D+D Married By The Sea

D+D, Danielle, and David were married in St. Pete Beach at the beautiful and historic Don Cesar Hotel. It was the ideal setting for this lovely nautical-themed wedding.


Getting Ready

The couple each spent the morning with their wedding parties. After a light lunch and getting dressed, they did individual portraits and additional photos with their wedding parties.



With This Ring

Outside in the resort’s courtyard, everything was in place for a beautiful outdoor wedding ceremony. 

The courtyard was set with white garden chairs that led to a wide staircase. The steps were lined with candles and fresh pink and white flowers. At the top of the stairs was a beautiful ceremony structure that overflowed with fresh flowers.

With everyone in place, Danielle made her way to her anxiously awaiting groom to Pachelbel’s Canon in D.


Bride walking down the aisle for her St. Pete Beach wedding at the Don Cesar.


D+D exchanged wedding vows and rings, surrounded by family and friends. Sealing their wedding vows with a kiss, they made their grand exit to ¨Make It Sweetly Old Dominion.



Cocktails on the Terrace

Following the wedding ceremony, guests made their way to the resort’s 8th Floor terrace for Cocktails and Hors d’ oeuvres, including Bacon Wrapped Shrimp, Margarita Flatbread, Crispy Mozzarella Balls, and Pickled Grape Bruschetta.

Meanwhile, the newlyweds took family photos and took advantage of the stunning sunset over the Gulf of Mexico.


Its All In The Details

This beautiful nautical-themed wedding was filled with personal details. We especially love the ones that tie in the nautical theme.

The details were awesome, from David’s D+D cufflinks with a ship’s wheel and anchor to the incredible compass Danielle gave her groom as a wedding gift.



Their gifts to their wedding party, guest book, signage, and beverage ware all included the nautical theme and their monogram.



For their wedding favor, D+D gave their guests incredible Don Cesar Christmas ornaments with their names on the bottom. These were super sweet and very personal.



D+D’s Decor

The hotel’s blue and white King Charles Ballroom incorporated the nautical color scheme—luxurious white chairs with blue cushions surrounded tables draped in white linen with blue napkins. Dozens of candles and beautiful floral arrangements filled the center of each table.


The couple’s sweetheart table was draped in rich dark blue linen, covered with beautiful flowers, and surrounded by several dozen candles.


Luxurious blue and white sweetheart table


D+D’s spectacular five-tier white wedding cake was a showstopper. Complete with a custom monogrammed cake topper. The cake was adorned with nautical knots. They chose Coffee Lovers Cake and Red Velvet flavors, which were delicious.


A five-tiered nautical knot wedding cake for a St. Pete Beach wedding.


Dinner and Dancing

D+D made their grand entrance and took to the dance floor for their first dance to ¨Forever Country.¨


Bride and groom's first dance at their Don Cesar wedding.


Their first dance was followed by some special family dances and a blessing before dinner service.

Their dinner services included a salad of Baby Spinach with Goat Cheese Port Wine Truffles, Toasted Pine Nuts, Dries Apricots, and Sesame Tuile with Dried Cherry Dressing.

For entrees, guests chose from:

Iron Seared Manhattan Steak with Sweet Potato Mash, Green Bean Almandine, Blistered Tomatoes, and Wild Mushroom Demi 

Macadamia Crusted Mahi Mahi with Herb Risotto, Wilted Swiss Chard, Garlic Broccolini, and Rum Butter Sauce 

Prosciutto Wrapped Semi-Boneless Chicken Stuffed with Fontina Cheese, Pesto Orzo, Roasted Broccolini, Blistered Baby Peppers, and Beurre Blanc 

Their scrumptious multi-course dinner was followed by some touching toast, a Thank You from D+D, and their cake cutting before everyone took to the dance floor to dance the night away.

Congratulations, Danielle and David! We’re thrilled to have been part of your wedding’s special moments.


Bride and groom outside of the Don Cesar Hotel on St. Pete Beach.

St. Pete Beach Wedding Team

Wedding Venue: The Don Cesar

St. Pete Beach Wedding Planner: Special Moments Event Planning

Wedding Photography: Limelight Photography

Floral Design: Monarch Events and Design

Ceremony Music: Jade Strings

DJ: Norton Media Solutions

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