Modern, Tropical Ybor City Wedding | The Cuban Club
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Modern, Tropical Ybor City Wedding | The Cuban Club

Modern tropical weddings are always fitting in the sunshine state and Tampa Bay event planner and designer EventFull Weddings combined inspiration from Ybor City's historical roots with elements of the past and the trends of today.

As part of the Tie the Knot Ybor wedding showcase, Karen Cerboni, Owner and Lead Planner of EventFull Weddings, transformed The Cuban Club, a three-story building listed on the National Register of Historic Places, which represents generations of Tampa's cigar rollers and Cuban-American culture.

“Inspired by the venue, we honored the building's historical significance to Tampa and to Ybor City by choosing a Cuban-themed photo shoot. We wanted an Old Havana Cuban feel but with a more formal twist consistent with the building’s architecture and interior,” the wedding planner explained. “The ballroom has a beautiful turquoise ceiling, so we decided to play off that with turquoise linens. We used tropical florals in peach and pinks and a lot of tropical greenery. Gold was used for accents to compliment all of the gold chandeliers.”

The tropical celebration featured multiple guest experiences such as a popsicle cart and mimosa bar, as well as a greenery wall from Gabro Event Services adorned with a collection of fedoras that created an eye-catching seating chart while giving a nod to Cuban culture. The third floor brought in beams of sunshine through the original stained glass windows, showcasing the luxurious details of the ceremony and the reception's gold Napoleon chairs from A Chair Affair. Originally known as a hidden paradise, the old-Florida aesthetic was blended into the tablescape with exotic fruit, turquoise linens, and Key Lime seating cards.

I loved incorporating the fruit into the floral design and the fedora seating chart. Head to the grocery store and pick out all kinds of tropical fruits to accent your floral design and use as décor around your venue and purchase décor items like the fedoras that are consistent with the tropical theme,” Karen shared about recreating the look. “Have your florist help with choosing tropical florals and colors consistent with the theme. Renting tropical plants goes a long way to enhance your floral budget and fill in spaces.”

Not to be outshined by the creativity of the decor, the bride's boho glam aesthetic from Adore Bridal and The Dressing Room created endless wow-worthy photography moments.

“My favorite elements of this shoot were the wedding dress and crown. It was so perfect for the theme.” the planner revealed.

Tampa Historic Wedding Venue The Cuban Club
Colorful and Floral Wedding Invitation Suite with Watercolor Wedding Venue Historic Tampa The Cuban Club Design, Gold Painted Monstera Leaf, Pink Pin Cushion Protea, Pink Garden Rose, Engagement Ring in Mauve Ring Box | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner Eventfull Weddings
Colorful and Floral Wedding Invitation Suite with Watercolor Wedding Venue Historic Tampa The Cuban Club Design, Gold Painted Monstera Leaf, Pink Pin Cushion Protea, Pink Garden Rose, Engagement Ring in Mauve Ring Box | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner Eventfull Weddings
Vintage Starburst Rose Gold Engagement Ring in Mauve Ring Box
Vintage Strapless Wedding Dress Hanging on Elaborate Iron Gate Doors
Florida Bride Wearing Strapless Vintage Wedding Dress with Fringe Off the Shoulder Sleeves, Gold and Ivory Floral Crown | Adore Bridal Hair and Makeup
Florida Bride Wearing Vintage Strapless Wedding Dress with Fringe Off the Shoulder Sleeves Holding Colorful Floral Bouquet | Historic Tampa Wedding Venue The Cuban Club
Florida Bride and Groom Intimate Portrait in Hallway of Historic Tampa Wedding Venue The Cuban Club | Wedding Planner Eventfull Weddings
Florida Bride and Groom Sitting on Turquoise Velvet Couch at Tampa Historic Wedding Venue The Cuban Club | Wedding Planner Eventfull Weddings | Tabletop Wedding Rentals A Chair Affair | Wedding Hair and Makeup Adore Bridal Hair and Makeup
Florida Bride Wearing Vintage Strapless Sweetheart Neckline and Fringe Off the Shoulder Sleeve and Gold, Ivory Crown, Holding Tropical Pink Anthurium, Greenery, Pink Pin Cushion Protea Floral Bouquet and Groom Wearing White and Black Collar Tuxedo on Velvet Turquoise Couch | Wedding Hair and Makeup Adore Bridal Hair and Makeup
Florida Bride and Groom Sitting on Turquoise Velvet Couch at Tampa Historic Wedding Venue The Cuban Club | Wedding Planner Eventfull Weddings | Tabletop Wedding Rental A Chair Affair | Wedding Hair and Makeup Adore Bridal Hair and Makeup

What was the inspiration for the design of this shoot? 

