Selected Photos by Eva Photo Studio*
Many wedding clients choose this popular location for its beach proximity and expansive view of Boca Ciega Bay. Our bride, Jackie, had more creative ideas in mind when she took our advice to book the venue for her October ceremony and reception.
She could have pushed "the easy button" and hosted her celebration at an all inclusive beach resort. But she and fiancé Matt wanted to take a more personalized approach. This included being able to furnish their own alcohol, their own caterer, and create a signature event look that reflected their style and personalities.
Because they resided in Jacksonville, Jackie and Matt relied on us for complete event planning and opted to utilize all of our vendors services included our Treasure Chest Package. An extra bonus was the involvement of both sets of parents who attended almost every one of our open houses/tastings during the 14 months of our planning. They lived locally and they actively represented Jackie and Matt's interests to a "T."
Involving a set of vendors we trusted, was the key to the success of this beautiful event. Kudos to Eva Photo Studio who captured many unique images of Jackie and Matt's wedding day.
Because Jackie wanted her attendants to wear black attire, she sought our design advice for her reception color scheme. She loved champagne and antique gold tones but also favored platinum. After I toured the Dallas' Design District last July, I was certain that these color combinations could work together. Everything in interior design showcased champagne and silver as "the new trend."
Black was also used throughout the ceremony and reception. We utilized a combination of satin tablecloths highlighted with champagne glitz overlays on special tables.
Another challenge for Jackie and Matt was their ever-growing guest list. Both were very concerned about the comfort of their family members and friends. We designed a flexible layout that included a dance floor in the center with two angled aisles from two entrance to the main ballroom. With rented chiavari chairs, we were able to place 9 - 10 chairs per table to accommodate the nearly 175 guests who RSVP'd.
We also got creative with space for the buffet, as well as the special display table with parent/grandparent pictures and the cake table - both which flocked the sweet heart table.
The bridal party got ready at a nearby beach hotel.
The ceremony was held on the plaza facing the bay. Carmen's Flowers adorned our white pergola with a spray of white roses and hydrangea which were also used in bouquets guest table centerpieces.
And did I mention what a great sense of humor everyone both families had?
Social hour was held primarily on the ground level with high top tables under the building.
Jackie had Carmen, the florist, create three different centerpieces to add texture to the over-all room.
A special favor, a keepsake bottle of Limoncello topped each place setting.
The parents picked most of the dinner items including a summery strawberry salad
and Cuban style Paella.