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Megan and Kyle’s romantic waterfront South Tampa wedding featured a classic coastal theme in a gorgeous setting that enhanced the natural ambiance of Tampa Bay.

“My husband and I both spend a lot of time outdoors and on the water, so it was important for us to try to incorporate our love of boating and the beautiful Tampa Bay into our plans,” the bride shared.

The Clearwater couple searched for a waterfront wedding venue that highlighted Tampa Bay’s “golden hour.”

“Westshore Yacht Club was a perfect and gorgeous setting. We intentionally timed the ceremony so our guests at the cocktail hour were treated to a fabulous sunset. An added bonus were the dolphins passing by and the luxury yachts in the background,” the bride gushed. “The candlelit lanterns decorated with pastel flowers and the lights strung across the dance floor enhanced the magical and romantic experience of dining under the stars.”

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The bride chose an ivory, blush and gold color palette and encouraged her bridesmaids to select their own complementary gowns.

To capture every stunning detail, the couple hired Tampa Bay wedding photographer Andi Diamond Photography.

“We were looking for someone we could be comfortable with because we knew we’d be spending a lot of time together on one of the biggest days of our lives. It was important for us to have a nice rapport, as well as a talented professional who was creative, innovative and willing to incorporate our wishes into the final product,” Megan explained. “Andi took the time to get to know us both individually and as a couple, so she was able to perfectly capture our personalities on film. She established a timeline for our big day and was able to handle our extremely rambunctious family for all of our family formal photos. Andi kept us on schedule while still making sure we took time to enjoy every moment of the day.”

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Looking back, the bride was surprised by the amazing collaboration by her photographer and DJ during the reception!

Andi Diamond Photography and Grant Hemond & Associates collaborated and were able to show some of the wedding pictures on the video screen during the reception! These two worked together perfectly to give us an incredible evening,” the bride reminisced.

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Elegant Gold Wedding Invitation with Gold Pearl Engagement Ring

Peep Toe Ivory Badgley Mischka Wedding Shoes with Rhinestone

Sweetheart Jewel Belted Mermaid Wedding Dress

Bride Getting Dressed Portrait wearing Silver Jewel Belted Sweetheart Mermaid Wedding Dress

Outdoor Garden Bridal Portrait with Ivory Bouquet with Greenery wearing Sweetheart Mermaid Wedding Dress with Long Veil | Tampa Wedding Photographer Andi Diamond Photography

Outdoor Garden Bridal Portrait with Long-Stemmed Ivory Bouquet with Greenery wearing Sweetheart Mermaid Wedding Dress, Pearls, and Long Veil | Tampa Wedding Photographer Andi Diamond Photography

Outdoor Garden Bridal Party Portrait with Long-Stemmed Ivory and Pink Bouquet with Greenery wearing Sweetheart Mermaid Wedding Dress, with Mismatched Gold, Cream, and Blush Elegant Glam Long Bridesmaids Dresses | Tampa Wedding Photographer Andi Diamond Photography

First Look Outdoor Garden Wedding Portrait with White Sweetheart Dress with Silver Jeweled Belt and White Rosebud Boutonnière | Tampa Wedding Photographer Andi Diamond Photography

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Waterfront Wedding Ceremony Decor at South Tampa Wedding Venue Westshore Yacht Club with Floral Arches and Gold Chiavari Chairs

What did you look for in a wedding venue?
My husband and I both spend a lot of time outdoors and on the water so it was important for us to try to incorporate our love of boating and the beautiful Tampa Bay into our plans.

The Westshore Yacht Club was a perfect and gorgeous setting. We intentionally timed the ceremony so our guests at the cocktail hour were treated to a fabulous sunset. An added bonus were the dolphins passing by and the luxury yachts in the background.

Waterfront Wedding Ceremony Decor with Natural Branch Arch and White and Pink Floral Decor | Historic Tampa Bay Wedding Venue Westshore Yacht Club

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Portrait of Emotional Groom | Tampa Wedding Photographer Andi Diamond Photography

The Proposal:
My husband planned an entire engagement weekend full of surprises that included flying family in from New Jersey and North Carolina to help us celebrate. Kyle proposed at The Mill restaurant in St. Petersburg, knowing that Chef Ted Dorsey is my favorite mastermind in the kitchen. After he got down on one knee and I said “Yes,” he told me, “It wouldn’t be anything without sharing this moment with the ones we love.” I turned around and was stunned to see our parents and his sister. The weekend continued with a post-engagement brunch at Belleair Country Club with the entire family and close friends, and then a surprise party at our house with our neighbors and friends.

