Kari and Trip met in Bahrain while both serving in the Navy. They are stationed in Annapolis, but Kari grew up in St Pete so their wedding was a destination homecoming celebration with all their friends and family! Kari got her wedding dress from Brides Across America, which is a really awesome organization that helps our service women with their wedding gowns. Trip’s gift to Kari was a beautiful pearl necklace and her gift to him was a GoPro for their honeymoon that is in Brazil! Travel has been a big part of their relationship and something they love so the along with being an elegant white, black, and green color palette, they added in travel details. There was globe as a sign in for their guests, and locations they had been on each table. There were lots of surprises:-) Kari gave her dad a surprise gift to change into at the reception. It was a vest and tie in Florida Gator colors. She also surprised her Dad when they had their first dance with half way through switching it to Twist and Shout. One of their guests surprised them with a cake that looks exactly like Trip’s yellow lab Barney! The escort cards were placed on ornaments that were especially made for each guest. They had the amazing time with all their friends and family it was the perfect day!!! Congrats Kari and Trip!!! xoxox
Venue | Renaissance Vinoy | Event Coordinator | Event Design | Hair and Makeup | Creative Touches Hair Salon | Musicians | Southtown Fever | Transportation | Clearwater Jolley Trolley | Photo Booth | Venice Photobooth | Cake | Renaissance Vinoy
Julie looked so beautiful in her lace gown and gold sparkly heels! I love her hair, it had a little braid that wrapped around the size. The girls blush pink dresses were the perfect color and the boys looked handsome in their dark gray suits and black converse. Julie's dad is so sweet and was ready before everyone else and so excited for his little girl to get married! They had a beautiful ceremony in the tea garden, the fountain was decorated with the same mix of green, orange, blue, and purple florals as the girls bouquets. Right before the ceremony, Matt's button popped off his jacked. One of his groomsmen offered to switch jackets but thankfully there was a safety pin close by so I fixed it just in time to start the processional:-) Their guests headed over to the Sunset Ballroom while we took the trolley to all the prettiest spots in St. Pete. Matt loves cigars, and I love their escort card table. The florals were inside all different wooden cigar boxes. They had a wooden sign with all their favorite places and how far away they are. Purple uplighting and beautiful tall florals with champagne textured linens decorated the reception. Close to the end of the evening they did the hora, which is one of my favorite things!! Delicious stations, followed by sweets and candy. It was an amazing day, congrats Julie and Matt!!! xoxoxo
Venue | Renaissance Vinoy | Gown Boutique | CC's Boutique | DJ | Grant Hemond | Hair & Makeup | Collective Creations | Florist | Events in Bloom | Transportation | St. Petersburg Trolley Company
Faizal and Jennifer have been together 7 wonderful years. Jennifer's family knew that he was the one for her the first time they met him! He proposed to her while singing karaoke!!
The groomsmen were able to take their photos from the balcony of the penthouse room at the Vinoy. Everyone took the Jolley trolley to the ceremony at St. Mary's Catholic Church, just a few blocks away. The priest who married them was the same one who performed Jennifer's first communion 30 years ago in Maine. It was the most beautiful day in Vinoy park, the banyan trees, waterfront, and Kapok tree in full bloom. The most hilarious ones is them photo bombing a random pic in the park. Usually we are the ones getting photo bombed!! Mini picture frames were pinned on Jennifer's bouquet to honor her sister and her grandparents that had passed away.
The cocktail hour and reception were in the Grand Ballroom at the Vinoy. Generations of family photos were displayed on the guest book table. They had descriptions of who they were and their wedding dates.
Gold, pink, purple, orange, florals and decor made it feel like an elegant tropical paradise. The tables were decorated with alternating tall florals and short glass balls with flowers inside. The place card holders were slim acrylic stands that doubled as a frame for the guests' photo booth photo strips! Their family and friends enjoyed an array of food stations from Ahi Tuna, to hamburgers and fries, and assorted Cuban foods. Literally something for everyone. The father daughter dance was to "Unforgettable", which Jennifer and her Dad danced to at her debutant ball:-) You will not meet nicer more gracious people than Jennifer and Faizal and their families. We so loved every minute!! xoxoxo
Venue | Renaissance Vinoy | Event Coordinator | Days Remembered By ND | Florist | Carmen's Flowers | Hair and Makeup | Michelle Renee Hair and Makeup | DJ | Grant Hemond | Transportation | Jolley Trolley | Stationary | The Write Stuff
Brooke and Ware live in Atlanta, and their family and friends traveled in from all over to celebrate this amazing wedding weekend with them! It was so fun to be a part of the rehearsal dinner and get to hear a little glimpse of how much everyone loves them and how excited they were for the wedding.
