Modern Wedding Inspiration Full of Romance

Modern Wedding Inspiration Full of Romance

July 20, 2010

By: Erin Lepperd

Any brides out there with a love for modern? If so, this one is for you. We are so excited to share this AWESOME bit of wedding inspiration photographed by Kristen Weaver, with design and styling by MMD Events and Every Last Detail. Far too little do we come across a wedding, or a photo shoot that has a modern aesthetic so we of course jumped at the chance when this pretty number floated into our inbox. The colors are to die for and the clear lucite mixed with baby's breath and pale blushes and grey makes for all out romance. 

MMD Events teamed up with Every Last Detail to create a modern, chic wedding look for this photo shoot. Our inspiration began with the color gray- we love how modern it is and how it's perfect with just about any color. Baby pink was the perfect color to add the chic element we were going for. We wanted to show brides how their weddings can be completely beautiful with simple centerpieces and perfectly coordinated details. Peonies and dusty miller were the perfect flowers for small vases. Bunches of baby’s breath added a romantic feel to the whole room.

The details, created by Lauren of Every Last Detail, were designed to show the effect that details can have on wedding décor. Lauren made Chivari chair accents to mimic the look of the popular ribbon and pearl necklaces. She also created table numbers that were designed to be a part of the whole table décor. Paper chargers made of specialty paper were a great way to add some color to the table at an incredibly affordable price. MMD Events created a magnetic escort card display board, complete with a pink frame and gray background. Lauren created escort cards using specialty paper as a background to frame the cards. Everything was finished off with pink and white candles to illuminate the room, creating a perfectly modern, chic wedding look!

We like to say that this shoot was a “Twitter Photo Shoot” because some details were provided by vendors who responded to a tweet from Lauren. She tweeted asking if any vendors had something they would like to contribute, and they responded! The gorgeous hair pieces were provided by Bethany Lorelle, and jewelry from Monet complemented them beautifully. An Etsy store, LindenLovebirds, sent the most perfect pink and gray shoe clips that went perfectly with the gray shoes our model wore. Paper products designed by Southern Fete were placed on top of gray napkins at the place settings, adding another modern element with just the right amount of color.

Many of the elements from this photo shoot can be recreated by brides for their own weddings. Minimal design is key for this look- small centerpieces and clean lines make for a perfectly modern, chic design. Paper chargers are easy to make and can be made to complement any style of décor. The biggest take-away from this shoot is that details make a huge difference, even when they’re as small as a chair accent.

DIY Inspired Dessert Bar by Chic Sweets

DIY Inspired Dessert Bar by Chic Sweets

August 4, 2010

By: Abby Larson

DIY Inspired

This next feature is really special for a couple of reasons. For one, it was inspired by my amazingly talented sister-in-law's DIY templates that we debuted about a year ago. Laura Larson is the designer of the brand Two Yellow Shoes and crafts ready-to-print templates for your wedding day paper goods...along with the cutest details a bride could ever want. Well, Natalie Clamp, the owner of the yummy Chic Sweets, took Laura's templates to an entirely new level with this awesome, budget friendly dessert bar (buffet). It's so easy to replicate and just might be the one thing that inspires your entire wedding day style! 


From Natalie at Chic Sweets ... Last year, I had the pleasure of seeing a beautiful, yellow and navy wedding, featured on Style Me Pretty. The wedding happened to be that of Abby’s sister in law, Laura Larson. Abby posted some great DIY templates, created by Laura herself and so I decided to create a dessert bar centered on the yellow wildflower motif  that was used throughout and of course, using the printable templates. During the dessert-table design phase, I decided to collaborate with a few other fantastic collaborators (including my source of inspiration, Laura of Two Yellow Shoes). Somehow, one thing led to another and before I knew it, we had a full-fledged, fantastic team assembled and a photoshoot set to take place in breathtaking Anna Maria Island, near Sarasota.

A few of the details...

Dessert Bar / Table: We had the concept and color scheme pinned down (light blue and yellow); however, since now the shoot was taking place at the beach, we knew it had to reflect this we-just-put-this-together, but still looks amazing table. We also wanted to stay in this budget-friendly area so we worked with desserts that were accessible but still looked great on the table. Oversize chocolate chip cookies, white chocolate-dipped oreos; powdered donuts. Since we love to collaborate with fabulous dessert vendors, we also asked Better Bit of Butterto create gorgeous fondant-covered cookies with a dozen, yellow and blue flowers on them. 

And since you cannot have cookies without milk we set up a bucket of various sizes of milk bottles and shot glasses. *Budget-Friendly Tip: a few of those bottles, are actually Starbucksbottles, with the labels taken off and the bottle cap spray painted. The larger bottles were another budget-friendly option, purchased at IKEA. The shot glasses we had on the table were topped off with blue-striped paper straws and a cute little, “I-do” wildflower motif tag, courtesy of Laura’s ETSY shop, Two Yellow Shoes

We also took some plain, vanilla cupcakes and spruced them up with these amazing fondant toppers, created by another ETSY love of mine, Two Sugar Babies, again, reflective of this wildflower motif that was used throughout. And finally, in order to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth, gum balls, gummi bears and chocolate-covered sunflower seeds were added to the mix. 

Dessert Bar / Table Backdrop: And though we had the gorgeous Beach House Restaurant as our venue, I love to work with ribbons as a great (and affordable) source for décor, so we did a ribbon wall, working off various shades of yellow and blue. When we got there, we had this lovely wind running through so the ribbons kept on blowing back and forth and it could not be more perfect. 

Tablescape: The table, created by MMD Events was done in shades of sunshine yellow and corn flower blue, held a large distressed ivory urn holding a mass of hybrid white delphinium as its focal point.  A custom runner played up the color scheme which was further accented with antique glass bottles, stacks of vintage plates and milk glass containers filled with crespedia.

Model: This is our favorite part! MMD Event’s lovely intern, Vanessa played our model in a $5.00, that is right, a $5.00 dress found at a local, vintage store. There was extra, yellow table runner available, so that was wrapped around her dress and put into a fun bow. And finally, some adorable felt flowers were pinned to the runner with some crespedia balls. 

