Elegant Burgundy and Silver Wedding | St. Pete Beach Community Center
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Burgundy and Silver Winter-Inspired Wedding | St. Pete Beach Community Center

Emily and Brent's St. Pete Beach wedding featured an outdoor waterfront ceremony, iconic sunset beach portraits, and pops of deep reds paired with bright whites.

“Our wedding design inspiration was winter coastal, and our colors were burgundy and silver. They go well with the cooler temperatures we had during the time of year we got married,” the bride shared.

To focus on the memories of the day and not the logistics, the Largo couple selected one of Tampa Bay's most experienced wedding planners.

“We were looking for someone who was extremely organized, had previous experience, and didn't get flustered easily. We wanted someone to coordinate and handle all of the stress so everyone involved could truly enjoy the day,” Emily explained. “Tammy of Special Moments Event Planning was recommended to us by a family who was also using her and had been pleased with the assistance she provided, how easy she was to work with, her knowledge of the entire process, and what small detailed questions to ask. The staff at Special Moments did a good job of keeping us on track with the timeline and communicated well with us throughout the event.”

The couple had a keen eye when it came to finding their ideal wedding photographer and looked for someone who could capture the day as it unfolded as well as stay on task so that the couple could savor every moment of the day.

“We looked for someone who seemed to enjoy taking pictures, specifically at weddings, and someone who catches the important moments. We looked at editing style, angles, and backgrounds,” the bride shared. “We chose Amber McWhorter Photography because of the work that we had seen on social media and on her website. We liked Amber's editing style and the beautiful backgrounds she had her couples in front of. Amber was able to work quickly in a tight time frame to get all the photos on our list as well as wrangle our groomsmen, which was not an easy task.”

The pair incorporated ceiling draping, silver Chiavari chairs, chargers, and a wooden ceremony arch to add to the elegant winter theme.

“The pieces we chose to rent from Gabro Event Services really enhanced our wedding and reception. They are beautiful as well as of great quality,” the bride beamed.

Looking back, the final celebration of the night with the couple's 80 guests was also one of the most memorable ones.

“We did a sparkler send-off in our ceremony space with all of our guests. It was so much fun, for everyone, and the pictures were awesome! Also, we went to a nearby beach for couples photos during cocktail hour,” Emily reminisced.

Gatsby Inspired Black and Gold Classic Wedding Invitation | Tampa Wedding Photographer Amber McWhorter Photography
Diamond Engagement Ring on Silver Band and Silver Mens Wedding Band | Tampa Wedding Photographer Amber McWhorter Photography
Bride with Bridesmaids in Burgundy Floor Length Bridesmaids Dresses and White Floral Bouquets | Tampa Photographer Amber McWhorter Photography
Mother of the Bride Helps Bride Get Ready Wedding Portrait | Amber McWhorter Photography
Silver Lanterns with White Florals and Greenery Wedding Aisle Décor | Tampa Wedding Planner Special Moments Event Planning

How would you describe your theme/wedding design inspiration?
Winter Coastal. We just chose things that were our style. We wanted a classy coastal feeling.

What were your colors?
Burgundy and silver. They're pretty colors and go well together. They go well with the cooler temperatures we had during the time of year we got married.

Waterfront Wedding Ceremony with White Florals | Florida Waterfront Wedding Venue with St. Petersburg Wedding Planner Special Moments Event Planning
Father of the Bride Walks Bride Down the Aisle Wedding Portrait | Amber McWhorter Photography
Bride and Groom at the Alter Wedding Portrait | Tampa Wedding Planner Special Moments Event Planning | Amber McWhorter Photography
Bride and Groom at the Alter Wedding Portrait | Tampa Wedding Planner Special Moments Event Planning | Amber McWhorter Photography

What did you look for in a wedding planner?

We looked for someone who was extremely organized, had previous experience, and didn't get flustered easily. We wanted someone to coordinate and handle all of the stress so everyone involved could truly enjoy the day.

Tammy of Special Moments Event Planning was recommended to us by a family who was also using her and had been pleased with the assistance she provided, how easy she was to work with, her knowledge of the entire process, and what small detailed questions to ask. The staff at Special Moments did a good job of keeping us on track with the timeline and communicated well with us throughout the event.

Bride and Groom Walking on the Beach Wedding Portrait | St. Petersburg Wedding Photographer Amber McWhorter Photography
Bride and Groom Kissing on the Beach Wedding Portrait | St. Petersburg Wedding Photographer Amber McWhorter Photography

What did you look for in a wedding photographer? 

We looked for someone who seemed to enjoy taking pictures, specifically at weddings, and someone who catches the important moments. We looked at editing style, angles, and backgrounds. 

We chose Amber McWhorter Photography because of the work that we had seen on social media and on her website. We liked Amber's editing style and the beautiful backgrounds she had her couples in front of. Amber was able to work quickly in a tight time frame to get all the photos on our list as well as wrangle our groomsmen, which was not an easy task.

Bride and Groom on the Beach Wedding Portrait | St. Petersburg Wedding Photographer Amber McWhorter Photography
Bride and Groom on the Beach Wedding Portrait | St. Petersburg Wedding Photographer Amber McWhorter Photography

The Proposal:
We like to go to the beach to watch the sunset, so Brent proposed at sunset on Indian Rocks Beach on New Year's Eve.

Where did you spend your honeymoon?
Hawaii. We both had been once before and with COVID we wanted to stay within the U.S.

Where did you host your bachelorette party?
My friends and I went to Key West for the weekend. I absolutely love it down there. It's so pretty and has all the activities I like: beach, boating, and shopping.

Classic White Wedding Reception with Burgundy Napkins | Tampa Wedding Rentals Gabro Event Rentals Services

How did your rentals enhance your wedding day ambiance? 

The chairs, chargers, and ceremony arch we chose to rent from Gabro Event Services really enhanced our wedding and reception. They are beautiful as well as of great quality. 

Classic White Wedding Reception with Burgundy Napkins White Flatware and Acrylic Table Numbers with Floating Candles and Greenery | Tampa Wedding Rentals Gabro Event Rentals Services
Three Tier White Wedding Cake with White Floral Details and Greenery and Cursive Cake Topper
Bride and Groom First Dance Wedding Portrait | Tampa Wedding DJ Grant Hemond and Associates

What did you look for in a wedding DJ?
Eric Harding at Grant Hemond & Associates was specifically recommended to us by a friend whose family had used him multiple times. Our online research confirmed this company was top-notch!

Bride and Groom Sparkler Exit Wedding Portrait | St. Petersburg Wedding Planner Special Moments Event Planning

Which vendors really exceeded your expectations?
Our videographer was absolutely amazing! He was so easy to work with and got the best parts of the day recorded even though we didn't see him too much.

What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay couples?
Give yourselves enough time to plan without cutting it too close, and if there are any specific vendors you want, book them earlier than you think you need to. The planning process is inevitably long and comes with some stress so try to remember to enjoy it and not stress about little details. It will all come together.

Also, we highly recommend a coordinator, at least for the day of. They take on the stressful parts of coordinating the day and truly allow you and your family to be in the moment.

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