Green and White Boho-Chic Downtown Tampa Wedding | Tampa River Center

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Allie and Alfred’s downtown Tampa wedding was a whimsical evening that perfectly complemented the couple’s unique sense of style with the eccentric aesthetic of downtown. The waterfront Tampa wedding ceremony took place at sunset and was followed by an enchanting indoor reception filled with luxurious florals, an epic dance party, and a breathtaking view of the city lights at night.

“We would describe the theme as boho-chic with a contemporary vibe. We chose this style because we love the simple shades of green, ivory, and blush with lots of candle lighting,” the bride explained. “We wanted a lot of greenery but also wanted to brighten up the palette since it was a spring wedding.”

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The Colorado Springs couple, who lived in Tampa while planning their wedding, carefully included details that perfectly reflected their personalities.

“We think our wedding was unique in that it fits our personal style perfectly. From the groom and groomsmen’s blue suits and floral ties to my dress that was custom made and like nothing I have seen before, it all was exactly and perfectly us,” Allie beamed.

Before the couple began their wedding planning journey, they sought an experienced and reputable planner who would be essential in creating a 150-guest celebration.

“We were referred to Parties A’La Carte by my mother-in-law who had full confidence in Jessica from working with them for my sister-in-law’s wedding,” Allie shared. “We wanted true professionals who would take away all of the stress that a wedding can bring upon an engaged couple. They not only helped in that aspect, but they brought so many different elements into our wedding that we would not have been able to imagine on our own. We had total trust in our wedding planner, and she exceeded all of our expectations.”

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The bride and groom understood the importance of documenting their wedding day and treasuring the memories forever. The couple hired Tampa wedding videographer Bonnie Newman Creative to tell their love story in a genuine and unique way.

“We wanted a wedding videographer who would capture every detail and moment so that when we watch our video we can truly relive the best day of our life,” Allie shared. “We chose Bonnie Newman Creative because from the very first conversation we felt that she was someone who was real and authentic who would care about our love story and not just look at it as another event to video. Having a videographer, especially Bonnie Newman Creative, was one of the best decisions we made. We were blown away with the results of our final video and can’t stop watching it.”

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For the romantic indoor reception, Bruce Wayne Florals decorated with lush greenery that flowed over the sweetheart table adorned with eucalyptus leaves and candles. Tall flowering centerpieces featured delicate ivory and blush pink florals that matched the bride’s cascading rose bouquet.

“Our wedding floral inspiration came about because we knew we wanted eucalyptus and roses, and I had reviewed countless wedding boards online that had given me an idea of what I wanted,” the bride detailed. “Our wedding planner highly recommended Bruce Wayne Florals, and we knew it was the perfect choice when we attended our mock table set up. It was all so beautiful we literally didn’t change a thing.”

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Rentals from Gabro Event Services were brought in to enhance the boho-chic ambiance. The sleek white draping elegantly complemented the contemporary space, while clear acrylic chargers added texture to the tablescape. Kate Ryan Event Rentals provided the bar rental, and Grant Hemond & Associates brought out the sound system for an epic dance party.

In addition to having a stunning atmosphere, Allie and Alfred also wanted to provide their guests with an amazing dinner experience. They relied on the longtime friendship and reputation of Catering by the Family to create a delicious menu.

“We had a unique situation with our wedding caterer in that the owner of Catering by the Family is a good friend of my husband’s family, so it was an easy choice. The menu inspiration was primarily based on having options for everyone. We had our filet and fish with our favorite greens and feta salad to start,” the bride shared. “Catering by the Family has awesome, unique dish options, especially in their hors d’oeuvres. Our favorite was the Cuban sandwich egg rolls. We loved the service; everything came out timely and was delicious, and we got to enjoy our entire meal before we started partying.”

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While the couple looked back on their wedding day, it was the moment they became husband and wife that brought back the sweetest memories.

“Our ceremony was the most memorable moment for us. It was perfectly timed during sunset on the river and truly captured the sacrament of marriage,” the bride beamed. “We also will never forget our first dance because it felt like nothing else existed and we were so mesmerized by our love for each other.”

What did you look for in a wedding videographer?
We wanted a wedding videographer who would capture every detail and moment so that when we watch our video we can truly relive the best day of our life.

We chose Bonnie Newman Creative because from the very first conversation we felt that she was someone who was real and authentic who would care about our love story and not just look at it as another event to video. We were blown away with the results of our final video and can’t stop watching it.