When I arrived on Saturday morning, Brooke was getting her hair and makeup finished and all the girls dresses were perfectly hung for me. I LOVE her shoes, I sent a pic to my husband for Christmas present ideas hint hint, he said "I'll just get a can of red spray paint and fix all your shoes" ah! The funny this is I was working with Alex, from Voila Cinematic and he said the same thing! Brooke's dress is from the Say Yes to the Dress store in Atlanta. It was made of beautiful lace with little off the shoulder sleeves and a crystal sash. When Sylense was out with the boys in Vinoy park, they met another bride also getting married. They both had very special gifts for a each other that the maid of honor delivered to the boys, and the best man to the girls. Ware was totally in shock that Brooke surprised him with Master's tickets, I still don't know if he believes it:-) Brooke was equally shocked with the letter her wrote her and the perfect Michelle watch.
We were on the 4th floor overlooking the tea garden and we could watch as they were building the florals. They actually took off the top of the fountain and replaced it with gorgeous yellow and white florals. Ware teared up as he saw Brooke appear with her dad. The grand ballroom was draped with tall florals in mercury glass. From the second everyone entered, the Headliners rocked the night away! I think the biggest surprise of the evening was that Brooke's dad Gary, actually made a star Trek film that he starred in, which then went into a sweet slideshow that played during the father daughter dance. I have to say, Gary, that was pretty awesome. Brooke and Ware met at Auburn, so there was an Auburn cake and pom poms for all, and for their exit! There are so many more fun moments I could share but I'll let you see the pics! Congrats Brooke and Ware!!! xoxoxo
Venue | Renaissance Vinoy | Coordination | Flawless Occasions | Florals | Dana Dineen | Hair & Makeup | Beauty by Chantel | Decor | My Event Design | Videography | Viola Cinematic | Stationery | Invitation Galleria | Ceremony Musician | Matt Winter | Band | The Headliners | Gown | Bridal's By Lori | Photo Booth | Shutterbooth
Richard and Elizabeth met at work in 2001. Their paths parted as he took other employment but they always stayed in touch and remained friends. They started working together again in 2006, and as destiny would have it their friendship turned into their wedding day on 9.14.13!
Elizabeth looked absolutely gorgeous, and Richard was brought to tears at the site of his stunning bride as they shared an intimate moment during their first look. The tea garden of the Vinoy was beautifully decorated for their ceremony. Yellow and white rose petals floated in the fountain and also lined the center isle. The trellis was draped in white, with yellow and white floral arrangements and A BEAUTIFUL chandelier was the centerpiece. Elizabeth's daughter Kate was her maid of honor and her son Kyle walked her down the aisle.
Everyone enjoyed the cocktail hour on the balcony of the mezzanine with white lounge furniture and yellow and black pillows. The theme for the reception was Parisian, as Elizabeth and Richard are going to Paris for their honeymoon. Dinner was in the indoor mezzanine and decorated with open glass floral centerpieces, white chivari charis, and pewter and black textured linens. Instead of the traditional wedding cake, they opted for a pastry station. So instead of a cake cutting the shared Creme Brûlée:-) There were lots of happy tears, you could feel the love and joy shared by their friends and family the entire day! Congrats Elizabeth and Richard!! xoxoxo
Venue | Renaissance Vinoy | Officiant | Sensational Ceremonies | Florals & Decor | Showorks Events | Hair & Makeup | Kyle Lynn | Gown | The White Closet | DJ | Grant Hemond |Transportation | Ambassador Limo | Stationery | Urban Coast
This was SO hard for me to choose what to post and what special moments to tell because there were so many! Heather and I became friends through the wedding industry and when she and Crafton got engaged I was so excited to be the one that got to do their engagement session in NY and Sylense and I capture their wedding story. While the girls were busy getting ready, the boys were still having fun by the pool as you'll see by Crafton's cannon ball, I'll give him an 8 on that one:-) Heather wanted just her mom to help her get into her gown, so she could surprise her a special gift. Crafton and Heather are both so thoughtful and I love what they did for their gifts because both of them were totally shocked! The maid of honor delivered Crafton's gift to him and poured him his last drink as a single man. He was definitely surprised with the watch she gave him. Crafton sent his best man down to give Heather his gift. Oh my gosh, it was the best moment. He teared up as he told her that Crafton was giving her a very special family heirloom. As she opened it, Rusty told her it was his aunt's setting and the diamond was on a necklace so Heather can wear it and someday pass it down to their daughter. The tears were flowing.
