Emerald Green, Enchanted Garden Wedding | Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club

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Chelsea and Anthony’s elegant South Tampa wedding reflected the couple’s personalities through their unique music choices.

“Our wedding was very personalized. I didn’t want to do anything that has been overdone,” the bride shared. “Instrumental piano covers of Fetty Wap’s Trap Queen, Coldplay’s Viva La Vida, Miley Cyrus’ When I Look At You and Bruno Mars’ Just The Way You Are were played while our guests entered the ceremony. My bridesmaids and I walked down the aisle to a piano cover of Ellie Goulding’s Love Me Like You Do and our recessional song was Beauty and the Beast’s Be Our Guest.

Although one guest couldn’t attend the 300-person #thesuarezsoiree, she still left an impression during the reception.

“The groom’s cake was modeled after our fur-child, Daphne, an English Bulldog. She was supposed to be the ring bearer-ess, but unfortunately (due to her skin allergies) she was not able to attend,” the bride explained.

The South Tampa couple’s emerald green and gold country club wedding affair featured a floral, garden atmosphere.

“In a generation that has seemed to forget about Emily Post and wedding etiquette, I stuck with tradition while putting my twist on things,” Chelsea shared. “My decor inspiration was a romantic, overgrown garden, and I wanted tall black candelabras with vines and moss, lanterns with twinkly lights and candles and gold accents everywhere.”

The bride and groom relied on their trusted family florist to bring their enchanted vision to life.

“There wasn’t any question of who we would use for a florist, Scott and Rahn at Apple Blossoms Floral Designs. My family uses them for every event,” the bride gushed. “They saw my vision and executed it perfectly. They went above and beyond, as they always do.”

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Looking back, one of Chelsea’s most memorable moments included her brother’s reaction during the “first look.”

“Julian and I are the closest in age, and he is always such a comedian, so that moment of raw emotion was very special. Also, my dad cut our first dance short to let Julian take over,” the bride reminisced.

Personalized Bridal Wedding Hangar with Ivory and Emerald Accent | Wedding Gift Ideas

Round Cut Diamond Engagement Ring With Halo and Wedding Bands Portrait on Emerald Green Sparkles

Purple, Fuchsia Open-Toe Satin Wedding Shoe with Rhinestone Brooch | Badgley Mischka Kiara Wedding Shoe

Bride Getting Ready With Her Dog | South Tampa Bridal Portrait | Wedding Hair by Michele Renee The Studio

Bridal Wedding Portrait in Ivory Satin Martina Liana Wedding Dress with White and Pink Floral Wedding Bouquet with Greenery | South Tampa Wedding Florist Apple Blossoms Floral Designs

Tampa Bride First Look Wedding Portrait | Martina Liana Ivory Satin Wedding Dress | Black Tuxedo with Silver Cummerbund

Bride First Look Wedding Portrait | Martina Liana Ivory Satin Wedding Dress | Tampa Wedding Hair Aritist Michele Renee The Studio

Bride and Brother Wedding Portrait | Martina Liana Ivory Satin Wedding Dress | Tampa Wedding Hair Arist Michele Renee The Studio

Elegant Emerald Bridesmaid Dress and Black and White Wedding Program

Wedding Ceremony Venue First Presbyterian Church of Tampa

Mini Bronze Lanterns with Green Lillies | Wedding Ceremony Decor

Groom at the Altar Wedding Ceremony Portrait | Black Tuxedo with Pink and Green Boutonniere

Bride and Groom at the Altar Wedding Portrait | Tampa Wedding Ceremony Venue First Presbyterian Church of Tampa

Bride and Groom Walking Down the Aisle Wedding Portrait | Tampa Wedding Ceremony Venue First Presbyterian Church of Tampa

Downtown Tampa Bridal Party Wedding Portrait at Le Meridien Hotel | Emerald Green Strapless Dessy Bridesmaid Dresses and Martina Liana Ivory Satin Wedding Dress with Pink and White Wedding Bouquet | Tampa Wedding Hair Artist Michele Renee The Studio

Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait at Downtown Tampa Wedding Venue Le Meridien Hotel | Martina Liana Ivory Satin Wedding Gown

The Proposal:
In October 2013, after being together for three-and-a-half years, Tony proposed in Boca Grande. We were spending a relaxing weekend together, since he’d just been sworn in with Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and would soon start the crazy work schedule of a deputy. Before a romantic dinner at Temptation restaurant, we took the golf cart down to my favorite spot on the island to take a picture, Banyan Street. After the picture, Tony turned to me, got down on one knee and proposed. I was so excited I started crying, said yes and couldn’t remember what he’d actually said, so I had to have him repeat it the next morning.

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Elegant Wedding Reception with Green, Gold and White Centerpieces with Brown Chiavari Chairs | Tampa Wedding Venue Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club

How would you describe your theme?
Enchanted, overgrown garden. I’m not much of a flower person, but I love vines, moss and lanterns. This screams “romance” to me, and I’ve always been obsessed with twinkly lights.

What were your colors?
Emerald, gold, black and white. I picked these colors because we wanted an October wedding, but I didn’t want to do traditional fall colors. Also, jewel tones are the jam, ya know?

Cascading White and Green Hydrangea and Spider Flower Wedding Centerpiece in Dark Bronze Vase on Embroidered Gold Tablecloths | Tampa Wedding Florist Apple Blossoms Floral Designs

Tall Cascading White and Green Hydrangea and Spider Flower Wedding Centerpieces with White Candles in Dark Bronze Candelabra on Black Tablecloth | Tampa Wedding Florist Apple Blossoms Floral Designs

What did you look for in a wedding florist and what was your decor inspiration?
My decor inspiration was a romantic, overgrown garden, and I wanted tall black candelabras with vines and moss, lanterns with twinkly lights and candles and gold accents everywhere.

Contact Apple Blossoms Floral Design

There wasn’t any question of who we would use for a florist, Scott and Rahn at Apple Blossoms Floral Designs. My family uses them for every event. They saw my vision and executed it perfectly. They went above and beyond, as they always do.

Elegant Wedding Reception with Green, Gold and Ivory Centerpieces in Bronze Rod Iron Vase on Gold Tablecloth | Tampa Wedding Florist Apple Blossoms Floral Designs

Mr and Mrs Gold Wedding Cake Topper with Green Flowers

Three Tiered Round Buttercream Wedding Cake with Green and Gold Lilies

Bride and Groom First Dance Wedding Day Portrait at Tampa Wedding Reception Venue Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club | Martina Liana Ivory Satin Wedding Gown

What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay Brides?
Do your research on all of your vendors. Be a guest at your own wedding. Enjoy it. I didn’t leave the dance floor during my reception, and I wouldn’t change that.

Ceremony Venue: First Presbyterian Church of Tampa
Reception Venue: Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club
Photographer: Ashlee Hamon Photography
Florist: Apple Blossoms Floral Designs *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Caterer: Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club
Cake: Tracy Savage
DJ: Spark Events
Officiant: Rev. Kathy Conner of First Presbyterian Church of Tampa
Invitations: Ooh La Llew Designs
Transportation: Jolley Trolley
Dress Shop and Designer: CC’s Bridal Boutique Martina Liana 
Bridesmaid Dress Shop and Designer: Brides by DemetriosDessy
Hair: Michele Renee The Studio *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Bridal Party’s Makeup: 
Michele Renee The Studio
Bride’s Makeup: CC Suarez Makeup Artistry




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