Nature Inspired Greenery Filled Downtown St. Pete Ballroom Wedding | The Birchwood

 

Xpos St. Pete Bridal Show March 2018

Rachel and Jeremy’s downtown St. Pete wedding combined the couple’s passion for nature and helping the environment, with a stunning color palette of hunter green, marine blue, eggplant and amber.

“I told our team that I wanted the room to look like a grand ballroom that had been abandoned and taken over by greenery. We budgeted for an abundance of flowers, vines draping from the chandeliers and growing up the centerpieces,” the bride explained. “Our color palette was inspired by a two-page jewelry advertisement in a magazine that had these gorgeous, earthy jewel tones that were set on a forest floor. I still think it’s one of the prettiest ads I’ve seen!”

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The New York City couple had an easy choice when it came to selecting Florida for their wedding location. With the bride’s parents owning downtown St. Pete boutique hotel and wedding venue The Birchwood, it was a sentimental and important choice to Rachel to have her wedding there.

“Even though The Birchwood is my family’s business, I hadn’t experienced the venue’s service as a bride. The sales manager, Mary Barnett, helped us create an ideal floor plan for our guest count, choose our food choices and drink tier and worked with my wedding planner on an emergency plan B for the rainy day,” the bride shared. “I will never forget the moment I stepped in the ballroom and saw everything put together. The flowers, table linens, place settings, lighting, and details were exquisite. We received multiple compliments from our guests about the food and the drinks, particularly the wine. The service and experience the Birchwood provided was above and beyond our expectations.”

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To create a regal, yet natural wedding day look, Rachel hired Tampa wedding hair and makeup artist Femme Akoi.

“I looked for an artist who would make me look like me, on my best day,” the bride explained. “Femme Akoi was amazing at giving me a natural look with a pop of color of on lips. My mom and bridesmaids also felt great about their looks, which was important to me. I wanted a team that was current and fun, and they were definitely that!”

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Looking back, the bride’s most memorable wedding moment occurred during the reception.

“My favorite part of the day was looking around the room and seeing all of our family and friends in the same place together and realizing they were all there for us,” Rachel reminisced.

Elegant Silver and White Natural Edged Wedding Invitation Embossed with Bird Design, with Wedding Bands and Engagement Ring, and Blush Velvet Open Toed Wedding Shoes

Bridal Party Getting Ready Portrait in Matching Blue Pajamas | Tampa Bay Boutique Hotel Wedding Venue The Birchwood

A Frame Watters Wedding Dress on Hanger

Bride Getting Ready Portrait in Illusion Lace Strap Watters Wedding Dress

Bride Getting Ready Portrait in A Frame Lace Illusion Strap Watters Wedding Dress | St Pete Hotel Wedding Venue The Birchwood

Bridal Party Getting Ready First Look Portrait, Bridesmaids in Matching Pajama Rompers

Bride Getting Ready Portrait, Reading Letter From Groom

Outdoor First Look Portrait, Groom in Black Tuxedo with Greenery Boutonniere

Outdoor First Look Wedding Portrait, Bride with Comb Veil, Groom with Greenery Boutonniere

Outdoor First Look Wedding Portrait | Tampa Bay Bridal Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi Studio

What was your wedding hair and makeup inspiration?
I wanted to look regal and elegant, but still look like myself. I looked for an artist who would make me look like me on my best day.

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Jessica with Femme Akoi was amazing at giving me a natural look with a pop of color of on lips. My mom and bridesmaids also felt great about their looks, which was important to me. I also wanted a team that was current and fun, and Femme Akoi is definitely that!

Outdoor First Look Wedding Portrait | Tampa Bay Boutique Hotel Wedding Venue The Birchwood

What did you look for in a wedding venue?
My parents are the owners of The Birchwood, and it was really important to me to have our reception there. Even though The Birchwood is my family’s business, I hadn’t experienced the venue’s service as a bride. The sales manager, Mary Barnett, helped us create an ideal floor plan for our guest count, choose our food choices and drink tier and worked with my wedding planner on an emergency plan B for the rainy day. She also kept in touch with me through the weeks leading up to the big day to assure that all details went smoothly, and the vendors were all up to date on everything. I will never forget the moment I stepped in the ballroom and saw everything put together. The flowers, table linens, place settings, lighting, and details were exquisite. We received multiple compliments from our guests about the food (the bone-in filet was to die for) and the drinks, particularly the wine (which Dennis, the in-house sommelier helped us pair with dinner!). The service and experience the Birchwood provided was above and beyond our expectations.

