Elegant Neutral South Tampa Wedding | Oxford Exchange

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Caroline and Anthony’s destination South Tampa wedding combined family tradition with elegant simplicity in the heart of the groom’s hometown of Tampa. The couple embraced the opportunity to celebrate with 30 of their closest friends and family despite COVID-19, and the result was an intimate affair surrounded by the people they love the most.

“We are both pretty simple and knew we wanted to have a simple, elegant wedding. We felt drawn to a neutral color palette, with lots of greenery and white flowers,” the bride shared. “Our wedding design was rather simple and elegant but also eclectic. When touring our venues, we knew these two places were where we wanted to create those special memories of our wedding day. The stunning details were breathtaking and matched every bit of our vision.”

The Atlanta-based couple sought an experienced wedding photography team who would understand their priorities and fully capture all of the sentimental moments of their nuptials.

“When we began looking for a photographer, we wanted to find a team who not only produced great work but also was engaged and invested in what was most important to us and helping to capture this sweet memory that we can look back at for years to come,” Caroline explained. “Carrie Wildes Photography went above and beyond during every step of the process, and has continued to assist us even post-wedding as we navigate ordering prints and other items.”

Although their original guest list included over 200 people, the pair pivoted to host a more intimate wedding with the health and safety of everyone in mind. The couple revealed that the reduced guest count made their wedding day even more special.

“Our wedding was unique for so many different reasons. While the pandemic may have altered our original vision, we would not have changed a thing about our big day,” Caroline assured. “Our smaller, more intimate wedding with our closest family and friends made our big day unique in all the best ways.”

While COVID-19 may have shifted their original wedding vision, the day was still filled with meaningful memories centered around some very special family members.

“We had a few sweet moments, both individually and together. After getting ready, I was able to FaceTime my grandmother and grandfather and still share that special moment with them, even though they were unable to attend,” Caroline reminisced. “Another memorable moment was being married by the same priest who had married Anthony’s parents over 30 years prior. We could not have been more honored to have Monsignor Muhr’s blessing.”

wedding ring photo shot | Yellow gold mens band and round Tiffany style diamond solitaire engagement ring
Wedding Dress Hanger Shot | Bateau Neck Mikado Satin Martina Liana Simple Elegant Wedding Dress with Ivory Strappy Steve Madden Heels
Wedding Dress Hanger Shot | Bateau Neck Mikado Satin Martina Liana Simple Elegant Wedding Dress with Buttons Down Back
Wedding Dress Hanger Shot | Bateau Neck Mikado Satin Martina Liana Simple Elegant Wedding Dress with Buttons Down Back | Strapless Taupe Neutral Bridesmaid Dresses by Amsale
Bride and Bridesmaids Getting Ready in Taupe Robes with Bubbly Champagne | Carrie Wildes Photography
Bride First Look with Bridesmaids | Strapless Taupe Neutral Bridesmaid Dresses by Amsale | Carrie Wildes Photography
Bride and Groom First Look in Downtown Tampa Marina Riverwalk Marina | Bateau Neck Mikado Satin Martina Liana Simple Elegant Wedding Dress with Buttons Down Back | Groom in Classic Black Tux | Neutral White Rose and Greenery Bouquet | Carrie Wildes Photography

The Proposal:
Anthony proposed during our first trip to Yellowstone National Park in front of the most breathtaking waterfall at the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. He even had a photographer capture the special moment.

Neutral Bridal Wedding Bouquet White White Roses and Freesia and Eucalyptus Greenery | Carrie Wildes Photography
Bride and Groom Outdoor Portrait in Downtown Tampa at Plant Museum UT | Bateau Neck Mikado Satin Martina Liana Simple Elegant Wedding Dress with Buttons Down Back | Groom in Classic Black Tux | Neutral White Rose and Greenery Bouquet | Carrie Wildes Photography

What did you look for in a wedding photographer?
When we began looking for a photographer, we wanted to find a team that not only produced great work but also was engaged and invested in what was most important to us and helping to capture this sweet memory that we can look back at for years to come. Carrie Wildes Photography went above and beyond during every step of the process, and has continued to assist us even post wedding as we navigate ordering prints and other items.

Bridal Outdoor Portrait in Downtown Tampa at Plant Museum UT | Bateau Neck Mikado Satin Martina Liana Simple Elegant Wedding Dress with Buttons Down Back | Neutral White Rose and Greenery Bouquet | Carrie Wildes Photography
Wedding Party Outdoor Portrait in Downtown Tampa at Plant Museum UT | Bateau Neck Mikado Satin Martina Liana Simple Elegant Wedding Dress with Buttons Down Back | Groom and Groomsmen in Classic Black Tux | Neutral White Rose and Greenery Bouquets | Strapless Taupe Neutral Bridesmaid Dresses by Amsale | Carrie Wildes Photography
Bridal Party Outdoor Portrait in Downtown Tampa at Plant Museum UT | Bateau Neck Mikado Satin Martina Liana Simple Elegant Wedding Dress with Buttons Down Back | Neutral White Rose and Greenery Bouquets | Strapless Taupe Neutral Bridesmaid Dresses by Amsale | Carrie Wildes Photography
Bride Walking down Aisle with Father during Traditional Church Wedding Ceremony in Tampa | Bateau Neck Mikado Satin Martina Liana Simple Elegant Wedding Dress with Buttons Down Back | Neutral White Rose and Greenery Bouquet
Groom Looking at Bride Walking down Aisle with Father during Traditional Church Wedding Ceremony in Tampa
Bride and Groom Exchanging Vows during Traditional Church Wedding Ceremony in Tampa
Black and White Wedding Photography | Bride and Groom First Kiss during Traditional Church Wedding Ceremony in Tampa
Bride and Groom Outdoor Portrait | Bateau Neck Mikado Satin Martina Liana Simple Elegant Wedding Dress with Buttons Down Back | Groom in Classic Black Tux

Where did you spend your honeymoon?
We had originally planned to go to Hawaii but had to cancel due to the pandemic. We ended up going to Little Palm Island in the Keys, which ended up being exactly what we had hoped for.  

