Neutral, Tropical Inspired Florida Destination Wedding | Hilton Clearwater Beach

 

TheXpos Tampa Bridal Wedding Show | June 2, 2019 St. Pete Marriott Clearwater

Becca and Ryan’s destination Clearwater Beach wedding embodied beachy, casual vibes with a chic, neutral color palette and pop of dark green.

“I had always dreamed of having the wedding outside, and January in Pennsylvania wasn’t going to allow that! Florida is somewhat of a second home to me. My grandparents, aunt, uncle, and cousins have lived there my entire life, so I grew up taking yearly vacations to Florida,” the bride shared. “I really wanted our wedding to be casual and comfortable but still elegant. We are pretty laid back and casual, but still appreciate style.”

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Looking for a Clearwater Beach wedding venue with outdoor space for their 133 guests, but also have a guaranteed backup location for rain, Becca and Ryan selected the Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa.

“After deciding to have the wedding in Florida, I really wanted to focus on a beachfront venue. I didn’t want our guests to travel to Florida, and then have the wedding in a venue that we could have found in Pennsylvania,” the bride explained. “We chose the Hilton because we wanted a beachfront venue and the ability to be able to extend the party to the beach. It fit our budget and the aesthetic we were looking for. I loved the deck right on the beach and that our party could spill out onto the sand.”

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Seeking a Clearwater Beach wedding photographer who showcased a natural and light style, the bride and groom selected Lifelong Photography Studios.

I first saw Lifelong at a wedding expo in Safety Harbor and then realized they were on the Hilton’s preferred vendor list. After reading reviews and checking out their website, we booked. I loved their style. Their service was perfection!” Becca beamed. “We met Buffy during our engagement photo shoot, and she was so sweet. She made us feel special and comfortable in front of the camera. She and Jorge did an incredible job at the wedding. They were everywhere and didn’t miss a thing. I can’t recommend them enough!”

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Looking for a natural look with old Hollywood vibes, the bride hired Michele Renee The Studio for her wedding day hair and makeup.

“I was planning to do my hair and makeup myself until about a month before the wedding. I realized I just didn’t want to stress about doing my hair and makeup that day, and I’m so glad I decided not to!” the bride shared. “Michele Renee The Studio had great reviews, and I loved my trial with them. Their service was great! They were very nice and made us all feel relaxed.”

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Reminiscing about her special day, the bride couldn’t help but smile when she thought of her wedding ceremony.

“Our ceremony illustrated what love is to us and allowed us to formally commit ourselves to a life together. Also, Ryan adorably messed up part of the vows, and it may sound silly, but it was so sweet and my favorite part. Also, the speeches by our brothers and my dad were so good! They really surprised us and had great stories and advice,” Becca shared.

Clearwater Beach Art Mural Welcome Sign | Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios

The Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa Wedding Venue | Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios

Custom Modern Photo Save The Date Invitation Card | Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios

Tropical Inspired Water Color Wedding Invitation with Green Palm Leaf, Bride Engagement and Wedding Ring, Groom Wedding Band | Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios

White Seashell Clutch Purse, Pearl Earrings Wedding Accessory, Bride Engagement Ring and Wedding Band in Ringbox, Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios

Spaghetti Strap Sweetheart Neckline White Fitted Hayley Paige Wedding Dress, The Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa Art Mural Wall | Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios

Groom's Brown Wedding Shoes, Custom Socks, Blue and Black Stripe Bowtie, Cufflinks, Groom Wedding Band, Bride Wedding Letter to Groom | Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios

Casual Florida Bride Hair and Makeup Wedding Portrait | Michele Renee The Studio | Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios

What was your wedding day beauty inspiration?
I wanted a fairly natural look, but also understand you need a little more glam on camera. I ended up going with a natural/old Hollywood vibe.

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I was planning to do my hair and makeup myself until about a month before the wedding. I realized I just didn’t want to stress about doing my hair and makeup that day, and I’m so glad I decided not to! Michele Renee The Studio had great reviews, and I loved my trial with them. Their service was great! They were very nice and made us all feel relaxed. They were also very flexible with me booking late and adding people.