Photography: Limelight Photography / Dessert Table Concept and Design: Chic Sweets / Tablescape Concept and Design, Model: MMD Events/   Printed goods, Signage and Custom Blooming Pillows: Two Yellow Shoes / Linens: Linens by the Sea / Venue: The Beachhouse Restaurant / Fondant cupcake toppers: Two Sugar Babies / Vintage Labels: Paper Eclectiques / Cookies: Better Bit of Butter & Gum Drop Cookie Shop / Candy and all other Desserts: Chic Sweets /



Davis Island Garden Club Wedding By Simply Diving Events

Davis Island Garden Club Wedding by Simply Divine Events

August 27, 2010

By: eddye


If you read just a little bit about Lori and Jessica at Simply Divine Events, you'll find out that simply saying they are wedding planners falls way short of the mark. Lori and Jessica are two women with a mission, a passion and a knack for listening to your dreams ~ and doing everything in their power to make those dreams come true! So ~ when Sarah and Doug approached them with their own vision of a day filled with bright colors, great fun and terrific food ~ a day to celebrate their marriage with their families and dearest friends ... the talented team at Simply Divine Events knew just what to do!

from Simply Divine Events ...

Sarah and Doug were married at the Davis Islands Garden Club in Tampa, Florida on June 4, 2010. Their outdoor garden wedding was full of lively colors ~ from turquoise to fuschia with pretty pops of lime green! Tampa, in June, can be oh-so hot ... and so guests were greeted with cold beverages to cool them down ~ sangria, lemonade & beer. Catering-by Design offered yummy hors d'oeuvres and a station-styled reception ... a noodle station, a meat and potato station and a Jasmine Thai crab cake station.

The vibrant floral design was provided by LBB member, MMD Events.

photography courtesy of BINARYFLIPS

Lori ~ at Simply Divine Events ~ has written all about the wedding details and has lots more photos for you over on her blog ~ {here}! Please do take a look. Our thanks to all for sharing this gorgeous celebration of love!

Photographer: BinaryFlips

Wedding Planner: Lori with Simply Divine Events (LBB Member)

Floral & Decor: MMD Events (LBB Member)

Caterer: Catering - by Design

Venue: Davis Islands Garden Club 

DJ: Inpulse Entertainment

Cake: Greenwise Publix

Transportation: VIP Limousine

Officiant: Charles Hutek

Inspiration To Reality: So Much Love - The Design

Inspiration To Reality: So Much Love ~ The Design

February 18, 2011

By: eddye

What better way to wrap up this Valentine's Week than with a design shoot focused on Valentine's Day! And what makes this shoot so terrific, besides the fact that so many Little Black Book members teamed up, is the unique color palette. Soft and silky neutrals with the rich velvety textures of burgundy wine and the briefest hint of the beloved color of the heart ... 


If you need to refresh your memory on the Inspiration Board that got this design team's creative juices flowing ~ click here!

From Natalie at Chic Sweets ... We teamed up with a handful of wonderful, Little Black Book Members, including MMD Events who provided all of the floral, (amazing) vintage furniture, and tablescape. With the lake as a perfect back drop -MMD Events wrapped vases in felt and wool to snuggle richly textured bouquets of ivory garden roses, wine colored cymbidium orchids and cranberry colored kangaroo paws. Skeins of yarn were used to accentuate the table, bringing a cozy element to the table décor. Two Russian antique embroidered chairs (from MMD Events) added the perfect old world touch and table number wrapped in twine, created by Lauren of Every Last Detail, struck the perfect note, adding a little bit of a rustic feel to the table. Linens by Connie Duglin in textured wine added a luxe layer. An escort card display was created using scarves, with the cards attached to a scarf using pins so guests would be able to easily remove the cards from the display.

The vintage sofa and coffee table came from MMD Events’ new vintage line of rentals - I Heart Vintage. Using unique antique pieces is a fun way to add your personality to your wedding. MMD accented the lounge with an antique jewelry box and a vintage Polaroid camera.

*DIY Tip: In order to add coziness and charm, fabric was used to wrap different vases. If you don’t want to use fabric, you can also use a scarf or a recycled sweater.

*DIY Tip: Escort cards can always be turned into something fun and unique by hanging them. In this case, MMD took the cards and attached them to the scarves, which ended up looking great. A word of caution if you’re hanging escort cards: be prepared if it’s windy!

Model/Ring Bearer: The look was simple: keep everything light and neutral, with a subtle undertones of gray and reds. The model’s makeup was kept light, including the hair which was accented with a simple, tan-colored band. Her dress was one our highlights. JCrew provided a dress from one of their latest designs. From the pleating to the mermaid silhouette and a subtle train, we were in dress-heaven. To top it all off, Naoki Jewelry parted with some amazing jewelry that pulled the entire look together. The bridal bouquet, by MMD Events, included the ivory garden roses, kangaroo paws and cymbidium orchids with a felt stem wrap. Wine colored Cymbidium orchids accented her swept back hair.

Alongside our bride, was our precious ring-bearer who enjoyed being model for a day, dressed in JCrew's Crewcuts line. Again, the look was clean and simple.

Dessert Table: Sherri from the Pastry Studio’s work and artistic approach are amazing and as a dessert stylist, was totally thrilled to collaborate on our design with her creations. Sherri created a breathtaking cake, accented by a satin, pewter ribbon and striking red flower, echoing the image in the board. The remaining desserts from The Pastry Studio—cake pops, berry tartlets, macaroons, and mini-cupcakes (adorned with a heart) rounded out the spread along with gorgeous cookies (made by Better Bit of Butter) and some Chic Sweets’ candy.

In terms of the design portion for the table , we incorporated a wallpaper-print backdrop, using a great ivory-damask print from Graham and Brown which was perfect.

*DIY tip: I get asked often about how we do our backdrops. We took a white hard board, which can be found at any local hardware store and backed it with 2-in foam. Total cost for the board was no more than $25.00. The wall paper covering was cut in strips and attached on the board by just pinning it back with pins. If you didn't want to use wallpaper which can be expensive, wrapping paper can be used as well.

Printed Materials: It was great to collaborate once again with Laura from Two Yellow Shoes. From the menu cards and labels on the dessert table, to the invitation and response card, she just ran with the design. Amazing.

The Film:

The team of Voila Cinematic created this gorgeous video for us and we were just blown away. There is something great about the SMP Inspiration to Reality series which allows you to work with the best of the best in the wedding industry.

