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Melissa and John’s eclectic downtown Tampa wedding was a vision of timeless elegance with romantic decor and whimsical jewel-toned inspired details. As the owners of Elite Events Catering, the bride and groom incorporated their extensive wedding industry background to capture the celebration of their dreams.

“Since we own and operate a full-service event and catering company, you’d think it would have been an easy task to come up with a design for our own wedding. As it turned out, it was shockingly difficult for us to settle on any one design or theme,” the bride confessed. “In our business, we absolutely love to explore different styles and new trends, but when it came to our wedding, we felt more comfortable just going back to the basics. For our vision, we created an eclectic style and ambiance that we felt represented us best. We ultimately hoped our reception would give our friends and family an evening of timeless elegance. Our decor included silk and velvet table cloths, vintage multi-colored glass goblets, gold flatware, and tall silver candelabras – all of which we felt embodied our theme perfectly. We incorporated jewel tones like emerald, amethyst, ruby, and topaz, which all have varying special meanings to us.”

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With one of their main priorities being a Tampa wedding photographer who was professional and relatable, Melissa and John chose a trusted name in the industry.

“We chose Andi Diamond Photography for many reasons. To start, she has become a close friend throughout the years of us working together in the industry. But, we didn’t just choose Andi because she’s a friend, we chose her because we knew that when it came down to the day of our wedding, she would be professional, relatable, and take her art very seriously,” the bride explained. “In fact, looking back, we can’t imagine not having Andi there to keep us calm, cool and collected. Andi is not only an amazingly fun and kind-hearted person, but she’s also extremely professional and kept us on track throughout the day. She truly is a talented individual and made us look so good!”

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When it came to hiring a wedding caterer, it was a no brainer for the bride and groom to go with their own business, and their team couldn’t wait to give the Melissa and John the same service that their own couples experience.

“Our team at Elite Events Catering has become like a family and working together with them is just amazing! We didn’t have much of a choice when it came to choosing because the whole team insisted on being apart of creating and executing our wedding,” the bride beamed. “Choosing our wedding menu wasn’t easy at the beginning, and the menu went through many, many revisions. Of course, we wanted to show off a bit, but at the end of the day, we went with a more simplistic approach. We had a lot of fun creating a menu that was relatable and comforting while still having fun with presenting it in a creative way.”

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Looking back on their special day, the couple cherished spending time with their closest friends and family.

“It was really important for us to celebrate with all of our favorite people, all together at the same time,” the bride reminisced. “Having been in catering and events for two decades, it was a once in a lifetime experience to be able to put on a major event with vendors we have grown so close to personally and professionally. Our staff and vendors did an amazing job, and people are still telling us on an almost daily basis how much they enjoyed our wedding!”

Outdoor Water View of Tampa River Center in Downtown Tampa Wedding Venue | Andi Diamond Photography

Outdoor Exterior View of Tampa River Center with Wedding Dress in Downtown Tampa Wedding Venue | Andi Diamond Photography

Boho Wedding Floral Bouquet | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Andi Diamond Photography | Tampa Bay Florist Apple Blossoms Floral Designs

Groom Jewel Tone Emerald Groom Shoes, White Gold Wedding Band, Eclectic Yellow Pink and Green Boutonnière | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Andi Diamond Photography | Tampa Bay Florist Apple Blossoms Floral Designs

Downtown Tampa Groom in Elegant Jewel Tone Emerald Velvet Coat, Eclectic Yellow Pink and Green Boutonnière | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Andi Diamond Photography | Tampa Bay Florist Apple Blossoms Floral Designs

Bride in Ivory V-Neck Sleeveless Wedding Dress with Gold Beaded Detailing | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Andi Diamond Photography| Tampa Bay Wedding Makeup Artist Michelle Renee the Studio

What was your wedding beauty inspiration?
Michele Renee the Studio did my make up for our engagement pictures, and I was sold then. Their team is very talented, and anyone I’ve ever referred to them was extremely impressed. This decision was an easy one. They are just fantastic at what they do!

