Vintage Modern Anna Maria Island Wedding | Bali Hai Beach Resort

Tampa Bay Best Local Wedding Venue 2021

Kourtney and Scott’s Anna Maria Island wedding was a tropical-inspired evening that intertwined vintage elements and modern style to create a guest experience unique to the bride and groom.

“Our wedding theme was a vintage-modern vibe, but we really wanted to have our guests be at our wedding and say “wow” because it describes Scott and me so well. My husband designed a dance floor to go over the pool,” the bride exclaimed. “We chose earthy colors, eucalyptus, rose golds, ivory, and midnight blue. It went really well with our outside venue and the beach!”

The St. Petersburg couple had their hearts set on a wedding at the beachfront hotel that the groom had recently renovated. To keep the planning process calm despite multiple life events occurring, Kourtney and Scott hired Kelly Kennedy Weddings based on her stellar reputation.

“I looked for a wedding planner who could take away our stress because we decided to get married during a pandemic, which we were able to keep our original date and venue, we were in the middle of selling our house, and we were renovating our new home,” the bride revealed. “We had multiple family members use Kelly Kennedy Weddings and Events, and after our first call with her, Scott and I instantly knew she was the perfect fit! We knew just how sweet and soft her voice was that it would be an easy, funny planning adventure.” 

Desiring beautiful wedding memories they would look back on for a lifetime, the bride and groom relied on the expertise of Lifelong Photography Studio to document the special moments, while allowing the couple to naturally enjoy the day.

“Our planner found Lifelong Photography Studio,” Kourtney revealed. “We were in love with how easy going they were because all we really wanted was not to be staged or have the whole day around posing pictures, and the team did all that and above!”

The courtyard wedding was decorated with acrylic ghost chairs surrounding the altar from three sides. While guests enjoyed beachfront cocktails, Kelly Kennedy Weddings and Events “flipped” the ceremony space from into a luxurious outdoor reception, complete with a clear dance floor custom made by the groom that showcased the resort pool.

Reminiscing on their enchanting day, Kourtney beamed as she recalled the acts of love that Scott and she put into their wedding ceremony.

“My most memorable moment was the ceremony! We built a small center stage that Scott and I stood one while all of our guests sat surrounding us! It was like the whole world had stopped just for us,” the bride reminisced.

Vintage Inspired Florida Wedding Details, Ivory Modern Invitation with Blue Watercolor and Silver Script, with Soft Green Details| Sarasota Wedding Planner Kelly Kennedy Weddings | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studio
Luxurious Solitare Diamond Engagement Ring with Wedding Bands | Sarasota Wedding Planner Kelly Kennedy Weddings | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studio
Vintage Inspired Florida Bride with Champagne Open Toe High Heels with Crystal Detailing on Ankle | Sarasota Wedding Planner Kelly Kennedy Weddings | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studio
Vintage Inspired Florida Bride with Bridesmaids Popping Champagne in Mismatched 1920's Glamour Long Dresses Bride Wearing Crystal Headband with Veil, Off the Shoulder Lace Wedding Dress | Sarasota Wedding Planner Kelly Kennedy Weddings | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studio
Vintage Inspired Florida Bride Wearing Romantic Off The Shoulder Lace Wedding Dress with Sweetheart Neckline and Crystal Headdress with Veil, Holding Lush Pastel Floral Bouquet with Light Blue,, Green, Ivory and White Flowers | Sarasota Wedding Planner Kelly Kennedy Weddings | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studio
Modern Wedding Ceremony Decor, Black and White Welcome Sign topped with Light Pink Floral Arrangement with Greenery | Florida Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studio | Anna Marie Island Wedding Planner and Coordinator Kelly Kennedy Weddings
Romantic, Modern Outdoor Florida Wedding Ceremony at Bali Hai Beachfront Resort Anna Marie Island, Acrylic Ghost Chair Rentals with White Balloons and LOVE Lettering | Sarasota Wedding Planner Kelly Kennedy Weddings | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studio
Romantic, Modern Outdoor Florida Wedding Ceremony at Bali Hai Beachfront Resort Anna Marie Island, Tropical Floral Arrangement with Ivory and White Flowers with Greenery| Sarasota Wedding Planner Kelly Kennedy Weddings | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studio
Sarasota Groom Stands at Alter Seeing Bride For First Time, With Tropical Inspired Boutonnière | Sarasota Wedding Planner Kelly Kennedy Weddings | Florida Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studio
Sarasota Bride and Groom Exchange Vows At Tropical Inspired Outdoor Ceremony at Bali Hali Resort at Anna Marie Island, Bride in Vintage Lace Off the Shoulder Wedding Dress with Crystal Headpiece with Long Veil | Sarasota Wedding Planner Kelly Kennedy Weddings | Florida Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studio

The Proposal:
Scott and I met at my job. It was about a year later he proposed on his birthday. It was a typical Tuesday; we took the dogs out on the boat, and Scott proposed! It was the best Tuesday ever!

