Lena and Brian stood the test of time and distance in their relationship and their love was one that could not be challenged. Once Brian proposed to Lena on a random Wednesday night in, they both knew they wanted to celebrate their love for one another in a destination wedding where Lena also grew up.
The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort and Gulf Club has been host to multiple wedding events due to their chic, elegant spaces and custom catering. Now it was Lena and Brian’s turn and they would insure that this evening would be one neither of them would forget by thinking outside of the box.
Living thousands of miles away, Lena and Brian hired St. Petersburg wedding coordinators, Exquisite Events to help them carry out their visions for their special day. “We knew we needed all the help we could get and Lisa at Exquisite Events came highly recommended by Showorks Events when considering wedding coordinators,” the bride explained. “Having a wedding planner was definitely worth the investment.”
For the ceremony, the couple elected to have an intimate nightime setting, accompanied by a harpist, a lavish arrangement of candles and a
crystal chandelier. The bride carried a bouquet of white roses, calla lillies and hydrangeas while the groom had a boutenniere of a calla lilly and a few small berries all created by Showorks Events. The bridesmaids and flower girls carried hanging lanterns in place of the traditional floral bouquets. The bride explained, “Each guest had heart-shaped glowstick wands on their chairs, which they waved in the air to light the path as Brian and I walked back down the aisle after saying ‘I do.’” After Father Steven Roscewski announced the newlyweds Mr. and Mrs Visconti, the guests retired to the chic and modern reception .
The bride and groom wanted to create a relaxed, but fun atmosphere for their friends and families. Considering Brian had worked in the nightlife industry, they arranged for the reception to have low and hightop tables, as well as classic-white furniture settings. The reception was lit with blue uplighting, white decor, silver linens and chairs, and candles in the place of flower centerpieces provided by Showorks events as well. Instead of a formal, plated dinner, they wanted their guests to eat when they wanted. To compliment their high-energy, cocktail-style atmosphere, Brian and Lena also created signature cocktails for their guests called, “The Leanie-Beanie Bellini” and “The Viscontini.”
DJ RJ Vida made sure to keep the entertainment alive with the best music. Some more personal touches included a cigar roller for their Cuban and Italian heritages and personalized matchbox favors. The couple even asked guests to take as many puictures as they could and upload them with the hashtag, #tootsbootsgethitched, representing their nicknames for one another and for their own personal album. Shortly after they danced for the first time as a couple to Coldplay’s cover version of “Yellow,” it was time for the cake-cutting. The classic-white, 3-tier cake was dripping crystals with pearls to surround each layer with white roses and was custom-made by the Renaissance Vinoy.
Brian and Lena had also hired Aaron Lockwood Photographers and Starfruit Productions for their videographer to make sure the love and beauty of the night was captured. From her one-of-a-kind gown made by Reem Acra from Kleinfeld Bridal to the wedding invitations done by Wedding Paper Divas, this St. Petersburg destination wedding was a compilation of chic originality with a modern twist that Lena and Brian will cherish forever.
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