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Bride in Elegant Ivory and Gold Beaded Detailing V-Neck Sleeveless Sheath Style Wedding Dress, Wearing Hair in Updo with Curls, Carrying Eclectic Colorful Mix Flower Bouquet | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Andi Diamond Photography| Tampa Bay Wedding Makeup Artist Michelle Renee the Studio | Tampa Bay Florist Apple Blossoms Floral Designs

Bride and Groom First Look Photo, Groom in Elegant Jewel Tone Emerald Velvet Coat, Eclectic Yellow Pink Peach and Green Boutonnière, Bride in Elegant Ivory and Gold Detailed Sleeveless Sheath Style Wedding Dress, Carrying Eclectic Colorful Mix Flower Bouquet | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Andi Diamond Photography| Tampa Bay Wedding Makeup Artist Michelle Renee the Studio | Tampa Bay Florist Apple Blossoms Floral Designs

Bride and Groom First Look Photo, Groom in Elegant Jewel Tone Emerald Velvet Coat, Bride in Elegant Ivory and Gold Wedding Dress, Wearing Hair in Bridal Updo with Rhinestone Accessories, Carrying Eclectic Colorful Mix Flower Bouquet | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Andi Diamond Photography| Tampa Bay Wedding Makeup Artist Michelle Renee the Studio | Tampa Bay Florist Apple Blossoms Floral Designs

The Proposal:
It was long anticipated, but in the end, perfectly timed. While John was carrying a ring around for months, plotting and planning for the perfect romantic setting for a surprise proposal,  it just happened to feel right in our own backyard. On a perfect fall morning, we were enjoying a day off having mimosas in our pajamas when the conversation turned towards an opportunity for John. He got down on one knee and proposed!

Romantic Florida Bride and Groom In Front of Tampa River Center Wedding Venue , Bride in Ivory and Gold Sheath Style Wedding Dress and Groom in Elegant Emerald Velvet Jacket, Carrying Eclectic Colorful Mix Flower Bouquet | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Andi Diamond Photography| Tampa Bay Wedding Makeup Artist Michelle Renee the Studio

Romantic Floral Rose Wedding Invitation, Gold Mercury Vase with Eclectic Colorful Mix Floral Wedding Decor | | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Andi Diamond Photography | Tampa Bay Florist Apple Blossoms Floral Designs

Romantic, Whimsical Tall Gray Lantern in Garden Ceremony Wedding Decor, Eclectic Colorful Mix Floral Wedding Flowers | | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Andi Diamond Photography | Tampa Bay Florist Apple Blossoms Floral Designs

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony at Downtown Tampa Wedding Venue Tampa River Center, Versatile Waterfront Tampa Wedding Venue, Romantic Ceremony and Alter Backdrop of Lantern in Garden Wedding Decor, Eclectic Colorful Mix Floral Wedding Flowers | | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Andi Diamond Photography

Tampa Bay Bride Escorted Down the Aisle During Outdoor Wedding Ceremony At Sunset in Tampa River Center, Bride in Elegant Ivory and Gold Beaded Detailing V-Neck Sleeveless Sheath Style Wedding Dress, Carrying Eclectic Colorful Mix Flower Bouquet, Groomsmen in White Shirt, Khaki Pant, Coral Tie | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Andi Diamond Photography| Tampa Bay Wedding Makeup Artist Michelle Renee the Studio | Tampa Bay Florist Apple Blossoms Floral Designs

Tampa Bay Bride and Groom During Outside Waterfront Wedding Ceremony at Downtown Wedding Venue Tampa River Center with Child Officiant, Bride in Elegant Ivory and Gold Beaded Detailing V-Neck Sleeveless Sheath Style Wedding Dress, Groom in Elegant Jewel Tone Emerald Velvet Jacket, Romantic Ceremony and Alter Backdrop of Lantern in Garden Wedding Decor, Eclectic Colorful Mix Floral Wedding Flowers | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Andi Diamond Photography| Tampa Bay Wedding Makeup Artist Michelle Renee the Studio Tampa Bay Florist Apple Blossoms Floral Designs

