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Florida Signature Bridal Affair | Tampa Wedding Show October 21st, 2018Christina and Jonathan’s downtown Tampa wedding embodied their easy-going personalities and love for wine. Covered in an elegant slate blue and cranberry-colored theme, the picturesque wedding ceremony captured the bride and groom’s vision to a T.

“We tried to maintain a light theme of wines because of our proposal story. This meant our guests signed bottles of wine in lieu of a guestbook, escort cards were placed in wine corks, and the entrees included wine reductions,” the bride explained. “The favors included mini bottles of Wedding Day Chardonnay, First Kiss Cabernet, and Marry Me Moscato.”

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The couple chose historic downtown Tampa hotel Le Meridien for their accommodations because of its ambiance and architecture.

Le Meridien was our official wedding hotel, location for the wedding party to get ready, and unofficial location for an afterparty,” the bride shared. “We loved the feel of being in a historic courthouse, which had all of the luxurious modern touches that were perfect for photo opportunities.”

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While searching for the perfect Tampa wedding photographer, Christina and Jonathan looked for someone who could not only capture beautiful portraits but also share the story of their day.

“Marc of Marc Edwards Photographs was able to creatively use any light to capture so many genuine moments. He helped us feel natural in all of our engagement and wedding day photos, and his work definitely exceeded our expectations!” Christina gushed. “Being from out of town, Marc was very accommodating with his time and our limited scheduled. Upon first meeting him in person, we were pleased with how easy he was to speak and interact with.”

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While planning her destination Tampa wedding, Christina stumbled upon Marry Me Tampa Bay for exactly the advice and inspiration she was looking for.

“We used wedding spotlights on Marry Me Tampa Bay for inspiration photos and to help with getting an idea of what vendors were out there. A spotlight on Marry Me Tampa Bay partially influenced our decision to proceed with our photographer Marc Edwards,” the bride shared.

Even from Washington D.C., Christina and Jonathan found the perfect DJ who even took the time to help the groom arrange a sweet video surprise to his bride-to-be.

Grant Hemond & Associates was amazing. James did an excellent job and was extremely flexible with our last-minute requests, such as adding on lighting and a GOBO and was also very discreet in arranging a video surprise that Jonathan had arranged for during our reception,” Christina beamed.

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Looking back on the joy and celebration from their wedding day, the couple reminisced about their intimate time together during their wedding portraits.

“The most memorable moments were those where we spent alone time together (credit to Marc!). We were able to escape for a stroll along the Hillsborough River and later for some fresh air in the Morsani Theatre,” the bride shared. “They were perfect opportunities for us to enjoy each other’s company and take in all of the events of the day.”

Modern Elegant White Wedding Invitation Suite | Tampa Bay Photographer Marc Edwards Photography

Custom Tan and Green Monogrammed Bridesmaids Makeup Bags | Tampa Bay Photographer Marc Edwards Photographs

Strapless Sweetheart Ballgown Wedding Dress on Hanger | Tampa Bay Photographer Marc Edwards Photography | Tampa Venue Le Meridien

White-Ivory Open Toed Wedding Shoes with Note from Groom, Crystal Chandelier Earrings | Tampa Bay Photographer Marc Edwards Photography

Bride Getting Ready Wedding Portrait with Bridesmaids | Tampa Bay Photographer Marc Edwards Photographs | Tampa Venue Le Meridien

Bridal Portrait with White-Ivory Open Toed Wedding Shoes with Note from Groom, Crystal Chandelier Earrings | Tampa Bay Photographer Marc Edwards Photography

The Proposal:
Jonathan took me to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. for dinner. He ordered a special bottle of wine which was uniquely engraved with dates on it. I read aloud the inscriptions down the bottle which included the date we first met, the date of our first kiss, the date of our first anniversary, and the “date I said yes.” Jonathan then got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.

Bride Reading Letter from Groom, Ballgown Sweetheart Strapless Wedding Dress with Rhinestone Belt | Tampa Bay Photographer Marc Edwards Photographs | Tampa Venue Le Meridien

Bride Wedding Portrait in Strapless Ballgown Wedding Dress | Tampa Bay Photographer Marc Edwards Photographs | Tampa Venue Le Meridien

Outdoor Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait on the Stairs at Tampa Venue Le Meridien | Tampa Bay Photographer Marc Edwards Photography

Outdoor Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait on the Stairs at Tampa Venue Le Meridien | Tampa Bay Photographer Marc Edwards Photography

What did you look for in a wedding photographer?
We wanted a photographer who could capture not only beautiful photos but our story.

I want to learn more about Marc Edwards Photographs.

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We found Marc Edwards Photographs through thorough research on wedding photographers in Tampa. Being from out of town, Marc was very accommodating with his time and our limited scheduled. Upon first meeting him in person, we were pleased with how easy he was to speak and interact with. Marc was exceptionally easy to work with and was able to creatively use any light to capture so many genuine moments. He helped us feel natural in all of our engagement and wedding day photos, and his work definitely exceeded our expectations!

Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait, Bride in Sweetheart Strapless Ballgown Wedding Dress with Rhinestone Belt, Groom in Black Tuxedo and White Floral Boutonniere with White and Greenery Floral Bouquet | Tampa Bay Photographer Marc Edwards Photographs

Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait, Bride in Sweetheart Strapless Ballgown Wedding Dress with Rhinestone Belt, Groom in Black Tuxedo and White Floral Boutonniere | Tampa Bay Photographer Marc Edwards Photographs

Outdoor Bride, Groom, Bridesmaids and Groomsmen Wedding Portrait, Bridesmaids in Cobalt Blue Matching Dresses, Groomsmen in Grey Suits with Pale Blue Tie, Bride in Strapless Sweetheart Ballgown Wedding Dress with White and Red Floral Bouquet, Groom in Black Tuxedo | Tampa Bay Photographer Marc Edwards Photography | Tampa Venue Le Meridien

Wedding Ceremony Decor, Silver Chiavari Chairs with Pale Blue Satin Ribbon, Red, White, Pink and Greenery Flowers, White Draping | Tampa Bay Photographer Marc Edwards Photography

Wedding Ceremony Decor, Silver Chiavari Chairs, Arch with White Draping and Floral Bouquets | Tampa Bay Photographer Marc Edwards Photography | Tampa Venue Straz Center

Bride Walking Down the Aisle with Father, Bride in Strapless Sweetheart Ballgown Wedding Dress, White and Greenery Floral Bouquet | Tampa Bay Photographer Marc Edwards Photography | Tampa Venue Straz Center

Bride and Groom Wedding Ceremony Portrait, Silver Chiavari Chairs, Arch with White Draping and Floral Bouquets | Tampa Bay Photographer Marc Edwards Photography | Tampa Venue Straz Center

Bride and Groom Wedding Ceremony Exit Portrait, Bride in Strapless Sweetheart Ballgown Wedding Dress with Rhinestone Belt, Groom in Tuxedo | Tampa Bay Photographer Marc Edwards Photography

Traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony for Wedding Reception | Red China Teapot | Tampa Bay Photographer Marc Edwards Photography

Traditional Chinese Wedding Tea Reception with Parents, Bride in Red and Gold Kimono, Groom in Black Tuxedo | Tampa Bay Photographer Marc Edwards Photography

Downtown Tampa Riverwalk Outdoor Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait | Tampa Bay Photographer Marc Edwards Photographs

Downtown Tampa Creative Outdoor Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait, Bride in Sweetheart Strapless Ballgown Wedding Dress with Rhinestone Belt, Groom in Black Tuxedo and White Floral Boutonniere | Tampa Bay Photographer Marc Edwards Photographs

Downtown Tampa Mural Art Creative Outdoor Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait, Bride in Sweetheart Strapless Ballgown Wedding Dress with Rhinestone Belt, Groom in Black Tuxedo and White Floral Boutonniere | Tampa Bay Photographer Marc Edwards Photographs

Wedding Reception Decor, Round Tables with White Tablecloths | Tampa Bay Photographer Marc Edwards Photography

Wedding Reception Decor, Round Tables with White Tablecloths, Silver Chiavari Chairs, White and Red Floral Centerpieces, Pale Blue Linens | Tampa Bay Photographer Marc Edwards Photography | Tampa Venue Straz Center

How would you describe your theme?
We tried to maintain a light theme of wines because of our proposal story. The guests signed bottles of wine in lieu of a guestbook, the escort cards were placed in wine corks, the entrees included wine reductions, and the wedding favors included mini bottles of a Wedding Day Chardonnay, a First Kiss Cabernet, and a Marry Me Moscato.

What were your colors?
Slate blue with cranberry and silver accents. The color blue is calm like water and also represented our loyalty and faithfulness to one another. The silver accents reminded us of elegance, and the cranberry accents tied in with our wine theme.

How did you incorporate you and your spouse’s personalities into the wedding?
We are both light-hearted and easy going. We wanted the wedding to be as accommodating to our guests as possible and kept everything simple but elegant.

Wedding Reception Decor, Silver and Crystal Candlestick Holder, Greenery and Red Flowers | Tampa Bay Photographer Marc Edwards Photography

Bride and Groom First Dance Wedding Portrait | Tampa Bay Photographer Marc Edwards Photography | Tampa Venue Straz Center

What did you look for in a wedding DJ?
Grant Hemond & Associates was great; we were actually referred to them by our wedding planner.

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James, in particular, did an excellent job and was honestly more proactive with getting our music selection than we were with getting our songs to him. He was extremely flexible with our last minute requests, such as adding on lighting and a GOBO, and was also very discreet in arranging a video surprise that Jonathan had arranged for during our reception.

Bride and Groom Black and White Wedding Portrait Sitting in Theater | Tampa Bay Photographer Marc Edwards Photographs | Unique Downtown Tampa Wedding Venue The Straz Center

Downtown Tampa Riverwalk Outdoor Sunset Bride and Groom Intimate Wedding Portrait | Tampa Bay Photographer Marc Edwards Photographs

Bride and Groom Sparkler Exit | Tampa Bay Photographer Marc Edwards Photographs | Downtown Tampa Venue Straz Center

What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay couples?
If you’re planning on having an outdoor ceremony, make sure to also have a Plan B that you love in case of inclement weather. It didn’t rain on our wedding day, but it was horribly humid with a 90% chance of rain. We definitely didn’t want to risk it and moved everything indoors. The ceremony was beautiful, all the same!

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Straz Center
Photographer: Marc Edwards Photographs *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Videographer: Current Films
Planner: Winsor Event Studios
Florist: Arlene Floral Designer
Caterer: Maestro’s
Cake: Goldie’s Goodies
DJ: Grant Hemond & Associates – James King *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Officiant: Jonathan Locklear
Invitations: Minted
Transportation: SunCoast Limousines
Dress: Hayley Paige
Bridesmaid Dress Shop and Designer: Lulu’s
Hair & Makeup: Lili’s Weddings
Harpist: Victoria Garcia
Getting Ready Hotel: Le Meridien Tampa *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro




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