Rachel + Joe Step Into the Limelight | The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club | St. Petersburg, FL

“St. Pete elegance meets party of the year!” 

Joe and Rachel were set up on a blind date! Joe's Aunt Joanna and Rachel’s mom's friend Teresa work together as nurses at All Children's Hospital. They thought that they would be a good match, and they were so right! Together they enjoy boating, scuba diving, bike riding and playing with their pups. Joe proposed during a boat ride at their favorite spot, Sombrero Reef, in the Florida Keys. It is the most beautiful place and will forever mean so much to them! Joe and Rachel both have a sarcastic sense of humor and love making each other laugh.

Rachel and Joe planned a wedding that showcased to everyone their love for St. Pete. They both grew up his St. Pete and were proud to to bring out the beauty of the area at their wedding! Rachel dreamed of getting married at The Vinoy since she was in high school! It was their perfect, picturesque backdrop for their Old St. Pete style, elegant wedding featuring Florida palms. They love palm leaves incorporated them in the most elegant way! They also had a custom map of St. Pete created for their invitations as well as their menu cards. And obviously they loved their custom open bar! Another unique touch, were the custom-made tumblers guests took home, made personally by Joe! All take home goodies had a running theme, "Stolen from Rachel and Joe's Wedding”.

Overall there was an amazing party atmosphere with a wonderful and interactive band. When Joe began breaking out his amazing dance moves the party really got started! 

Their love for this city and each other was clearing SHINE-ing!!! They are true Floridians through and through!

Lead Photographers | Michael + Rebecca Zoumberos

Band | Serenade of Souls
Bridesmaid Dresses | Jenny Yoo Reese,Margot and Kayleigh dress in Mayan Blue from Bella Bridesmaids
Cake | The Vinoy
Caterer | The Vinoy
Ceremony Music String Quartet | Sunset Strings 
Ceremony Site | The Vinoy Tea Garden
Event Planner | Taylor Falcon Events
Florist | Wonderland Floral Art
Hair Stylist | LDM Beauty
Invitations | A&P Design Co
Make-up Artist | Destiny & Light Hair and Makeup Group
Reception Venue | The Vinoy Sunset Ballroom
Transportation | Jolley Trolley 
Wedding Gown | Rivini by Rita Vinieris Harlow Dress from Isabel O'Neil

Kimberly + Will Step Into The Limelight | The Don CeSar | St. Petersburg, FL

Kimberly & Will

Our story began in 2007 at Wharton High School in math class. We became friends after this math class that Will claimed to struggle in - he asked me to tutor him. We both had the same taste in music and were in sports. One time Will let me borrow a Sublime CD that I have yet to return to him. He still asks for it every time he wants to be funny. Years went by we went off to college but  remained friends. After I graduated college we started hanging out again. We enjoyed running, working out and began to travel together. After numerous miles that we ran, weights that were lifted, adventures that took place around the world and 3 years later Will got down on one knee on the beach in St. Petersburg, Florida.  

Kim - Loves Will’s patience . Will - Loves Kim’s ambition. Together they enjoy working out and traveling. 

Their elegant wedding day was inspired by a focus on flowers and a white color scheme.  Their wedding was truly a happy and exciting celebration. Their party had everyone up and dancing! 

Lead Photographers | Michael + Rebecca Zoumberos

Bridesmaid Dresses | Bella Bridesmaid
Cake | Artistic Whisk 
Caterer | The Don CeSar
Ceremony Site | The Don CeSar
DJ | Grant Hemond & Associates
Event Planner | Days Remembered by Natalia Day
Florist | Iza’s Flowers
Hair Stylist | Destiny & Light Hair and Makeup Group
Harpist | Victoria Garcia
Invitations | The Write Stuff
Make-up Artist | Destiny & Light Hair and Makeup Group
Photo Booth | Grant Hemond & Associates
Reception Venue | The Don CeSar | North Terrace 
Videographer | Voila Cinematic 
Violinist | Laurie Vodnoy-Wright
Wedding Gown | Malindy Elene

Heidi + Tom Step Into The Limelight | Opal Sands Resort | Clearwater Beach, FL

Sweet words from the bride Heidi:

A Cinco De Mayo to remember!

Tom and I met at a Mortgage Professionals Golf Tournament on Cinco De Mayo. I invited Tom with the intention of networking and hoping to build a business relationship. I ended up with the love of my life and a love story I will never forget.

