Champagne, Gold, Ivory Downtown St. Pete Wedding | The Birchwood

Downtown St. Pete Wedding | Birchwood Wedding

Barbara and Tony’s downtown St. Pete wedding featured a fully draped hotel ballroom, tall centerpieces in crystal candelabras and a champagne, gold and ivory color palette.

“The entire theme was based on my wedding dress. My dress was ivory and silver with Swarovski crystals covering it,” the bride shared. “We wanted a traditional theme with a few modern touches. I showed my wedding dress to the design team, and the vision started there.”

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With a team of designers and wedding planner in place, the Tampa couple focused on creating an enchanting evening for their 170 wedding guests.

“We spared no expense at our age in life. We went over the top to make everything incredibly beautiful and unique,” Barbara beamed. “The feel of our reception was most important to us: the music, lighting, location, great cocktail hour on the roof and beautiful custom altar, it needed to feel like a fairytale. Every person that we know has told us that they have never been to such an incredible wedding.”

On the referral of their trusted wedding vendors, the pair hired St. Petersburg wedding photographer Limelight Photography.

“We are in our fifties and are not educated on the new trends, styles of photography and the way photo packages work, so we took the recommendation of [our florist and designer] and hired Limelight Photography,” the bride explained. “When we visited Limelight’s studio, we immediately knew. It was so obvious by their studio displays that they had great attention to detail like we do. They were amazing!”

Looking back, some of Barbara’s most memorable moments occurred at the start of her wedding ceremony and at the end of the night.

“The walk down the aisle was one of my favorite memories. It was orchestrated with live music and a soloist performed the song From This Moment On by Shania Twain. My brother walked me part of the way, then he stopped, and I finished the aisle alone as a mature woman,” the bride reminisced. “At the reception, Tony surprised me with the “Pike Dream Girl” fraternity song (He is a Pi Kappa Alpha Florida State University alumni). They all came from behind me, formed a triangle on the floor and proceeded to sing the dream girl song and present me with a plaque to be an official dream girl of Pi Kappa Alpha.”

Downtown St. Pete Harbor | Downtown Tampa Wedding Photography by Limelight Photography

Ivory and Gold Wedding Invitation Suite with Monogram on Ivory Linen with Black Text | Downtown St. Petersburg Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

Formal Ivory and Gold Wedding Invitation with Monogram on Ivory Linen with Black Text | Downtown St. Petersburg Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

White Orchid and Rose Boutonnieres with Grey Brunia Berries | St. Petersburg Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

Gold Rolex with Gold and Diamond Cufflinks Groom Wedding Accessories Wedding Portrait | Luxury Groom Gifts | St. Pete Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

Black Tuxedo with Black Vest and Bowtie and Orchid Boutonniere | St. Pete Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

Bride's Letter to the Groom Card Wedding Portrait | St Petersburg Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

Bridal Channel Set Diamond Wedding Band and Princess Cut Halo Engagement Ring Portrait with Pink Roses | Downtown St. Pete Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

Bridal Jewelry: Blue Nile Emerald and Diamond Stud Earrings with Pearl Necklace and Engagement Wedding Ring | St. Petersburg FL Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

Allure Couture Sweetheart Fit and Flare Wedding Dress with Swarovski Crystals and Cathedral Train | Bridal Getting Ready Details Wedding Portrait | St Pete Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

Indoor Wedding Ceremony with Large Manzanita Trees, Rose Floral Arrangements and Rose-Lined Altar with White Pipe and Drape | St. Petersburg Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

Traditional, Indoor Wedding Ceremony with Large Manzanita Trees, Rose Floral Arrangements and Rose-Lined Altar | St. Petersburg Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

Bridal Wedding Portrait in Allure Couture Swarovski Crystal Sweetheart Mermaid Wedding Dress with Ivory Rose Wedding Bouquet | St. Petersburg FL Wedding Photography Limelight Photography

Downtown St. Petersburg Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait in Black Tuxedo and Ivory and Silver Allure Couture Wedding Dress with Ivory Floral Wedding Bouquet at St. Pete Wedding Venue The Birchwood | Photography by Limelight Photography

The Proposal:
We had a spontaneous trip to the One and Only Ocean Club in the Bahamas for Valentine’s Day weekend. Tony had always told me that he would never propose on a holiday; it was too cliché, so I did not expect anything. He pretended to ask the chef at the Dune Restaurant to create a special dessert for Valentine’s dinner as soon as we checked into the hotel. After dinner, the server brought out our “dessert” covered by white porcelain lids. Before Tony could speak, the server goofed and pulled the lid off of my dessert to reveal the most beautiful diamond ring that I had ever seen! As I cried and was practically hyperventilating, Tony said, “Barbara, will you marry me?” I, of course, said “Yes.” Spontaneously, fireworks were set off in the ocean from a floating barge that we could see from our window. It was unbelievably romantic!

