SarahJane and Stephen hosted a hometown, Lakeland wedding, marrying at the groom’s childhood church.
“Having a church ceremony was very important to Stephen and I, so we were super happy that it turned out perfect!” the bride gushed.
The couple chose a romantic palate and for their relaxed, rustic wedding.
“We tried to keep everything pretty laid back, but still wanted it to be classy,” SarahJane explained. “I love lace and antiques, and our colors were blush, rose gold and ivory.”
The bride and groom toured Lakeland wedding venue Rocking H Ranch and instantly knew it was perfect for their wedding reception.
“We fell in love with all of the decorations and the look of the barn,” the bride shared. “We just loved the look of the entire place; all the trees and scenery were gorgeous.”
The proposal was last Christmas Eve. We were staying in our house for the first time, and we didn’t have any furniture, so we stayed on air mattress and watched Christmas movies. Around 2 a.m., we opened our presents from each other and decided to go to sleep. Stephen woke me up and said he forgot to give me a present and then pulled out the ring box and asked me to marry him.
How would you describe your theme?
A rustic and romantic look. I love lace and antiques, so that’s why we went with that theme. Our colors were blush, rose gold and ivory. I love light pink flowers, so that is partly why I chose those colors.
What were the deciding factors for choosing your venue?
We decided to use Rocking H Ranch for the reception after we toured it and fell in love with all of the decorations and the look of the barn.
We also had our engagement pictures taken at the ranch. We just loved the look of the entire place; all the trees and scenery were gorgeous.
What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay Brides?
Be organized and try to stay calm about everything. It’s not worth it to get super stressed out, because everything will work out and turn out perfect, even if it is a little different than what you envisioned.
Just enjoy being engaged and enjoy the actual wedding day! Take everything in because it goes by really fast!
Ceremony: St. Paul Lutheran Church (Lakeland)
Reception Venue: Rocking H Ranch
Photographer: Jordan Weiland Photography
Planner: Confetti Events
Caterer: The Rusty Pig
Bartender: Spunky Spirits
Linen Rentals: Classic Linens
Cake: Gourmet Goodies
DJ: DJ Bracken Entertainment
Invitations: Fink Ink Designs
Dress: Edwards Macy Bridal – Mary’s Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: Robyn Lynne Bridal & Formal Wear
Groomsmen Suits: Nathan’s Men’s Store