Timeless Blush Pink and Gold Downtown St. Pete Wedding | The Vinoy Renaissance

 

Sarasota Bridal Workshop | Wedding Show October 24, 2018

Sonia and LJ’s downtown St. Pete wedding featured a classic and elegant ambiance, with a gold, blush, cream and rose gold color palette.

“I wanted us to be able to look back on our wedding day photos decades from now and see a timeless look,” the bride explained. “Half of our guests were out-of-towners (New York and Toronto), so it made sense to host our wedding locally. Who wouldn’t want to come to Florida in November?”

Incorporating family tradition was important to the bride and groom, who had a 200+ person guest list.

“I’m Italian, and LJ is half Greek, half Italian, so we just knew this was going to be a big one,” the bride shared. “Tied to my bouquet, were two medallions that belonged to my grandparents who are no longer with us. These medallions hold a special place in my heart not only because it belonged to them, but they were gifted to each other on their 50th wedding anniversary. I wore my mother’s earrings, the same ones that my father gifted her on their wedding day.”

For this gorgeous brunette bride, she knew that she needed an amazing hair and makeup team, so she turned to Tampa Bay beauty experts Michele Renee the Studio for hair and LDM Beauty Group for makeup.

“Reputation and reviews helped a great deal in making my selection. I spoke with some other brides in my circle of friends, as well to see who they had used. I had used Michele Renee the Studio for another wedding I was in years ago as a bridesmaid and hired them to do my hair. LDM Beauty Group came to the rescue at the 11th hour when our engagement shoot got canceled and then rescheduled. Lindsay came to my house at 5 a.m. on a Sunday. She was awesome and fabulous, so it was a no-brainer that I would hire her for the wedding.”

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Looking back on their wedding day, the bride reflected that some of her most cherished memories were shared simply with the groom.

“The exchanging of our vows was the moment it all came to life. The limo ride from the church to the Vinoy was also memorable. We decided to have the limo to ourselves while our bridal party was in a separate vehicle. It was important for us to have some time alone to digest the first half (ceremony) of our day. We also knew the next four hours would be fun-filled but crazy, so a little quiet time to decompress was nice,” the bride reminisced.

Square Elegant Wedding Invitation with Navy Print and Gold Foil Script

Glitter Champagne Gold Jimmy Choo Open Toe Sandal Wedding Shoes, Blush Pink and Ivory Rose Bouquet and Miss Dior Perfume Bottle

Bride Getting Ready Portrait | Tampa Bay Wedding Hair Michele Renee The Studio | St. Petersburg Wedding Makeup LDM Beauty Group | Lindsay Does Makeup

What did you look for in a wedding hair and makeup team?
Reputation and reviews helped a great deal in making my selection. I spoke with some other brides in my circle of friends, as well to see who they had used. I had used Michele Renee The Studio for another wedding I was in years ago as a bridesmaid and hired them to do my hair. LDM Beauty Group came to the rescue at the 11th hour when our engagement shoot got canceled and then rescheduled. Lindsay came to my house at 5 a.m, on a Sunday. She was awesome and fabulous, so it was a no-brainer that I would hire her for the wedding.

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Bridal Wedding Day Getting Ready Portrait of Bride and Mom | Tampa Bay Wedding Hair Michele Renee The Studio | St. Petersburg Wedding Makeup LDM Beauty Group | Lindsay Does Makeup

Outdoor Bridal Party Portrait Bride in Sweetheart Wedding Dress, Bridesmaid in Sweetheart Navy Blue Dress with Ivory Floral Bouquet

Outdoor Park Bridal Party Portrait, Bridesmaids in Floorlength Sweetheart Navy Blue Dresses with White Bouquets | Tampa Bay Wedding Hair Michele Renee The Studio | St. Petersburg Makeup LDM Beauty Group | Lindsay Does Makeup

Navy Blue Bridesmaid Dress and White and Blue Wedding Program

The Proposal: 
L.J. proposed on the Riverwalk by Ulele. That place held some memories of when we first started dating. The Sunday he proposed was right before the Super Bowl and his beloved New York Giants were playing. I had an inkling that a proposal was coming sooner than later, but was absolutely certain it wouldn’t be that day in the middle of the game. Safe to say he caught me by surprise! It was a beautiful spot. He even had a photographer on-site incognito.

