Emerald Green and Gold Old Hollywood Downtown St. Pete Wedding | The Birchwood

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Melanie and Josh’s downtown St. Pete wedding embodied old Hollywood with classic elegance and modern decor. With gorgeous florals and a color palette of emerald, gold, and black, the charming ambiance was romantic yet simplistic.

“Our theme had hints of an old Hollywood vintage feel to it,” the bride shared. “I always knew that when the day finally came for me to plan my wedding that I would incorporate a classic elegance type of vibe. I really wanted to capture a vision as if I was getting married in that time period with dark colors and pops of gold.”

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Throughout the stages of planning, Melanie used Marry Me Tampa Bay as a resource to gain inspiration and learn more about local vendors. During one of her searches, she came across The Birchwood, a downtown St. Pete wedding venue that not only embodied her classic vintage vision but also offered everything she needed in one place.

“I found The Birchwood on Marry Me Tampa Bay. When we walked into the hotel, we knew our search was over. It was perfect, and had everything I envisioned for my wedding theme,” the bride gushed. “Their colors and vintage ambiance were exactly what I was looking for, and the water view from the ballroom’s balcony was a huge plus. From start to finish, The Birchwood’s service was impeccable! They were calming, professional, knowledgable and overall full of great people. They were everything and then some!”

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An important aspect to the bride and groom was finding a St. Pete wedding photographer who could not only capture their love story, but also do it in a professional and passionate way.

“Professionalism is always a big thing, but equally important I wanted a passionate photographer who had an eye for photography and the guidance to help us be ourselves in front of the camera. For such an important day, I wanted a photographer who naturally captured our love through the lens!” the bride explained. “I was in awe of how passionate and professional Lifelong Photography Studios was. Their service was phenomenal, and they all are such amazing individuals!”

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Envisioning her vintage look, the bride looked to Destiny and Light Hair & Makeup to perfect her soft waves and colorful makeup.

“I wanted to connect with a stylist who understood my vision, and I found exactly that in Destiny & Light Hair and Makeup.” the bride shared. “I went to a trial run and left with no doubts in my mind that they would be doing my hair and makeup. They were able to perfectly incorporate my colors into my makeup and give me the old Hollywood glam look I was going for. Their service was wonderful!”

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Looking back on their day of bliss, the bride reminisced of a special moment between her and her groom.

“After the ceremony, Josh told me that his watch battery died earlier, and he set the watch to say 6:30 p.m. because that is when we officially became husband and wife. It was a really sweet moment between the two of us and I couldn’t help but smile,” Melanie reminisced.

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Pear Shaped Diamond Halo Engagement Ring with Yellow Gold Band, Yellow Gold Groom Ring, Diamond Encrusted Bride Wedding Ring | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studio

Fitted Lace Sweetheart Neckline with Thick Lace Straps Hanging on Greenery Wall | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Downtown St. Pete Wedding Venue The Birchwood

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What were your hair and makeup inspiration?
I had vintage waves with a gold hairpiece accessory to match Josh’s gold bow tie. For my makeup, I went with winged eyeliner and emerald green and gold eyeshadow. I wanted my makeup to incorporate my wedding colors too because it really was all about the details to me. My bridesmaids’ dresses were also green, and I wanted my eye makeup to complement that.

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I wanted to connect with a stylist who understood my vision, and I found exactly that in Destiny and Light Hair & Makeup. I went to a trial run and left with no doubts in my mind that they would be doing my hair and makeup. They were able to perfectly incorporate my colors into my makeup and give me the old Hollywood glam look I was going for. Their service was wonderful!

Florida Bride and Bridesmaids Getting Ready Wedding Portrait in Floral Matching Robes, Bride in Yellow Robe | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studio | St. Pete Wedding Hair and Makeup Artist Destiny and Light

Florida Bride and Mother of the Bride Wedding Portrait, Bride in Lace, Fitted Sweetheart Neckline, Off the Shoulder Straps Wedding Dress and Veil | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studio | St. Pete Wedding Hair and Makeup Artist Destiny and Light

Florida Bride on Balcony of Downtown St. Pete Wedding Venue The Birchwood | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studio

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St. Petersburg Bride Wedding Portrait in Lace, Fitted Sweetheart Neckline Off the Shoulder Wedding Dress and Veil with White and Ivory Round Classic Floral Bouquet | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studio | Hair and Makeup Artist Destiny and Light

St. Pete Bride and Bridesmaids Outdoor Wedding Portrait, Bridesmaids in Green Long Matching Dresses, Bride in Lace Fitted Sweetheart Neckline Off the Shoulder Wedding Dress with White and Ivory Round Classic Floral Bouquet | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studio | Hair and Makeup Artist Destiny and Light

St. Pete Bride and Bridesmaids Outdoor Wedding Portrait, Bridesmaids in Green Long Matching Dresses, Bride in Lace Fitted Sweetheart Neckline Off the Shoulder Wedding Dress with White and Ivory Round Classic Floral Bouquet | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studio | Hair and Makeup Artist Destiny and Light

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What did you look for in a wedding venue?
I looked for that classic vintage feel in a venue. Josh and I toured only a total of three venues in one day and on the last day we found The Birchwood. When we walked in we knew our search was over; they were perfect.