Voila was not only able to capture the beauty of the set but also framed the playful scene for the bride and her adorable ring bearer as they walked around, holding hands. Precious.

Style Me Pretty (Inspiration to Reality) from Voila Cinematic on Vimeo.

Photography & Shoot Coordination: Limelight Photography / Concept & Design for Dessert Table/Shoot Coordination: Chic Sweets / Cake and Desserts: The Pastry Studio / Cookies: Better Bit of Butter / Floral, Model, Tablescape Design and Vintage Furniture: MMD Events / Paper Materials: Two Yellow Shoes / Jewelry: Noaki Jewelry / Bridal and Ring Bearer Attire:Jcrew / Video: Voila Cinematic / Linens: Connie Duglin / Ring Bearer Bowl, Heirloom Bowl, Ceramic "Lovely" Letters and Text Tiles: Palomas Nest / Table Numbers: Every Last Detail Shop / Makeup and Hair: Destiny and Light Hair and Makeup / Tissue Poms Garland on Dessert Table: Pom Tree / Venue: Florida Southern College

Rustic Purple Wedding Inspiration from MMD Events

Rustic Purple Wedding Inspiration from MMD Events

April 27, 2011

By: Mallory Recor


This photo shoot is, without a doubt, to.die.for. MMD Events worked their magic, and gave us rustic chic inspiration that any of your brides-to-be can use. Having a vineyard wedding? The stunning use of deep purple could compliment a winery oh-so-wonderfully. A barn wedding? The recycled wood and burlap accents of this shoot may have just sent you into the same tizzy I've been in. Summer bride? LOVE the use of cotton instead of flowers - so fresh. Seriously, even those of us whose big day is in the past can take inspiration from this one (think: showers, birthday parties, Tuesdays). Thanks to the FAB Justin DeMutiis Photography, we have stunning images to bookmark like our little fingers have never bookmarked before. 

From MMD Events ... We created this inspiration shoot to put a new twist on rustic- a little bit of vintage eclectic, with the bold color of eggplant. Using a vintage crate as the main focal point of the table, we filled it with eclectic odds and ends, and flanked either side with interesting containers filled with cotton. To use burlap runners in a different way, we criss-crossed them to create more of an effect on the table. We wanted to show that you can have a great looking table without having to have tons of floral elements.

Gorgeous, unique miniature cakes by Cakes With A Kick adorned the vintage plates at each placesetting, carrying the rustic and eclectic style throughout the table. Placecards were placed atop vintage lobster crate pieces, which were also the medium for the table number and the "Mr & Mrs" chair signs created by Every Last Detail. Meant To Be Sent created gorgeous invitations and menus, carrying the burlap over into the pieces as well.

Photographer: Justin DeMutiis Photography / Floral Design, Decor, and Styling: MMD Events / Rentals: Signature Event Rentals / Cakes: Cakes With A Kick / Table Number and Chair Signs: Every Last Detail / Paper Products: Meant To Be Sent / Linens: Connie Duglin Linens

Style Me Pretty Florida Welcomes Our Advertisers!

Style Me Pretty Florida Welcomes Our Advertisers!

July 23, 2011

By: Emilia Jane McCool


The summer days have been flying by and, can you believe it, we are almost at the end of June.  As the days get warmer and warmer the Florida weddings get prettier and prettier, don't you think?  We've met some fabulous advertisers over the past few weeks and we are thrilled to share one of them with you today. It is my great pleasure to introduce to you one of the newest members of our Style Me Pretty Florida family!

From MMD Events... 

We offer: 

-Custom Wedding & Event Florals

- Attendant Florals

- Specialty Lighting

- Draping

- Event Design

- Lounge Furniture & I ‘Heart’ Vintage Rentals

- Specialty Bars

- Custom Event Décor and much more!

We do travel all throughout Florida and our I Heart Vintage Rentals are available nationwide.

Photography: Kismis Ink Photography

We hope you love our newest Advertisers as much as we do and make sure to stop by their sites and show them some SMP support! Welcome aboard!  We’re happy to have you join our Style Me Pretty Florida Family!


Powel Crosley Estate Wedding by Pezz Photo + Tampa Wonderworks Films + MMD Events

Powel Crosley Estate Wedding by Pezz Photo + Tampa Wonderworks Films + MMD Events

November 21, 2011

By: Dawn Strong


I have one very serious case of shoe envy this morning and it's all thanks to a pretty pair of fabulous (plus sparkly) flower-adorned heels.  Yes, I am in love.  Even better, they happen to be just one part of a Sarasota affair simply brimming with darling details, including gorgeous blooms by MMD Events, beautiful bridesmaid frocks and a vintage meets French countryside theme.  Swoon.  Thankfully, Pezz Photo was on hand to capture every last ounce of pretty... and that means an entire day of gallery gazing for me.  So, join me there for even more lovely and then stay tuned for an amazing video from Tampa Wonderworks Films below!

And just when you thought you couldn't adore this wedding any more than you already do, we have one very fabulous film from Tampa Wonderworks Films to make you fall even more in love.  Enjoy!


From Pezz Photo... Paige and Matt were all about the details with a touch of whimsy. Their French Countryside wedding took place in June at the historic, waterfront Powel Crosley Estate in Sarasota, Florida.  As guests arrived, they were greeted with the Old Ball and Chain Gazette whose headline read, "You Made It!".  This newspaper was created by the bride and groom outlining the day’s events along with hilarious bios of the wedding party.

For the ceremony a variety of vintage mix-matched chairs and church pews were incorporated into the estates natural beauty. Above the bride and groom hung a simple yet lovely garland of ivy and tree fern.  The ceremony furniture was then transitioned around the property for a non-traditional reception.

Adding on the uniqueness of this event, guests who grew moustaches for the wedding were treated as VIPs all night.  Dark mahogany bars with bakers racks and artisan breads added to the French countryside feel. In lieu of a traditional photo booth the bride and groom opted for a vintage set-up of a small dresser which held an instant camera, a scrap book, and a chalkboard as a back drop for personalized messages.  As the sun set a pre-arranged fireworks display kicked off the party as a surprise to the bride and groom.