We decided to honor the building's historical significance to Tampa and to Ybor City by choosing a Cuban-themed photo shoot.

Florida Groom Wearing White and Black Collar Tuxedo, Bride Wearing Vintage Lace and Fringe Off the Shoulder Sleeve Wedding Dress with Train and Gold, Flower Crown Holding Colorful Tropical Floral Bouquet Standing on Staircase, Pink Anthuriums, Monstera Palm Leaves | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner Eventfull Weddings | Historic Tampa Wedding Venue The Cuban Club | Wedding Hair and Makeup Adore Bridal Hair and Makeup
Tropical Colorful Floral Welcome Wedding Sign | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner Eventfull Weddings
Elegant Tropical Wedding Floral Decor, Gold Painted Monstera Leaves, Palm Fronds, Pink Roses, Pin Cushion Protea, Pink Ginger, Orange Flowers, Floating Candles | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner Eventfull Weddings
Tropical Wedding Ceremony Decor, Floating Candles, Palm Fronds Lining Aisle | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner Eventfull Weddings
Tropical Elegant Wedding Ceremony Decor, Tropical Arch with Palm Fronts, Gold Painted Monstera Leaves, Pink Ginger, Pink Anthuriums and Orange Flowers, Floating Candles, Gold Vintage Chairs, White Linen Draping Backdrop | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner Eventfull Weddings | Wedding Linen Rentals Gabro Event Services | Wedding Chair Rentals A Chair Affair
Elegant Tropical Floral Wedding Ceremony Decor, Gold Painted Monstera Leaves, Palm Fronds, Pink Anthurium, Coral Roses, Pin Cushion Proteas | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner Eventfull Weddings
Tropical Elegant Wedding Ceremony Decor, Tropical Arch with Palm Fronts, Gold Painted Monstera Leaves, Pink Ginger, Pink Anthuriums and Orange Flowers, Floating Candles, Gold Vintage Chairs, White Linen Draping Backdrop | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner Eventfull Weddings | Wedding Linen Rentals Gabro Event Services
Tropical Elegant Wedding Ceremony Decor, Tropical Arch with Palm Fronts, Gold Painted Monstera Leaves, Pink Ginger, Pink Anthuriums and Orange Flowers, Floating Candles, Gold Vintage Chairs, White Linen Draping Backdrop | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner Eventfull Weddings | Wedding Linen Rentals Gabro Event Services

How would you describe your theme?

The theme was inspired by the venue. We wanted an Old Havana Cuban feel, but with a more formal twist consistent with the building’s architecture and interior.

What were your colors? 

The ballroom has a beautiful turquoise ceiling, so we decided to play off that with turquoise linens. We used tropical florals in peach and pinks and a lot of tropical greenery. Gold was used for accents to compliment all of the gold chandeliers.

Bride and Groom Under Tropical Elegant Wedding Ceremony Decor, Tropical Arch with Palm Fronts, Gold Painted Monstera Leaves, Pink Ginger, Pink Anthuriums and Orange Flowers, Floating Candles, Gold Vintage Chairs, White Linen Draping Backdrop | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner Eventfull Weddings | Wedding Linen Rentals Gabro Event Services | Wedding Chair Rentals A Chair Affair
Vintage Bride Wearing Lace Strapless Sweetheart Neckline Fringe Off the Shoulder Sleeve Wedding Dress with Train, Gold Flower Crown Holding Colorful Tropical Floral Bouquet with Groom in White and Black Collar Tuxedo Standing in Streets of Tampa | Wedding Hair and Makeup Adore Bridal Hair and Makeup
Vintage Bride Wearing Lace Strapless Sweetheart Neckline Fringe Off the Shoulder Sleeve Wedding Dress with Train, Gold Flower Crown Holding Colorful Tropical Floral Bouquet with Groom in White and Black Collar Tuxedo Standing in Streets of Tampa | Wedding Hair and Makeup Adore Bridal Hair and Makeup
Vintage Bride Wearing Lace Strapless Sweetheart Neckline Fringe Off the Shoulder Sleeve Wedding Dress with Train, Gold Flower Crown and Fringe Veil Holding Colorful Tropical Floral Bouquet with Groom in White and Black Collar Tuxedo Standing in Streets of Tampa | Wedding Hair and Makeup Adore Bridal Hair and Makeup
Vintage Bride Wearing Lace Strapless Sweetheart Neckline Fringe Off the Shoulder Sleeve Wedding Dress with Train, Gold Flower Crown and Fringe Veil Holding Colorful Tropical Floral Bouquet with Groom in White and Black Collar Tuxedo Standing in Streets of Tampa Portrait | Wedding Hair and Makeup Adore Bridal Hair and Makeup
Florida Bride Wearing Vintage Strapless Wedding Dress with Fringe Off the Shoulder Sleves, Gold and Flower Crown | Tampa Bay Adore Bridal Hair and Makeup

What were your favorite elements of this shoot? 

