Luxurious Gold Downtown Wedding | Tampa Marriott Water Street
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Luxurious Ivory, Champagne, and Gold Downtown Wedding | Tampa Marriott Water Street

Kayla and Mitchell's luxurious downtown Tampa wedding combined alluring elements such as a gold foil letterpress invitation suite, 12 hanging floral chandeliers, and a six-tier cake for their grand ballroom wedding.

“We always knew we wanted our wedding to resemble a classy, glamorous, and elegant dream. It was a night we had always talked about, and we knew exactly what we wanted when it came to the design. More than anything, we wanted a room full of florals everywhere because we both have always had a love for flowers. Roses are something Mitchell has always gifted me for basically every occasion, and it was a flower that we knew we wanted throughout our wedding day,” the bride explained. “Aside from the florals, we also wanted to make sure our colors remained light and romantic so we ended up going with white, ivory, champagne, and gold. There were also a few rose and blush-colored florals added in to add a small pop of color. The light colors really made the room feel like a total dream and made the ballroom look even bigger.”

The Tampa natives hosted an October hometown affair for 180-guests and chose to wed just steps from their current residence.

“We have always wanted to get married close to home and definitely wanted all of our family and friends to attend. We’ve lived in downtown Tampa for the last two years and can see our wedding venues from our balcony. We genuinely felt right at home throughout our whole wedding day,” the bride beamed.

While Kayla had a clear vision of what her wedding day would look like, she turned to Marry Me Tampa Bay to research the area's most respected wedding vendors.

“I made sure to check out Marry Me Tampa Bay and saw that several vendors were listed on the website as well, which assured me they were some of the best,” the bride revealed. “Marry Me Tampa Bay assisted us throughout the wedding planning process by helping us choose where to get my bridesmaids' dresses, as well as the hairstylists for the day of, and our stationery designer for our invitations, menus, and place cards.”

The bride chose a timeless look for her wedding party, selecting Amsale fit-and-flare dresses with a front drape, low backline, and high slit.

“I wanted my bridesmaids to all be in the same exact dress. I also always wanted the dresses to be a champagne color as well as a satin-like fabric,” the bride shared. “I truly had the best experience shopping at Bella Bridesmaids! On our first trip, we found the most perfect dresses for my wedding that all the girls loved. Ordering the dresses was an extremely easy process, and they even have a portal online where the bride can keep track of everyone that has ordered/received their dress. The women working there were extremely helpful the entire time and answered any and all of our questions. I would definitely recommend any bride to shop at Bella Bridesmaids when looking for the perfect bridesmaid's dresses!”

Florals were one of the most important elements for the bride, who wanted the ballroom filled with showstopping arrangements from the towering centerpieces that incorporated the delicate white orchids featured in her bouquet to the opulent ivory and blush pink blooms that surrounded the cake table.

“We really wanted to create a ‘wow' factor with several floral designs. Since florals were very important to us, we knew we wanted the best of the best when it came to a wedding florist, and we knew Botanica International Design Studio was exactly that and more. We really loved that it’s a family-owned business that has been in the industry for 30+ years,” the bride articulated. “From the beginning, we loved what their entire process entailed and how each stage of the process was very detailed and nothing was overlooked. We also loved that we got to have several meetings along the way including a sample viewing a few weeks before the wedding to see all the designs before our big day. We were continuously told by several others that Botanica would exceed our expectations, and they truly did just that and more!”

Part of the bride's decor vision included a floral installation that hung over the dance floor, but instead of one floral masterpiece, Botanica designed a dozen.

“One element that we really wanted was some type of florals to be hung or suspended from the ceiling to create an overall dreamy design throughout the room. Zoe came up with a design to hang orchids from all 12 chandeliers throughout the ballroom, versus just being over the dance floor. This design ended up looking more beautiful than we ever could have imagined and ended up being even more amazing than what we originally had in mind!” the bride gushed.

Being surrounded by all of their friends and family, especially after the distancing caused by the pandemic, made for a truly unforgettable evening.

“The most memorable moments of the day were being surrounded by all of our loving family and friends. It was the first time we had all of our loved ones in the same room and it was surreal that everyone was there to celebrate the love we have for one another. No detail was missed or overlooked, and we really wanted our wedding to reflect us as a couple. It was a day filled with so much love from the beginning to the very end. We truly wish we could relive it over and over again,” Kayla reminisced.

