Romantic Navy Blue and Pink St. Pete Beach Wedding | The Don CeSar


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Navy and Pink, Romantic St. Pete Beach Wedding | Don CeSar Wedding

Emily and Steven’s romantic St. Pete Beach wedding featured an outdoor waterfront wedding ceremony, followed by a ballroom reception with a timeless color palette of navy, gray and pink.

“Our inspiration came from the romance of our venue and the natural beauty of the beach,” the bride shared. “I wanted to pull from nature when it came to my decorations and the men’s boutonnières, as well as the bridal parties outfits.”

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The St. Petersburg couple wanted a wedding venue that had meaning behind it an chose one of the most iconic hotels in Tampa Bay.

“We decided on The Don CeSar because I grew up telling my dad that I was going to get married there. I wanted to be a princess with a big dress and pink shoes. Luckily I was able to live out those childhood dreams with my prince!” Emily gushed. “The Don is a beautiful, classy, and historic building; it’s the closest thing to a castle that we have in St. Petersburg.”

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The couple searched for a St. Petersburg wedding photographer who could help guide them through a hectic wedding day and capture all of the candid moments, while still taking beautiful portraits.

Caroline & Evan Photography were honest and genuinely kind people. From our engagement shoot at 6 a.m., dealing with our dogs and the the different locations and outfit changes I wanted, they went with the flow,” Emily explained. “Evan was not only a photographer the day of our wedding, but he also helped dress all of the groomsmen. Caroline was a joy and a calm presences in the crazy bridal room.”

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Looking back, Emily’s most memorable moment occurred because of a suggestion from her wedding photographers.

“After our portraits on the beach were done, Caroline and Evan told us to take a moment and watch the sun set. It was perfect,” the bride reminisced.

St Petersburg Beach Wedding Venue The Don Cesar | Tampa Bay Wedding

Groom Details Photo with Letter to Bride and Blue Silk Bow TIe and Gold Watch

Bride Getting Ready Portrait | St. Pete Beach Wedding Photography Caroline & Evan Photography

Bridal Portrait wearing Strapless Belted Wedding Dress with Royal Train | St. Pete Beach Wedding Photography Caroline & Evan Photography

Elegant Nautical Navy and White Wedding Invitation

Bridal Portrait | Tampa Bay Wedding| Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Caroline and Evan Photography

Bridal Party Portrait Outside St Pete Beach Wedding Venue The Don Cesar, with Mismatched Beaded Navy Blue Bridesmaids Dresses and Pink and White Bouquets | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Caroline and Evan Photography

Outdoor Bridal Portrait with White and Pink Rose Bouquet outside St Petersburg Wedding Venue The Don Cesar | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Caroline and Evan Photography

Nautical Inspired Groom Boutonniere with Pink flower and Starfish, wearing Gray Suit with Navy Blue Tie and Pocket Square

Outdoor First Look Portrait, Bride wearing Sweetheart A Line Silver Belted Wedding Dress | St. Pete Beach Wedding Photography Caroline & Evan Photography

The Proposal:
Steven proposed at our home! He told me a couple weeks leading up to our proposal that we were going to go out to dinner with some of his coworkers, giving me a chance to wear a new dress I got for my birthday that I was dying to wear, but had no where to wear it to! As we were getting into his truck, he told me he forgot his wallet inside and went back into our house to find it. Little did I know that he was setting up rose petals and getting our dogs outside so he could pop the question! He called me after a couple of minutes asking if I could come in and help him, and when I opened the front door, he was down on his knee!

First Look Bridal Portrait Wearing Natural Pearl Long Drop Earrings and Floral Hair Piece | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Caroline and Evan Photography

Hand-painted Wooden Welcome Sign at Beach Wedding Ceremony with Natural Driftwood Arch, Folding White Chairs with White and Pink Flowers | St Petersburg Wedding Venue The Don Cesar

Wooden Welcome Sign at Beach Wedding Ceremony with Natural Driftwood Arch, Folding White Chairs with White and Pink Flowers | St Petersburg Wedding Venue The Don Cesar

How would you describe your theme?
Romantic, beach wedding. Our inspiration came from the romance of our wedding venue and the natural beauty of the beach. I wanted to pull from nature when it came to my decorations and the men’s boutonnières, as well as the bridal parties outfits.

