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

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


  1. Lou Liddy

    I have seriously been thinking about having peacock colours for my wedding theme! Love it! x

  2. Monica

    Yeah !! St. Petersburg is gorgeous (my home town) !!!

    The photos are stunning and i adore your dress !!!!!!!!!! Simply Beautiful !!

  3. Ems

    I love the dresses completely and the tree under which they had the ceremony looks totally magical! awesome couple and totally awesome photos!x

  4. can i please just tell you that I’ve been fantasizing about having my vow renewal at honeymoon island… I live about 1/2 hour away from there!!! only 3 more years to wait (I’ve been dreaming about it for at least 2 years) probably my favorite wedding featured… peacock turquoise and a reception at honeymoon island… thanks for posting & allowing me to gush Kat

  5. Loryn Pretorius

    I did the hair and make-up on the bride, and the make-up on the bridesmaids!
    It was such an amazing wedding– I wish mine was as awesome!

  6. I can’t believe I forgot to mention Loryn and Black Pearl Salon & Day Spa! They were an awesome find, especially for our vintage hair.

    Thank you everyone for your warm comments! And to RnRBride for posting this! And of course to our wonderful photographer Hilary Mercer!

  7. Luna

    OMG i was thinking hang on a minute, i recognise those swing benches…its honeymoon – thats right down the rd from where my fiances parents live, (flying over on monday!) and i would love to get married there but cost of flying my family over stops us 🙁

    and the dress! how much do i want that dress!? and a peacock tattoo 🙂 i see some weddings on here and think wow i would love to have that but i look at this one and think THAT would be my perfect wedding 🙂

  8. Marilyn Suarez

    I very proud to say that I am Sheila’s mother. Everyone is still riding high from this gorgeous and love filled wedding. I want to mention Austin’s choice of designing his custom made vests that complimented his tux and added such style to the overall look. The vests were meticulously tailored and fitted by Winston’s Original Clothes and Custom Tailoring in Port Saint Lucie, FL.
    And thank you to the staff at both Sunken Gardens and Honeymoon Island for being so helpful.

  9. Marilyn Suarez

    Please go to and search “Austin and Sheila’s Wedding Extravaganza” to see their amazing wedding dance to Brandi Carlile’s “The Story.” But I warn you, their love is infectious!

  10. Roxy

    Love love love the peacock tattoo. I’ve been looking for inspiration for an arm piece, and the color in this is just gorgeous.

  11. Zoe

    Although I am so happy to be engaged to my fiance, I have felt nothing but disheartened by the whole wedding process – I hate the invisible wedding police who seem to dictate what people should and shouldn’t do and all I know is I want something wild, untraditional and ultimately fun!
    Sheila – you look beautiful, the dress is amazing.
    And Rock n Roll Bride – thanks for providing a haven amidst the commercialised wedding madness.

  12. I want to mention Austin’s choice of designing his custom made vests that complimented his tux and added such style to the overall look.


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