Garden Inspired Downtown St. Pete Wedding | The Birchwood

 

Tampa Bay Bridal Show TheXpos | February 10, 2019

Andi and Tyler’s downtown St. Pete wedding combined romantic garden details with personal touches to capture a simplistic yet classic ambiance.

“When deciding on our theme we tried to go for an elegant, garden-style feel. We wanted lots of greenery, white florals, and gold accents,” the bride explained. “I tend to really gravitate to simple, understated elegance, and this theme really seemed to fit our style and that of both the venues.”

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The St. Pete bride and groom turned to Marry Me Tampa Bay to find the perfect location for their local wedding celebration.

“I used Marry Me Tampa Bay while I was researching venues and when looking for décor inspiration,” Andi shared.

Searching for a reception venue that was unique to St. Pete and naturally beautiful, the Florida natives chose The Birchwood, located in the heart of downtown.

The Birchwood ballroom is so beautiful and the location is second to none,” the bride gushed. “During the whole process, everyone made wedding planning so easy and enjoyable. I was incredibly pleased with the service they provided and was even more thrilled with the food! For the size of our wedding, the pricing was something that worked really well for us, plus the dining options were really standout. Truly not your traditional wedding food!”

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Finding a hair and makeup artist who could create a naturally beautiful style that would hold up throughout the day was a priority for the bride.

“Since I wouldn’t be wearing a veil I’d want to wear my hair down. I wanted something soft and romantic for my hair that would still hold up the entire day and makeup that was bold for photos, but not overdone.” the bride explained. “Michele Renee The Studio came highly recommended. I was happy with my hair and makeup on the big day; they did a great job listening to what I wanted and being patient with me when I changed my mind!”

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Reminiscing of the special day, Andi and Tyler enjoyed spending time with family, but one special memory clearly stood out.

“I think one of the most memorable moments for me was reciting our vows. I was very focused on getting the words right so I was hyper-aware and in this moment, more so than any other!” the bride reminisced.

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Hayley Paige Chantelle Gown, Strapless Ivory Tulle Bridal Ball Gown with Lace Corset Bodice

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What was your wedding day beauty inspiration?
Simple yet elegant. Since I wouldn’t be wearing a veil I’d want to wear my hair down. I wanted something soft and romantic for my hair that would still hold up the entire day, and makeup that was bold for photos, but not overdone.

I want to learn more about hair and makeup services from Michele Renee the Studio

Book with confidence. Michele Renee the Studio is a trusted Marry Me Tampa Bay preferred wedding pro. Powered by ConvertKit

Michele Renee The Studio came highly recommended. I was happy with my hair and makeup on the big day; they did a great job listening to what I wanted and being patient with me when I changed my mind.

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Garden Inspired Wedding Ceremony Decor, Wooden Welcome Sign with Greenery and White Floral Garland | St. Petersburg Woman’s Club

Garden Inspired Wedding Ceremony Decor, White Wooden Arch with Greenery and White Florals | St. Petersburg Woman’s Club

How would you describe your theme?
We tried to go for an elegant, garden-style type feel. We wanted lots of greenery, white florals and gold accents. I tend to really gravitate to simple, understated elegance and this theme really seemed to fit our style and that of both the venues.

What were your colors?
Everything was very neutral: white florals with bursts of greenery. My bridesmaids wore very light beige. Tyler and his groomsmen wore navy suits with beige ties. We had white and gold accents at the reception.

How did you incorporate you and your spouse’s personalities into the wedding?
We selected koozie colors that represented each of our colleges. One batch in garnet and gold for Tyler’s alma mater, Florida State University and one batch of green and gold for mine, University of South Florida. Our wedding colors were so neutral that it was tough to pick a color for the koozies, so it was a fun customization that represented each of us.

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The Proposal:
Tyler proposed in Germany on our first trip overseas on the grounds of the Linderhof Palace near the Austria border.

Outdoor Downtown St. Pete Waterfront Florida Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait, Bride in Strapless Hayley Paige Chantelle Gown, Ivory Tulle Skirt Ball Gown with Lace Corset Bodice, White and Greenery Floral Bouquet, Groom in Navy Blue Suit | Tampa Bay Wedding Hair and Makeup Artist Michele Renee the Studio

Outdoor Florida Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait | Tampa Bay Wedding Hair and Makeup Artist Michele Renee the Studio

Downtown St Pete Boutique Hotel Wedding Venue The Birchwood

Garden Inspired Wedding Reception Decor,White Hydrangeas, Ivory Roses, Greenery Bouquet Tall Centerpiece on Clear Class Cylinder Vase

What did you look for in a wedding venue?
Something that could stand on its own and be beautiful without much décor, also something that felt unique to St. Pete.

I want to learn more about weddings at The Birchwood

Book with confidence. The Birchwood is a trusted Marry Me Tampa Bay preferred wedding venue. Powered by ConvertKit

The Birchwood ballroom is so beautiful and the location is second to none. During the whole process, everyone made wedding planning so easy and enjoyable. I was incredibly pleased with the service they provided, and was even more thrilled with the food! For the size of our wedding, the pricing was something that worked really well for us, plus the dining options were really standout. Truly not your traditional wedding food!

Three Tier White Ruffle Wedding Cake Decorate with Real White and Ivory Roses and Greenery, Gold Laser Cut Custom Cake Topper on Silver Cake Stand | Downtown St Pete Boutique Hotel Wedding Venue The Birchwood

What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay couples?
Try to relax and take it all in! Learn to enjoy every moment and don’t sweat the small stuff! Even though it may seem big on the day of, it’ll only distract you and take away from your day and your memories if you let it get to you. Seriously, just forget about it. Oh, and take your honeymoon immediately, don’t delay!

Ceremony: St. Petersburg Woman’s Club
Reception and Caterer: The Birchwood *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Venue
Photographer: Amber McWhorter Photography
Planner: Days Remembered by ND
Florist: Mildred Maloney Flowers
Photo booth: Memorable Event Pics & Solutions
Cake: Publix
DJ: DJ Fresh
Officiant: Friend
Dress: Hayley Paige (Chantelle Gown)
Bridesmaid Dress: Show Me Your Mumu
Hair & Makeup: Michele Renee The Studio *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
Cocktail Hour Acoustic Guitarist: Casey Stidham
Invitations: Minted




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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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