Amanda and Matt's South Tampa wedding was filled with pastel flowers, greenery and a Johnny Cash performance by the groom.
The Tampa bride's wedding inspiration came from her favorite childhood movie, The Secret Garden.
“In the movie, they bring this old, abandoned garden back to life. I remember loving all of the flowers and the ivy on the walls and the arches and the statues,” the bride reminisced. “My wedding theme was victorian garden with a modern twist; the twist being the sequins and gold glitter details.”
“I wanted a garden and lots of trees. The Tampa Garden Club was blank canvas inside, with everything we needed: lots of open space, a big stage and tall ceilings. I also love the wall of windows,” the bride shared.
To transfer the venue into their dream garden wedding, the couple hired Tampa wedding florist Apple Blossoms Floral Design.
“Scott at Apple Blossoms was great at educating me on different flowers and less expensive alternatives for the season,” the bride explained. “He listened to what I wanted, completely understood my floral vision and totally nailed it.”
To capture the memorable moments of the night, such as Matt performing a Johnny Cash song with the band and Amanda leading her wedding guests in the “Nole Chop,” the couple left the task to Tampa wedding photographer Caroline & Evan Photography.
“We wanted someone who was passionate about photography and someone who we could trust. When we say trust, we mean not only show up and take great pictures, but capture every memory we don't want to forget,” the bride explained. “Caroline and Evan impressed us with their knowledge of camera technology and lighting tricks. I am so glad we chose them because on my wedding day, it was overcast and at the brink of a downpour, but thankfully you cannot tell at all in my photos because of their “lighting tricks” and fancy camera equipment.”
How would you describe your theme?
Victorian garden with a modern twist. The modern twist being the sequins and gold glitter details.
My favorite movie as a child was The Secret Garden. In the movie they bring this old, abandoned garden back to life. I remember loving all of the flowers and the ivy on the walls, the arches and the statues.
What were your colors?
Champagne, ivory and gold, with blush flowers and lots of greenery. I chose these colors for their softness.
My bridesmaids wore a color called “Icelandic,” that in some lighting looks light blue, but in others it almost shines green. I loved the color with pink flowers.
Matt proposed in front of all of our friends and family at our annual Christmas party in our back yard. He invited my parents, who normally would not have come to the party, so they got to see everything. I was so shocked (in a good way) that someone in the crowed yelled. “SAY YES!”
What did you look for in a wedding photographer?
We wanted someone that was passionate about photography and someone who we could trust. When we say trust, we mean not only show up and take great pictures but capture every memory we don't want to forget.
Caroline & Evan Photography were fantastic at moving around our large bridal party to get as many pictures as possible within a short time frame. They also impressed us with their knowledge of camera technology and lighting tricks. I am so glad we chose them because on my wedding day, it was overcast and at the brink of a downpour, but thankfully you cannot tell at all in my photos because of their “lighting tricks” and fancy camera equipment.
What weddings vendors really exceeded your expectations?
Apple Blossoms Floral Design completely understood my floral vision and were very helpful on-site. Scott at Apple Blossom was great at educating me on different flowers and less expensive alternatives for the season. He listened to what I wanted and totally nailed it.
What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay Brides?
Take a moment with your husband during the reception and stand back, look around and take it all in. Someone told me that. and I am so thankful we did.
Hire a “Day of” wedding coordinator; they are worth every single penny!
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Tampa Garden Club
Photographer: Caroline & Evan Photography *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Vendor
Videographer: Altimate Video Productions
Planner: Savvy Events and Entertainment
Florist: Apple Blossoms Floral Design *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Vendor
Linen Rentals: Linen Hero
Chiavari Chair Rentals: Signature Event Rentals
Cake: Let Them Eat Cake
Band: Matt Winter Band
Officiant: Pastor Bernie
Invitations: Gutcher's Printing
Dress Shop and Designer: David's Bridal
Bridesmaid Dress Shop and Designer: Dessy Group
Hair & Makeup: Marissa Moran
We are proud to have Caroline & Evan Photography and Apple Blossom Floral Design as Marry Me Tampa Bay members!