Red Destination Winter Wedding | Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach
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Red and White Destination Winter Wedding | Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach

Liz and Randy's destination Clearwater Beach wedding was an intimate winter affair featuring an oceanfront ceremony and reception adorned with flowers in a seasonal red and white palette.

“We wanted an elegant, fun, and intimate atmosphere,” the bride shared. “Burgundy and gold were chosen due to the time of year of the wedding.”

The couple prioritized their 55 guests' experiences, with attention to the menu, cocktails, and overall pleasure.

“It was a destination wedding for everyone attending,” Liz explained. “[The most important elements were] flowers, food, beverage, the ‘wow-factor,' as well as the guests' comfort and enjoyment.”

The Texan couple chose the pristine sand and azure ocean waters of Clearwater Beach to treat their guests to an unforgettable destination wedding experience, and envisioned a luxurious resort setting where they could host their nuptials and celebration in one location with top-notch amenities and stunning views.

“We wanted a 4-star hotel and beach resort,” Liz articulated. “After we visited the Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach we knew it was a great fit!

The bride and groom knew a local wedding planner would be invaluable during the long-distance planning process and entrusted Elegant Affairs by Design to help find the ideal team of wedding professionals and to bring their vision to life.

“We looked for someone that specialized in weddings in the Clearwater Beach area,” the bride explained. “We specifically hired Elegant Affairs by Design because Riley was professional, knowledgeable, and efficient in answering questions. She had good reviews and offered full-wedding planning which was essential for us in planning a destination wedding. Riley was productive in securing all vendors. We enjoyed her planner's personality, and her ability to get things done.”

To complement their ballroom reception, the bride envisioned tall floral centerpieces in shades of red and white and turned to Save the Date Florida to create towering floral arrangements. Additional décor elements like colorful napkins and gold chiavari chairs from Gabro Event Services completed the elegant space.

“We wanted a florist who specialized in weddings that could make my vision come to life with large, high centerpieces for all of the reception tables with red roses and red and white flowers. Save the Date Florida's flowers were extraordinary! We were very happy with the beautiful arrangements.” the bride beamed.

Knowing the importance of high-quality wedding images, Liz and Randy sought a professional wedding photographer and were impressed by the expertise and portfolio of Limelight Photography.

“We wanted a photographer with a good eye, experience, someone who edited with more natural light, and a professional photography style,” the bride shared. “We wanted very high-quality edited images, and we felt like Limelight fit the bill; we liked their style and finished photos. After reading all the 5-star reviews and talking to Dafne, their senior lead photographer, we knew they would be the perfect fit to capture all of our important wedding moments.”

When asked what about his most memorable moment, Randy recalls the moment he saw his bride for the first time.

“Seeing Liz in her dress, as well as taking photos on the beach [were my favorite memories],” the groom reminisced.

White and Turquoise Wedding Invitation | Rhinestone Betsy Johnson Wedding Booties | Florida Wedding Planner Elegant Affairs by Design
Rhinestone Betsy Johnson Wedding Booties with Veil | Florida Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography
Lace Illusion Wedding Gown with Long Train on Hanger Portrait | Florida Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography
Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait | Florida Hotel Wedding Venue Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach | Florida Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography
Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait | Florida Hotel Wedding Venue Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach | Florida Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

The Proposal:
Two months after meeting online, Randy went to retrieve the ring of my dreams. He then got down on one knee and proposed.

Outdoor Modern Wedding Ceremony | Florida Wedding Planner Elegant Affairs by Design | Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach
White and Red Rose Detailing for Florida Hotel Wedding Ceremony | Florida Planner Elegant Affairs by Design | Clearwater Florist Save the Date Florida
Outdoor Modern Wedding Ceremony | Florida Wedding Planner Elegant Affairs by Design | Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach
Outdoor Modern Wedding Ceremony Alter with Red and White Rose Bouquet | Florida Florist Save the Date Florida | Florida Wedding Venue Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach
White and Red Rose Bouquet Detailing for Florida Hotel Wedding Ceremony | Florida Florist Save the Date Florida | Florida Planner Elegant Affairs by Design
Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait | Florida Hotel Wedding Venue Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach | Florida Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

What did you look for in a wedding planner?

We looked for someone who specialized in weddings in the Clearwater Beach area.

We specifically hired Elegant Affairs by Design because Riley was professional, knowledgeable, and efficient in answering questions. She had good reviews and offered full-wedding planning which was essential for us in planning a destination wedding. Riley was productive in securing all vendors. We enjoyed her planner's personality, and her ability to get things done.

Bridal Portrait in Front of the Alter | Florida Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography | Save the Date Florida Wedding Florist
Bridal Portrait in Front of the Alter | Florida Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography | Save the Date Florida Wedding Florist
Wedding Sky Sign at Clearwater Wedding Ceremony | Florida Planner Elegant Affairs by Design
Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait | Florida Hotel Wedding Venue Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach | Florida Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography
Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait | Florida Hotel Wedding Venue Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach | Florida Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography

What did you look for in a wedding photographer?

We wanted a photographer with a good eye, experience, someone who edited with more natural light, and a professional photography style.

We preferred Limelight Photography‘s photography style over the competitors. We wanted very high-quality edited images, and we felt like Limelight fit the bill we liked their style and finished photos. After reading all the 5-star reviews and talking to Dafne, their senior lead photographer, we knew they would be the perfect fit to capture all of our important wedding moments.

Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait | Florida Hotel Wedding Venue Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach | Florida Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography
Wedding Ice Sculpture | Florida Wedding Planner Elegant Affairs by Design
Indoor Hotel Wedding Reception with White Linens and Gold Chairs with Rose Centerpieces | Florida Wedding Venue Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach | Florida Wedding Rentals Gabro Event Rental Services

What did you look for in a wedding venue?

We wanted a 4-star hotel and beach resort. We chose the Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach due to the location and availability. We wanted to get married in a resort on the beach. After we visited the Wyndham Grand we knew it was a great fit!

Indoor Hotel Wedding Reception with White Linens and Gold Chairs with Rose Centerpieces | Florida Wedding Venue Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach | Florida Wedding Rentals Gabro Event Rental Services | Save the Date Florida Wedding Florist
Glass Wedding Table Number with Gold Lettering
White and Red Rose Wedding Centerpieces on Gold Stands with Greenery | Florida Florist Save the Date Florida

What did you look for in a wedding florist?

We wanted a florist who specialized in weddings that could make my vision come to life with large, high centerpieces for all of the reception tables with red roses and red and white flowers. 

Save the Date Florida's flowers were extraordinary! We were very happy with the beautiful arrangements. They were also highly recommended by our wedding planner. We were very happy with the beautiful florals and the service.

Three Tier White Wedding Cake with Rose Detail and Bobble Head Cake Toppers | Florida Wedding Baker The Artistic Whisk
Bobble Head Wedding Cake Toppers | Florida Wedding Baker The Artistic Whisk

What was your wedding cake inspiration?

We envisioned clean lines and elegance with a fun twist of our bobblehead cake topper.

Our venue's preferred vendor was The Artistic Whisk, and their cake flavors were delicious! We chose white almond raspberry, coconut rum, and chocolate with cream cheese chocolate chip.

What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay couples?
A wedding planner is a necessity. Trust your planner's advice and let go and enjoy your day.

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Vendor Credits

 

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