Joseph and Lindsay met when they were both students participating in Florida State University’s Flying High Circus, and although Joseph later claimed that it was love at first sight, it took him several months to muster the courage to speak to the pretty girl! Once he did, however, the pair’s relationship soared, and after a proposal in the beautiful winter mountains of Colorado the two began planning their May wedding at the luxurious St. Petersburg wedding venue Renaissance Vinoy. Coral pink, charcoal, and white were chosen for the attire of the bridal party, a palette perfectly suited to the elegance of the Vinoy’s Tea Garden — the site of the ceremony. Witnesses rose from their white chairs as the bride walked down the aisle to Train’s Marry Me, and neither Lindsay nor Joseph could hide their tears of joy as they promised each other a lifelong love. A reception bathed in exquisite pink, white, and crystal decor awaited guests inside the hotel. And considering the happy couple’s fond memories of the circus, what could have been more fitting than to provide guests with not only a scrumptious meal but also a bar of delicious circus treats to snack on all evening long! This celebration of fun and romance is brought to you by Clearwater wedding photographer K & K Photography!
Now for the proposal…details!
Joseph got down on one knee and asked me to marry him on top of a snowy white mountain while on a ski trip in Colorado. My whole family was there to witness the proposal and cheer loudly in support. My hands were freezing when I took my gloves off so he could slip the ring on my finger. Joseph was shaking so bad, he thought he was going to drop the ring in the snow!
Tell us about your wedding gown and what your wedding party wore.
My wedding dress was an ivory colored San Patrick gown that flowed for miles. The train of the dress had pick ups the whole way down and on each one of the pick ups there was a bow embellished with a sparkling crystal detail. I loved the fullness of the dress and the bows really tied in with my wedding decorations. The bridesmaids wore coral/pink dresses that included an open back with a bow. The dress was accented with a twisted pearl statement necklace and pearl earrings. The groomsmen looked stunning in grey tuxes.
Tell us about the ceremony.
The ceremony began at 5 0’clock in the Vinoy Tea Garden where the groomsmen lined up and the bridal party made their was down the aisle. Shortly after, I was escorted down the aisle. Both Joseph and I teared up as it was the first time that we had seen each other that day. It was a very emotional ceremony but we made it through our personalized vows to each other and we were pronounced husband and wife.
What really means the most to you! I chose to splurge on the photographer because good photos can really tell a great story. I wanted to be sure that I could continue living the wedding day through my photos for many years to come.
Was there a specific theme or style? What inspired it?
For our wedding we were going for an elegant and romantic feel. That style was displayed by the lace piping detail on the 5 teared wedding cake, my wedding dress with a cascading train and crystal details on each pick up, and various DIY glass vases wrapped in lace and filled with floral arrangements on the guest tables. Tall crystal candelabras were scattered on tables underneath the exquisite, glassblown Chihuly chandelier hanging from the high ceiling of the Vinoy’s Grand Ballroom.
Tell us about the wedding cake.
For dessert we had raspberry amaretto wedding cake filled with white chocolate mousse.
What were your playful twists that made the event unique?
We wanted to incorporate a circus theme into our wedding, since we both fell in love with each other while participating in Florida State University’s Flying High Circus during our college years. For our ceremony we came up with the idea to tie a heart shaped knot out of 2 pieces of rope that were originally used for rigging purposes in the circus. During our ceremony the mothers brought the rope to us representing two families uniting as one. The bottom of my shoes included a motto used in the circus and also chanted after every circus performance, “May all your days be… Circus Days!” We thanked our guests with a circus themed candy bar complete with popcorn, peanuts, cotton candy, and beautifully decorated circus cookies.
What were the honeymoon plans?
For the honeymoon we went to Playa Mujeres, Mexico, and stayed a luxurious resort. We spent time relaxing in the lazy river, sun tanning on the beach, scuba diving, and exploring the underground caves nearby.
Venue, Catering & Cake: Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club | Photography: K & K Photography | Floral & Decor: Rose Garden Florist | Linens: Connie Duglin | Lighting & Chairs: Signature Events | DJ: Joe Farran | Stationery: URBANcoast | Event Planner: Alison Stenger of Confetti Events | Favors: Bee’s Knees Creative | Hair: Jessica Farkas | Makeup: Jennifer Meyers of Creative Transformations | Bridal Gown: The Dressing Room