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Mariah and Nathan’s downtown Tampa wedding featured sentimental details overlooking the city skyline. The Tampa natives chose a striking color scheme of shades of pink and maroon accented with metallic gold.

“We wanted the day to reflect us; we tried to keep other people’s opinions to a minimum and focus on what we like. There were several details that were personal to us. We chose a venue that overlooked the city of Tampa, where we both grew up. We selected a family friend to marry us, and the guitarist at the ceremony was a family friend who played at my parents’ wedding,” the bride shared. “We decided on a small cake and instead provided a dessert bar that featured Nathan’s favorite, gummy bears. My sister actually brought some of our favorite gummies with her from a small shop in Luneburg, Germany!”

Mariah could not wait to begin exploring wedding options and inspiration, so she turned to Marry Me Tampa Bay immediately after getting engaged.

“Nathan proposed on a Friday evening in Tuscaloosa, AL. We attended an Alabama football game on Saturday and had a 9-hour drive back home on Sunday. I spent the entire 9-hour drive back home on the Marry Me Tampa Bay website getting inspiration and researching vendors. I found our photographer, videographer, planner, and DJ on Marry Me Tampa Bay!” the bride revealed.

To help guide them through the process and keep them on track with budgets and contracts, Mariah and Nathan made sure to hire a wedding planner.

“Staci at UNIQUE Weddings + Events made sure that the day went off without a hitch (or at least I didn’t know that anything went wrong!). I am so happy that someone else could handle communication and keep the wedding day on track so that I could just enjoy the day!” Mariah beamed. “Staci held a budget meeting where she went over the contracts and wedding plans to help save money and afford the things that were important to us.”

To bring personality and color into their venue, the selected chairs, napkins, and linens to help tie their vision together.

“I could not imagine how everything would look together, so Kate Ryan Event Rentals allowed me to visit their office, and they pulled different combinations of linens, chairs, and napkins so that I could see how everything worked together and feel confident in my selection.”

Witnessing the impact that photography and videography had on her parent’s wedding, the bride placed an emphasis on finding the right vendor to capture her own special day.

“Growing up, my parents watched their wedding video every year on their anniversary. I love that tradition, so hiring a great videographer was important. We were looking for someone that could capture our wedding day, not just all the big moments, but all the small details that really make the day special. I didn’t want to feel like we were ‘posed’ for pictures all day. I wanted the photos and the video to really capture what was going on throughout the day. Bonnie Newman Creative did an incredible job!” the bride raved.

The couple prioritized their guest experience in a way that would make their wedding truly memorable. And having those special moments captured on photo and in video was paramount to preserving their favorite memories of the day.

“We wanted to have a good time and to make sure that our friends and family also had a good time,” Mariah recalled. “We focused our budget on the details that people would remember, food, beverage, and DJ as well as the photos and video that we could look back on. Our dance floor was never empty!”

tampa wedding bouquet with white roses and eucalyptus greenery with betsey johnson designer bridal heels shoes
Bride Getting Ready | Tampa Wedding Makeup Artist Femme Akoi Beauty Studio

What did you look for in a wedding hair and makeup artist?
I wanted my makeup to look elegant and natural. I didn’t want it to be overdone. I wanted to look like myself, just the best version of myself.  I wanted to hire someone who could hide any imperfections and highlight my best features.

Femme Akoi Beauty Studio was recommended by Marry Me Tampa Bay. I did set up a trial run and was very happy with how my hair and makeup turned out.

Bride and Bridesmaids Getting Ready in Navy Blu Silk Robes and Toasting with Glasses of Bubbly Champagne | Bonnie Newman Creative
Mom Helping Bride Get Dressed and Ready | Lace Sheath V Neck Illusion Sleeve Bridal Gown Wedding Dress | Champagne Embroidered Mother of the Bride Dress | Femme Akoi Beauty Studio | Bonnie Newman Creative
Indoor Bridal Portrait on Staircase | Lace Sheath V Neck Illusion Sleeve Bridal Gown Wedding Dress with Sheer Embroidered Train | Simple White Rose Wedding Bouquet with Eucalyptus Greenery | Femme Akoi Beauty Studio | Bonnie Newman Creative
Indoor Bridal Party Portrait on Staircase | Lace Sheath V Neck Illusion Sleeve Bridal Gown Wedding Dress with Sheer Embroidered Train | Simple White Rose Wedding Bouquets with Eucalyptus Greenery | Burgundy Maroon Long Bridesmaid Dresses by David's Bridal | Femme Akoi Beauty Studio | Bonnie Newman Creative

Where did you host your bachelorette party?
My best friend and now sister-in-law took a girls’ trip with me up to St. Augustine. I wanted to get away but didn’t have a lot of time. St. Augustine was just a short drive away and we had a great time. We loved visiting the local winery and distilleries.

