Brian and Amanda share Tampa roots (they went to the same PreK class and grew up only a quarter mile down the street from each other) so they knew they wanted to get married in the city they grew up in and loved. They began planning their nuptials for their 300 closest friends and family in historic Ybor City, known for the area's former life as a cigar capital of the US. The bride wanted to make sure the wedding was above all else FUN, and she didn't want anything too theme-y, but rather wanted classic elements and to embrace the feel of the city.
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
What started as a chance encounter while out with friends in Orlando (James was visiting from Seattle and Chantel was out with friends) turned into an instant connection and a long-distance romance with two people who knew they would spend the rest of their lives together. Chantel and James wanted a classic wedding style, and opted for shades of ballet pink and taupe. From the white ceramic pitchers filled with hydrangea and tea roses, to the lace overlays, to the quilted fondant cake, all of the details were soft and romantic for this waterfront garden wedding. The bride's bouquet consisted of her favorite flower, peonies, and was accented with a locket and photo of her late grandparents (who had the same wedding date/anniversary!). The gentlemen relaxed that morning by fishing off of the nearby seawall, while the ladies enjoyed mimosas. Overcome with emotion, the bride had tears of joy in her eyes as she prepared to walk down the aisle to marry the love of her life. The dinner under the trees featured a hilarious best man speech, before dancing commenced on the veranda. The bride and groom shared a last dance in a cloud of bubbles before departing on a water taxi send off at the end of the evening.
Meghan and Miles described their wedding vision as "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and wanted to make sure their garden wedding was filled with whimsical details and plenty of handmade accents. After exchanging sacred vows during a Catholic mass, guests rode the Tampa Water Taxi to the Davis Island Garden Club, where they partook in a bountiful cocktail hour held on the waterfront veranda. Guests signed Jenga game pieces as a guestbook. Canopy lighting suspended from tree to tree gently lit the sprawling communal dining table below. Gold candlesticks and vases filled with an abundance of coral roses and peonies were strewn down moss table runners. Tying in the garden theme, guests' names were scribed on cut wood discs displayed on a bed of moss. Place settings were composed of sophisticated gold-rimmed china, glassware, and an individual pink rose resting on each napkin. A three-tier cake of buttercream frosting was embellished with a few flowers for a classic look. Music filled the air and a shoe valet display was a wonderful spot for guests to kick off their heels for a night of dancing and merriment! Meghan and Miles couldn’t have dreamt of a better way to start their new journey as husband and wife.