Whimsical Blush and Champagne Waterfront Backyard St. Petersburg Wedding

TheXpos Bridal Show | Tampa Bay Wedding Show Feb 9, 2020

Noelle and Dave’s whimsical St. Pete wedding showcased a stunning array of personalized details that brought their 250 guests into this chapter of their love story. Incorporating a mix of bright florals and plenty of Florida citrus, the Charlotte, North Carolina couple chose to wed at the bride’s childhood home.

“The view of downtown St. Pete from my parent’s backyard set the scene so beautifully for our special day and with the layered lights, florals, and greenery.  The ambiance was nothing short of a whimsical, romantic oasis,” the bride beamed. “The nostalgia of Noelle having grown up there was unmatched and the breathtaking sunset that we were able to witness that night was something we’ll never forget,” Dave shared.

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Keeping the unpredictable Florida weather in mind, Noelle and Dave reached out to a florist that not only had a creative mindset, but also a very flexible style for their destination wedding.

“From our first meeting with John Elice from Bruce Wayne Florals, I knew that he understood our vision and would be able to bring that vision to life. He is a true artist and one of the most pleasant individuals we had the opportunity to work with throughout our planning,” Noelle shared. “John’s creations were masterpieces and truly shaped the spaces with luscious layers. He was able to incorporate many elements of light, which came to life as the sun set during the reception over the bay.”

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Making sure her bridesmaids felt beautiful in their own skin, the bride hired Femme Akoi Beauty Studio for their hair and makeup services.

“We found Femme Akoi Beauty Studio through our wedding planner. Not living in Florida meant we had to do all of the test runs the week of the wedding which wasn’t ideal, but it ended up working out really smoothly,” the bride explained. “As a former professional ballet dancer, I felt more comfortable doing my own makeup and actually hired Femme Akoi to do makeup for a few of my bridesmaids. The artists were extremely talented, and we loved working with them!”

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Utilizing Marry Me Tampa Bay for inspiration and ideas, and also to seek out local vendors the couple knew that hiring a professional team for wedding rentals was a must. Serving as a focal point of their reception, the dance floor from Gabro Event Services helped complete the look they were going for.

Gabro Event Services was our go-to vendor for all the extra moving parts we needed to put on the wedding of our dreams,” the bride explained. “The team from Gabro delivered and assembled the generator for the band, perfected the uplighting, brought in all of the tables and chairs, and pieced together the black and white checkered dance floor!”

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They say the things you remember the most are the spur of the moment decisions, and for Noelle and Dave, their favorite memory was something completely unplanned.

“We decided at the last minute to have our bridal party toast on the upstairs balcony looking out over the water and the incoming guests. This was an incredible hour, as time seemed to stand still as we were surrounded by our most treasured friends and family,” the bride reminisced. “It was a truly special moment and served as the perfect buffer between the ceremony and the reception.”

Black Doors with White Floral Wreaths and Tulle Bows Hanging

Classic Elegant White and Gold Foil Trim Wedding Invitation Suite, Engagement Ring and Bride Wedding Bands in Blush Pink Velvet Ring Box

Romantic Bride Beauty Wedding Portrait with Updo Wedding Hairstyle | Tampa Bay Wedding Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi Beauty Studio

The Proposal:
Dave was about to leave for a business trip, but had gotten the ring and could not hold on to it for more than 12 hours. Noelle was under the weather with a cold and he surprised her on her Philadelphia apartment stoop with a can of chicken noodle soup in one hand and the ring box in the other on a Monday night in February.

Tampa Bay Bride Getting Ready Wedding Portrait with Mother Putting on Cathedral Veil

Romantic Tampa Bay Bride Beauty Wedding Portrait Wearing Full Length Veil

INSTAGRAM Romantic Whimsical Bride in Lace Watters with Illusion Neckline Wedding Dress Holding Blush Pink and Orange Roses, Dusty Miller Leaves, Greenery Floral Bridal Bouquet | Tampa Bay Wedding Florist Bruce Wayne Florals

What did you look for in a wedding florist?
Given that our venue wasn’t traditional and we had to work Florida’s unpredictable weather, we reached out to a florist that not only had a creative mindset, but also a very flexible style for their destination wedding.

From our first meeting with John Elice from Bruce Wayne Florals, I knew that he understood our vision and would be able to bring that vision to life. He is a true artist and one of the most pleasant individuals we had the opportunity to work with throughout our planning. John’s creations were masterpieces and truly shaped the spaces with luscious layers. He was able to incorporate many elements of light, which came to life as the sunset during the reception over the bay.

