Intimate Dusty Blue and Soft Pink Backyard Tampa Wedding

Rachel and Leo’s intimate Tampa backyard wedding was adorned in rustic touches and floral details. With an atmosphere of farmhouse elegance from the comfort of their home, the bride and groom incorporated colors surrounding the arrival of their baby boy which was a unique and personal touch.

“We live in Riverview and chose our backyard as the area for our wedding since we have the space, and we loved the idea of having our wedding from the comfort of our cozy home. We both are family-oriented and reserved, so our wedding was intimate with only our closest family and friends,” the bride shared. “The colors we chose were green, soft pink, and baby blue. I like the color combination of greens and pink flowers, and the baby blue flowers were for our baby boy due in May.”

“Our wedding was unique because it’s not every day you see a farmhouse-style backyard wedding that’s organized at your own home. I’ve seen many rustic weddings that take place at a venue that’s in the country, or at a barn, but we made our farmhouse-style wedding happen from the comfort of home,” Rachel added.

The couple hosted an intimate wedding for the day after New Year’s, and Rachel and Leo elected to hire a wedding planner so that they didn’t have to worry about the logistics of the day.

“I wanted a wedding planner who was great at communicating, organized, friendly, and truly wanted the best for me and my family,” the bride explained. “My mom chose EventFull Weddings. They had awesome online reviews and had quite a bit of experience. I’m so glad my mom found Karen, our wedding planner. Her service was amazing and really made the wedding planning process stress-free and enjoyable for me.”

Complementing her romantic long-sleeve lace wedding dress, the bride chose a natural yet elegant look for her hair and makeup.

“I’m not one to wear much makeup, to begin with, so I did not want something too dramatic,” Rachel revealed. “My wedding planner recommended Femme Akoi Beauty Studio, and they provided great service. Our artist was friendly, so talented, and able to accomplish exactly the look I envisioned.”

Looking back the bride shared that her favorite memory of the day occurred during the ceremony.

“The most memorable moment was when we both said I do and kissed and walked back down the aisle together. The look we had in our eyes was of pure love, contentment, and excitement to start the rest of our lives together. I’ll never forget it,” Rachel beamed.

Round Diamond Engagement Ring with Square Halo in White Rose
White Strappy Wedding Shoes for Bride
Romantic Lace Long Sleeve and Illusion with Nude Lining Wedding Dress, Harp in Background
Tampa Bride Getting Hair Updo and Makeup Done for Wedding | Wedding Hair an Makeup Femme Akoi Beauty Studio
Tampa Bride in Romantic Lace and Illusion Wedding Dress with Nude Lining Long Sleeves Holding Hands with Groom During First Look and Dog

The Proposal:
I thought I was going over to Leo’s parents’ home to have a nice dinner with both of our families to celebrate us buying our first home. I walked into his parents’ home, and the house was dark with candles and rose petals illuminating the walkway to get to the living room. Our song, Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley was playing in the background. As soon as I heard that, I knew what was about to happen. I got emotional and started crying. It was an incredibly emotional and perfect moment.

Tampa Bride in Romantic Lace Long Sleeve Wedding Dress Holding White Floral Bouquet | Wedding Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi Beauty Studio

What were your wedding hair and makeup inspiration?
I wanted a natural but elegant look for both hair and makeup. I’m not one to wear much makeup to begin with, so I did not want something too dramatic.

My wedding planner recommended Femme Akoi Beauty Studio, and they provided great service. Our artist was friendly, so talented, and able to accomplish exactly the look I envisioned.

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Rustic Wedding Ceremony Decor, Wooden Arch with Lush Floral Arrangements, White Hydrangeas, Blush Pink Roses, Blue and Purple Flowers, Greenery | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner Eventfull Weddings
Rustic Wedding Ceremony Decor, Wooden Arch with Lush Floral Arrangements, White Hydrangeas, Blush Pink Roses, Blue and Purple Flowers, Greenery | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner Eventfull Weddings
Rustic Wedding Ceremony Decor, Wooden Cross Back Chairs, White Rose Petals Aisle Runner | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner Eventfull Weddings
Bride in Romantic Lace Wedding Dress with Keyhole Back Walking with Father Down the Wedding Ceremony Aisle, Rustic Wooden Arch with Lush Floral Arrangements | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner Eventfull Weddings
Bride and Groom Exchanging Wedding Vows Under White Tent During Rustic Wedding Ceremony | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner Eventfull Weddings

What did you look for in a wedding planner?
Someone who was great at communicating, organized, friendly, and truly wanted the best for me and my family.

My mom chose EventFull Weddings. They had awesome online reviews and had quite a bit of experience. I’m so glad my mom found Karen, our wedding planner. Her service was amazing and really made the wedding planning process stress-free and enjoyable for me.

Bride and Groom Exchanging Wedding Vows Under White Tent During Rustic Wedding Ceremony | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner Eventfull Weddings
Bride and Groom Exchanging Wedding Vows Under White Tent During Rustic Wedding Ceremony, Wooden Arch with Lush Floral Arrangements | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner Eventfull Weddings
Tampa Bride in Romantic Lace and Illusion Long Sleeve Wedding Dress with Nude Lining and Groom Posing with Harp | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner Eventfull Weddings | Wedding Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi Beauty Studio

Where did you spend your honeymoon and why did you choose that location?
Due to COVID-19, we have not gone on a honeymoon. Possibly during the summer, depending on how the situation is by then, we will have our honeymoon in Key West, Florida.

Tampa Bride in Romantic Lace and Illusion Long Sleeve Wedding Dress Holding White Floral Bouquet with Groom
Tampa Groom Wrapping Arms Around Bride's Pregnant Belly
Bride Wearing Romantic Lace and Illusion Long Sleeve Wedding Dress Holding Pregnant Belly
Rustic Wedding Reception Decor, Wooden Cross Back Chairs with Burlap Mr. and Mrs. Signs | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner Eventfull Weddings
Rustic Wedding Reception Decor, Wooden Table with White Plates and Linen Napkins, Silverware and Cardstock Name Card | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner Eventfull Weddings

How would you describe your theme/wedding design inspiration?
Rustic farmhouse and elegant. I like the beauty and comfort that the farmhouse style brings.

What were your colors?
Green, soft pink, and baby blue. I like the color combination of greens and pink flowers, and the baby blue flowers were for our baby boy due in May.

Simple Rustic Semi Naked Wedding Cake with Blush Pink Flower
Intimate Private Home Wedding Reception, Bride and Groom Dancing in Kitchen | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner Eventfull Weddings
Private Residence Rustic Wedding Reception in Tent Outdoors | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner Eventfull Weddings

What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay couples?
I highly recommend looking for a good wedding planner, whether it be EventFull Weddings or another company, and also use Marry Me Tampa Bay as a guide for vendors and wedding planning.

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Private Residence 
Photographer: Photo Harp Weddings 
Planner: EventFull Weddings *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Florist: Blooming Flower Art
Caterer: Puff N Stuff Catering 
Rentals: A Chair Affair *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Cake: A`levri & Co
Officiant: WinniesweddingsTampa
Dress Shop and Designer: Azazie
Shoe Designer: Naturalizer
Bridesmaid Dress Shop: David’s Bridal
Hair & Makeup: Femme Akoi Beauty Studio  *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro

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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