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Fuente-Garcia Ybor City Wedding

Liana and Manny’s Ybor City wedding featured a show stopping couture wedding dress, Boston terrier flower girl, two Grammy award-winning artists and over 1,000 wedding guests.

The bride and groom incorporated their Cuban heritage into their big day through their wedding venue choices.

“We are Cuban-Americans born and raised in Tampa. In Tampa, there are two areas that hold deep meaning for both of our families and the community we are members of: Ybor City and West Tampa. These areas have a historical connection to Cuba, the immigrant experience, the cigar industry and the American Dream,” the bride explained. “The church service took place at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in West Tampa, and the wedding reception took place in Ybor City, across the street of the historic cigar factory that houses the corporate offices for the Arturo Fuente Cigar Company (the bride’s family business).”

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Entertainment played an important part of Liana and Manny’s wedding day, as the couple had not one, but two Grammy-winning musicians.

“We are both music lovers and lovers of our heritage,” the bride gushed. “I will always remember (10-time Grammy award-winning trumpet artist) Arturo Sandoval playing Ave Maria during the ceremony and having Willy Chirino perform at our wedding was a dream come true.”

To host their 1,000+ person guest list, the couple created a custom 20,000 sq. ft. outdoor pavilion with multiple tents featuring cigar, oyster and entrance bars for their cigar inspired, Ybor City wedding.

“Our reception was built to our liking and as elegant and fun as can be; photos do not do it justice,” Liana beamed.

With the guidance of their wedding planner and designer, the bride and groom hired Tampa wedding florist Andrea Layne Floral Designs to create a clean, classy and exotic look for their florals and centerpieces.

Andrea Layne Floral Design went out of their way to get things perfect. They even made a custom floral dog leash for my flower ‘girl!'” the bride shared.

The pair searched for a Tampa wedding photographer who could capture all of the memories of the day.

“We looked for someone with innate talent who would be able to work in a traditional style, but at the same time, be able to think outside of the box and take risks and be creative,” Liana explained. “There is no other photographer I would hire. Ailyn of Ailyn La Torre Photography is amazing; she made us feel like family.”

One of the most captivating photos of the couple’s wedding day included Liana’s Ines di Santo wedding dress.

“I let the dress pick me. I went in open-minded and tried on everything,” the bride shared. “Isabel O’ Neil Bridal had a great and very diverse selection of dresses. They even went out of their way to find me that ‘OMG’ dress.”

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Looking back, some of the couple’s most cherished memories took place at the start of their wedding ceremony and continued into the next morning.

“Manny felt walking down the aisle with his parents and having Chachi as the flower girl were some of his most memorable moments. I will always remember walking down the aisle with my dad,” the bride reminisced. “We both loved partying with our friends and family until 6 a.m., especially the crazy hour of music that included some old school hip-hop that was played they year we met in 1994!”
Bridal Wedding Band and Pear Shaped Engagement Ring Portrait on Gold Wedding Invitation | Tampa Wedding Photographer Ailyn La Torre Photography

Elegant, Ivory and Gold Wedding Invitation Suite with Art Deco Theme | Tampa Wedding Photographer Ailyn La Torre Photography

Nude, Badgley Mischka Royal Evening Pumps Wedding Shoes with Crystal Heel Embellishments Snaking Around The Heel to the Back | Tampa Wedding Photographer Ailyn La Torre Photography

Ines Di Santo "Salerno" Sleeveless Beaded Mermaid Wedding Dress from Tampa Bridal Shop Isabel O’Neil Bridal | Tampa Wedding Photographer Ailyn La Torre Photography

Ines Di Santo "Salerno" Sleeveless Beaded Mermaid Wedding Dress with Plunging Deep V-neckline and Detachable Cascading Silk Organza Ruffled Train from Tampa Bridal Shop Isabel O’Neil Bridal | Tampa Wedding Photographer Ailyn La Torre Photography

What was your wedding dress inspiration?
I let the dress pick me. I went in open-minded and tried on everything.

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Isabel O’Neil Bridal had a great and very diverse selection of dresses. They even went out of their way to find me that *OMG* dress. All the ladies working there were first-class and professional.

