When Jennifer and Casey met while out on the town with friends, it truly was love at first sight. At the end of the evening, like a scene from a movie, their first kiss through the taxi door was as electric as their first kiss as husband and wife at their waterfront nuptials! The couple exchanged vows in front of 150 of their closest friends and family at the Davis Islands Garden Club near downtown Tampa.
Lizzie and Drew, two lawyers, Harry Potter lovers, and die-hard FSU fans, wanted a classic and chic wedding filled with timeless details mixed with a super fun party. Their traditional Catholic ceremony in the stunning gothic-style Sacred Heart Catholic Church was breathtaking. Only steps away, guests enjoyed a cocktail style reception at The Vault, a historic bank-turned-venue complete with an actual vault room (which made for a perfect dessert room where guests retreated for sweets!) The evening ceremony set just after Christmas meant the cathedral with adorned with gorgeous wreaths, poinsettias, and dozens of trees with twinkling lights - such a gorgeous backdrop! At the reception, the first and second floors were filled with a mixture of cocktail and seated tables to encourage guests to mix and mingle. Everywhere you looked there were collections of gold candles (gleaned and painted by the groom's mom). The heavy hors d'oeuvres included passed appetizers as well as food stations (hello Mac n Cheese bar!) along with assorted cupcakes and an impressive Harry Potter themed candy display. In true fan fashion, the bride and groom were introduced into the room complete with Seminole spear and headdress while guests joined in the chant! The DJ pumped lively music throughout the night, keeping everyone on the dance floor until the clock struck 12 and it was time to head home, but not before sending off the couple with garnet and gold pom poms to their classic car.
It was a typical sunny day for Katie and Chris' nuptials overlooking the St. Petersburg harbor. The couple exchanged vows in front of a sheer draped arch that perfectly framed the stunning waterfront view, and they sealed their union by participating in a sand ceremony that was poured into a customized keepsake frame. Hues of plum, silver, and onyx were used throughout their décor, from the exotic bouquets filled with orchids, to the rows of swirled lollipop escort cards (a nod to the fact that the couple met while working at an amusement park). While guests found their seats in the Mahaffey ballroom, the bride and groom snuck away for a private photo under the bright lights of the magical, empty theater. Guest tables featured centerpieces of submerged orchids accented with an abundance of candles, as well as tall vases topped with lush floral arrangements, and the couple's monogram was emblazoned on the wall above their bountiful candy buffet. To echo their candy theme, guests sipped on cotton candy signature drinks while dancing the night away. The bride and groom ceremoniously cut a small wedding cake set atop a display of assorted cupcakes, giving guests yet another way to satisfy their sweet tooth.