incorporated citrus and pinks, yellows, and oranges to celebrate our beautiful state!” -The Bride

*Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pros:
Wedding Pros: Planner: Coastal Coordinating
Caterer: Amici’s Catered Cuisine, Inc.
Hair & Makeup: Adore Bridal Hair and Makeup

Venue: Tampa River Center | Photographer: Katie Hauburger Photography | Videographer: LoveView Weddings | Florist: Mary Nell Chadsey Floral Design | Cake: Chantilly Cakes | DJ: Y? Entertainment | Officiant: Allan Smith | Invitations: Zola | Dress: Watters Too | Shoe Designer: Palm Beach Sandals | Bridesmaid Dress Shop and Designer: The Pink Palm, Lilly Pulitzer

“Our wedding was inspired by our love of the Hawaiian Islands and the culture that we portrayed in the décor and details of our wedding. We called it a ‘Vintage Aloha’ theme, focusing on organic textures such as bamboo and woven fabrics paired with greenery and the beautiful florals inspired by tropical destinations. Hawaii was a common denominator, so to incorporate how special this was for us really led us to pick a beach ceremony and seaside reception. Additional details that tied into the theme included leis flown in from Hawaii and coconut drinks personalized as escort cards. Our colors were inspired by tropical elements but also by my love of wine. The maid of honor’s dress and gentlemen’s tie were all versions of a merlot/burgundy color. We wanted the natural surrounding elements such as the sand, ocean, and palm trees to play a role in our décor and color inspiration,” ” -The Bride

*Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pros:
Venue and Caterer: Postcard Inn on the Beach
Photographer: Lifelong Photography Studio
Florist: Iza’s Flowers, Inc.

Videographer: Altar Ants Productions | Planner: Bride in partnership with Gabrielle Mourino | Furniture: Vivant | Cake: Publix | Ceremony Music: Teddy Brewer Acoustic | DJ: Tropical Sound Productions | Officiant: Bill Marsh (Father of Groom) | Dress Shop and Designer: Renee Austin | Hair & Makeup: Gabriela Nevarez, The Glamour Room Napa | Rehearsal Dinner: Hurricanes, Pass-A-Grille | Signage – Blush and Blooms Design | Branded Coconuts: Cocomotion

“I wanted unique and bold flowers that made our wedding feel unique and clean. I also wanted it to feel summery and effortless in all of the décor and details. Our colors were matte black, deep green, champagne, and white. I wanted our wedding to feel eclectic, casual, and original with timeless colors with a modern touch in the execution. Although our wedding was formal in many ways, we wanted to bring in our casual style to the day. From me wearing tennis shoes to having a Be Our Guest play as the food was served to the guests. We made things feel goofy and ‘us.’ There was even intention with the table design. I wanted it to feel eclectic, casual, and original. That is my style at home, and I wanted that to translate on the day!” -The Bride

Timeless Bride and Groom First Dance Wedding Reception Photo | Bradenton Wedding Venue The Concession Golf Course

*Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pros:
Ceremony and Reception Venue, Caterer, and Cake: The Concession Golf Club​

Photographer: Brianna Kim Photography​ | Planner and DJ: Crown Entertainment​ | Florist: Alyssa Maldonado Design​ | Rentals: So Staged Event Design + Rentals + Rentals​ & US Tent Rental​ | Officiant: John Hoffman | Invitations: Created on Canva – Printed through Zola​ | Dress Shop and Designer: a&bé bridal shop ​| Shoe Designer: Grace Loves Lace​ | Bridesmaid Dress Shop and Designer: Show Me Your Mumu​ | Makeup: Krista Worth Beauty​ | Hair: Katie Dion | Rehearsal Dinner: Oak & Stone

“We love it living on the gulf coast of Florida and couldn’t have found a more beautiful location for our wedding. Our inspiration for the wedding was classic and timeless white and blues with southern and Florida touches. I wanted the wedding design to complement the natural backdrop of our venue. The most important elements of the wedding for us were great food and amazing music. It was the first time since we moved away four years ago that we had both of our families and all of our friends together, so we wanted the entire weekend to feel like one giant party! We truly never wanted the weekend to end.”

*Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pros
Ceremony, Reception Venue, and Caterer: The Resort at Longboat Key Club

Photographer: Hunter Ryan Photo | Videographer: Wild Light Films | Planner: NK Productions Wedding Planning | Florist: Victoria Blooms, LLC | Rentals: So Staged Event Design + Rentals, US Tent Rental, BBJ Linen, The Treasury Rentals | Cake: Cakes by Ron | Band: C’Nergy Band | Ceremony Violin: SRQ Violinist – Matt Dendy | Officiant: Danny Bilyeu | Invitations: Gingerly Design Co. | Transportation: SRQ Trolley | Dress Shop: Calvet Couture Sarasota | Dress Designer: Pronovias | Shoe Designer: Loeffler Randall | Bridesmaid Dress Shop and Designer: Birdy Grey | Hair & Makeup: Brides by Kelly Anne + Co | Welcome party: Mandeville Beer Garden Sarasota, Fl | Day of Paper and Signage: Andi Mejia + Co

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About the Author

Anna Coats

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 talk show Daytime, Fox13, ABC Action News, Great Day Tampa Bay, and Bay News 9 (now Spectrum).

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