The Best in West Coast Florida Weddings

The Best in West Coast Florida Weddings

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

A Work of Art at Tampa Garden Club

Melissa and Nick

Photos by Andy Martin

Melissa and Nick were not just "any" wedding couple with a vision of their wedding day. They were a bride and groom that had realistic ideas for a fun, unique celebration that incorporated many non-traditional elements.

First, instead of staying in a hotel close to the Tampa Garden Center, they defied the traffic "gods" and opted to rent a huge vacation rental in St. Pete Beach. With family and bridal party members close at their side, they enjoyed a relaxing non-city setting for their wedding weekend.

Melissa embraced the garden theme. She chose sage green and platinum as her primary wedding colors. Pastels in a variety of shades were also part of her event-scape.

The couple encouraged everyone to "do their thing" even with customization in attire.

Melissa and Nick chose to redirect the focus of their ceremony to the "side area" of the main wedding garden. They utilized our white pergola arbor and rented chairs from West Coast Events and Rentals.

Early in our planning together, Melissa expressed her interest in doing all silk florals and greens. I offered her my vendor status to a local wholesaler and she joined me one afternoon to make her selections. She did have Carmen's Flowers provide her fresh bouquet and a few other items. Everything else, from corsages to accent décor, Melissa fashioned herself.

A unique aspect was a picture painting that she and Nick did as part of their ceremony.

The frame that guests signed during social hour would be added to the wedding painting later. 

Instead of traditional place cards, they chose to assign guests tables with small silk leaves stuck into thick birch branch pieces.

We placed some special toiletries inside the ladies restroom. 

For social hour, we served our tasty Smoked Cheddar Spread fashioned into the shape of a heart.


Inside the main ballroom there was an eclectic arrangement of round and long guest tables for the 140+ guests expected to attend.

Silver runners, chargers and chair ties were coupled with our sage green napkins at each place setting. These, along with the white spandex chair covers were part of our in-house inventory of décor.

Centerpieces alternated between our various heights of glass cylinders to our white carriage lanterns, all accented with the abundance of silk greenery Melissa had purchased at the wholesaler.

Each table number had a significance for Melissa and Nick; and that significance was hand-written with love on each table number card.

The long head table was a traditional aspect the couple incorporated across the setting of the windows facing Bayshore Boulevard. We distinguished the main table for bride, groom, best man and maid of honor with platinum silver linen

A plated Mandarin Orange Salad with toasted coconut was pre-set at every place setting.

Guests pre-selected one of three entrée which included a Broiled Tomato Stuffed with Cheese, Salmon Filet with a Champagne Sauce, and Brushetta Chicken. 

Instead of a typical wedding cake, Melissa and Nick chose a Donut Tower from Krispy Kreme.

Many thanks to Melissa and Nick for entrusting us with their special day!

Monday, July 29, 2019

Roaring Twenties - Tent Style

When you have clients that want their Gatsby-Styled celebration held outdoors, you look toward traditional options for tents that suit the occasion. For both a wedding and a corporate holiday party, we utilized a newer trend in tents, called The Sailcloth.

This style of tent has been long popular along the Long Island shores as well as in New England. Its hardwood center and side poles offer a timeless look that has survived almost a century in its popularity.

Still popular now, here are some glimpses of styling that is certainly 1920s in origin:

Gold Chiavari Chairs with Black Cushions were used first for the ceremony and then for the reception.

A combination of black linen, silver chargers, gold napkins and silver flatware adorned the guest tables where sequinced gold runners set the glamourous tone for the event.

The sweetheart table featured one of our vintage lace overlays with whimsical plates, chargers and antique candlelabras. 

Add some charming antique lounge furnishings and you have a comfortable sitting area!

The groom had a fancy for bourbon. So we created a whiskey bar complete with a variety of spirits and cigars.

Deviled Eggs had their hey-day in the Twenties. We offered a variety of flavors hand-passed.

A small traditional wedding cake was flanked with custom designed cookies.

One of our most popular 1920s stations is a vertical Shrimp Cocktail Bar where guests have the option to add different sauces and acruments to extra large shrimp on our squatty champagne glasses.
Another Gatsby party version was for a corporate holiday party for 150. Decor was similar but there was a touch of red in the table settings.

We featured four different centerpiece options that ranged between tall gold single candlelabras to cylinders with feathers to gold stands with red hurricanes, and five stem candlelabras.

Part of the theme was masquerade. Guests were offered decorative masks to wear during the event.