Timeless Black and White Downtown St. Pete Wedding | The Birchwood

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Monica and Matthew’s timeless downtown St. Pete wedding was filled with sentiment and tradition. The Tampa couple incorporated personal details, classic elements, and added touches of gold and blush to accent the monochromatic black and white color palette. The bride’s wanted to ensure her decor and details felt intentional.

“We wanted the day to feel elegant and intimate; we really wanted all of our guests to see how grateful we were to have them there to celebrate,” Monica explained.

The South Tampa based bride had always dreamed of exchanging vows in the chapel housed at her childhood school and wanted their reception location to feel equally special.

“I went to The Academy of the Holy Names for school and always knew I wanted to get married in the chapel there,” the bride shared. “It was important to us that our venue matched the elegance and intimacy we wanted while also showing off the Tampa Bay area. We loved the elegance of The Birchwood‘s ballroom, but what really sold us was the option to host our cocktail hour at their rooftop bar, The Canopy.”

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The couple included personal details such as custom koozie favors, surprise paper airplanes in honor of the groom’s career as a pilot, and even a special seating chart.

“We wrote handwritten letters to each of our guests for the seating chart; we wanted everyone to know how grateful we were to have them celebrate with us,” Monica reminisced.

The bridesmaids looked stunning in their chic black gowns. Although it took a lot of dresses, the location and selection at Bella Bridesmaids Tampa helped the girls find a style that everyone loved.

“They tried on a billion different styles until we all agreed on one they all felt comfortable in,” the bride shared. “Bella Bridesmaids was convenient.”

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Monica also donned a unique wedding gown for her big day, one that was sentimental and rich in history.

“The wedding dress I wore was also worn by my nana, great aunt, mom, and cousin,” Monica beamed. “It was so sentimental to wear a dress that had so many years of love sewn into the seams.”

Looking back, some of the bride’s favorite moments were celebrating at the reception, with some personal touches “tossed” in.

“As well as a first dance, we did a last dance and had everyone throw rose petals. It was so great seeing all of our family and friends still there at the end of the night and having so much fun,” Monica reminisced. “As a surprise to Matt, I had the wedding party throwing paper airplanes. Matt is a pilot, and he loved it.”

Tampa Wedding Stationery Suite Lay Flat Photo with Ornate Gold Tray and Champagne Rose Flowers | Classic Wedding Invitation with Gold Calligraphy

Bride Getting Ready | Chic Chignon Bun Bridal Hairstyle with Pearl Pins | St. Pete Wedding Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi Beauty Studio

Bride and Bridesmaids Portrait | Bride in Lace Rose and Bridesmaids in Black Pajamas with Champagne in Hotel | St. Pete Wedding Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi Beauty Studio

What was your wedding day beauty inspiration?
Femme Akoi Beauty Studio‘s work always impressed me. Indira was my hair and make-up artist, and she was the absolute best to work with!

Bride Getting Dressed and Ready | Velvet Ribbon Lace Up Bridal Shoes

Bride Wedding Gown with Cathedral Veil Portrait in Window

Bride and Bridesmaids Outdoor Portraits | Black Long Bridesmaid Dresses with Black and White Anemone and Greenery Bouquets | Tampa Bridesmaids Dress Store Bella Bridesmaids

What was your bridesmaid’s dress inspiration?
My bridesmaids and I spent a day store-hopping. They tried on a billion different styles until we all agreed on one they all felt comfortable in. We chose Bella Bridesmaids Tampa because it was convenient.

Bride and Bridesmaids Outdoor Portraits | Black Long Bridesmaid Dresses with Black and White Anemone and Greenery Bouquets | Tampa Bridesmaids Dress Store Bella Bridesmaids

Traditional Tampa Wedding Ceremony at Academy of Holy Names Chapel

Traditional Tampa Wedding Ceremony at Academy of Holy Names Chapel

Bride and Groom Exchanging Vows during Religious Ceremony | Traditional Tampa Wedding Ceremony at Academy of Holy Names Chapel

Bride and Groom Ceremony Aisle Exit | Traditional Tampa Wedding Ceremony at Academy of Holy Names Chapel

Bride and Groom Outdoor Portrait at Tampa Academy of Holy Names

Bride and Groom Champagne Toast Portrait | Groom in Classic Black Suit Tux with Bow Tie

Wedding Party Outdoor Portraits | Black Long Bridesmaid Dresses with Black and White Anemone and Greenery Bouquets | Groomsmen Classic Black Suit Tuxedo with Bow Tie | Tampa Bridesmaids Dress Store Bella Bridesmaids

How would you describe your theme/wedding design inspiration?
We wanted the day to feel elegant and intimate; we really wanted all of our guests to see how grateful we were to have them there to celebrate.

What were your colors?
Black, gold, white, and blush. We wanted a very romantic and elegant look.

Lace Ballgown Wedding Dress | Wedding Party Outdoor Portraits | Black Long Bridesmaid Dresses with Black and White Anemone and Greenery Bouquets | Groomsmen Classic Black Suit Tuxedo with Bow Tie | Tampa Bridesmaids Dress Store Bella Bridesmaids

Groom and Groomsmen Portraits wearing Classic Black Suit Tuxedo and Bow Ties with Suspenders

Bride and Groom Portraits with Pet Dog Labrador with Floral Collar

St. Pete Wedding Venue The Birchwood

Unique Wedding Seating Chart Idea | Personal Wedding Guest Escort Cards Letters Notes in Envelopes

St. Pete Wedding Venue The Birchwood | Indoor Ballroom Wedding Reception with White Table Linens and Black Napkins on Gold Charger Plates and White Floral Centerpieces with Greenery

Black and White Wedding Centerpiece with Anemone Roses Chrysanthemums and Greenery | Gold Frame Table Number

St. Pete Wedding Venue The Birchwood | Indoor Ballroom Wedding Reception with White Table Linens and Black Napkins on Gold Charger Plates and White Floral Centerpieces with Greenery

What did you look for in a wedding venue?
It was important to us that our venue matched the elegance and intimacy we wanted while also showing off the Tampa Bay area. We loved the elegance of the ballroom at The Birchwood, but what really sold us was the option to host our cocktail hour at their rooftop bar, The Canopy.

Four Tier Wedding Cake with Gold Glitter and Fresh Floral Accents topped with Gold Die Cut Name Topper

Bride and Groom First Dance Photo | Black and White Photography Wedding Portrait

Bride and Groom Last Dance Rose Petal Toss Unique Send Off Idea

What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay couples?
Hire a planner! We had no worries the week of and day of because we knew Amber had everything under control.

Ceremony Venue: The Academy of the Holy Names
Reception Venue and Caterer: The Birchwood *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Venue
Photographer: Everence Photography
Videographer: Sunshine City Films
Planner: Amber Veatch Designs
Florist: Sara Rose Events
Cake: Bayside Bakery
Band: Phase5
Dress Shop and Designer: Moda Design Academy
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids Tampa *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
Hair & Makeup: Femme Akoi Beauty Studio -Indira *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
Additional Wedding Vendors: Veatch House Woodworking




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