Luxurious Downtown St. Pete Indian Fusion Wedding | Vinoy Renaissance

 

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Mary and Prateek’s colorful downtown St. Pete Indian fusion wedding featured a vibrant outdoor ceremony and a stunning ballroom reception. Adding plenty of personalities, the bride and groom incorporated their favorite local coffee shop, a special whiskey bar, and an unforgettable surprise Bollywood performance.

“We wanted to take the important and unique parts of our Hindu and Christian cultures and fuse them together in the most harmonious way possible. It was important to us to fully embrace the Hindu traditions, but keep it somewhat westernized as well,” Mary explained. “We decided it would be best to do a Hindu wedding ceremony, with some American twists, and fuse in a Christian ceremony at the same time. For the reception, it was the same idea⁠. Combine the best of both cultures with the décor, the food, and the entertainment!”

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To help gain inspiration and insight, Mary utilized Marry Me Tampa Bay’s real wedding free planning tools to connect with other local brides.

“I reached out to other Indian or fusion brides through Marry Me Tampa Bay to see what challenges they faced, how they overcame them. and was even referred to a few vendors that I used just through meeting other brides in the area. I always vetted them through Marry Me Tampa Bay,” the bride shared.

In search of the perfect wedding venue to celebrate the bride and groom’s 11-year relationship, the couple searched for a space that was unique and provided a wow factor.

“We didn’t want to choose a space that felt like any old ballroom. We looked at a few other local venues, but none of them were big enough or had the character or flexibility quite like The Vinoy,” the bride beamed. “We currently reside about two miles from the Vinoy. We met in downtown St. Pete, live here and love it here, so we decided that the wedding should completely embody those things that we loved. The Vinoy was featured on Marry Me Tampa Bay so I definitely used that for stalking of ideas on ballroom sets and creative ideas for photo opportunities! It is historic and elegant and showcases the city beautifully. As for their Grand Ballroom, it was the perfect blend of everything we wanted in a venue space. Plus the whole staff was very accommodating to all of our requests!”

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It was love at first sight for Mary, as she found her dress online long before she and Prateek were officially engaged. Luckily, when the time finally came, Isabel O’Neil Bridal Collection was one of the few boutiques in Tampa Bay that sold the specific designer she was searching for.

“I had seen a specific gown via social media that I fell in love with from Galia Lahav and had pinned it as my dream dress. When the time arrived and I got engaged, Isabel O’Neil just so happened to have a Galia Lahav trunk show the next month after,” the bride gushed. “I called the store, and they were extremely accommodating, kind, and made sure the designer sent a sample dress from their HQ in Tel Aviv so that I could see it in person. Once I saw it, I was hooked. It was the first dress I saw, and the one I ended up with! Nothing ever compared!”

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Choosing a hair and makeup artist who could help capture both cultures was important to the bride and Michele Renee The Studio worked their magic to help achieve the perfect look.

“I found Michele Renee The Studio through Marry Me Tampa Bay; they are known in the area for being the experts at South Asian weddings. Because I was doing fusion with both Indian and American elements, it was important to find a studio that understood the important aspects of both while also staying true to myself,” the bride shared. “The artists from Michele Renee were extremely professional, knowledgeable and respectful with all of the different wedding customs that we incorporated, so I knew that we were meant for each other!”

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Every couple has their favorite moment from their blissful day, but one special one stood out the most to Mary and Prateek.

“For both of us, there was a defining moment that we will never forget,” the bride blushed. “Prateek and his family and friends were making their way down 5th Ave in front of the Vinoy during his Baraat. He was on horseback, the DJ and drums were playing, everyone was dancing and having an amazing time. I was on the pool deck at the Vinoy peering below onto the street for the first time watching it all come together and saw how absolutely happy everyone was. Shortly after that, I was peeking down from the deck above and Prateek and I locked eyes and waved to each other. At that moment, it was like time froze.”

