Haley and Max - A Boho Backyard Wedding

Haley and Max, two young entrepreneurs in Tampa, first met through mutual friends at a business fraternity. What started out as friendship began to ignite sparks, and soon after purchasing an engagement ring Max popped the question - he just couldn't hold on to the ring any longer without asking! The couple envisioned an intimate backyard wedding with their closest friends and family with all the beautiful details of a wedding (such as her stunning earthy flora) without all of the stuffy traditions (instead they wanted a big PARTY!). Both love experiencing nightlife and local cuisine with friends, so it was no surprise that their music and menu were top priorities for the celebration.

                                                              These two!!!  I mean, seriously?! GORG!!!

                                                              These two!!!  I mean, seriously?! GORG!!!

                                                           The invitations reflected a floral boho vibe.

                                                           The invitations reflected a floral boho vibe.

The bride customized her wedding gown with added lace appliques and a sheer tulle neckline.

The bride customized her wedding gown with added lace appliques and a sheer tulle neckline.

The bride's bouquet featured garden roses, tea roses, succulents, and eucalyptus in shades of ivory, blush, and deep red.

The bride's bouquet featured garden roses, tea roses, succulents, and eucalyptus in shades of ivory, blush, and deep red.

          The groom's boutonniere featured a succulent accented by gold and deep red tea roses.

          The groom's boutonniere featured a succulent accented by gold and deep red tea roses.

Haley looked radiant in her custom blush lace and tulle gown, and when Max caught a glimpse of her through the window he could not resist the urge to kiss his soon-to-be bride.

Haley looked radiant in her custom blush lace and tulle gown, and when Max caught a glimpse of her through the window he could not resist the urge to kiss his soon-to-be bride.

                                     Mirrored signage featured custom calligraphy decals

                                     Mirrored signage featured custom calligraphy decals

Only a handful of immediate family were gathered on the boat dock for an informal ceremony officiated by a friend of the couple, and Max's nervously stoic demeanor soon melted into tender emotion.

Only a handful of immediate family were gathered on the boat dock for an informal ceremony officiated by a friend of the couple, and Max's nervously stoic demeanor soon melted into tender emotion.

                    The lawn was set with groups of soft seating for the pre-ceremony cocktail hour.

                    The lawn was set with groups of soft seating for the pre-ceremony cocktail hour.

            Succulents, a recurring theme throughout this boho backyard wedding, were gifted to guests as favors.

            Succulents, a recurring theme throughout this boho backyard wedding, were gifted to guests as favors.

Bistro lights strung overhead and gold mercury glass vases created a romantic glow, while colorful orbs bobbed in the pool, and a crystal chandelier illuminated the dock's dance floor.

Bistro lights strung overhead and gold mercury glass vases created a romantic glow, while colorful orbs bobbed in the pool, and a crystal chandelier illuminated the dock's dance floor.

                  Tables around the pool deck featured gold ceramic pots filled with ivy and fern.

                  Tables around the pool deck featured gold ceramic pots filled with ivy and fern.

Guests enjoyed unique Tampa cuisine like mini chicken & waffles, pulled pork and fried green tomato sliders, plus a gourmet mac n' cheese bar!

                             Guests concocted champagne cocktails at a self-serve Bubbly Bar.

                             Guests concocted champagne cocktails at a self-serve Bubbly Bar.

A beverage station with CHEERS balloons offered dispenser of strawberry lemonade, cucumber water, and classic Jack & Coke as the groom's signature drink.

A beverage station with CHEERS balloons offered dispenser of strawberry lemonade, cucumber water, and classic Jack & Coke as the groom's signature drink.

                                              Fun cocktail napkins were a nod to the groom's love of whiskey

                                              Fun cocktail napkins were a nod to the groom's love of whiskey

                                      The couple posed with their family's classic convertible car.

                                      The couple posed with their family's classic convertible car.

Gold-painted succulents could be found in details such as suspended orbs over the dessert display, the bride's bouquet and updo, and accenting the pennant-style cake toppers. 

Gold-painted succulents could be found in details such as suspended orbs over the dessert display, the bride's bouquet and updo, and accenting the pennant-style cake toppers. 

A selection of small cakes featured different flavors, including chocolate cookies and cream, and strawberry key lime!

A selection of small cakes featured different flavors, including chocolate cookies and cream, and strawberry key lime!

    Mini donuts were even decorated with pink accents to coordinate with the wedding colors.

    Mini donuts were even decorated with pink accents to coordinate with the wedding colors.

                           As you can see, we love cheeky cocktail napkins around here! ;-P

                           As you can see, we love cheeky cocktail napkins around here! ;-P

                                          The couple shared their first sweet bite as husband and wife.

                                          The couple shared their first sweet bite as husband and wife.

The DJ kept everyone partying on the dock which other guests posed with stick props in front of a vine-clad floral wall 'Selfie Station' or lounged in chic outdoor furniture.

The DJ kept everyone partying on the dock which other guests posed with stick props in front of a vine-clad floral wall 'Selfie Station' or lounged in chic outdoor furniture.

The family home, located along the mouth of Tampa Bay, was graced by a stunning sunset - the bride and groom's portraits were seriously like a dream!

The family home, located along the mouth of Tampa Bay, was graced by a stunning sunset - the bride and groom's portraits were seriously like a dream!

At the end of the evening, the bride and groom were sent off through a tunnel of sparklers and away in the family's classic car, and guests were treated to mini succulent favors and valet-gifted 'hangover kits' of bottled water and aspirin with labels that read "Hangovers only last a day... Memories last forever". So true... the memories of that epic evening were sure to last!!

The dream team that made this all happen:

- Venue:  Private Residence

- Photography:  Andi Diamond Photography

- Catering:  Olympia Catering

- Florist:  Arlene Floral Designer

- Entertainment:  DJ Adam, Grant Hemond & Associates

- Rentals:  Coast to Coast Event Rentals

- Lighting:  Tampa Lights

- Cakes and Desserts:  Publix Greenwise Market, Tampa

- Mini Donuts:  Mini Donut Factory

- Hair & Makeup:  Michele Renee The Studio

- Dress:  The White Magnolia Bridal

- Valet:  Courtesy Valet

- Mirror Signage:  Love Storey Weddings

- Stationery:  Wedding Paper Divas

- Bartending:  Dumas Drinks