Meghann and Friedel - A Homespun Garden Wedding

Meghann and Friedel met when their mutual friends decided to play matchmaker and invited each of them to an FSU football game. After spending the entire weekend together, they returned to Tampa and went on their first official date a few weeks later. When Friedel proposed, he gave Meghann a gorgeous antique ring from the turn of the 20th century. Meghann, a health-minded dietitian, and Friedel, a landscape designer and small business owner, wanted to create a welcoming atmosphere for their wedding guests - like they were all among family. They chose the Davis Islands Garden Club as a gorgeous backdrop for these nature-lovers' nuptials. Meghann wanted to DIY elements of the wedding to offer a personal touch, including herb-infused olive oils at an Olive Oil Tasting Station, home-made Florida orange marmalade favor jars that doubled as escort cards, sourced vintage furnishings for a Cigar Bar area, and old family frames suspended from tree branches as an open-air photo booth space. They chose a color palette of eggplant and palm green, and incorporated such details as a Farmers Market display of local fresh produce and cheeses (as a nod to the bride's passion for healthy living), garden details like tin flower cans as vases, and vintage elements like lace overlays, mismatched china at the place settings, and mason jars down the aisle. They wanted a personal touch for their guests, to the escort cards were displayed on clotheslines along with personal pictures of the couple with each guest from over the years! The couple agree that the most memorable aspect of their wedding was exchanging their self-written vows as they committed their lives to each other forever. For future couples, they offer this advice: "make it personal, and make sure you savor every moment the day of your wedding as it goes by in a flash, so take mental pictures whenever you can so you walk away with personal snapshots of all the memories!"

Bridesmaids wore deep purple Lazaro dresses and the bride wore a stunning cowl back gown.

The groomsmen wore khaki pants and gingham shirts with bowties.

The bride's bouquet featured white roses, tulips, and freesia, with pops of purple and a vintage brooch.

The nearby marina and bay backdrop made for gorgeous photos.

Guests enjoyed organic cheeses and local produce during the cocktail hour.

Tables featured eggplant or khaki linens accented with lace overlays and runners and mismatched china.

At the end of the evening, guests sent sky lanterns into the night sky as a unique send off for the couple.

Venue:  Davis Islands Garden Club

Photography:  Ashley Brooke Photography

Catering: Delectables Fine Catering

Cake & Cupcakes:  Publix Greenwise

Florist:  Arlene Floral Designer

Linens:  Connie Duglin Linen Rentals

Entertainment:  Ron Michele, Universal Music Entertainment

Transportation:  Tampa Water Taxi