Lindsey and Tyson's downtown St. Pete wedding incorporated the couple's strong faith and love for one another.
“As Christians, it was important to us that Jesus was the main focus of our ceremony and how he had brought the two of us together in relationship and ultimately in marriage,” the bride shared. “We wanted to have a sweet and romantic ceremony that included our stories and what God has done in our lives.”
The Gainesville couple hosted a destination St. Petersburg wedding to provide them a variety of unique options for their big day.
“We chose the Tampa Bay area because it offered a lot of opportunities for us to have any kind of wedding we wanted. In the midst of planning we decided that we were going to need to accommodate for a larger guest list, but still wanted an intimate setting, and wanted to do something a little different than our friends, which lead us to choosing NOVA 535.
An outdoor wedding ceremony was a must for the groom, who loves the outdoors.
“The courtyard at NOVA 535 served as the perfect place to have our ceremony,” Lindsey gushed. “From the beginning, the staff was so helpful. They go above and beyond to help plan and organize the details for your wedding so you don’t have to worry about a thing. Even the simplest fact that the staff sets up and tears down everything on the wedding day meant so much to us, because we knew our family and friends could really relax and enjoy themselves.”
The bride and groom incorporated personal touches in their decor choices.
“Tyson’s boutonniere was a purple tulip, which was significant because his mom lived in the Netherlands, which is known for their tulips,” Lindsey shared. “My nickname in college was ‘Ling Ling,' which became the name of our signature drink. My friends decided that my ‘spirit animal' is a panda, and our cake topper were two panda figurines made in Japan.”
Looking back, one of the bride's more memorable moments came during the wedding ceremony.
“Walking down the aisle was the most memorable because Tyson was crying so much that it made me start crying,” Lindsey reminisced.
The proposal was a complete surprise. Tyson and I were supposed to get Sunday breakfast together before he was going back to Gainesville. We were long distance. When I woke up and began getting ready, my roommate handed me a letter from Tyson explaining that we would not be getting breakfast together and that he had some other things in mind.
Through a series of notes and gifts, I explored a day long scavenger hunt that included getting to see many close friends, even some from out of town. The scavenger hunt ended at Ballast Point Park where Tyson was waiting for me. He had a friend secretly take pictures as he proposed in the gazebo in the center of the park.
Next, we headed to Tyson’s mom’s house to share in the excitement. Tyson informed me that he had kept her “in the dark” in regards to the proposal date and thought it would be fun for us to surprise her. As we pulled up to the house, both of our families from all over the state were standing on the front porch cheering! Another 25 or so friends from as far as Tennessee were gathered inside the house. There was food, cake, champagne and photos of us everywhere.
How would you describe your theme?
Sweet, romantic and fun. We really wanted our reception to be fun! Tyson and I love to dance. Our families love to dance. Our friends love to dance. Our hope was to have a big dance party…and we did!
What were your colors?
Purple is my favorite color so it was always going to be the main focus for the wedding colors. With a spring wedding, I wanted to go with more of a soft, romantic palette. Choosing the lighter purples and throwing in the pink, gray and nude really helped to make the palette interesting, but kept it really tasteful.
What were the deciding factors for choosing your venue?
NOVA 535 was our choice venue for many reasons. The staff goes above and beyond to help plan and organize the details for your wedding so you don’t have to worry about a thing. Even the simplest fact that their staff sets up and tears down everything on the wedding day meant so much to us, because we knew our family and friends could really relax and enjoy themselves. The venue provides so many opportunities to make your wedding your own. So many venues require you to rent lighting, tables, chairs, sound equipment, but NOVA 535 has it all and can customize anything to fit your vision.
My favorite part was the amazing staff at NOVA 535. Michael, the owner, was so helpful to answer all of our questions in the very beginning. Ruby, my wedding coordinator, made sure all the details came together exactly as I had described. If you want to walk in the day of your wedding, be completely blown away, leave the wedding and feel like the day couldn’t have been any better, choose NOVA 535.
What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay Brides?
Decide one aspect of the wedding that is most important to you in your wedding and do not compromise on that. If you prioritize that in your budget and make minor sacrifices with other things, everything else will fall into place.
For us, photography and videography was the most important budget item. I have grown up watching my parents’ wedding video, and I knew I wanted to have one as well. We allowed Nate + Lori to take the first cut of our budget and then adjusted everything else accordingly to make it all work.
Ceremony and Reception Venue: NOVA 535 Unique Event Space *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Venue
Photographer/Videographer: Nate + Lori
Coordinator: Rubies and Pearls
Florist: Amazing Blossoms
Caterer: Delectables Catering
Cake: Chantilly Cakes
DJ: DJ Jaey at NOVA 535
Officiant: Anthony Rajski
Transportation: St. Petersburg Looper Trolley
Dress Shop and Designer: Jon's Bridal
Hair & Makeup: New Identities Hair Studio