Wedding Photography: Amy Pezzicara of Pezz Photo / Second Shooters: Stephanie Smith + Michelle Fader / Wedding Venue: Powel Crosley Estate / Event Coordination: Elan Event Studio/ Floral Design + Décor: MMD Events / Vintage Furniture Rentals + Specialty Bars: I Heart Vintage via MMD Events / Chiavari Chair + Table Rentals: Signature Event Rentals / Wedding Cinematography: Tampa Wonderworks Films / Paper Products: Seaside Invitations / Catering: Good Food Catering / Linens: Connie Duglin + Cloth Connection + BBJ Linens / Wedding Invitations: Oblation Papers & Press / Fireworks: Creative Pyrotechnics / Croquembouche: Small Batch Bakery / Favors: Blue Bottle Coffee / Music: Breezin' Entertainment

Wrap it up Pretty Little Black Book!

Wrap It Up Pretty Little Black Book!

December 23, 2011

By: Mallory Recor

DIY Inspired

Well it's time to unplug, and rush to the homes filled with joy, laughter, and cheer that are waiting for us. We did decide to throw in one last Holiday DIY project for you - don't worry, it's easy enough to get a few of these made before Santa shows up, and fabulous enough to put together a few more and use them as your winter wedding centerpieces! This DIY came our way from the creative lady behind MMD Events, and we think it's the perfect way to send you out into your festive weekend. Make sure to be extra merry & bright this weekend, and we'll be back Monday to discuss presents. xoxo

You will need glass cylinder vases (in varying sizes), the fabric of your choosing (felt and wool are cozy choices, and mismatched patterns look chic when kept in the same color family), No-Sew double sided fabric tape, and fabric scissors.

Start by trimming the fabric to fit the size of the cylinder allowing for a half inch seam allowance for the top and bottom of the cylinder and side seam. Lay your fabric flat – you should be looking at a long rectangle. Next, cut small pieces of no sew tape and tape them to the upper right hand and lower right hand corners of the fabric. Press firmly and remove the sticker backing. Turn each corner down flat a quarter inch. You now have the start of your finished upper and lower edge. 

Now line your cylinder up in the middle of your rectangle. Place two inches of tape horizontally both on the top and bottom edge – press firmly then remove the backing. Stick your finished edge to the top and bottom of the cylinder covering up only half the tape – when you push down you should have an inch of exposed tape and then your fabric begins. Wrap the fabric around the vase, turning down your top and bottom edges as you go (use more tape as needed). When you reach the other end there is no need to overlap. Adhere the fabric to the left over 1” strips of tape and trim off any remaining fabric.

Place flowers, candles, candies, or whatever else you want to display in your vases, and voila! You've just done a super quick, super cozy holiday centerpiece.

DIY Concept & Construction: Amanda Allen, MMD Events / Photography: Limelight Photography

The pretty fêtes from the week, all wrapped up with a bow:

a fantastically sweet Georgia highlight film in an aquarium
a New York City engagement with a ridiculous amount of chic factor
a quirky and oh-so-fun soiree in New York
a California wedding filled with glamorous, Old Hollywood charm
an eclectic Los Angeles fête, which is beyond cool
a beautiful, sweet, pretty in pink affair straight from Southern California
a preppy, vintage, southern charmer in South Carolina
a fantastic bit of nuptials in a relaxed Maine
a beautiful Canadian winter wedding with the perfect amount of cheer
an adorbs engagement session in Indiana, featuring two cuties and lots of Christmas trees

These are a few of our favorite things:

a cozy Christmas wedding we just love via One Lovely Day by Project Wedding
a fantastic bit of marshmallow white inspiration via The Ritzy Bee Blog
a festive "falling snowflake" garland DIY via Oh Happy Day

David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts Wedding by MMD Events

David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts Wedding by MMD Events

March 27, 2012

By: Abby Capalbo


I'm just going to go ahead and say it, the florals designed by MMD Events in this gorgeous Florida fête make me SO happy. Bright, vibrant and overflowing - what more can you ask for? Actually this entire soiree snapped up by Gina Leigh Photography is making my grin go from ear to ear, and it's sure to do the same for you. Want even more of this beauty (of course you do)? 

From Jackie of MMD Events... We had so much fun being a part of the creation of Natalie and Bryan’s big day! Natalie, the bride, was such a joy to work with from start to finish — she came through our doors, bursting with wonderful and unique ideas! Their ceremony took place at the Hyde Park United Methodist Chapel, where the altars were adorned with vintage French floral buckets filled with crespedia, white O’Hara garden roses, yellow mums, tulips, ranunculus, dusty miller and a few hydrangeas. The bride was beaming as she and her bridesmaids walked down the aisles, holding their bouquets, toward her future husband. Natalie’s bouquet was just as she envisioned: an asymmetrical shape with white O’Hara garden roses, crespedia, pale yellow roses, white and yellow ranunculus all tied together with white dupioni silk and buttercup yellow vintage French seam building. The special detail was the mini photos of her family members that she asked MMD Events' floral designer, Amanda Allen, to add to the handle of her bouquet. Her bridesmaids carried smaller yellow bouquets that featured small rosette succulents and dusty miller — the handles were wrapped in the same fabric that had been trimmed from their dresses during alterations. 

Following the ceremony, the reception was located at The Straz Center, on the waterside in downtown Tampa. Guests were able to move freely between a tented area with high tops and cabaret tables to an outdoor area that also had places for guests to lounge. The main feature outside of the tent was a cigar bar and custom matches with the couple’s names, date of their wedding and a picture of cowboy boots. Inside of the tent, guests were able to visit different food stations for dinner, and rather than the customary wedding cake, Natalie and Bryan had a “his” and “hers” cupcake bar catered by GiGi’s Cupcakes with champagne-flavored cupcakes for the “hers” and red velvet and German chocolate for the “his." The cupcake table was beautifully decorated on the “hers” side with a vintage-inspired mix of crates, and dishes, and gradually morphed into a more “manly” theme for the “his” flavored delicacies. 

Natalie and Bryan wanted everyone to enjoy themselves and be comfortable, so when it was time to get down and dance to their favorite band “Lucky Penny,” they had arranged two crates filled with flip-flops, labeled “dance your feet off.” The night was all captured beautifully in still life by the talents of Gina Leigh Photography. 

