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.
Liz and Walker met at a Fraternity and Sorority Social while both attending the University of Florida; after dancing and chatting, they went on their first date the next day, and the rest is history! Both raised in Florida, they wanted their laid back lifestyle to be reflected in their wedding by keeping the overall vibe fun instead of 'theme-y' or 'stuffy'. More than anything they just wanted to enjoy a great celebration with their closest friends and family.
To showcase the new Diehl Farms venue we created a stylized photoshoot dubbed 'Elegant Equestrian', which combined classic Southern elements with vintage touches, along with character unique to Diehl Farms.
A ceremony in the rolling pasture featured weathered wooden benches and cowhide ottomans mixed with chiavari chairs for an eclectic look, and an antique church window created the perfect alter arch.
A cocktail hour lounge space featured a vignette of cowhorn chairs and loveseat accented with pillows in persimmon velvet and leather, all aside a trio of hay wheels.
A feasting table inside the stable sat perched beneath a swag of garland, dressed in hemstitch linen runner and floral embroidered overlay with vintage china and an assortment of cowhide chairs and mahogany chiavaris, while a charming sweetheart table sat beneath a giant wagon wheel chandelier.
A colorful beverage station featured a peachy shade of punch with orange-sugar rimmed crystal glasses and birch paper straws.
A bountiful dessert cart housed displays of pie pops, butterscotch milks, and other sweet treats, while an hors d'oeuvre display offered delectable appetizers that incorporated a nod to the tomato farm as well.
Inspiration for the escort card display came from the farm's main crop - tomatoes; lined up inside crates and pinned with gold vellum leaves to direct guests to their assigned tables.
Even the floral centerpieces and bride's bouquet were accented with colorful tomatoes.
The models were styled in an "All American" look, with elegant yet soft hair, flowing dresses, and layered necklaces.
So many lovely details everywhere you looked!
Vendors who made this shoot look like a million bucks include:
- Venue: Deihl Farms
- Photography: Life Long Studios
- Florist: FH Weddings
- Chiavari Chairs: Modern Day Events
- Linens & Chargers: Panache
- China, Flatware, & Glassware: Sassy Settings
- Catering: Olympia Catering
- Dessert Display: Chefin
- Cake: The Cake Zone
- Gown: Malindy Elene Bridal
- Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid
- Flowergirl Dress: Olga's Bridal
- Hair & Makeup: Michele Renee The Studio
- Invitations: Hummingbird Invitation Studio
For this stylized shoot, we wanted to highlight the history of a new venue with an old beginning (a former life as a cigar factory, indicative of the Ybor district of Tampa also known as the "Cigar City"). Our model wore a wedding gown with dramatic ruffles down the back, creating a Flamenco flair. We accented her hair with a Spanish-style rhinestone comb, and styled her makeup with bold red lips and gold-leaf eyeshadow to compliment the event's color palette of moss and gold. To set the tone for our Ybor Cigar Loft shoot, we created old world style invitations set in wooden cigar box 'envelopes'. The table names featured vintage cigar box labels in ornate gold frames. Our escort card display (which doubled as favors) featured mini bottles of whiskey with guests' names written on paper tags. For the cocktail area, we draped tables with tufted champagne linens layered over iridescent moss linens, with cigar boxes of gold mercury glass votives suspended from the ceiling beams as if floating above the tables. The fondant cake featured sugar buttons, a brushed gold fondant ribbon, and a sprig of hydrangea on top. The natural bridal bouquet consisted of ornamental cabbage, seeded eucalyptus, waxflower, palm frawns, and loops of gold wire, which complimented the natural table arrangements aside more gold mercury glass votives and stacked cigar boxes filled with moss and candles. We also uplit the brick walls with amber lighting for extra drama, and created a Cigar Lounge area as well. The result was a gorgeous representation of a historic cigar-themed event.