Boho, Organic, and Modern Wedding Inspiration Midtown Aloft-Element
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Organic Meets Modern Opposites Attract Wedding Inspiration | Midtown Aloft-Element

Located in the heart of Midtown Tampa, Aloft/Element Midtown brings a new cosmopolitan flair to the city's hottest new destination district. Centrally located between Westshore and Downtown, this new central neighborhood has added contemporary energy to Tampa. The dual-branded property creates a unique opportunity for couples to showcase their individual personalities in one location. With that concept in mind, Tampa wedding planner Staci Mandikas of UNIQUE Weddings + Events designed a stylized wedding for today's modern couple.

“The theme for this stylized shoot was ‘Opposites Attract.' After touring the new Aloft/Element Hotel, I quickly realized that it was a ‘two brands under one roof' concept. The Element is more natural, organic, and spa-like. The color scheme combines light shades of blues and greens with neutral tones and natural wood. All of the furniture is minimalist style and has clean lines. On the other hand, the Aloft is urban, high style, and whimsical. The color scheme combines blacks, silvers, and rich pops of color, such as royal blue, magenta, and mustard yellow. All of the furniture is unique and has lots of angles. The juxtaposition of these two polar opposite styles inspired me to imagine a couple that is just as contrasted but is brought together by love,” Staci explained.

To complement the calming Element design, the ceremony and cocktail hour incorporated a classic color palette of ivory, grey, beige, blush, and soft green. Tampa wedding florist Monarch Events & Design showcased ethereal and organic floral pieces that flanked the ceremony aisle. The pampas grass and dried palm fronds added a boho touch to classic pale pink roses to embrace the modern, minimalist style. Ghost chairs provided by A Chair Affair brought the ceremony together and created a focal point on the lovely couple, all while Breezin' Entertainment set the romantic ambiance with a live musician.

The hotel itself provides endless opportunities for unique and creative photo backdrops that were beautifully captured by Tampa wedding photography and videography team, Bonnie Newman Creative. From the cascading staircase to the rooftop lounge area, the couple dazzled in their attire provided by Truly Forever Bridal and Sacino's. The bride stunned with a classic updo and makeup by Adore Bridal Services, while her 5-carat ring provided by International Diamond Center sparkled brightly. Not to be missed, the adoptable puppy brought in on behalf of the Tampa Humane Society, FairyTale Pet Care was actually adopted during the shoot by one hotel's wedding staff.

For the reception, a clear translation of the edgier Aloft part of the hotel was filled with black and silver and pops of mustard yellow, magenta, and royal blue. Spark Wedding Events set the scene with special effects such as smoke, fireless sparkers, uplighting, pin spotting. and a trendy neon sign that elevated the look of the design.

“The bride, Whitney, is representative of the Element part of the hotel, sophisticated, elegant, and graceful, while the groom, Ethan, is representative of the Aloft part of the hotel, funky, edgy, and fun. Since marriage is filled with compromise, the wedding planning process is the first introduction to that compromise. This couple decided to ‘give' the design of the ceremony and cocktail hour to the bride to display her style, while the groom took on the design of the reception to embrace his style,” the wedding planner and designer shared.

Looking back on the styled shoot, it's hard for Staci to choose one favorite element. With so many details and design concepts, every aspect of the day was so unique. One of our favorite pieces was the custom cake designed by The Artistic Whisk.

“Since I consider my own style as a combination of different aesthetics (preppy with a bit of edge), I found my favorite elements in each of the different designs. The ceremony floral arrangements were so airy and organic; I was in love the second that I saw them! I also was obsessed with the groom's gold brooch boutonniere. This simple touch (literally $7 from Amazon!) looked so sophisticated and was such a unique take on a standard boutonniere. In the reception, there were so many things that I loved, the velvet mustard yellow napkins were a risk, but I am so glad that I did it. For table runners, we laid cut sheet metal. This is something that has been in my mind for years, and I was so glad that we finally got to do it. And, I must pay homage to the cake! I sent the cake designer a ton of images of the Aloft lobby, and The Artistic Whisk took it and ran with it. My jaw dropped when I saw it in person, and I could not believe they translated the design of the lobby so perfectly without ever seeing it in person.”

