Intimate Fall-Inspired Downtown St. Pete Rooftop Wedding | The Birchwood

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Rooftops are always a sought-after wedding location and with more intimate wedding packages on the rise, couples can now celebrate atop the posh downtown St. Pete Birchwood hotel with views of Tampa Bay and Beach Drive.

Channeling the impending fall season and showcasing The Birchwood’s newest micro-wedding offerings, this styled wedding shoot features a warm and cozy color palette with sunset views on their Ballroom Terrace, which seats up to 25 guests for dinner.

“The photoshoot was designed to promote the ‘Boutique by The Birchwood’ packages, which are ideal for smaller celebrations ranging from 30-60 guests that occur Sundays-Thursdays,” Mary Barnett, Event Sales Manager at The Birchwood explained. “The ‘Boutique by The Birchwood’ packages include flexible floor plan options for both ceremonies and receptions. For this styled shoot, we opted for an intimate open floor plan concept that allowed an easy flow from the ceremony into the reception. The layout featured a mix of indoor and outdoor guest seating. We really wanted to highlight the Ballroom Terrace as a dining option, not only for weddings but also for rehearsal dinners or post-wedding brunches.”

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Shades of rust, gold, burnt orange, and olive appeared throughout the tablescapes and flora, and the event design paired the hotel’s existing decor pieces and chic rental items.

“We went heavy on the Autumnal theme and color scheme and highlighted The Birchwood’s gold banquet chairs, ceremony draping, and arch,” wedding planner Jessie Soplinski from Breezin’ Weddings shared. “If couples are looking for ways to transform the space without breaking the budget they can really take advantage of what the venue already offers in their packages and add some simple elements like upgraded flatware, linens, and lighting.”

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One of the favorite jaw-dropping elements from the photoshoot was the long feasting table fashioned on the Ballroom terrace featuring views of Vinoy Park and the neighboring marina.

“They have a great outdoor terrace perfect for a small and intimate 25-person seated reception,” Jessie remarked. “We focused on the flowers, lighting, and linens to really make the venue space come to life.”

Inside the ballroom, the showstopping focal decor piece was the greenery champagne wall from Outside the Box Event Rentals. The rental company also provided special decor details such as the gold flatware, chargers, outdoor lighting, table numbers, and sweetheart table arch. 

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The dessert table by The Artistic Whisk featured mousse cups, macarons, and a two-tier gold ombre wedding cake, creating a dessert experience.

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How would you describe your theme?
We went heavy on the Autumnal theme and color scheme and highlighted The Birchwood’s gold banquet chairs, ceremony draping, and arch.

What were your colors?
Rust, gold, burnt orange, and olive.

What intimate wedding packages do The Birchwood offer?
The ‘Boutique by The Birchwood’ packages include flexible floor plan options for both ceremonies and receptions, which are ideal for smaller celebrations ranging from 30-60 guests that occur Sundays-Thursdays. For this styled shoot, we opted for an intimate ‘open floor plan’ concept that allowed an easy flow from ceremony into reception space. The layout featured a mix of indoor and outdoor guest seating. We really wanted to highlight the Ballroom Terrace as a dining option, not only for weddings but also for rehearsal dinners or post-wedding brunches as well. The Ballroom Terrace can accommodate a maximum of 25 guests for a seated dinner reception. 

What is the estimated cost of this intimate styled wedding shoot?
An event similar to this styled shoot would cost approximately $9,000- $9,500 for up to 32 guests which would include all items shown from the hotel (tables, chairs, arch, dance floor, plated meal, and bar service) plus featured rental items (linens, flatware, chargers, lighting, and decor) and a cake, DJ, planner, and photographer.

Venue: The Birchwood *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Venue
Photographer: Shauna and Jordon Photography
Planner: Breezin’ Weddings *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
Florist:
Northside Florist
Rentals: Outside the Box Event Rentals *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
Cake: The Artistic Whisk *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro

Quotes have been lightly edited for clarity and brevity.

*Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pros are highly respected by our local wedding community and have been personally vetted by our editor.

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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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