Tampa History & Charm

Nina Marie and Alex - A Unique Celestial Wedding in Downtown Tampa

Nina Marie and Alex first met at the wedding of a mutual friend. They soon found they both had a love for the stars above, especially the moon, so the natural choice for their offbeat wedding was a celestial theme. They wanted a dark and moody October celebration that balanced non-traditional and classic wedding elements. Their mutual love of donuts inspired a pink donut truck outside the venue for guests to enjoy after dinner. Even their cat made an appearance, in the form of a cardboard cutout, sitting amongst the guests during the ceremony and later being passed around the dance floor! 

 Downtown Tampa provided one of a kind murals, unique to the city, perfect for posing for photos.

Downtown Tampa provided one of a kind murals, unique to the city, perfect for posing for photos.

 Having trouble finding a unique dress she loved, the bride bought a traditional wedding dress and had a seamstress modify it with custom blush tulle underlay and bronze appliqués.

Having trouble finding a unique dress she loved, the bride bought a traditional wedding dress and had a seamstress modify it with custom blush tulle underlay and bronze appliqués.

 Bright, organic bunches of florals popped against black bridesmaids dresses and linens.

Bright, organic bunches of florals popped against black bridesmaids dresses and linens.

 The open space, exposed brick, and industrial elements of this 1920's theater created the perfect combination of unique yet romantic charm.

The open space, exposed brick, and industrial elements of this 1920's theater created the perfect combination of unique yet romantic charm.

 The couple had a custom golden crescent moon made for their backdrop, accented with a star sprinkled gobo on the exposed brick, and bistro lights overhead to simulate stars above.

The couple had a custom golden crescent moon made for their backdrop, accented with a star sprinkled gobo on the exposed brick, and bistro lights overhead to simulate stars above.

 A black and gold sign accented with matching florals welcomed guests and let them know this was going to be an intimate, unplugged ceremony.

A black and gold sign accented with matching florals welcomed guests and let them know this was going to be an intimate, unplugged ceremony.

 The couple had a close friend officiate and do a reading of their favorite bible verses.

The couple had a close friend officiate and do a reading of their favorite bible verses.

 The stunning couple, looking elated, as they are received by guests.

The stunning couple, looking elated, as they are received by guests.

 To stay in theme, the wedding party wore black attire, with the maid of honor in a custom embroidered gown.

To stay in theme, the wedding party wore black attire, with the maid of honor in a custom embroidered gown.

 The bride had a baby pink bomber custom embroidered with 'Just Married' and celestial themed patches.

The bride had a baby pink bomber custom embroidered with 'Just Married' and celestial themed patches.

 For a unique getaway, the couple bought a tandem bike, and attached a sweet basket and 'Just Married' sign.

For a unique getaway, the couple bought a tandem bike, and attached a sweet basket and 'Just Married' sign.

 The couple was sent off on their tandem bike, surrounded by waving glowsticks!

The couple was sent off on their tandem bike, surrounded by waving glowsticks!

The awesome wedding pros who made this wedding spectacular include:

- Venue: The Rialto Theater

- Photographer: Ashley Izquierdo

- Catering: Delectables Fine Catering

- Rentals: Classic Events Entertainment

- Florist: Florist Fire

- Entertainment: DJ Jason, Grant Hemond & Associates

- Donut Truck: Cravings Donut Truck

- Hair & Makeup: LDM Beauty Group

Gabriella and Aric - Old World Tradition in Tampa

Gabriella and Aric - Old World Tradition in Tampa

Gabriella and Aric wanted their wedding to reflect their traditional Catholic backgrounds, the bride's Venezuelan heritage, and have an overall old Florida feel. The groom's love of craft beer inspired the space for their rehearsal dinner, which was held at The Tampa Bay Brew Bus, as well as all the craft beer that was served at the reception. Elegant classic design paired with personalized touches created a luxurious and sophisticated affair in the heart of Tampa.

Stacy and Josh - A Chic Ybor City Wedding

Stacy and Josh - A Chic Ybor City Wedding

Stacy and Josh are each a part of long time Florida families, so a Florida inspired Ybor wedding only made sense for them. Florida elements, like fiddler crab claws and oyster shells, were interspersed with personal touches found everywhere from the bride wearing her mothers veil, to old family wedding photos set amongst displays of sweets. For a final show of appreciation to old Tampa, a dominos table was set up in The Italian Club, as a nod to the venue's history and the spirit of Tampa.

Dawn and Alana - A Cigar City Inspired Celebration

Dawn and Alana - A Cigar City Inspired Celebration

Dawn and Ilana were together for ten years before finally getting married in their backyard with only a handful of people; they made the quick decision when same-sex marriage became legalized nationwide, wanting to make sure they could get married if the ruling was later repealed. After waiting over two years since that little backyard ceremony when the law was passed, it was finally time to have a celebration that reflected the depth of their love. Ilana's love of Tampa's history meant a vintage Cigar City themed affair was a natural choice for the couple; paired with a culmination of 10+ years of love, a small and simple ceremony, and the fact that Dawn puts her life on the line everyday as a law enforcement officer, meant a true celebration of their relationship and all the people that had been a part of their love story for the last ten years was finally in order.

Julia and Chris - A Plantains-and-Poppies Wedding

Julia and Chris - A Plantains-and-Poppies Wedding

Julia met Chris in Germany in August of 2011 where they were both serving in the military. They quickly became inseparable, and when it came time to plan their wedding, they decided on a destination wedding in the bride's hometown of Tampa. Both desired an eclectic feel for the wedding with a nod to the bride's Tampa roots as well as the couple's travels abroad. The Don Vicente in historic Ybor City was perfect.  The bride's favorite flowers are poppies, and with the groom in his dress blues for the wedding, the color scheme of poppy orange, lemoncello, and aqua blue was born.  Julia wanted their guests to really understand and feel the Tampa she grew up in. This inspired such details as a Cigar Bar, Cigar box centerpieces with collections of candlesticks and bottles and cans filled with colorful flowers, a Cuban cuisine menu, Florida orange marmalade favors, and even a tangelo mojito signature drink!