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Organic Boho Modern White and Brown Wedding Invitation Suite
Succulents and Wedding Diamond Stud Earrings
Bride Wedding Day Makeup | Tampa Bay Hair and Makeup Artist Adore Bridal
Bridal Wedding Portrait on Staircase | Modern South Tampa Wedding Venue Aloft | Wedding Photographer and Videographer Bonnie Newman Creative | Wedding Dress Truly Forever Bridal
Wedding Day Live Ceremony Musician | Tampa Bay Breezin' Entertainment
Organic Boho Modern White and Brown Wedding Ceremony Program
Organic Boho Modern White and Brown Wedding Ceremony Flowers with Peach Roses, Gold Leaves, and Feathers | Tampa Bay Wedding Florist Monarch Events
Organic Boho Modern White and Brown Wedding Ceremony Flowers with Peach Roses, Gold Leaves, and Feathers | Tampa Bay Wedding Florist Monarch Events
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Organic Boho Modern White and Brown Rooftop Wedding Ceremony Flowers with Peach Roses, Gold Leaves, and Feathers | Tampa Bay Wedding Florist Monarch Events | Planner and Designer UNIQUE Weddings + Events | Venue Aloft/Element Midtown | Photographer and Videographer Bonnie Newman Creative
Organic Boho Modern White and Brown Rooftop Wedding Ceremony Flowers with Peach Roses, Gold Leaves, Feathers, and Ghost Chairs | Tampa Bay Wedding Florist Monarch Events | Planner and Designer UNIQUE Weddings + Events | Venue Aloft/Element Midtown | Photographer and Videographer Bonnie Newman Creative | Rentals A Chair Affair
Organic Boho Modern White and Brown Rooftop Wedding Ceremony Flowers with Peach Roses, Gold Leaves, Feathers, and Ghost Chairs | Tampa Bay Wedding Florist Monarch Events | Planner and Designer UNIQUE Weddings + Events | Venue Aloft/Element Midtown | Photographer and Videographer Bonnie Newman Creative | Rentals A Chair Affair
Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait | Photographer and Videographer Bonnie Newman Creative | Ring International Diamond Center
Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait on Staircase | Modern South Tampa Wedding Venue Aloft Midtown | Wedding Photographer and Videographer Bonnie Newman Creative | Wedding Dress Truly Forever Bridal | Planner and Designer UNIQUE Weddings + Events
Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait on Staircase | Modern South Tampa Wedding Venue Aloft Midtown | Wedding Photographer and Videographer Bonnie Newman Creative | Wedding Dress Truly Forever Bridal
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Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait | Modern South Tampa Wedding Venue Aloft Midtown | Wedding Photographer and Videographer Bonnie Newman Creative
Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait | Modern South Tampa Wedding Venue Aloft Midtown Sal Y Mar | Wedding Photographer and Videographer Bonnie Newman Creative
Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait | Modern South Tampa Wedding Venue Aloft Midtown Sal Y Mar | Wedding Photographer and Videographer Bonnie Newman Creative | Wedding Dress Truly Forever Bridal
Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait | Modern South Tampa Wedding Venue Aloft Midtown Sal Y Mar | Wedding Photographer and Videographer Bonnie Newman Creative | Wedding Dress Truly Forever Bridal | Pet Planner Fairytail Pet Care
Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait | Modern South Tampa Wedding Venue Aloft Midtown Sal Y Mar | Wedding Photographer and Videographer Bonnie Newman Creative | Wedding Dress Truly Forever Bridal | Pet Planner Fairytail Pet Care | Jewelry International Diamond Center
Bride Princess Cut Wedding Engagement Ring | Tampa Bay Jewelry Store International Diamond Center
Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait | Modern South Tampa Wedding Venue Aloft Midtown Sal Y Mar | Wedding Photographer and Videographer Bonnie Newman Creative

How would you describe your theme?
The theme for this stylized shoot was ‘Opposites Attract.' After touring the new Aloft Element Hotel, I quickly realized that it was a ‘two brands under one roof' concept. The Element part of the hotel is more natural, organic, and spa-like. The color scheme combines light shades of blues and greens with neutral tones and natural wood. All of the furniture is minimalist style and has clean lines. On the other hand, the Aloft part of the hotel is urban, high style, and whimsical. The color scheme combines blacks, silvers, and rich pops of color, such as royal blue, magenta, and mustard yellow. All of the furniture is unique and has lots of angles.

The juxtaposition of these two polar opposite styles inspired me to imagine a couple that is just as contrasted but is brought together by love. The bride, Whitney, is representative of the Element part of the hotel, sophisticated, elegant, and graceful, while the groom, Ethan, is representative of the Aloft part of the hotel, funky, edgy, and fun.

