Garden Weddings

Jessica & Cody - A Chic Black and White Tropical Garden Wedding

Jessica and Cody met and grew up in a small town in Ohio. Together they moved their life to Florida, which had a major impact on their style inspiration, ultimately choosing a waterfront Tampa Bay venue. They envisioned a memorable event for themselves and their guests, with a simple and elegant design using a classic color palette of black and white, and a focus on lots of greenery rather than flowers. But the most important detail may have been the ring bearer, bedecked in a black and white tux (who happened to be the couple’s own English bulldog, Cheetah!)

Tampa Bay and a stunning sunset provided the perfect backdrop for this Florida inspired soiree.

Tampa Bay and a stunning sunset provided the perfect backdrop for this Florida inspired soiree.

The bride kept it simple and chic in a satin sheath dress adorned with delicate beading along the neckline and back.

The bride kept it simple and chic in a satin sheath dress adorned with delicate beading along the neckline and back.

Soft curls and glamorous makeup completed the look for this garden wedding.

Soft curls and glamorous makeup completed the look for this garden wedding.

The guest of honor at the ceremony was the couple’s dog, Cheetah!

The guest of honor at the ceremony was the couple’s dog, Cheetah!

The gentlemen looked dapper in their classic black suits.

The gentlemen looked dapper in their classic black suits.

Adding a bowtie is an instant and classic way to elevate a suit.

Adding a bowtie is an instant and classic way to elevate a suit.

How adorable is Cheetah adorned in his matching black and white tux?!

How adorable is Cheetah adorned in his matching black and white tux?!

Chic white flowers and large fronds of greenery popped against the black bridesmaids dresses.

Chic white flowers and large fronds of greenery popped against the black bridesmaids dresses.

A personal touch of DIY fern frond embroidery hoops, were suspended at the ceremony gazebo.

A personal touch of DIY fern frond embroidery hoops, were suspended at the ceremony gazebo.

Cheetah was escorted down the aisle by our great friends at Fairy Tail Pet Care, who provide couples with the option to have their furry family members be a part of their big day!

Cheetah was escorted down the aisle by our great friends at Fairy Tail Pet Care, who provide couples with the option to have their furry family members be a part of their big day!

The bride looked stunning walking down the aisle beneath oak trees and bistro lights.

The bride looked stunning walking down the aisle beneath oak trees and bistro lights.

The couple got married amongst friends and family (and Cheetah!) with DIY touches around them, creating a truly unique and sentimental ceremony.

The couple got married amongst friends and family (and Cheetah!) with DIY touches around them, creating a truly unique and sentimental ceremony.

Is there a more perfect way to get married than along the water at sunset?!

Is there a more perfect way to get married than along the water at sunset?!

Delicate laser cut seating chart cards were hung by miniature clothes pins against a carved wood backdrop.

Delicate laser cut seating chart cards were hung by miniature clothes pins against a carved wood backdrop.

The bride’s Hawaiian heritage inspired tropical foliage and delicate orchids amongst soft candlelight throughout.

The bride’s Hawaiian heritage inspired tropical foliage and delicate orchids amongst soft candlelight throughout.

A simple and elegant three tiered cake completed the decor, adorned with delicate white orchids and more greenery.

A simple and elegant three tiered cake completed the decor, adorned with delicate white orchids and more greenery.

A caramel and chocolate popcorn mix (yum!) was set at each place setting as a thank you favor, and late night snack, for guests.

A caramel and chocolate popcorn mix (yum!) was set at each place setting as a thank you favor, and late night snack, for guests.

All of the personal details came together to create this chic and elegant garden affair.

All of the personal details came together to create this chic and elegant garden affair.

The fantastic group of vendors who made this day possible include:

Venue: Davis Islands Garden Club

Photography: Andy Marten Photography

Officiant: It’s Official

Linens: Connie Duglin Linens

Entertainment: Sound by Sideshow

Cake: Publix Greenwise

Hair & Makeup: Femme Akoi

Pet Care: Fairy Tail Pet Care

Catering: Delectables Fine Catering

Nicole and Ray - A Classic Garden Wedding on Davis Islands

Nicole and Ray met nine years before their nuptials, and after a sweet Christmas morning proposal they decided to plan a Spring wedding overlooking Tampa Bay.  Nicole wanted classic details and a clean color scheme of grey and white with greenery elements that would compliment the Davis Islands Garden Club setting.  As a nod to the groom's love of craft beer, the couple served kegs of local brew from a friend's nearby brewery, Angry Chair, and pint glass favors featured clothespinned name cards, escorting guests to their seats inside.  This intimate waterfront wedding was full of personal details and elegant garden decor. 

A Florida sunset on the water creates the perfect backdrop for photos!

A Florida sunset on the water creates the perfect backdrop for photos!

The bride wore a timeless ballgown and her bridesmaids donned chic charcoal chiffon dresses.

