Classic Black and White Downtown St. Pete Wedding | NOVA 535
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Classic Black and White Downtown St. Pete Wedding | NOVA 535

Shelby and Keoni's timeless downtown St. Petersburg wedding was an elegant affair with delicate white flowers and greenery to make their simplistic black and white theme pop and bring the bride's dream to life.

“I wanted a very classy and simple theme. I decided to go with black and white because of how much we could do with it with so little. My entire house is black and white. I love the simplicity but also the boldness of it,” the bride revealed. “I am not super ‘girly' so I couldn’t see doing anything loud during this day.”

Reading Marry Me Tampa Bay's real wedding features and reviewing the preferred wedding vendor lists helped the bride select her venue, florist, hair and makeup artist, and officiant.

“I used Marry Me Tampa Bay multiple times, from wedding designs to vendors.  It helped me find these things last-minute and without the stress of knowing if the vendor is trusted or not,” Shelby shared.

The Tampa bride and groom chose St. Pete to host their 40 closest family and friends and immediately connected with historic NOVA 535. The downtown venue was a perfect fit for the couple as they wanted an event space with indoor and outdoor options and a unique character.

“[In a wedding venue, I looked for something] simple! I did not want to deal with decorations, and I wanted a venue that had the atmosphere already built in it,” the bride beamed. “NOVA 535 was actually the first venue I looked at, and I was completely hooked! The service was absolutely amazing. April was by far the best customer service I have ever had in my life.”

The pair selected Amber McWhorter Photography for their photo-journalistic style and to create everlasting memories by documenting the day as it unfolded.

“Amber was amazing! I just had family photos done. That’s how much I love her! She was very well organized, she got every photo I requested from her, with so much more!” the bride gushed. “I loved her natural photos! She captures such creative and meaningful photos. I knew she was the person I wanted from the beginning!”

The bride wore a plunging v-neck wedding dress with a chiffon skirt and added a bit of sparkle with a delicate belt. Her loose waves from Femme Akoi Beauty Studio were a change from her naturally curly hair. The groom wore a classic black suit and white tie to match his bride.

The couple and their guests danced the night away until they sent the couple off onto their honeymoon with a sparkler sendoff. Looking back, Shelby and Keoni were ecstatic to have a huge party with their closest loved ones.

“The dancing was one of the most memorable parts of the wedding. The DJ was perfect, and I loved how he played everything we requested. He worked with me to get the father/daughter dance down perfect,” Shelby reminisced. “I wanted everyone to feel comfortable and not feel out of place. We told people to come as you are, and we did not expect gifts. We simply wanted people to spend our special day together with us!”

Unique Tampa Bay Wedding Venue NOVA 535 in Downtown St. Petersburg, Modern Tropical Wedding
Classic Simple White Roses and Anemone Floral Bouquet | Tampa Bay Wedding Florist Save the Date Florida
Bride and Bridesmaids Wearing White and Blue with Pink Flowers Robes | St. Pete Wedding Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi Beauty Studio
Classic Simple Bride Holding All White Roses and Anemone Floral Bouquet | St. Pete Wedding Florist Save the Date Florist
Classic Bride with Neutral Makeup and Wavy Down Hair with Veil Blowing Wedding Beauty Portrait | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Amber McWhorter Photography | St. Pete Wedding Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi Beauty Studio

What were your wedding hair and makeup inspiration?

I changed my wedding hair the day of the wedding, but I wanted a natural look, and I wanted something different from my naturally curly hair.

I wanted something that would make my husband say WOW, which he did! Monica from Femme Akoi Beauty Studio worked her magic.

Simple Classic Wedding Ceremony Decor, Modern Black and White Unplugged Ceremony Welcome Sign
Simple Classic Outdoor Bamboo Courtyard Wedding Decor, Hanging Bistro Lights, Round Circular Gold Metal Arch with Lush White and Greenery Flowers | St. Pete Wedding Florist Save the Date Florist | Wedding Venue NOVA 535

What did you look for in a wedding venue?

Simple! I did not want to deal with decorations, and I wanted a venue that had the atmosphere already built in it.

NOVA 535 was actually the first venue I looked at, and I was completely hooked! The service was absolutely amazing. April was by far the best customer service I have ever had in my life.

Simple Classic Outdoor Bamboo Courtyard Wedding Decor, Hanging Bistro Lights, Round Circular Gold Metal Arch with Lush White and Greenery Flowers | St. Pete Wedding Florist Save the Date Florist | Wedding Venue NOVA 535
Simple Classic Outdoor Bamboo Courtyard Wedding Decor, Hanging Bistro Lights, Round Circular Gold Metal Arch with Lush White and Greenery Flowers | St. Pete Wedding Florist Save the Date Florist | Wedding Venue NOVA 535

The Proposal:
Keoni proposed a couple of weeks after I came back from deployment, on New Year's Eve on the Yacht StarShip cruise.

Where did you spend your honeymoon?
We spent the weekend at the Sandpearl in Clearwater; it's a favorite. We have not gone on our official honeymoon due to us both being military at the time.