Tampa Bay Bride with Mother Getting Ready Wedding Portrait, Bride in Spaghetti Strap Sweetheart Neckline White Fitted Hayley Paige Wedding Dress | Hair and Makeup Michele Renee The Studio | Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios

White and Pink Flower Bouquet with Green Palms, Florida Bridal Portrait, Bride in Spaghetti Strap Sweetheart Neckline White Fitted Hayley Paige Wedding Dress, | Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Hilton Clearwater Beach

White and Pink Floral Wedding Bouquet with Green Palms, Bride and Groom First Look Wedding Portrait, Groom in Blue Suit | Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios

Florida Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait, Groom in Blue Tuxedo, Bride in White and Pink Flower Bouquet with Green Palms, Bride in Spaghetti Strap Sweetheart Neckline White Fitted Hayley Paige Wedding Dress | Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Hotel Wedding Venue The Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa

Destination Florida Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait on Hotel Staircase in Courtyard, Groom in Blue Tuxedo, Bride in White and Pink Flower Bouquet with Green Palms, Bride in Spaghetti Strap Backless White Fitted Hayley Paige Wedding Dress | Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Hotel Wedding Venue The Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa

Florida Bride and Groom Intimate Wedding Portrait on Hotel Staircase in Courtyard, Groom in Blue Tuxedo, Bride in White and Pink Flower Bouquet with Green Palms, Bride in Spaghetti Strap White Fitted Hayley Paige Wedding Dress | Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Hotel Wedding Venue The Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa

Florida Bride and Groom Intimate Outdoor Wedding Portrait, Groom in Blue Tuxedo, Bride Carrying White and Pink Flower Bouquet with Green Palms, Bride in Spaghetti Strap White Fitted Hayley Paige Wedding Dress | Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Hotel Wedding Venue The Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa

Clearwater Beach Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait Outside Large Palm Trees | Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios (23)

Clearwater Beach Bridal Portrait on the Sand, Spaghetti Strap Sweetheart Neckline White Fitted Hayley Paige Wedding Dress, Carrying White and Pink Flower Bouquet with Green Palms | Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Hair and Makeup Michele Renee The Studio

Bride and Groom with Groomsmen Wedding Beach Portrait, Groomsmen in Blue Tuxedo with Bowtie, Spaghetti Strap Sweetheart Neckline White Fitted Hayley Paige Wedding Dress, Carrying White and Pink Flower Bouquet with Green Palms | Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios

How would you describe your theme/wedding design inspiration?
Beachy, casual, and chic. They might sound like juxtaposing descriptions, but I really wanted our wedding to be casual and comfortable but still elegant. I think we achieved it! A lot of my inspiration came from Pinterest and Instagram. I followed wedding trends and tended to gravitate toward trendy styles. We are pretty laid back and casual, but still appreciate style. It really started with my flowers, which were absolutely gorgeous. I loved the soft texture of the pampas grasses, paired with the more harsh, pointy (but still beautiful) king proteas, and the little pop of tropical from the green leaves.

What were your colors?
Blush, white, tan, and dark green. We also added some pops of blue with the guys’ tuxes and our cookie favors. I wanted to keep the colors fairly neutral. First, I found flowers that I liked on Pinterest and chose the colors from there.

Clearwater Beach Wedding Ceremony Decor, Wooden Welcome Sign | Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios

Wedding Ceremony Musician Guitarist | Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios

Tropical Beach Inspired Wedding Ceremony Decor, Ivory and Blush Pink Garden Roses, Silver Dollar Eucalyptus, Pink Protea Palm Leaf Floral Bouquet on Bamboo Ceremony Arch | Clearwater Beach Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios

Flower Girl in Personalized Jean Jacket and Blush Pink Tulle Skirt Wedding Ceremony Beach Portrait | Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios

Bride and Father of the Bride Wedding Ceremony Portrait, White and Blush Pink Floral Bouquet with Palm Leaf Greenery | Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios

Bride and Groom Destination Florida Wedding Ceremony Beachfront Portrait | Hotel Wedding Venue The Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa | Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios

Bride and Groom Destination Florida Wedding Ceremony Beachfront Portrait | Hotel Wedding Venue The Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa | Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios

What did you look for in a wedding venue?
We looked for something that allowed us to have the wedding as much outside as possible but also had a guaranteed backup location. After deciding to have the wedding in Florida, I really wanted to focus on a beachfront venue. I didn’t want our guests to travel to Florida and then have the wedding in a venue that we could have found in Pennsylvania.