About a month before the tournament I met Jolie, who is a realtor in Tom’s office. We had recently worked together on a deal and originally I had asked her to attend the tournament. She said she wasn’t much of a golfer and suggested that I ask a friend in her office instead. Little did I know that Jolie was playing matchmaker and had told Tom she thought we'd hit it off. We’d both been saying the same thing “there’s no good guys/girls left”.

I almost didn't call him not wanting to spend 18 holes with a stranger. The thought of small talk for an entire day sounded miserable but this was a new job and my new boss was going to be there. I was supposed to bring someone relevant to our industry so I worked up my courage and ended up calling him a few days before the event and left a voicemail. Funny that he still has it saved to this day.

May 5th rolled around and Tom and became fast friends. The conversation was easy and immediately I felt at ease with him. By the third hole we were swapping match.com date stories and by the 18th hole we were planning our next adventure. It may have taken us all of 3 weeks to figure out we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together and we could not be more happy to share in this special day with all of you.

The Proposal!

I popped the question at the Don CeSar Resort on St. Pete Beach! It was our birthday weekend and I surprised Heidi the morning of our trip that I switched our room from Postcard Inn to the Don because it was her big 3-5 bday! I set up a couples massage that day for us to set the tone and get relaxed. After an amazing couples massage and lunch/pool day/drinks (but not too many!)...we got ready for what she thought was a dinner down the street. Instead, I told her we should go down to the pool for a drink and then take a stroll on the beach before dinner. Little did she know, I was just delaying her to drop on one knee on the beach.

Behind the scenes I had lots of help from her sister/Matron of Honor- Holli on coordinating our families to get rooms down there and also to be there for the surprise as well. Holli used her Ninja-like moves to be invisible down on the beach to be able to take all the pictures of the surprise proposal. After Heidi said YES, we went up to the Don restaurant where our families were there to Surprise her.

What a celebration it was! Between the best day of my life to celebrating both of our birthday's, it's a day that we both will never forget!

And let me tell you! The love these two posses for each other is a beautiful sight to see! 

From the First Look to Tom’s remarkable Karaoke performance during their reception. They could not stop starring at each other! We LOVED being there to witness each moment unfold. Each detail was impeccably done and LOVE was all around. Fun they had! Tom should be an entertainer! He had that room on fire with excitement and Heidi’s sweetness is just what Tom needs… Thank you for having us Tom & Heidi, we wish you ALL the best.

Lead Photographer | Dafne Spencer
Associate Photographer | Kara Lerchenfeld

Band | Matt Winter Band
Bridesmaid Dresses | Bella Bridesmaids
Cake | Opal Sands Resort 
Caterer | Opal Sands Resort
Ceremony Site | Opal Sands Resort
Florist | Flora Fine Flowers
Reception Venue | Opal Sands Resort
Wedding Gown | The White Closet Bridal Tampa

Julianne + Eric Step Into The Limelight | Powel Crosley Estate | Sarasota, FL

Eric and Julianne met at work in June of 2015 and got engaged on November 14, 2017 in Napa, California. While Julianne believed the trip to Napa to be for Eric's 30th birthday - she was surprised to find that the week-long trip would be to celebrate their engagement.

Eric proposed to Julianne on her parent's wedding anniversary at Crocker and Starr Vineyard. Pam Starr allowed them to visit her private property and enjoy a small Chapel that family had utilized for Wedding Ceremony's in the past.

Fast forward to their wedding day in February of 2019, the two had their wedding day at the Powel Crosley Estate in Sarasota. They had always wanted somewhere private and secluded so they could enjoy the company without any interruptions and the Crosley was exactly that!

Their beautiful wedding decor consisted of red floral and white floral, gold chairs and white linens. Julianna made signs along with the wedding favor tags that were placed on all the tables for guests to enjoy. 

What a beautiful day it was with this gorgeous couple. Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Lead Photographer | Carlos Rello
Associate Photographer | Alexa Rodriguez

Band | Phase 5 
Bridesmaid Dresses | Bellas Bridemaid
Cake | Milan Catering
Caterer | Milan Catering
Ceremony Site | The Powel Crosley Estate
Event Planner | LoveLeeLane
Florist | Ever After Vintage
Hair Stylist | Lasting Luxe
Invitations | Minted
Make-up Artist | Lasting Luxe
Reception Venue | The Powel Crosley Estate
Wedding Gown | CC’s Bridal Boutique
Photo Booth | Vintage Car Photobooth