Jen and Charlie - A Historic Tampa Wedding

This couple really loves their city of Tampa; the history, the culture, & the food all inspired their wedding. We started with a palette of sangria, ruby, & saffron. We introduced the wedding style immediately by sending save-the-date postcards printed with a Tampa cigar box motif. The aisle was lined with mason jars filled with roses, orchids, & colorful croton leaves. We incorporated Tampa touches, like the ring-bearer cigar box, & the unity wine ceremony (wherein the couple each combined a varietal of red wine creating a wine blend from which they both sipped.) During the cocktail hour, the waitstaff passed trays of Tampa favorites such as mini empanadas, deviled crabs, & bacon wrapped plantains. And as a surprise to the bride & groom (both beer lovers) we offered samples of local Cigar City Brewery beers – two brews that paired well with robust cigars. And we had to offer a Cigar Bar for the gentlemen, with cigars rolled locally in Ybor city. Escort card tags were attached to mini jute bags stamped with vintage mailing labels & coffee cups as a nod to the famous Cuban Coffee offered in Ybor City, but instead we filled the bags with chocolate covered espresso beans as gifts for the guests. The reception tables were draped with saffron linens & wine-colored napkins, & featured varying cigar box centerpieces. Even the votive candles were wrapped with vintage cigar box label prints. The couplebride sweetheart table featured a gorgeous patterned overlay as the center of attention. We even displayed a cigar humidor as a card box. Guests dined on traditional Cuban food of pulled pork, mojo grilled chicken, yellow rice, black beans, & Cuban bread, & danced all night long to the high energy music of a live band. At the end of the evening, the couple cut & served a gorgeous three tier wedding cake decorated in pearlized icing with piped patterns to match the wedding invitations. As a final gesture of well wishes, the guests sent off sky lanterns up into the night sky.

                                                      The couple's wedding overlooked the Tampa skyline

The bride's bouquet included pops of amber & ruby roses & orchids studded with rhinestones

                Groomsmen wore grey suits with ruby shirts to match the deep red bridesmaids dresses

                                                           The ring bearer carried the rings in a cigar box

                       The couple combined two carafes of wine and shared a sip as a unique unity ceremony

                                   Authentic cigar boxes were filled with colorful flowers as table centerpieces

                      Stamped burlap sacks filled with chocolate covered espresso beans served as escort cards

   The buttercream wedding cake featured an ornate piped design and was topped with orchids

           Guests released sky lanterns into the night sky as a symbol of well wishes for the bride and groom

Venue:  Davis Islands Garden Club

Photography:  Life's Highlights Photography

Catering:  Catering by the Family

Florist:  Arlene Floral Designer

Cake:  Publix Greenwise

Band:  Mainstream Band

Linens: Connie Duglin Linen

Dresses:  Alfred Angelo