Samira and Samir's elegant downtown Tampa wedding was a testament to their love, cultural, and personal style. From the exquisite lavender color palette to the incorporation of their religious backgrounds, every detail was carefully curated to create a truly memorable celebration that reflected their unique journey as a couple.
“Our design inspiration was classic and elegant. I love traditional wedding looks with a luxury feel,” Samira shared. “Lavender as it is my favorite color. We incorporated whites and pinks to give a soft tone.”
While the bride relied heavily on the advice of her wedding planner, she read Marry Me Tampa Bay's real wedding features to research vendors used by Indian couples featured on the site.
Seeking an organized and resourceful wedding planner, Samira and Samir selected a team who was well-versed in Indian weddings. Coastal Coordinating was experienced and within their budget, providing invaluable guidance throughout the wedding planning process.
“We looked for someone organized and resourceful,” the bride explained. “We used Coastal Coordinating as they were very affordable and had lots of experiences with Indian weddings. Katy helped with finding all our vendors.”
To ensure she looked her absolute best on her summer wedding day, Samira turned to the beauty team of Michele Renee The Studio, known for their extensive knowledge of Indian weddings. The results were nothing short of stunning, as Samira's hair and makeup enhanced her natural beauty, leaving her radiant and glowing.
“Michele Renee The Studio was highly recommended for Indian weddings. My hair and makeup were amazing, and I highly recommend her,” the bride raved.
Following their wedding planner's recommendation, the Tampa couple enlisted Gabro Event Services for their rental needs. They utilized the rental and décor company's linens and the signature green wall, which served as a captivating backdrop for their celebration.
The blending of religious and cultural backgrounds personalized Samira and Samir's July wedding weekend. They hosted a private Muslim ceremony with close family the day before the wedding, followed by a Christian ceremony that included all 100 of their loved ones.
“The wedding ceremony had to reflect our journey as a couple, so including wedding vows was important,” the bride detailed.
The couple's most cherished moments included their emotional first look and the exchange of heartfelt vows, which brought tears of joy and marked the beginning of their journey as a married couple.
“The first look and our vows were the most memorable moments,” the bride reminisced. “I cried as soon as I saw my husband, everything building up to that moment made me very emotional.”
We went to Panama in October. Before dinner, we went for a walk along the causeway surrounded by water, and Samir went down on one knee to propose.
What were your wedding hair and makeup inspiration?
Michele Renee The Studio was highly recommended for Indian weddings. My hair and makeup were amazing, and I highly recommend her.
How would you describe your theme/wedding design inspiration?
Classic and elegant. I love traditional wedding looks with a luxury feel.
What did you look for in a wedding planner?
Someone organized and resourceful.
We used Coastal Coordinating as they were very affordable and had lots of experiences with Indian weddings. Katy helped with finding all our vendors.
Where did you spend your honeymoon?
Montreal, Canada. We wanted to go somewhere unique but not too far away.
Where did you host your bachelorette party?
Scottsdale, AZ. I love the West, and the city is definitely a popular bachelorette destination.
Which vendors really exceeded your expectations?
My florist exceeded my expectations. Her floral arch design and table setups brought everything together. She made my lavender floral vision come to life.
What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay couples?
I definitely recommend getting a wedding planner, whether it’s for only the day of or the whole wedding process.