Brooksville Wedding – Purple, Silver & Ivory Wedding at Southern Hills Plantation Club
Kristi and Ray's Love Story:
My husband, Ray, and I met in 2009, when we started working together at a movie theater. We worked together for about a year until we started dating, after a chance encounter where we both went to school at USF.
In 2012, we moved in together and started our doggy family (we have 3)!
I knew things were getting pretty serious as I caught him browsing engagement rings several times. However, I was totally shocked when, on Christmas Day 2012, he popped the big question!
The day before and the morning of Christmas, he had been acting so nervous. I knew something was up, but I wasn't sure what. When we started opening presents the morning of, I received a photo book of our lives together. When I got to the last page of the book there was a page that asked me to marry him! Then he got down on one knee. I was in so much shock that I couldn't believe it. He had the most beautiful and perfect custom made ring. He put so much work into the whole thing I couldn't help but cry.
Purple, Silver & Ivory New Orleans Style Wedding
Kristi and Ray's wedding inspiration combined her love for the color purple and his penchant for a well-know New Orleans emblem.
“Purple is one of my favorite colors, and we thought ivory and silver were a nice compliment,” the bride shared. “We incorporated my husband's personality with the fleur de lis, the symbol of his favorite sports team, the New Orleans Saints. Not only did we incorporate it in the cake, cake servers, our GOBO monogram light and our napkin folding, but we also used New Orleans street signs, as our table signs.”
While the Tampa Bay area is known for its stunning beaches, the hometown couple sought out a backdrop that isn't as common in the Sunshine State.
“Rolling hills are not something that are easily found in the Tampa area, but Southern Hills Plantation Club had it all!” the bride gushed. “It was absolutely beautiful and classic. The building itself is a stunning plantation and the view is breathtaking.”
The bride and groom were very diligent when it came to hiring their wedding vendors, especially their Brooksville wedding florist.
“My husband and I were very careful in selecting our vendors. We would not hire a vendor unless we fell in love with them. I must have met with five or six different florist companies,” Kristi explained. “My ultimate decision was based on professionalism, organization, being open to my ideas, a high quality portfolio, and reasonably priced. Kathy of [Northside Florist] really impressed me because she embodied all of the qualities I was looking for. She seemed to really be in tune with what I wanted and tried to accommodate my ideas.”
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Looking back, the bride shared that her entire wedding day was full of memories.
“The whole day was perfect!” Kristi reminisced.
“Rolling hills are not something that are easily found in the Tampa area, but Southern Hills Plantation Club had it all! It was absolutely beautiful and classic. The building itself is a stunning plantation and the view is breathtaking.” – The Bride
“My husband and I were very careful in selecting our vendors. We would not hire a vendor unless we fell in love with them. Kathy of [Northside Florist] really impressed me because she embodied all of the qualities I was looking for. She seemed to really be in tune with what I wanted and tried to accommodate my ideas.” – The Bride
“All of my wedding vendors exceeded expectations. We just knew that these were the people we could trust with our big day, and each and every one went far beyond our expectations!” – The Bride
What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay Brides?
Do not to stress too much. It will all work out, just breathe.
Plan the day around what you and your husband want, and don't let family influence you too much.
Try to enjoy the day because it goes by way too fast, so make sure you have an awesome photographer and videographer!
Brooksville Wedding Reception Venue: Southern Hills Plantation Club
Brooksville Wedding Photographer: Blue Lane Studios
Brooksville Wedding Videographer: Movie Magic Productions
Brooksville Wedding Florist: Northside Florist *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Vendor!
Brooksville Wedding Caterer: Southern Hills Plantation Club
Brooksville Wedding Chair and Linens: Connie Duglin Linens *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Vendor!
Brooksville Wedding Cake: Gia's Cakes & Goodies
Brooksville Wedding DJ: Luke Entertainment Productions
Brooksville Wedding Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Brooksville Wedding Transportation: Advantage Limo
Brooksville Wedding Dress: Misses Dressy – Allure Bridals
Brooksville Wedding Photo Booth: FotoBox
Brooksville Wedding Hair & Makeup: The Michele Renee Hair & Makeup Artist Group *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Vendor!
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