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Jillian and Austin’s romantic downtown Tampa wedding was not only a celebration of their marriage but also an opportunity to say goodbye to 100 of their friends and family before moving to the other side of the world. With only a few months to plan, the bride and groom opted for an intimate ceremony in December followed by an elegant spring reception.

“Our wedding was unique because of our timeline. We were only engaged for a couple of months before we started planning our wedding,” the bride shared. “People may think that everything happened so quickly, but with Austin getting deployed to Japan, we were eager to tie the knot! We were able to pull together everything so seamlessly in a matter of months with the support of family and friends. It truly was so special!”

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With the groom’s mother familiar with Tampa wedding photographer Carrie Wildes Photography, the couple felt confident in choosing her to capture their big day.

“We were more than pleased with the services we received from Carrie. Not only was she professional but she cared and listened too. The photos she took of us, our families, and the whole night will be some of my favorite memories forever. She certainly went above and beyond what we were hoping for,” the bride gushed. “Since our move to Japan, Carrie worked around a whole different time change just to ensure we got our album and prints in a timely manner!”

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With the help of their wedding venue, Jillian and Austin found a wedding DJ with good taste in music who could keep the day flowing smoothly.

“One of the best things about The Tampa Club is that they have a wedding planner and a list of preferred vendors. Since we were still in need of a DJ, we hired Graingertainment from their list,” Jillian explained. “Graingertainment ended up being absolutely perfect for the job. We asked for great music and throwbacks and that’s exactly what they gave us. They were also very helpful in keeping everything on schedule, which was a huge added bonus in our book!”

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To complement her long sleeve lace wedding dress, Jillian selected a romantic updo with curls framing her face and a touch of glam by Michele Renee The Studio.

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Making sure their day reflected their love story, the couple incorporated meaningful details and plenty of personality.

“From the saber arch to my love for flowers, ensuring our guests saw little things that were unique to us was important,” the bride beamed. “However, what really mattered the most to us was family. Seeing so many of our loved ones travel from so many different states and coming together in one place really left us speechless!”

Feeling more than grateful for their day of bliss, the bride and groom owed a lot of credit to one person in particular.

“Austin’s mom, Amy was a true blessing. As I was finishing school and Austin with training, we did not have as much time to plan as we wanted, but with Amy’s driving force behind it all, everything came to life so perfectly,” the bride reminisced. “When Austin and I walked into the venue and saw everything together, we were truly taken back. We really owed it to a lot of people to capture our dream wedding and we will never forget that day.”

Elegant Wedding Accessories, White Pointed Toe Strappy and Rhinestone Heel Bridal Wedding Shoes, Rhinestone Garter, Bride's Jewelry and Romantic Hair Piece, Antique Gold Frame with Greenery Save the Date | Tampa Wedding Photographer Carrie Wildes Photography

Round Solitaire Bride Diamond Engagement Ring with Halo Split Shank Band, Yellow Gold Groom Wedding Band on Greenery Custom Save the Date | Wedding Photographer Carrie Wildes Photography

White Bridal with Chunky Rhinestone Heel Wedding Shoes | Wedding Photographer Carrie Wildes Photography

Romantic Long Sleeve Lace and Tulle Wedding Dress Hanging on Unique Wall at Wedding Venue Staircase The Tampa Club | Wedding Photographer Carrie Wildes Photography

Romantic Bridal Updo with curls and Rhinestone Hair Clip Wearing White Custom Gold Font Robe | Wedding Photographer Carrie Wildes Photography | Wedding Hair and Makeup Michele Renee the Studio

Tampa Bride in Whimsical Lace Long Sleeve V Neckline Empire Waist Wedding Dress with Mom Portrait | Wedding Photographer Carrie Wildes Photography | Wedding Hair and Makeup Michele Renee the Studio

Elegant White Roses and Eucalyptus Floral Bridal Bouquet | Wedding Photographer Carrie Wildes Photography

Florida Bride in Whimsical Empire Waist Long Sleeve Lace and Tulle Wedding Dress Back to Back with Military Groom in Dress Blues Uniform on Staircase at Wedding Venue The Tampa Club | Wedding Photographer Carrie Wildes Photography

The Proposal:
One of our very first dates was at St. Marks lighthouse so every year we go back and enjoy the sunset with a picnic. Austin and I were doing long-distance for a while as he was finishing up training, and I was finishing school in Tallahassee. Since we would go back to the lighthouse every year grew, it became something special for us and ended up being where Austin proposed. It was everything and more because of how meaningful it was.

Florida Bride in Whimsical Lace V Neckline Long Sleeve Lace and Tulle Empire Waist Wedding Dress and Military Groom in Dress Blues Uniform First Look Wedding Portrait on Staircase Wedding Venue The Tampa Club | Wedding Photographer Carrie Wildes Photography | Wedding Hair and Makeup Michele Renee the Studio

Romantic Bride in Whimsical Empire Waist Long Sleeve Lace and Tulle Wedding Dress and Military Groom in Dress Blues Uniform Kissing First Look Wedding Portrait on Staircase at Wedding Venue The Tampa Club | Wedding Photographer Carrie Wildes Photography

Florida Bride and Military Groom in Dress Blues Uniform Portrait at Wedding Venue The Tampa Club | Wedding Photographer Carrie Wildes Photography

What did you look for in a wedding photographer?
Austin’s mom was familiar with Carrie Wildes Photography and suggested we look into her.

