Timeless Black, White, and Gold Downtown St. Pete Wedding | NOVA 535
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Timeless Gold Downtown St. Pete Wedding | NOVA 535

Amanda and Jimmy's Tampa Bay wedding began at the picturesque tree-lined streets of Safety Harbor and ended in downtown St. Pete with a reception and after-party. Originally planning on a fall wedding, the bride and groom postponed until the following spring due to the pandemic, yet the timeless styling went with any season.

“Our theme was elegant and classy. We wanted to look back and be timeless. We went with black and white and shades of gold,” the bride detailed. “Since our wedding was originally going to be in September, it was worth the wait!”

Desiring a church wedding ceremony, the bride fell in love with the stunning architecture of Harborside Chapel and connected with their wedding team. To highlight the natural lighting at the ceremony venue, Amanda added a chic floral arch filled with greenery.

My husband is Catholic, but I did not want to marry in the Catholic church. [Choosing our ceremony venue] was a happy medium, and I love Harborside Chapel,” Amanda gushed. “It is a beautiful venue, and the people were amazing and made us feel like that is where we should get married. It is so beautiful, and you can get ready there, which was perfect and stress-free.”

To move the celebration to the Edge District of downtown St. Pete, the couple hosted shuttles for their guests while they arrived in style in a vintage Rolls Royce. While they chose a reception venue in the middle of the city, Amanda and Jimmy also sought an intimate location that was near multiple after-party hot spots. NOVA 535's outdoor bamboo courtyard and spacious loft-style venue provided the special experiences planned for the 150-guest reception, such as a mobile photo booth and a grand sparkler exit.

“We wanted a private area that nobody else would be around. NOVA 535 is right in downtown St. Pete, so it's local to going out afterward. It's such a cool place with brick and an outside area,” the bride beamed.

As Amanda looked back on her memorable weekend, celebrating with her closest friends and family to begin their epic weekend of love and laughter was truly unforgettable.

“We loved everything. The rehearsal dinner was such a fun part of the weekend. We had a private room, and it was awesome because it was more intimate than the wedding,” Amanda reminisced. “The entire wedding day was perfect, and I could not ask for a better day!”

Tampa Ceremony Venue Harborside Chapel
Diamond Engagement Ring in a Pink Velvet Box and Rustic Wedding Invitations
Diamond Engagement Ring with Double Band on Top of White Rose Bouquet
Deep V Neck Ballgown Wedding Dress with Tiered Layers | The White Magnolia, Paloma Blanca
Bride and Bridesmaids Getting Ready for Wedding Day Portrait | Matching Bridesmaids Pajamas
Bride Getting Ready with Mother of the Bride Wedding Portrait | Dress Shop and Designer: The White Magnolia, Paloma Blanca
Bride with Bridesmaids in Mix and Match Black Floor Length Bridesmaid Gowns | Kleinfeld Bridal & David’s Bridal | Harborside Chapel
Bride with Bridesmaids in Mix and Match Black Floor Length Bridesmaid Gowns | Kleinfeld Bridal & David’s Bridal | Harborside Chapel
Groom and Groomsmen in Black Classic Tuxes Wedding Portrait | Florida Wedding Church Harborside Chapel
Florida Wedding Church Ceremony Harborside Chapel
Floral and Greenery Archway Wedding Décor | Florida Wedding Church Ceremony Harborside Chapel

The Proposal:
Jimmy proposed at our first Christmas in our home. We had a perfect morning getting coffee, picking out our Christmas tree, and decorating. We wore Christmas pajamas, and when we were done decorating the tree, Jimmy gave me a box with an ornament that said, “Will you Marry Me?” It was perfect and at home just like I wanted.

Bride and Groom Church Vows | Florida Wedding Church Ceremony Harborside Chapel
Bride and Groom First Kiss Portrait | Harborside Chapel Florida Wedding Ceremony
Bride and Groom Just Married Portrait | Church Wedding Ceremony Harborside Chapel

What did you look for in a wedding ceremony venue?

My husband is Catholic, but I did not want to marry in the Catholic church. It was a happy medium, and I love Harborside Chapel.

It is a beautiful venue and you can get ready there, which was perfect and stress-free. The people were amazing and made us feel like that is where we should get married.

Bride and Groom Just Married Ceremony Exit Portrait | Church Wedding Ceremony Harborside Chapel
Bridal Party Wedding Portrait | Harborside Chapel Florida Wedding Ceremony
Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait | Harborside Chapel Florida Wedding Ceremony
Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait | Harborside Chapel Florida Wedding Ceremony

Where did you spend your honeymoon?
Los Cabo. We love Mexican food!

Looking back, I would have done a retreat that caters to honeymooners. We stayed at a Westin, and it didn’t feel like a honeymoon since they do not really specialize in that. We still had a great time!

Wooden Wedding Sign with White Paint Lettering and Greenery
Rustic Wooden Guest Seating Chart with Greenery
Florida Industrial Indoor Wedding Reception Space | NOVA 535
Florida Industrial Indoor Wedding Reception Space | NOVA 535

What did you look for in a wedding reception venue? 

We wanted a private area that nobody else would be around.

NOVA 535 is right in downtown St. Pete, so it's local to going out afterward. It's such a cool place with brick and an outside area.

Elegant Wedding Tablescape at Industrial Wedding Reception | Nova 535
Long Candle Stick Wedding Tablescapes | Nova 535

How would you describe your theme/wedding design inspiration?  

Our theme was elegant and classy. We wanted to look back and be timeless. We went with black and white and shades of gold.

Brown Thank You Stationery with Black Letter Detailing
Candle Stick Wedding Décor | Nova 535
Sweetheart Table with Twinkling Light Décor in Industrial Wedding Venue | Florida Wedding Reception Nova 535
Three Tiered Textured Wedding Cake with Gold Cake Topper and Pale Pink Rose Detail
Bride and Groom First Dance Portrait | Florida Wedding Reception Nova 535
Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait in Front of Wedding Photo Booth | Nova 535
Bride and Groom Exit Portrait | Nova 535

What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay couples? 
Make sure whoever is marrying you announces not to have guests take photos. It ruins photos! Everyone respected my wishes, and I appreciated that. I would also recommend making a list of photos you would like the photographer to take.

Quotes have been lightly edited for clarity and brevity.

Vendor Credits

 

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  • D2Co

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