The Best in West Coast Florida Weddings

The Best in West Coast Florida Weddings

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Hawaiian Styled Wedding at the St. Pete Beach Community Center

Lucy and DJ

By far, one of our most communicative wedding couples EVER! I looked forward to the Wednesday phone calls where DJ and Lucy would share progress in their planning process or just ask me timely questions about incorporating décor ideas for their wedding.

Select Photos by Essentia Photography

This experience got me thinking about how we as wedding pros adapt to our clients' various methods of communication. Ever since I have "opened the doors" various means that include texting and Facebook messaging.  

Lucy and DJ worked as a team in planning their wedding. They had had previous experience hosting social events which made their wedding a natural collaboration. 

But a wedding was a bit different and they looked to us for advice. 

Creating a Hawaiin themed event was the natural choice since DJ was born there and the couple made annual trips there. Of course, the proposal was made there as well.

Lucy's mom, Lisa Jo, was a huge resource for acquiring special features and florals. The day of the wedding, she had everything perfectly arranged for us to access and finish placing.

Those beautiful memories of Hawaii inspired Lucy and DJ to create a pallet of details that ranged from hard to find Plumeria scattered on the guest tables to tropical features such as "messages in a bottle" and beachy signage that directed guests throughout the celebration.

Their choice of the St. Pete Beach Community Center was the perfect waterside location with views of Boca Ciega Bay. They booked room blocks at The Sirata Beach Resort. One of the most alluring benefits of hosting a ceremony and reception at SPBCC is its close proximity to many, many beachfront hotels and resorts in the area. Ultimately their "first look" photos were in a very tropical setting along the Gulf. Getting ready was comfortable in the resort's accommodations. 

I believe the familiar Hawaiian features of the entire event made Lucy and DJ feel much more at ease. 

My daughter, Christy, was a big help in guiding the couple through the design process as she had spent nearly four months living in Hawaii during my son-in-law's deployment there. A specialty drink, The Blue Hawaiian, some styling of the guest tables, and some additional props, were her ideas to get guests in the mood for this unique tropical scenario.

DJ and Lucy chose a range of blue hues, along with a pewter grey. These were found in bridal party attire, reception napkins and accent fabrics which ranged from light blue to dusty wedgewood blue.

We mixed in an assortment of silk palm leaves to line the ceremony aisle and underscore various display tables. Centerpieces were our glass cylinders filled with fresh white orchid stems. Other vivid, tropical colors dotted the décor.



Here are more images of Lucy and DJ's unforgettable tropical wedding day.

Our white pergola arbor was simply decorated with large silk palm leaves.

Fans for cooling off.


The "party" and dancing was of huge importance to Lucy and DJ and they enjoyed every minute of it.

Event Planning . Catering . Design . Coordinating: Catering by Robert /Event Concepts . FL

Fav0rs from Spice and Tea Exchange, John's Pass

Essentia Photography

DeLite Entertainment

Cake by Chantilly Cakes

Fresh Foliage by A-1 Foliage

Centerpiece Orchids and Leis by Thai-Riffic Orchids, Gulfport

Personal Wedding Flowers: Hamilton Florist

Plummerias: ABC Nursery, Largo


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