We were more than pleased with the services we received from Carrie. Not only was she professional but she cared and listened too. The photos she took of us, our families, and of the whole night will be some of my favorite memories forever. She certainly went above and beyond what we were hoping for. Since our move to Japan, Carrie worked around a whole different time change just to ensure we got our album and prints in a timely manner!

Tampa Bride Beauty Wedding Portrait in Long Sleeve Lace V Neckline Empire Waist and Tulle with Rhinestone Belt Wedding Dress, Romantic Curled Updo with Rhinestone Hair Clip | Wedding Photographer Carrie Wildes Photography | Wedding Hair and Makeup Michele Renee the Studio

Whimsical Bride and Military Groom in Dress Blues Uniform Wedding Portrait | Wedding Photographer Carrie Wildes Photography

Romantic Whimsical Bride in Empire Waist Lace and Tulle Long Sleeve Wedding Dress and Military Groom in Dress Blues Uniform Portrait | Wedding Photographer Carrie Wildes Photography | Wedding Hair and Makeup Michele Renee the Studio

Classic White and Gold Accent Seating Place Cards, White Floral Bouquet and Candles | Wedding Photographer Carrie Wildes Photography

Romantic Classic Wedding Reception Decor, Round Tables with Gold Chiavari Chairs, Tall White Hydrangeas and Roses with Greenery and Hanging Crystals Floral Centerpieces, Gold Chargers | Wedding Photographer Carrie Wildes Photography | Ballroom Wedding Venue The Tampa Club

How would you describe your wedding theme?
Whimsical and romantic, but also elegant and timeless. Austin and I’s relationship is all four of those things: light and fun, but also caring and beautiful.

What were your colors?
White, sage green, and gold. We chose these colors because I loved how clean and elegant they were together. We also added a touch of greenery which helped bring out the whimsical and romantic side, while all the beautiful white and gold accents gave it such a timeless look.

Romantic Classic Wedding Reception Decor, Round Tables with Gold Chiavari Chairs, Tall White Hydrangeas and Roses with Greenery and Hanging Crystals Floral Centerpieces, Gold Chargers | Wedding Photographer Carrie Wildes Photography | Ballroom Wedding Venue The Tampa Club

Classic Timeless Wedding Reception Decor, Sweetheart Table with White Linen, Whimsical Greenery Leaves and Vines with White Roses, Hydrangeas Florals, Tall Floating Candlesticks, Gold Chiavari Chairs | Wedding Photographer Carrie Wildes Photography | Ballroom Wedding Venue The Tampa Club

Tampa Classic Timeless Wedding Reception Decor, Sweetheart Table with White Linen, Gold Chargers, Floating Candlesticks , Eucalyptus Greenery and White Florals | Wedding Photographer Carrie Wildes Photography

Classic Timeless Wedding Reception Decor, Tall Greenery Leaves and White Roses, Hydrangeas Floral Centerpiece with Hanging Crystals | Wedding Photographer Carrie Wildes Photography

Four Tier White Classic Wedding Cake with White Cascading Sugar Flowers | Wedding Photographer Carrie Wildes Photography

Classic White Buttercream Frosted Wedding Cake with Roses Sugar Flowers | Wedding Photographer Carrie Wildes Photography

Classic Timeless Bride and Groom in Dress Blues Uniform Entering Wedding Reception Under Military Sword Arch | Wedding Photographer Carrie Wildes Photography | Ballroom Wedding Venue The Tampa Club

Romantic Bride and Military Groom Ballroom First Dance Wedding Portrait | Wedding Photographer Carrie Wildes Photography | Tampa DJ Graingertainment | Wedding Venue The Tampa Club

What did you look for in a wedding DJ?
One of the best things about The Tampa Club is that they have a wedding planner and list of preferred vendors. Since we were still in need of a DJ, we hired Graingertainment from their list. Graingertainment ended up being absolutely perfect for the job. We asked for great music and throwbacks and that’s exactly what they gave us. They were also very helpful in keeping everything on schedule, which was a huge added bonus in our book!

Romantic Classic Tampa Bride and Military Groom Kissing Wedding Portrait in Wine Cellar | Wedding Photographer Carrie Wildes Photography | Wedding Venue The Tampa Club

Classic Bride and Military Groom Sparkler Wedding Reception Exit Portrait | Wedding Photographer Carrie Wildes Photography

What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay couples?
Enjoy the process. It gets stressful, but enjoy every step. You’re about to start a whole new journey and this time you’ll have to cherish forever, so have fun!

Venue: The Tampa Club
Photographer: Carrie Wildes Photography *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Planner: Confetti Events
Florist: 2Birds Events
Cake: Hands On Sweets
DJ: Graingertainment *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pros
Dress: David’s Bridal
Hair and Makeup: Michele Renee The Studio *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro




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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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