Steam Punk Powel Crosley Wedding

Dustin & Becca are not your average couple. They like different. When we met to start planning their December wedding, they had the Powel Crosley and Coconut Coast Catering booked, but not much else. They knew they liked purple, grey and black, and they need they wanted steampunk influences. We got to work making that dream come true!
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What resulted was a stunning combination of elegance and offbeat. Gorgeous candelabra centerpieces and purple linens gave a haunting gothic feel to the event, and the grounds of the Powel Crosley provided a breathtaking backdrop.
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Becca is an artist, who makes pieces out of animal skeletons, so of course we had to incorporate some skulls. Small decorative skulls adored the sweetheart table, and Alla of Cake Zone even made sugar skulls for the cake!
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All Event Rental provided gorgeous black chiavari chairs, and strung cafe lights above the ceremony space/dance floor, adding some goth couture vibe! Rev. Botschner had a  customized ceremony, and they even painted a heart as a joining ceremony to symbolize their love for the arts!
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Once dinner was done, and Brian got the party started, Dustin’s sister had a big surprise! From the balcony came the first lines of Like a Virgin, and who do we see? Beneva Fruitville, Sarasota’s star drag queen making her way down the stairs!! Becca & Dustin LOVE Beneva Fruitville and Drag Queen Bingo, and Dustin’s sister had hired her as a surprise. She sang and danced with the couple, much to their delight and the amusement of their guests, then stayed to enjoy the party! Our team even got up and danced!
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Sarasota Wedding Venue- Powel Crosley Estate
Sarasota Wedding Planner- Southern Elegance Events
Sarasota Wedding Photographer- Jillian Joseph Photography
Sarasota Wedding Catering- Coconut Coast Catering
Sarasota Wedding Rentals and Florals- All Event Rental
Sarasota Wedding DJ and Lighting- Iyrus Entertainment – Brian Jalpert
Sarasota Wedding Cake- The Cake Zone
Sarasota Wedding Hair & Make Up- Ana Molinari on Location
Sarasota Entertainment- Beneva Fruitville
Sarasota Wedding Officiant-  Markus Botschner  941-223-5971

Coral Clearwater Beach Wedding

Cat & Shawn are a fun, bright couple and their wedding was fun and bright to go with them! Their families are hands on, and they are constantly surrounded by love and that’s what their day reflected.

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They are two lovebirds from the University of Florida. They wanted a vibrantly colored and laid back wedding on Clearwater Beach this February, and that’s exactly what they got!  Surrounded by friends and family, with smiles on their faces, they wed and the party went on into the night!  The Bride’s mom and sisters worked on the flowers and did a great job!

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They also had homemade cupcakes for their cake, as well as a cookie bar with cookies from their family members for the guests to take home!

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The bar was hopping with Pablo, the Barfather performing all sorts of tricks. Trisha from trisha e. photography captured every minute, and everyone had a great time!

It was a fabulous wedding and yet again, we can’t do it justice, so just enjoy the photos!

Clearwater Wedding Venue: Clearwater Beach Rec Center
Clearwater Wedding Photography: Trisha e. Photography
Clearwater Wedding Coordinator: Southern Elegance Events
Clearwater Wedding DJ: Celebrations 24
Clearwater Wedding Lighting: Celebrations 24
Clearwater Wedding Bar: The Barfather, Pablo Foster
Clearwater Wedding Caterer: Affordable Catering
Clearwater Wedding Photo Booth: Celebrations 24
Clearwater Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal
Clearwater Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal

All photos courtesy of, and copyright to Trisha e. Photography

Gold Wedding at The Hilton Downtown Tampa

Beth & John are both lawyers and celebrated their nuptials in golden style. The August wedding was entirely indoors, which was perfect due to the heat and rain. It was just as gorgeous as you could ask for, with a ceremony at Sacred Heart Church and reception at the Hilton Tampa Downtown.  Beth was radiant in a backless gown, flanked by some of the prettiest bridesmaids we’ve ever seen. John and his guys looked fantastic as well.