Bride on Balcony of Tropical, Florida Resort Waterfront Wedding Venue | The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club

Hindu, Indian Bride Getting Ready Hair and Makeup Beauty Wedding Portrait | Tampa Bay Bridal Hair and Makeup Artist Michele Renee The Studio

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Tampa Traditional Indian Hindu Bride and Groom First Look Wedding Portrait, Groom in Black and Gold Sherwani Turban, Bride in Custom Purple Velvet and Gold Lehenga

Tampa Traditional Indian Hindu Bride and Groom First Look Wedding Portrait, Groom in Black and Gold Sherwani Turban, Bride in Custom Purple Velvet and Gold Lehenga

The Proposal:
Prateek and I were on a Christmas vacation in the Bahamas. We spent a beautiful Christmas Eve boating around the Exumas and topped it off with a great meal at the historic Graycliff Hotel. He proposed almost at midnight on Christmas Eve after dinner in front of a Christmas tree made of wine bottles, and he had the hotel staff in on the entire thing!

Traditional Indian Hindu Bride and Groom First Look Wedding Portrait, Groom in Black and Gold Sherwani Turban, Bride in Custom Purple Velvet and Gold Lehenga and Extravagant Gold Bridal Jewelry, Bridal Mehndi Henna Tattoo | Tampa Bay Bridal Hair and Makeup Artist Michele Renee The Studio

What were your wedding hair and makeup inspiration?
I found Michele Renee the Studio through Marry Me Tampa Bay; they are known in the area for being the experts at South Asian weddings. Because I was doing fusion with both Indian and American elements, it was important to find a studio that understood the important aspects of both while also staying true to myself.

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

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The artists from Michele Renee were extremely professional, knowledgeable and respectful with all of the different wedding customs that we incorporated, so I knew that we were meant for each other!

St. Pete Traditional Indian Hindu Bride and Bridal Party Portrait, Bridesmaids in Luxurious Red and Gold Saris Holding Purple and Green Floral Bouquets | Tampa Bay Bridal Hair and Makeup Artist Michele Renee The Studio

St. Petersburg Traditional Indian Hindu Bride and Groom, Wedding Party Portrait, Bridesmaids in Luxurious Red and Gold Saris Holding Purple and Green Floral Bouquets, Groomsmen in White and Red Sherwani and Turbans, Flower Girls in Purple, Red and Gold Saris

Traditional Indian, Hindu Wedding Ceremony Decor, White and Gold Elephant Statue with Red, Purple, Lilac, Plum and Greenery Floral arrangement, Round Table with Gold Glitter Linen, Gold Ganesha Elephant God Statue | St. Petersburg Wedding Venue North Straub Park | Indian Wedding Inspiration

Traditional Indian, Groom Riding Horse Entering Wedding Reception in Black and Gold Sherwani and Turban, Bride in Extravagant Gold Bridal Jewelry, Purple Velvet and Gold Custom Lehenga Riding in Carriage | St. Petersburg Wedding Venue North Straub Park

Traditional Indian, Hindu Groom in Black and Gold Sherwani and Turban Processional Wedding Portrait, Bride Walking into Wedding Ceremony | St. Pete Wedding Venue North Straub Park

Luxurious Indian Hindu Traditional Wedding Ceremony Portrait of Bride and Groom Under Elegant Red, Gold and Purple Draping with Extravagant Colorful Lush Red, Purple, Plum, Lilac Floral Arrangements | St. Pete Wedding Venue North Straub Park

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How would you describe your theme/wedding design inspiration? 
We wanted to take the important and unique parts of our Hindu and Christian cultures and fuse them together in the most harmonious way possible. It was important to us to fully embrace the Hindu traditions, but keep it somewhat westernized as well. We decided it would be best to do a Hindu wedding ceremony, with some American twists, and fuse in a Christian ceremony at the same time. For the reception, it was the same idea⁠, combine the best of both cultures with the décor, the food, and the entertainment!