Outdoor Waterfront Wedding Ceremony Portrait with Sweetheart Dress with Silver Jeweled Belt, Long-stemmed White and Pink Bouquets with Fern Greenery and Mismatched Pink, Cream, Gold, and Sequined Bridesmaids Dresses

Outdoor Waterfront Wedding Ceremony with White and Pink Natural Branch Arch | Tampa Bay Wedding Venue Westshore Yacht Club | Photographer Andi Diamond Photography

Outdoor Waterfront Wedding Ceremony with White Mermaid Sweetheart Belted Dress at Tampa Bay Wedding Venue Westshore Yacht Club | Photographer Andi Diamond Photography

Outdoor Waterfront Wedding Ceremony with Mermaid Sweetheart Belted Dress at Tampa Bay Wedding Venue Westshore Yacht Club | Photographer Andi Diamond Photography

What did you look for in a wedding photographer?
We were looking for someone we could be comfortable with because we knew we’d be spending a lot of time together on one of the biggest days of our lives. It was important for us to have a nice rapport, as well as a talented professional who was creative, innovative and willing to incorporate our wishes into the final product.

Contact Andi Diamond Photography

Andi of Andi Diamond Photography took the time to get to know us both individually and as a couple, so she was able to perfectly capture our personalities on film. She not only provided us with gorgeous engagement and wedding photos, but she also served as a wedding coordinator. Andi established a timeline for our big day and was able to handle our extremely rambunctious family for all of our family formal photos. She kept us on schedule while still making sure we took time to enjoy every moment of the day.

Outdoor Waterfront Wedding Ceremony with Mermaid Sweetheart Wedding Dress at Tampa Bay Wedding Venue Westshore Yacht Club | Photographer Andi Diamond Photography

Outdoor Waterfront Wedding Ceremony with White Mermaid Dress at Tampa Bay Wedding Venue Westshore Yacht Club | Photographer Andi Diamond Photography

South Tampa Wedding Venue Westshore Yacht Club Sunset with String Lights

Waterfront Wedding Reception Decor with Sweetheart Table Natural Branch Arch with Baby's Breath and White and Pink Roses and Greenery with Lanterns | Tampa Bay Wedding Venue Westshore Yacht Club

Waterfront Outdoor Wedding Reception Table Decor with Gold Chargers and Chiavari Chairs, Beachy Glass Votives, Baby's Breath and White and Pink Roses and Fern Centerpiece and Lanterns | Tampa Bay Wedding Venue Westshore Yacht Club


How would you describe your theme?
Our theme was coastal romance. The candlelit lanterns decorated with pastel flowers and the lights strung across the dance floor enhanced the magical and romantic experience of dining under the stars.

What were your colors?
I chose ivory, blush and gold for the bridesmaid dresses and allowed my girls to pick their own gowns. My bridal party selected their dresses separately and from different stores, and the result was lovely. They really meshed beautifully with the venue decor, which included pastel florals surrounded white candlelit lanterns and a fabulous floral and branch arch handmade by my mother.

White and Pink Rose with Baby's Breath and Green Fern Centerpiece with Vintage Candle and Gold Numbered Table Marker | Tampa Bay Wedding Reception Decor

Desert Table with Multiple Cakes and Treats on Gold and White Platters and Gold Mr and Mrs Cake Topper

Single Tier Round White to Gold Ombre Wedding Cake topped with Flowers and Gold Mr and Mrs Topper

Outdoor Nighttime First Dance Portrait at Waterfront Wedding Reception with Edison Bulb String Lights and Floral Arch | Tampa Bay Wedding Venue Westshore Yacht Club | Photographer Andi Diamond Photography

What did you look for in a wedding DJ?
We were looking for someone who could get the party started and keep it going. It was also important that the DJ understand our personalities and style in order to give our reception the exact vibe we wanted.

Contact Grant Hemond and Associates

My family had used Grant Hemond & Associates many years ago for an event, and they also came highly recommended by multiple friends. Our DJ, Eric Harding, went above and beyond and made sure everything we wanted could be included into our ceremony. He also worked closely with us to come up with our playlist. Eric was especially adept at transparently keeping us on schedule. He went above and beyond by customizing the Mother/Son song and a special video for the Father/Daughter dance. He was also extremely flexible in making all of our last minute changes. The majority of our guests spent a lot of time on the dance floor, so that’s the true indication of an awesome DJ. He also received a lot of compliments from our guests.

Bride and Groom Nighttime Wedding Exit Portrait with Sparklers | South Tampa Wedding Photographer Andi Diamond Photography

What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay couples?
Don’t sweat anything! Take the time to pick your venue and vendors wisely and ultimately the rest will come together. Just enjoy the crazy ride of wedding planning!

Ceremony and Reception Venue and Caterer: Westshore Yacht Club *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Venue
Photographer: Andi Diamond Photography *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
Florist: Flowers Unlimited
Cake and Desserts: Wright’s Gourmet and the Mini Doughnut Factory
Rentals: Elite Events and Rentals
DJ: Grant Hemond & Associates *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
Officiant: Captain George Fuller
Invitations: Minted
Transportation: Escot Bus Lines
Dress Shop: The White Closet Bridal Company
Hair & Makeup: Femme Akoi Beauty Studio *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding
Groom and Groomsmen Suits: Franks Formal Wear and Tuxedo
Photobooth: Fotobox Tampa Bay




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