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Beth and John are a real life Barbie and Ken, and you could see it in every smile of the day.

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John traveled to Japan for work, and when Beth came to visit him, he proposed. They honored this important part of their relationship at their guest book table, with custom made Japanese dolls, and a guest sign in that comes from Japanese wishing traditions. Guest wrote their well wishes and names on the tablets and hung them on the family built wall.

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Seriously, there are few words to describe how fabulous this wedding was. Richard Harrell Photography captured the day in perfect detail so we’ll let the photos tell the story.

Tampa Wedding Planner: Southern Elegance Events
Tampa Wedding Photographer: Richard Harrell Photography
Tampa Wedding Ceremony Location: Sacred Heart Church
Tampa Wedding Reception Location: Hilton Downtown Tampa
Tampa Wedding Hair & Make Up: Michele Rene
Tampa Wedding Cake: Publix Greenwise
Tampa Wedding DJ: Breezin Entertainment
Tampa Wedding Flowers and Centerpieces: Northside Florist
Tampa Wedding Chair Covers and Linens: Connie Duglin Linens

All photos copyright Richard Harrell Photography and used with written permission. Photos and content may not be copied or reproduced in any capacity without written permission.

Rum Runners St Pete Beach Wedding

We were contacted last summer by Michele. She was coming down from Maryland and had in mind a small, laid back wedding on the beach in St.Pete and needed someone to help set it up and keep it running smoothly. We were more than happy to take on the task!  She reserved the outside pavilion at Rum Runners at the Sirata Beach Resort, with food and bar provided by them, and a decadent dessert bar from Dancing Cats Cafe.

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The pavilion is open air and overlooks the beach, and at night when its quiet you can hear the waves crashing onto the shore. It was the perfect backdrop for the intimate reception for 40 guests, and October 17th could not have been a more beautiful afternoon for a wedding!

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Michele had made all the décor by hand, and her parents drove it down from Maryland! Once we set it all up, it took our breath away and brightened the space up even further! Then Dancing Cats arrived with all their amazing desserts for the dessert bar, and this wedding hit another level!

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Custom chocolate covered oreos, caramel covered pretzel rods, cupcakes, pie pops, cake pops and lemon squares had all the guests cruising on a sugar high, and we can attest personally that they were all delicious!! The dessert bar was definitely the highlight of the evening for the guests and the bride and groom. There were even enough for everyone to take a goody bag home at the end of the night :)

This wedding was the epitome of laid back and relaxed, and was so much fun to help with!

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St. Pete Beach Wedding Planner: Southern Elegance Events
St. Pete Beach Wedding Venue: Rum Runners at the Sirata Beach Resort
St. Pete Beach Wedding Dessert Bar: Dancing Cats Cafe

The Sandbar Anna Maria Island Wedding

Adam & Jenn were a super sweet, and super busy couple who came to us in need of help. We were more than happy to oblige the sweet couple and help plan their laid back beach wedding. They chose May 2nd as their date, and The Sandbar on Anna Maria Island as their venue for both ceremony and reception.

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The Sandbar is a gorgeous venue that offers a sandy toes beach ceremony, with a covered (but still sandy toes) reception near by. The delicious seafood and delectable drink offerings were just what Adam and Jenn wanted, and Kristen from aka photographs was on hand to capture the entire day on film!

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Jenn wore a gorgeous dress from Something Blue Bridal, and even though a May rain storm forced their ceremony off of the beach and under the pavilion, the bright colors and the steel drum still made the event sunny and bright.

Minimal flowers were needed because of the gorgeous scenery, and a beachy cake from Publix hit the spot for all of those with a sweet tooth. Black Tie DJs kept the party going, as they always do, and everyone on hand had a terrific time on the beach that night.