Indoor Bride and Groom Portrait on Staircase | Lace Sheath V Neck Illusion Sleeve Bridal Gown Wedding Dress with Sheer Embroidered Train | Groom Wearing Classic Black Suit Tux

The Proposal:
I graduated from the University of Alabama. Nathan had never been to Tuscaloosa or an Alabama football game. In October, Nathan and I headed up to Tuscaloosa to meet up with my sorority sister and her husband. We had talked about getting married, but I had no idea he was going to propose on the trip.

Looking back, there were several signs. I asked if he wanted to just pack one suitcase to bring and he refused. He wanted to bring his own bag. On the trip up, I kept asking if he was excited. I thought he was being a jerk when he was like, “Why would I be excited?”

When we arrived in Tuscaloosa, we went out for drinks with my sorority sister and her husband. She had a gift bag with her, and when I asked who the gift was for, she told me she got a gift for her husband since it will be his first time going to an Alabama game. When we were at drinks, I asked if she was going to give him the gift, she told me she wanted to wait until dinner. I thought it was odd but blew it off. The bar was on the rooftop of a hotel overlooking the river. Even though it was dark and you couldn’t see much of anything, my sorority sister asked to get a picture with her husband and then offered to take one of me and Nathan. Of course, I wasn’t going to turn down a photo op! As Nathan and I posed for a picture, he got down on one knee and proposed. I couldn’t believe it. I just kept asking “Is this for real?” but I eventually was able to say yes! 

Wedding Welcome Sign Mirror and White Crate Ceremony Display with Framed engagement Photos and Gold Geometric Lanterns | UNIQUE Weddings + Events
Tampa Heights Rooftop Wedding Ceremony at Rooftop 220 with white Garden Chairs | UNIQUE Weddings + Events

What did you look for in a wedding planner?
Staci at UNIQUE Weddings + Events made sure that the day went off without a hitch (or at least I didn’t know that anything went wrong!). I am so happy that someone else could handle communication and keep the wedding day on track so that I could just enjoy the day! Staci held a budget meeting with me where she went over the contracts and wedding plans to help save money and afford the things that were important to us.

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Bride Walking Down the Aisle with Dad at Rooftop Wedding Ceremony | Lace Sheath V Neck Illusion Sleeve Bridal Gown Wedding Dress with Sheer Embroidered Train | Simple White Rose Wedding Bouquet with Eucalyptus Greenery
Bride and Groom Exchanging Vows During Tampa Heights Rooftop Wedding Ceremony at Rooftop 220 with white Garden Chairs
Bride and Groom First Kiss Portrait at Tampa Heights Rooftop Wedding Ceremony | Lace Sheath V Neck Illusion Sleeve Bridal Gown Wedding Dress with Sheer Embroidered Train | Groom Wearing Classic Black Suit Tux
Outdoor Party Portrait at Tampa Rooftop Ceremony | Lace Sheath V Neck Illusion Sleeve Bridal Gown Wedding Dress with Sheer Embroidered Train | Simple White Rose Wedding Bouquets with Eucalyptus Greenery | Burgundy Maroon Long Bridesmaid Dresses by David's Bridal | Groom and Groomsmen Wearing Classic Black Suit Tux

What were your colors?
Our colors were burgundy, blush, navy, gold.

Bride and Groom Sunset Portrait at Tampa Heights Rooftop Wedding | Tampa Wedding Photographer Bonnie Newman Creative

What did you look for in a wedding photographer/videographer? Growing up, my parents watched their wedding video every year on their anniversary. I love that tradition, so hiring a great videographer was important. We were looking for someone that could capture our wedding day, not just all the big moments, but all the small details that really make the day special. I didn’t want to feel like we were “posed” for pictures all day. I wanted the photos and the video to really capture what was going on throughout the day.

Bonnie Newman Creative did an incredible job! The way that they cut the video to show my dad practicing handing me off to Nathan to the ceremony was spot on. My dad was practicing it for weeks, and now I will never forget it.

Some of my favorite pictures from the wedding day are from when Nathan and I were practicing our first dance. We arrived at the reception space to take a look before everyone entered. We then took a few minutes to take a deep breath and practice our first dance. The room was empty and it felt like it was just us enjoying the moment. When I received the wedding pictures, I was surprised to see that Jon and Bonnie captured the moment. I didn’t even know they were there!