Wedding Photography: Gina Leigh Photography / Ceremony: Hyde Park United Methodist Church in Tampa, Florida / Reception: David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, Florida / Floral + Event Design: MMD Events / Wedding Invitations + Menus: A+P Designs / Cinematography: Indie Atlantic Films / Band: Lucky Penny / Transportation: Tampa Water Taxi Co. / Cupcakes: Gigi's Cupcakes / Wedding Dress: Vineyard Collection via Malindy Elene / Bride's Shoes: Grazia via Malindy Elene / Bridesmaid Dress: Jenny Yoo via The Dressing Room / Hair + Makeup: Tanja Handling of Coiffeur Inga Salon / Groom's Tuxedo + Shirt: Tom James

Museum of Fine Arts Wedding by Hype Group

Museum of Fine Arts Wedding by Hype Group

March 28, 2012

By: Emilia Jane McCool


I am just mesmerized by the fabulous Florida color and light that Gina Leigh Photography captured in these photographs.  The pinks and greens look just divine especially paired with this handsome couple!  The rest of their exquisite wedding, from the modern invitation design by Hype Group to the mason jar and moss details, has a perfect vintage meets contemporary vibe.  MMD Events outdid themselves with the elegantly organic decor!


From the Bride… I knew that I wanted a wedding in downtown St. Petersburg at a location that was unique, yet classy. I'm from South Florida and my husband is from Indiana, so a lot of guests would be traveling in from out of town. We chose to have our bridal suites and guest room blocks at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort, the ceremony at century-old Trinity Lutheran Church, and the reception at the Museum of Fine Arts. Our overall theme for the wedding was vintage, yet we stayed mindful of the contemporary reception location, a two-story glass conservatory within the museum that offers spectacular views of Tampa Bay. I was very involved in the planning and details of our wedding, from finding a 100+ year-old Tampa Tribune mailbox, antiquing for vintage St. Petersburg postcards, mason jars and milk crates, to ordering custom St. Petersburg cufflinks for the groomsmen. My mother passed away a few years ago, so I made sure her presence was felt by wrapping my bouquet with lace from her 1978 wedding dress and hiring a tailor to make a hair accessory for my sister, the maid of honor, with lace from her gown as well. 

I am not a huge fan of floral arrangements, so my event design company sourced moss-covered manzanita branches for my centerpieces. The theme followed through with organic-style green and white bouquets and moss accents. Vintage St. Petersburg was our look, from sending custom-designed save-the-date postcards to postcard seating arrangements. Rather than having a traditional guest book, we produced postcards that guests wrote personal messages on and then dropped them into the Tampa Tribune mailbox. The seating arrangements were specified by vintage St. Petersburg postcards rather than table numbers. Hype Group is the company that developed all of our wedding designs, the save-the-date postcards, the multi-piece letterpress wedding invitations, a BP (Brooke & Pete) logo, guest book postcards, welcome letters and thank-you cards. The theme stayed consistent throughout each piece. 

With the help of Judy at The Dressing Room, my dress was the focal point of the entire day. I felt like such a princess — it was the perfect dress! We hired our favorite local band, The Daniel B. Marshall Band, to play during the reception. They played everything from classic rock to rap. My husband and I danced to "You & Me" by Dave Matthews Band. We are both business owners, so that song is very meaningful to us in the sense that together we have achieved so much at such a young age. Our photographer, Gina Leigh Photography, captured each intimate moment (there were a lot of happy tears) between family and friends, and most importantly, laughter. Gina shoots with film, which is very special and is definitely seen in the quality of the final outcome. January 14, 2012 was the best day of our lives! Thank you to all who helped to make it happen.

Wedding Photography: Gina Leigh Photography / Ceremony: Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Petersburg, Florida / Reception: Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, Florida / Floral + Event Design: MMD Events / Event Planning: Events by Vanessa / Wedding Cinematography: Four2Nine Productions / Catering: Olympia Catering / Wedding Invitation Design: Hype Group / Letterpress Invitations: Seaside Invitations / Band: Daniel B. Marshall Band / Wedding Dress: San Patrick via The Dressing Room / Jewelry: Certified Jewelers

Tampa Wedding By Life Writing Photography

Tampa Wedding by Life Writing Photography

March 30, 2012

By: Erin Lepperd


Give us a modern wedding to blab about for an afternoon and we are happy campers. There's something about clean lines and a striking color palette that speaks directly to our adoring souls. MMD Events knows their way around just such a fête and whipped up bright yellow details and streamlined tablescapes that modern dreams are made of. Tucked away in this Florida beauty is also one of the best sparkler send offs we've seen in quite awhile captured by Life Writing Photography


From the Bride... When Josh and I got engaged, we knew we wanted to have the event in Tampa and wanted it to reflect old Tampa with a southern twist — we felt like our roots were both. I am also big on textures and shapes, which can be seen in every detail of our day. The ceremony was at Hyde Park Presbyterian Church, which is where my parents and my sister were both married. I grew up in that church, so it made our day that much more special. I wore my mother’s cathedral veil with a one-shoulder, fitted gown and walked down the aisle to the song that Queen Elizabeth entered to on her wedding day “Praise my soul the King of Heaven.” A fun touch was exiting the church with a bagpiper leading the way! MMD made the most gorgeous bouquet with fragrant gardenias, white roses and fringed tulips. My bridesmaids wore gray dupioni silk dresses and carried bouquets of football mums, yellow roses and yellow craspedia. My husband wore a white gardenia boutonniere, while the groomsmen had a craspedia with a cockscomb collar resembling sea coral and the surprise of a silver crab claw.

We chose to have our reception at the historic Italian Club in Ybor City because it had the classic Tampa feel that we were going for. Guests entered from historic Seventh Avenue and were greeted with refreshing white sangria. Catering by the Family designed a custom menu that reflected historic Tampa with that southern charm we were going for. Place cards were hand-punched scalloped cards affixed on dulce de leche cake pops. Suspended from silver ribbons on a wrought iron gate above the table were wedding pictures of the bride and groom’s families. The custom shaped and painted signage was done by Salty Sisters. There was a sign directing guests to parking, the reception and balcony.  Guests retreated to the balcony area overlooking Seventh Avenue while they puffed on locally hand-rolled cigars. 

