Angie and Matt's Love Story:
My husband and I met as assigned physics lab partners his last semester of undergraduate college in Wisconsin in 2010. We chatted during the year and both liked each other, but neither of us knew it until Matt finally asked me out the very last day of the semester (thankfully!).
We moved in together almost immediately after dating; everything just felt right from the beginning. I started with a drawer in his dresser after a week of dating, he got me an entire dresser of my own in two weeks, then finally I moved in for good. I just never wanted to leave and he didn’t want me to either.
We celebrate the yearly anniversary of our first date on February 5th every year. Matt would get me a special surprise or plan a special day for our month anniversary every 5th of the month. We stayed in Wisconsin for the first year of our relationship, with the last six months working at the same company and living in a new apartment together before deciding to move to Florida to prepare for medical school.
My entire family is from Poland, so we decided to apply to medical school in my hometown of Poznan, Poland. After my interview in Poland, I returned to Florida (we’d been dating for two years by this time). It was April 4th when I got the news that I would be accepted, and the next day would change my life even more because on the 5th of April, exactly two years and a month after our first date, Matt planned an entire day for the proposal.
The day started with breakfast in bed and a special note just to me (1 of 10 notes he made to look like an old scroll, each containing a sweet memory or nice words about me). The second surprise was to take our dog to the park, as Matt knew I had missed him after being away in Poland for two weeks. After that was a surprise trip to the nail salon for a manicure. This was followed by a dress he got for me specifically for this day. I then was taken to our favorite restaurant in town. I thought that the evening was coming to a close.
We were driving home from dinner and before our turn home, Matt took a different turn, and we ended up at a house Matt had rented overlooking a beautiful lake. There was a key waiting for me under the doormat. It was a so amazing. He then gave me a bunch of bath soaps and made me a bath so I could relax. That was followed by the most amazing gift of the evening so far. When Matt and I first started dating, the first thing he bought the second day I came to his house was a box of 100 tea bags (as I am European and drink it everyday). I said at the time jokingly, “I guess I wont be able to break up with you until all the tea is finished.” Well before that box was finished, Matt saved one and kept it with him for two years. He framed it with a note that read, “This is the first thing I ever got for you…I started to know then what I truly know now, that I will be with you and love you forever.”
Finally came the biggest surprise of all. He blindfolded me and brought me outside, now at nighttime. There in the courtyard were three floating lanterns. He was down on one knee with the ring in his hand and a note that he read aloud to me. I immediately said yes!
I was so happy, crying and nervous that I had to have him read me the note again, because I could barely hear his words over my own heartbeat. We lit two more lanterns as wishes for each other and our life together. I couldn’t have asked for a more romantic and beautiful day.
Since the groom's family currently lives in Florida, Angie and Matt decided to have a destination wedding in St. Pete Beach, Fl.
“We decided to have our wedding in Tampa Bay because we loved the area and dreamed ever since the proposal of getting married on the beach!” the bride gushed. “We just love the ocean, waves, kayaking, relaxing and enjoying the sun and sand.”
The couples' love for the outdoors influenced their elegant pink and white beach-themed wedding.
“We love being outside, near animals, nature and the water. We are very active and that played a big role in our decision of the area and the theme,” Angie explained. “Although it wasn’t a traditional wedding indoors, we still wanted it to feel very classic and elegant.”
With the pair living in Europe, they knew a wedding planner would be essential for planning their Florida destination wedding.
“We realized that we didn’t have enough time to figure everything out. We were out of the country and needed someone with knowledge of the area to help us,” the bride said. ” Every wedding planner we looked at that had beach weddings offered something, but Tide the Knot's photos, set-up and reviews from literally everyone were amazing. I don’t think they have ever met a couple that wasn’t blown away with the work they do. They are not only incredibly nice, kind and thoughtful both in-person and over the phone, but they are also very diligent and hard working. We couldn’t have asked for anything more from them and are so thankful for the work they did.”
Looking back, Angie shared that one of her most memorable moments was during the wedding ceremony.
“I remember the first time Matt looked at me when I walked up, and I could see him tear up. Looking into each other’s eyes, I just remember feeling like there wasn’t anyone else in the entire world, just him and I holding hands and looking into each others eyes. That I will cherish the most of all.”
“I remember the first time Matt looked at me when I walked up and I could see him tear up. Looking into each other’s eyes, I just remember feeling like there wasn’t anyone else in the entire world, just him and I holding hands and looking into each others eyes.” – The Bride
“Tide the Knot is not only incredibly nice, kind and thoughtful both in-person and over the phone, but they are also very diligent and hard working. We couldn’t have asked for anything more from them and are so thankful for the work they did. I don’t think they have ever met a couple that wasn’t blown away with the work they do.” – The Bride
What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay Brides?
If you find the right wedding planner it makes most of the wedding planning so much easier and carefree. Tide the Knot was amazing if you’d like a beach wedding!
Also Camposecco Artistry did a fantastic job with my hair and make-up (the thing I was most particular and nervous about), Donna was amazing.
St. Pete Beach Wedding Venue: Pass-a-Grille Beach
St. Pete Beach Wedding Photographer: Mari Sabra Photography on behalf of Tide The Knot Beach
St. Pete Beach Wedding Planner: Tide the Knot
St. Pete Beach Wedding Cake: A Slice of Heaven
St. Pete Beach Wedding Invitations: Hanson Ellis
St. Pete Beach Wedding Hair & Makeup: Camposecco Artistry