Jackie and Christie - A Gourmet Garden Wedding

Under the shady canopy of Great Oaks at the Tampa Garden Club, Jackie and Christie exchanged vows in front of their closest family and friends. The couple shared a love for great food and wine, and wanted a garden setting with both rustic and chic elements.  Since their top priority was guest experience, we set out to make sure their friends and family enjoyed amazing food and drinks, unique personal details, and great music for dancing!  With a color scheme of dove grey accented by cerulean blue and sage green, the wedding party sported coordinating tea-length dresses and suits.  Bouquets incorporated herbs and even ornamental kale, and the bride carried an heirloom photo of her grandmother tucked into her bouquet.  Mahogany chiavari chairs and an aisle lined with lanterns and potted herbs led to a trio of salvaged vintage doors adorned with eucalyptus branches to create a stunning backdrop for the ceremony, which concluded with a unique unity wine presentation. During the cocktail hour, a Farmer’s Market-inspired cart offered a mouthwatering array of fresh fruits and vegetables, and guests enjoyed a DIY Mimosa Station and sampling of local beers from Cigar City Brewery.  Reception tables were decorated with a collection of silver candelabras and lanterns along with more potted herbs, along with bottles of infused olive oils for guests to share during the meal, and table numbers made entirely of wine corks.  Live action food stations tempted guests with potato leek soup and artisan breads, shrimp and grits with assorted hot sauces (a nod to bride Christie's collection), and fresh made crepes filled with chicken, goat cheese, and roasted vegetables.  A tower of cupcakes topped with a small wedding cake featured clothespin doll toppers reflecting the couple’s likeness.  Before departing, a wheelbarrow filled with wheatgrass and seed packets offered guests keepsakes to plant at home and continue to “let love grow.”  At the end of the evening, firefighter bride Christie surprised her betrothed Jackie with a fire truck sendoff!

The happy couple poses in front of Bayshore Boulevard

Jackie carried a bouquet of white hydrangea, roses, seeded eucalyptus, and dusty miller.

Silver lanterns and potted herbs lined the aisle, and were later used on tables and sent home with guests

Vintage doors purchased from a salvage yard created a stunning ceremony backdrop

The couple participated in a unity wine ceremony, pouring two wines into one glass from which they both sipped

The wedding party wore grey suits and dresses accented with cerulean or sage flowers and accessories

Bridesmaid bouquets featured green and white hydrangea, roses, seeded eucalyptus, and kale leaves

A vintage cart boasted fresh fruits and vegetables with assorted dips and cheeses

Guests enjoyed fresh fruits and vegetables from local farms, along with local cheeses

Wine cork table numbers accented tables adorned with silver candelabras and potted herbs

The cake topper was custom made by an Etsy artist to resemble Jackie's gown and Christie's firefighter uniform

The couple enjoyed a surprise fire truck send off

Venue:  Tampa Garden Club

Photography:  Ashley Brooke Photography

Officiant:  Jason Sowell, Married by Jason

Florist:  Arlene Floral Designer

Hair & Makeup:  IQ of Beauty

Chiavari Chairs:  Modern Day Events

Rentals:  Coast to Coast Event Rentals

DJ:  Ben Daniele, Grant Hemond & Associates

Catering & Cupcakes:  Catering by the Family

Bridal Gown:  Casablanca, Olga's Bridal

Bridal Suit:  Bespoke

Linens:  Connie Duglin Linen