Tampa Bay Bride and Groom During First Dance in Outside Waterfront Wedding Reception at Tampa River Center, Bride in Elegant Ivory and Gold Beaded Detailing Wedding Dress, Groom in Emerald Velvet Jacket | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Andi Diamond Photography| Tampa Bay Wedding Makeup Artist Michelle Renee the Studio

Bride and Groom Romantic Wedding Portraits at Sunset with Lens Flare, Groom in Elegant Jewel Tone Emerald Velvet Jacket, Eclectic Yellow Red and Green Boutonnière, Bride in Ivory and Gold Detailed V-Neck Sleeveless Wedding Dress, Bridal Updo with Curls and Rhinestone Hair Accessories, Carrying Eclectic Colorful Mix Flower Bouquet | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Andi Diamond Photography| Tampa Bay Wedding Makeup Artist Michelle Renee the Studio | Tampa Bay Florist Apple Blossoms Floral Designs

Bridal Portrait, Bride in Elegant Ivory and Gold Beaded Detailing V-Neck Sleeveless Sheath Style Wedding Dress, Bridal Updo with Curls and Rhinestone Hair Accessories, Carrying Eclectic Colorful Mix Flower Bouquet | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Andi Diamond Photography| Tampa Bay Wedding Makeup Artist Michelle Renee the Studio | Tampa Bay Florist Apple Blossoms Floral Designs

What did you look for in a wedding photographer?
Our first priority was that our wedding photographer be reliable, relatable, professional, and also fun.

I want to learn more about Andi Diamond Photography.

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We chose Andi Diamond Photography for many reasons. To start, she has become a close friend throughout the years of us working together in the industry. But, we didn’t just choose Andi because she’s a friend, we chose her because we knew that when it came down to the day of our wedding, she would be professional, relatable, and take her art very seriously. In fact, looking back, we can’t imagine not having Andi there to keep us calm, cool and collected. Andi is not only an amazingly fun and kind-hearted person, but she’s also extremely professional and kept us on track throughout the day. She truly is a talented individual and made us look so good!

Bride and Groom Romantic Wedding Portraits at Outdoor Waterfront Wedding Venue Tampa River Center in Downtown Tampa , Groom in Elegant Emerald Velvet Jacket with Velvet Green Shoes, Bride in Ivory and Gold Wedding Dress, Carrying Colorful Bouquet | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Andi Diamond Photography | Tampa Bay Florist Apple Blossoms Floral Designs

Bride and Groom Romantic Wedding Portraits at Outdoor Waterfront Wedding Venue Tampa River Center in Downtown Tampa , Groom in Elegant Emerald Velvet Jacket with Velvet Green Shoes, Bride in Ivory and Gold Wedding Dress, Carrying Colorful Bouquet | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Andi Diamond Photography | Tampa Bay Florist Apple Blossoms Floral Designs

Elegant, Whimsical Eclectic Jewel Toned Themed Reception Wedding Decor at Downtown Tampa Waterfront Reception Venue Tampa Riverwalk, Floor to Ceiling Windows, Large Gold Vase Centerpieces with Overflowing Green Floral Arrangement | Navy Blue Tablecloths with Silver Chairs | Green Velvet Chairs for Sweetheart Table | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Andi Diamond Photography

Elegant and Eclectic Jewel Toned Themed Reception Wedding Decor at Downtown Tampa Waterfront Reception Venue Tampa Riverwalk, Floor to Ceiling Windows, Large Gold Vase Centerpieces with Overflowing Green Floral and Red Rose Arrangements | Silk and Velvet Jewel Tone Tablecloths, Vintage Multi-colored Glass Goblets, Gold Flatware, Tall Silver Candelabras | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Andi Diamond Photography

