Waterfront, Tropical Old Florida Themed St. Pete Wedding | St. Petersburg Museum of History

 

Michelle and Michael’s waterfront St. Pete wedding featured an Old Florida inspired theme with a glamorous color palette of tropical colors and a splash of gold.

“My husband and I are both Floridians, so we both agreed on that theme because it was a big part of us. He grew up on the water, always boating and being on the water, so getting married on the water was important to him,” the bride shared. “My mom and I did all of the planning together. We incorporated vintage Florida and St. Pete postcards on the tables and to take home as favors.”

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Keeping her decor simple yet classy, Michelle focused on tropical, bird of paradise flowers and Florida oranges to incorporate throughout her wedding decor and centerpieces. The bride was a Marry Me Tampa Bay reader and discovered real wedding inspiration for her venue, as well as her St. Pete wedding photographer Kristen Marie Photography.

“I wanted a photographer I was comfortable with, and who would capture traditional and beautiful photos. I read many reviews before I chose Kristen Marie Photography. As soon as I met her, I knew I had chosen the right photographer for us,” Michelle gushed. “She captured the most amazing sunset background for our engagement photos, and I loved her personality and how she interacted with us. I knew we would be using a lot of sky, sunset, and ocean backgrounds, and she captured all of those exactly as I wanted them, in all of their natural beauty.”

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Looking back, the bride’s most cherished memories were incorporating pieces of her parents into her big day.

“Wearing my mother’s veil from her wedding was so special. We had it professionally cleaned and turned it into a combed veil,” the bride reminisced. “The father/daughter dance was among the most memorable moments for me as well.”

Open Toe Blue Beaded Wedding Shoes and Pointed Floral Ballet Flat Wedding Shoes

Essence of Australia Embroidered and Beaded Wedding Dress Detail

Interior Bride Getting Ready Portrait wearing Essence of Australia Embroidered Illusion Neckline Wedding Dress with Silver Floral Hair Accessory | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Kristen Marie Photography

Tropical Wedding Bouquet with Pink Peonies and Orange Bird of Paradise Flowers and Greenery

Bridal Accessories Portrait with Beaded Earrings and Illusion Neckline Essence of Australia Wedding Dress | St Petersburg Wedding Photographer Kristen Marie Photography

Outdoor First Look Portrait, Groom in Tuxedo with Bird of Paradise Flower Orange and Pink Tropical Boutonnière | St Pete Wedding Photographer Kristen Marie Photography

Outdoor Waterside First Look Portrait, Bride in Vintage Floor Length Lace Veil with Silver Hair Accessory, Groom with Tropical Orange and Pink Bird of Paradise Boutonniere | St Pete Wedding Photographer Kristen Marie Photography

The Proposal:
We got engaged at Lowry Park Zoo, which was where we had one of our first dates together. Michael proposed in a photo booth, so we had some pictures capturing the moment.Outdoor Tropical Old Florida Themed Wedding Ceremony with Gold Chiavari Chairs with Black Cushions and Orange Rose with White and Pink Flowers and Greenery in Vintage Jar Decor

Outdoor Tropical Old Florida Themed Wedding Ceremony with Gold Chiavari Chairs with Black Cushions and Orange Rose, White Hydrangea, Pink Lily and Greenery Centerpiece and Pink Tropical Petal Aisle

Outdoor Waterfront Wedding Ceremony Portrait, Groom in Black Tuxedo with Orange and Pink Tropical Bird of Paradise Boutonniere, Hanging Chrystal Beads Decor | Tropical Old Florida Themed Downtown St Pete Wedding

Outdoor Waterfront Wedding Ceremony Portrait, Groom in Black Tuxedo with Orange and Pink Tropical Bird of Paradise Boutonniere, Hanging Chrystal Beads Decor from Tree, and Gold CHiavari Chairs | Bridesmaids in Black Lace Knee Length Dresses with Pink, Orange and White Bouquets | Downtown St Pete Historic Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Venue The St Petersburg Museum of History | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Kristen Marie Photography

