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Classic, White and Gold Downtown St. Petersburg Wedding | NOVA 535 Wedding

Amanda and John’s classic white and gold St. Petersburg wedding featured an outdoor waterfront ceremony, followed by a formal white and gold reception.

The bride and groom hosted a downtown St. Pete wedding to give their guests plenty of options for entertainment and local attractions.

“A majority of our guests were from out of town, and we felt that they would enjoy being able to walk to all of the local shops, restaurants and farmers markets,” the bride explained.

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Even though they were surrounded by an urban atmosphere, the South Tampa couple chose a a unique St. Petersburg wedding venue for their wedding reception that felt like a hidden oasis.

“When we visited NOVA 535, saw the bamboo garden for cocktail hour and the exposed brick and wood beams inside for the reception, it was a no brainer,” Amanda gushed. “NOVA 535 is so unique. How often do you see cocktail hours hosted in a bamboo garden? How often do you see receptions in a beautiful indoor setting with exposed brick and wood beams? This is what drew us to the venue.”

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With the bride being a local food blogger, the menu played an important role in the couple’s wedding day.

“We tried five different catering companies and no one came close to Olympia Catering’s food and service,” the bride shared. “Working with Sherri and the entire Olympia team was one of the easiest portions of planning the wedding. Their food has so much flavor, and their staff is absolutely delightful!”

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To capture the special moments of their wedding day, the bride and groom hired St. Petersburg wedding photographer Limelight Photography for their reputation and professionalism.

“Working with the entire Limelight staff, especially our lead photographer, Jess, was a wonderful experience,” the bride shared. “She made everyone she came into contact with comfortable and was a pleasure to work with. She was able to capture beautiful photographs for both our engagement session and wedding without showing any sign of stress. We had a large wedding party which is hard to manage, but Jessica and her assistant Carlos made it look easy. They were patient and acted professional throughout the entire event.”

Looking back, one of the bride’s most memorable moments came during the long, but wonderful walk down the aisle toward her groom.

“The walk started through the trees of the Mahaffey Theater, then opened up to the lush green plaza area where our guests were seated in white garden chairs with a white rose petal lined aisle,” Amanda reminisced. John was patiently waiting at the end with the beautiful backdrop of palm trees, sailboats and the unique blue atrium of the Dali Museum. Imagining that special moment gives me chills every time and brings a warm smile to my face.

Groom Wedding Day Cigar and Whiskey Wedding Gift

Blush Pink Satin Wedding Shoes

Bridal Party Dusty Rose Watters Bridesmaids Dresses and Ivory Sleeveless Mikaella Wedding Dress

Bridesmaids and Bride Getting Ready in Matching Pink Floral Robes | St. Pete Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

Bride Getting Ready on Wedding Day | Mom and Bridesmaids Helping Bride Put On Dress | St. Petersburg Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

Bridal Wedding Portrait in Ivory Mikaella Backless Wedding Dress | St. Petersburg Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

Bridal Wedding Portrait in Ivory Mikaella Backless Wedding Dress with Classic Low Chignon Updo | St. Petersburg Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

Groom in Blue Suit and Tie Wedding Day Portrait by St. Petersburg Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

St. Petersburg Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait in Navy Blue Suit and Ivory Backless Mikaella Wedding Dress | St. Petersburg Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait in Navy Blue Suit and Ivory Backless Mikaella Wedding Dress | St. Petersburg Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

Outdoor St. Pete Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait at the Vinoy | St. Petersburg Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

Outdoor St. Pete Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait | St. Petersburg Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

Bridal Party Wedding Portrait with Dusty Rose Watters Bridesmaids Dresses and Ivory Sleeveless Mikaella Wedding Dress and White Rose Bouquets | St. Petersburg Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

Ivory Roses and Hydrangea Bridal Wedding Bouquet

Bridal Wedding Portrait in Ivory Mikaella Backless Wedding Dress and Ivory Rose Wedding Bouquet | St. Petersburg Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

St. Pete Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait in Navy Blue Suit and Ivory Mikaella Wedding Dress with Ivory Rose Wedding Bouquet | Downtown St. Pete Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

Outdoor, Waterfront Wedding Ceremony with Ivory Rose Aisle Decor and Draped Wedding Altar | Downtown St. Pete Wedding Venue Mahaffey Theater

Why did you choose to have wedding planner?
I chose to have a day of coordinator because there were a lot of vendors to manage and logistics.

Exquisite Events was budget friendly and had good reviews. They did a great job! I gave them all of our vendors information and timelines, and they made sure that all the vendors were on time and did the correct set up.

Bridesmaids with Dusty Rose Watters Chiffon Bridesmaids Dresses and Ivory Hydrangea Bouquets

Groom in Navy Blue Suit Outdoor Wedding Day Portrait | St. Pete Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

Flower Girl Walking Down The Aisle Holding Bride Wedding Sign

Bride and Father Walking Down the Wedding Aisle | Outdoor Downtown St. Pete Wedding Venue Mahaffey Theater | St. Petersburg Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography | Wedding Planner Exquisite Events

Outdoor, Downtown St. Pete Florida Waterfront Wedding Ceremony at the Mahaffey Theater | Photography by Limelight Photography | Wedding Planner Exquisite Events

Outdoor, St. Petersburg Waterfront Wedding Ceremony with Ivory Draping and Bamboo Wedding Arch | St. Petersburg Wedding Planner Exquisite Events | Photographer Limelight Photography

The Proposal:
John popped the question on a remote Island off of Ft. Myers in front of both of our families.