What were your colors?
Navy, gray and pink. I didn’t want there to be too much pink in my decor or bridal party because of The Don CeSar being pink; I didn’t want to take away from that. There were subtle hints of pink in our bouquets, my ring children and flower girl and my shoes.

Natural Nautical Inspired Driftwood Wedding Arch Decorated with Pink and White Roses with Greenery | Florida Beach Wedding Ceremony

St Pete Beach Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Portrait with Natural Driftwood Arch, Groomsmen in Gray and Bridesmaids in Navy | St. Pete Beach Wedding Photography Caroline & Evan Photography

Outdoor Beach Wedding Portrait with Pink and White Bouquet, Groom in Gray Suit | St Petersburg Florida Wedding Venue The Don Cesar | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Caroline and Evan Photography

What did you look for in a wedding venue?
A place that had meaning behind it. There are so many different places to get married,

We decided on The Don CeSar because I grew up telling my dad that I was going to get married there. I wanted to be a princess with a big dress and pink shoes. Luckily I was able to live out those childhood dreams with my prince! The Don CeSar is a beautiful, classy, and historic building. It’s the closest thing to a castle that we have in St. Petersburg; it was my dream. I thought their service and staff people did an amazing job. They were incredibly helpful and always willing to answer all our questions!

Wedding Party Outdoor Beach Portrait with Groomsmen in Gray Suits with Blue TIes, Bridesmaids in Short Mismatched Navy Blue Bridesmaids Dresses with Pink and White Rose Bouquet | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Caroline and Evan Photography

Outdoor Beach Wedding Portrait with Pink and White Bouquet, Groom in Gray Suit | St Petersburg Florida Wedding Venue The Don Cesar | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Caroline and Evan Photography

What did you look for in a wedding photographer?
Someone who was willing to help us through this process! We literally had no idea what to expect or how our day would look. We wanted someone who took beautiful pictures and caught all our silly candid moments!

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Caroline & Evan Photography were honest and genuinely kind people. From our engagement shoot at 6 a.m., dealing with our dogs and the three different locations and outfit changes I wanted, they went with the flow. But they also helped guide my crazy kindergarten teacher brain into what would look the best. Evan was not only a photographer the day of our wedding, he also helped dress all the groomsmen. Caroline was a joy and a calm presences in the crazy bridal room.

Outdoor Beach Wedding Portrait with Pink and White Bouquet, Groom in Gray Suit | St Petersburg Florida Wedding Venue The Don Cesar | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Caroline and Evan Photography

Nautical Navy Blue Elegant Wedding Reception Escort Card Table with Hand-painted Wooden Sign and Creative Sand Dollar Guest Cards

Elegant Navy Blue and White Wedding Reception Dessert Table with Cupcake Tower and White and Blue Bride and Groom Round Cake Topper | St. Petersburg Wedding Baker The Artistic Whisk

What did you look for in a wedding cake bakery?
Honestly we didn’t know who to start with. With the help of our wedding photographers and venue, they were able to point us in the direction of The Artistic Whisk!

Jovana was of The Artistic Whisk was amazing! She made delicious cakes and working with her was seamless. Not to mention, she is a wonderful girl!

Elegant Wedding Reception Blush and Pink Rose with White Hydrangea Small Table Centerpiece with Rustic Hand-painted Wood Table Number

First Dance Wedding Portrait with White Floral Lace Bridal Hair Accessory and Drop Natural Pearl Long Earrings | St Petersburg Wedding Photographer Caroline and Evan Photography

What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay couples?
Have fun, don’t stress the small stuff and hire a wedding planner

Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Don Cesar *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Venue
Photographer: Caroline and Evan Photography *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Planner: Chantilly Chic Celebrations
Florist: Braun’s Fine Flowers
Cake: The Artistic Whisk *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
DJ: Grant Hemond & Associates – Ben Daniel *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Officiant: Rev. Dr.  Keith Haemmelmann, Pass a Grille Beach Community Church
Dress Shop and Designer: The Dressing Room
Hair & Makeup: Femme Aoki *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro




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