Tony and I found each other after a tragic ending to long-term marriages with children. Who knew that our best chapter of lives has just begun at this age?!
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Traditional Wedding Reception with Centerpieces of Pink and Ivory Roses and Orchids on Custom Lace Table Linens | Specialty Linens by Over The Top Linens | Glassware and China by A Chair Affair | St. Petersburg Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

How would you describe your theme? 
The entire theme was based on my wedding dress. My dress was ivory and silver with Swarovski crystals covering it. We wanted a traditional theme with a few modern touches. I showed my wedding dress to the design team from ConceptBAIT, and the vision started there.

What were your colors?
Champagne, gold, ivory and mint green with a lot of white lilies and roses.

Orchid Flower Wedding Head Table Centerpieces with Candles on Champagne Specialty Linens at Downtown St. Petersburg Wedding Venue The Birchwood | Linen Rentals by Over The Top Linens | Photography by Limelight Photography

Cascading Orchid Wedding Head Table Centerpieces with Candles on Champagne Specialty Linens | St. Petersburg Linen Rentals by Over The Top Linens | Photography by Limelight Photography

Tall White Hydrangea and Pink Rose Wedding Centerpiece Flowers in Crystal Candelabra Vase | St. Petersburg Linen Rentals by Over The Top Linens | Glassware, China and Flatware by A Chair Affair | Photography by Limelight Photography

Gold and Ivory Wedding Reception Table Decor with Gold Chargers, Gold Satin Napkins and Tall Wedding Centerpieces on Custom Lace Linens | St. Petersburg Linen Rentals by Over The Top Linens | Glassware, China and Flatware by A Chair Affair | Photography by Limelight Photography

Gold and Ivory Wedding Reception with Gold Chargers, Gold Satin Napkins and Tall Wedding Centerpieces with Pink and Ivory Roses | St. Petersburg Linen Rentals by Over The Top Linens | Glassware, China and Flatware by A Chair Affair | Photography by Limelight Photography

What was the inspiration for your linens?
My wedding gown was the inspiration. We wanted different linens instead of what the venue provided, so [my designer and planner] gave us a presentation, and we loved the lace table linens custom made for us.

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Over The Top Rental Linens created gorgeous custom made lace table clothes to coordinate with my dress.

Elegant Gold and Ivory Wedding Reception with Gold Chargers, Gold Satin Napkins and Crystal Chandelier Centerpieces with Pink and Ivory Roses | St. Petersburg Linen Rentals by Over The Top Linens | Glassware, China and Flatware by A Chair Affair | Photography by Limelight Photography

Traditional Ivory Wedding Reception with Five Tier Ivory and Gold Round Wedding Cake at Downtown St. Petersburg Wedding Venue The Birchwood | Photography by Limelight Photography | Custom Lace Linens by Over The Top Linens

Five Tier Round Ivory and Gold Wedding Cake with Ivory Roses on Brass Cake Stand and Specialty Linen | St. Petersburg Wedding Linen Rentals by Over The Top Linens | St. Pete Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

Traditional Wedding Reception with Five Tier Ivory and Gold Round Wedding Cake | St. Petersburg Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography | Custom Lace Linens by Over The Top Linens

What did you look for in a wedding photographer?
We are in our fifties and are not educated on the new trends, styles of photography and the way photo packages work, so we took the recommendation of [our florist and designer] and hired Limelight Photography. When we visited their studio, we immediately knew. It was so obvious by their studio displays that they had great attention to detail like we do. They were amazing!

Bride and Groom First Dance on Wedding Day Portrait by Downtown St. Pete Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay Brides?
Use a good wedding planner; they are worth their weight in gold. Pick your guests carefully and only include people who truly love and support you. Spend extra time on the music; pick your songs carefully. Flowers are worth the investment; they look so pretty in photos. Make your guests comfortable for the weekend and take your time to find the perfect gown. Pay attention to the venue. It can set the tone for your entire wedding. Lastly, the groom should be just as involved in the planning as the bride!

Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Birchwood *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Photographer: Limelight Photography
Videographer: Voila Cinematic
Planner: Sandy Rule Events
Design & Florist: ConceptBAIT
Caterer: The Birchwood
Linen Rentals: Over the Top Rental Linens *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Glassware, China and Flatware: A Chair Affair *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Lounge Furnishings and Bar: 
AFR Event Furnishings
Uplighting and Confetti Canon:
Bay Stage Live
Cake: Chocolate Pi
Band: DeLeon Entertainment
Officiant: Sixto Ward
Invitations: UrbanCoast
Transportation: Empire CLS
Dress: Allure Couture
Bridesmaid Dresses: Nordstrom
Hair & Makeup: Rachel Artistry




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