We did their first look in Vinoy Park and as soon as we got back into the Vinoy to do bridal party pics it started pouring!! Thankfully, it made for some pretty awesome off camera flash pics in the front facade.
The Marey room was totally draped in white for the ceremony. The girls wore navy with pink and white florals and the guys wore navy jackets, chevron ties and I love their shoes! The reception decor was navy linens with crystal and silver lamps, chevron pillows, chevron gobos, and white lounge furniture. Their guests enjoyed action stations, signature drinks, and got sugared up at the sweets table. Heather had custom coasters for guests to put on the drinks while they were dancing. Crafton's dance with his sister was so sweet and emotional. Toasts, dances, I could go on forever!! But I won't. It was amazing and nothing makes me happier than seeing these 2 happy! Congrats Heather and Crafton!!!! xoxoxo
Getting Ready | Renaissance Vinoy | Venue | St. Pete Museum of Fine Arts | Florals | La Vi En Rose | Coordination | Stylish Traditions | DJ | Breezin | Catering/Cake | Olympia Catering | Lounge Furniture | AFR Event Furnishings | Lighting | Get Lit Productions | Chivari Chairs | Signature Event Rentals | Linens | Over the Top | Photobooth | Shutterbooth | Hair | Nikki Rice | Makeup | Lindsay Does Makeup | Pipe and Drape | Concept Bait | Stationery | Urban Coast
We started the day off early at The Renaissance Vinoy with the girls and guys. It's always so much fun to feel the excitement and joy that is in the air. David got some bonus points for his gift of Louis Vuitton:-) Her gown was so beautiful, layers and layers of silk organza. The girls were in black dresses with pink heels, gerbera daisies, and I LOVE Ashley's bouquet, white anemones. Their ceremony was at Christ the King Catholic Church. Monsignor Higgins made a special trip to the church to perform the ceremony. As we got back to the Vinoy, Charlie Crist randomly happened to be at the Vinoy and took a pic with the bridal party:-)
The ballroom was STUNNINGLY beautiful. Tall black centerpieces with white and pink florals, crystals, and candles decorated the tables. Monogrammed drink koozies and "kisses" from the bride and groom were the favors. The Chihuly glass chandelier is one of the most unique pieces of decor.
The toasts were possibly the best we've heard. The maid of Honor, Allie, sang her speech to the tune of "That's what makes you beautiful"! She had everyone in tears from laughter. She even had props...Gasparilla beads, to represent their times at the parade, a giant plastic lobster and giant engagement ring, to represent David's proposal (while on a boat lobstering in the Keys!)
Ashley had a special mother/daughter dance planned for the reception. Such a sweet surprise and special moments. Jessie, one of the bridesmaids, who has been in several of the weddings we've photographed (because she knows everyone!:-), caught the bouquet AND her boyfriend caught the garter! Hmmm, you know what that means! Phase 5 had the party rocking all night long. We had a fantastic group of wedding professionals that made the day flawless for Ashley and David! Congrats!!! xoxox
Venue | Renaissance Vinoy | Event Coordination | Days Remembered by ND | Band | Phase 5 | Florals | Carmen's Flowers | Videography | Movie Magic | Linens | Connie Duglin | Chivari Chairs | Signature Events | Transportation | His & Hers Limo | Makeup | Brandi Lynn Torte
Modern, elegant and full of swag! Britany and Yavney both love shoes and the both wore Christian Louboutin's. I love their cake topper, an exact replica of Britany's Louboutin's and Yavney's Air Jordans:-) Britany is very close to her dad and painted a canvas of her as a little girl and him dancing with her and she wrote him a really sweet letter on the back and gave it to him during the reception. White roses, orchids, chivari's, and even a white dance floor with lots of purple uplighting looked amazing. They had super cute favors for the guys, girls, and for everyone. Britany looked gorgeous in her ivory lace gown, and for the party she changed into a short white party dress to dance the night away. Congrats you two!! xoxoxox
Recently, the ladies from the Floridian Weddings blog did a road trip across the state and Sylense got to meet them at a little meet and greet out at the beach. There goal is to focus, on fresh, modern and creative weddings from all over the state of Florida. So I was super excited when they wanted to feature Betsy and Dan's wedding with it's colorful and fun details at the Renaissance Vinoy! Betsy and Dan have a really awesome engagement story as well. Definitely check out the whole posting HERE.
