Museum of Fine Arts Wedding

November 22, 2014  |  Ellie and Nick

There’s something so special about the way that Nick looks at Ellie. If there was a way for me to describe it, I would – but I can’t. It’s something I tried so hard to capture in photographs, but even looking back – it’s more than a look. It’s a quiet moment – like the kind where you exhale just a little and everything is peaceful and perfect in that very moment.

Nick actually asked Ellie to be his girlfriend via Skype from over 5,000 miles away (while she was studying abroad in Italy), which led them to a hiking proposal where he got the ring mixed up in his pocket (it was the first I had heard of someone proposing via car-key) and finally to their secret-garden ceremony in St. Petersburg, with a classic New Orleans style second line parade exit!

Their day can be summed up perfectly from the Maid of Honor’s speech – “Love has nothing to do with what you’re expecting to get; only with what you’re expecting to give.” Their wedding was joyful – truly – from the second we arrived until the moment we left. Their smiles were contagious and even in the moments of thoughtfulness, you could tell how full there hearts were.

Thank you for sharing in this incredible wedding with us, and check out their film from our friends at Lucky Lemon after the post!

Venue: St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts
Event Coordinator: Your Event Today, Nancy
Hair and Makeup: Rachel Artistry, Rachel Reumann
Catering: Olympia Catering
Florist: Botanica
Videographer: Lucky Lemon Films
Band: Brett Foreman Band
Bridal Salon: Vera Wang Flagship, Chicago IL
Bridal Gown: Vera Wang
Stationery: Invitation Consultants
Bridal Shoes: Stuart Weitzman

Marquis cut diamond wedding ring set

Eliie wore a marquis diamond ring and infinity eternity band. Nick chose a gold wedding band engraved with “to the moon and back”

 

Gold glitter wedding shoes

Elizabeth and James perfume

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Engraved men's wedding band

Bridal hair and makeup

Bridesmaids robes

 

Elegant navy and gold wedding invitation suite

Vera Wang wedding gown

Classic groom tuxedo

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Bride and groom gift exchange

Sapphire earring wedding gift

Mini champagne bottle bridesmaid toast

Vera Wang Bridal Gown

Obsessed doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel about Ellie’s Vera Wang bridal gown that she got from the flagship salon in Chicago! The lace was exquisite!

 

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Bride and groom first look

Ellie and Nick chose a first look to start their wedding day together! We found a cute little sidewalk along the St. Pete bay with the perfect tree canopy!

 

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Large bridal bouquet by Botanica

Botanica absolutely nailed the wedding flowers! This bouquet was a mix of flowers and hanging pieces to create a gorgeous piece of artwork for Ellie to carry!

 

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Mix-match bridesmaid gowns

All the bridesmaids chose unique gowns in shades of blush and ivory with bouquets to match! They each had blush satin wraps and the flower girls wore flower crowns!

 

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St. Pete MFA outside Ceremony Space

Their ceremony space was surrounded by trees from Botanica to create a secret-garden feel. The end of the aisle had black gates with floral arrangements and the aisle was lined with beautiful flowers leading to the candle table and cross.

 

Ceremony gates, candle table and cross altar

Unplugged ceremony sign

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Here Comes the Bride sign held by flower girls

Bride walking down aisle

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Bridal party bouquets

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Dusk photos on St. Pete water

Before the reception, we made a quick stop out to the water for a few photos right at dusk.

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Kings table for bridal party

Wedding cake and custom gobo light

St. Pete MFA wedding reception

Kids place settings at wedding

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New Orleans second line exit

After changing her gown to a less-formal dancing dress, Ellie and Nick set out for their lives together with their band playing a New Orleans style second line parade for the exit!

 

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Ellie and Nick // Wedding Story // St. Petersburg, FL from Lucky Lemon Films on Vimeo.