What were your colors?
Indian weddings are full of all of the colors of the rainbow! We knew we wanted the ceremony to be bright and vibrant and full of those bold colors and the reception to be more classic. The flowers on top of the trellis in North Straub Park, where we held our ceremony, were a beautiful dark pink against the bright white of the trellis. We wanted to play off of that color wheel and incorporate the dark pinks with purples, and some gold for extra sparkle. I have always been drawn to dark purple, so we incorporated those same purple hues into the evening reception space in the Vinoy ballroom to tie it all together.

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Closeup Wedding Portrait of Indian Bridal Mehndi Henna Tattoo

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Elegant Luxurious Traditional Indian Bride in Custom Purple Velvet, Black and Gold Lehenga, Extravagant Gold Bridal Jewelry Beauty Wedding Portrait | Tampa Bay Bridal Hair and Makeup Artist Michele Renee The Studio

Florida Indian Bride in Fitted High Neck Long Sleeve Lace and Illusion Elegant Classic Wedding Dress | South Tampa Couture Wedding Dress Boutique Isabel O'Neil Bridal Collection | Galia Lahav Couture Wedding Dress | Tampa Bay Bridal Hair and Makeup Artist Michele Renee The Studio

What did you look for in a wedding reception gown?
Isabel O’Neil Bridal Collection was the only boutique in the Tampa area that sold Galia Lahav gowns. I had seen a specific gown via social media that I fell in love with from that designer, and had pinned it as my dream dress. When the time arrived and I got engaged, Isabel O’Neil just so happened to have a Galia Lahav trunk show the next month after.

I want to learn more about wedding attire from Isabel O'Neil Bridal.

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I called the store and they were extremely accommodating, kind, and made sure the designer sent a sample dress from their HQ in Tel Aviv so that I could see it in person. Once I saw it, I was hooked. It was the first dress I saw, and the one I ended up with! Nothing ever compared!

Florida Indian Bride Beauty Wedding Portrait in Floral Lace and Illusion Fitted High Neckline Long Sleeve Wedding Dress and Updo | South Tampa Couture Wedding Dress Boutique Isabel O'Neil Bridal Collection | Galia Lahav Couture Wedding Dress | Tampa Bay Bridal Hair and Makeup Artist Michele Renee The Studio

Elegant, Extravagant Wedding Reception Decor Portrait, Long Table with Gold Linen, Gold Chiavari Chairs, Tall Purple, Red, Plum, Lilac, Greenery and Purple Hanging Amaranthus Floral Centerpiece, Artistic Glass Chandelier | Downtown St. Pete Hotel Ballroom Wedding Venue The Vinoy Renaissance

Elegant, Extravagant Wedding Reception Decor Portrait, Long Table with Gold Linen, Gold Chiavari Chairs, Tall Purple, Plum, Lilac, Red Greenery and Purple Hanging Amaranthus Floral Centerpiece | Downtown St. Pete Hotel Ballroom Wedding Venue The Vinoy Renaissance

Elegant, Lush Wedding Reception Decor Portrait, Purple Hanging Amaranthus, Ivory, Red, Lilac and Greenery Floral Arrangement

Elegant and Luxurious Wedding Reception Decor Portrait, Round Table with Gold Linen, Tall Purple, Plum, Lilac, Ivory and Hanging Amaranthus and Draped Crystals Floral Centerpiece

Elegant and Classic Four Tier White and Gold Wedding Cake, Bottom Tier with White Frosted Icing Roses, Gold Beaded and Quilted Tier on Gold Cake Stand | Tiered Wedding Cake by The Vinoy Renaissance

Custom Cigars for Indian Wedding Reception

Prateek’s family’s business started out in the cigar industry in early 1970’s. Because the cigar industry was so important to the early roots of success, we had a cigar roller at our cocktail hour as an ode to where it all began.