Wedding Welcome Sign Acrylic Clear with White Calligraphy on Wood Easel with Greenery Garland
Wedding Seating Chart Acrylic Clear with White Calligraphy on Easel with Greenery Garland
Tampa Wedding Reception Cocktail Hour at Oxford Exchange Downtown Tampa | Black High Top Bistro Tables with Candles and White Vases of Floral Arrangements with Canopy String Lights
Tampa Wedding Reception at Oxford Exchange Downtown Tampa | Long Metal Banquet Tables with Black Cross Back Chairs and White Napkins | Wedding Centerpieces of Floating Pedestal Candles and Greenery Garland
Tampa Wedding Reception at Oxford Exchange Downtown Tampa | Long Metal Banquet Tables with Black Cross Back Chairs and White Napkins | Wedding Centerpieces of Floating Pedestal Candles and Greenery Garland

How would you describe your theme/wedding design inspiration?
We are both pretty simple and knew we wanted to have a simple, elegant wedding.  Our design was rather simple and elegant but also eclectic. When touring the Chapel of the Holy Cross and the Oxford Exchange, we knew these two places were where we wanted to create those special memories of our wedding day. The stunning details were breathtaking and matched every bit of our vision. 

What were your colors?
We felt drawn to a neutral color palette, with lots of greenery and white flowers.

Tampa Wedding Reception at Oxford Exchange Downtown Tampa | Sweetheart Table with Upholstered Wingback Chairs and White Napkins | Wedding Centerpieces of Floating Pedestal Candles and Greenery Garland
Tampa Wedding Reception at Oxford Exchange Downtown Tampa | Sweetheart Table with Upholstered Wingback Chairs and White Napkins with Menu Cards | Wedding Centerpieces of Floating Pedestal Candles and Greenery Garland
Three Tier Wedding Cake Filled with White Hydrangea and Roses on Gold Round Mosaic Cake Stand
Bride and Groom Reception Introduction on Staircase at Oxford Exchange in Downtown Tampa
Bride and Groom First Dance at Oxford Exchange Wedding Reception in Downtown Tampa | Bateau Neck Mikado Satin Martina Liana Simple Elegant Wedding Dress with Buttons Down Back | Groom in Classic Black Tux
Bride and Groom First Dance at Oxford Exchange Wedding Reception in Downtown Tampa | Bateau Neck Mikado Satin Martina Liana Simple Elegant Wedding Dress with Buttons Down Back | Groom in Classic Black Tux
Bride and Groom Indoor Portrait with Exposed Brick Wall Backdrop at Oxford Exchange Wedding Reception in Downtown Tampa | Bateau Neck Mikado Satin Martina Liana Simple Elegant Wedding Dress with Buttons Down Back | Groom in Classic Black Tux
Bride and Groom Exit in Silver Confetti Streamer Send Off at Reception in Downtown Tampa | Bateau Neck Mikado Satin Martina Liana Simple Elegant Wedding Dress with Buttons Down Back | Groom in Classic Black Tux | Carrie Wildes Photography
Bride and Groom Exit in Classic Car Vintage Rolls Royce White Bentley
Black and White Wedding Photography | Bride and Groom Exit in Classic Car Vintage Rolls Royce White Bentley

What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay couples?
While wedding planning can be stressful, and planning during a pandemic brings even more uncertainties, the most important thing is you are marrying the love of your life. Don’t stress over the little things, it will all come together how it is supposed to, even if that means going from 200 guests down to 30. 

Ceremony Venue: Chapel of the Holy Cross at Jesuit High School Reception Venue & Caterer: The Oxford Exchange
Photographer: Carrie Wildes Photography *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
Videographer: Trinity Wedding Cinema 
Planner: One Fine Day 
Florist: La Vie en Rose 
Cake: Publix 
Band: Matt Winter Band
Officiant: Rev. Monsignor Michael Muhr 
Invitations: Vera Wang 
Dress Shop and Designer: Wedding Angels | Martina Liana
Shoe Designer: Steve Madden 
Bridesmaid Dress Shop and Designer: Wedding Angels – Amsale 
Hair & Makeup: Lasting Luxe 
Out-of-town Box Favors: I Canita Cookie and Toffee To Go

Quotes have been lightly edited for clarity and brevity.

*Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pros are highly respected by our local wedding community and have been personally vetted by our editor.

MEET THE EDITOR

Marry Me Tampa Bay editor, Anna Coats, created Marry Me Tampa Bay in 2012 to showcase the area's best local weddings and vendors. She has been featured as a wedding expert on the national talkshow Daytime, Fox13, ABC Action News, Great Day Tampa Bay, and Bay News 9 (now Spectrum).

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