St. Pete Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait in Navy Blue Suit and Ivory Mikaella Wedding Dress | Downtown St. Pete Wedding Venue Mahaffey Theater | Photographer Limelight Photography | Wedding Planner Exquisite Events

What did you look for in a wedding photographer?
We looked for someone who was professional and could capture all of the special moments, as well as get along well with our wedding party and guests.

We chose Limelight Photography because they were very professional, had an amazing reputation and we loved their example photos. They also only do wedding photography only which really stood out to us. Working with the entire Limelight staff, especially our lead photographer, Jess, was a wonderful experience. She made everyone she came into contact with comfortable and was a pleasure to work with. She was able to capture beautiful photographs for both our engagement session and wedding without showing any sign of stress. We had a large wedding party which is hard to manage, but Jessica and her assistant Carlos made it look easy. They were patient and acted professional throughout the entire event.

St. Pete Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait in Navy Blue Suit and Ivory Mikaella Wedding Dress | Downtown St. Pete Wedding Venue Mahaffey Theater | Photographer Limelight Photography | Wedding Planner Exquisite Events

Ivory, Gold and Navy Wedding Reception at Unique St. Pete Wedding Reception Venue NOVA 535 | Wedding Planner Exquisite Events | Photographer by Limelight Photography

What did you look for in a wedding venue?
We wanted to have a unique venue for the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception so we decided to look for places that would accomplish this.

When we visited NOVA 535, saw the bamboo garden for cocktail hour and the exposed brick and wood beams inside for the reception, it was a no brainer We chose the venue because it is honestly so unique. How often do you see cocktail hours hosted in a bamboo garden? How often do you see receptions in a beautiful indoor setting with exposed brick and wood beams? Also, the fact that you could choose any licensed food vendor was a huge advantage, because other venues only let you choose from their select few.

Ivory, Gold and Navy Wedding Reception with Hydrangea Centerpieces at Unique St. Pete Wedding Reception Venue NOVA 535 | Wedding Planner Exquisite Events | Photographer by Limelight Photography

How would you describe your theme?
Classic, with lots of clean white and splashes of gold. We both enjoy the classic formal look and felt that the clean white and gold would portray that.

Ivory and Gold Wedding Reception Menu with White Hydrangea Centerpieces at Unique St. Petersburg Wedding Venue NOVA 535 | Photographer Limelight Photography

What was your wedding menu and cake inspiration?
Our wedding menu was created to cater to all of our guests’ different taste buds. For the hors d’oeuvres we did grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato basil soup shots, beef tenderloin crostini, tomato
bruschetta and scallops wrapped in bacon. We felt that those options covered everything from seafood, comfort foods and even vegetarian options. For the salad we chose the Spanish style salad because we wanted something with lots of flavor, not just the classic caesar salad. For the dinner we chose Olympia’s signature chicken because who doesn’t love cheese stuffed chicken? For our wedding cake inspiration we wanted to continue the look of the simple, clean and classic formal theme.

We tried five different catering companies and no one came close to Olympia Catering’s food and service. Working with Sherri and the entire Olympia team was one of the easiest portions of planning the wedding. Their food has so much flavor, and their staff is absolutely delightful! We have nothing but great things to say about Olympia and would recommend them to everyone.

Four Tier Round White Wedding Cake with Roses on Gold Cake Stand | St. Petersburg Wedding Cake by Olympia Catering | Photographer Limelight Photography

Bride and Groom First Dance Wedding Day Portrait at Unique Downtown St. Pete Wedding Reception Venue NOVA 535 | St. Petersburg Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

Mr. and Mrs. Champagne Flutes with Ivory Rose Bouquet | St. Pete Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

Bride and Groom Wedding Reception Exit with Sparklers at Downtown St. Pete Wedding Venue NOVA 535 | St. Petersburg Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

Downtown St. Pete Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait Vinoy Park at Nighttime | Downtown St. Pete Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

Bride and Groom Wedding and Engagement Ring Portrait with Bokeh | Downtown St. Petersburg Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay Brides?
Shop around. Don’t settle just to cross something of your to-do list! I planned my wedding by myself which was a lot of work, but totally worth it! For each vendor I would concentrate on one at a time and do serious research to find my top 3-5 that I wanted to look into. After that I would set appointments and look online for the in detail questions to ask and things to consider when comparing. It took a lot of time, but I was able to know each of my vendors personally.

Ceremony Venue: The Plaza at The Mahaffey Theater
Reception Venue: NOVA 535 *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
Photographer: Limelight Photography
Videographer: Lexoria Films
Planner: Exquisite Events
Florist: 2Birds Events
Caterer & Cake: Olympia Catering *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
String Duet Duo: Moeller Music
DJ: DJ Jaey
Officiant: Stu Austin
Invitations: Vistaprint
Transportation: Olympus Limo
Dress Shop and Designer: The White Magnolia – Mikaela Bridal
Bridesmaid Dress Shop and Designer: Bella Bridesmaids – Watters
Hair & Makeup: Style Hair and Makeup
Brides Hair: Tina Marie Hairstyling
Additional Wedding Vendors: Mini Doughnut Factory




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