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Krista & Joe: A Romantic, Eco-Friendly Wedding in Florida
Photos By Ashley McCormick Photography
By L. K. on Oct 11, 2017 at 2:04 am in Eco-Friendly/Green
Krista Beach, a physical therapist, and Joe South, a physician assistant student, met a decade ago while working at a clothing shop in Tampa. He was taken with her warm smile; she was impressed by his kindness and his fluency in Spanish. It would take Joe six more years, two of which were spent serving overseas in the Peace Corps, before he mustered up the courage to ask Krista on a date. She turned him down a few times, but in the end the stars aligned. Reader, she married him.
The pair tied the knot on Earth Day in the foliage-filled garden of Florida’s Museum of Fine Arts. Krista is passionate about environmentalism, and she strove to plan an eco-conscious day filled with green details, from plantable invitations made out of bee-friendly wildflower seed paper to everlasting florals crafted out of recycled and sustainable materials.
The couple got ready at the historic Vinoy Park Hotel, a pink stucco palace built in the Mediterranean Revival style.
Krista wore rose-gold peep-toe sandals with a geometric caged effect.
The invitations were printed sustainably and backed with handmade seed paper. An enclosed card encouraged guests to “grow wildflowers and save the bees!”
The couple incorporated a mix of fresh and faux florals into their day. The faux flowers were crafted out of salvaged and recycled materials, while the fresh ones were arranged by local floral studio Wonderland Floral Art. Krista’s bouquet included in-season ‘Juliet’ garden roses and astilbes.
Photographer Ashley McCormick didn’t miss a moment!
Krista wore an antique-inspired gown with delicate lace straps and a chapel train.
Krista helped each of her bridesmaids pick a unique dress that complemented the couple’s blush-and-rose-gold color scheme. “I wanted everyone to feel beautiful and comfortable,” Krista says.
The men from the Filipino side of Krista’s family each wore an embroidered barong, the national dress shirt of the Philippines.
The ceremony took place in the museum’s Membership Garden, a Spanish-style garden surrounded by columns and arched loggias.
Crafty bride Krista built the ceremonial arch out of eco-friendly materials.
“Krista enjoys crafting and dislikes overspending, so most of the décor was made by hand,” Joe says. “I think the biggest hit and her favorite accomplishment was this donut wall.”
Guests perused the museum’s galleries, then dined in its contemporary conservatory overlooking the bay.
Guests were gifted with lotus votive holders from the Philippines. The petals were made out of blush-stained capiz shells—a popular decoration on the islands.
The cake had three layers: vanilla, chocolate, and red velvet.
“Our favorite part of the day was probably our first dance,” Joe says. “We had been taking lessons to surprise everyone with a bachata routine. It had taken us months to learn, and we were barely able to pull it off. We actually practiced it three times right outside the reception hall before we had to go in and perform. We didn’t get through any of those practices without messing up, but when the DJ called us up to dance we somehow performed it flawlessly. It was a small miracle.”
Sharing is Happiness
Photography > Ashley McCormick Photography
Videography > Elmwood Forest Productions
Ceremony Venue > Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg
Reception Venue > Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg
Catering > Olympia Catering
Cake > Olympia Catering
Linens and coverings > Olympia Catering
Reception Music > Bay Kings Band
Bride’s Dress > CC’s Bridal Boutique
Bride’s Shoes > Steve Madden
Bride’s Veil > Bella Mera Bridal Boutique
Hair > Ashlee Ann On-Location Hair and Makeup
Makeup > Lindsay Travis Artistry
Stationery > Of the Earth
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