Grey and Ivory DIY Wedding – Downtown St Pete Venue

Leonor and Margarito are such warm, fun, friendly couple, obviously deeply in love and smiling and laughing and truly enjoying themselves.

They and several of their friends “warned me” that this was going to be a “Mexican Wedding.” (An obvious fact here that I am not Mexican, so I readied myself for quite a mucho fiesta!)

It was a muy muy bien event, and we all had a delightful time. Even with about 100 kids scurrying about on their various levels of sugar highs, they were surprisingly well behaved.

After my travels throughout Mexico, their wedding just further confirmed that Mexicans, by and large, are lovely people. I just wish I had spent more time studying Español when I was younger! Felicitaciones!

See the full wedding as featured on Marry Me Tampa Bay.

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How would you describe your theme? What made you choose it?
I didn’t want our wedding to feel like a theme. Since Jeff and I dated for so long (10 years), we wanted our wedding style to simply represent us and our love for each other. There was a nice mixture of romance, with a touch of modern, vintage, and a few playful details.

How did you incorporate you and your husband’s personalities into the wedding?
We had so many little special details. My dad had passed away a few years ago, so I had a piece of his old work shirt sewn over my heart in my dress. Jeff is a huge marvel comics fan, so I made pinwheel flowers for him and his groomsmen out of marvel fabric that would become part of the boutonnieres. Since Jeff & I never do things too traditionally we decided to do a paint ceremony instead of a sand or unity candle. This is now a piece of art in our home, which we plan on adding handprints/footprints to as we grow as a family.

What made your wedding unique?
We DIY’d practically everything for our wedding. Our centerpieces were made from used wine and liquor bottles. We made our ceremony backdrop, wishing tree, seating chart cards, and even did the mercury finish on all of the votive candle holders.

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What was/were the deciding factor(s) for choosing NOVA 535?
When we started searching for a venue we knew we wanted something different and wanted to avoid the traditional hotel ballroom route. We absolutely fell in love with the venue when we toured it. We loved that it was so unique and modern, but also had so much character.

What was your favorite part about holding your wedding at NOVA 535? The space itself is GORGEOUS, but I would have to say that it was the staff that made everything exceptional. Ruby, our coordinator, was so prompt with responding to my emails, many of which were after midnight. She was so helpful leading up to our wedding day, and made sure everything ran so smoothly the day of. DJ Jaey made sure that our guests had a blast dancing the night away. We had both our ceremony and reception indoors, and we are beyond impressed with the amount of work that went in during our room flip. I cannot talk highly enough about the entire staff at NOVA 535, they are just seriously the best!

St. Petersburg Wedding Reception Venue: NOVA 535 Unique Event Space
St. Petersburg Wedding Photographer: James & Elaine Photography
St. Petersburg Wedding Florist: Gisselle Sanchez Floral and Event Design
St. Petersburg Wedding Catering: C & K Smokehouse BBQ
St. Petersburg Wedding Cake: Pastries by Design
St. Petersburg Wedding DJ: Jose Ordonez
St. Petersburg Wedding Rentals: Taylor Rentals
St. Petersburg Wedding Chiavari Chair Rentals: Elegant Touch Chairs
St. Petersburg Wedding Invitations: Paper Panache
St. Petersburg Wedding Dress: Something Blue Bridal Boutique
St. Petersburg Wedding Hair & Makeup: Rene Lopez

Anna Coats - Wedding Blogger from Marry Me Tampa BayAnna Coats is a wedding blogger from Marry Me Tampa Bay which showcases local weddings in the Tampa Bay area. Her 11-11-11 St. Petersburg, FL wedding was featured on USA Today.

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