Tampa History & Charm

Hilary and Patrick - A Coastal Chic Wedding on Tierra Verde

Hilary and Pat share a love for the outdoors, be it scalloping in the summer, riding their horses, or just being outside every day.  Their fun, laid-back lifestyles dictated their wedding style (along with Hilary's love of everything blue and white), and they fell in love with the Tampa Bay Watch venue for it's waterfront views as well as their contribution to marine research.  The couple wanted their wedding to be a fun celebration with their closest friends and family, where they enjoyed great food and great music above all else.  The dinner reception on the second floor featured a wrap-around balcony overlooking the sunset, surrounding water and dancefloor below.  Everyone danced under a canopy of bistro lights as the sun disappeared over the waterline, before hopping on the open-air trolley to head back to the beach resort.

The couple shared a first kiss, overlooking the stunning waterfront view.

The couple shared a first kiss, overlooking the stunning waterfront view.

The groom sported a sky blue tie to accent his navy suit, and a custom monogramed pocket square.

The groom sported a sky blue tie to accent his navy suit, and a custom monogramed pocket square.

The boutonnieres reflected the clean color palette and unique succulent accents of the floral arrangements.

The boutonnieres reflected the clean color palette and unique succulent accents of the floral arrangements.

The gentlemen sported navy suits with soft blue and white adornments.

The gentlemen sported navy suits with soft blue and white adornments.

Bridesmaids wore chiffon dresses in varying shades of seaglass, to compliment their soft, organic bouquets.

Bridesmaids wore chiffon dresses in varying shades of seaglass, to compliment their soft, organic bouquets.

The bride's bouquet was wrapped with a sentimental piece of fabric from her grandmother's dress.

The bride's bouquet was wrapped with a sentimental piece of fabric from her grandmother's dress.

The couple exchanged vows in front of a jaw-dropping arch made from large driftwood branches accented with flora.

The couple exchanged vows in front of a jaw-dropping arch made from large driftwood branches accented with flora.

Organic-style floral arrangements boasted quicksand roses, lisianthus, stock, eucalyptus, blue thistle, hydrangea, queen anne's lace, dusty miller, and succulents,

Organic-style floral arrangements boasted quicksand roses, lisianthus, stock, eucalyptus, blue thistle, hydrangea, queen anne's lace, dusty miller, and succulents,

Watercolor blues and glass bottles added a nautical element to the decor.

Watercolor blues and glass bottles added a nautical element to the decor.

Guests enjoyed views of Tampa Bay as the couple were married.

Guests enjoyed views of Tampa Bay as the couple were married.

The bride's brother, dressed in full uniform, sabered a bottle of champagne for a ceremonial toast before the couple was pronounced husband and wife.

The bride's brother, dressed in full uniform, sabered a bottle of champagne for a ceremonial toast before the couple was pronounced husband and wife.

A coastal chic motif incorporating sunbleached wood boxes gave a nod to the bride's rustic Southern style.

A coastal chic motif incorporating sunbleached wood boxes gave a nod to the bride's rustic Southern style.

Driftwood accents were incorporated into the floral arrangements.

Driftwood accents were incorporated into the floral arrangements.

Guests enjoyed Floridian cuisine including grilled oysters in the halfshell, cedar plank salmon, and a giant seafood paella station.

Guests enjoyed Floridian cuisine including grilled oysters in the halfshell, cedar plank salmon, and a giant seafood paella station.

Bling bling - how about that RING!?!?

Bling bling - how about that RING!?!?

Seriously - our clients are just the cutest (and the sweetest)!!

Seriously - our clients are just the cutest (and the sweetest)!!

Wedding pros who created this picture-perfect event include:

- Venue: Tampa Bay Watch

- Photography: Life Long Studios Photography

- Catering: Catering by the Family

- Florist: Braun's Fine Florals

- Rentals: Coast to Coast Rentals

- Lighting: Tampa Lights 

- Entertainment: Grant Hemond and Associates, DJ Eric Harding

- Transportation: Clearwater Jolley Trolley

- Hair & Makeup: LDM Beauty Group

- Linens: Connie Duglin Linen

- Cake: Publix Greenwise

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

Nina Marie and Alex - A Unique Celestial Wedding in Downtown Tampa

Nina Marie and Alex first met at the wedding of a mutual friend. They soon found they both had a love for the stars above, especially the moon, so the natural choice for their offbeat wedding was a celestial theme. They wanted a dark and moody October celebration that balanced non-traditional and classic wedding elements. Their mutual love of donuts inspired a pink donut truck outside the venue for guests to enjoy after dinner. Even their cat made an appearance, in the form of a cardboard cutout, sitting amongst the guests during the ceremony and later being passed around the dance floor! 