The stage of the ballroom was set with refinished vintage furniture brought in by MMD Events. The sleek, white finish with a vintage silhouette was the perfect combination of modern and historic. Tables dressed in platinum crinkle taffeta and lemon bengaline linens laid the perfect foundation for the tablescapes created by MMD. There were several different centerpieces, all with their own creative touches. Yellow urns filled with hydrangeas and yellow calla lilies were accented with silver sea fans. Long, mirrored containers for the low and high top banquet tables were modern and elegant but had painted crab claws nestled inside. Low boxes had a pattern of gray and yellow formed by florals and painted oyster shells. The cake by A Piece of Cake was a four-tier cake with varying flavors, such as guava, dulce de leche and passion fruit. I wanted a lot of texture in the cake, so each layer was decorated with a different buttercream effect. Shutterbooth was the big hit of the night and guests wrote us well wishes on custom chalkboard cut-outs. Before guests sent us off with a sparkling farewell, they had one last opportunity for a sweet treat: Peeps with a sign that read, “We want to thank our favorite peeps for sharing our special day." When guests arrived to their hotel rooms for the night, one last detail was a door hanger: “Shhhh… we’ve been partying at The Crum’s wedding.” Josh and I had the best wedding day and are so thankful to our wonderful vendors and friends who brought our vision to life.

Wedding Photography: Janie Koike of Life Writing Photography / Ceremony: Hyde Park Presbyterian Church in Tampa, Florida / Reception: The Italian Club of Tampa in Tampa, Florida / Wedding Décor, Floral Design, Pipe + Draping: MMD Events / Wedding Planning: Christi Winsor of Winsor Event Studio / Catering: Catering by the Family / Wedding Cake + Cake Pop Place Cards: A Piece of Cake / Signage: Angelique Muller of Salty Sisters / Linens: Connie Duglin Linen / Chiavari Chair Rental: Signature Event Rentals / Photo Booth: Shutterbooth / Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals / Hair + Makeup: The Michele Renee Hair and Makeup Artist Group / Bridesmaids' Dresses: Nordstrom

Clearwater Beach Wedding from Liga Photography + MMD Events

Clearwater Beach Wedding from Liga Photography + MMD Events

April 11, 2013

By: Abby Capalbo


Classic WeddingsYacht ClubFall Weddings

My very own big day was a seaside soiree with a touch of tradition, so it should be no surprise that I fell head over heels in love with this beauty captured by Liga Photography. It's dripping in that old Florida charm that never fails to leave me speechless, perfectly curated details from MMD Event and of course enough l.o.v.e to fill up that gorgeous blue ocean. Which ultimately justifies my obsession with this pretty little number!


From Liga Photography... Finally the weather is cooling down, leaves are falling, and I’m happy to say, Fall is finally showing it’s much-awaited face here in Florida. And along with the gorgeous weather comes gorgeous Fall weddings! To start the season off, we witnessed the lovely destination wedding of Kristin and Steven. Chicago-based, Kristin and Steven decided to hold their wedding in Kristin’s hometown of Clearwater Beach. Their Catholic ceremony was held at Espiritu Santo and reception followed at the historic Carlouel Yacht Club.  I loved incorporating all of the sweet uniquely Florida details of Carlouel into their wedding photographs from the native mangrove and palm trees to the “old Florida charm” cabanas. And the details of their reception were so beautiful. Cathleen Wozney of Cathleen Marie Events did a fantastic job of designing and implementing Kristin’s vision of decor. Glowing candles, blush pink floral, mercury-glass vases, gold chargers, and chivari chairs came together to create a chic romantic setting. The evening ended up being a fabulous party with some amazing toasts, dancing, and cake. I thoroughly enjoyed having the honor to photograph Kristin and Steven’s wedding. And much like the glowing candles which illuminated the room, Kristin and Steve were emitting the warm glow of true love.

Photography: Liga Photography | Coordination: Cathleen Marie Events | Ceremony: Espiritu Santo Catholic Church | Reception + Catering: Carlouel Yacht Club | Decor + Floral Design: MMD Events | Dress: Anne Barge | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Band: Southtown Fever | Hair + Makeup: Artemis | Videography: Michael Alan Films | Invitations: Not From A Box

Powel Crosely Estate Wedding from Stephanie A Smith Photography

Powel Crosely Estate Wedding from Stephanie A Smith Photography

August 19, 2013

By: Dawn Strong


RomanticEstate WeddingsSummer Weddings

This is exactly how we like to kick off the week here on SMP Florida - with a drop-dead gorgeous Powel Crosely Estate affair dripping with fabulous details and one moment after another of pure bliss captured by Stephanie A Smith Photography.  The kind of wedding that features beautiful blooms from MMD Events, yummy cuisine from Good Food Catering and a whole host of amazing planned by Burkle Events. In other words, it's fabulous... 


From Stephanie A Smith Photography... Wow. Where do I begin with this wedding? I absolutely adored Jaime and Gus. What's not to love? They are an amazing duo who had a fabulous team of vendors working on their day. I feel blessed to have been able to document their day. The food was fantastic, the color scheme {including the color blocked bouquets}, the band, and the getaway boat all embraced who Jaime and Gus are... A pretty cool couple is you ask me.

Wedding Photography: Stephanie A Smith Photography | Wedding Venue: The Powel Crosely Estate in Sarasota, Florida | Wedding Planners: Burkle Events | Floral Design: MMD Events | Catering: Good Food Catering | Wedding Cake: Frostings Etc | Band: Chillula Band | Ceremony Music: Musical Rendezvous | Photobooth: Snapshoot Photo Booth | Wedding Stationery: A&P Design Co. | Boat: Chitwood Charters | Hair + Makeup: Kyle Lynn Weddings

Romantic Wedding at the Oxford Exchange

Romantic Wedding at the Oxford Exchange

June 5, 2014

By: Abby Capalbo


Classic WeddingsBallroom WeddingsReligious Institution

I have this little place in my brain where I tuck away weddings I want to remember forever. Ones where if I ever had a wedding redo (to the same handsome hubby of course), I would want to steal every.single.detail. Well this beauty from Justin Demutiis Photography just moved to the front spot of that special place. Beautifully planned by Confetti Events + Weddings with florals so pretty I could cry by MMD Events, it goes without saying I'm swooning hard over this soiree. 