Since marriage is filled with compromise, the wedding planning process is the first introduction to that compromise. This couple decided to ‘give' the design of the ceremony and cocktail hour to the bride to display her style, while the groom would take on the design of the reception to embrace his style.

What were your colors?
We kept the ceremony and cocktail hour reminiscent of the Element part of the hotel, by incorporating ivory, grey, beige, blush, and soft green. We also included clear plexi to embrace a modern, minimalist style. For the reception, a clear translation of the Aloft part of the hotel was filled with black and silver and pops of mustard yellow, magenta, and royal blue.

Edgy Urban Black VIP Concert Ticket Backstage Pass Style Wedding Invitation on Record, Gold Feather and Groom Accessories Watch and Ring | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Bonnie Newman Creative
Urban and Edgy Bride in Short Wedding Dress with Black Leather Jacket and Red Shoes, Groom in Black Dress Pants and Shirt with Gray Vest and Sunglasses | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Bonnie Newman Creative | Wedding Hair and Makeup Adore Bridal Service | Wedding Dress Truly Forever Bridal | Aloft/ Element Midtown Tampa
Urban and Edgy Bride in Black Leather Jacket and Short Wedding Dress with Groom in Black Dress Shirt and Pants and Gray Vest Holding VIP Black Backstage Concert Pass Style Wedding Invitations | Tampa Wedding Planner and Designer UNIQUE Weddings and Events | Wedding Photographer Bonnie Newman Creative
Urban and Edgy Bride in Short Wedding Dress and Red Wedding Shoes and Groom on Stairs | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Bonnie Newman Creative | Wedding VenueAloft/ Element Midtown Tampa | Wedding Hair and Makeup Adore Bridal Services | Wedding Dress Truly Forever Bridal
Urban and Edgy Bride in Short Wedding Dress and Red Wedding Shoes, Groom in Black Dress Pants and Shirt with Gray Vest Laying on Couch | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Bonnie Newman Creative | Wedding Venue Aloft/ Element Midtown Tampa | Wedding Designer and Planner UNIQUE Weddings + Events | Wedding Dress Truly Forever Bridal | Wedding Hair and Makeup Adore Bridal Services | Wedding Jewelry Accessories International Diamond Center | Wedding Furniture Rental A Chair Affair
Urban and Edgy Bride in Strapless Short Wedding Dress with Red High Heels, Groom in Black Dress Shirt and Pants with Gray Vest on Couch and Yellow Neon Sign in Backdrop | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Bonnie Newman Creative | Wedding Venue Aloft/ Element Midtown Tampa | Wedding Designer and Planner UNIQUE Weddings + Events | Wedding Lighting Spark Wedding Events | Wedding Rentals A Chair Affair | Wedding Dress Truly Forever Bridal | Wedding Hair and Makeup Adore Bridal Services | Wedding Jewelry Accessories International Diamond Center
Urban and Edgy Black and Yellow "Let's Rock the Night" Wedding Signage | Tampa Bay Wedding Photogrpaher Bonnie Newman Creative | Wedding Planner and Designer UNIQUE Weddings + Events
Urban and Edgy Bride in Strapless Short Wedding Dress with Red Heels, Groom in Black Dress Shirt and Pants and White Converse Sneakers Lounging on Couch | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Bonnie Newman Creative | Wedding Hair and Makeup Adore Bridal Services | Wedding Jewelry Accessories International Diamond Center | Wedding Dress Truly Forever Bridal | Wedding Furniture Rentals A Chair Affair | Wedding Designer and Planner UNIQUE Weddings + Events | Wedding Venue Aloft/ Element Midtown Tampa
