The Best in West Coast Florida Weddings

The Best in West Coast Florida Weddings

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Vintage Travel Themed Wedding

Rachel and Wells
April 2013
*Selected Photos By Stormy Sea Studios

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Rachel and Wells studied abroad together in Spain and ever since have loved traveling together back to Spain as well as the Netherlands, Germany, Czech, Hungary, Alaska, Australia, various places in the Caribbean. Rachel's mother, Julie, is also English shared her love of her mother country with Rachel as she grew up. 

It is no wonder a travel theme fit perfectly into the couple's wedding plans at the St. Petersburg Women's Club. A historic venue with many elements like a Mediterranean exterior, vintage furnishings and Old World feel, the club would be the perfect backdrop for both their wedding and reception.

Planning this early April celebration was also done from a distance. The bride and groom lived out of state while mom, Julie, assisted from Ocala.

Rachel chose a navy blue, platinum, and pale and bright yellow palette for her entire event.


Her mom used her background as a florist to create bouquets and guest table florals to reflect her daughter's favorite flowers including tulips and hydrangea.The aroma of fresh roses were everywhere.


Guest tables were simply dressed in basic white with white chair covers and ties as bold statements of navy blue were found in runners and pocket-folded napkins. 

Every table was named after one of the couple's favorite destinations. The table names were fashioned from sections of a world map, secured atop a wine cork in a vintage silver candlestick holder.

Blue uplights created a regal effect around the perimeter of the room.

Mom, Julie, made napkin rings from pieces of map for each place setting atop our silver charger plates.

Instead of a traditional long head table with seating only on one side, Rachel and Wells felt more comfortable with a long feasting table with bridal party members on all sides. 


What would a travel themed event be without luggage? Vintage pieces were placed on and around the club's wood furnishings for guest table placement, gifts, and sign in.


A dramatic cake options was for Blue Velvet  with an ivory fondant icing from Sweet Tweets Cakery.

Getting ready was done mostly at a local hotel, so that Rachel  was able to arrive refreshed and in style for the ceremony held outdoors at the Women's Club facing Coffee Pot Bayou.

Her mom, Julie, had many helping hands prior to the wedding including friends from Ocala. She attended at least one of our open houses, where she fell in love with our Paella and how it fit so well into Rachel's travel theme.

The milder temperatures were perfect for the outdoor ceremony. Military protocal was a must with Wells' Army affiliation.

Hand-passed hors d'oeuvres were offered during social hour and the open bar remained outdoors on the covered patio the duration of the wedding.





Guests signed in on a printed map and luggage tags were used as place cards for each table.





The festivities continued throughout the evening with a final farewell to Rachel and Wells with a Sky Lantern launch along the waterfront.



St. Petersburg Women's Club

Event Planning/Coordination/Design and Catering:

Fresh Flowers: 
Mother of the Bride, Julie Ludlow

Photography: Stormy Sea Studios

DJ: Dave Spinder

Wedding Cake: Sweettweets Cakery

Stage Curtains and Lighting: A Linen Valley

Outdoor Chair Rental: Coast to Coast Event Rentals

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Classic Black and Red at St. Pete Beach

Amanda and Jim
March 2013
Photos by Richard Harris - DeLite Entertainment

Not even a blustery March day on the waterfront could dampen the spirits of Amanda and Jim as they celebrated in classic style at the St. Pete Beach Community Center.

We worked with the couple along with Amanda's mom, Karen, for an entire year. They booked our Treasure Chest package which included everything from the event site to the catering, photography, dj, and even the flowers and cake. Since the couple lived on the East Coast of Florida, they felt more comfortable having one contact for all services for their wedding day.

During just a few planning meetings face to face, we were able to capture Amanda and Jim's vision for their wedding day - a black and red palette against a tropical waterfront backdrop.

 The design process began during one of our client-only open houses where event designer, Bradley Dempsey, showcased some table elements that eventually translated into Amanda's formal guest table look.

Since Amanda was not able to attend the open house, Karen attended with several personalized components including a table number "cylinder" imprinted with their names and wedding date. Although they knew they wanted glass cylinders for their centerpiece, it was not decided until later to acquire fresh orchid stems from the florist. The red look came from dying the water. We alternated our single 20" vases with a trio of three in varying sizes.

Creating a table scape is usually the first step in developing an over-all event look. Since red roses were Amanda's top choice in flowers, they were even incorporated into the topper for her cake.

Amanda and Jim chose to get ready at separate locations the day of their wedding. This gave each the relaxed atmosphere to spend with their families and their bridal party members.

Amanda arrived by limo just before walking down the aisle.


Catering By Robert's white pergola was simply decorated in flowing white fabric and dots of red silk florals. Tropical trees were provided by A1 Foliage. 

On the terrace above the ceremony area, a special memorial table honored the bride and groom's grandfathers with pictures and their favorite baseball caps.

A special pose with "future" sister-in-law, Brittany (also one of our clients)!

The Jim was honored with a special groom's cake depicting Syracuse University.

Congratulations to Amanda and Jim for all the great memories of your special day!


Bradley Dempsey, Designer

Photography, DJ

Fresh Florals

Indoor and Outdoor Trees

Wedding and Groom's Cake

(starting at $12,995.00 for 100 guests)