The bride wore a timeless ballgown and her bridesmaids donned chic charcoal chiffon dresses.

The couple's fur-baby made an appearance while everyone was getting ready.

The couple's fur-baby made an appearance while everyone was getting ready.

Gentlemen looked dapper in their crisp light grey suits.

Gentlemen looked dapper in their crisp light grey suits.

Fluffy hydrangea accented the reception tables and the bouquets.

Fluffy hydrangea accented the reception tables and the bouquets.

Sweet messages were hand written on vintage window panes and set around the ceremony space.

Sweet messages were hand written on vintage window panes and set around the ceremony space.

The pair were wed in front of the waterside gazebo with an intimate group of friends and family as witnesses.

The pair were wed in front of the waterside gazebo with an intimate group of friends and family as witnesses.

A ruffled fondant cake satisfied guests' late night cravings after partying on the dance floor all night long.

A ruffled fondant cake satisfied guests' late night cravings after partying on the dance floor all night long.

The couple departed beneath a sparkler sendoff!

The couple departed beneath a sparkler sendoff!

Wedding pros who helped create this sweet evening include:

- Venue: Davis Islands Garden Club

- Photography: Whitnie Williams Photography

- Dress: The Dressing Room

- Entertainment: DJ Brendon

- Videography: Brett Rolhfing

- Caterer: Empress Tea Room

- Linens: Connie Duglin Linens

- Cake: The Desserterie

Kristin and Wil - A 'Harvest in Havana' Wedding on Bayshore Boulevard

Kristin and Wil wanted their Tampa wedding to reflect their unique story and personalities while also embracing the season and the area's rich history.  Every element of their wedding was intentional and special.  And much like the hidden mickeys at Disney World, this wedding had lots of little hidden personal touches filled with special meaning, including 'Player 1' and 'Player 2' toasting flutes in honor of the groom's love of vintage video games and a bumble bee bouquet brooch from the bride's late grandmother.  Scroll and get ready to swoon!!  

The couple posed for photos at their waterfront venue, overlooking famed Bayshore Boulevard.

The couple posed for photos at their waterfront venue, overlooking famed Bayshore Boulevard.

Tampa's rich Cuban heritage and 'Cigar City' moniker, inspired details like the cigar box motif invitations and woven straw hand fans.

Tampa's rich Cuban heritage and 'Cigar City' moniker, inspired details like the cigar box motif invitations and woven straw hand fans.

The bride's lace ballgown was fit for a Disney princess (perfect for a fanatic bride who maintains annual passholder status at the theme parks and knows the characters from all the movies!) and her hairstyle embodied the iconic braids from the Tangled and Frozen heroines.

The bride's lace ballgown was fit for a Disney princess (perfect for a fanatic bride who maintains annual passholder status at the theme parks and knows the characters from all the movies!) and her hairstyle embodied the iconic braids from the Tangled and Frozen heroines.

The bridal party's silk robes featured colorful florals with both tropical and autumnal vibes.

The bridal party's silk robes featured colorful florals with both tropical and autumnal vibes.

'The Princess Bride' accessorized her gown with a gold dinosaur necklace that had actually belonged to the groom when he was a young child.

'The Princess Bride' accessorized her gown with a gold dinosaur necklace that had actually belonged to the groom when he was a young child.

The groom sported rich red details that fell in theme with this Cuban inspired affair, and even snuck in some nerdy video game references on his tie clip and cuff "Links".

The groom sported rich red details that fell in theme with this Cuban inspired affair, and even snuck in some nerdy video game references on his tie clip and cuff "Links".

The couple got ready at the historic Floridan Palace hotel where they shared an intimate first look.

The couple got ready at the historic Floridan Palace hotel where they shared an intimate first look.

Choosing to have a first look is a great way to get rid of pre-ceremony jitters together, and creates an opportunity for super cute photos!

Choosing to have a first look is a great way to get rid of pre-ceremony jitters together, and creates an opportunity for super cute photos!

The groom looks suave in his grey three piece suit with red accessories, and of course shades for that Florida sun.

The groom looks suave in his grey three piece suit with red accessories, and of course shades for that Florida sun.

A yellow chrysanthemum boutonniere provides a harvest touch to the groom's look for this October wedding.

A yellow chrysanthemum boutonniere provides a harvest touch to the groom's look for this October wedding.

Bright florals in shades of orange, red, and yellow looked right at home against brick backdrops iconic to Tampa.

Bright florals in shades of orange, red, and yellow looked right at home against brick backdrops iconic to Tampa.

The couple made their way to the venue on an open air trolley traveling through Downtown Tampa.

The couple made their way to the venue on an open air trolley traveling through Downtown Tampa.

And of course stopped for amazing pictures along the way!

And of course stopped for amazing pictures along the way!

Bridesmaids wore dresses in bright fall shades which accented the colors found throughout the wedding.

Bridesmaids wore dresses in bright fall shades which accented the colors found throughout the wedding.