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Sarasota Wedding Planner: Southern Elegance Events
Sarasota Wedding Photographer: aka Photographs
Sarasota Wedding Venue: The Sandbar Restaurant
Sarasota Wedding Cake: Publix Bakery
Sarasota Steel Drummer: Dave Lapio  (941- 743-3688)
Sarasota Wedding DJ: Black Tie DJs
Sarasota Wedding Florist: Friend of the bride and groom
Sarasota Wedding Hair & Make Up:
Sarasota Wedding Dress: Something Blue Bridal Boutique
Sarasota Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal

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Glamorous Mahaffey Theater Wedding

Mahaffey Theater Wedding

July was a hot and humid month here in the Tampa Bay area, but that didn’t stop Mark and Amy from having the wedding of their dreams!  In an interfaith ceremony honoring Mark’s Jewish faith, and with all their friends … Continue reading

Brittany & Jack’s St. Pete Museum of Fine Art Wedding

Brittany is a long time friend of our family, and when she and Jack got engaged we were so excited to work with them! They selected a wedding date of May 9th and a venue of the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts.  The venue is gorgeous, with plenty of space for ceremony, cocktail hour and reception,including a gorgeous outdoor courtyard where the ceremony took place:

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Redmond Steel Florists provided gorgeous flowers for the wedding party and tables, and Life Long Photography was on hand to capture the entire day!

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Grant Hemond DJs kept the party popping, and the reception was so perfectly Brittany and Jack. It was gorgeous, and laid back and soo much fun! Just like the two of them :)10583960_782817498436662_6621100493676749126_n 10609667_782817435103335_7693368932991918788_n 10612624_782817465103332_3754913150028573203_n

Soft pink bridesmaids dresses and grey men’s suits made the entire wedding seem a bit…softer, but the bright lights and loud crowd balanced it out and made it lively! Olympia Catering provided the delicious food, and Lundy’s kept the bar flowing!10620824_782817761769969_337672315481579531_n 10624987_782817555103323_919992056041439984_n 10636265_782817515103327_2843592417922569736_n

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It was a fabulous day, and we wish we could relive it over and over again! Congrats Brittany and Jack!

St. Petersburg Wedding Planner: Southern Elegance Events
St. Petersburg Wedding Venue: St. Pete Museum of Fine Arts
St. Petersburg Wedding Photographer:  Life Long Photography
St. Petersburg Wedding Flowers: Redmond Steele Florists
St. Petersburg Wedding DJ: Grant Hemond & Associates
St. Petersburg Wedding Catering: Olympia Catering
St. Petersburg Wedding Bar: Lundy’s

Photos copyright Life Long Photography.

Boca Ciega Ballroom Wedding on St. Pete Beach

Justin and Annie are a super sweet couple from Boston. Justin’s family lives in St. Petersburg, so they decided to get married here! They chose the St. Pete Beach Community Center for both their ceremony and reception in April and it couldn’t have been nicer!

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The venue overlooks the water without being super beachy, and provides great views and photo backdrops!
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Castillo’s Cuban Cafe did the catering, with Spunky Spirits providing the bar and fabulous service!! 2Birds Events did the wedding party’s flowers and Photo AnnounceIt did the photography.  Their first dance was to “Then” by Braid Paisley, which holds a special place in our hearts and made every eye in the room tear up!

Annie and Justin and their friends had a wonderful time before they returned to Boston, and we couldn’t have been happier to help them!

St. Pete Beach Wedding Coordinator: Southern Elegance Events
St. Pete Beach Wedding Venue: St. Pete Community Center
St. Pete Beach Wedding Caterer: Castillo’s Cafe
St. Pete Beach Wedding Bar: Spunky Spirits
St. Pete Beach Wedding Photography: Photo AnnounceIt
St. Pete Beach Wedding DJ: DJ Izzie
St. Pete Beach Wedding PhotoBooth: Anytime Eventz LLC
St. Pete Beach Wedding Hair & Make Up: My Favorite Hair & Make Up Artists
St. Peter Beach Wedding Florist: 2Birds Events (Alexis)
St. Peter Beach Wedding Transportation: Super Shuttle/Execucar 