Elegant and Eclectic Jewel Toned Themed Reception Wedding Decor, Large Gold Vase Centerpieces with Overflowing Green Purple and Blue Florals with Red Roses Arrangements | Silk and Velvet Jewel Tone Tablecloths, Gold Charger, Tall Silver Candelabras | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Andi Diamond Photography

Elegant and Eclectic Jewel Toned Themed Reception Wedding Decor at Tampa River Center, Large Gold Vase Centerpieces with Overflowing Green Floral and Peacock Feather Arrangements | Jewel Tone Tablecloths, Vintage Multi-colored Glass Goblets, Gold Chargers, Tall Silver Candelabras | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Andi Diamond Photography

How would you describe your theme/wedding design inspiration?
Since we own and operate a full-service event and catering company, you’d think it would have been an easy task to come up with a design for our own wedding. As it turned out, it was shockingly difficult for us to settle on any one design or theme. In our business, we absolutely love to explore different styles and new trends, but when it came to our wedding, we felt more comfortable just going back to the basics. For our vision, we created an eclectic style and ambiance that we felt represented us best. We ultimately hoped our reception would give our friends and family an evening of timeless elegance. Our decor included silk and velvet table cloths, vintage multi-colored glass goblets, gold flatware, and tall silver candelabras – All of which we felt embodied our theme perfectly.

What were your colors?
Peacock colors were our initial inspiration. As soon as we both agreed we loved those particular colors, it seemed like we started seeing peacocks everywhere, whether driving around out in the country, around town in St. Pete, or just images. As things go, our inspirations evolved while we were planning, and we ended up incorporating more jewel tones like emerald, amethyst, ruby, and topaz, which all have varying special meanings to us.

Elegant and Eclectic Jewel Toned Themed Reception Wedding Decor at Downtown Tampa Waterfront Reception Venue Tampa River Center, Floor to Ceiling Windows, Large Gold Vase Centerpieces with Overflowing Green FloralArrangements | Silk and Velvet Jewel Tone Tablecloths, Vintage Multi-colored Glass Goblets, Gold Flatware, Tall Silver Candelabras | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Andi Diamond Photography

Elegant and Eclectic Jewel Toned Themed Reception Wedding Decor at Downtown Tampa Waterfront Reception Venue Tampa River Center, Floor to Ceiling Windows, Large Gold Vase Centerpieces with Overflowing Green FloralArrangements | Silk and Velvet Jewel Tone Tablecloths, Silver Chairs, Vintage Multi-colored Glass Goblets, Gold Flatware, Tall Silver Candelabras | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Andi Diamond Photography

Elegant and Eclectic Jewel Toned Themed Reception Wedding Decor, Green Purple Red and Blue Floral Arrangements with Peacock Feathers, Velvet Emerald Sweetheart Tablecloth and Emerald Velvet Chairs, Gold Chargers, Silver Candelabras | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Andi Diamond Photography

Eclectic Jewel Toned Themed Reception Wedding Decor at Tampa River Center, Large Gold Vase Centerpieces with Overflowing Green Floral Arrangements | Jewel Tone Tablecloths, Vintage Multi-colored Glass Goblets, Gold Flatware, | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Andi Diamond Photography

Eclectic Jewel Toned Themed Reception Wedding Decor at Downtown Reception Venue Tampa River Center, Large Gold Vase Centerpieces with Overflowing Green Blue Purple Mix Flower and Red Rose Floral Arrangements | Emerald Green Tablecloth, Vintage Multi-colored Glass Goblets, Gold Flatware, Tall Silver Candelabras | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Andi Diamond Photography

Tampa Wedding Elegant Hors D'oeuvres on Modern LED Lighted Passing Platters | Tampa Bay Wedding Cater Elite Events Catering, Fois Gras Pate in Mini Cones | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Andi Diamond Photography

What was your wedding catering inspiration?
Choosing our own team at Elite Events Catering to cater our wedding was a no brainer. We didn’t have much of a choice actually, as they all insisted to be a part of creating and executing our wedding for us! Our team has become like a family and working together with them is just amazing!

