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when same-sex marriage became legalized nationwide, wanting to make sure they could get married if the ruling was later repealed.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.
Alyssa and MJ were set up through the bride's cousin on a surprise blind date at Ceviché, and later got engaged at the same restaurant. When MJ proposed to Alyssa he not only did so at the restaurant where they had their first date, but he proposed in the spot where they first kissed (literally swoon!) The couple both attended Florida State University so garnet and gold were a natural choice for their color palette; subtle pops of blush were also incorporated which created a soft romantic feel. Wanting a wedding that mixed traditional elements with fun experiences for their guests, and lots of personal touches, every detail of this wedding was elegant, timeless, fun, and had Alyssa and MJ written all over it!
Eric and Nicole had no idea fate was pulling them together, living at the same apartment complex in Tallahassee and attending countless FSU games, but never meeting until mutual friends introduced them at Beef 'O Brady's (watching an FSU game of course!) In true Seminoles fashion, Eric proposed at the Unconquered statue at Florida State University. The garnet and gold color scheme was an obvious choice for the couple, but pops of eggplant were also incorporated throughout to bring an element of Springtime to their March nuptials.
Amanda and Brian originally met through mutual friends and continued to cross paths at various local bars, sporting events and social occasions, before unknowingly becoming neighbors! Fate was definitely pushing these two together, and it's easy to see why. After relocating to San Francisco for Brian's job, he planned a romantic candlelit proposal in their new west coast home, before beginning to plan their hometown nuptials in Tampa.
Sarah and Mark first met at an engineering fraternity luncheon as students at the University of Florida (GO GATORS!), and soon after Mark's job relocated them to Arizona, he popped the question! Sara envisioned a garden wedding with shades of ballet pink, dusty blue and white. The Davis Islands Garden Club was a perfect backdrop, a ceremony that was naturally so beautiful it needed little extra help. They wanted their day to be truly about their marriage and celebrating with their closest friends and family, so they kept the details timeless and minimal. The result was gorgeous (as is evident by their stunning photos!)