My favorite elements of this shoot were the wedding dress and crown. It was so perfect for the theme. I also loved incorporating the fruit into the floral design and the fedora seating chart.

Florida Bride and Groom Outside Historic Tampa Wedding Venue The Cuban Club
Florida Vintage Bride and Groom on Balcony of Historic Tampa Wedding Venue The Cuban Club
Florida Bride Wearing Vintage Strapless Wedding Dress Sitting at Bar | Historic Tampa Wedding Venue The Cuban Club | Adore Bridal Hair and Makeup
Vintage Bamboo Wooden Bar Cart with Greenery Garland | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner Eventfull Weddings
Old Havana Cuban Wedding Reception Decor, Greenery Boxwood Wall with Tan Panama Hats, White Neon Light "Better Together" Sign | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner Eventfull Weddings | Wedding Boxwood and Lighting Rental Gabro Event Services | Ybor City Wedding Venue The Cuban Club
  
White Neon "Better Together" Sign on Greenery Boxwood Wall and Old Cuban Tan Hats | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner Eventfull Weddings | Wedding Rentals Gabro Event Services
Old Havana Club Wedding Reception Decor, Tan Panama Hats, White Diamond Shaped Seating Card with Watercolor Wedding Venue The Cuban Club and Pink Tassels | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner Eventfull Weddings
Old Havana Cuban Wedding Reception Decor, Long Feasting Table with White Table Linen, Vintage Gold Chairs, Pink Candlesticks, Bride and Groom Sitting at Table, White Linen Backdrop | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner Eventfull Weddings | Wedding Rentals A Chair Affairs, Gabro Event Services | Ybor City Historic Wedding Venue The Cuban Club
Old Havana Cuba Wedding Reception Decor, White Linen Long Table with Pink Candlesticks, Tropical Fruit Papaya, Limes, Greenery Garland, Vintage Gold Chairs | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner Eventfull Weddings | Wedding Rentals Gabro Event Services, A Chair Affair
Old Havana Cuba Wedding Reception Decor, White Linen Long Table with Pink Candlesticks, Tropical Fruit Papaya, Limes, Coconuts, Greenery Garland, Vintage Gold Chairs | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner Eventfull Weddings | Wedding Rentals Gabro Event Services, A Chair Affair
Old Havana Cuban Wedding Tabletop Reception Decor, Gold Rimmed China Plates, Turquoise Linen Napkin, Gold Flatware, White Diamond Shaped Menu with Watercolor Wedding Venue Image of Historic The Cuban Club | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner Eventfull Weddings | Wedding Rentals A Chair Affair
Tropical Wedding Reception Decor, Gold Rimmed Plate with Lime Fruit and Diamond Shaped Place Card, Papaya Fruit Centerpiece | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner Eventfull Weddings | Tabletop Wedding Rentals A Chair Affair
Old Havana Cuban Wedding Reception Decor, Long Feasting Table with White Table Linen, Vintage Gold Chairs, Pink Candlesticks, Bride and Groom Sitting at Table, White Linen Backdrop | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner Eventfull Weddings | Wedding Rentals A Chair Affairs, Gabro Event Services | Ybor City Historic Wedding Venue The Cuban Club
Five Tier White and Green Palm Leave Painted Wedding Cake Decorated with Pink Anthurium, Gold Painted Monstera Leaf, Mini Pineapple, Pink Pin Cushion Flower Cake Topper | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner Eventfull Weddings
Five Tier White and Green Palm Leave Painted Wedding Cake Decorated with Pink Anthurium, Gold Painted Monstera Leaf, Mini Pineapple, Pink Pin Cushion Flower Cake Topper | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner Eventfull Weddings

Estimated Cost of Wedding for 150 Guests: Pricing: Ceremony and Reception Venue: $4,000 | Photographer: $3,500 | Designer an Stylist for Full Planning and Day of Coordination: $4,000 | Florist: $5,000 | Furniture, Tabletop Rental and Decor: $6,000 | Cake: $600 | Models: Emma Grace Pitts and Tyler Donahue

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