Boho Chic with Watercolor Greenery Leaves and Geometric Frame Wedding Invitation, Engagement Ring in Velvet The Mrs Box

Strappy Ivory Wedding Heel Sandals with Rhinestone and Crystal Ankle Strap

Classic Bride and Bridesmaids in Matching Blush Pink Lace Trim Robes

Classic Bride Getting Ready Wedding Portrait with Mom Wearing Boho Chic Wedding Dress with Delicate Lace Back Detail

Florida Bride and Groom First Look Wedding Portrait, Groom in Blue Suit

Florida Bride and Groom First Look Wedding Portrait, Groom in Blue Suit

The Proposal:
Alfred and I were on a mini-vacation in St. Augustine around Christmas. We were taking in the city covered in lights when he completely surprised me in the middle of the park. I didn’t even give him a chance to kneel before saying yes!

Florida Bride and Groom First Look Wedding Portrait Under Intracoastal Bridge

Intimate Bride and Groom Dreamy Wedding Portrait, Bride with Half Up Twisted Hair and Flowers in Boho Style Wedding Dress

Waterfront Tampa Wedding Ceremony Decor, Triangular Arch with Flowers | Wedding Venue The Tampa River Center | Wedding Planner Parties A'la Carte

Boho Chic Waterfront Wedding Ceremony Decor, Triangular Wooden Arch with Lush Greenery and White, Ivory Roses | Wedding Venue The Tampa River Center | Wedding Venue Parties A'la Carte | Wedding Florist Bruce Wayne Florals

How would you describe your theme?
Boho-chic with a contemporary vibe. We chose this style because we love the simple shades of green, ivory, and blush with lots of candle lighting.

What were your colors?
Shades of green, ivory, white, and blush with silver and glass accents. We wanted a lot of greenery but also wanted to brighten up the palette since it was a spring wedding.

Happy Groom Reaction to Bride Walking Down the Wedding Aisle

Boho Chic Bride Walking Down the Aisle Holding Lush Greenery and White Roses Floral Bouquet | Waterfront Wedding Venue The Tampa River Center | Wedding Florist Bruce Wayne Florals

Boho Chic Wedding Ceremony Waterfront Portrait | Wedding Venue Tampa River Center | Wedding Planner Parties A'la Carte

What did you look for in a wedding planner?
We were referred to Parties A’La Carte by my mother-in-law who had full confidence in her from working with them for my sister-in-law’s wedding.

Parties A’La Carte came highly recommended. We wanted true professionals who would take away all of the stress that a wedding can bring upon an engaged couple. They not only helped in that aspect, but they brought so many different elements into our wedding that we would not have been able to imagine on our own. We had total trust in our wedding planner, and she exceeded all of our expectations.

Boho Chic Waterfront Wedding Ceremony Portrait of Bride and Groom Exchanging Wedding Vows, Wooden Triangular Arch with Lush Greenery and Ivory, White Roses, Bridesmaids in Green Dresses | Wedding Venue Tampa River Center | Wedding Florist Bruce Wayne Florals | Wedding Planner Parties A'la Carte

Tampa Bay Sunset Waterfront Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait on Boat Dock

Tampa Bay Sunset Waterfront Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait on Boat Dock

Where did you spend your honeymoon and why did you choose that location?
We spent our honeymoon on a 7-day cruise to the Virgin Islands on Norwegian Cruise Lines. We chose this so that we could relax and not have to worry about planning too much on our honeymoon. We chose this cruise line because they have amazing amenities, and it was everything we dreamed of.

Sunset Tampa Bride and Groom Under Whimsical Green Artsy Sculpture

Boho Chic Bride, Groom and Wedding Party,, Bridesmaids in Matching Green Dresses, Groomsmen in Blue Suits

Boho Chic Bride in A-Line V Neckline Spaghetti Strap Wedding Dress with Tulle Skirt, Bridesmaids in Matching Sage Green Dresses Holding Ivory Roses and Greenery Floral Bouquets | Tampa Bay Wedding Florist Bruce Wayne Florals

Boho Chic Bride in A-Line V Neckline Spaghetti Strap Wedding Dress with Tulle Skirt, Bridesmaids in Matching Sage Green Dresses Holding Ivory Roses and Greenery Floral Bouquets | Tampa Bay Wedding Florist Bruce Wayne Florals

Boho Chic Wedding Reception Decor, White Linens, Greenery Chandelier Hanging From Ceiling, Lush Floral Centerpieces, White Chiavari Chairs | Tampa Bay Luxury Wedding Planner Parties A'la Carte | Wedding Florist Bruce Wayne Florals | Wedding Venue Tampa River Center | Chargers and Draping Rentals Gabro Event Services | Catering by the Family

Elegant Boho Chic Wedding Reception Decor, White Linens and Chiavari Chairs, Tall Glass Cylinder Vase with Lush Greenery and White Hydrangeas, Blush Pink Roses Floral Centerpiece | Tampa Bay Wedding Florist Bruce Wayne Florals | Luxury Wedding Planner Parties A'la Carte

What was your wedding floral inspiration?
We wanted eucalyptus and roses, and I had reviewed countless wedding boards online that had given me an idea of what I wanted.

