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Kristin and Daniel’s glamorous downtown Tampa wedding reflected their vision perfectly with a vintage, historical celebration that impressed their friends and family. The bride and groom chose a timeless color palette to set the mood for their classy, upscale soiree.

“We wanted an upscale event and classic,” the bride shared. “We picked black, white and gold to go along with our black tie, vintage, and glamorous theme. The colors with the venue definitely made the vision come true.”

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The Tampa natives searched for inspiration online and even gained ideas from Marry Me Tampa Bay’s Instagram account. Specifically searching for a wedding venue that offered a historical, yet glamorous vibe, that offered ceremony and reception options, Kristin and Daniel chose the Le Meridien Tampa.

“When we found Le Meridien, we were thrilled. Each room was unique and different for our guests. It was perfect because it used to be the old courthouse. Many people had been married in the building before it was transformed into the gorgeous hotel it is today. The steps where our ceremony took place was amazing and everything was such a cool experience!” the bride gushed. “Not only were Le Meridien staff extremely accommodating and knowledgeable, but the event coordinator, Brigid, ensured the process was smooth from the beginning to the day of the wedding.”

Aside from a breathtaking venue, Kristin and Daniel knew that providing a DJ who had the whole floor dancing all night was a must.

“We wanted a DJ that really got the entire crowd to have a good time, and Tony Lange of Grant Hemond & Associates did just that,” the bride gleamed. “We had a questionnaire and a few phone calls with Tony where he got to know Danny and myself as a couple. He made sure even on the day of to help with keeping things on track and flowing without a hitch.” 

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Looking back on their wedding day, the time spent with guests dancing and enjoying their special day was something the couple will never forget.

“The last dance of the night was a Journey song, and I think at that point everyone was up and enjoying the party,” the bride reminisced.

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Strapless Lace Wedding Dress on White Personalized Hanger

Strapless Lace Wedding Dress on White Personalized Hanger

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Bride and Groom First Look Wedding Portrait on Stairs | Historic Downtown Tampa Wedding Venue Le Meriden

Bride and Groom First Look Wedding Portrait on Stairs | Historic Downtown Tampa Wedding Venue Le Meriden

Bride Wedding Portrait in Strapless Lace Fit and Flare Wedding Dress with Veil and White Orchid Floral Bouquet | Downtown Tampa Historic Wedding Venue Le Meridien

Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait in Strapless Lace Fit and Flare Wedding Dress and Groom in Black Tuxedo | Downtown Tampa Venue Le Meridien

Bride and Groom Creative Wedding Portrait with Champagne Glasses

The Proposal:
Danny had been interviewing for a new very lucrative job and ended up getting a job offer. He wanted to ensure his commitment to me and our relationship before accepting the opportunity. We were enjoying a cozy night in our home, and he got down on one knee and explained how he knew he loved me from the very first night we had gone out. He said he just knew. He then pulled out a hot pink silicone ring and proposed. I, of course, said YES! I could not imagine a life without him. He planned on getting me my dream ring, which of course came a few months later. I am pretty positive both Danny and my friends and family thought it was a joke. I still laugh thinking about it today, but it was unique and heartfelt. I would have married him right then and there.

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How did you incorporate you and your spouse’s personalities into the wedding?
We just wanted everyone to feel like family from the moment they arrived. We did not have a bride and groom side to the ceremony. We made sure that everyone got up and danced at one point in the night.

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Outdoor Wedding Ceremony on Front Steps of Historic Courthouse | Downtown Tampa Hotel Venue Le Meridien

What did you look for in a venue? 
We wanted something that had history and wasn’t just a ballroom.

When we found Le Meridien Tampa, we were thrilled. Each room was unique and different for our guests. It was perfect too because we wanted a somewhere where we could have the ceremony reception together. The steps where our ceremony took place was amazing and everything was such a cool experience. Not only were the Le Meridien staff extremely accommodating and knowledgeable, but the event coordinator, Brigid, ensured the process was smooth from the beginning to the day of the wedding.

Outdoor Bride and Groom Wedding Ceremony on Front Steps of Historic Courthouse | Downtown Tampa Hotel Venue Le Meridien

Outdoor Bride and Groom Wedding Ceremony on Front Steps of Historic Courthouse | Downtown Tampa Hotel Venue Le Meridien

Outdoor Bride and Groom Wedding Ceremony on Front Steps of Historic Courthouse | Downtown Tampa Hotel Venue Le Meridien

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Hotel Ballroom Wedding Reception with Round Tables, Tall Glass Vases with White Orchids Centerpieces, White Tablecloths and Mini Champagne Bottles | Historic Courthouse Downtown Tampa Hotel Venue Le Meridien | Rentals Kate Ryan Linens

Hotel Ballroom Wedding Reception with Round Tables, Tall Glass Vases with White Orchids Centerpieces, White Tablecloths and Mini Champagne Bottles | Historic Courthouse Downtown Tampa Hotel Venue Le Meridien | Rentals Kate Ryan Linens

How would you describe your theme?
We wanted an upscale event and classic. We picked black, white and gold as our colors to go along with our black tie, vintage, and glamorous theme. I think the colors with the venue definitely made the vision come true.

Wedding Reception Decor, Mini Gold Glitter Champagne Bottle Wedding Favor, Traditional Escort Card and Gold Charger | Tampa Rentals Kate Ryan Linens

Hotel Ballroom Wedding Reception Sweetheart Table, White Tablecloth, Gold Table Runner, Mr and Mrs Sign and Tall Gold Vases with White Orchids | Historic Courthouse Downtown Tampa Hotel Venue Le Meridien | Rentals Kate Ryan Linens

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What did you look for in a DJ?
We wanted a DJ who really got the entire crowd to have a good time and Tony Lange of Grant Hemond & Associates did just that. We had a questionnaire and a few phone calls with Tony where he got to know Danny and myself as a couple. He made sure even on the day of to help with keeping things on track and flowing without a hitch.

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Bride and Groom Sparkler Exit Wedding Portrait | Historic Downtown Tampa Wedding Venue Le Meridien

Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait in Front of Vintage Wedding Car

What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay couples?
Try to enjoy the experience because it really does go by fast. Soak up every minute of the day and night. Take a little walk around the room and look at all of the details you spent worrying about.

Ceremony and Reception Venue, Caterer: Le Meridien Tampa – Brigid Driskill
Photographer: Limelight Photography
Videographer: David Zhou
Florist: Fleurtations
Chair Rentals: Kate Ryan Event Rentals *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Cake: The Cake Girl
DJ: Grant Hemond & Associates – Tony Lange  *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Officiant: Denise Jones
Invitations: Occasions  – @illiam Arthur
Dress: Augusta Jones
Bridesmaid Dresses: JJ’s House
Hair: Haute Hair Tampa
Makeup: Makeup by Marissa
Additional Wedding Vendors: Tampa Calligraphy

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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).

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