Classic Ivory, Taupe, and Blush Pink Downtown St. Pete | The Birchwood

 

The Xpos Tampa Bridal Show Free Tickets | August 2018Jennifer and Connor’s downtown St. Pete wedding featured a classic array of ivory, taupe and blush. The Tampa couple knew that St. Pete would be the perfect place for their out-of-town guests, and it was sentimental to the family.

“Our wedding was very traditional. We wanted something that looked timeless and elegant, so we chose colors, flowers, and decorations that were soft and complemented our venues,” the bride explained. “We decided to have our wedding in St. Petersburg so we could get married at the same church my parents did over 25 years ago.”

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Knowing that wedding planning can be overwhelming at times, the bride turned to Marry Me Tampa Bay for direction with finding a venue and other vendors.

“When we were first planning, Marry Me Tampa Bay helped provide inspiration and guidance. I watched live videos of vendor tours and attended a Marry Me Tampa Bay fashion show,” the bride shared.

When searching for a reception venue, Jennifer and Connor were open minded to find that perfect fit.

The Birchwood was one of the first venues we toured. Our first impression was extremely positive. We immediately loved the atmosphere, look, and location! It definitely met our requirements of timeless and elegance,” the bride beamed. “We realized that we could utilize multiple floors, including their wrap-around porch, cocktail areas, and rooftop bar. We also knew the food would be amazing because of their restaurant; we learned just how delicious at our tasting! All of the employees went above and beyond when planning our wedding. Mary, Leja, Heather, and Rebecka were so amazing. They made sure that every detail of our wedding was perfect.”

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The couple were unsure of the style or quantity of flowers they needed, so they turned to St. Pete wedding florist Cotton & Magnolia.

“We wanted an honest and experienced florist that could help point us in the right direction. We also wanted someone who could make beautiful arrangements!,” Jennifer shared. “We loved working with Elaina, the owner of Cotton & Magnolia. She was so personable and patient with us. She walked us through so many options and was more than happy to give her opinions or explain her reasoning behind her suggestions. Our flowers were absolutely beautiful; we received so many compliments about the decorations and flowers.”

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Looking back on their wedding day, the bride and groom shared their most memorable moments with us.

“I loved the ceremony, walking down the aisle with my dad, and seeing Connor for the first time. Everyone was so emotional,  lots of happy tears! I also loved my first look with my dad. It was a very special moment and our photographer captured the moment beautifully,” the bride gushed.

“Obviously saying ‘I do’ was the biggest moment for me! But walking into the reception at The Birchwood with Jenny to a room filled with our friends and family was an amazing scene I will never forget,” Connor reminisced.

Elegant Gray Printed on Ivory Wedding Invitation Suite with Bridal Jewelry, Engagement Ring and Wedding Bands, and Beaded Garter

Square Diamond Engagement Ring and White Gold Wedding Band and Open Toe White Nina Wedding Shoes

Ivory Rose Wedding Bouquet with Greenery with Wide Ribbon Wrap with Pearl Detail | St Pete Wedding Florist Cotton and Magnolia

Custom Personalized Mrs Wedding Dress Hanger with Floral Detail

Bridal Getting Ready Portrait with Princess Strapless Ivory Ribbon Belted Wedding Dress

Father of the Bride First Look Portrait, Bride in Ivory Satin Ribbon Belted Floral Lace Princess Strapless Dress

Downtown St Pete Wedding Ceremony Venue First United Methodist Church

St Petersburg Wedding Ceremony Venue First United Methodist Church, Pews with Wide Satin Ivory Ribbon and White Floral with Greenery Arrangements | Tampa Bay Wedding Florist Cotton and Magnolia

Bride Walking Down the Aisle Ceremony Portrait, with White Rose Bouquet | St Petersburg Venue First United Methodist Church | Tampa Bay Florist Cotton and Magnolia

SWedding Ceremony Portrait, Groomsmen in Black Suits with White Rose and Greenery Boutonniere, Bridesmaids in Taupe David's Bridal Dresses with White Floral Bouquet | St Petersburg Venue First United Methodist Church, Pews with Wide Satin Ivory Ribbon and White Floral with Greenery Arrangements | Tampa Bay Wedding Florist Cotton and Magnolia

The Proposal:
Connor and I were on our way to a family reunion and added a quick weekend trip to Savannah, Georgia. He surprised me with a lovely dinner on the Riverwalk and a horse drawn carriage ride around the different squares of the city. I had the feeling it was going to happen, but didn’t want to jump to conclusions. So, I waited. We stopped at Colombia Square, where we decided to get off and walk around and take a few pictures. This is where the big moment happened! I turned around and there he was on one knee!

Downtown St. Pete Straub Park Wedding Party Portrait, Bride in Strapless Belted Column Dress, Groom and Groomsmen in Black Suits with White Floral Boutonniere, with White Rose Bouquet, Bridesmaids in Taupe | St Petersburg Wedding Florist Cotton and Magnolia

How would you describe your theme/wedding design inspiration?
Our wedding was very traditional. We wanted something that looked timeless and elegant, so we chose colors, flowers, and decorations that were soft and complemented our venues.

