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.
Alex and Jessica had their first date on November 22, 2011 and they had an instant connection. They elected that same date for their nuptials three years later, and wanted their wedding day to be a celebration of their love with an intimate group of their closest friends and family. Both food and wine lovers, they recalled one of their first romantic getaways together in Sarasota where they attended a food and wine pairing dinner at Michael's on East, and they knew they wanted to treat their guests to that same experience. They exchanged vows in front of the towering Wedding Oak at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens nearby, and during their ceremony they participated in a wine box ceremony where they sealed a box containing wine and love letters to be opened on their anniversary. Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d'oeuvres while enjoying live piano music in the Michael's wine shop. In a dramatic unveiling, the rolling divider doors of the wine cellar were hoisted at the end of the cocktail hour, revealing the space for dinner. Long feasting tables featuring iron candelabras and grey-washed hedgeboxes of flora were immaculately set with gold beaded glass charger plates and custom printed menus detailing the five course meal with wine pairings. Wine details appeared everywhere from the wine cork table numbers, to the wine bottle guestbook, to the bottle of wine keepsakes the couple sent home with each guest (from their favorite Napa winery, the Mayo family estate). The chef presented each course, and sommelier explained each wine pairing. It was truly an unforgettable experience for guests! Following the world class meal, guests danced and mingled before savoring the wedding cake and surprise groom's cake the bride ordered for the groom in honor of his alma mater! When the night came to an end, guests?sent off the couple under a blaze of sparklers.
When Lori and Steve were planning their wedding, they knew they wanted to honor their Florida roots, incorporate Lori's love of starfish, and have Steven's family bring in some delicious local Florida shrimp! Thus their color palette of shrimp and lime was born, and was reflected in everything from their tropical print cocktail table linens, their vibrant tropical bouquets, citrus-wedge escort cards, and even cut limes in the centerpieces. The couple provided woven rattan fans as ceremony programs for their guests, and participated in a unity sand ceremony. During the cocktail hour, guests enjoyed fresh local shrimp shooters with either cocktail sauce or tropical mango salsa, displayed aside a palm tree ice sculpture! Even the cupcakes complimented the tropical style, with flavors like chocolate coconut topped with chocolate seashells, and key lime pie topped with graham cracker sand. Guests enjoyed custom koozies as favors, and sent off the bride and groom under a blaze of sparklers.
Elizabeth and Matt were married at a beutiful private waterfront estate in Odessa, Florida. The sprawling lawn would be the perfect setting for their all outdoor wedding, and although a forecast of rain threatened their day, the skies cleared just in time to move the chairs back out to the water's edge for the ceremony, as everyone walked down the aisle to the sweet sounds of a string trio. Canopy lighting and chandeliers were suspended under a wall-less tent, and wood feasting tables were surrounded by round tables dressed in neutral linens. Guests enjoyed a delicious buffet before dancing all night long on the pool deck to the live band. When it was time for dessert, guests had their choice of wedding cake or smores toasted at the dockside fire pit.
Venue: Private Estate, Odessa
Photographer: Robin Reiss Photography
Catering: Puff n Stuff Catering
Specialty Rentals: WISH Vintage
String Ensemble: Dillingham Quartet
Band: The Cover Band
Makeup: Lindsay Does Makeup
Hair: Signature Salon
Lighting: Tampa Lights
Cake: Sylvia Tampa Cakes