Romantic Florida Bride Beauty Portrait Wearing Lace and Illusion Neckline Watters Wedding Dress with Full Length Veil Holding Whimsical Orange and Blush Pink Roses, Dusty Miller Leaves, Eucalyptus Floral Bridal Bouquet | Tampa Bay Wedding Florist Bruce Wayne Florals | St. Pete Wedding Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi Beauty Studio

Fun Bride and Groom First Look Portrait, Bride in Romantic Lace and Illusion Watters Fit and Flare Wedding Dress with Full Length Veil | Tampa Bay Wedding Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi Beauty Studio

Romantic Bride and Groom Portrait, Bride Wearing Lace Watters Wedding Dress Holding Whimsical Blush Pink and Orange Roses with Greenery Floral Bouquet, Groom in Blue Suit | Tampa Bay Wedding Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi Beauty Studio | St. Pete Wedding Florist Bruce Wayne Florals

Fun Bride Laughing with Groom Portrait, Bride in Romantic Watters Lace and Illusion Neckline Wedding Dress with Full Length Veil, Groom in Blue Suit with Blush Pink Bowtie | Tampa Bay Wedding Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi Beauty Studio

Florida Bride and Father Walking Down Traditional Church Wedding Ceremony Aisle Holding Whimsical Orange, Pink Roses and Greenery Floral Bouquet | Tampa Bay Wedding Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi Beauty Studio | St. Pete Wedding Florist Bruce Wayne Florals

Traditional Church Bride and Groom Wedding Ceremony Portrait | St. Petersburg Wedding Venue First United Methodist Church

Traditional Bride and Groom Church Wedding Ceremony Portrait Exchanging Vows | Tampa Bay Wedding Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi Beauty Studio

Traditional Church Bride and Groom on Staircase Wedding Portrait | St. Petersburg Wedding Venue First United Methodist Church

What was your wedding hair and makeup inspiration?
We found Femme Akoi Beauty Studio through our wedding planner. Not living in Florida meant we had to do all of the test runs the week of the wedding which wasn’t ideal, but it ended up working out really smoothly.

As a former professional ballet dancer, I felt more comfortable doing my own makeup and actually hired Femme Akoi to do makeup for a few of my bridesmaids. The artists were extremely talented, and we loved working with them!

Romantic Bridal Party Portrait, Bridesmaids Wearing Mix and Match Blush Pink, Neutral and Champagne Dresses Holding Whimsical Orange and Pink Roses with Greenery Floral Bouquets, Bride in Lace and Illusion Neckline Fit and Flare Watters Wedding Dress | St. Petersburg Wedding Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi Beauty Studio | Tampa Bay Wedding Florist Bruce Wayne Florals

Tampa Bay Waterfront Wedding Party Portrait, Bridesmaids in Mix and Match Blush Pink, Neutral and Champagne Dresses, Groomsmen in Blue Suits with Pink Bowties, Bride in Lace and Illusion Neckline Watters Wedding Dress Holding Whimsical Orange and Pink Roses with Greenery Floral Bouquet | St. Petersburg Wedding Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi Beauty Studio

Sunset Wedding Portrait, Bride in Romantic Lace and Illusion Back Watters Wedding Dress with Updo Hairstyle | St. Petersburg Wedding Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi Beauty Studio

How would you describe your theme/wedding design inspiration?
The view of downtown St. Pete from my parent’s backyard set the scene so beautifully for our special day and with the layered lights, florals, and greenery. The ambiance was nothing short of a whimsical romantic oasis.

What were your colors?
Blush and champagne were chosen for a background of neutrals, with the bridesmaids all able to choose their own dress style.

Romantic Whimsical Wedding Reception Decor, Rustic Wooden Table with Eucalyptus Garland, Fruits, Candles, Tall Gold Candlestick with Blush Pink, Orange Roses, Dusty Miller and Greenery Floral Arrangement, White Lanterns, Blush Pink Hydrangeas | Tampa Bay Wedding Florist Bruce Wayne Florals | St. Petersburg Wedding Rentals Gabro Event Services

St. Petersburg Romantic Waterfront Wedding Reception at a Private Home

Romantic Whimsical Wedding Reception Decor, Gold Bowl with Fruit and Orange, Blush Pink Roses | St. Petersburg Wedding Rentals Gabro Event Services | Tampa Bay Wedding Florist Bruce Wayne Florals

