A short drive south brought this St Pete Beach couple to the Ringling Courtyard for their November wedding. The Ringling Courtyard is large enough to accommodate the largest of wedding with space for the ceremony, cocktails, dinner and dancing in one dramatic location, making for easy transition throughout the wedding. Anna Pohl of Day Planners was hired as coordinator and her knowledge and expertise kept everything progressing smoothly right up to the very last dance.
Flowers by Fudgie serviced this wedding with a team of designers on site led by owner Becki Creighton. The ceremony was set on the top level with our iron arch covered with greenery, curly willow and over 40 stems of soft lavender blue hydrangea. A single rose tied with sheer ribbon decorated every other chair on the aisle. Lights were strung over the seating area and glass chandeliers sparkled as they hung from the trees. Lighting elements were handled by our friends at Affairs in the Air. The scene was set and awaited a beautiful bride and handsome groom.
The bride was stunning in an ecru gown with a taupe sash. Her preference for a bouquet with a garden feel led her to chose lisianthus, blush tone garden roses and porcelina spray roses nested into hydrangea with soft touches of greenery. Her attendants wore pale violet-lavender dresses and carried bouquets of blush garden roses, lisianthus and lavender delphinium tucked into soft blue hydrangea. Two flowers girls stole hearts wearing halos of porcelina spray roses and waxflower while dropping fresh rose petals from ivory satin baskets. Mothers selected small nosegays of Sahara roses and white dendrobium orchid florets to carry while grandmothers opted for more traditional shoulder corsages of white orchids. Boutonnieres for the men were white dendrobium orchids with greenery.
Cocktails were served on the mid level of the courtyard by Ringling’s own Treviso. As usual, they handled all aspects of the catering from cocktails to dinner with precision. Slice of Heaven was the bakery of choice and created an amazing cake that was as delicious as it was beautiful.
While Treviso’s fare delighted the palette, guest table centerpieces were a feast for the eyes. Three separate yet coordinating arrangements graced each table. The focal piece was an elaborate arrangement of curly willow, blue-lavender hydrangea, cream O’Hara garden roses, taupe Sahara roses, porcelina spray roses, lavender waxflower and touches of trailing, feathery soft plumosa greenery in stately black urns. Candlelight glowed from the clear votive holders hanging throughout the curly willow. Two complementary arrangements in white vases of hydrangea, Sahara roses and porcelina spray roses nestled close to the urn and votive candles on the table completed the look.
The beauty of the day will long be remembered thanks to lovely photography by Audrey Snow of Audrey Snow Photography. Thanks to the talents of many, from the florist to the caterer to the entertainment, everyone in attendance will have fond memories of this elegant wedding.