Outdoor Waterfront Bridal Party Portait, Bride in Lace Illusion Neckline Essence of Australia Wedding Dress, Bridesmaids in Black Floral Lace Dresses, with Pink Peony, White Hydrangea, Orange Bird of Paradise and Greenery Bouquet | Downtown St Pete Waterfront Historic Wedding Venue The St Petersburg Museum of History | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Kristen Marie Photography

Old Florida Themed Outdoor Waterfront Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait on Dock | St Pete Wedding Photographer Kristen Marie Photography

Old Florida Themed Outdoor Waterfront Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait on Dock, Bride in Cathedral Train Essence of Australia Wedding Dress with Floorlength Veil | St Pete Wedding Photographer Kristen Marie Photography

What did you look for in a wedding photographer?
I wanted a photographer I was comfortable with, and who would capture traditional and beautiful photos.

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I read many reviews before I chose Kristen Marie Photography. As soon as I met her, I knew I had chosen the right photographer for us. She captured the most amazing sunset background for our engagement photos, and I loved her personality and how she interacted with us. I knew we would be using a lot of sky, sunset, and ocean backgrounds, and she captured all of those exactly as I wanted them, in all of their natural beauty. Kristen went well above and beyond my expectations. Every person in our wedding party enjoyed working with her. She was very responsive and accommodating, and she was not over-priced or didn’t push any additional services that I did not want.

Outdoor Waterfront Bridal Portrait with Pink Peony with Greenery Bouquet and Long Vintage Wedding Veil | St Pete Wedding Photographer Kristen Marie Photography

Outdoor Waterfront Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait with Pink Peony with Greenery Bouquet and Long Vintage Wedding Veil | St Pete Wedding Photographer Kristen Marie Photography

Outdoor Waterfront Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait with Pink Peony with Greenery Bouquet and Long Vintage Wedding Veil | St Pete Wedding Photographer Kristen Marie Photography | Historic Downtown St Pete Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Venue The St Petersburg Museum of Art

Outdoor Waterfront Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait on Dock | St Pete Wedding Photographer Kristen Marie Photography | Historic Downtown St Pete Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Venue The St Petersburg Museum of Art

Tropical Old Florida Themed Wedding Reception Decor Bride and Groom Sweetheart Table with Orange and Pink Rose, Pink Lily, White Hydrangea and Greenery Flowers with Medium and Small Pink Peony Centerpieces in Mercury Glass Silver Jars with Sparkling Gold Linen and Oversized Stylish Love Sign

Tropical Old Florida Themed Wedding Reception Sweetheart Table with Mr and Mrs Plates on Gold Chargers with Gold Glitter Linen and Pink Napkins, with Medium Height Pink Peony and Bird of Paradise Centerpiece and Low Centerpieces with White Hydrangea, Orange Rose and Greenery in Silver Vintage Jars, with Vintage Florida Postcard Place Card

How would you describe your theme?
As soon as I chose my venue, I immediately knew I wanted an Old Florida themed wedding. The room in the museum with the green bench is what gave me the idea, and I elaborated on the Old Florida theme as much as I could.

What were your colors?
I tried to not just choose certain colors, but more tropical colors: different shades of pink, fuchsia, orange, and greens. We added a touch of gold, as well.

Old Florida Themed Tropical Wedding Reception Table Decor with Low Pink and Orange Bird of Paradise Centerpiece with Greenery, Textured Black LInen with Pink Napkins and Gold Chargers, Popcorn Favors, and White Table Number Card with Gold Lettering, and Vintage Post Card Place Cards | Historic St Pete Wedding Venue The St Petersburg Museum of History

Four Tiered Round White Wedding Cake with Pink Rosebud Flowers and Custom Gold Glitter Stylish Bride and Groom First Name Cake Topper

First Dance Portrait by Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Kristen Marie Photography

Ceremony and Reception Venue: St. Petersburg Museum of History
Photographer: Kristen Marie Photography *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
Florist: The Flower Centre
Caterer: Catering by the Family
Rentals: Rent All City
Cake: Chantilly Cakes
DJ: Jammin with John
Officiant: Friend
Invitations: Zazzle
Dress: Essence of Australia
Hair & Makeup: Tampa Bay Premiere Artists
Alterations: Alterations by Wendy
Bride Getting Ready Location: Vinoy Renaissance *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro




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