Bride and Groom Exchanging Wedding Vows, Simple Classic Outdoor Bamboo Courtyard Wedding Decor, Groom Wearing All Black Tuxedo, Bridesmaid in Elegant Black Dress, Hanging Bistro Lights, Round Circular Gold Metal Arch with Lush White and Greenery Flowers | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Amber McWhorter Photography | St. Pete Wedding Florist Save the Date Florist | Wedding Venue NOVA 535 | Wedding Officiant Brandi Morris
Bride and Groom Exchanging Wedding Vows, Simple Classic Outdoor Bamboo Courtyard Wedding Decor, Groom Wearing All Black Tuxedo, Bridesmaid in Elegant Black Dress, Hanging Bistro Lights, Round Circular Gold Metal Arch with Lush White and Greenery Flowers | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Amber McWhorter Photography | St. Pete Wedding Florist Save the Date Florist | Wedding Venue NOVA 535 | Wedding Officiant Brandi Morris
Bride and Groom Exchanging Wedding Vows, Simple Classic Outdoor Bamboo Courtyard Wedding Decor, Groom Wearing All Black Tuxedo, Bridesmaid in Elegant Black Dress, Hanging Bistro Lights, Round Circular Gold Metal Arch with Lush White and Greenery Flowers | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Amber McWhorter Photography | St. Pete Wedding Florist Save the Date Florist | Wedding Venue NOVA 535 | Wedding Officiant Brandi Morris
Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait, Simple Classic Outdoor Bamboo Courtyard Wedding Decor, Hanging Bistro Lights, Round Circular Gold Metal Arch with Lush White and Greenery Flowers | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Amber McWhorter Photography | St. Pete Wedding Florist Save the Date Florist | Wedding Venue NOVA 535
Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait, Simple Classic Outdoor Bamboo Courtyard Wedding Decor, Hanging Bistro Lights, Round Circular Gold Metal Arch with Lush White and Greenery Flowers | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Amber McWhorter Photography | St. Pete Wedding Florist Save the Date Florist | Wedding Venue NOVA 535
Romantic Classic Bride and Groom Dancing in Bamboo Courtyard of Unique Downtown Tampa Wedding Venue NOVA 535 | Wedding Photographer Amber McWhorter Photograpy

What did you look for in a wedding photographer?

Amber McWhorter Photography was amazing! I just had family photos done. That’s how much I love her! She was very well organized, she got every photo I requested from her, with so much more! I loved her natural photos! She captures such creative and meaningful photos. I knew she was the person I wanted from the beginning!

Classic Simple Bride and Groom Wedding Outdoor Bamboo Courtyard Unique Downtown Tampa Wedding Venue NOVA 535 | Wedding Photographer Amber McWhorter Photography
Classic Simple Bride and Groom Wedding Outdoor Bamboo Courtyard Unique Downtown Tampa Wedding Venue NOVA 535 | Wedding Photographer Amber McWhorter Photography
Classic Simple Bride and Groom Wedding Outdoor Bamboo Courtyard Unique Downtown Tampa Wedding Venue NOVA 535 | Wedding Photographer Amber McWhorter Photography
Classic Simple Black and White Wedding Reception Decor, Brick Wall with Hanging Cardstock Seating Chart | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Amber McWhorter Photography
Simple Classic Black and White Wedding Reception Place Cards | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Amber McWhorter Photography
Classic Simple Black and White Wedding Reception Decor, Low White Hydrangeas Flower Centerpieces | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Amber McWhorter Photography | Wedding Florist Save the Date Florist
Simple Classic Black and White Wedding Reception Decor, Sweetheart Table with Red Brick Wall Backdrop and Hanging Lights | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Amber McWhorter Photography | Unique Industrial Wedding Venue NOVA 535

How would you describe your theme/wedding design inspiration?
I wanted a very classy and simple theme. I decided to go with black and white because of how much we could do with it with so little.

What elements of your wedding were the most important?
I wanted simple because I wanted everyone to feel comfortable and not feel out of place. We told people to come as you are, and we also did not expect gifts. We simply just wanted people to spend our special day together with us!

Simple Classic Black and White Wedding Reception Decor, Sweetheart Table with Floating Candles, White Hydrangeas Flowers, Red Brick Wall Backdrop and Hanging Lights | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Amber McWhorter Photography | Unique Industrial Wedding Venue NOVA 535 | Wedding Florist Save the Date Florist
Simple Classic Three Tier White and Black Wedding Cake | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Amber McWhorter Photography

What was your wedding cake inspiration?

I honestly didn’t have one. I let The Artistic Whisk do it! The cake was the least of my worries for that day, but they made it very seamless for me, and the red velvet was very tasty!

Classic Simple Bride and Groom Dancing Wedding Reception Portrait | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Amber McWhorter Photography
Classic Simple Bride and Groom Wedding Reception Sparkler Exit, Bamboo Courtyard Wedding Portrait | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Amber McWhorter Photography | Unique Industrial Wedding Venue NOVA 535
Classic Simple Bride and Groom Wedding Reception Sparkler Exit, Bamboo Courtyard Wedding Portrait | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Amber McWhorter Photography | Unique Industrial Wedding Venue NOVA 535

Why did you incorporate a photo booth into your wedding day?

I wanted my guest to have something to take home with them, and we wanted our guest book to be of photos!

What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay couples?
Get a venue that has most of the vendors there, it makes like SO much easier!

Quotes have been lightly edited for clarity and brevity.

Vendor Credits

 

  • DJ/Band & Live Entertainment
  • DJ Jaey

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