From Amanda with MMD Events...The unique venue set the stage for a lot of different centerpieces. Her style centered on lots of foliage – maiden hair ferns, plumosus, ruscus, eucalyptus, geranium, sage, rosemary, jasmine and thyme. For the color palette we went with soft peaches and blushes with lots of deep color accents. It’s a style we call “dutch master style.” The light tones are made more luscious with the implementation of dark jewel tones. The flowers we used were black and white anemone, white helleborous, Juliette garden roses, baronesse garden roses, white ranunculus, pale pink spray roses, white O’hara garden roses, queen annes lace, pink O’Hara garden roses, burgundy parrot tulips, scabiosa pods, and white scabiosa.

We created 4 types of arrangements...Head table- Elaborate garland heavily filled with garden roses, ranunculus, and anemones. The table was also accented with gold rimmed glasses and gold and silver mercury glass votives. Garden feasting tables – many small unpolished low brass containers filled to bursting with large blooms and trailing greenery. Terrarium Tables – Large glass containers filled with pillar candles, moss and small delicate blooms flanked with trailing greenery and mercury glass candles. Super long feasting tables 30’– we used long mixed foliage garland without flowers and used brass taper candle sticks to elevate dramatic single blooms and accented the whole piece with mercury glass votive candles.

Elegant Orange + Navy Carlouel Yacht Club Wedding

Elegant Orange + Navy Carlouel Yacht Club Wedding

July 16, 2015

By: Thia Laurain


Classic WeddingsYacht ClubSpring Weddings

Florida is famed for its sunny disposition, and this colorful wedding, with the Bride and Groom saying "I Do" under live blossoming orange trees, is the perfect example of a Sunshine State affair. Captured beautifully by Jacqui Cole Photography and Voila Cinematic, these yacht club nuptials were nautical with a twist, thanks to the amazing teams behind Tracie Domino Events and A&P Design.


From Jacqui Cole Photography...Meghan and Ben's wedding was a joy to capture. Meghan and her 'maids got ready at her family home in Clearwater. The girls all wore custom monogrammed shirts and toasted to Meghan's new future! Almost all of Meghan and Ben's guests had flown in from out of town so they graciously gave everyone a sweet welcome bag, filled with a map of Clearwater beach, hotspots not to miss, sunglasses and custom snacks.

Their whole wedding day had a subtle, yet beautiful Nantucket inspired theme. It all begins with the couples' custom letterpress invitations by A&P Designs. The team created a beautiful citrus watercolor motif that was elegantly brought to life throughout the day! Tracie Domino Events and MMD executed Meghan's vision flawlessly. The orange tree motif was brought to life at the alter where Meghan and Ben exchanged their vows under blossoming, real life orange trees!!

There were so many sweet details throughout the reception, including the orange placecards and bold pops of orange and blue. The couple even had pillows made for the cocktail lounge area. Meghan looked absolutely stunning in her Amsale gown and the Florida sunlight streamed through the trees as we took portraits.

Their day was full of unique and wonderful surprises! It was a true joy to capture such incredible memories!

Sweet Sarasota Wedding at the Ringling Ca da Zan Mansion

Sweet Sarasota Wedding at The Ringling Ca da Zan  Mansion

August 27, 2014

By: Abby Capalbo


RomanticEstate WeddingsFall Weddings

Lovely doesn't even come close to describing this sweet Sarasota wedding beautifully captured by Divine Light Photography. Not even close. In fact, I'm not sure there is a single adjective that will do this beauty justice. Designed by MMD Events, this gallery is light-filled perfection.

From the Bride and Groom...We met on e-Harmony. She was overcome with temptation when she saw he was taking ballroom dance lessons and has two hairless cats named Dudeman and Girlfriend. He was instantly intrigued by her picture on a standup paddle board requesting responses only from men with their head on straight. He skipped the prefabbed questionnaire, emailed her directly, and the rest is e-Harmony history.

We are a pretty carefree couple, not much into formalities, so we think it took friends and family by surprise that we chose the gorgeous Ringling Ca’ D’Zan as our venue. Most probably thought we’d elope. Our only criteria was to be outside, simple, and quaint. We love the outdoors. When we saw the Ca’ D’Zan, it was hard to consider any other place. The venue captured our free spirit...totally free within bounds. The Ca’ D’Zan is on the water, outside, classic, elegant, and needed nothing else to make it perfect. The ceremony was by the banyan trees and our party was out by the water, with a historic mansion as our backdrop. Not being the social butterfly of all couples, we opted for a sweetheart table (we skirted temptation to have the table roped off).

We really cannot take any credit for how our wedding turned out other than finding the venue, choosing a “wedding team” that we liked, and choosing light green and light pink as our colors. Spending a little bit of time with everyone on our wedding team went a long way. I think we were most passionate about taking pictures of our four cats (now a blended family) for our table centerpieces. We spent countless hours putting sticky numbers on them, chasing them down, and taking pictures. People who know us best appreciated that little touch. Our day was perfect and the way it was captured was perfect too.

Rustic and Elegant Tampa Yacht Club Wedding

Rustic and Elegant Tampa Yacht Club Wedding

March 19, 2015

By: Michelle Hoover


Yacht ClubFall Weddings

What began as a high school friendship soon turned into courtship after college, and when it came time for their Big Day this duo wanted the ultimate celebration. With MMD Events at the helm, their vision became reality in the form of neutral linens, wood tones and lush greenery. Justin DeMutiis was behind the lens capturing it all!


From the beautiful Bride... Like so many other relationships, ours began after years of friendship. Kevin and I met in high school but didn’t begin dating until after college. After getting engaged, we immediately knew that we didn’t just want to plan a wedding - we wanted to plan a party. We wanted our wedding day to not only celebrate us but to celebrate all of our friends and family who supported and loved us along the way.

Kevin and I decided that an outdoor ceremony and reception felt the most comfortable for us. Because we wanted to get married in Tampa – our hometown and where we currently live – a fall wedding was ideal. We quickly decided on a location that was able to host our entire wedding in one place – the Tampa Yacht & Country Club.

When it came to the décor, I knew exactly what I wanted - neutral linens, wood tones and lush greenery highlighted by candles and market lights with our guests seated at long feasting tables. The amazing team at MMD Events took my vision and made it a reality. The end result was gorgeous but not fussy – so fitting for our big day.

