Burgundy and Dark Green Christmas Inspired South Tampa Wedding | The Orlo House

 

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Kate and Joe’s romantic South Tampa wedding offered a taste of magical holiday cheer with whimsical rustic details, pops of gold, and a festive mix of his and hers cocktails.

“We both love the holidays, so much so, that we actually talked about our shared love for Christmas and everything that makes it special to us on our first date,” the groom explained. “To really make our vision come to life, we chose a burgundy and dark green color palette. We really felt like it captured our beautiful holiday ambiance, and matched our personalities.”

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Wanting to ensure their intimate destination wedding of 45 guests embodied the perfect amount of elegance and charm, the New York couple found the most unique ways to incorporate their personalities, even including their pup Bonnie Rose.

“There were so many aspects of our day that made it one we’ll never forget. From Joe singing with the band to the espresso cart we had to tie in his Italian heritage, each little detail was extra special,” Kate shared. “Incorporating wine was also something that was important to us because of the meaning it has in our relationship. With each course, a different wine was paired. The vintages were the year we met, the regions and countries we had visited together, and all-around favorite selections!”

In search of a South Tampa wedding photographer who could help document every bit of their special day, the couple chose Carrie Wildes Photography.

“Carrie had a great portfolio and offered unmatched service we were thoroughly impressed with,” Joe beamed. “Her spontaneity and thoughtfulness were exactly what we needed to capture the memories that will be apart of us forever.”

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Finding a Tampa bakery that could create a wedding cake masterpiece with an Italian cannoli filling and plenty of chocolate, was important to the couple and after coming across The Artistic Whisk, they were sold.

“We loved the fact that The Artistic Whisk offered a multiple flavor cake tasting, not just two or three. This really gave us the opportunity to find exactly the cake we were looking for,” the bride explained. “Throughout working with their team, the service we received was great! In the end, our cake turned out exactly how we had imagined!”

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With so many special memories from their charming holiday celebration, a few will always stand out the most to Kate and Joe.

“From finally getting to walk into the ceremony and reception area to seeing each other for the first time, our wedding was truly an unforgettable experience,” Joe reminisced.

Elegant Whimsical Burgundy, White Roses, Pink Accents, Greenery and Dusty Miller Floral Bridal Bouquet | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Carrie Wildes Photography

Classic Bride in V Neckline Wedding Dress with White Terrier Dog Portrait | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Carrie Wildes Photography

Christmas Inspired Script Wedding Welcome Sign | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Carrie Wildes Photography

Christmas Inspired Wedding Ceremony Decor, Gold Chiavari Chairs with Burgundy Cushions, Candles and Christmas Trees, White Draping | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Carrie Wildes Photography | South Tampa Wedding Venue The Orlo House

How would you describe your theme/wedding design inspiration?
We both love the holidays, so much so, we actually talked about our shared love for Christmas and everything that makes it special to us on our first date.

What were your colors?
Burgundy and dark green. They were the perfect colors for bringing our vision of an elegant and beautiful holiday celebration to life.

Florida Groom Excited Happy Reaction to Bride Walking Down the Aisle Wearing Navy Blue Suit with Striped Yellow and Burgundy Bowtie | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Carrie Wildes Photography

Florida Bride Walking Down the Wedding Ceremony Aisle in Classic White Floral Print A-Line Wedding Dress Holding Whimsical Burgundy, White and Blush Pink Roses, Greenery and Dusty Miller Bridal Bouquet | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Carrie Wildes Photography | Tampa Wedding Venue The Orlo House

Christmas Wedding Ceremony Decor, Bride and Groom Exchanging Wedding Vows, Christmas Trees at Altar | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Carrie Wildes Photography | South Tampa Wedding Venue The Orlo House

Florida Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Carrie Wildes Photography | Hyde Park Wedding Venue The Orlo House

What did you look for in a wedding photographer?
Spontaneity, thoughtfulness.

Carrie Wildes Photography had a great portfolio and offered unmatched service we were thoroughly impressed with. Working with her helped us capture the memories that will be apart of us forever.

Whimsical Bright Dark Pink Peony, White and Blush Pink Roses, Greenery and Dusty Miller Bridal Bouquet | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Carrie Wildes Photography

Christmas Wedding Reception Decor, Garland with Lights Around Door of Wedding Venue The Orlo House, Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Carrie Wildes Photography

The Proposal:
We were in Napa Valley for Kate’s birthday with her sister Beth, and our dog, Bonnie when the proposal happened. Everyone knew about the proposal except Kate. Even my parents knew! They had wished her a Happy Birthday but were told not to mention the proposal, as I didn’t know exactly when I was going to propose that weekend.

Christmas Inspired Wedding Reception Decor, Custom Red and Gold Ornament Seating Cards | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Carrie Wildes Photography

Christmas Inspired Wedding Reception Decor, Glass Frame with Signature Cocktail Menu and Mistletoe | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Carrie Wildes Photography

Custom Unique Gold Foil Napkins with Bride and Groom Terrier Dog | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Carrie Wildes Photography

Christmas Inspired Wedding Reception Decor, Long Feasting Table with Burgundy Linens, Gold Chiavari Chairs with Burgundy Cushions, Tall Silver Candle Holders, Low Floral Centerpieces | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Carrie Wildes Photography | Tampa Ballroom Wedding Venue The Orlo House

Christmas Inspired Wedding Reception Decor, Burgundy Linens, Gold Flatware, Greenery Low Floral Centerpieces Gold Candle Holders | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Carrie Wildes Photography

Christmas Inspired Wedding Reception Decor, Gold Rimmed Plates, Burgundy Linens, Gold Flatware | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Carrie Wildes Photography

Whimsical Chocolate Three Tier Wedding Cake with Black Drip, Burgundy Peony Flowers, White Roses and Greenery Leaves on Round Table with Red and Gold Linen | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Carrie Wildes Photography | Wedding Baker The Artistic Whisk

What was your wedding cake inspiration?
Italian cannoli filling and our love for chocolate.

We loved the fact that The Artistic Whisk offered a multiple flavor cake tasting, not just two or three. This really gave us the opportunity to find exactly the cake we were looking for. Throughout working with the team, the service we received was great! In the end, our cake turned out exactly how we had imagined.

Fun Bride and Groom First Dance to Live Band Wedding Portrait | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Carrie Wildes Photography | Ballroom Wedding Venue The Orlo House

Florida Bride Watching Groom Singing with Live Wedding Band Portrait | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Carrie Wildes Photography | Tampa Ballroom Wedding Venue The Orlo House

Bride and Groom Wedding Ring and Engagement Ring Portrait | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Carrie Wildes Photography

What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay couples?
Don’t settle! Always stick to your vision. There’s always a way!

Venue: The Orlo House
Photographer: Carrie Wildes Photography *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Planner: Burlap to Lace
Florist/Rentals: FH Weddings
Caterer: Puff N Stuff Catering
Cake: The Artistic Whisk *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Band/DJ: The Buzzcatz
Officiant: Sensational Ceremonies
Invitations: Minted
Transportation: Network Transportation
Dress Shop and Designer: Lovely Bride
Hair & Makeup: Lasting Luxe
Ceremony Music: Sunset Strings
Cigar Roller: Big Ash Cigars




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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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