Elegant Black and White South Tampa Wedding | Oxford Exchange

Elegant Black and White South Tampa Wedding | Oxford Exchange Wedding

Laura and Steven’s elegant South Tampa wedding featured a classic style and black and white decor, with gold accents.

“Our theme fit well with our personalities and was exactly how we wanted to celebrate our special day,” the bride shared. “We chose our colors because they are classic and elegant. We thought they would work well in the venue, which is so beautiful already, so we wanted something to complement rather than compete with it.”

The Tampa couple grew up in the area and wanted to celebrate their wedding day in their hometown.

“I couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere else. My husband and I have lived here all our lives, so we wanted to spend the most important day of our lives in the place we call home,” Laura beamed.

To make sure their South Tampa wedding ran smoothly, the bride and groom hired Tampa wedding planner Nicholle Leonard Designs.

“We were looking for someone who was experienced, organized and responsive. We also wanted someone who came highly recommended and who we genuinely liked,” the bride explained. “Nicholle Leonard Designs came highly recommended and Nikki, the owner, had all of the qualities we were looking for in a wedding planner. The service was unbelievable! I can’t say enough great things about Nikki and her team. They went above and beyond every step of the way, and our wedding day was flawless thanks to all of their hard work and dedication.”

Laura and Steven incorporated a personal touch by having a family member officiate their wedding ceremony.

“My uncle was our officiant and that was extremely special to us, since he knows us well and could share personal stories,” the bride gushed. “He had everyone laughing and crying. We couldn’t have asked for a better ceremony or officiant.”

Looking back, the bride’s most memorable moment came during the first look.

“Seeing Steven in his suit on our wedding day was a feeling I could never put into words. It was so special. I loved having that time alone with him before everything started, so we could just enjoy an intimate moment and really soak everything in,” Laura reminisced.

Elegant Black and White Wedding Invitation Stationery with Calligraphy

White, Glitter Bridal Wedding Shoes with Vintage Books

White Peony Floral Wedding Bouquet of Flowers and Diamond Bridal Crystal Drop Earrings

Ivory, Lace Strapless Wedding Dress on Brick Wall

Bride and Bridesmaids in Matching Pink, Monogrammed Robes with Drinks

Bridal Wedding Portrait in Ivory, Lace Strapless Dress, Lace Veil, and White Floral Wedding Bouquet of Flowers with Industrial Brick Wall Backdrop

Bridal Wedding Portrait in Ivory, Lace Strapless Dress, Lace Veil, and White Floral Wedding Bouquet of Flowers with Industrial Brick Wall Backdrop

Bridal Wedding Portrait in Ivory, Lace Strapless Dress and White Floral Peony Wedding Bouquet of Flowers

Tampa Bridal Party Portrait of Bride in Ivory, Lace Strapless Wedding Dress | Bridesmaids in Black Bella Bridesmaid Dresses | Tampa Dress Shop

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Bride and Groom First Look on Wedding Day | South Tampa Modern, Vintage Wedding Venue Oxford Exchange

Bride and Groom First Look on Wedding Day | South Tampa Modern, Vintage Wedding Venue Oxford Exchange

The Proposal:
Steven proposed on October 24th and completely caught me off guard by doing at our place, which I loved. It was absolutely perfect!

Wedding Portrait, Bride and Groom Kissing on Stairs

Outdoor Wedding Portrait with Bridal Party | Black Bridesmaids Dress and Black Groomsmen Suits | Tampa Bella Bridesmaids

Outdoor Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait Kissing | University of Tampa Wedding Location

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What was the inspiration for your bridesmaid dresses?
I have always loved the twobirds dresses and thought they would look beautiful on the bridesmaids. I loved how each of them could style the dress in their own way to make it most flattering on their bodies, a luxury that anyone who has ever been a bridesmaid can appreciate!

I have used Bella Bridesmaid many times before for bridesmaid dresses and have always had a great experience. Molly, the owner, is great to work with, and I love the selection of dresses she carries. Their service was wonderful, and Molly was even kind enough to come and help the bridesmaids tie their dresses on the day of the wedding!

Bride and Groom Indoor Wedding Portrait by Brick Wall

Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait in Ivory, Lace Wedding Dress

Dessy Spring Style 2013

Indoor Wedding Reception with Checkered Floor and Black Chairs at South Tampa Modern, Vintage Wedding Venue Oxford Exchange | Tampa Wedding Planner Southern Elegance Events

Wedding Ceremony, Bride Walking Down Stairs in Lace, Strapless Wedding Dress | South Tampa Modern, Vintage Wedding Venue Oxford Exchange

Indoor Wedding Ceremony | Tampa Wedding Planner Southern Elegance Events | South Tampa Modern, Vintage Wedding Venue Oxford Exchange

Why did you hire a wedding planner and what did you look for in one?
We hired a wedding planner to ensure that everything ran smoothly from start to finish. We were looking for someone who was experienced, organized and responsive. We also wanted someone who came highly recommended and who we genuinely liked.

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I hired Nicholle Leonard Designs because they came highly recommended and Nikki, the owner, had all of the qualities we were looking for in a wedding planner. She was the perfect fit! Nikki was also great with giving us recommendations for vendors, which was a huge help. The service was unbelievable! I can’t say enough great things about Nikki and her team. They went above and beyond every step of the way, and our wedding day was flawless thanks to all of their hard work and dedication.

Wedding Reception Black and White Seating Sign

Wedding Reception Black and White Calligraphy Guest Seating Cards

Wedding Reception Table Decor with Gold Candles, White Roses And Greenery Centerpieces | Tampa Wedding Planner Southern Elegance Events

How would you describe your theme?
Classic elegance. It fit well with our personalities and was exactly how we wanted to celebrate our special day.

What were your colors?
Black and white with gold accents. We chose these colors because they are classic and elegant. We thought they would work well in the venue, which is so beautiful already, so we wanted something to complement rather than compete with it.

Wedding Reception Table Decor With Gold Table Numbers, White Roses in Glass Vase and Greenery | Tampa Wedding Planner Southern Elegance Events

Tampa Wedding Thank You Cards On Gold Charger Plate

Three Tiered Elegant Round White Textured Wedding Cake

Wedding Reception Mini Donuts | Wedding Cake Alternatives

Wedding Reception Guest Champagne Favor Table and "We Do" Custom Monogrammed Napkins

What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay couples?
Enjoy every minute! Everyone says it flies by, and they are 100% right! I truly believe that the bride sets the tone for the day, so if you are relaxed and having the best time, then everyone else will follow.

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Oxford Exchange
Photographer: K&K Photography
Planner: Nicholle Leonard Designs 
Florist: Bay Bouquet
Caterer: Oxford Exchange
Rentals: Oxford Exchange
Cake: Publix
Desserts: Mini Doughnut Factory
DJ: Fast Break Entertainment
Officiant: Rick Duffy
Invitations: White Sands Studio
Transportation: Network Limousine
Dress: Malindy Elene Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid
Hair & Makeup: Rachel Reumann




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