Downtown Tampa provided one of a kind murals, unique to the city, perfect for posing for photos.

Downtown Tampa provided one of a kind murals, unique to the city, perfect for posing for photos.

Having trouble finding a unique dress she loved, the bride bought a traditional wedding dress and had a seamstress modify it with custom blush tulle underlay and bronze appliqués.

Having trouble finding a unique dress she loved, the bride bought a traditional wedding dress and had a seamstress modify it with custom blush tulle underlay and bronze appliqués.

Bright, organic bunches of florals popped against black bridesmaids dresses and linens.

Bright, organic bunches of florals popped against black bridesmaids dresses and linens.

The open space, exposed brick, and industrial elements of this 1920's theater created the perfect combination of unique yet romantic charm.

The open space, exposed brick, and industrial elements of this 1920's theater created the perfect combination of unique yet romantic charm.

The couple had a custom golden crescent moon made for their backdrop, accented with a star sprinkled gobo on the exposed brick, and bistro lights overhead to simulate stars above.

The couple had a custom golden crescent moon made for their backdrop, accented with a star sprinkled gobo on the exposed brick, and bistro lights overhead to simulate stars above.

A black and gold sign accented with matching florals welcomed guests and let them know this was going to be an intimate, unplugged ceremony.

A black and gold sign accented with matching florals welcomed guests and let them know this was going to be an intimate, unplugged ceremony.

The couple had a close friend officiate and do a reading of their favorite bible verses.

The couple had a close friend officiate and do a reading of their favorite bible verses.

The stunning couple, looking elated, as they are received by guests.

The stunning couple, looking elated, as they are received by guests.

To stay in theme, the wedding party wore black attire, with the maid of honor in a custom embroidered gown.

To stay in theme, the wedding party wore black attire, with the maid of honor in a custom embroidered gown.

The bride had a baby pink bomber custom embroidered with 'Just Married' and celestial themed patches.

The bride had a baby pink bomber custom embroidered with 'Just Married' and celestial themed patches.

For a unique getaway, the couple bought a tandem bike, and attached a sweet basket and 'Just Married' sign.

For a unique getaway, the couple bought a tandem bike, and attached a sweet basket and 'Just Married' sign.

The couple was sent off on their tandem bike, surrounded by waving glowsticks!

The couple was sent off on their tandem bike, surrounded by waving glowsticks!

The awesome wedding pros who made this wedding spectacular include:

- Venue: The Rialto Theater

- Photographer: Ashley Izquierdo

- Catering: Delectables Fine Catering

- Rentals: Classic Events Entertainment

- Florist: Florist Fire

- Entertainment: DJ Jason, Grant Hemond & Associates

- Donut Truck: Cravings Donut Truck

- Hair & Makeup: LDM Beauty Group

Gabriella and Aric - Old World Tradition in Tampa

Gabriella and Aric - Old World Tradition in Tampa

Gabriella and Aric wanted their wedding to reflect their traditional Catholic backgrounds, the bride's Venezuelan heritage, and have an overall old Florida feel. The groom's love of craft beer inspired the space for their rehearsal dinner, which was held at The Tampa Bay Brew Bus, as well as all the craft beer that was served at the reception. Elegant classic design paired with personalized touches created a luxurious and sophisticated affair in the heart of Tampa.

Stacy and Josh - A Chic Ybor City Wedding

Stacy and Josh - A Chic Ybor City Wedding

Stacy and Josh are each a part of long time Florida families, so a Florida inspired Ybor wedding only made sense for them. Florida elements, like fiddler crab claws and oyster shells, were interspersed with personal touches found everywhere from the bride wearing her mothers veil, to old family wedding photos set amongst displays of sweets. For a final show of appreciation to old Tampa, a dominos table was set up in The Italian Club, as a nod to the venue's history and the spirit of Tampa.