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Erica and Thomas’ charming Spring Hill wedding embodied classic elegance with soft whimsical details, gorgeous floral centerpieces, and a magical sparkler sendoff.

“We really wanted to capture our vision of a classic yet elegant celebration,” the bride explained. “Choosing our color palette of biscotti, petal pink, and navy blue, was an easy choice. The colors perfectly tied together our whole theme.”

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To plan for her big day, Erica researched wedding venues and looked for decor inspiration on Marry Me Tampa Bay.

“Marry Me Tampa Bay was a great resource when it came to learning more about different venues in the area and gaining inspiration for my big day. I especially enjoyed seeing how other brides captured their own style and ideas through some of the wedding features,” the bride shared.

Envisioning the perfect dress for her wedding day, the bride turned to Tampa Bay bridal shop, Truly Forever Bridal, for something that was eye-catching yet modern.

Truly Forever Bridal was perfect when it came to picking out my wedding dress. They did an excellent job of helping me find exactly what I was looking for,” the bride beamed. “Without a doubt my gorgeous open back wedding dress truly made me feel special.”

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Finding a wedding DJ and lighting expert who catered to a variety of needs was a priority for Erica and Thomas.

“Mike with Spark Weddings (formerly Nature Coast Entertainment) was professional, helpful, and absolutely amazing,” the bride gushed. “Everything from the music to the uplighting to the photo booth and sparkler send-off was everything we expected and more! Mike played a great mix of music and the live instruments during our reception were beautiful. Ending the night with the sparkler sendoff was so fun and magical! Definitely a great time.”

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Looking back at their timeless celebration, the bride and groom cherished having their furry friend alongside them.

“Having our dog brought to the venue to take some pictures with us was so memorable for us! She is our puppy child so even though she couldn’t be there during the wedding it was great to get a few minutes with her on our big day!” Erica reminisced.

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What was your wedding dress inspiration?
My wedding dress was inspired by the classic elegance of our venue with a perfect open back and a touch of bling.

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Truly Forever Bridal was perfect when it came to picking out my wedding dress. They did an excellent job of helping me find exactly what I was looking for. Without a doubt my gorgeous open back wedding dress truly made me feel special.

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The Proposal:
Thomas proposed at the Sugar Sand Festival on Clearwater Beach! We went with my best friend and her significant other to look at the sculptures, but after walking through the main tent, we went to the back for more sculptures. We walked up to a photographer who brought us to a sand sculpture that said, “Erica Ann Yunka, will you marry me?” Thomas even had our family and close friends there to be a part of the perfect proposal!

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Elegant Ballroom Wedding Reception Decor, Long Tables with Silver Chiavari Chairs and Blush Pink Sashes, Blush Pink Table Runner, Tall Glass Cylinder Vase with White and Greenery Flower Centerpieces, Navy Blue Linens and Monogram | Brooksville Golf Course Wedding Venue Southern Hills Plantation Club | GOBO Lighting Spark Weddings

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How would you describe your theme/wedding design inspiration?
Classic and elegant. Our venue was truly the inspiration, with the beautiful rolling hills of the golf course and timeless room decor.

What were your colors?
Biscotti, petal pink, and navy blue. These colors perfectly complemented our timeless yet elegant theme.

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What did you look for in a wedding entertainment/lighting?
We wanted someone who was able to do it all!

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Mike with Spark Weddings (formerly Nature Coast Entertainment) was professional, helpful, and absolutely amazing. Everything from the music to the uplighting to the photo booth and sparkler send-off was everything we expected and more! Mike played a great mix of music and the live instruments during our reception were beautiful. Ending the night with the sparkler sendoff was so fun and magical! Definitely a great time.

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What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay couples?
There are so many beautiful venues in Florida to fit everyone’s needs and wants. With a little bit of time and research, finding your own perfect venue isn’t are hard as it seems!

Ceremony and Reception Venue, Caterer: Southern Hills Plantation Club
Photographer: Napoleoni Photography
Videographer: Alexandra Jane Gagnon
Planner: Frances Hamlett
Florist: Westover’s Flowers & Gifts
Men’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Cake: Gia’s Cakes & Goodies
DJ, Indoor Lighting and Sparkler Fountains: Spark Weddings *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Officiant: Blake Myers
Invitations: Elegant Wedding Invites
Dress Shop: Truly Forever Bridal *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Bridesmaid Dress Shop and Designer: David’s Bridal
Hair & Makeup: Ciao Bella at Southern Hills
Rentals: Elegant Events Party Rentals




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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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