Marlee + Robert STEP INTO THE LIMELIGHT | THE BIRCHWOOD
St. Petersburg, FL | Limelight Photography
Our Bride and Groom are the epitome of a couple in love. Robert is dashing in a black Brooks Brothers suit and bowtie, while Marlee stuns in an off the runway Reem Acra "Whirlwind Romance" drop waist ballgown. The top is french alencon lace with a tulle skirt done with hand sewn ribbon covered horsehair. Marlee carried a hand tied bouquet of colorful cala lilies while Robert wore a single white cala lily boutonniere.
Our Groomsmen look handsome in Brooks Brothers suits and purple and moss ties. The Bridesmaids are beautiful in moss and wine cocktail length dresses from designers at Bella Bridesmaids. The bridesmaid dresses are silk taffeta with a combo of designers: Alvina Valenta and Monique Lhuillier. The Bridesmaids carried a colorful bouquet with a gorgeous array of bright blooms, while the groomsmen wore a single plum cala lily boutonniere.
Our design team chose to accentuate the colors and design of the Birchwood Inn by setting the tables with stunning floral elements and luscious linens. The Birchwood Inn is unique in its décor that incorporates modern, industrial, vintage and elegant elements throughout the property. In designing the reception room, we were inspired by these elements as well as the natural beauty of the banyan trees.
Robert and Marlee both grew up in the Palm Harbor/Dunedin area. Marlee’s older brother and Robert played basketball for the YMCA on opposing teams. It wasn't until Marlee was 14 years old that her brother and Robert became friends. Then eventually when they were hanging out at the house, Marlee got to know him. Although they were not interested in dating, they became great friends! More than a year later, they decided that they would like to date...And the rest is history! Marlee and Robert are high school sweethearts and best friends. “Our road to love has not always been easy, but we chose to grow together rather than grow apart,” Marlee said.
Robert proposed to Marlee at Bon Appetite on October 27, 2006. They got married on April 5, 2008 at the Rusty Pelican. After a stillbirth of their daughter Brooke on June 13, 2009, and two miscarriages, they are now blessed with two beautiful sons, Lukas, age 3 and Austin, 10 months.
Marlee and Robert loved getting to participate in this wedding day recreation because their fifth wedding anniversary was this year. Marlee said, “It was a fun and special way to celebrate their love and each other. The stresses and worries of everyday life were put aside for one day while we played dress up and spent quality time just having fun and loving each other! Thanks again for allowing us to enjoy this amazing experience!”
Lead Photographers | Dafne Spencer
Associate Photographer | Kara Lerchenfeld
Bride and Groom | Marlee & Robert Bachee
Bridesmaid Dresses | Bella Bridesmaid
Bridesmaids | Lauren Grove, Tara Knauss-Wilga, Adel Travis, Stefany Andrea
Floral | CONCEPTBAIT
Groomsmen | Lorenzo Edwards, Austin Richardson, J Edwards, Ben Daniels/Eddie
Hair and Makeup | Destiny and Light
Linens | Wildflower Linens
Menswear | Brooks Brothers
Models | Let’s Make it Extraordinary
Photography | Limelight Photography
Planning | Très Chic Southern Weddings
Stationary | Dragonfly Custom Design
Tableware | Dishie Rentals/Courtney
Venue | Birchwood Inn
Wedding Gown | Malindy Elene