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The Birchwood had everything I envisioned for my wedding theme. Their colors and vintage ambiance was exactly what I was looking for, and the water view from the ballroom’s balcony was a huge plus. From start to finish, The Birchwood’s service was impeccable! They were calming, professional, knowledgable and overall full of great people. They were everything and then some!

Florida Bride and Groom Rooftop Terrace Wedding Portrait | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studio | Downtown St. Pete Wedding Venue The Birchwood

Florida Bride, Groom Bridesmaids and Groomsmen Wedding Portrait Outside Downtown St Pete Wedding Venue The Birchwood | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studio

Florida Bride, Groom, Bridesmaids, Groomsmen Bridal Party Outdoor Wedding Portrait | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studio

St. Pete Bride and Groom Outdoor Wedding Portrait, Bride in Fitted Lace Sweetheart Neckline Off the Shoulder Wedding Dress, Groom in Black Tuxedo with Gold Bowtie | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studio | Hair and Makeup Artist Destiny and Light

What did you look for in a wedding photographer?
I looked for professionalism and passion. Professionalism is always a big thing, but equally important I wanted a passionate photographer who had an eye for photography and the guidance to help us be ourselves in front of the camera! For such an important day, I wanted a photographer that naturally captured our love through the lens!

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I was in a friend’s wedding and they had hired Lifelong Photography Studios. When they got their wedding pictures back, I was in love. I was awe of how passionate and professional Lifelong Photography Studios was. When my special day came, it was the obvious choice to go with them. Their service was phenomenal and they all are such amazing individuals!

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The Proposal:
Josh proposed on my birthday! That morning started off with our normal routine, but on his way home he told me I should wait in another room because he had a “surprise gift” he wanted to bring in. I assumed it was something I wanted for the house. After a few minutes, he told me to come to the living room, and when I walked in I saw my best friend, who lives out-of-state, standing there! I was in complete shock at my wonderful birthday surprise! The three of us went out to lunch and ended up in the area of the park where Josh and I had our first kiss. Josh turned into the park, and we showed my best friend the lookout tower there. Suddenly, Josh was proposing to me while she recorded it! To finish this perfect day, Josh planned a surprise birthday/engagement celebration at my favorite restaurant with all our closest family and friends!

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How would you describe your theme/wedding design inspiration?
Our theme had hints of an old Hollywood vintage feel to it. I always knew that when the day finally came for me to plan my wedding that I would incorporate a classic elegance type of vibe. I really wanted to capture a vision as if I was getting married in that time period with dark colors and pops of gold.

What were your colors?
Emerald, gold, and black. I knew right away what I wanted for our colors! I love the color green, and I hadn’t seen very many weddings that have incorporated these particular colors. When I started planning, I’d have people ask what my colors were and were surprised when I said green! However, with our theme, I was confident that my vision would come to life perfectly!

Old Hollywood Inspired Wedding Reception Decor, Round Tables with Emerald Green Tablecloths, Gold Chargers with Black Linens, Tall Gold Vase with Classic White Floral Arrangement Centerpiece and Gold Table Number Sign | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studio | Downtown St. Pete Wedding Venue The Birchwood

Three Tier White, Green and Gold Marble Wedding Cake with Cascading White Flowers and Custom Emerald Green Cake Topper | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studio

Florida Bride and Groom First Dance Wedding Reception Portrait | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studio

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What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay couples?
Trust in your vision! It’s your wedding, and even though it can get stressful planning, you are doing great! Also, don’t forget to have fun! Your day will be beautiful!

Ceremony and Reception Venue, Caterer: The Birchwood *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Venue
Photographer: Lifelong Photography Studio *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Planner: Blue Skies Events
Florist: Leaf It To Us
Rentals: Custom Linens
Cake: Chantilly Cakes
DJ: Nick Potts
Officiant: Arma Peddle
Invitations: Shutterfly
Dress: Athena’s Bridal Boutique
Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie
Hair & Makeup: Destiny and Light Hair & Makeup *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro




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