Florida Bride and Groom Vow Exchange on Custom Built Wedding Stage, Surrounded by Family and Friends on Acrylic Ghost Chairs, Tropical Elegant Inspired Floral Arrangements with Whtie and Ivory Flowers with Greenery | Sarasota Wedding Planner Kelly Kennedy Weddings | Florida Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studio
Florida Bride and Groom Kiss At End of the Aisle, Surrounded by Family and Friends on Acrylic Ghost Chairs, Tropical Elegant Inspired Floral Arrangements with Whtie and Ivory Flowers with Greenery | Sarasota Wedding Planner Kelly Kennedy Weddings | Florida Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studio
Elegant Sarasota Bride and Groom With Vintage Car at Anna Marie Island Courtyard Wedding | Bride Wearing White Fit and Flare Wedding Dress with Off the Shoulder Lace Sleeves, Holding Lush Ivory Floral Bouquet with Greenery, Groom in Classic Black Tuxedo | Florida Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studio | Tampa Bay Wedding PlannerKelly Kennedy Weddings
Elegant Sarasota Bride and Groom, Wearing Vintage Crystal Headpiece with White Fit and Flare Wedding Dress and Off the Shoulder Lace Sleeves, Holding Lush Ivory Floral Bouquet with Greenery, Groom in Classic Black Tuxedo | Florida Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studio | Tampa Bay Wedding PlannerKelly Kennedy Weddings
Elegant Sarasota Bride and Groom Walking on Anna Marie Island Beach at Sunset, Wearing Vintage Crystal Headpiece with White Fit and Flare Wedding Dress and Off the Shoulder Lace Sleeves, Holding Lush Ivory Floral Bouquet with Greenery, Groom in Classic Black Tuxedo | Florida Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studio | Kelly Kennedy Weddings and Events
Elegant Sarasota Bride and Groom Walking on Anna Marie Island Beach at Sunset, Wearing Vintage Crystal Headpiece with White Fit and Flare Wedding Dress and Off the Shoulder Lace Sleeves, Holding Lush Ivory Floral Bouquet with Greenery, Groom in Classic Black Tuxedo | Florida Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studio | Kelly Kennedy Weddings and Events

What did you look for in a wedding photographer?
We were in love with how easy going Lifelong Photography Studio were because all we really wanted was not to be staged or have the whole day around posing pictures, and the team did all that and above!

Elegant Sarasota Bride and Groom Walking on Anna Marie Island Beach at Sunset, Wearing Vintage Crystal Headpiece with White Fit and Flare Wedding Dress and Off the Shoulder Lace Sleeves, Holding Lush Ivory Floral Bouquet with Greenery, Groom in Classic Black Tuxedo | Florida Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studio | Kelly Kennedy Weddings and Events
Elegant Sarasota Bride and Groom Walking on Anna Marie Island Beach at Sunset, Wearing Vintage Crystal Headpiece with White Fit and Flare Wedding Dress and Off the Shoulder Lace Sleeves, Holding Lush Ivory Floral Bouquet with Greenery, Groom in Classic Black Tuxedo | Florida Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studio | Kelly Kennedy Weddings and Events
Elegant Sarasota Bride and Groom Walking on Anna Marie Island Beach at Sunset, Wearing Vintage Crystal Headpiece with White Fit and Flare Wedding Dress and Off the Shoulder Lace Sleeves, Holding Lush Ivory Floral Bouquet with Greenery, Groom in Classic Black Tuxedo | Florida Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studio | Kelly Kennedy Weddings and Events

Where did you spend your honeymoon?
Our original place was supposed to be South America!

Because of COVID, we rented a Mercedes sprinter van! We are big food lovers and really into adventure and stargazing. We left for our honeymoon, flew to Phoenix, picked up our van, drove to Sedona, and stayed at the Enchantment Resort for two nights where we got to meet some amazing people and other couples on their honeymoon. After Sedona, we drove our van to Zion National Park, parked on the side of the road, and slept in the canyons. It was breathe taking! We hiked Angels Landing and then drove to Vegas to spend a few days there for Halloween weekend.