What were your colors?
Ivory, taupe, and blush. We wanted colors that would complement our venues. Both the church and our reception venue, The Birchwood, were so beautiful on their own.

North Straub Park Outdoor Wedding Portrait, Bride in Strapless Dress Groom in Black Suit

Outdoor Park Wedding Party Portrait, Bridesmaids in V Neck Tuape David's Bridal Dresses, Groomsmen in Black Suits, with White Floral and Greenery Bouquet and Boutonniere | Tampa Bay Wedding Florist Cotton and Magnolia

Downtown St Pete Boutique Hotel Wedding Venue The Birchwood

What did you look for in a wedding venue?
We were pretty open minded when looking for our venues. We just wanted a place that felt “right” to us; somewhere we could picture our big day.

I want to learn more about weddings at The Birchwood

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The Birchwood was one of the first venues we toured. Our first impression was extremely positive. We immediately loved the atmosphere, look, and location! It definitely met our requirements of timeless and elegance. We realized that we could utilize multiple floors, including their wrap-around porch, cocktail areas, and rooftop bar. We also knew the food would be amazing because of their restaurant; we learned just how delicious at our tasting! It was nice knowing that all of our food would be taken care of by Birchwood staff. All of the employees went above and beyond when planning our wedding. Mary, Leja, Heather, and Rebecka were so amazing. They made sure that every detail of our wedding was perfect.

White Ivory and Taupe Wedding Reception with Round Tables, Oval Back Chairs, with Tall white Hydrangea and Greenery Centerpiece in Clear Glass Vase | Downtown St Pete Boutique Hotel Wedding Venue The Birchwood | Tampa Bay Wedding Florist The Birchwood

Elegant Ivory White and Taupe Wedding Reception Round Table with Low Greenery Centerpiece with Small Pillar Candles in Glass Vases, Elegant Printed Table Number and Place Cards | St Petersburg Wedding Florist Cotton and Magnolia

Elegant White, Ivory, and Taupe Wedding Reception Long Family Feasting Table, Low Greenery Centerpiece with Votive Candles, and Round Table with Tall Blush Rose and White Floral with Greenery Centerpiece in Glass Vase | St Petersburg Wedding Venue The Birchwood | Tampa Bay Florist Cotton and Magnolia

What did you look for in a wedding florist?
We didn’t know much about flowers going into the planning process. We had no idea how many or what kind of flowers we needed! We wanted an honest and experienced florist that could help point us in the right direction. We also wanted someone who could make beautiful arrangements!

I want to learn more about floral and decor from Cotton & Magnolia.

Book with confidence. Cotton & Magnolia is a trusted Marry Me Tampa Bay preferred wedding vendor. Powered by ConvertKit

We loved working with Elaina, the owner of Cotton & Magnolia. She was so personable and patient with us. She walked us through so many options and was more than happy to give her opinions or explain her reasoning behind her suggestions. She was always available and very accommodating. In fact, we loved working with Elaina so much that we asked to be our day of coordinator. Our flowers were absolutely beautiful, the decorations at the church and The Birchwood reception hall looked great, and Elaina made sure our whole day ran smoothly. We received so many compliments about the decorations and flowers.

Three Tier Round White Wedding Cake with Ivory Roses and Greenery on White Cake Stand with Stylish Custom Gold Glitter Cake Topper

Bride and Groom First Dance Wedding Reception Portrait, Bride in Princess Strapless Belted Dress with Comb Veil | Downtown St Pete Wedding Venue The Birchwood

How did you incorporate you and your spouse’s personalities into the wedding?
I am very organized and meticulous, so I loved being involved in all of the wedding planning. It was tough though! Making all of those decisions got overwhelming at times, but luckily Connor is much more of a decision maker. We were both very involved in the planning and communicated throughout the process. Connor loves music, and we had a lot of meaningful selections that we incorporated into the ceremony and wedding reception. Each of one the songs we chose brought back specific memories we had throughout our relationship.

What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay couples?
Enjoy the process! Always communicate. Whenever Connor and I felt overwhelmed, we tried to take a breath and just picture the big day!

Ceremony Venue: First United Methodist Church
Reception Venue and Caterer: The Birchwood *Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
Photographer: K&K Photography
Videographer: Sublime Studios
Florist and Day of Coordinator: Cotton & Magnolia *Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
Cake: Cakes by Carolynn
DJ: Rob Snyder
Officiant: Pastor Kevin Grills (First United Methodist Church)
Invitations: Shine Wedding Invitations
Transportation: The Looper Trolley
Dress: Modern Trousseau
Bridesmaid Dress Shop and Designer: David’s Bridal
Hair & Makeup: Ashley Wallace Hair and Makeup
Photo booth: Snapshoot Photobooth




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