The Best in West Coast Florida Weddings

The Best in West Coast Florida Weddings

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Here Comes the Micro Wedding

 Peter + Emily 

As smaller celebrations seem appropriate right now, the Micro Wedding (for up to 50 guests) appears to be a popular option. 

Peter and Emily chose Casa Bella Estate as the setting for their reception. Their ceremony was held at a church.

They chose to utilize a combination of the mansion's indoor and outdoor areas. Catering By Robert / Event Concepts . FL handled all of the planning and details, including the entertainment, transportation, and of course the food. Our colleague, Carmen of Carmen's Flowers, did all of the fresh florals.

Peter and Emily chose a blush, dark pink, champagne, and platinum color scheme which was carried throughout the events of the day. Having lived and worked in New York, the couple wanted an elaborate array of foods prior to their sit down dinner.

Although the couple could have hosted a much larger celebration, it was important to be surrounded by family and close friends. They felt the estate was that setting.

Many people don't realize that smaller weddings can be just as intricate and challenging as larger ones. Because there is an emphasis on intimate entertaining, there is a greater need for extra service and culinary staff. 

In an elaborate private home setting, there are challenges to keep guests flowing seamlessly to multiple areas. The owner's furnishings have to be considered especially when it comes to even small things like damp beverage glasses being set on antique furniture.

Since everyone who attends is close to the bride and groom, service needs to be impeccable.

Peter was in charge of choosing the menu. His choices were primarily Southern Italian with a Stir Fry Action Station for cocktail hour that appealed to Emily's Chinese family members. There were also some favorite Florida dishes such as Coconut Shrimp and Atlantic harvested Chilean Seabass.

Highlight of the extensive social hour was a wine and charcuterie/cheese paring featuring two of the couple's favorite wines from the Campana and Puglia areas of Italy.

Here is our version of the Micro Wedding for Peter and Emily.

Since the ceremony was to be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Downtown Tampa, Peter reserved a room block and special suites for the guys and girls at Le Meridian Hotel (a little more than a block from the church). Other guests stayed closer to the estate at a Holiday Inn Express and Suites. 

Photography By The Ganeys

Transportation from Olympus Limo shuttled guests from the Odessa hotel to the church and then back to their hotel for changing clothes and relaxing before the 3 p.m. cocktail hour starting time. The shuttle made one to two trips from the hotel to the estate. The bridal party was taken straight to Casa Bella right after the ceremony, where they enjoyed some hors d 'oeuvres and finger foods before posing for formal pictures around the estate.


A violinst welcomed guests as they arrived at the mansion, playing many sweet Italian melodies. 


Upon their arrival, guests were encouraged to visit the social hour bar on the main entry terrace and then enjoy our Stir Fry Station that included Saki-Flamed Chinese vegetables and noodles. The linens and accent decor matched the color scheme. 

Inside the main foyer, Carmen fashioned a huge round arrangement on top of a tall glass vase that complimented the high ceilings of the mansion.

DJ services by DeLite Entertainment

The spaciousness of the grounds allowed Emily and Peter privacy for their photographer to capture formal poses even with guests on site.

Italian Styled Meatballs

An assortment hand-passed hors d'oeuvres were butlered to guests as they spent time in front of the house and indoors inside the formal living and dining room. 

Deep Fried Coconut Shrimp with Raspberry Razz Ma Tazz Infused Orange Marmelade

Traditional Bruschetta

Oregano Chicken Brochettes with Marinara Dipping Sauce

Crab Stuffed Mushroom Caps


The main dining table held a treasure of Southern Italian delights. Peter chose two wines to pare with cheeses, charcuterie cured meats, assorted flatbreads and crostini, relishes, olives, and fresh seasonal fruits.


Hot Artichoke Dip was surrounded by a variety of "dippers."

Also on the cocktail menu was deep fried calamari

And Mussels Steamed in Groom's Favorite Chardonnay

The mansion's one-of-a-kind furnishings were the perfect landing spot for pictures of the bride and groom.

Escort Card Table

Chair and Table Rentals from West Coast Events and Rentals

The main reception was held on the back terrace surrounding the pool. Tables were draped in champagne linen with silver charger plates, blush pink napkins, and silver chiavari chairs with a blush sash.

Carmen provided centerpieces of fully bloomed white hydrangea with varying shades of garden roses for each table on top of our round mirrors. 

The sweetheart table featured our Blush Rosette Valence with the estate's lovely pond as the backdrop.

The tiered wedding cake was crafted by A Piece of Cake

The cake table matched the sweetheart table.

Plenty of time to change outfits for Emily and enjoy the party.

Special Chinese take-away gifts were handed out to each guests.

Three plated entrees were pre-ordered by guests when they sent in their RSVP's. The entrees were our 12-14 oz. Roasted Prime Rib with Rosemary Roasted Potatoes, and Italian Styled Green Beans.

Herb Crusted Chilean Seabass with Mango Salsa, Honey Glazed Carrots, and Wild Rice

Vegetarians Enjoyed our White Lasagne with the Italian Green Beans and Carrots.