Another one of my favorite photos was after the first look, when the bridal party, Nathan, and I were on the bus from the hotel to the ceremony venue. The emergency exit was open and letting in some wind. Nathan reached up to close the emergency exit so it wouldn’t mess up the girls’ hair. My sister then made a witty comment about it being symbolic that Nathan was closing the emergency exit on the way to the ceremony, not taking his last opportunity to run. Jon was on the bus with us and captured the moment in a photo.  

I think hiring the photographer/videographer was one of the most stressful decisions that I had to make. I really wanted to make sure that we got great pictures and videos that we could look back at for the rest of our lives. I set up calls with several photographers/videographers. Bonnie and Jon were very responsive; they took the time to listen and ease any concerns I had. I loved that they work as a team, and I wouldn’t have to worry about communication between the photographer and videographer, who is capturing what portions, or getting in each other’s way. Our package also included an engagement shoot, which allowed us to meet Bonnie and Jon before our wedding so that we were more comfortable on the wedding day.

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Bride and Groom Indoor Portrait in Tampa Heights CAVU with Lantern Wall Backdrop | Lace Sheath V Neck Illusion Sleeve Bridal Gown Wedding Dress with Sheer Embroidered Train | Groom Wearing Classic Black Suit Tux | UNIQUE Weddings + Events

Where did you spend your honeymoon?
We already had several trips planned around the same time that we got married, so we didn’t take a traditional “honeymoon.” We decided that we can spend the rest of our lives traveling together.

A couple of months before our wedding we took a “pre-honeymoon” to Ireland and Germany. We flew into Dublin for a couple of days and then we went to Hamburg, Germany where we attended the Rotary International Convention. Then we visited my sister and her family in Luneburg, Germany.

In March after our wedding, we attended Nathan’s brother’s wedding on a cruise. We left on the cruise right as they announced the first case of Coronavirus in the United States. When we returned, everyone was wearing masks and shutting down.

Tampa Wedding Reception Table with Gold Chiavari Chairs from Kate Ryan Event Rentals | Simple Eucalyptus Greenery with Gold Geometric Vase and Mercury Glass Candles on White Table Linen with Burgundy Napkins | UNIQUE Weddings + Events
Tampa Wedding Reception Table with Gold Chargers and Eucalyptus Greenery Garland on White Table Linen with Burgundy Napkins
Tampa Wedding Reception Table Simple Eucalyptus Greenery with Gold Geometric Vase and Mercury Glass Candles on White Table Linen
Tampa Wedding Reception Dinner Menu Card in Burgundy Napkins with Watercolor Floral Motif

How did Your rentals add to the ambiance of your event?
I could not imagine how everything would look together, so Kate Ryan Event Rentals allowed me to visit their office and they pulled different combinations of linens, chairs, and napkins so that I could see how everything worked together and feel confident in my selection. 

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Tampa Wedding Reception Table with Simple Eucalyptus Greenery with Gold Geometric Vase and Mercury Glass Candles on White Table Linen with Burgundy Napkins
Tampa Wedding Sweetheart Table with Simple Eucalyptus Greenery Garland and Gold Mercury Glass Candles on Gold Champagne Table Linen
Wedding Dessert Bar Mini Dessert Display with Bite Size Cupcakes and Banana Pudding Shooters
Simple Two Tier Wedding Cake with Ribbed Buttercream Icing on Gold Geometric Cake Stand with Burgundy and Blush Pink Roses and Die Cut Monogram Cake Topper
Bride and Groom First Dance | Lace Sheath V Neck Illusion Sleeve Bridal Gown Wedding Dress with Sheer Embroidered Train | Groom Wearing Classic Black Suit Tux

What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay couples?
Take the wedding process step-by-step so that you don’t get overwhelmed, and hire a wedding planner! I am so happy that someone else could handle communication and keep the wedding day on track so that I could just enjoy the day!

Ceremony Venue: Rooftop 220
Reception Venue: CAVU
Photographer & Videographer: Bonnie Newman Creative *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
Planner: UNIQUE Weddings + Events *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
Florist: Events in Bloom
Caterer: SaltBlock Catering
Chairs, Linens, and Napkin Rentals: Kate Ryan Event Rentals *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
Cake and Dessert: Goldies Goodies Bakery
DJ: Grant Hemond and Associates – DJ Jason Tally *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
Officiant: Gabriel Morgan (St Paul Lutheran Church Tampa)
Invitations: Etsy
Transportation: Network Transportation
Dress Shop: The White Magnolia Bridal Collection
Shoe Designer: Betsey Johnson
Bridesmaid Dress Shop and Designer: David’s Bridal
Hair & Makeup: Femme Akoi Beauty Studio *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
Rehearsal Dinner: Harpoon Harry’s Crab House

Quotes have been lightly edited for clarity and brevity.

*Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pros are highly respected by our local wedding community and have been personally vetted by our editor.

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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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