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We chose the Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa because we wanted a beachfront venue and the ability to be able to extend the party to the beach. I loved that the Hilton offered the deck right on the beach and that our party could spill out onto the sand. It fit our budget and the aesthetic we were looking for. It also had great reviews. Their service was amazing!

Bride and Groom Destination Florida Wedding Ceremony Beachfront Portrait | Hotel Wedding Venue The Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa | Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios

Bride and Groom Intimate Wedding Portrait on the Beach, Bamboo Bamboo Ceremony Arch with Tropical Inspired Floral Arrangement | Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Hilton Clearwater Beach

The Proposal:
Ryan and I love hiking. On Christmas Eve 2017, exactly eight years after we first revealed our mutual crush on each other, we went for a hike in Saint Peters Village, P.A., near where we both grew up. After the hike, we were driving back to my parents’ house where we were staying for the holidays, and we passed our high school. Ryan pulled into the parking lot and proposed in front of our high school! My dad proposed to my mom in front of their high school; they are also high school sweethearts. Also, Ryan’s parents (and older brother) got engaged on Christmas Eve. I thought it was sweet to have all of those things reflected in our proposal.

Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait, Bride in Jean Denim Jacket over Wedding Dress, Groom in Blue Tuxedo | Hair and Makeup Michele Renee The Studio | Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios

Tampa Bay Bride Jean Denim Custom Jacket over Wedding Dress | Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios

Clearwater Beach Bride and Flower Girls Wedding Portrait, in Custom Jean Jackets with Blush Pink Tulle Skirts | Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Hair and Makeup Michele Renee The Studio

Clearwater Bride and Groom Intimate Wedding Portrait | Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios

What did you look for in a wedding photographer?
We wanted someone with a natural, light, and sweet style.

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I first saw Lifelong Photography Studios at a wedding expo in Safety Harbor and then realized they were on the Hilton’s preferred vendor list. After reading reviews and checking out their website, we booked. I loved their style. Their service was perfection! We met Buffy during our engagement photo shoot, and she was so sweet. She made us feel special and comfortable in front of the camera. She and Jorge did an incredible job at the wedding. They were everywhere and didn’t miss a thing. I can’t recommend them enough!

Clearwater Beach Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait | Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios

Tampa Bay Bride and Groom Beach Wedding Portrait, Carrying Blush Pink and White Floral Wedding Bouquet with Green Palm Leafs | Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios

Outdoor Beach Deck Wedding Reception Decor, Round Tables, White Table Cloths, White Folding Chairs, Blush Runners, White Linen Drapery, Low Centerpieces | Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Hotel Wedding Venue The Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa

Tropical Inspired Wedding Reception Decor, Pink King Protea in Clear Glass and Gold Vase, Low Floral Centerpiece | Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios

Tropical Inspired Wedding Favor, SandDollar Custom Cookie | Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios (3)

What did you look for in a wedding DJ?
We looked for someone that was both affordable and had good reviews.

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Grant Hemond & Associates was great! They were very helpful in guiding the wedding and keeping us on track. They also did a good job of reading the room and playing music our guests enjoyed.

Tropical Inspired Wedding Reception Decor, Blush Pink and White Garden Roses with Greenery, Pink King Protea, in Clear Glass and Gold Vase, Low Floral Centerpiece | Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios

Four Tier Semi-Naked Unfrosted White Wedding Cake with Blush Pink and Ivory Floral Arrangement, Best Day Ever Gold Glitter Cake Topper, Wooden Monogram | Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios

What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay couples?
Try not to stress! Slow down. Enjoy each moment. Everyone says it…it goes so fast! I was very anxious/nervous the morning of, but once everything got going, I was able to relax and enjoy. Focus on what’s most important. To us, it was celebrating and spending the day with family and friends I’d also recommend not to second guess your choices. A few times I started to second guess things we’d picked, but when I went back to why we’d pick them, they made sense. There are so many options and probably a few different ways you could do things, but try to enjoy whatever you pick!

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Venue
Photographer: Lifelong Photography Studios *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Videographer: Yours Truly Media
Coordinator: Confetti Events
Florist: Iza’s Flowers
Cake: Chantilly Cakes
DJ: Grant Hemond & Associates *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Officiant: Bowen Knarr (Cousin of Bride)
Invitations: Minted
Dress Shop and Designer: White Magnolia BridalHayley Paige
Hair & Makeup: Michele Renee The Studio *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Guitarist: Mallory Moyer




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