Groom Watching Bride Walk Down Aisle, Wedding Ceremony Portrait

Traditional Church Wedding Ceremony Portrait | Tampa Bay Venue Espiritu Santo Catholic Church

Church Wedding Ceremony Portrait, Bride in Lace Off-the-Shoulder Strap Wedding Dress, Groom in Tuxedo | St. Petersburg Venue Espiritu Santo Catholic Church

Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait, Groom in Black Tuxedo and White Floral Boutonniere, Bride in Lace Strapless Wedding Dress with Rhinestone Belt and Veil | Tampa Bay Wedding Hair Michele Renee The Studio | St. Petersburg Makeup LDM Beauty Group | Lindsay Does Makeup

Bride to Be Facebook Group Leaderboard Ad

Traditional Wedding Name Escort Place Cards on White and Blush Pink Cardstock with Black Calligraphy Text

Wedding Reception Sweetheart Table Decor, Blush Pink, White and Greenery Floral Arch with Glass and Candle Spheres, Gold Chiavari Chairs, White Tablecloth, and Floral Bouquet Centerpiece

Ballroom Wedding Reception Decor with Round Tables, Gold Chiavari Chairs, Tall White and Blush Pink Floral Centerpieces, White Table Linens | St. Petersburg Wedding Venue The Vinoy Renaissance

How would you describe your theme and colors?
I wanted a very classic and elegant look for our wedding. The color palette was gold, blush, cream/ivory and rose gold. I wanted us to be able to look back on our wedding day photos decades from now and see a timeless look.

Wedding Reception Custom Clear Menu Display on Gold Stand

How did you incorporate you and your spouse’s personalities into the wedding?
We incorporated our personalities in the food, grilled cheese with tomato soup for a late night station (This is our favorite go-to meal at home). As well as some of the other elements music, a mix of dance music and some old school Italian tunes. My husband isn’t into desserts but loves cheesecake, so I got him a giant cheesecake for the groom’s cake. It was a dream for LJ, designed with all three of his New York teams: Islanders, Giants, and Yankees.

Five Tier White Ruffled Buttercream Wedding Cake with Cascading Blush Pink, Ivory Roses and Greenery on Gold Cake Stand and Blush Pink Satin Linen

Ballroom Wedding Reception Decor with Round Tables, Gold Chiavari Chairs, Tall and Small White and Blush Pink Floral Centerpieces, Blush Pink Satin Table Linens | St. Petersburg Wedding Venue The Vinoy Renaissance

Bride and Groom First Dance Wedding Day Portrait at St. Petersburg Ballroom Wedding Venue Vinoy Renaissance Sunset Ballroom

What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay couples?
Don’t put things off, because you will always have last minute details to tackle, so do what you can ahead of time. Get that date and venue nailed down ASAP. Wedding planning is fun, but can get a little intense. Every once in a while we had to ban wedding talk for a couple of hours just so we could go back to being Sonia & L.J., not the bride and groom. It’s important to remember that it’s one day. Yes, we all want it to be perfect and beautiful, and it will be, but this day is the start of every day with your spouse. Don’t let all of the outside factors cloud the true meaning of what you are preparing for.

Ceremony Venue: Espiritu Santo Catholic Church
Reception Venue: The Vinoy Renaissance
Photography: Kristen Weaver Photography
Videography: Randall Productions
Event Planning: Blissful Events
Floral/Linens: Tailored Twig
Invitations: Invitation Galleria
Wedding Cake: Chantilly Cakes
Rentals: Signature Event Rentals
Hair: Michele Renee the Studio *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
Makeup: Lindsay Does Makeup *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro




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