Courtney and Ryan hosted a classic, blush, gold and cream South Tampa wedding to reflect their traditional tastes.
“Our wedding was classic and elegant. We wanted everything to look timeless,” the bride shared. “We tried to create an atmosphere that involved our family and friends in the process and added sentimental touches like pictures of our parents on their wedding days.”
The bride chose a nostalgic venue for her waterfront Tampa wedding.
“The Tampa Yacht Club was an easy choice for a venue, since I’ve been going there ever since I was a little kid,” Courtney explained. “I wanted a location that could accommodate 200-250 guests for a sit down dinner and provide a setting that would feel intimate and welcoming.”
An important part of the wedding planning process for the Tampa couple was creating an enjoyable experience for their guests.
“Live music, beautiful flowers and great food were a few of my top priorities,” Courtney said.
One standout feature of Courtney and Ryan’s Tampa wedding was their choice in wedding transportation, which included a trolley, 1947 Cadillac and boat.
“The most memorable moment of the reception had to have been at the end, with the sparkler send-off, boat exit and cannon blasts orchestrated by my Dad,” the bride reminisced. “As a Notre Dame grad (and the daughter, sister and niece of ND alumni), it was such a perfect surprise to leave on a boat named ‘Irish.'”
Ryan and I met in 2008, while waiting in line to get our law school student IDs. We also happened to live down the hall from one another at an apartment building located just off of Drake University’s campus in Des Moines, Iowa. We spent most of our first semester at school avoiding one another out of nervousness, but the week after final exams, Ryan finally asked me out. We’ve been inseparable ever since.
On April 7, 2013, we took a day trip to Des Moines where we had brunch at one of our favorite local restaurants, followed by a stroll around the East Village downtown. While wandering around one of the local shops, Ryan said he needed to grab his wallet out of the car. Ten minutes later, I received a text message with a riddle of instructions on where to find him. Ryan proposed in the middle of the walking bridge overlooking the Des Moines River.
How would you describe your theme?
I would describe our wedding as classic and elegant. We wanted everything to look timeless.
What were your colors?
We chose blush, gold, and cream to create a soft and romantic setting. Similar colors were chosen by both of our parents for their weddings.
How did you incorporate you and your husband’s personalities into the wedding?
We tried to create an atmosphere that reflects our traditional tastes, involved our family and friends in the process and added sentimental touches like pictures of our parents on their wedding days.
What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay Brides?
The day goes by so fast. Make sure to relish and enjoy every little moment!
Ceremony Venue: Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Reception Venue: Tampa Yacht and Country Club
Photographer: Marissa Moss Photography
Second Photographer: Ailyn La Torre Photography
Florist: La Vie en Rose
Caterer: Tampa Yacht and Country Club
Cake: Chocolate Pi
Band: Frequency Band
Officiant: Rev. C. Timothy Corcoran III
Transportation: Cole’s Classic Cars, Jolly Trolley, Savage Yachts
Makeup: Dollhouse Faces