Rustic Copper and Green Downtown St. Pete Wedding | Red Mesa Events

Janessa and Ryan’s downtown St. Pete wedding combined natural greenery and wood elements with fiery copper details that complemented the open-air balcony and exposed brick walls of their historic venue.

“We chose a slightly rustic, farmhouse yet minimalistic design to make guests pay more attention to those around them,” the bride shared. “I picked shades of grey, green, and a hint of blue and orange. It helped keep the rustic farmhouse feel we were going for.”

The Tampa couple wanted an economical venue that provided a combination of style and comfort for their 80 guests. They chose a historic location in the heart of downtown St. Pete, near where the pair got engaged.

“Value was very important to us as we didn’t have a lot of money to spend. Red Mesa Events provided excellent cost-to-value by providing not only a beautiful downtown space for a ceremony but a convenient and air-conditioned reception area as well,” Janessa raved.

Janessa and Ryan chose to hire an experienced St. Pete wedding planner to help coordinate all of the details and logistics so that they could enjoy their day without additional stress.

“We wanted a wedding planner with a strong ability to multitask and to manage our family for us so we did not have to worry! Perfecting the Plan‘s service was fantastic and definitely took a lot of weight off of our shoulders during the wedding,” Janessa beamed.

Guests signed a custom-painted piece of art in lieu of a typical guest book. Janessa felt that their non-traditional wedding style made their celebration a one-of-a-kind experience.

“Not having the traditional ‘wedding things’ such as a guest book and bouquet toss and not feeling pressured to play by anyone else’s rules [made our wedding unique],” the bride revealed.

As with any wedding, there were little things that didn’t go according to plan, but the couple took it in stride. The bride says one of the most memorable moments was actually a hiccup that occurred while they exchanged vows.

“The most memorable parts of the wedding were the parts we couldn’t plan for,” Janessa recalled. “Our officiant had a typo in her speech and implied I was a man! She said ‘Ryan, do you take Janessa as your husband…’ Everyone had a good laugh!”

Florida Wedding Invitation Suite Stationery Flat Lay with Black and White Floral Invitation
Wedding Ring Shot | Carved Wood Ring Box with Couples Names and Wedding Date | Square Ascher Cut Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring with Channel Set Diamond Band and Platinum Men Wedding Ring Band
Wedding Dress Hanger Shot on Colorful Green Glass Doorway Arch | Lace Fit and Flare Mermaid Spaghetti Strap Wedding Dress Bridal Gown with Scallop Edge Lace Train Hem
Bride and Bridesmaids Bridal Party Photo on Hotel Room Balcony in St. Petersburg Florida | Bride and Bridesmaids Getting Ready Wearing Champagne and Silver Embroidered Silk Robes
Bride Getting Dressed and Ready with Buttons Up Embroidered Illusion Lace Wedding Dress Bridal Gown
Bride and Mother of the Bride Getting Ready in Hotel Room | Mother of the Bride Helping Bride Get Dressed and Ready
Indoor Hotel Room Bridal Portrait | Lace Fit and Flare Mermaid Spaghetti Strap Wedding Dress Bridal Gown with Scallop Edge Lace Train Hem
Natural Boho Rustic Wedding Bridal Bouquet with Ivory and White Roses, Scabiosa Pods and Eucalyptus Greenery
Outdoor Bride and Groom First Look Portrait | Groom Wearing Classic Charcoal Grey Suit with Green Tie | Lace Fit and Flare Mermaid Spaghetti Strap Wedding Dress Bridal Gown with Scallop Edge Lace Train Hem
Outdoor Bride and Groom First Look Portrait | Groom Wearing Classic Charcoal Grey Suit with Green Tie | Lace Fit and Flare Mermaid Spaghetti Strap Wedding Dress Bridal Gown with Scallop Edge Lace Train Hem

The Proposal:
Ryan took me out for a regular date night; just the two of us enjoying the evening. After our dinner, we walked around downtown and ended up at the St. Pete Pier for the first time. We walked all the way to the end and stopped to enjoy the beautiful breezy night. We talked about how nice it was that night, then got nostalgic and remembered all of our shared experiences. Ryan tried to find the right words and eventually said he wanted to spend the rest of his life together and asked, “Will you marry me?”

Outdoor Rooftop Downtown St. Petersburg Wedding Ceremony at St. Pete Wedding Venue Red Mesa Events | Wood Cross Back French Country Chairs | Geometric Gold Arch Ceremony Backdrop with Natural Rustic Floral Spray of White Roses and Eucalyptus Greenery | Perfecting the Plan
Geometric Gold Arch Ceremony Backdrop with Natural Rustic Floral Spray of White Roses and Eucalyptus Greenery
Geometric Gold Arch Ceremony Backdrop with Natural Rustic Floral Spray of White Roses and Eucalyptus Greenery

How would you describe your theme/wedding design inspiration?
We chose a slightly rustic, farmhouse yet minimalistic design to make guests pay more attention to those around them.

What were your colors?
I picked shades of grey, green, and a hint of blue and orange. It helped keep the rustic, farmhouse feel we were going for.