Indian Bride and Groom First Dance Wedding Portrait, Bride in Elegant Fitted Lace and Illusion High Neck and Long Sleeve Galia Lahav Wedding Dress Holding Purple, Lilac and Greenery Floral Bouquet | Downtown St. Pete Grand Ballroom Wedding Venue The Vinoy Renaissance | South Tampa Couture Wedding Dress Boutique Isabel O'Neil Bridal Collection

Florida Indian Bride and Groom First Dance Grand Ballroom Wedding Reception Portrait | Downtown St. Pete Ballroom Wedding Venue The Vinoy Renaissance

What did you look for in a wedding venue?
Choosing a location that was unique was important to us. We didn’t want to choose a space that felt like any old ballroom. We looked at a few other local venues, but none of them were big enough or had the character or flexibility quite like The Vinoy. We currently reside about two miles from the Vinoy. We met in downtown St. Pete, live here and love it here, so we decided that the wedding should completely embody those things that we loved.

I want to learn more about weddings at the Vinoy Renaissance.

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The Vinoy Renaissance is historic and elegant and showcases the city beautifully. It was featured on Marry Me Tampa Bay so I definitely used that for stalking of ideas on ballroom sets and creative ideas for photo opportunities! As for their Grand Ballroom,⁠ it was the perfect blend of everything we wanted in a venue space. Plus the whole staff was very accommodating to all of our requests!

Indian Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait on Elegant White Loveseat with White, Purple and Gold Draping Backdrop | Tampa Wedding Hair and Makeup Artist Michele Renee the Studio | Tampa Couture Wedding Dress Boutique Isabel O'Neil Bridal Collection

Florida Bride and Wedding Party Performing Traditional Bollywood Dance | Tampa Couture Wedding Dress Boutique Isabel O'Neil Bridal Collection

What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay couples?
Make a list of your top two or three things that are the most important to you for your wedding. Whenever you find yourself caught up in a decision or are feeling overwhelmed with choices, whether it’s colors or place settings or dresses or jewelry or whatever other general anxiety may arise, go back to those two or three things and remind yourself what’s really important. Everything else will fall into place.

Baraat: 5th Ave NE/Bayshore Drive NE
Ceremony: North Straub Park
Reception Venue: The Vinoy Renaissance – Grand Ballroom *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Venue
Photographer: Trenholm Photo
Videographer: Voila Cinematic
Planner: Eventrics Weddings
Florist, Rentals & Decor: Suhaag Garden
Caterer: Tabla Cuisine
Cake: The Vinoy Renaissance (tiered cake), Wright’s Gourmet House
DJ and Dhol Player: DJ Pavan, Pavan Events
Cocktail Hour and First Dance Guitarist: Dean Johanesen
Officiant: Hindu Pundit – Deep Logani
Christian Officiant: Matt Conigliaro
Invitations: Design by Harpriya Singh (India)
Baraat Horse and Carriage: Downtown Horse & Carriage
Ceremony Dress: Custom Purple Velvet Lehenga Made in India, Customized Through Nazranaa (New Jersey)
Reception Gown:  Isabel O’Neil Bridal Collection, Galia Lahav *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Bridesmaid Ceremony Saris: Ethnic Rack (custom made in India)
Hair & Makeup: Michele Renee the Studio *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Bridal Mehndi & Sari Wrapping: Tejal Henna
Coffee: Kahwa Kahwagon Coffee Truck
Nitrogen Ice Cream: Private Island Ice Cream
Signage & Seating Chart Boards: Levimar & Co
Bollywood Dancers & Lessons: Srishti Dance Academy
Ceremony Staging & Raise Aisle: Rent All-City
Bridal Bouquet: Abigail Grace Bridal Accessories
Friday Night Welcome Reception Venue: Station House *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Venue Friday Night Welcome Catering: Ichicoro Ane and LOCALE Gourmet Market




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