Edgy and Urban Wedding Reception Decor, Black Wall, Chairs and Tables, Mustard Yellow Linen Napkins, Red and Yellow Roses Floral Centerpiece, Pink Neon Sign | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Bonnie Newman Creative | Wedding Designer and Planner UNIQUE Weddings + Events | Wedding Venue Aloft/ Element Midtown Tampa | Wedding Floral and Decor Monarch Events and Design | Wedding Lighting Spark Wedding Events | Wedding Rentals A Chair Affair | Wedding Linens Over the Top Rental Linens
Urban and Edgy Wedding Decor, Pink Neon Sing " All You Need Is Love" | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Bonnie Newman Creative | Wedding Planner and Designer UNIQUE Weddings + Events | Wedding Lighting Spark Weddings and Events
Urban and Edgy Wedding Reception Decor, Black Wall, Water Goblets, Table Linens, Gold Charger, Yellow Mustard Linen Napkin, Red and Yellow Roses with Greenery Floral Centerpiece | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Bonnie Newman Creative | Wedding Designer and Planner UNIQUE Weddings + Events | Wedding Venue Aloft/ Element Midtown Tampa | Wedding Floral and Decor Monarch Events and Design | Wedding Lighting Spark Wedding Events | Wedding Rentals A Chair Affair | Wedding Linens Over the Top Rental Linens
Urban and Edgy Wedding Reception Decor, Black Wall, Water Goblets, Unique Textured Table Linens and Silver Textured Table Runner, Black Candlesticks, Gold Chargers, Yellow Mustard Linen Napkin, Red and Yellow Roses with Greenery Floral Centerpiece | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Bonnie Newman Creative | Wedding Designer and Planner UNIQUE Weddings + Events | Wedding Venue Aloft/ Element Midtown Tampa | Wedding Floral and Decor Monarch Events and Design | Wedding Lighting Spark Wedding Events | Wedding Rentals A Chair Affair | Wedding Linens Over the Top Rental Linens
Urban and Edgy Wedding Reception Decor, Unique White with Black Ink Splatter Table Number, Black Wall, Water Goblets, Unique Textured Table Linens and Silver Textured Table Runner, Black Candlesticks, Gold Chargers, Yellow Mustard Linen Napkin, Red and Yellow Roses with Greenery Floral Centerpiece | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Bonnie Newman Creative | Wedding Designer and Planner UNIQUE Weddings + Events | Wedding Venue Aloft/ Element Midtown Tampa | Wedding Floral and Decor Monarch Events and Design | Wedding Lighting Spark Wedding Events | Wedding Rentals A Chair Affair | Wedding Linens Over the Top Rental Linens
Urban and Edgy Wedding Reception Decor, Black Water Goblets, Unique Textured Table Linens Gold Chargers, Yellow Mustard Linen Napkin,, Black Wedding Menu and Plates | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Bonnie Newman Creative | Wedding Designer and Planner UNIQUE Weddings + Events | Wedding Venue Aloft/ Element Midtown Tampa | Wedding Floral and Decor Monarch Events and Design | Wedding Lighting Spark Wedding Events | Wedding Rentals A Chair Affair | Wedding Linens Over the Top Rental Linens
Unique Urban and Edgy Wedding Reception Decor, Black with White Splatter Place Card, Gold Charger, Black with Silver Textured Linen | Tampa Wedding Photographer Bonnie Newman Creative | Wedding Planner UNIQUE Weddings + Events | Wedding Rentals A Chair Affair | Wedding Linens Over the Top Rental Linens

