With vampire ring bearers, wedding guests dressed as Dr. Seuss characters and Cruella Deville and zombie wedding photos, Bradenton couple Jodi and Jared hosted a St. Petersburg wedding that was anything but “cookie cutter.”
“I had always wanted a Halloween wedding,” Jodi shared.
While it can be difficult to pull off an elegant Halloween wedding, the bride swapped the traditional orange and black for a classier red and black. The combination of black bridesmaid dresses with red shoes and bouquets, along with black linens and deep red rose centerpieces made the wedding decor pop.
The bride's attention to detail and crafty DIY skills made her wedding decor complement the spooky theme.
“We had a lot of personal touches and DIY, from the dress I designed to the ceremony decor,” Jodi explained. “I also made the groom's cake and the chocolate skull for the wedding cake.”
To capture this Halloween wedding, the pair hired St. Petersburg wedding photographer Carrie Wildes Photography.
“We were looking for someone with a similar style who could understand our theme and vision for the wedding,” Jodi explained. “I chose Carrie Wildes Photography because her photos seemed the most modern, and she had several associates available that could work with our budget.”
Along with her St. Pete wedding photography, food was very important to the Halloween bride, who used the museum's in-house wedding caterer Olympia Catering.
“The food was great because I put a lot of time into designing the menu and went to 3-4 tastings to make sure it was the way I wanted,” Jodi said.
Looking back, the bride said her most memorable moments were “walking down the aisle and the reactions to her creepy ceremony music.”
“It was important we created a really fun and festive atmosphere that we and our guests could really enjoy,” Jodi shared.
“We were looking for someone with a similar style who could understand our theme and vision for the wedding. “I chose Carrie Wildes Photography because her photos seemed the most modern, and she had several associates available that could work with our budget.” – The Bride
The DIY bride made the groom's cake and the chocolate skull for the wedding cake.
“It was important we created a really fun and festive atmosphere that we and our guests could really enjoy,” – The Bride
What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay Brides?
I would suggest to do a lot of tastings for your food to make sure you are happy with it, request a photo of your cake before the wedding day to make sure it is the way you wanted it, make sure your DJ's sound equipment is working properly before the ceremony and try walking in your dress with your shoes before the ceremony. (I didn't realize mine was a little too long and was tripping down the aisle!)
Make sure you appoint someone from the bridal party to keep you on track for the reception events (If you don't have a wedding planner).
St. Petersburg Wedding Venue: Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg Wedding Photographer: Carrie Wildes Photography
St. Petersburg Wedding Caterer: Olympia Catering
St. Petersburg Wedding Ceremony and Reception Dresses: Maggie Soterro and Alita Graham (from Kleinfelds New York)
St. Petersburg Groomsmen Tuxedos: Men's Wearhouse
St. Petersburg Wedding Invitations: Invitation Box
We are proud to have Carrie Wildes Photography as a Marry Me Tampa Bay sponsor!