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Sara and Shelby’s destination waterfront St. Petersburg wedding featured a nautical, chic theme with a navy, gold and blush pink color palette.

“Being that we, and most of our guests, are from Indiana, I wanted to make sure that we incorporated a nautical vibe, but I still wanted it to have a more elegant tone,” the bride shared. “Navy is key to creating the nautical theme. I thought the gold and blush helped to tie in the chic factor.”

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The Indianapolis couple chose the St. Pete area because their parents and siblings live nearby.

“I had always dreamed of a destination wedding, and we were both familiar and had ties to the area, so Tampa Bay was perfect!” Sara gushed.

Since they were planning a wedding from hundreds of miles away, the pair hired St. Petersburg wedding planner Special Moments Event Planning.

“We looked for someone with solid experience in planning weddings and who also had plenty of knowledge of the area and local vendors,” Sarah explained. “Tammy of Special Moments and her team had just that, many years of solid experience with planning weddings and a thorough knowledge of local vendors. She already had a lot of great insight to our venue and knew where to go for quality vendors, instead of me having to do tons of online searching. Even the day of the wedding, I wasn’t worried because I knew I was in good hands with Tammy and her team!”

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Amazing wedding photography was a priority to the bride and groom.

“Photos are one of the most important pieces to your wedding day, so we wanted to find the best,” Sara shared. “We hired Limelight Photography because their photos stood out among all the others. Their quality is exceptional. I am forever thankful that we hired Limelight for our wedding; they truly are the best!”

Looking back, one of the bride’s most memorable moments was having her dogs make an appearance in her wedding portraits.

“It was really special to us to have them be there, even for just a short time,” Sara reminisced.

Waterfront St. Petersburg Wedding Venue Tampa Bay Watch

Nautical Inspired Navy Blue and White Striped Wedding Invitation | Nautical Inspired Wedding Inspiration

How would you describe your theme? 
Nautical chic. Being that we, and most of our guests, are from Indiana, I wanted to make sure that we incorporated a nautical vibe, but I still wanted it to have a more elegant tone.

What were your colors?
Navy, gold and blush pink. Navy is key to creating the nautical theme. I thought the gold and blush helped to tie in the chic factor. Also all are very summer-y!

Pastel Peach and White Wedding Bouquet with Navy and White Striped Ribbon | Nautical Inspired Wedding Inspiration

Allure Bridal Sweetheart Wedding Dress with Ruffles on Kayak | Nautical Inspired Wedding Inspiration | St. Petersburg Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

Pastel Peach and White Wedding Bouquet Allure Bridal Lace Sweetheart Wedding Dress | St. Petersburg Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

Pastel Peach and White Wedding Bouquet Allure Bridal Lace Sweetheart Wedding Dress Bridal Portrait | St. Petersburg Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

Grey Groom's Suit with Nautical Anchor Tie Clip | Nautical Inspired Wedding Inspiration

Allure Bridal Lace Sweetheart Wedding Dress with Ruffles Bridal Portrait | St. Petersburg Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

Bride and Groom First Look | Allure Bridal Lace Sweetheart Wedding Dress with Ruffles Bridal Portrait | St. Petersburg Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

The Proposal:
I am a huge animal lover. Shelby and I went on a trip to Australia, and he arranged a private tour of an animal sanctuary and a cuddle session with a koala bear! He proposed there. A proposal, in Australia, with a koala bear! It was my bucket list all rolled into one!

Custom Monogrammed Nautical Anchor Flag | Nautical Inspired Wedding Inspiration

Waterfront St. Petersburg Wedding Ceremony with Draped Arch and Pastel Peach Flowers and White Folding Garden Chairs

What did you look for in a wedding planner?
Someone with solid experience in planning weddings and who also had plenty of knowledge of the area and local vendors.

Contact Special Moments

Tammy of Special Moments Event Planning and her team had just that, many years of solid experience with planning weddings and a thorough knowledge of local vendors. As someone planning a destination wedding, those factors are key. Tammy already had a lot of great insight to our venue and knew where to go for quality vendors, instead of me having to do tons of online searching. Even the day of the wedding, I wasn’t worried because I knew I was in good hands with Tammy and her team!

Waterfront St. Petersburg Wedding Ceremony with Pastel Peach Flowers on Shepherd Hooks and White Folding Garden Chairs

Waterfront St. Petersburg Wedding Ceremony with Draped Arch and Pastel Peach Flowers and White Folding Garden Chairs | St. Petersburg Wedding Venue Tampa Bay Watch

Waterfront St. Petersburg Wedding Ceremony with Draped Arch and Pastel Peach Flowers and White Folding Garden Chairs | St. Petersburg Wedding Venue Tampa Bay Watch | Photographer Limelight Photography

Waterfront St. Petersburg Wedding Ceremony with Draped Arch and Pastel Peach Flowers and White Folding Garden Chairs | St. Petersburg Wedding Venue Tampa Bay Watch | Photographer Limelight Photography

Waterfront Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait on Pier | St. Petersburg Wedding Venue Tampa Bay Watch | Photographer Limelight Photography

Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait with Pet Dog | Allure Bridal Sweetheart Wedding Dress with Ruffles St. Petersburg Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

What did you look for in a wedding photographer?
Photos are one of the most important pieces to your wedding day, so we wanted to find the best. We hired Limelight Photography because their photos stood out among all the others. Their quality is exceptional. I am forever thankful that we hired Limelight for our wedding; they truly are the best!

Watefront Sunset Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait | Allure Bridal Sweetheart Wedding Dress with Ruffles St. Petersburg Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

Wooden Nautical Anchor Ceremony/Reception Sign | Nautical Inspired Wedding Inspiration and Decor

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Tampa Bay Watch
Photographer: Limelight Photography
Planner: Special Moments Event Planning *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
Florist: 2Birds Events
Caterer: A&N Italian Deli
Bar Service: uDream Events
Chiavari Chair and Charger Rentals: Signature Event Rentals 
Linen Rentals: Custom Linen Rentals
Dish and Flatware Rentals: Coast to Coast Event Rentals *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
Cake: Publix
DJ: Fast Breaks Entertainment
Officiant: Sensational Ceremonies
Dress: Allure Bridal
Hair & Makeup: Salon Pavone




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Marry Me Tampa Bay editor, Anna Coats, created Marry Me Tampa Bay in 2012 to showcase the area's best local weddings and vendors. She has been featured as a wedding expert on the national talkshow Daytime, Fox13, ABC Action News, Great Day Tampa Bay, and Bay News 9 (now Spectrum).

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