What were your favorite elements of this shoot?
Since I consider my own style a combination of different aesthetics (preppy with a bit of edge), I found my favorite elements in each of the different designs. The ceremony floral arrangements were so airy and organic; I was in love, the second that I saw them! I also was obsessed with the groom's gold brooch boutonniere. This simple touch (literally $7 from Amazon!) looked so sophisticated and was such a unique take on a standard boutonniere.

In the reception, there were so many things that I loved; the velvet mustard yellow napkins were a risk, but I am so glad that I did it. For table runners we laid cut sheet metal. This is something that has been in my mind for years, and I was so glad that we finally got to do it.

And I must pay homage to the cake! I sent the cake designer a ton of images of the Aloft lobby, and The Artistic Whisk took it and ran with it. My jaw dropped when I saw it in person, and I could not believe they translated the design of the lobby, so perfectly without ever seeing it in person.

The gorgeous jewelry that the jeweler so graciously provided really added a refined touch and elevated the look of the shoot. The reception gown was everything! The model really worked it, and you could tell that she really embraced that Aloft style.

The reception design would've been nothing without the lighting and special effects! The haze and laser lights really transformed the ballroom into the latest, trendiest nightclub. It was such a party!

Edgy and Urban Wedding Reception Decor, Black Wall with Pink Neon Sign "All You Need is Love", Red and Yellow Rose Floral Centerpiece, Bride and Groom with Glass of Champagne | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Bonnie Newman Creative | Wedding Designer and Planner UNIQUE Weddings + Events | Wedding Rentals A Chair Affair | Wedding Lighting Spark Wedding Events | Wedding Dress Truly Forever Bridal | Wedding Hair and Makeup Adore Bridal Services | Wedding Jewelry Accessories International Diamond Center | Wedding Floral and Decor Monarch Events and Design
Urban and Edgy Bride Wearing Strapless Short Wedding Dress Dancing with Groom in Black Dress Shirt and Pants, Gray Vest | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Bonnie Newman Creative | Wedding Dress Truly Forever Bridal | Wedding Hair and Makeup Adore Bridal Services | Wedding Jewelry Accessories International Diamond Center
Urban and Edgy Wedding Decor, Pink Neon Sign "All You Need is Love", Four Tier Marble Black and Gold Wedding Cake | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Bonnie Newman Creative | Wedding Cake The Artistic Whisk | Wedding Design and Planner UNIQUE Weddings + Events | Wedding Lighting Spark Weddings and Events
Unique Edgy and Urban Black, White, and Gold Round and Geometric Wedding Cake with Art Deco Inspo Design, Red 3D Geometric Triangles | Tampa Wedding Photographer Bonnie Newman Creative | Wedding Cake The Artistic Whisk | Wedding Designer and Planner UNIQUE Weddings + Events
Unique Edgy and Urban Black, White, and Gold Round and Geometric Wedding Cake with Art Deco Inspo Design, Red 3D Geometric Triangles | Tampa Wedding Photographer Bonnie Newman Creative | Wedding Cake The Artistic Whisk | Wedding Designer and Planner UNIQUE Weddings + Events
Unique Edgy and Urban Black, White, and Gold Round and Geometric Wedding Cake with Art Deco Inspo Design, Red 3D Geometric Triangles | Tampa Wedding Photographer Bonnie Newman Creative | Wedding Cake The Artistic Whisk | Wedding Designer and Planner UNIQUE Weddings + Events | Wedding Lighting Spark Weddings and Events
Urban and Edgy Bride in Strapless Short Wedding Dress with Red Heels, Leather Jacket, Sunglasses, Groom in Black Dress Shirt and Pants with Gray Vest and Sunglasses, Black Wall Backdrop and Gold Let's Rock the Night Backdrop | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Bonnie Newman Creative | Wedding Designer and Planner UNIQUE Weddings + Events | Wedding Dress Truly Forever Bridal | Wedding Hair and Makeup Adore Bridal Services
Urban and Edgy Bride in Leather Jacket on Silver Moto Scooter, Groom in Black Dress Shirt and Pants with Gray Vest on Black Scooter and Pink Smoke Bomb | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Bonnie Newman Creative | Wedding Designer and Planner UNIQUE Weddings + Events
Urban and Edgy Bride in Leather Jacket on Silver Moto Scooter, Groom in Black Dress Shirt and Pants with Gray Vest on Black Scooter and Smoke | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Bonnie Newman Creative | Wedding Designer and Planner UNIQUE Weddings + Events
Urban and Edgy Bride in Leather Jacket with Groom in Black Dress Shirt and Gray Vest Intimate on Scooter | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Bonnie Newman Creative | Wedding Hair and Makeup Adore Bridal Services

To help couples better understand Tampa Bay wedding pricing, how much would you estimate this wedding would cost for 150 guests? Venue, Catering & Bar: $15,000-$25,000 | Photography & Videography: $6,000-$10,000 (dependent on the amount of hours) | Flowers: $5,000-$7,000 | Invitations & Stationery: $1,500 – $2500 (includes invitations, programs, escort cards, placecards and menus) | Furniture & Equipment Rentals: $3,000- $5,000 | Tabletop Rentals: $2,500 | Draping: $1,500-$2,000 | Linens: $2,500 | Bride’s Attire: $3,500 – $4,500 | Groom’s Attire: $300 – $500 | DJ, Lighting & Special Effects: $3,000-$5,000 | Musician: $500 – $1,000 | Cake: $1,500-$2,500

Venue: Aloft/Element Midtown Tampa *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Venue
Photographer/Videographer: Bonnie Newman Creative *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Designer and Planner: UNIQUE Weddings + Events *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Floral and Decor: Monarch Events & Design *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Draping: Gabro Event Services
Musician: Breezin' Entertainment *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Lighting, Music and Special Effects: Spark Wedding Events *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Rentals (Furniture and Equipment): A Chair Affair *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Tabletop Rentals: Treasury Event Rentals
Linens: Over the Top Rental Linens *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Stationery: WeddingInvy
Cake: The Artistic Whisk *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Wedding Dress: Truly Forever Bridal *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Tuxedo Rental: Sacino's
Hair and Makeup: Adore Bridal Services *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Jewelry Accessories: International Diamond Center *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Pet Sitter: Fairytail Pet Care *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Models: Noah and Ali