A Beach to Brewery Wedding: Amanda, David & Guinea (the dog)
02 Apr 2015
The natural beach setting of this beautiful ceremony juxtaposes the urban brewery where festivities continued
On the sandy dunes of Pass-a-grille Beach, Florida, this ceremony lived up the wedding in the sun dream. In a day filled with beauty, love and fun, the couple celebrated with friends and family, and their dog Guinea, at urban style brewery, 3 Daughters Brewing, St.Petersburg. The mixture of laughter and craft beer made for some beautiful imagery.
Photography by Sadie and Kyle
Tell us about your day in the sun.
It was a joyous celebration of our partnership with all the unique personal touches that make us; from the intimate first-look session within the brewery, the romantic beach-side ceremony complete with our pup, Guinea, suited in a bow tie in the role of ring security, a ride on an open-top, double-decker bus that treated our guests to organic fruit pops post ceremony, to the party that ensued at the reception fuelled by an open bubbles + brews and live music.
Can you describe the day in one word?
In a word: blissful.
Why the beach and brewery locations?
David and I both share a passion for craft beer, the beach and of course our hometown – St. Petersburg, Florida. Having the opportunity for a romantic beach-side ceremony and an epic reception at a stunning brewery – all in St. Pete, of course – was a dream for the two of us. We wanted to keep our wedding small and intimate, 50 guests was just the right mix of friends and family to celebrate with. Being a bit of a procrastinator, six months was our time frame but worked out perfectly with the saving grace that is Kimberly [The event planner behind Kimberly Hensley Events].
How did you and David meet?
We met at the Hard Rock Casino four years ago. We were out with our own set of friends and happened to strike up a conversation - we had to be pulled apart. The next day he called after church and we met up for dinner… the rest is history.
How did David propose?
Last fall, David and I ventured across the pond (the first time for both of us) for an 11-day adventure in Italy and Greece. David and I had toured the sights in Rome, made friends in Venice and got wonderfully lost in Florence. Santorini was our last stop; two days of wine, beaches and sunshine before heading home. On our last night, after dinner, we came back to our suite and David was on bended knee on the balcony, flute of bubbly in hand when he proposed.
Where did you purchase your wedding stationary?
We purchased our invites from Forever Fiances and our wedding day programs and honey tags were from a friend of ours, Jessica Pecoraro Designs.
Did you have trouble allocating a budget?
Thankfully we had the help of our wedding planner, who lined the budget up for us with the most important spends being the live jams, the photographer and booze. We wanted to be certain to throw a spectacular party for our friends and family and, of course, to capture those moments.
How did you find the right photographer for you?
We met Sadie & Kyle at the one and only bridal show we went to. As a married couple, their chemistry was spot on – their photographs all told a story and they were a pleasure to be around.
How did you go about ensuring the personal and handmade touches?
We were blessed to have a day full of personal touches; the bulk of the décor was from our home, a special memory we are blessed to be around each day as a reminder of our wedding. Homemade honey jars were another; my mother’s side of the family had been in the honey business, so she sourced local honey from a family friend and filled 75 jars! The girls and I placed the tags on them the night before the wedding.
Your bridal look was beautiful – where did you find ‘the dress’ and accessories?
My dress was Anne Barge, purchased from Malindy Elene in Tampa, Florida. My shoes were from BCBG; my earrings from Etsy; my necklace borrowed from my mother and my watch was a vintage Rolex, handed down to me from my mother. The wedding bands and ring were from Tacori.
Can you tell us about your theme and colour scheme?
With a light pink dress wedding dress, and no particular colour scheme, we just asked that everyone have dress in muted brights: peaches, light teals, greys, etc. Certain pops of colour were requested, also: deep burgundy, violet, etc.
What flowers did you request?
An eclectic mix of gerbera daisies, spray roses, snap dragons, baby’s breath, caspia, solidago, blue delphinium, blue thistle, button poms, mini carnations and craspedia.
Tell us about the decoration.
At the ceremony we had vintage bottles with flowers, locally made programs and shoes optional wooden sign. Reception: The brewery itself is beautiful, so very little décor was needed. Below are items we brought from our home to decorate as well: Vintage, white patio glide, Vintage green tea cart, Sheet-metal table, Vintage mail box, Wash tub on castors and with burlap seating, Rail-cart coffee table, Vintage letter bar sign, chalkboards everywhere; a-frame, serving tray, old window, etc.
What did you feed your guests?
A mouth-watering BBQ from a local craft beer and BBQ spot in St. Pete that we find ourselves at more often than not; Urban Brew and BBQ.
What did you opt for with your wedding cake?
We opted for a naked wedding cake (really naked, since we forgot the fruit!). It had three tiers and was from a local bakery, Icing on the Cake in flavours champagne and raspberry, rum and coconut and amaretto.
It looks like you had a fantastic party – what entertainment did you have?
The brewery itself has lots of games; corn-hole, table shuffle board, ping-pong, etc. For music, Who Rescued Who out of Jax Beach, Florida, kept the party rocking!
What was your most memorable moment?
Our first look – David and I opted to see each other before the wedding. The two of us met at the brewery and were able to spend an hour together before being whisked away to the beach. Our time together was incredibly intimate, romantic and joyful.
Another is walking down the aisle, for both of us. Seeing our friends and family all gathered to join in the celebration was such a tender moment. The risk of sending a toddler and pup down the beach, even when no pups are allowed… Gemma and Guinea Pig stole the show and were an absolute delight. David’s father’s blessing of our marriage and dancing with my father, something about “A Pirate Looks At Forty” gets me every time. The lighting, and sending off the balloons with all of our friends circled around us doing the same! And last, but certainly not least - our first kiss when seeing each other. It was thrill to know we were on our way to getting married, but first able to enjoy the time with each other.
Do you have any advice for other brides and grooms-to-be?
When planning, invest in the right vendors – choose people who are a joy to work with and that the two of you can connect with on a professional and personal level.
Trust your instincts, and go with what makes the two of you happy. We both have unique taste and went with off-the-wall vendors and ideas. To all the beautiful brides and handsome grooms – relax, smile and enjoy the day with one another.
Smile, as someone is always taking your picture! Stick with clear liquids, as heaven forbid the glass tumbles and spills on your dress, as it did in my case (yet no one was the wiser, thanks to the shade of bubbles matching my dress perfectly).
If you can, choose a first look or allocate an hour after the ceremony for time and pictures with each other. You will cherish those moments. Trust your vendors - leave the party in their hands and celebrate, they have the details covered and it makes for a stress-free day. Have fun! Join the party and celebrate with your loved ones.
Steal their Style:
- Rent All City – www.rentallcity.com
- Rev.Rick (Officiate) – www.sensationalceremonies.com
- Lighting – www.affordablebeachweddings.com
- Florist Fire – www.floristfire.com
- Décor – www.cheersevents.com
- Transportation – www.facebook.com/tropiccoolsorbet
- Food – www.urbanbrewandbbq.com
- 3 Daughters Brewery – www.3dbrewing.com
- Photography – www.sadieandkyle.com/about.html
- Desserts/Cakes – www.itsicingonthecake.com
- Hair and Make-up – www.kylelynn.com/weddings
- Kimberly Hensley Events – www.kimberlyhensleyevents.com
Courtesy of Boho Weddings