We had planned to leave a few days into it to go to Yosemite, Napa, and drive the coast but Vegas was so relaxing from how empty it was we canceled the ending of our trip and stayed in Vegas for nine days! We were able to go to all the amazing restaurants at the Cosmo where we were staying, enjoyed the spa, gym, and 85-degree weather. Our favorite thing about Vegas was the Grand Canyon helicopter ride our friends gifted to us. It landed right in the middle of the Canyon where we got to get our enjoy a glass of champagne and enjoy the view!

Romantic, Modern Outdoor Florida Wedding Reception at Bali Hai Beachfront Resort Anna Marie Island, Long Feasting Tables and Round Tables with Acrylic Ghost Chair Rentals, Low Floral Centerpieces with Candles, Stringlighting, | Sarasota Wedding Planner Kelly Kennedy Weddings | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studio
Romantic, Modern Outdoor Florida Wedding Reception at Bali Hai Beachfront Resort Anna Marie Island, Long Feasting Tables and Round Tables with Acrylic Ghost Chair Rentals, Low Floral Centerpieces with Candles, Stringlighting, | Sarasota Wedding Planner Kelly Kennedy Weddings | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studio
Romantic, Modern Outdoor Florida Wedding Reception at Bali Hai Beachfront Resort Anna Marie Island, Long Feasting Tables and Round Tables with Acrylic Ghost Chair Rentals, Low Floral Centerpieces with Candles, Stringlighting, | Sarasota Wedding Planner Kelly Kennedy Weddings | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studio
Romantic, Modern Outdoor Florida Wedding Reception at Bali Hai Beachfront Resort Anna Marie Island, Long Feasting Tables, Acrylic Ghost Chair Rentals, Low Floral Centerpieces with Candles, String lighting, Oversized Large LOVE Letters | Sarasota Wedding Planner Kelly Kennedy Weddings | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studio

What did you look for in a wedding planner?
We wanted a wedding planner who could take away our stress because we decided to get married during a pandemic, which we were able to keep our original date and venue, we were in the middle of selling our house, and we were renovating our new home. 

We had multiple family members use Kelly Kennedy Weddings and Events, and after our first call with her, Scott and I instantly knew she was the perfect fit! We knew just how sweet and soft her voice was that it would be an easy, funny planning adventure. 

Vintage Inspired Florida Wedding Ceremony and Decor, Low Floral Centerpieces with Clear Glass Votives and Single Ivory Roses with Greenery, Candlelight | Sarasota Wedding Planner Kelly Kennedy Weddings | Florida Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studio

How would you describe your theme?
Our wedding theme was a vintage-modern vibe, but we really wanted to have our guests be at our wedding and say “wow” because it describes Scott and me so well. My husband designed a dance floor to go over the pool!

What were your colors?
We chose earthy colors, eucalyptus, rose golds, ivory, and midnight blue. It went really well with our outside venue and the beach!

Vintage Inspired Wedding Dessert Table with Two-Tier Semi Naked Iced Wedding Cake with White Frosting, Ivory Florals, and Greenery, Blue Linen Decor with Brass Candlesticks and Lush Tropical Floral Arrangements | Florida Wedding Photographer Lifelong Wedding Photography Studio | Sarasota Wedding Planner Kelly Kennedy Weddings
Vintage Inspired Wedding Dessert Table with Two-Tier Semi Naked Iced Wedding Cake with White Frosting, Ivory Florals, and Greenery, Blue Linen Decor with Brass Candlesticks and Lush Tropical Floral Arrangements | Florida Wedding Photographer Lifelong Wedding Photography Studio | Sarasota Wedding Planner Kelly Kennedy Weddings
Tropical Inspired Wedding Reception with Bride and Groom Dancing on Acrylic Floor Covering Pool | Sarasota Wedding Planner Kelly Kennedy Weddings | Florida Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios

What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay couples?
Hire a planner, communicate one’s likes and dislikes, and have fun! 

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Bali Hai Beachfront Resort and Spa
Photographer: Lifelong Photography Studio *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Planner: Kelly Kennedy Weddings and Events *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Florist: Beneva Flowers
Caterer: Perfect Thyme
Rentals: US Tent Rental, So Staged
Cake: Hometown Desserts
Music: Music Guy
Officiant: Alisa Jackson
Invitations: Minted
Photo bus: WildHearts Photo Booth Bus
Dress Shop: The Perfect Dress Sarasota
Hair & Makeup: Acqua Aveda, Meghan Mau

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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