Modern, Romantic, Latin Inspired St. Pete Beach Wedding | The Don CeSar Hotel

 

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Frances and Markham’s St. Pete Beach wedding was a modern-day Latin love story filled with romantic touches and Cuban style.

The South Tampa couple hosted their wedding weekend at St. Pete Beach wedding venue The Don Cesar as a “staycation” for their friends and family who live mostly in the Tampa Bay area.

“We searched for a large space to dance and a great location with plenty of activities to fill a weekend,” the bride explained. “The Don looks like a palace and is such a beautiful hotel. Everyone was very accommodating; they were open to all my unique and sometimes crazy ideas!”

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Turning to Marry Me Tampa Bay for assistance when researching vendors, the bride searched

“Marry Me Tampa Bay helped me choose vendors and get ideas,” Frances shared. “We found a majority of our vendors through a combination of Marry Me Tampa Bay, Instagram, Pinterest, friends, and word of mouth.”

The bride and groom searched for a St. Pete wedding photographer who they could easily connect and instantly clicked with Marc, owner of Marc Edwards Photographs.

“We wanted someone we could get along with, who could make us feel comfortable while shooting. We liked that we could hang and have a beer with him too,” Frances explained. “We loved his work, personality, and the results were perfection!”

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Incorporating their personalities into the wedding through every detail from colors, decor, food, and music, the couple wanted their wedding cake to tie into their modern and romantic theme.

“We wanted a cake that was simple appearing on the outside, yet bursting with unique flavor on the inside. We had orchids on the cake tiers made of sugar that looked so real,” the bride beamed. “We loved Jovana’s personality, and the cake from the Artistic Whisk was delicious! We had two very different, unique flavors coconut rum roasted pineapple and hazelnut espresso!”

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Looking back, Frances and Markham loved celebrating with their guests, especially during the Hora Loca, known as The Crazy Hour, a South American tradition.

“We had foam hats, LED light up sunglasses, whistles, maracas, and other props for the guests while a group of exotic performers, drummers, stilt-walkers, and dancers paraded through the dance floor. The energy was amazing!” the bride reminisced.

White Christian Louboutin Wedding Day Heels with Custom Perfume Bottle | Wedding Gifts for Bride

Oscar De La Renta A-Line Wedding Dress with Lace Detail

Bride and Mother of the Bride Wedding Portrait | St. Pete Wedding Photographer Marc Edwards Photographs

Bride Wedding Hair Updo and Makeup Portrait | St. Pete Wedding Photographer Marc Edwards Photographs

Bride Wedding Portrait, Oscar De La Renta Wedding Dress | St. Pete Wedding Photographer Marc Edwards Photographs

Bride and Father of the Bride Wedding Portrait, Oscar De La Renta Wedding Dress | St. Pete Wedding Photographer Marc Edwards Photographs

Bridal Wedding Portrait, Oscar De La Renta Wedding Dress | St. Pete Wedding Photographer Marc Edwards Photographs

St. Pete Wedding Ceremony Venue. St. Mary Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church

St. Pete Wedding Ceremony Venue. St. Mary Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church

Bride and Father of Bride Walking Down Aisle at Wedding Ceremony Portrait

Catholic Wedding Ceremony Portrait | St. Pete Wedding Ceremony Venue. St. Mary Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church

Catholic Wedding Ceremony Portrait of Bride and Groom | St. Pete Wedding Ceremony Venue. St. Mary Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church | St. Pete Wedding Photographer Marc Edwards Photographs

The Proposal:
On the top of Mount Bonell in Austin, TX.

Bridal Party Wedding Portrait | St. Pete Wedding Ceremony Venue. St. Mary Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church | St. Pete Wedding Photographer Marc Edwards Photographs

Bride and Bridesmaids Wedding Party Portrait in Silk Floral Bridesmaids Dresses | St. Pete Wedding Photographer Marc Edwards Photographs

How would you describe your theme?
Modern, romantic, Latin.

What were your colors?
Gold, green, pink, blue, and white. I really wanted to have a unique take on weddings and nothing needed to match. Even the bridesmaids had multicolor dresses!

Bride and Groom Wedding Day Portrait | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Marc Edwards Photographs

Bride and Groom Unique Wedding Day Portraits | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Marc Edwards Photographs

Bride and Groom Rainy Wedding Day Portraits | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Marc Edwards Photographs

What did you look for in a wedding photographer?
Someone we could get along with and made us feel comfortable while shooting.

I want to learn more about Marc Edwards Photographs.

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We loved Marc, of Marc Edwards Photographs, work, personality, and the results were perfection! We liked that we could hang and have a beer with him too.

Bride and Groom Wedding Day Portrait | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Marc Edwards Photographs

Bride and Groom Wedding Day Portrait | Oscar de la Renta Wedding Dress with Ivory and Pink Bouquet | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Marc Edwards Photographs

Wedding Day Decor Details | Mirrored Wedding Welcome Sign

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What did you look for in a wedding venue?
A large space to dance in a great location with plenty of activities to fill a weekend.

I want to learn more about weddings at The Don CeSar.

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The Don CeSar looks like a palace, such a beautiful hotel. They were very accommodating and open to all my unique and sometimes crazy ideas!

Florida Inspired Wedding Reception Decor | Tropical Inspired Wedding Reception Centerpieces with White Orchids and Palm Leaves

Florida Inspired Wedding Reception Table Decor | Tropical Inspired Wedding Reception Centerpieces with White Orchids and Palm Leaves with Table Number Frames

St. Pete Wedding Reception Tablescape | Brown Chiavari Chairs and Gold Charger Plates with Custom Monogram Napkins

Elegant Wedding Reception Inspiration | Custom Monogram Linen Napkins with Round Menu Card and Gold Charger Plate

Six Tiered Modern, White and Gold Simple Wedding Cake with White Orchid Sugar Flowers by St. Pete Wedding Cake Artist The Artistic Whisk | Wedding Reception Decor Detail at The Don Cesar

What was your wedding dessert inspiration?
Modern and romantic. Simple appearing on the outside and bursting with unique flavor on the inside. We had orchids on the cake tiers made of sugar that looked so real.

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We loved Jovana’s personality, and the cake from the Artistic Whisk was delicious! We had two very different, unique flavors coconut rum roasted pineapple and hazelnut espresso!

Bride and Groom First Wedding Dance at St. Pete Wedding Venue The Don Cesar Hotel | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Marc Edwards Photographs

Tampa Bay Wedding Reception | Hora Loca, Latin Inspired Wedding Entertainment

Tampa Bay Wedding Reception | Hora Loca, Latin Inspired Wedding Entertainment

What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay couples?
It’s your day so make it exactly how you want it!

Ceremony Venue: St. Mary Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church
Reception Venue and Catering: The Don CeSar Hotel *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Venue
Photographer: Marc Edwards Photographs *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Videographer: Life’s Highlights
Florist and Rentals: Botanica International Design and Decor Studio
Cake: The Artistic Whisk *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro 
Band: Blonde/Latin Ambition by Eklectic Entertainment
Invitations: Invitation Galleria
Dress Shop and Designer: Ever After Miami – Oscar de la Renta
Makeup: Makeup by Marissa
Hair: Haute Hair Studio Tampa
Mobile Coffee Bar: Café Ala Carte
Hora Loca show: Black and Wine Events

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