The bride truly looked like a princess in her lace ballgown with keyhole illusion lace detailing on the back.

The bride truly looked like a princess in her lace ballgown with keyhole illusion lace detailing on the back.

The Tampa Garden Club's lush garden space created the perfect ceremony backdrop as the two exchanged vows led by a close friend from the groom's residency program.

The Tampa Garden Club's lush garden space created the perfect ceremony backdrop as the two exchanged vows led by a close friend from the groom's residency program.

It wouldn't be a 'Cigar City' wedding without a shade station complete with fedoras!

It wouldn't be a 'Cigar City' wedding without a shade station complete with fedoras!

Colorful flora combined Fall colors with bright hues, resulting in arrangements that reflected the season as well as surprise tropical elements.

Colorful flora combined Fall colors with bright hues, resulting in arrangements that reflected the season as well as surprise tropical elements.

Bright florals and vintage style cigar boxes lined the aisle.

Bright florals and vintage style cigar boxes lined the aisle.

The fairy tale couple share a kiss as they are received by guests, after saying "I do"!

The fairy tale couple share a kiss as they are received by guests, after saying "I do"!

Guests enjoyed creative Florida-Cuban fusion cuisine, including passed 'Cuban cigars' of puff pastry filled with traditional Cuban sandwich ingredients studded with mustard and seasoning to resemble cigars in a cigar box.

Guests enjoyed creative Florida-Cuban fusion cuisine, including passed 'Cuban cigars' of puff pastry filled with traditional Cuban sandwich ingredients studded with mustard and seasoning to resemble cigars in a cigar box.

Mahogany Chiavari chairs and tropical colored linens were adorned with candle light and table numbers in gold frames, helping to marry the harvest and Havana themes!

Mahogany Chiavari chairs and tropical colored linens were adorned with candle light and table numbers in gold frames, helping to marry the harvest and Havana themes!

A Florida sunset created the perfect lighting to accent the ballroom.

A Florida sunset created the perfect lighting to accent the ballroom.

Tropical fruit was incorporated throughout the collection of cigar box centerpieces.

Tropical fruit was incorporated throughout the collection of cigar box centerpieces.

And table numbers were presented in form of dominos (a famous Tampa pastime).

And table numbers were presented in form of dominos (a famous Tampa pastime).

The coupled shared a first dance surrounded by A LOT of family and friends!

The coupled shared a first dance surrounded by A LOT of family and friends!

The cake featured flavor combos like Vanilla Key Lime, Hummingbird with Rum Pecan, and Guava Cream Cheese - topped off with a pair of adorable brass ducks in honor of the Peabody hotel in Memphis where the couple became engaged after the daily ducks parade through the lobby!

The cake featured flavor combos like Vanilla Key Lime, Hummingbird with Rum Pecan, and Guava Cream Cheese - topped off with a pair of adorable brass ducks in honor of the Peabody hotel in Memphis where the couple became engaged after the daily ducks parade through the lobby!

During cocktail hour a cigar bar was presented for guests to celebrate and relax.

During cocktail hour a cigar bar was presented for guests to celebrate and relax.

The couple even had custom cigars made!

The couple even had custom cigars made!

You know the couple that plays air guitar together, stays together, right? Yeah, we totally agree!

You know the couple that plays air guitar together, stays together, right? Yeah, we totally agree!

A gorgeous Florida sky was the perfect backdrop for this couple who celebrated in true Tampa fashion!

A gorgeous Florida sky was the perfect backdrop for this couple who celebrated in true Tampa fashion!

The incredibly talented team who created all this magic includes:

- Venue:  Tampa Garden Club

- Photographer:  Life Long Photography Studio

- Catering:  Catering by the Family

- Rentals & Floral:  Arlene Floral Designer 

- Transportation:  Clearwater Jolley Trolley

- Hair & Makeup:  Michelle Renee the Studio

- DJ & Lighting:  MBC Entertainment

- Bridal Gown & Bridesmaids Dresses:  Alfred Angelo

- Cake:  Publix Greenwise Bakery 

- Accommodations:  Floridan Palace Hotel

- Stationary:  Lollie J Designs

- Linens:  Connie Duglin Linens

Jennifer and Jeff - An Intimate Brunch Wedding

Jennifer and Jeff - An Intimate Brunch Wedding

Jennifer and Jeff met in college, despite going to different schools, and both went on to become urban planners. Their professions and the greater Tampa Bay area dictated the vision for their wedding. The biggest source of inspiration however was their love of brunch, the couple's favorite meal of the day! Ivory flowers with touches of wispy greenery decorated the space along with pops of yellow, the brides favorite color. Their honeymoon, in New York City, was a testament to their love of cities and urban planning, which prompted such details as their seating chart and table numbers.

Sarah and Mark - A Sweet Southern Garden Wedding

Sarah and Mark - A Sweet Southern Garden Wedding

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!)