Pink & Grey Powel Crosley Estate Wedding

Ben and Jessica have been our clients for almost a year.  They booked their venue, the Powel Crosley Mansion and called us. It’s been a delightful year working with them to get this gorgeous wedding together!
Ben and Jess are adorable, and so happy and laid back it’s been a pleasure.  They assembled a great team of vendors, and March 22 went off without a hitch!
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Amici’s Catering provided the food, and a Piece of Cake provided a delicious and gorgeous cake with custom bows.
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Centerpieces were a mix of tall and short, and incorporated pink and white flowers, silver sparkles and lots of candles!
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Powel Crosley Wedding Centerpieces

Custom menus graced each place setting:
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and cocktail hour took place on the mansion’s gorgeous patio!
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2 Birds also set up a custom photo booth for a guest book:
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Pink and grey coozies were a hit with the guests as favors
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and a first dance number to Time of My Life got the party going at the reception! as I said, Jess and Ben are so fun to work with, and made sure their guests had a great time! Papered Heart Photography was on hand to capture all the details, and did fantastic work as always! They also shot Katie & Jason’s Wedding back in October.  Powel Crosley was the perfect backdrop for this special day, and we can’t wait to work there again!
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Sarasota Wedding Planner: Southern Elegance Events
Sarasota Wedding Venue: Powel Crosley Mansion
Sarasota Wedding Caterer: Amici’s
Sarasota Wedding Photographer: Papered Heart Photography
Sarasota Wedding Videographer: Iyrus Entertainment 
Sarasota Wedding Florist: 2Birds Events
Sarasota Wedding Rentals: Rental Depot
Sarasota Wedding Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Sarasota
Sarasota Wedding DJ: Black Tie DJs (Ray)
Sarasota Wedding String Quartet: Take 4 Strings
Sarasota Wedding Cake: Amici’s (A Piece of Cake)
Sarasota Wedding Hair & Make Up: Michele Renee Hair & Make Up
 Sarasota Wedding Officiant: Rabbi Richard Birnholz
Florida Bridal Gown: Bellisima Bridal

Private Estate Wedding in Longwood, FL

Brittany and Josh are one of those couples that just exude love. They are so happy together and so in love, and it made them a joy to work with.  They got married on March 15th, at a private home just outside of Orlando in Longwood, FL.  and what a home it was!

The house was gorgeous and sat right on the water, with a sprawling back yard. We set up the gift table inside on a sun porch, the guest book and favor table outside in the courtyard where cocktail hour also took place, and the ceremony down by the water. The reception was tucked nicely in between the water and the courtyard, and the weather could not have been

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The main color of the day was tiffany blue, and Brittany tied it in wherever she could, with fantastic results. There were wine jugs, antique vases and candles everywhere, with bunches of baby’s breath and hydrangeas gracing every table.orlando weddings, teal weddings, florida wedding, march wedding, edible wedding favors

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They also had an adorable custom canvas print with their names and wedding date for guests to sign, which was a huge hit!orlando weddings, teal weddings, florida wedding, march wedding, orlando weddings, teal weddings, florida wedding, march wedding,

With the dance floor the focal point of the lawn, and cafe lights strung over the tables, once the sun set the reception became even prettier than it was during the day!

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Brittany and Josh were wed with some heartfelt vows and a wine ceremony, before sealing it with a passionate kiss!

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Their cake was provided by a friend who works with Publix, and was absolutely delicious!! Cocktails Catering did a fantastic job keeping the drinks, and the food flowing, until all the guests were stuffed and happy.orlando weddings, teal weddings, florida wedding, march wedding,

The night ended with the happy couple settling into the home for the night, and guests eating favors and raving about the party. Pretty much the perfect ending to a perfect wedding day!

Orlando Wedding Coordinator : Southern Elegance Events
Orlando Wedding Venue: Private Residence
Orlando Wedding Photographer: Judi Evans Photography
Orlando Wedding Catering: Cocktails Catering
Orlando Wedding DJ: Fast Breaks Entertainment
Orlando Wedding Rentals: Rentaland Tents and Events
Orlando Wedding Florist: Dream Designs Florist
Orlando Wedding Officiant: Sunsational Weddings
Orlando Wedding Cake: Publix