Rachel and Ralph have a pretty amazing story, they've known each other since elementary school and life brought them back together! Their wedding was all about their family and friends. Rachel's 2 daughters and her sister were her bridesmaids, and Ralph's 2 sons and his brother his groomsmen. The beautiful Tea Garden at the Vinoy was the setting for their ceremony and they got to enjoy it a little longer by having their cocktail hour there as well. We have started doing a lot of "first look" pictures with our couples, it's becoming more popular and those are always some of my favorite images, just to see the joy and reaction is pricesless. I love how Rachel's bouquet had just hints of feathers in it, and Ralph's boutonniere was totally made of feathers and matched perfectly. The combination of lilac florals and champagne dresses for the girls looked amazing. Lots of candlelight and green florals for the reception with a pretty fabulous sweets table with cupcakes, cookies, and a chocolate fountain. Thier favor was a little box with chocolate cupcake mix and the recipe inside, sweet! That was the first time I've shot at the Vinoy since they have their new decor in the lobby and I love the colors and textures. There was some "impromptu" dj'ing going on during the reception and definitely lots of great dancing. Congrats to you both it was fabulous!!! xoxox
Betsy and Dan are one of the most fun couples ever! The girls wore aqua dresses with orange belts and all the girls including Betsy wore sparkley Toms shoes. One of the bridesmaids pictures might remind you of a famous movie cover:-) The boys wore Converse with their tuxes and were hilarious! Their colors were bright fun orange and aqua with hints of light purple. The Vinoy recently updated the furniture in their lobbies and I love the yellow chair and even orange sofas, perfect! They said their I Do's in the Tea Garden and then headed to the sunset ballroom to party the night away. I love their center pieces, several different types with floral boxes and the cylinder vases had goldfish in them too. The flower girls said the blessing, so sweet! The reception, lots of dancing and a blast had by all! They exited with all of their guests sending them off with sparklers. Congrats Betsy and Dan it was AMAZING! xoxox
Danielle and Russell are both engineers, Russell went to UCF and Danielle went to University of Florida. They both grew up in Florida, and relocated to Texas for their jobs. So for them it was a destination wedding at the historic Renaissance Vinoy! Danielle gave her junior bridesmaids and her flower girl heart necklaces with their intials on them to wear. Her something old was her Grandmother's earings and her something blue was a blue stone imbedded in the bottom of each of her yellow shoes. It was a beautiful evening for their cocktail hour on the patio at the sunset ballroom. The decor was green and white florals with green linens. The color scheme they chose looked amazing! They danced the night away until their exit to sparklers and into an antique Rolls Royce. Congrats Russell and Danielle!!! xoxoxo
Joanne and Chris tied the knot in the beautiful tea garden at the Vinoy! Their guests came from so many states, countries, and islands to celebrate with them. Chris is a fellow Purdue graduate (Go Boilers!) and Joanne went to University of Florida so they had the best of both worlds and had a garter with each mascot:-) Pink, green, and orange florals and accents decorated the Sunset Ballroom. It was an amazing day!!
Venue: Renaissance Vinoy, Hair: Tecnicolors Salon, Makeup: Faces by Kristine, Florals: The Arrangement Florist, Entertainment: Kevin Kramer, Expresso Service: Cafe Ala Carte, Videography: Artistic Media, Transportation: Hire a Pony, Gown: Emilina's Bridal
I love the tea garden at the Vinoy, such a beautiful and serene setting for a wedding ceremony. The royal blue accents and white florals with purple and blue orchids looked amazing with lots of blue uplighting in the reception. Anne and Brian did their first dance with the son and daughter, here's a few of their sweet moments. Congrats Anne and Brian!!!