We hired Bruce Wayne Florals because our wedding planner highly recommended them, and we knew it was the perfect choice when we attended our mock table set up. It was all so beautiful we literally didn’t change a thing.

Elegant Boho Chic Wedding Reception Decor, Long Feasting Table with White Linens, Gold Rimmer Chargers, Greenery and White Floral Garland | Tampa Bay Wedding Florist Bruce Wayne Florals | Charger Rentals Gabro Event Services | Wedding Planner Parties A'la Carte

Elegant Boho Chic Wedding Reception Decor, Long Feasting Tables with White Linens, Silver Chiavari Chairs, Lush Floral Centerpieces, Greenery Hanging from Ceiling, Linen Backdrop Drapery | Tampa Wedding Planner Parties A'la Carte | Wedding Drapery Rentals Gabro Event Services | Wedding Florist Bruce Wayne Florals | Catering by the Family

Elegant Boho Chic Wedding Reception Decor, Gold Rimmed Chargers, Low Greenery and Ivory Roses Centerpiece, White Linens | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner Parties A'la Carte | Wedding Florist Bruce Wayne Florals | Wedding Chargers Rentals Gabro Event Services

Elegant Gold Rimmed and Clear Chargers, Custom Menu with Watercolor Greenery Leaf and White Linen Napkin | Wedding Chargers Rentals Gabro Event Services | Catering by the Family

What was your menu inspiration?
We had a unique situation with our wedding caterer in that the owner of Catering by the Family is a good friend of my husband’s family, so it was an easy choice. The menu inspiration was primarily based on having options for everyone. We had our filet and fish with our favorite greens and feta salad to start.

Catering by the Family has awesome, unique dish options, especially in their hors d’oeuvres. Our favorite was the Cuban sandwich egg rolls. We loved the service; everything came out timely and was delicious, and we got to enjoy our entire meal before we started partying.

Elegant Romantic Wedding Reception Decor, Sweetheart Table with Delicate White Lace Linens, Greenery and Candles, Linen Drapery Backdrop, Greenery Chandelier | Tampa Wedding Florist Bruce Wayne Florals | Wedding Planner Parties A'la Carte | Wedding Linen Drapery Rental Gabro Event Services

How did your wedding rentals enhance the ambiance of your event?
Our wedding rentals made our wedding look so simply elegant and it all went perfectly with the look of the venue. It all was so well put together, it seemed like it was meant to go in that space.

 

Elegant Boho Chic Wedding Reception Decor, Long Feasting Table, Silver Chiavari Chairs, White Linens, Greenery Hanging Chandelier from Ceiling | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner Parties A'la Carte | Wedding Florist Bruce Wayne Florals | Wedding Venue Tampa River Center

Semi Naked Four Tiered Wedding Cake with Real Ivory and Blush Pink Roses

Romantic Boho Chic Bride and Groom First Dance Wedding Portrait | Tampa Bay Wedding DJ Grant Hemond & Associates | Wedding Florist Bruce Wayne Florals

What did you look for in a wedding DJ?
We wanted a wedding DJ who cared about his craft of mixing and not just shuffled premade playlists. We also wanted someone who would take our input in music choices into consideration.

We hired Grant Hemond & Associates because they seemed extremely professional and even had multiple DJs from their company reach out to us so that we could decide for ourselves whom we thought would be the best fit.

Tampa Waterfront City Lights Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait on Boat Dock

What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay couples?
Don’t rush. Try to envision what they see as their perfect day. We would highly recommend Parties A’La Carte to save you from a lot of hard decisions. Having a videographer, especially Bonnie Newman Creative, was one of the best decisions we made.

Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Tampa River Center
Photographer: Photography by Avery
Videographer: Bonnie Newman Creative *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Planner: Parties A’La Carte *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Florist: Bruce Wayne Florals *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Caterer: Catering by the Family *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Draping and Charger Rentals: Gabro Event Services *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Bar Rental: Kate Ryan Event Rentals *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Linens: BBJ Linens
Cake: Chantilly Cakes
DJ: Grant Hemond & Associates *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Napkins: URBANcoast
Invites: Minted.com
Transportation: Presidential Limo
Dress: The White Magnolia Bridal Collection
Bridesmaid Dresses: RenzBridal
Hair & Makeup: Eyes on You Salon




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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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