Sheila & Austin’s Small & Intimate Peacock Themed Destination Wedding

November 12, 2010

Mis-matched jewel tones and a peacock theme were the order of the day for Sheila & Austin’s small and intimate wedding. The couple  found the planning of their destination wedding in St. Petersburg difficult and enlisted the help of the bride’s Mother with all the organisations but really put their hearts and souls into creating the prefect wedding.

There were mishaps and hilarious moments but at the end of the day Sheila told me that none of that mattered as they were just so pleased to be getting married. “Don’t sweat the small stuff when it gets close to the wedding,” she told me. “That being said if you have the time customize your wedding, for me it was a great creative outlet. We handmade everything except for the food really. The hardest being we hand made our beach reed, peacock centerpiece wreaths. Luckily I only needed 6! As far as centerpiece tools I got the peacock feathers from eBay and reeds from TJMAX. Just dismantled other decorative house pieces. And my menu holders were picture frames. Really look everywhere for inspiration!”

“Basically we did things our way. We had non-traditional readings, video game music for ceremony music (Final Fantasy VII Piano Collection), sneakers for the grooms, a blue prom dress as a wedding dress, only 56 people attending (did an earlier dance for all our other friends), DJed it ourselves, had a honeymoon registry, had people RSVP via online (greener and cheaper!), designed everything ourselves & honestly didn’t give a care what people thought! But everyone loved it because it was us, and they were here to support us. And we were so happy to have done it.”

“Really as I see my other friends in their wedding processes, and it was a piece of advice someone gave me, all I have to say is this is the one party that you throw that is about you and your husband not everyone else. Have fun, don’t feel ashamed for your tastes & just have a blast!”

Thank you to Sheila & Austin and their photographer Hilary for sharing their beautiful wedding with us today

Photography Credit: Hilary Mercer Photography
Ceremony: Sunken Gardens
Reception Venue: Honey Moon Island
Bride’s Dress: Sherri Hill
Bride’s Reception Dress: Vivien of Holloway
Bride’s Tattoo: Johnny Flash
Bridesmaid Fans: bought at a shop in Spain by one of the bridesmaids
Invitations: DIY (see them here)
Flowers: Artistic Flowers
Cake Topper: Sophia’s Workshop
Program Printing: Charmed Beginnings
Bridesmaids Necklaces: BirdzNBeez on Etsy
Tuxes: Tuxedo Junction
Centerpieces, Boutineers, Pillow Pad, Veil, Party Favor, Design, Website: DIY
Catering/Cake: Honey Moon Island 
Bus: Astro Skate Bus Service- Roger was awesome
CD Favours: DIY from LightScribe