So many of our other vendors aided in making our wedding day the ultimate party. From our quartet playing modern hits to our incredible band who kept everyone on the dance floor with their classic rock covers – we couldn’t have asked for anything more.

Luxe Florida Wedding With a Cool, Lounge Vibe

Luxe Florida Wedding With a Cool, Lounge Vibe

April 14, 2017

By: Stephanie Weers


Classic WeddingsCountry ClubWinter Weddings

There's so much for love about this Floria affair photographed by Jacqui Cole, but my favorite element is all about the party atmosphere. When it came time for the reception, they opted for an ultra cool lounge vibe with awesome seating setups for guests to casually mix and mingle. Not to mention the yummy food stations! Tracie Domino Events planned this chic, fuss-free celebration and we can't get enough.

From the Bride... Mike and I met through mutual friends after I decided to crash the group’s Sunday night tradition of dinner followed by the TV show Game of Thrones. I was planning on leaving after dinner but decided to stay and learn more about the show and the handsome guy in the room. Mike and I talked for a little bit that night but had an opportunity to get to know each other better when he arranged a group outing to the movies later that week. We were inseparable from that night on.

Mike insisted on exchanging Christmas gifts early. His family had already agreed to have a practical Christmas, so I somewhat jokingly asked for new underwear to keep with the theme. On the night of the proposal, I opened a Victoria’s Secret box full of different types of underwear. You can imagine my confusion to find a pair of my underwear along with a pair of Mike’s boxers in the mix, but it all made sense once I read the checklist at the bottom of the box – something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. Mike dropped to one knee and proposed in our living room. I immediately said yes!

Mike has two extraordinary children from his first marriage, Drew and Gabby. For our wedding, it was important to include them in our festivities. We envisioned a small, intimate wedding with our family and dearest friends in attendance followed by a big party with the rest of our guests. In lieu of a bridal party, we asked Mike’s sister, JoAnna, and my brother, John, to stand by our sides. Drew and Gabby served as our ring bearer and flower girl. We realized very quickly that due to our busy personal and professional lives we really needed the help of a wedding planner. Immediately after meeting with Tracie Domino with Tracie Domino Events, we felt exceedingly confident that she would be able to make our wedding everything we hoped for and more. She introduced us to some of the most talented vendors in the business who would help us bring our vision to life.

Within a few weeks of our initial meeting we had a venue, band, photographer and décor company booked. She made the process incredibly easy for us and alleviated much of the stress that accompanies planning an event of this size. January in Tampa is all about Pirates, so, when we chose our wedding date a couple of weeks before the Gasparilla parade and events, we knew we had to incorporate some Tampa-inspired elements into our event design and décor.

Our graphic designer was inspired by a vintage cigar box label for our stationary suite. We had custom throw beads made as party favors for our guests. We really gravitated toward bold colors and incorporated navy and marsala into our color palette. Palma Ceia Golf & Country Club was the perfect backdrop for our wedding, so we decided to have our ceremony on the golf course and our cocktail hour and reception in the clubhouse. MMD Events completely transformed the ballroom by creating a warm and inviting lounge atmosphere. I loved that our guests could take a break from dancing by relaxing on the comfortable furniture surrounding the dance floor. The layout really encouraged our guests to mix and mingle. We set up food stations with “his” and “her” favorites. Our guests enjoyed comparing menus served at each station.

At the end of the night, we surprised our guests with sliders and French fries. Knowing our friends and family, a stocked bar and great band were important for the celebration we wanted to share with our guests. Our band, The Headliners, kept our guests (young and old) on the dance floor the entire night. By the end of the reception, the crowd migrated toward the stage for what felt like a private concert. They were fantastic! One of our fondest memories of our wedding was our personal and heartfelt ceremony.

Prior to our wedding, Mike and I were asked by our officiant to answer some questions about our relationship, which he used to tell our “love story”. The heartfelt story shared by our officiant brought the entire crowd to tears and we loved sharing our story with those people who were instrumental in the growth and nurturing of our relationship.

We are so happy we decided on a first look! Jacqui Cole shared our enthusiasm with our decision because she knew the light would be perfect for our wedding portraits. It also gave us some time to enjoy a private moment together in the middle of a busy day. We feel like her amazing photos vindicate our decision to do a first look. We still find ourselves admiring Jacqui’s beautiful photographs. Her vision and talent perfectly captured the joy and love that we felt surrounding and embracing us that day.

Mountain Luxury Wedding Inspiration That Scales New Heights

Mountain Luxury Wedding Inspiration That Scales New Heights

November 16, 2016

By: Michelle Hoover


Fall Weddings

Can we please discuss how incredibly beautiful this inspiration from Lexia Frank Photography is? Combining the talented planning of Tracie Domino Events with the undeniably breathtaking scenery of Park City, it's a gallery so beyond beautiful that words simply won't do it justice. Add in some pretty stationery from A&P Designs and we're pretty much speechless. 


From Tracie Domino Events...Since my first visit to Park City a little over 13 years ago - and MANY trips since, I’ve been inspired by the gorgeous setting of this fabulous mountain town. Home of the Sundance Film Festival and one of America’s favorite ski towns, Park City and The St. Regis Deer Valley offer the perfect blend of small town hospitality paired with big city luxury. 

The St. Regis Deer Valley provided a spectacular backdrop for this styled shoot. Shot entirely on film by Lexia Frank Photography, we wanted to incorporate the natural elements with a bit of glam. A style that is the perfect match for the fashionable city couples who chose Park City for their destination weddings. We assembled a dream team of creative partners from as far away as Florida and Oregon to make sure every detail was flawless. 

MMD Events designed the most beautiful table with luxurious ruffle linens, rose gold silverware and decorative accents, a romantic mountain-inspired centerpiece of florals and drift wood, antique details, candles, wooden chargers, satin napkins and sequin napkin bands. 

A and P Designs created the most beautiful letter pressed invitations and menus to compliment the design. 

The gorgeous Reem Acra gown by Blush Bridal Sarasota added to the elegance and was a perfect compliment to the destination. 

We wanted to create a piece of work that demonstrates how you can utilize the natural beauty of the surroundings and this spectacular venue to bring a soft, romantic glamour to the mountains.