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Brittany and Andrew’s rustic Tampa Bay wedding featured a white, grey and hunter green color palette to complement the organic greenery that surrounded their venue.

“Our wedding theme reflected a rustic, yet elegant style,” the groom explained. “Brittany and I share a love for the outdoors, country music and family. Our venue gave balance to the elegant wedding we dreamed of while providing a comfortable and inviting atmosphere for our guests.”

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The Bradenton couple searched for a rustic Tampa Bay wedding venue that would embody the look and feel of a southern wedding close to home and discovered Cross Creek Ranch.

“From the moment we stepped on the property, we knew that this was the place we would celebrate our special day! The grounds were breathtaking, the Southern-style chapel was pristine and the stable embodied the rustic feel we were looking for. Not only was Cross Creek Ranch the perfect place to get married, but the staff presented with a love for making our wedding vision a reality,” Brittany gushed. “From our first tour of the ranch to the last dance on our wedding night, Cross Creek exceeded our expectations. They handled all the details, answered every question I had and made Andrew and I feel like our happiness was their priority.”

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The bride and groom opted for a variety of desserts in addition to a classic wedding cake from Tampa Bay wedding bakery Alessi Bakeries.

“Our two-tiered wedding cake was designed to be soft and romantic with white roses and a gold “Mr. and Mrs.” topper. The flavor inside consisted of chocolate and yellow cake with peanut butter and strawberry filling; the perfect PB&J cake! We also added cupcakes to our dessert menu to give our guests a variety of flavors to choose from,” Brittany explained. “When we went to our tasting at Alessi Bakeries, we were blown away by the presentation and variety of cakes we could create. Alessi was helpful in the selection process and shared new ideas about flavor combinations and decoration.”

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Looking back, Brittany and Andrew each shared their most cherished memories from their wedding day.

“The moment that stands out the most for me was when the doors opened to the chapel, and I saw Brittany, my beautiful bride, for the first time. She took my breath away. I couldn’t help but smile as she came down the aisle. The only word I could formulate was ‘Wow,'” Andrew reminisced.

“For me, writing personal vows was incredibly special because despite not knowing what we wrote to each other, their messages were from the same heart. Going forward in our lives together as one, the words spoken that day reflect our constant promise to one another,” Brittany shared.

Rustic Wedding Decor LOVE Marquee Letters with Ivory Roses and Eucalyptus Cascading Floral Centerpiece

Hunter Green Chiffon Bridesmaids Dress from LuLus.com with Ivory Rose and Eucalyptus Wedding Bouquet

Ivory Roses and Eucalyptus Wedding Bouquet

Rustic Bridal Wedding Portrait in Strapless Sweetheart Essence of Australia Tulle Skirt Wedding Gown with Beaded Bodice and Ivory Ranunculus Wedding Bouquet with Greenery

Bridal Party Wedding Portrait in Hunter Green Chiffon Bridesmaids Dresses from LuLus.com and White Tulle Essence of Australia Wedding Dress with Ivory Wedding Bouquets

Rustic Unplugged Wedding Welcome Sign on White Framed Chalkboard at Tampa Bay Wedding Ceremony Venue Cross Creek Ranch

Outdoor Tampa Bay Wedding Ceremony Venue Cross Creek Ranch

What did you look for in a wedding venue?
After searching through many wedding websites for a rustic venue, we ran across Cross Creek Ranch. From the moment we stepped on the property, we knew that this was the place we would celebrate our special day! The grounds were breathtaking, the Southern-style chapel was pristine and the stable embodied the rustic feel we were looking for. Not only was Cross Creek the perfect place to get married, but the staff presented with a love for making our wedding vision a reality.

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From our first tour of the ranch to the last dance on our wedding night, Cross Creek Ranch exceeded our expectations. The comment I heard the most throughout the weekend was that I seemed so calm, but I have Cross Creek to thank for that. They handled all the details, answered every question I had and made Andrew and I feel like our happiness was their priority. Each meeting was filled with laughter and excitement as the day got closer. We are so grateful to Nancy Spooner, our wedding coordinator. She was knowledgeable, fun, and well organized. As a type-A personality, I loved the structure and timeline that Cross Creek used to make the day run smoothly. I did not need to worry about anything because they already had it covered. Each person I met throughout the planning process was enjoyable to work with. There are so many little details that they do behind the scenes to make the day special for everyone. My family and friends didn’t have to worry about anything that day, but getting dressed and enjoying the moment with us. Words simply aren’t enough to say how much we love Cross Creek Ranch!

Rustic Wedding Ceremony with Dusty Miller Aisle Decor and All White Altar at Outdoor Tampa Bay Wedding Ceremony Venue Cross Creek Ranch

Rustic Wedding Ceremony with Dusty Miller Aisle Decor and All White Altar at Tampa Bay Wedding Ceremony Venue Cross Creek Ranch

Groom Wedding Ceremony Portrait in Navy Suit with Hunter Green Plaid Tie

Father of the Bride and Bride Walking Down The Aisle Wedding Portrait at Tampa Bay Rustic Wedding Ceremony Venue Cross Creek Ranch

Bride and Groom Wedding Ceremony Portrait at Tampa Bay Wedding Ceremony Venue Cross Creek Ranch

Bride and Groom Wedding Ceremony Portrait at Tampa Bay Wedding Ceremony Venue Cross Creek Ranch | Rustic Tampa Bay Wedding Ceremony Venue

The Proposal:
When I made the decision to propose to Brittany, I wanted to have someone capture the moment and make it a complete surprise. The only way I could think to do that was to use my probationary ceremony from my fire department and create the moment without Brittany knowing something was up. I spoke with my Chief so that he could get in touch with Brittany about planning a “surprise helmet ceremony,” when in fact this was when I would propose to her.