Bride and Groom Exchanging Vows During Outdoor Rooftop Downtown St. Petersburg Wedding Ceremony at St. Pete Wedding Venue Red Mesa Events | Wood Cross Back French Country Chairs | Geometric Gold Arch Ceremony Backdrop with Natural Rustic Floral Spray of White Roses and Eucalyptus Greenery | Perfecting the Plan
Bride and Groom Exchanging Vows During Outdoor Rooftop Downtown St. Petersburg Wedding Ceremony | Lace Mermaid Wedding Dress | Charcoal Grey Groom Suit | Geometric Gold Arch Ceremony Backdrop with Natural Rustic Floral Spray of White Roses and Eucalyptus Greenery
Outdoor Rooftop Bride and Groom Portrait in front of Geometric Gold Arch Ceremony Backdrop with Natural Rustic Floral Spray of White Roses and Eucalyptus Greenery | Groom Wearing Classic Charcoal Grey Suit with Green Tie | Lace Fit and Flare Mermaid Spaghetti Strap Wedding Dress Bridal Gown with Scallop Edge Lace Train Hem
Outdoor Rooftop Bride and Groom Portrait in front of Geometric Gold Arch Ceremony Backdrop with Natural Rustic Floral Spray of White Roses and Eucalyptus Greenery | Groom Wearing Classic Charcoal Grey Suit with Green Tie | Perfecting the Plan

What did you look for in a wedding planner?
We wanted someone with a strong ability to multitask and the ability to manage our family for us so we did not have to worry!

Perfecting the Plan‘s service was fantastic and definitely took a lot of weight off of our shoulders during the wedding.

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Outdoor Rooftop Bride and Groom Portrait at Downtown St. Pete Wedding Venue Red Mesa Events | Groom Wearing Classic Charcoal Grey Suit with Green Tie
Historic Venue Brick Wall Backdrop Bride and Groom Portrait at Downtown St. Pete Wedding Venue Red Mesa Events | Groom Wearing Classic Charcoal Grey Suit with Green Tie | Perfecting the Plan
Outdoor Bride and Groom Portrait in Vinoy Park Downtown St. Pete Florida | Groom Wearing Classic Charcoal Grey Suit with Green Tie | Lace Fit and Flare Mermaid Spaghetti Strap Wedding Dress Bridal Gown with Scallop Edge Lace Train Hem

What elements of your wedding were the most important?
Photography was our most important; we wanted to make sure we could have photographs that would capture our lasting memories.

Also, it was important for us to have a bit of alone time after the ceremony during the cocktail hour, away from everyone while we prepared ourselves for the reception.

Outdoor Bride and Groom Portrait in front of Banyan Trees in Vinoy Park Downtown St. Pete Florida | Groom Wearing Classic Charcoal Grey Suit with Green Tie | Lace Fit and Flare Mermaid Spaghetti Strap Wedding Dress Bridal Gown with Scallop Edge Lace Train Hem
Bride and Bridesmaids Outdoor Portrait | Bridesmaids Wearing Deep Green Long Gown Dresses | Natural Rustic Wedding Bouquets with White Roses, Scabiosa Pods and Eucalyptus Greenery
Wedding Welcome Sign in front of Brick Wall at Downtown St. Pete Wedding Venue Red Mesa Events
Wedding Guest Book Pennant Flag Sign on Wood and Copper Pipe Stand
Unique Wedding Guest Book Alternative Custom Painted Wood Artwork
Indoor Historic Venue Brick Wall Wedding Reception at Downtown St. Pete Wedding Venue Red Mesa Events | Cross Back Wood French Country Chairs with White Table Linens on Long Feasting Tables | Perfecting the Plan

What did you look for in a wedding venue? 
Value was very important to us as we didn’t have a lot of money to spend.

Red Mesa Events provided excellent cost-to-value by providing not only a beautiful downtown space for a ceremony but a convenient and air-conditioned reception area as well.

Indoor Historic Venue Brick Wall Wedding Reception at Downtown St. Pete Wedding Venue Red Mesa Events | Cross Back Wood French Country Chairs with White Table Linens on Long Feasting Tables | Gold Geometric Arch Sweetheart Table Backdrop | Perfecting the Plan
Long Feasting Tables with White Linens and Copper Charger Plates with Taupe Napkins for Wedding Reception | Perfecting the Plan
Framed Wedding Table Number Sign with Gold Geometric Terrarium Centerpiece Vase filled with Eucalyptus Greenery, White Roses and Blue Thistle
Long Feasting Tables with White Linens and Copper Charger Plates with Taupe Napkins and Wood Cross Back Chairs for Wedding Reception | Perfecting the Plan
Tables with White Linens and Copper Charger Plates with Taupe Napkins for Wedding Reception
Wedding Sweetheart Table with Gold Geometric Arch Backdrop and Mr and Mrs Tabletop Signs
Bride and Groom First Dance at Indoor Historic Venue Brick Wall Wedding Reception at Downtown St. Pete Wedding Venue Red Mesa Events | Cross Back Wood French Country Chairs with White Table Linens on Long Feasting Tables

How did you incorporate your personalities into the wedding?
We put a lot of emphasis on songs that were important to us over the years for the most important moments of the wedding to help personalize our event.

Exterior Historic Venue Brick Wall Wedding Reception at Downtown St. Pete Wedding Venue Red Mesa Events

What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay couples?
Be kind to each other, communicate often, and find ways to be calmed by each other’s presence so you can enjoy the day.

Venue, Caterer, Rentals: Red Mesa Events *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Venue
Photographer: FotoBohemia
Planner: Perfecting the Plan *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
Florist: Fern & Curl Designs
DJ: Complete Weddings and Events
Officiant: Personal friend
Invitations: Zola
Dress: Nikki’s Glitz and Glam Bridal Boutique
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Hair & Makeup: Destiny & Light Hair and Makeup Group
Rehearsal Dinner: Bella Brava

Quotes have been lightly edited for clarity and brevity.

*Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pros are highly respected by our local wedding community and have been personally vetted by our editor.

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