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Lea and Brandon’s St. Pete Beach wedding was an unforgettable oceanfront celebration filled with elegant decor, pops of rose gold, and a stunning outdoor ceremony steps from the beach.

“I wanted something elegant, but true to my style. I didn’t want anything too over the top,” the bride shared. “I had a few quirky decorations such as birdcages and name cards in the shape of birds, but overall we wanted the day to truly be a reflection of our personalities and love for each other.”

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Breathtaking views of the endless Florida shoreline was a must for the bride, and it didn’t take long for the iconic Don CeSar Hotel to steal her heart.

“We really wanted to nail our beach vision and making sure there were views of the beach from the reception area was something we knew we wanted from the start,” Lea shared. “The Don CeSar was amazing and accommodating throughout the whole process and Heidi, the catering sales manager, was a big reason we chose the Don! She was great!”

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Looking for a local St. Pete wedding photographer who could perfectly capture their love story, the bride and groom chose Luxe Light Photography for their light and airy style and keen attention to detail.

“I hired Luxe Light Photography because Christina’s photos truly speak for themselves. Christina has so many great ideas, and she is so fun to work with,” the bride beamed. “You can see the talent in each photograph, and it’s beyond amazing how she can capture real, raw emotion!”

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The couple’s timeless beachfront affair wouldn’t have been complete without a cake that tasted as good as it looked, and St. Pete based bakery The Artistic Whisk was up for the task.

“I definitely wanted a very simple wedding cake,” the bride explained. “The Artistic Whisk is awesome, and we knew it was a match when we had our cake tasting! Everything they do is beautiful and delicious, and we’re so glad they were a piece of making our big day extra special.”

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Forever in awe of their beautiful day, the bride will never forget how special it was to finally see her groom.

“Seeing Brandon for the first time was more than words can even describe,” Lea reminisced. “I didn’t think I’d tear up but I definitely did. It was a very special moment between us and one neither of us will ever forget.”

Historic Florida Wedding Venue The Don CeSar Hotel in St. Pete Beach | Wedding Photographer Luxe Light Images

Elegant Rose Gold Foil Wedding Invitation, Wedding Rings and Engagement Ring, Rhinestone, Pearl and Rose Gold Beaded Bride Headband | Wedding Photographer Luxe Light Images

Garden Blush Pink Roses, Burgundy, Greenery Floral Bridal Bouquet | Wedding Photographer Luxe Light Images

Lace and Illusion V-Neck Spaghetti Straps Bodice, Tulle Skirt Wedding Dress | Wedding Photographer Luxe Light Images

Tampa Bay Bride Getting Ready Wedding Portrait in Lace and Illusion V Neck Spaghetti Strap Bodice with Tulle Skirt, Bridesmaids in Burgundy Mix and Match Dresses | Wedding Photographer Luxe Light Images | St. Pete Wedding Hair and Makeup Michele Renee the Studio

What were your wedding hair and makeup inspiration?
I loved my hair and makeup crew from Michele Renee The Studio. They went above and beyond to make sure we looked glamorous.

Tampa Bride and Groom First Look Wedding Portrait in The Pink Palace Historic St. Pete Wedding Venue The Don CeSar | Wedding Photographer Luxe Light Images

Tampa Bride and Groom First Look Wedding Portrait in The Pink Palace Historic St. Pete Wedding Venue The Don CeSar | Wedding Photographer Luxe Light Images

Tampa Bride Holding Garden Blush Pink and Ivory Roses, Burgundy Flowers, Greenery Bridal Bouquet | Groom First Look Wedding Portrait in The Pink Palace Historic St. Pete Wedding Venue The Don CeSar | Wedding Photographer Luxe Light Images | St. Pete Wedding Hair and Makeup Artist Michele Renee the Studio

Tampa Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait in The Pink Palace Historic St. Pete Wedding Venue The Don CeSar | Wedding Photographer Luxe Light Images

The Proposal:
We were on vacation in Boca Grande, and Brandon proposed to me on the beach.

Outdoor Hotel Courtyard Wedding Ceremony Portrait | Historic Waterfront Hotel St. Pete Beach Wedding Venue The Don CeSar | Wedding Photographer Luxe Light Images

What did you look for in a wedding venue?
We really wanted to nail our beach vision and making sure there were views of the beach from the reception area was something we knew we wanted from the start. The Don CeSar was amazing and accommodating throughout the whole process and Heidi, the catering sales manager, was a big reason we chose The Don! She was great!

Simple Classic Wedding Ceremony Chair Decor, Blush Pink Roses, Ivory and Burgundy Flowers with Eucalyptus Leaves Arrangements | Wedding Photographer Luxe Light Images

Tampa Bay Bride and Groom Exchanging Wedding Vows Ceremony Portrait at Historic St. Pete Pink Palace Courtyard Stairs The Don CeSar | Wedding Photographer Luxe Light Images

Romantic Sunset Beach Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait at Historic St. Pete Pink Palace Hotel Wedding Venue The Don CeSar | Wedding Photographer Luxe Light Images

What did you look for in a wedding photographer?
I wanted a photographer with a different style. I hired Luxe Light Photography because Christina’s photos truly speak for themselves. She has so many great ideas, and she is so fun to work with. You can see the talent in each photograph, and it’s beyond amazing how she can capture real, raw emotion!

Quirky Elegant Wedding Reception Decor, White Birdcage with Burgundy Flowers, Blush Pink Roses, Eucalyptus Leaves Floral Centerpiece | Wedding Photographer Luxe Light Images

What was your wedding theme?
I didn’t want anything too over the top. I wanted something elegant, but true to my style. I had a few quirky decorations such as birdcages and name cards in the shape of birds, but overall we wanted the day to truly be a reflection of our personalities and love for each other.

What were your colors?
Burgundy, blush, navy and rose gold.

Classic Elegant Four Tier White with Painted Rose Gold Accent and Custom Cake Topper, Blush Pink Roses, Burgundy Flowers and Greenery Floral Arrangements | Wedding Photographer Luxe Light Images | Tampa Bay Wedding Cake The Artistic Whisk

What did you look for in a wedding bakery?
I definitely wanted a very simple wedding cake. The Artistic Whisk is awesome, and we knew it was a match when we had our cake tasting! Everything they do is beautiful and delicious, and we’re so glad they were a piece of making our big day extra special.

Classic Elegant White and Rose Gold Painted Wedding Cake | Wedding Photographer Luxe Light Images | Tampa Bay Wedding Cakes The Artistic Whisk

Romantic Bride and Groom First Dance Wedding Portrait | Wedding Photographer Luxe Light Images

Romantic Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait with Twinkle Lights Greenery Backdrop | Wedding Photographer Luxe Light Images | Historic Pink Palace St. Pete Waterfront Wedding Venue The Don CeSar

What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay couples?
Start early, find your venue first, and plan around that. Don’t think you have to settle on a dress just because you already bought it. I switched my dress three months before the wedding, and it worked out way better than I ever could’ve imagined!

Venue: The Don CeSar *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Venue
Photographer: Luxe Light Images *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Videographer: Made With Love Films
Planner: Table 6 Productions
Florist: 2Birds Events
Cake: The Artistic Whisk *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
DJ: Island Sound
Officiant: Dr. Leland Kennedy
Invitations: Minted
Dress Shop & Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal
Hair and Makeup: Michele Renee The Studio *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro




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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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