Oh, Postcard Inn, you make me so happy! Today we have Rochelle and Rob's shabby-chic St. Pete beach wedding from Kirsten Manick Photography. Their adoration for one another is so sweet and the sunshine and sky colors will certainly warm your heart!
Rochelle was living in Florida when she was asked to be a bridesmaid in her best friend's wedding out in Las Vegas. Her friend was marrying Rob's personal trainer and long story, short, they were invited to be each other's dates! That first week in Vegas turned into three months of long-distance phone calls and myspace messages. And, much to Rochelle's chagrin, she moved in with her parents who just happend to live in Nevada, too. Then, not long after that, she and her daughter, Angelina, were welcomed into Rob's home and their little family got its official start.
From Rochelle: What I love about Rob is that he loves my daughter and I, unconditionally. He is an amazing, hardworking, outgoing and loving person! He pushes me to be a better person and has taught me a lot about life and myself. I love that he can talk to anyone, anywhere; because that is something that I am not good at. One of my favorite moments was just getting to see Rob that day. Hugging him made all the stress go away. The day seemed to pass like a dream!
From Rob: What I love about Rochelle and I is that we are highly adaptable people to what the other needs. We are just as comfortable spending time side by side on the couch as we are going out for a great time. Rochelle is perfect for me because, as my wife, she's signed on to deal with my bad jokes and dancing for the rest of her life. 'Til death do us part! Seeing my wife for the first time, more beautiful than any moment in the past, was certainly the most special for me. Walking into our celebration as Mr. and Mrs. Kolar, knowing that everyone around us was a part of our lives separately and now together, was really a bit overwhelming and so special. Knowing that I have a family to provide for and to be part of is one of the most important feelings I have ever known.
When you walk into The Postcard Inn your brain almost instantly plays a Beach Boys or Sublime song and you kind of want to grab a surfboard and ride some white caps! The PCI also has some seriously rad photo-op spots, especially for weddings. There is retro surf decor throughout the hotel; a colorful library in the lobby, wave wallpaper in the rooms, and salt-kissed state plates at the bar. And everyday the sunrise and sunset times are posted along with a chipper quote to get you going! Not long ago, Laura and I visited PCI and we sipped on cold adult-beverages right in the very same spot as Rochelle and her bridesmaids did. I totally want to go back!
Rob and Rochelle were married on the beach over-looking the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. They wanted the day to be laid back and have that beach-bum kind of vibe. During the ceremony, Rochelle's step-dad sang "One More Day" and an e.e. cummings poem was read aloud. Their guests rested on beach-worn benches (love that!) and many of the orange and aqua details that you see were Pinterest inspirations done by our bride and groom.
From R&R: Rochelle was the queen of DIY. She would scour Pinterest hours (yes, hours!) a day finding ideas that she wanted to incorporate into our wedding. Rob was more involved in the planning than most grooms. One of the most important things he did for me was folding over 100 paper airplanes; a nod to Rob's career as a pilot. Our guests threw them as we came back up the aisle as husband and wife. We really liked the look of burlap and mason jars and since our wedding was on the beach, we used sand and candles in the centerpieces. I made the place cards, ring bearer pillow, bride and groom sign and some other banners out of burlap. I also made the tutu my flower girl wore. We incorporated Angelina into the wedding ceremony by giving her a ring and involving her in the sand ceremony, which was super important for the three of us. The flower bracelet I wore was made from my mothers wedding dress when she married my dad and the diamond earrings were borrowed from my Grandma Sharon. I also used a sailboat tie tack from my Grandpa Don on my bouquet.
Don't you just love all the cheery oranges and aquas and the lobster trap cake stand?! I'm happy that all of their DIY projects were able to come through for their destination wedding and I'd love to know how she transported all of the cute details! Congratulations to the whole family!
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Postcard Inn of St. Petersburg, Florida | Photography: Kirsten Manick Photography from Southern California | Floral Design: Marsha Marie Floral | Submission: Two Bright Lights