Dana and Al are jet-setting professionals that have traveled the world, and have the enormous group of friends and family to show for it! They wanted a unique and memorable wedding that their guests would never forget, and what better way to showcase their new roots in Tampa than a garden wedding overlooking the iconic Bayshore Boulevard, the bay, and downtown? They paired their classic, elegant style with a little Latin flair and the result was a stunning Fall event fit for the fun and discerning palates alike!
Classic black and white colors and elegant attire were accented with pops of firey orange, soft peach, and glittery gold. And is there anything more handsome than a white dinner jacket? The couple opted for an intimate first looks along the steps of the infamous Henry B Plant Museum (A historic building and former Tampa hotel). Meanwhile, guests arrived at the secluded garden and were welcomed with a display of champagne, wine, and water to quench their thirst in the Florida weather. The clouds parted and the sun shined bright despite the inclement forecast, and there wasn't a dry eye to be found as the bride's father gave her away. To make the ceremony even more special, the bride's brother became notarized so he could officiate their union!
During the cocktail hour, guests dined on passed hors d'oeuvres like cigar boxes filled with Cuban-style spring rolls (in honor of Tampa's Ybor City), Peruvian ceviche (a nod to the groom's heritage), bison tostadas, and mini crudite cups. Waiters passed signature drinks of classic East Side cocktails (the bride's favorite) and Pisco Sours (taste tested and approved by the groom's mother!) In rustic-meets-chic style, the reception was set under a canopy of oak trees, string lights, and suspended crystal chandeliers. Tables were set with formal place settings and sleek onyx vases filled with flora, paired with unexpected elements like burlap runners, cigar boxes, black lanterns, wine cork table numbers, and sprigs of fragrant rosemary throughout the arrangements. Custom menus were tucked into napkins adorned with slate place cards, outlining the four course menu to follow.
The dinner incorporated elements of the season as well as local favorites, including a butternut squash soup served tableside in mini carafes, heirloom tomato salad, herb-encrusted Grouper and wine-braised short ribs, and assorted truffles and chocolate strawberries. Even the vegan guests were treated with gourmet offerings including an eggplant napolean and quinoa cakes. A live band played while guests dined and danced al fresco. As a sweet ending, the couple cut and served a fondant adorned cake that was almost too pretty to eat... ALMOST! The delicious flavors included key lime cake with passionfruit and cream cheese filling, as well as almond cake with dark chocolate and raspberry filling. Just before the night came to a close, the skies opened up as if to say "OK, we held off long enough so you could have the most gorgeous waterfront wedding possible" and boy were they right!
Wedding Pros who made this day remarkable:
Venue: Tampa Garden Club
Photography: Ashley Brooke Photography
Catering: Puff n Stuff
Florist: Arlene Floral Designer
Rentals: Coast to Coast Event Rentals
Lighting: Tampa Lights
Linens: Connie Duglin Linen
Chairs: Modern Day Events
Cake: The Cake Zone
Transportation: Clearwater Jolley Trolley
String Quartet: Strings Attached
Band: Bay Kings Band