Liana Fuente Bridal Wedding Portrait in Beaded Ines DiSanto Wedding Dress with Cascading White Orchid Bouquet | Tampa Wedding Photographer Ailyn La Torre Photography | Wedding Dress from Isabel O’Neil Bridal

Liana Fuente of Arturo Fuente Cigars Bridal Wedding Portrait in Beaded Ines DiSanto Wedding Dress with Cascading White Orchid Bouquet | Downtown Tampa Wedding Photographer Ailyn La Torre Photography | Wedding Dress from Isabel O’Neil Bridal

Hanging White Flower Balls and Candles | Church Wedding Ceremony Decor

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Tampa Wedding Ceremony | Wedding Photography Ailyn La Torre Photography

Liana Fuente Wedding Ceremony Portrait | Tampa Wedding Photographer Ailyn La Torre Photography

Liana Fuente Wedding Ceremony Portrait at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church | Tampa Wedding Photographer Ailyn La Torre Photography

Tampa Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait in Ivory Mermaid Ines DiSanto Wedding Dress from Isabel O’Neil Bridal | Liana Fuente Wedding Portrait | Tampa Wedding Photographer Ailyn La Torre Photography

Bridal Portrait in Ines DiSanto Ruffled Mermaid Wedding Dress from Isabel O'Neil Bridal with Pet Dog as Flower Girl | Liana Fuente of Arturo Fuente Cigar Wedding | Downtown Tampa Wedding Photographer Ailyn La Torre Photography

Downtown Tampa Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait in Ivory Mermaid Ines DiSanto Wedding Dress from Isabel O’Neil Bridal | Liana Fuente Wedding Portrait | Tampa Wedding Photographer Ailyn La Torre Photography

The Proposal:
Manny laid eyes on me for the first time on Friday, June 3rd, 1994 – over 22 years ago. We were both teenagers who were attending a mutual friend’s birthday party. Fast forward to November 2014, when Manny is contemplating where to propose to his life-long friend and love of his life. As is the usual thought process in these situations, images of fancy restaurants, beautiful beaches and weekend trips somewhere romantic went through Manny’s mind. However, with so much that had happened between us in 20+ years, the one image that was always in the back of his mind was that Friday night at that party when he first laid eyes on that beautiful girl. So life had decided for Manny, he would propose in the exact same location.

He was able to get me there the evening of December 11, 2014. He lied about hearing some strange noise in the car and ended up parking on that street corner. With the hazard lights on, he said he was getting out to check. He placed the ring under the front of the car and asked me to come out and hold the phone light for him. I got out, placed the light under the car and saw that there was something on the ground. Manny picked that “something” up, turned around on one knee and asked the question of questions, “Will you marry me?”

Outdoor, Downtown Tampa Wedding Portrait with Tampa Theatre Sign | Bride in Ivory Mermaid Ines DiSanto Wedding Dress from Isabel O’Neil Bridal | Liana Fuente Wedding Portrait | Tampa Wedding Photographer Ailyn La Torre Photography

Tampa Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait in Black Tuxedo and Ivory Beaded Applique Ines DiSanto Wedding Dress | Liana Fuente Wedding Portrait | Tampa Wedding Photographer Ailyn La Torre Photography

Custom Mini Champagne Bottle Wedding Reception Cocktail Hour Drinks | Downtown Tampa Wedding Photographer Ailyn La Torre Photography

Blue Velvet Tufted Wedding Lounge Furniture

Blue Velvet Tufted Wedding Lounge Furniture

Blue Sequined Wedding Linen with Custom Cigar Bar Ashtray

Wedding Reception Cigar Bar for Arturo Fuente Cigar’s Daughter | Downtown Tampa Florida Wedding Photographer Ailyn La Torre PhotographyCustomized Wedding Cigar Bar for with Bride and Groom Name and Wedding Date

Elegant Luxury White Wedding Candelabra Centerpieces with Flowers Wrapped | Sequined Speciality Linens and Ghost Chairs | Tampa Wedding Florist Andrea Layne Floral Designs

 

Great Gatsby 1920s Inspired Wedding Reception Inspiration | Gold Sequined Linens with White and Gold Walls and Ghost Chairs

Tall White Orchid Wedding Centerpiece Flowers in Gold Vase on Specialty Linen with Crystal Candelabras | Downtown Tampa Wedding Florist Andrea Layne Floral Design | Linens by Connie Duglin Linens | Photography by Ailyn La Torre Photography

What were your colors?
Gold, black and white.

What was your floral inspiration?
Clean, classy and exotic.

Andrea Layne Floral Design went out of their way to get things perfect. They even made a custom floral dog leash for my flower “girl!”

