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Shannon and Michael’s downtown St. Pete wedding featured glamorous details and a classic blush and gray color palette for their outdoor, daytime ceremony and evening ballroom reception. Searching for a convenient downtown St. Pete wedding venue with an outdoor ceremony space and great food, the couple selected The Birchwood.

“I loved the beautiful interior of The Birchwood: the crown molding, light bulb chandeliers, and waterfront balcony view! The staff is also incredibly kind and very attentive. The easy win factor for this venue is hands down the food,” the bride gushed.

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The couple who are native Floridians, chose St. Pete for their big day as a way to say goodbye to Florida before they relocated to Utah shortly after the wedding. Wanting a sweet send-off, Shannon and Michael looked for a St. Petersburg wedding bakery who offered a variety of flavor, designs and overall skill, ultimately hiring The Artistic Whisk.

The Artistic Whisk is incredibly talented, and the cake itself was delicious!”

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Looking back on her wedding day, the bride shared that one of the most cherished memories were an intimate moment shared with her dad and her new husband.

“My first look with my dad and the private last dance Mike and I had were the most memorable. I’m a huge daddy’s girl, and my dad will always be the first man I’ve ever loved,” Shannon reminisced. “As for the private last dance, it was Mike’s idea that he witnessed at a wedding. That moment we were alone, he was able to let his emotions out. He cried, I held him, comforted him, and danced to Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

Bride Getting Ready Portrait in PInk and Cream Floral Silk Robe with Pointed Toe with Bows Ferragamo Wedding Shoes

Wedding Bridal Party Getting Ready Portrait in PInk and Cream and Blue Floral Silk Robe

Outdoor Bridal Party Portrait with Banyan Trees, Bride in V Back Lace Sleeve Davids Bridal Dress, Bridesmaids in Beaded Column Blush Pink Adrianna Papell Dresses | Downtown St Pete Wedding Cermony Venue North Straub Park

Outdoor Bridal Party Portrait with Banyan Trees, Bride in V Neck Lace Sleeve Davids Bridal Dress, Bridesmaids in Beaded Column Blush Pink Adrianna Papell Dresses with White Babys Breath and Pink Peony Bouquet | Downtown St Pete Wedding Cermony Venue North Straub Park

Outdoor Bridal Party Portrait Bride in V Neck Lace Sleeve Davids Bridal Dress, Bridesmaid in Beaded Column Blush Pink Adrianna Papell Dress with White Babys Breath and Pink Peony Bouquet

Pink Peony and Greenery Bridal Bouquet with Silver Framed Memory Charms

Outdoor First Look Wedding Portrait, Groom in Gray Suit with Blush Pink Rose and Greenery Boutonniere with Banyan Trees | Downtown St Pete Wedding Ceremony Venue North Straub Park

Outdoor First Look Wedding Portrait, Groom in Gray Suit with Blush Pink Rose and Greenery Boutonniere, Bride in V Neck Lace Sleeve David's Bridal Dress, with Banyan Trees | Downtown St Pete Wedding Ceremony Venue North Straub Park

The Proposal:
We were at my favorite place in Japan – Fushimi-inari Shrine. I’ve wanted to visit this country my whole life, and I even brought my godparents’ ashes to spread on this trip. They were always so supportive to try and get me to Japan. After I did, I was very emotional. As Mike was comforting me, he bent down on one knee and said, “I wanted to do this in front of them. Will you marry me?” It was the most thoughtful moment of my life for sure!

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Portrait with Pink Rose Petal Aisle and White Folding Chairs, Groomsmen in Light Gray Suits | Downtown St Pete Venue North Straub Park

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony First Kiss Portrait, Groomsmen in Light Gray Suits, Bridesmaids in Blush Beaded Vintage Inspired Adrianna Papell Dress with Baby's Breath and Pink Peony Bouquet, Tall White Floral Arrangements with White Blossoms and Branches in Patterned Metal Planters, and Rose Petals | Downtown St Pete Venue North Straub Park

Outdoor Wedding Party Portrait, Groomsmen in Light Gray Suits, Bridesmaids in Blush Beaded Vintage Inspired Adrianna Papell Dress with Baby's Breath and Pink Peony Bouquet, Bride in V Neck Lace Sleeve David's Bridal Dress

Outdoor Wedding Portrait, Groom in Gray Suit with Blush Pink Rose and Greenery Boutonniere, Bride in V Neck Lace Sleeve David's Bridal Dress | Downtown St Pete Wedding Ceremony Venue North Straub Park

Outdoor Wedding Portrait, Groom in Gray Suit with Blush Pink Rose and Greenery Boutonniere, Bride in V Neck Lace Sleeve David's Bridal Dress with Pink Peony Bouquet and Pearl Hair Accessory| Downtown St Pete Wedding Ceremony Venue North Straub Park

Downtown St Pete Boutique Hotel Wedding Venue The Birchwood

What did you look for in a wedding venue?
Convenience, location, good bones (with the interior and exterior), outdoor ceremony options, and great food!

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I loved the beautiful interior of The Birchwood: the crown molding, light bulb chandeliers, and waterfront balcony view! The staff is also incredibly kind and very attentive. The easy win factor for this venue is hands down the food.

Hotel Ballroom Reception with Small Pink Peony Centerpieces in MIs-matched Gold Vases, with Thick Candleholders and Votive Candles and White Linens | Downtown St Pete Boutique Hotel Venue The Birchwood

How would you describe your theme/wedding design inspiration?
Simple glam.

What were your colors and why did you chose them?
Blush and gray. I’ve always loved those colors together, and the gray wasn’t too light, so it felt balanced.

Hotel Ballroom Reception with Small Pink Peony Centerpieces in MIsmatched Gold Vases, with Thick Candleholders and Votive Candles and White Linens | Downtown St Pete Boutique Hotel Venue The Birchwood

Simple Glam Pink and White Wedding Reception Table Setting with Gold Chargers, Peony Bouquet and Low Baby's breath and Blush Rose Centerpieces

Simple Glam Pink and White Wedding Reception Long Table with Peony Bouquet and Low Baby's Breath and Blush Rose Centerpieces, Votive Candles | Downtown St Petersburg Boutique Hotel Venue The Birchwood

Three Tier Gold and White Icing Round Wedding Cake With Gray Ombre on White Cake Stand with Pink Peony Florals | Tampa Bay Wedding Bakery The Artistic Whisk

What did you look for in a wedding bakery?
We looked for lots of flavor, variety to choose from, and general skill.

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The Artistic Whisk is incredibly talented, and the cake itself was delicious.

Three Tier Gold and White Icing Round Wedding Cake With Gray Ombre on White Cake Stand with Pink Peony Florals | Tampa Bay Wedding Bakery The Artistic Whisk

Hotel Ballroom First Dance Portrait, Bride in Lace Sleeve David's Bridal Dress | Downtown St Pete Wedding Venue The Birchwood

Outdoor Nighttime Sparkler Wedding Exit Portrait, Bride in V NEck Lace Sleeve David's Bridal Dress

What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay couples?
Plan accordingly. Keep contracts together. Stay focused and do every task with your significant other.

Ceremony Venue: North Straub Park
Reception Venue: The Birchwood *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Venue
Photographer: Stephanie A. Smith Photography
Florist: Iza’s Flowers Inc.
Rentals: Signature Event Rentals
Cake: Artistic Whisk *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
DJ: The Party Doctor
Officiant: Family friend
Dress Shop and Designer: David’s Bridal
Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Adrianna Papell
Hair & Makeup: Destiny & Light




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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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