Jackie & Tim’s Chic, Casual, and Chicago-cool Florida Beach Wedding
Hello and welcome to another week of funky wedding inspiration! Today’s featured couple Jackie and Tim are both from Chicago so they opted to infuse their Florida beach destination wedding with fun elements that reminded them of the city they grew up in. Their tables were named after Chicago streets that meant something to them, and instead of a guestbook they got a signature poster with the Chicago skyline. The quirky decor & interiors of Postcard Inn and the serene St. Pete beachfront also provided memorable backdrops for their celebration.
We have Dave and Janelle Thomas of Love Meets Life Photography to thank for the gorgeous images. Here they are without further ado.
I want you to meet the lovely Jackie who’s here to tell you more about how she and Tim met + how they made their wedding uniquely theirs:
Tim and I are both from Chicago. We met 8 years ago at a mutual friend’s party. He was playing the drums when I walked in. I even remember telling my friend “dibs!” haha. We live in the city with our baby, 5 year old pitbull Neva. 🙂 Marrying Tim was the easiest decision I’ve ever made. I mean, who doesn’t want to marry their best friend?
One of the best decisions we made was to have a first look. We were able to get most of the photos out of the way before the wedding so that we could actually join the party.
We definitely wanted a casual, laid-back theme that reflected our personalities. We just wanted to have a party with our closest family and friends to celebrate. After we found the venue (The Postcard Inn), everything fell into place easily. We chose to bring a bit of Chicago to our destination wedding and we both agreed that we wanted a more casual vibe, more candles than flowers, and something outdoors. It really helped to look at previous weddings held at our venue.
I think my favorite details were the Chicago elements we incorporated. Our tables were named after Chicago streets that meant something to us (our first apartment, the streets we grew up on, etc.). We found a seller on Etsy who made replica street signs for us.
Instead of a guestbook, we purchased a poster from a local gallery of the skyline. We also chose to write our own vows. I also loved that I let all of my bridesmaids pick their own dresses.
Everyone loved the photobooth (a definite must).
I think our favorite part of the day, other than the actual party, was the photo session that took place as the guests were having dinner. The entire day went so quickly, so it was nice to just be together and away from everyone for a bit. Even though we were taking photos, it felt really intimate and relaxing for the both of us.
Jackie’s advice for those of you who are still planning your weddings:
Plan ahead, book vendors whose work you love (don’t be afraid to discuss pricing if you fall in love with something over your budget), hire a day of coordinator, and don’t be afraid to break traditions. I know everyone says this but enjoy the day, it goes by quickly.
Thank you Dave and Janelle for sending this beautiful wedding my way, and congratulations Jackie and Tim! Here’s wishing you guys a lifetime of married bliss. 🙂
Photographers: Dave and Janelle Thomas of Love Meets Life Photography
Venue/Catering: Postcard Inn on the Beach, St. Pete Beach FL
Cake/Cupcakes: St. Pete Cake Factory
Flowers: Tampa Wedding Studio
Photobooth: Picture Cubby
Dress: Justin Alexander
Suits: Joseph A. Bank
Hair/Makeup: Destiny & Light Hair & Makeup
DJ: Stephen Warenchak at WestFloridaDJ
Officient/Day of Coordinator: Trish @ YourFloridaWeddingNotary
Image submission via Two Bright Lights