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When initially deciding on the location of their St. Petersburg wedding venue, Kristina and Ryan realized that home is where the heart is.

“Being that we longed for our hometown with all our friends and family, we decided on a St. Pete wedding by the water, where we both grew up,” the bride explained. 

The New York City couple’s blush, gold, champagne and mint wedding was centered around a traditional Catholic ceremony and a waterfront wedding venue with great service and a modern look.

“We live in the Sunshine state! I explicitly did not want to have our wedding in a hotel ballroom, due to the fact there are typically no windows and natural light,” Kristina shared. “We chose the St. Pete Museum of Fine Arts for their vaulted ceiling with floor-to-ceiling windows, their fresh, prevailing look and the proximity to the water.”

To capture their special day, the bride and groom sought out a St. Petersburg wedding photographer who could provide unique and memorable photos. 

“I was really looking for something out of the ordinary that would not look like it was taken on a regular camera. I desired someone with a passion for unique shots outside and indoors and who took the time to plan amazing shot locations, while also having the ultimate clarity in all the photos,” Kristina explained. “Jess [of Limelight Photography] was able to make my husband smile naturally which is not an easy feat. The lighting was beyond something I could ever envision my wedding photos could look like.

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With her wedding photographer in place, the bride focused on hiring a St. Pete wedding florist who could understand her vision.

“Frankly, I am not too much of a flower person, so it was important to have a florist who understood that,” Kristina shared. “Iza [of Iza’s Flowers] was incredibly attentive, very dedicated to her job and very knowledgeable in flowers. I was able to have my dream wedding on a very reasonable budget. I wanted ornate décor, and she was able to provide that without me having to stress about buying décor to create the looks I had been pinning on Pinterest.”

Looking back, one of the bride’s most memorable moments happened just moments before she started down the aisle.

“I started walking down the aisle with my dad, and I had told myself I wouldn’t cry, but I started sobbing. My dad whispered to me to keep it together, and I chuckled inside,” Kristina reminisced.

Wedding Invitation and Photo Save the Date by Minted | St. Pete Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

Jim Hjelm Blush Pink Wedding Bridesmaid Dresses from Bella Bridesmaids with Custom Wire Hangers| St. Pete Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

Getting Ready: Dior Perfume Bride's Garter and Childhood Stuffed Animal | St. Pete Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

Getting Ready: Bridal Wedding Day Details with Brides Victoria's Secret Underwear and Wedding Closed Toed Flat Shoes with Broach Details| St. Pete Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

Getting Ready: Bride with Bridesmaids in Embroidered Monogrammed Robes on Wedding Day | Wedding Hair and Makeup by Michele Renee the Studio | St. Pete Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

Bridal Wedding Day Portrait in Strapless Allure Couture Embroidered Wedding Dress with Veil | Wedding Hair and Makeup by Michele Renee the Studio | St. Pete Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

What did you look for in a wedding makeup artist?
I wanted a makeup artist who would be able to create an elegant updo for the look I was envisioning along with natural appearing makeup, but enough to enhance my look. Michele Renee The Studio’s service was amazing.

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Blush Pink Roses and Ivory White Floral Wedding Bouquets by St. Pete Wedding Florist Iza's Flowers| St. Pete Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

Groom Wedding Day Portrait in Tuxedo with Single Blush Rose Boutennier and Ivory Pocket Square | Wedding Florist Iza's Flowers | St. Pete Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

Wedding Party Portrait During Catholic Wedding Ceremony of Bride and Groom and Bridesmaids with Groomsmen| St. Pete Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

How would you describe your theme?
With both of us being Catholic, it was essential to have a traditional catholic ceremony. My family is originally from Slovakia, where we are used to very old gothic type churches, and I instantaneously fell in love with Sacred Heart Catholic Church because there is no other church in the southeast with cathedrals like that.

What were your colors?
Blush, gold, champagne and touch of mint. I have forever treasured neutral light colors, and I felt the palette blended exceptionally well.

Wedding Ceremony Exit with Bride and Groom Inside Florida Cathedral Sacred Heart Catholic Church| Tampa Wedding Venue| St. Pete Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

Wedding Portrait of Bride and Groom outside of Sacred Heart Cathedral with Bride in Strapless Wedding Gown with Blush Pink Rose Bouquet| St. Pete Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

What did you look for in a wedding photographer?
I was really looking for something out of the ordinary that would not look like it was taken on a regular camera. I desired someone with a passion for unique shots outside and indoors and who took the time to plan amazing shot locations, while also having the ultimate clarity in all the photos.

Contact Limelight Photography

Limelight Photography did our engagement session and also our wedding day. Our engagement photos were amazing and our photographer, Jess, was able to make my husband smile naturally which is not an easy feat. She was so attentive and our photos are a work of art. The lighting was beyond something I could ever envision my wedding photos could look like. We have always had an appreciation of great photography, and Jess’s work blew us away. We highly recommend them!