When Brittany arrived at the fire station, my Chief told her that the photographer and videographer were from the city of St. Pete Beach and wanted to feature the helmet ceremony on their website. Brittany, my parents and my crew waited downstairs for me. I came down the fire pole, doing my best to pretend I was surprised she was there. My Chief handed the helmet to Brittany, with the ring hidden inside. Once Brittany gave me the helmet, I told her how much I loved her and that having her in my life was everything I would ever need. I got down on one knee and asked for her hand.

Tampa Bay Bride and Groom Wedding Day Portrait in White Essence of Australia Tulle Wedding Gown and Navy Blue Suit

Tampa Bay Bride and Groom Wedding Day Portrait in White Essence of Australia Tulle Wedding Gown with Ivory Roses and Greenery Wedding Bouquet

Tampa Bay Bride and Groom Rustic Wedding Day Portrait in White Essence of Australia Wedding Gown

Bride and Groom Rustic Wedding Day Portrait in White Essence of Australia Wedding Gown at Tampa Bay Wedding Venue Cross Creek Ranch

Rustic Outdoor Wedding at Tampa Bay Wedding Venue Cross Creek Ranch with White Iron Patio Furniture and Chalk Directional Signs

Rustic Barn Ranch Wedding at Tampa Bay Wedding Venue Cross Creek Ranch

Rustic Wedding Guest Book Table With Ivory Flowers, Eucalyptus, and Dusty Miller Greenery with Chalk Sign and Twinkle Lights at Tampa Bay Wedding Venue Cross Creek Ranch

Rustic Vintage Wedding Decor with Vintage Typewriter, White Floral Accents and Gold Mr and Mrs Monogram

Rustic Wedding Sweetheart Table with White Linens, Cascading Dusty Miller Greenery and Wooden Mr and Mrs Centerpiece at Tampa Bay Wedding Venue Cross Creek Ranch

Rustic Ranch Wedding with White Linens, Rustic Brass Chandeliers and Twinkle Lights at Tampa Bay Rustic Wedding Venue Cross Creek Ranch

How would you describe your theme?
Our wedding theme reflected a rustic, yet elegant style. Brittany and I share a love for the outdoors, country music and family. Our venue gave balance to the elegant wedding we dreamed of while providing a comfortable and inviting atmosphere for our guests.

What were your colors?
We chose a combination of white, grey, and hunter green. The venue’s garden gave us the inspiration; we wanted our colors to complement the greenery that surrounded the venue.

White and Hunter Green Rustic Wedding Decor | White Lanterns and Wooden Table Numbers on White Linens with Ivory Roses and Eucalyptus Wedding Centerpieces

Rustic Elegant Wedding Decor with White Lanterns, Wooden Table Numbers and Ivory Floral Centerpieces with Dusty Miller Greenery

Rustic Ranch Wedding Dessert Table with Two Tier Round White Wedding Cake and Cupcakes by Tampa Bay Wedding Bakery Alessi Bakeries

What was your wedding cake inspiration?
Our two-tiered wedding cake was designed to be soft and romantic with white roses and a gold “Mr. and Mrs.” topper. The flavor inside consisted of chocolate and yellow cake with peanut butter and strawberry filling, the perfect PB & J cake! We also added cupcakes to our dessert menu to give our guests a variety of flavors to choose from.

When we went to our tasting at Alessi Bakeries, we were blown away by the presentation and variety of cakes we could create. Alessi was helpful in the selection process and shared new ideas about flavor combinations and decoration.

Two Tier Round White Wedding Cake with Ivory Sugar Roses with Mr and Mrs Rustic Cake Topper by Tampa Bay Wedding Bakery Alessi Bakery

What did you look for in a wedding DJ?
Jeff from Grant Hemond & Associates was thorough when it came to songs we preferred. He walked us through the evening, piece by piece, to make sure that the songs we wanted to be played were included, while the songs we did not like were on the “no-play” list. Our ceremony music was my favorite. The selections we chose naturally went with the feel and flow of our ceremony.

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What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay couples?
Weddings can be stressful to plan at times, but some of the best choices I made were when I trusted my instincts. Cross Creek Ranch was the only venue we toured, and it worked out even better than I had imagined. Do your research, but do not be afraid to follow your heart.

Bride and Groom Wedding Day Portrait at Rustic Tampa Bay Wedding Venue cross Creek Ranch

 

What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay couples?
Weddings can be stressful to plan at times, but some of the best choices I made were when I trusted my instincts. Cross Creek Ranch was the only venue we toured, and it worked out even better than I had imagined. Do your research, but do not be afraid to follow your heart.

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Cross Creek Ranch – Nancy Spooner *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Venue
Photographer: Sunglow Photography
Videographer: Skyhelm Weddings
Florist: Alta Fleura
Caterer: Catered by Vesh
Cake: Alessi Bakery *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
DJ: Grant Hemond & Associates – Jeff *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
Officiant: Father of the Bride
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Dress Shop and Designer: The Perfect DressEssence of Australia
Bridesmaid Dresses: Lulus.com
Hair & Makeup: Destiny and Light
Groom/Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse




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