Best of 2015: First Looks

Best of Marry Me Tampa Bay 2015: First Looks

2015 has been the year of “first looks” for Tampa Bay weddings. We’ve found more and more couples opting in for that intimate pre-ceremony time with their soon-to-be “Mr.” or “Mrs.”

We love the anticipation of seeing the bride’s excitement and groom’s nerves come together in one of the most emotion filled moments of the day.

For the couples who stay within tradition, “first touches” are increasing popular, as couples don’t actually see one another, but still create a cherished memory just moments before saying their “I Do’s.”


Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Best of 2015 - "First Look" Wedding Photos

Bride and Groom Reading Wedding Cards during First Look

Rustic, Blush, Ivory and Coral Tampa Destination Wedding | The Barn at Crescent Lake | Life Long Studios

Bride and Groom First Touch/First Look | Jeff Mason Photography

Rustic White & Grey Rocking H Ranch Wedding | Lakeland | Jeff Mason Photography

First Look on Wedding Day | Kristen Marie Photography

Romantic, Vintage Pastel Green, Pink and White Wedding | The Tampa Club | Kristen Marie Photography *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro

Wedding Bride & Groom First Look | Tampa Wedding Photographer Marc Edwards Photographs

Wedding Bride & Groom First Look | Tampa Wedding Photographer Marc Edwards Photographs

Elegant, Rustic Golf Course Wedding | Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club | Marc Edwards Photographs *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro

St. Petersburg Bride and Groom First LookMilitary Groom First LookSt. Petersburg Bride and Groom First LookSt. Petersburg Bride and Groom First LookNavy and Orange Military Wedding – St. Pete Museum of Fine Arts Wedding | Corey Conroy Photography

Wedding Paper Divas Free Samples CouponBride and Groom First Look |Rad Red CreativeBride and Groom First Look |Rad Red CreativeBlack, Gold & Glitter Downtown St. Pete New Year’s Eve Wedding | NOVA 535 | Rad Red Creative *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro

Tampa Garden Club Bride & Groom First Look on Wedding DayTampa Garden Club Bride & Groom First Look on Wedding Day

Red, Burgundy, Gold and Ivory Spanish Villa Themed Wedding | Tampa Garden Club | Corey Conroy Photography

Bride and Groom Wedding Day First Look | Downtown St. Pete WeddingBride and Groom Wedding Day First Look | Downtown St. Pete Wedding

Asian Inspired, Glam Downtown St. Pete Wedding | NOVA 535 | Sunglow Photography


Marry Me Tampa Bay editor, Anna Coats, created Marry Me Tampa Bay in 2012 to showcase the area's best local weddings and vendors. She has been featured as a wedding expert on the national talkshow Daytime, Fox13, ABC Action News, Great Day Tampa Bay, and Bay News 9 (now Spectrum).

NOVA 535

NOVA 535

Avila Golf & Country Club


Organic Boho Modern White and Brown Rooftop Wedding Ceremony Flowers with Peach Roses, Gold Leaves, Feathers, and Ghost Chairs | Tampa Bay Wedding Florist Monarch Events | Planner and Designer UNIQUE Weddings + Events | Venue Aloft/Element Midtown | Photographer and Videographer Bonnie Newman Creative | Rentals A Chair Affair


St. Pete Beach Wedding Venue Bellwether Beach Resort Aerial View

The Vault

The Godfrey Hotel

Renaissance Tampa International Plaza

Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach

Red Mesa Events

Lifelong Photography Studio

Creative Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait with Veil Blowing in Wind | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studio

Carrie Wildes Photography

dewitt for love

Modern Dramatic Unique Asymmetrical Red Wedding Bridal Bouquet with Ranunculus Tulips Protea Roses Anemone and Amaryllis | Dewitt for Love Photography


Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer | Limelight Photography

Breezin’ Weddings

Florida Bride and Groom Romantic Portrait Under Whimsical and Lush Circular Floral Arch with Pampas Grass, White and Blush Pink Roses, Hydrangeas and Greenery, Bride in Full Length Veil | Tampa Wedding Planner Breezin' Weddings | Wedding Dress Isabel O'Neil Bridal | Wedding Hair Femme Akoi | Waterfront Wedding Venue Tampa Yacht and Country Club

Coastal Coordinating

UNIQUE Weddings & Events

Parties a la Carte

Special Moments Event Planning

Modern, Garden Inspired Wedding Decor, Blush Pink Floral Wall and White Draping, Gazebo, Outdoor Dance Floor, Long Feasting Tables. Rose Gold Chiavari Chairs, Floral Curly Willow Arches | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner Special Moments Event Planning | Tampa Bay Wedding Florist Gabro Event Services | Tampa Bay Wedding Rentals A Chair Affair

Truly Forever Bridal

Michele Renee The Studio

Elite Events Catering


Longboat Key Club

Beso Del Sol

Isla del Sol Yacht & Country Club

The Poynter Institute

The Don CeSar Hotel

Hotel Zamora

Postcard Inn

Hotel Alba


Paradise Spring | Tampa Bay Wedding Venue Private Estate


The Lake Lodge Wedding Venue | Lake Thonotosassa Tampa Area Wedding Venue

amber mcwhorter photography

Spaghetti Strap Casablanca Ivory Simple Slip Wedding Dress Bridal Gown | Light Blue Grey Groom Suit | Outdoor Bride and Groom Beach Portrait at Tampa St Pete Florida COVID Destination Elopement Beach Wedding Ceremony | Neutral White Ivory and Greenery Bridal Bouquet | Amber McWhorter Photography

Luxe Light Images

Gulf Beach Weddings

Elope Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay Wedding Elopement Planning | Elope Tampa Bay

eventfull weddings

Tampa Bay Wedding Planner EventFull Weddings

Lynn’s Catering

Amici’s Catered Cuisine

Sweetly Dipped Confections

Bella Bridesmaid


Lifelong Photography Studio | The Current | Adore Bridal Hair and Makeup

A&P Designs

Grant Hemond & Associates

Grant Hemond and Associates | Tampa Bay Wedding DJ

breezin' entertainment

St. Petersburg Wedding DJ Breezin' Entertainment

A Chair Affair

outside the box

Tampa Bay Bride and Groom Cheers in front of Champagne Wall, Greenery Boxwood Bubbly Wall Rental, Bride Holding Vibrant Jewel Toned Floral Bouquet with Bright Pink Roses, Ivory, Purple, and Blue Flowers | Florida Wedding Planner Breezin' Weddings | South Tampa Outside The Box Event Rentals