Whimsical Romantic Wedding Reception Decor, Rustic Wooden Table with Pomegranate, Papaya, Oranges and Lemon Fruits, Gold Bowl with Blush Pink and Orange Roses, Pineapple and Fruits Arrangement | Tampa Bay Wedding Florist Bruce Wayne Florals | St. Pete Wedding Rentals Gabro Event Services

Whimsical Romantic Wedding Reception Decor, Round Tables with White Linens, Gold Chiavari Chairs, Blush Pink Peonies, Orange Roses in Gold Vases Small Centerpieces, Tall Gold Candlesticks and Orange Fruits | Tampa Bay Wedding Florist Bruce Wayne Florals | St. Pete Wedding Rentals Gabro Event Services

What did you look for in a wedding rental company?
We knew that the dance floor would be a centerpiece of the reception, and uplighting was also important.

Gabro Event Services was our go-to vendor for all the extra moving parts we needed to put on the wedding of our dreams. The team from Gabro delivered and assembled the generator for the band, perfected the uplighting, brought in all of the tables and chairs, and pieced together the black and white checkered dance floor!

Whimsical Romantic Wedding Reception Decor, Long Rustic Wooden Feasting Table, Blush Pink Roses Floral Arrangements, Gold Candlesticks | St. Pete Wedding Rentals Gabro Event Services | Tampa Wedding Florist Bruce Wayne Florals

Romantic Whimsical Wedding Reception Decor, Blush Pink Hydrangeas, Orange and Pink Roses in Gold Vase Low Floral Centerpiece with Oranges and Lemon Fruits | Tampa Bay Wedding Florist Bruce Wayne Florals

Waterfront Wedding Reception with Buffet Catering Setup

Romantic Wedding Reception Bar Decor, Blush Pink Hydrangeas, Roses and Snapdragon Floral Arrangements | Tampa Bay Wedding Florist Bruce Wayne Florals

INSTAGRAM Whimsical Romantic Wedding Reception Decor, Blush Pink Hydrangeas, Orange Roses and Peonies in Low Gold Vases and Lemon and Orange Fruits | St. Petersburg Waterfront Wedding Reception | Tampa Bay Wedding Florist Bruce Wayne Florals | Wedding Rentals Gabro Event Services

INSTAGRAM Whimsical Wedding Reception Decor, Blush Pink Roses with Oranges, Lemons and Pineapple Fruit in Bowl, Tall Gold Candlestick with Hydrangeas and Greenery Floral Arrangement | Tampa Bay Wedding Florist Bruce Wayne Florals

Romantic Whimsical Wedding Reception Decor, High Low Gold Candlesticks, Gold Mercury Vases with Blush Pink Hydrangeas, Orange Roses and Peonies, Orange Fruits | Tampa Bay Wedding Florist Bruce Wayne Florals | St. Pete Wedding Rentals Gabro Event Services

INSTAGRAM Two Tier Classic Textured Buttercream Wedding Cake with Real Blush Pink, Orange and Ivory Roses Cascading | Tampa Bay Wedding Florist Bruce Wayne Florals

Romantic Bride and Groom Sunset First Dance Outdoor Waterfront Wedding Portrait on Black and White Checkered Dance Floor | St. Petersburg Wedding Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi Beauty Studio | Wedding Dance Floor Rentals Gabro Event Services

Ceremony Venue: First United Methodist Church (St. Petersburg)
Photographer: Photography by Avery
Videographer: Sunshine City Films
Planner: Theresa Nicole Events
Florist: Bruce Wayne Florals *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Caterer: Parkshore Grill
Rentals: Gabro Event Services *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Cake: Cassis Bakery
Band: DeLeon Entertainment
Officiant: The Reverend Tanner White
Invitations: Tampa Calligraphy
Transportation: Martz First Class
Dress Shop and Designer: Watters, The Sample Rack (Philadelphia, PA)
Bridesmaid Dress Shop and Designer: CC’s Boutique, Bill Levkoff
Hair and Makeup: Femme Akoi Beauty Studio *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro




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Marry Me Tampa Bay editor, Anna Coats, created Marry Me Tampa Bay in 2012 to showcase the area's best local weddings and vendors. She has been featured as a wedding expert on the national talkshow Daytime, Fox13, ABC Action News, Great Day Tampa Bay, and Bay News 9 (now Spectrum).

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