White and Gold Wedding Reception Décor with Tall, White Orchid Centerpieces on Gold Table Runners by Connie Duglin Linens and Lucite Chairs | Wedding Flowers by Andrea Layne Floral Design | Downtown Tampa Wedding Photographer Ailyn La Torre Photography

White and Gold Wedding Reception Décor on Gold Specialty Linens by Connie Duglin Linens with Tall, White Orchid Centerpieces and Crystal Candelabras | Arturo Fuente Cigar Daughter Wedding | Liana Fuente Wedding Reception Décor | Wedding Flowers by Andrea Layne Floral Design | Downtown Tampa Wedding Photographer Ailyn La Torre Photography

Wedding Reception Decor with White Floral Centerpieces on Gold Specialty Linen with Crystal Chandeliers and Lucite Chairs | Flowers by Andrea Layne Floral Design | Linens by Connie Duglin Linens | Downtown Tampa Wedding Photography by Ailyn La Torre Photography

Bride and Groom Wedding Day Reception Portrait | Wedding Florist Andrea Layne Floral Design | Ines DiSanto Wedding Gown by Isabel O'Neil Bridal | Downtown Tampa Wedding Photographer Ailyn La Torre Photography

What did you look for in a wedding photographer?
Someone with innate talent who would be able to work in a traditional style, but at the same time, be able to think outside of the box and take risks and be creative.

There is no other photographer I would hire. Ailyn of Ailyn La Torre Photography is amazing; she made us feel like family.

White and Gold Wedding Reception Décor with Tall, White Floral Centerpieces on Gold and White Specialty Linens | Arturo Fuente Cigar Daughter Wedding | Liana Fuente Wedding Reception Décor | Wedding Flowers by Andrea Layne Floral Design | Downtown Tampa Wedding Photographer Ailyn La Torre Photography

 

Wedding Reception Décor with Tall, White Hydrangea and Orchid Centerpieces on Long, White Feasting Tables | Wedding Flowers by Andrea Layne Floral Design | Downtown Tampa Wedding Photographer Ailyn La Torre Photography

Wedding Reception Décor with Tall, White Hydrangea and Orchid Centerpieces with Black Vases on Long, White Feasting Tables | Wedding Flowers by Andrea Layne Floral Design | Downtown Tampa Wedding Photographer Ailyn La Torre Photography

Elegant, Tented Wedding Reception with White Floral Centerpieces and Ivory Sofas | Flowers by Andrea Layne Floral Design | Downtown Tampa Wedding Photography by Ailyn La Torre Photography

Ybor City Outdoor Tented Wedding with Black and White Dance Floor | Fuente Cigar Wedding | Tampa Wedding Photographer Ailyn La Torre Photography

Elegant Wedding Reception Head Table Decor with White Rose and Hydrangea Centerpieces by Downtown Tampa Wedding Florist Andrea Layne Floral Design | Photography by Ailyn La Torre Photography

Beautiful Black and Gold Wedding Reception Cake and Dessert Table Details | Tampa Wedding Photographer Ailyn La Torre Photography

Three Tier Round White and Gold Wedding Cake with Fondant Floral Design | Black and Gold Wedding Reception Cake and Dessert Table Details | Tampa Wedding Photographer Ailyn La Torre Photography

Black and Gold Wedding Reception Cake and Dessert Table | Downtown Tampa Wedding Photographer Ailyn La Torre Photography

Bridal Party Wedding Portrait in Black One Shoulder Bridesmaids Dresses and Ines Di Santo Sleeveless Mermaid Wedding Dress from Isabel O’Neil Bridal with Ivory Floral Bouquets by Downtown Tampa Wedding Florist Andrea Layne Floral Design | Photography by Ailyn La Torre Photography

Bride and Groom First Dance on Wedding Day Portrait | Downtown Tampa Wedding Photographer Ailyn La Torre Photography

What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay Brides?
Don’t stress. Everything will come out great at the end! Enjoy your night to the fullest and take it all in.

Ceremony Venue: St. Joseph’s Catholic Church
Reception Venue: Private Residence
Photographer: Ailyn La Torre Photography
Videographer: Voila Cinematic
Lighting, Sound, Production: The Production Crew
Creative Design/Planner: Grand Events of Florida
Main Florist: Andrea Layne Floral Designs 
Additional Floral Design: 
Divine Creations
Caterer: Mise en Place
Main Linen Rental: Connie Duglin Linens
Additional Linen Rental: 
Nuage Designs
Tent Rental: Tentlogix
Cake: Chocolate Pi
DJ: Sustache Music Events, Inc
Entertainment: 
Arturo Sandoval, Willy Chirino and D. Bailey Management
Invitations/Papiere: The Write Stuff
Dress Shop and Designer: Isabel O’ Neil Bridal *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro – Ines DiSanto
Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Hair: Level Salon
Makeup: Natalie Foroughi




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