Bridal Party Wedding Day Portrait in Blush Pink Jim Hjelm Bridesmaid Dresses from Bella Bridesmaids with Bride in Strapless Allure Couture Wedding Gown | St. Pete Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

Wedding Portrait of Bride and Groom Under Lattice Portico with Ivy and Trellis in Downtown St. Pete Park | St. Petersburg Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

The Proposal:
Ryan came to visit me for a weekend during my medical school externship in Jacksonville. We went on a ghost tour of the iconic St. Augustine lighthouse and were the last people exploring the top of the lighthouse. As the night was ending, I witnessed this very young couple get engaged. In spite, I swiftly walked around to the other side of the lighthouse, not wanting to ruin the moment and at the same time wishing it had been me. Ryan kept begging to come take a photo with him and finally persuaded an elderly couple, unknowingly to me, to record a video. Then it happened, Ryan got down on one knee and proposed!

Wedding Day Portrait Idea of Bride and Groom Holding Family Wedding Portraits of their Parents | St. Pete Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

Wedding Day Portrait of Bride and Groom with Unique Artwork at St. Pete Wedding Venue the Museum of Fine Arts| St. Pete Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

What did you look for in a wedding venue?
For our wedding venue, I desired a classy, elegant location, something striking and not your standard hotel ballroom. I sought high ceilings and a plenty of windows with natural lighting. The main area of the Museum of Fine Arts fit those requirements! I liked the fresh, clean look of the museum and that the cocktail hour would be on the terrace facing Tampa Bay. The service was impeccable and on point. My husband and I were taken care of like royalty.

What was the inspiration for your wedding food?
The food was the most important part of the wedding for my family and I. Unfortunately, we had been to other weddings where the food was not palatable, or it was completely cold by the time it arrived. 

Contact Banner Olympia CateringOlympia Catering went above and beyond to make sure everything was perfect. Our cake was also a work of art and tasted amazing. Our guests raved that we had the best wedding food they have ever had! The servers were attentive making sure everyone got appetizers and drinks. We did have people who did not show up the day of the wedding and had some cancellations the week prior and Olympia Catering was kind enough to take those people off the list without charging us.

Wedding Reception Calligraphy Handwritten Name Cards

Watercolor Paiting Wedding Centerpieces of Lighthouse with Gold Frames and Gold Tablecloth and Blush Pink Hydrangeas in Light Gold Vases | St. Pete Wedding Florist Iza's Flowers | St. Pete Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

What did you look for in a wedding florist?
Frankly, I am not too much of a flower person, so it was important to have a florist who understood that.

Our wedding planner recommended Iza’s Flowers. Iza was incredibly attentive and able to provide the full spectrum of flowers I desired within my budget. She is a very dedicated to her job and very knowledgeable in flowers. I was able to have my dream wedding on a very reasonable budget. I wanted ornate décor, and she was able to provide that without me having to stress about buying décor to create the looks I had been pinning on Pinterest.

Wedding Monogram GOBO Light with Amber Uplighting| Downtown St. Pete Wedding Venue Museum of Fine Arts | St. Pete Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

Why did you choose to have a photo booth?
The photo booth was added to help make the wedding more entertaining and fun. My whole family is very light hearted and goofy, so it helped incorporate our personalities. Our guests told us they loved the interaction and the photo stick as a memory!

Contact Banner ShutterBooth

ShutterBooth was recommended by our wedding planner, and their service was amazing. The photo booth attendant was so attentive and kind, and at the end of the night we got a lovely book.

Four-Tiered White Gold and Blush Wedding Cake with Blush Pink Ruffled Detail and Unique Accents |St. Pete Wedding Cake Baker Olympia Catering| St. Pete Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

Four-Tiered White Gold and Blush Wedding Cake with Blush Pink Ruffled Detail and Unique Accents |St. Pete Wedding Cake Baker Olympia Catering| St. Pete Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

Diamond Engagement and Wedding Ring Portrait on Blush Flower Petals | St. Pete Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

Nighttime Outdoor Wedding Portrait of Bride and Groom at Museum of Fine Arts | St. Pete Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay Brides?
If you can afford it, get a full-time wedding planner. It will make your life and wedding planning drastically easier. Being a current medical resident in the hospital and working 90-hours a week, I needed someone to keep me in check. There were literally zero bumps in our wedding day. Everything went smoothly and was so organized that I could enjoy the day.

Ceremony Venue: Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Reception Venue: St. Pete Museum of Fine Arts 
Photographer: Limelight Photography – Jess Orthober *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Videographer: Hearts Video
Planner: Confetti Events
Florist: Iza’s Flowers
Caterer: Olympia Catering *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Tuxedo Rentals: Men’s Warehouse
Cake: Olympia Catering *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
DJ: DJ Knex
Invitations: Minted
Dress Shop and Designer: CC’s Bridal Boutique – Allure Couture
Bridesmaid Dress Shop and Designer: Bella Bridesmaids – Jim Hjelm
Hair & Makeup: Michele Renee the Studio *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Photo Booth: ShutterBooth *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro




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