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The hotel was the perfect space to get ready in. The rooms make you feel like you’re taking a step back in time, but with a modern twist. My wedding party and I loved the amount of space we had in the room (and huge bathroom!) to spread out and relax while getting ready.

Outdoor Bridal Party Portrait, Bridesmaids in Matching V Neck Forrest Green Davids Bridal Dresses, with Yellow, Burgundy, Blush Rose and Floral Bouquet with Greenery | Tampa Bay Wedding Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi Studio | St Pete Boutique Hotel Wedding Venue The Birchwood

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Portrait

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

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

Church Wedding Ceremony Portrait, Bride in Illusion Lace Strap Watters Dress | St Pete Wedding Ceremony Venue St. Mary Our Lady of Grace Church

The Proposal:
Jeremy and I live in New York City and love it, but occasionally we like to escape the chaos and go hiking outside the city. One morning in September, Jeremy drove us an hour north on a beautiful, sunny day. We went for a hike that crossed paths with the Appalachian Trail, and the view at the top of spectacular. As we sat there taking in the view, Jeremy told me that he wanted to do things like this with me forever, and I said I did too. Then, he asked me to stand up, got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! It couldn’t have been a more perfect day.

Nature Inspired Jewel Toned Wedding Reception with Tall Greenery and Branches Centerpiece with Purple, Red, and Yellow Florals, and Mauve and Emerald Linens | Downtown St Pete Boutique Hotel Wedding Venue The Birchwood

Jewel Toned Natural Woods Inspired Wedding Reception Table Decor with Yellow, Amber, Burgundy and Blush Floral Centerpiece, Brass Vintage Lantern with Candles

What was your theme?
We are both really into nature and helping the environment, so I wanted the theme to reflect that. This is mind, I was very careful to not ignore the fact that we would be in a beautiful ballroom. I told our team that I wanted the room to look like a grand ballroom that had been abandoned and taken over by greenery. We budgeted for for an abundance of flowers, vines draping from the chandeliers and growing up the centerpieces.

What were your colors?
Hunter green, marine blue, eggplant and amber. I was inspired by a two-page jewelry advertisement in a magazine that had these gorgeous earthy jewel tones that were set on a forest floor. I still think it’s one of the prettiest ads I’ve seen!

Natural Forrest Inspired Wedding Reception Table Decor with Natural Bark Edged Wooden Chargers, Forrest Green Napkins, Antique Key and Printed Paper Escort Card, and Laser Cut Wooden Name Card

Forrest Inspired Natural Jewel Tone Wedding Reception Table Decor with Gold Painted Geode Table Number, Emerald Green Napkins and Mauve Satin Tablecloth, and Tall Branch and Greenery Centerpieces in Tall Glass Cylinder Vases

Natural Forrest Inspired Jewel Tone Wedding Reception Sweetheart Table with Red and Yellow Rose with Greenery Garland Centerpiece and Patterned Linen Tablecloth

Natural Woods Inspired Wedding Reception Dessert Table with Four Tiered Round White Wedding Cake with Citrus, Berry, and Jewel Toned Florals on Birch Wood Tree Round Cake Stand

Natural Woods Inspired Wedding Reception Dessert Table with Four Tiered Round White Wedding Cake with Citrus, Berry, and Jewel Toned Florals on Birch Wood Tree Round Cake Stand

Hotel Ballroom Wedding Reception First Dance Portrait | St Pete Wedding Venue The Birchwood

Hotel Ballroom Wedding Reception First Dance Portrait

What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay couples?
If it rains, smile, because it’s good luck.

Ceremony Venue: St. Mary Our Lady of Grace Church
Reception Venue and Caterer: The Birchwood *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Venue
Photographer: Benjamin Hewitt Photography
Planner: Days Remembered by ND
Florist: Braun’s Fine Flowers
Cake: Sweet Divas
String Trio: Bella Musica
Band: DeLeon Band
Officiant: Fr. John Tapp
Invitations: Papyrus
Transportation: St. Pete Looper Trolley
Dress Shop and Designer: KleinfeldWatters
Bridesmaid Dress Shop and Designer: David’s Bridal
Hair & Makeup: Femme Akoi *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Coffe Cart: Cafe a la Carte




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