Destination Vintage, DIY Wedding | Hilton Clearwater Beach

Destination Vintage, DIY Wedding | Hilton Clearwater Beach

Jenny and Ricky’s destination, vintage Clearwater Beach wedding incorporated one of the bride’s favorite hobbies.

“I love to antique! It’s my favorite pastime,” Jenny shared. “The vision for my wedding was romantic and simple, with antique being my main focus. I found all of my bottles for centerpieces, my cake cutter, forks and earrings all at local Milwaukee antique stores and used old crates I’ve bought at yard sales.”

The Milwaukee couple takes annual vacations to Florida and wanted to get married at Robert’s top city choice, Clearwater Beach.

“We’ve stayed at the Hilton Clearwater Beach a few times while vacationing and loved it! It has a private beach that is separate from the public which is also nice,” Jenny explained. “When we decided to tour the venue’s decks, I had tears in my eyes. We knew it was the perfect place for us!”

The pair were so adamant to host an outdoor Florida beach wedding that they even challenged Mother Nature to do so.

“A memory that will always stick with me is when I was told a huge storm was on its way and I needed to move the event inside. But the show went on, without a drop of rain,” the bride shared.

White Wedding Peep Toe Heels, Open Toed Beach Wedding Shoes

White Sweetheard Wedding Bridal Gown and Jeweled Rhinestone Earrings

Pastel Pink and White Bride and Bridesmaids Wedding Bouquets

Pastel Pink and White Bride Wedding Bouquet with Disney Charm and White Lace

Vintage Lace Wedding Bridal Portrait with Pastel Pink Wedding Bouquet

Clearwater Beach Wedding Ceremony Decor | Hilton Clearwater Beach

What was the deciding factor for choosing the Hilton Clearwater Beach?
We’ve stayed at the Hilton a few times in the past while vacationing and loved it! It has a private beach that is separate from the public which is also nice. When we decided to tour the venue’s decks, I had tears in my eyes. We knew it was the perfect place for us!

Clearwater Beach Wedding Altar Detail with Pink Draping and Hanging Seashells

Clearwater Beach Wedding Ceremony Seashell and Pastel Pink Floral Decor

Pastel Pink and White Bridesmaids Bouquet with Purple Bridesmaid Dress

Clearwater Beach Wedding Memory Pictures

Clearwater Beach Wedding Ceremony | Bride and Groom Ring Exchange

Hilton Clearwater Beach Wedding Ceremony | Pink Floral Aisle Decor on Bamboo Wooden Sticks

Bride and Groom Clearwater Beach Wedding Ceremony with Bamboo Alter and Pastel Pink Flowers and Hanging Seashells

Bride and Groom Clearwater Beach Wedding Ceremony with Hanging Seashells Decor

The Proposal:
March 14th was a special day; it was Ricky’s birthday! On the way home from school, I stopped and got Ricky a huge cupcake and candles so I could sing “Happy Birthday.” After Ricky demolished the cupcake, we went down to the McKinley Marina to go for a stroll by the lake.

After walking down the pier and having normal conversations, I turned around to see Ricky down on one knee. I almost dropped my phone into Lake Michigan! After a beautiful speech, a lot of happy tears and asking Ricky if he was sure he wanted to marry me, Ricky asked, and I said “Yes.”

Tan and Purple Bridesmaid Dresses with Grey Groomsmen Suits | Clearwater Beach Bridal Party Portrait

Groomsmen Wearing Grey Suits Holding Bride | Hilton Clearwater Beach Bridal Party Portrait

Tan and Purple Bridesmaid Dresses | Hilton Clearwater Beach Bridal Party Portrait

Pastel Pink and White Bride Wedding Bouquet White Lace Wedding Dress

Hilton Clearwater Beach Bride and Groom Shooes Wedding Portrait

Clearwater Beach Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait

Beach Wedding Seating Chart Signage with Sunglasses

Outdoor Clearwater Wedding Reception Decor at Hilton Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Wedding Reception, Blush Pink Wedding Centerpieces with Gold Table Runner Linen Details

Clearwater Wedding Reception, Blush Pink Wedding Centerpieces with Amber Bottles and Gold Table Runner Linen Details

How would you describe your theme?
The vision for my wedding was romantic and simple, with antique being my main focus. I found all of my bottles for centerpieces, my cake cutter, forks and earrings all at local Milwaukee antique stores and used old crates I’ve bought at yard sales. I love to antique! It’s my favorite pastime.

I incorporated a lot of DIY crafts and a thank you note at each place setting.

What were your colors?
I wanted to keep the colors very neutral with gold and blush tones. Gray is my favorite color so we decided to go with colors that compliment it.

Blush Pink Wedding Centerpieces in Glass Bottle Vases with Sequined Linen

White, Scalloped Square and Round Wedding Cake

Outdoor Facade of the Hilton Clearwater Beach Wedding Venue

What did you look for in a wedding DJ?
We wanted someone who allowed us to pick out own music, but we needed just a little help. The guys with Grant Hemond and Associates were great and  were very reasonably priced.

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Wedding Ring Portait in Pastel Pink and White Flowers

Bride and Groom "Mr. & "Mrs." Wedding Reception Etched Forks

Clearwater Beach Bride and Groom Sunset Portrait

What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay Brides?
Enjoy every second! I can’t express how much I miss it every day. It was a long process, but when you see it all come together on your wedding day, you realize every second (no matter how stressful) was all worth it.

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Hilton Clearwater Beach
Photographer: Life Long Studios
Videographer: Lexoria Wedding Films
Planner: Confetti Events
Florist: Iza’s Flowers
Caterer: Hilton Clearwater Beach
Rentals: Modern Day Events
Cake: Chantilly Cakes
DJ: Grant Hemond and Associates *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Vendor
Officiant: Sensational Ceremonies
Invitations: Paper Lily Designs (Wisconsin)
Dress Shop: Bliss Bridal (Wisconsin)
Hair & Makeup: Destiny and Light Hair and Makeup Group

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

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