I want to learn more about Elite Events Catering

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Choosing our wedding menu wasn’t easy at the beginning and the menu went through many, many revisions. Of course, we wanted to show off a bit, but at the end of the day, we went with a more simplistic approach. Our mantra recently has been, “Let’s serve food that people like to eat,” and “Keep it simple style,” while finding new ways to elevate our presentation. Sometimes something looks good in a photo on Instagram, but it is not approachable for the majority of guests. With our vision, we had a lot of fun creating a menu that was relatable and comforting, while still having fun with presenting it in a creative way.

In the end, we decided to serve a variety of appetizers including bacon wrapped dates with goat cheese, deviled eggs with caviar and chives and Fois Gras pate in mini cones. We served everything on our modern custom LED lighted passing platters and it was so “old-school” and fun. We also served a classic shrimp cocktail and snow crab claw on a custom ice sculpture display just after the ceremony. After cocktail hour, we served a formal seated dinner, starting with a colorful and unique take on a Caesar salad. For the main course, we changed our minds dozens of times. In the end, we realized beef tenderloin is on many wedding menus for a reason; the majority of people truly enjoy it! And frankly, our chefs do an amazing job with beef tenderloin. We served it with a rosemary-port wine reduction, heirloom veggie bundles, smashed fingerling potatoes, and local microgreens. It was a classic entree.

Salad with Gold Flatware on Sweetheart Table with Velvet Tablecloth, Green Floral Bouquet | | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Andi Diamond Photography | Tampa Bay Florist Apple Blossoms Floral Designs | Tampa Bay Caterer Elite Events Catering

Three Tier Round Geometric Unique Shape Wedding Cake with Square Middle Tier, White and Watercolor Frosting, Gold Imprinted Design, White and Gold Cake Stand on Emerald Table Cloth with Jewel Toned Inspired Multi Color Floral Arrangements with Greenery | | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Andi Diamond Photography

Tampa Bay Bride and Groom in Nighttime Wedding Portrait Overlooking Hillsborough River in Downtown Tampa at Night, Bride in Ivory Wedding Dress with Gold Detailing, Groom in Emerald Green Velvet Jacket | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Andi Diamond Photography| Tampa Bay Wedding Makeup Artist Michelle Renee the Studio

Tampa Bay Bride and Groom in Nighttime Wedding Portrait In Front of Exterior of Tampa River Center in Downtown Tampa at Night, Bride in Ivory Wedding Dress with Gold Detailing, Groom in Emerald Green Velvet Jacket | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Andi Diamond Photography| Tampa Bay Wedding Makeup Artist Michelle Renee the Studio

What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay couples?
Select a full-service company to handle every element of your day. When couples contact us first we can steer them in the right direction regarding venue, rentals, entertainment, florals, etc. Having a caterer and coordinator all-in-one can save thousands of dollars and result in a seamless day-of-event.

Venue: Tampa River Center
Photographer: Andi Diamond Photography *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
Wedding Planner: Winsor Event Studio
Event Rentals (Interior Linens & Decor): Kate Ryan Event Rentals
Exterior Linens: Imperial Rentals
Florist (Inside Florals and Decor): FH Weddings and Events
Florist (Exterior Florals and Decor): Apple Blossoms Floral Designs
Cake: Hands on Sweets
Catering: Elite Events Catering *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
Sweets: Swah-Rey
Invitations: Evite.com
DJ: Carmichael Music
Band: Bulldog Shorty
Cellist: Rose Mallare
Hair: Steven Stones
Makeup: Michele Renee the Studio *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro




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