Step into the world of whimsy, regency, and romance with The West Events' wedding inspiration shoot, inspired by the hit Netflix series Bridgerton. The Madeira Beach industrial-style venue was transformed into a stunning showcase of classic style and modern beauty.
“We chose Bridgerton as the second season had just come out, and we wanted to bring it to life with the help of our wonderful vendors,” The West Events' venue manager Maria Slater shared. “We went with ivory, silver, gold, and a hint of light blue and lavender to follow some of the colors from the show for the main Blue Ribbon Room and Garden Terrace. The light blue was to represent the leading Lady Daphne Bridgerton Dutchess of Hastings from the first season, and the purple was to represent Lady Kate Sharma and the entrance of the Bridgerton Estate, which is covered in beautiful lavender wisteria. The West Wing was our Gentlemen’s Lounge, which we used navy blues and dark greens to make it a little more masculine looking to go with the cigar bar, poker table, and whiskey barrel.”
The event space, which features raw brick walls and polished concrete floors, was transformed into a Victorian setting with curated décor and rentals. Gabro Event Services‘ refined lounge furniture rentals harmonized with the theme, creating an inviting environment.
“We pride ourselves on being a blank canvas space, and since we have seen a lot of more boho-style weddings, bringing this theme and adding a touch of elegance was perfect so that couples could see that we can be more than just a modern/urban themed venue. Couples wanting more of a Victorian/garden-style look can still get married here and create their own vision,” Maria explained. “We used the whole venue for the shoot, so the Blue Ribbon Room was used as the English Tea Room, which featured our long feasting tables with beautiful ivory linens from Linens by The Sea, centerpieces, and cherry trees from Modern Décor and Rentals, table settings from Elite Events Catering, and Victorian furniture from Gabro Event Services.”
The majestic tablescape by Elite Events Catering offered a solution for both reception decoration and dining needs. Following dinner, guests could venture out to the terrace for outdoor games and fresh air as captured by Amber Yonker Photography.
“We set up the outside terrace with wooden benches and umbrellas provided by Gabro Event Services for our couple to promenade. We also used a mixture of high tops and low tops with linens and tea cups by Linens by the Sea and even had croquet set up.”
Drawing inspiration from the ample romance in Bridgerton's narratives, the venue manager incorporated themed elements such as a cigar bar featuring a fitting “I burn for you” emblem. A contemporary balloon wall was also added, infusing a touch of modern flair to elevate the occasion.
“The West Wing was our Gentleman's Lounge, which is shown many times in the show where all the Lords play cards and drink; hence the whisky barrel set up from CB Lundy’s, poker table and lounge furniture from Gabro Events Services, cigar station provided by CigarXperience, and navy blue linens from Linens by the Sea,” Maria detailed. “Other than all the amazing décor and furniture, I think my favorite parts of the shoot were the amazing balloon booth made by A Cozy Occasion, live music provided by Rebecca Zapen on the violin, and our wonderful models who played and dressed their parts tremendously! I had no idea that balloons could look so elegant and beautiful and make the perfect backdrop for a photo area rather than just using a basic backdrop!”
Even the refreshments were incorporated into the theme, featuring a U.K. favorite.
“The signature drink was absolutely delicious! It was a Pimms Cup which is a very popular drink served in England; a British version of a sangria made with Pimm’s No.1, lemonade, lemon juice, ice, and garnishes such as strawberries, basil leaves, and citrus! It is actually the unofficial drink of Wimbledon and is super refreshing!” Maria beamed.
What were your colors?
We went with ivory, silver, gold, and a hint of light blue and lavender to follow some of the colors from the show for the main Blue Ribbon Room and Garden Terrace. The light blue was to represent the leading Lady Daphne Bridgerton Dutchess of Hastings from the first season, and the purple was to represent Lady Kate Sharma and the entrance of the Bridgerton Estate, which is covered in beautiful lavender wisteria. The West Wing was our Gentlemen’s Lounge; we used navy blues and dark greens to make it a little more masculine looking to go with the cigar bar, poker table, and whiskey barrel.