The Best in West Coast Florida Weddings

The Best in West Coast Florida Weddings

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Estate Wedding on Florida's West Coast

Gina and John at Casa Bella Estate
Selected Photos by K and K Photography

The West Coast of Florida is the absolute perfect setting for a destination wedding if you want to take advantage of ideal accessibility, almost year-round pleasant weather, and a wealth of "vacation worthy" activities nearby. However, the current trend in estate-styled celebrations, this amazing versatile area , has a limited number of quality private home venues available for brides and grooms to consider for their wedding week or weekend.

Casa Bella Estate, located just north of the Tampa Bay metro area, has met the utmost criteria for such affairs of the heart. Its privacy and amorous Mediterranean styling makes the setting perfect for romantic outdoor celebrations.

One such November weekend was set aside for a world-traveling couple, Gina and John who call Tampa Bay home. With 85% of their guests from out of state, they were anxious to plan out their several days of activities to accommodate as many people as possible.

Although Casa Bella has limited overnight accommodations because the owners live there full time, it is a note-worthy private estate venue that still lends itself to a day prior rehearsal and private suite where the bride and her maids can linger for hours getting ready in luxury. The groom and his guys have the separate quarters in a nearby cabana suite to "chill" prior to the wedding.

Gina and John chose the Safety Harbor Spa as their "host" hotel for out of town guests. Their rehearsal dinner was held at small, intimate banquet hall in the quaint village area of Palm Harbor.

The close proximity for all of their wedding weekend activities offered the couple the opportunity to do more DIY projects they treasured as part of their special day. One important feat was the installation of a huge lighted LOVE sign on the back of the pool terrace.

There were many other special features that Gina and John felt comfortable including only at a wedding venue that allowed outside food and beverage. This included special menu items that were shipped in from places like Pittsburg and Denver (more details to come). As avid travelers, comfort food from the many places that they treasured was much a part of their celebration.

Thus we worked with them on the inclusion of some special cuisine that included appetizer options for pizza and Buffalo pastrami for mini reubens and Gina's family restaurant's favorite pasta sauce. Bison tenderloin was a part of their sit down dinner options.


The Bison came in as whole tenderloins and as the guest count selection for that entrée increased just days before the wedding, we had to seek additional pre-cut filets to meet the quota. 

Also, with not having on-site preparation facilities, the challenge was even greater in reheating the pizza slices and other menu items.

But the early November day was picture-perfect with blue skies and dreamy clouds that seemed to favor the rural, tree-laden setting. The ceremony area was focused around a graceful towering oak tree across a small pond from the reception terrace. 

Fiestas Solutions installed the bride's favored chandelier and tree-wrapped lighting that was enjoyed far beyond the ceremony time.

Fiestas also supplied all of the rental items and specialty lighting on the reception terrace that highlighted the old world charm of the architecture.

The wedding day began early with many close family members arriving to relax and enjoy the surroundings prior to the ceremony. Our staff welcomed guests with a glass of champagne and lots of personal attention.

Our attentive service staff made certain every guest was taken care of before and during the wedding.

When they first arrives, glasses of champagne were offered to guests. Then as they made their way over to the ceremony area where Fiestas placed a wood farm table, we added refreshment of infused water and lemonade.

The ceremony began soon after with Gina transported via golf cart for her grand entrance.

While  bridal party members participated in formal picture taking, the rest of the guests enjoyed social hour on the western portion of the pool deck area. Decadently covered high top cocktail tables outlined the perimeter where one of two open bars were located. Besides an abundance of hand-passed hors d'oeuvres, we featured an entire table devoted to French-inspired Charcuterie selections. Miniature items ranged from smoked meats to pared cheeses and acruments.

Nearby, a pasta station (with red sauce provided by the bride's family) offer Gnocchi Pasta and Deep Dish Lasagne. 

Luxurious blush pink and champagne linens were furnished by Custom Linens. We loved the gold high chiavari bar stools Fiestas Solutions added for guests' comfort.

As guests made their way to the main reception area closer to the back of the mansion, they found their seats via a framed placement chart.

Guest tables alternated between base colors of champagne and blush (our in-house linens) with blissful lacey overlays from Custom Linens. Brides in Bloom designed the guest table centerpieces in a hue of ivory and soft pink.

An Italian rustica feel was added with Fiesta's brand new dark wood Tuscan cross back chairs.

We loved featuring our unique antique ivory charger plates which fit perfectly into the setting.

As the sun set, we were able to bring out the huge wedding cake displayed near the sweetheart table.

Later in the evening, we provided a deep fried station with freshly prepared Pome Frites (French fries) and traditional Churros with dipping sauces and toppings.

Congrats to Gina and John for their beautifully unique private mansion wedding.

Event Planning: Friend of the Bride's

Design, Coordination and Catering: Catering By Robert

Specialty Linen Overlays and Linens for Cake and Sweetheart Table - Custom Linens

Fresh Flowers: Brides in Bloom

Lighting, All Rentals - Fiestas Solutions

Photography: K and K Photography

Entertainment: Grant Hemond

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Epic and Elegant Celebration at Stonebridge Weddings at Lange Farm

Sarah and Patrick
Selected Photos By Andy Martin Photography

Sarah and Patrick's fall wedding at Lange Farms was full of glitz and glam with
an apple red and gold color scheme.

We worked with the couple for over a year. They made it to every client tasting opportunity and asked all of the right questions. So when the final meeting date came, their vision was easy to capture. Sarah's love of the Christmas holiday was reflected in her event motif. Both Sarah and Patrick were from New York, and he proposed to her in front at the annual tree lighting at Rockefeller Center.

The fanciful look of their wedding day was just a part of their vision. They didn't want a stuffy celebration - but rather a day full of fun and warmth reflected in the setting of Lange Farm. As NYC transplants, the outdoors of Florida was very much a part of their special day.

Here are highlights of Sarah and Patrick's wedding day!

Although the reception was planned for outdoors in front of the Antique Barn, the weather didn't cooperate so it had to be moved inside at the last minute. Thankfully the rain didn't affect the outdoor ceremony under the big oak tree.

Still the setting was stunning with twinkling lights, sparkling gold runners, and lots of romantic candlelight. 


Because of the rain, both the social hour and main reception were held inside the Antique Barn. 

Guest tables alternated between feasting and rounds with our tall glass cylinders as the centerpieces. The client furnished submersed bright red orchid stems for inside. Gold chargers with red napkins wrapped with gold "bling" added more sparkle to the table settings.

Our staff hand-passed a variety of appetizers including a new option for Grape and Buffalo Cheese Skewers. 

Reception décor was a combination of ours and items provided by the venue. These included lanterns, wood barrels, and other rustic pieces. 


Centerpiece of the reception was our traditional Paella
which was prepared and cooked in front of guests.

A special tribute to loved one was added to the sign in table.

We loved being able to utilize our 4.5 ft. long piece of pecan wood that Chef Robert's brother hand-crafted from his farm in West Virginia. We placed it across two barrels to hold the wedding cake and cupcake display.

Sarah and Patrick had a weakness for sweets, so a full candy display was also set up.


Being the fun-loving couple they were, Sarah and Patrick surprised their guests with a floor show after dinner. Everyone joined in the festivities, including the bride.

Congratulations to Sarah and Patrick!

Event Planning, Design, Partial Day of Coordinating, Catering:

Andy Martin Photography