Neutral and Romantic White and Gold Wedding Invitation Suite | Tampa Bay Wedding Stationery A&P Design Co
Neutral and Romantic White and Gold Wedding Invitation Suite | Tampa Bay Wedding Stationery A&P Design Co

What did you look for in a wedding stationery designer?

When it came to stationery, we wanted to make sure we could customize our invitation suite and make it custom to us as a couple and our wedding theme. We also wanted to be able to add in different accessories and details such as suite bands, stamps, and wax seals.

After researching A&P Design Co. and finding them on Marry Me Tampa Bay, we realized they were a very reputable and popular business in the Tampa Bay/St. Pete area. We initially met with Alicia at her office and were able to pick out our invitation suite and go over all the details and designs, which was cool to be able to see everything right in front of us. From there, we picked out accessories to go with our suite and also discussed Save the Dates.

Alicia was very communicative and responsive throughout the entire process. We were also happy that A&P Design Co. produces several other types of stationery so they also ended up doing our beautiful menus and place cards that matched our invitation suite.

Princess Cut Diamond Engagement Ring in Octagonal Light Blue with Gold Foil Monogram
Silver Glitter Bride Jimmy Choo Wedding Heel Shoes
Black Louis Vuitton Monogram Groom Dress Shoes
Romantic Bride Getting Wedding Ready with Bridesmaids in Matching Gold Robes | Tampa Bay Wedding Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi Beauty Studio
Romantic Bride Wearing White Illusion with Feathers Robe and Crystal Beaded Headband Beauty Wedding Portrait | Tampa Bay Wedding Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi Beauty Studio

What was your wedding hair inspiration?

My hair inspiration for my wedding was classy and elegant. I always knew I wanted my hair to be all down and styled into big waves/curls. To finish off the look, I wanted a custom crystal headpiece that laid perfectly on top of my head and over my hair.

I hired Femme Akoi Beauty Studio after reviewing them and also seeing all of their credible sources. Femme Akoi is also listed on Marry Me Tampa Bay as one of the best hairstylists in the Tampa area, which assured me they were the ones for the job. Several of my friends have also hired them as the hairstylists for their weddings, and I’ve always loved the end results they produce.

I also love that Femme Akoi consists of a large team of women so there are plenty of different stylists to choose from. Grissel and Christine were the two stylists that did the hair for me, and my bridal party, and everyone’s hair came out perfect. 

Romantic Bride Wearing Lace Fit and Flare Wedding Dress with Bridesmaids Wearing Gold Dresses | Tampa Bay Wedding Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi Beauty Studio | Bridesmaids Attire Bella Bridesmaids
Bride Wearing Lace Fit and Flare Wedding Dress with Bridesmaids Wearing Matching Gold Dresses Holding White Floral Bouquets | Tampa Bay Wedding Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi Beauty Studio | Bridesmaids Attire Bella Bridesmaids

What was your bridesmaid dress inspiration?

I wanted my bridesmaids to all be in the same exact dress. I also always wanted the dresses to be a champagne color as well as a satin-like fabric. We ended up going with the designer Amsale and the style of the dress was called “Chloe.”

I truly had the best experience shopping at Bella Bridesmaids! From the moment we all walked in, we were all welcomed into the store (South Tampa location) and shown which dressing rooms we could use. The women working there were extremely helpful the entire time and answered any and all of our questions.

On our first trip, we found the most perfect dresses for my wedding that all the girls loved. Bella's has a ton of different dress options such as several different designers, colors, fabrics, and more so there are plenty of dresses to try on/look through. Ordering the dresses was an extremely easy process, and they even have a portal online where the bride can keep track of everyone that has ordered/received their dress. I would definitely recommend any bride to shop at Bella Bridesmaids when looking for the perfect bridesmaid's dresses!

Romantic Wedding, Ivory and Gold Foil Wedding Welcome Sign

The Proposal: Mitchell and I met and the rest is history. Fast forward nine years later, Mitchell surprised me by popping the question one night on a family trip in Breckenridge, Colorado. The night of the proposal couldn't have been more perfect as he proposed while the snow was falling, rose petals covered the ground, and the surrounding trees were covered in Christmas lights. Our family, as well as several others, surrounded us while cheering after saying “Yes!” Mitchell also had another surprise in store by having a photographer come out and capture the entire proposal. It was the most magical moment, truly a night to remember and one we'll never forget.  

Romantic Bride and Groom Wedding Ceremony Vow Exchange During Traditional Church Wedding
Romantic Bride and Groom Wedding Ceremony Vow Exchange During Traditional Church Wedding
Romantic Bride and Groom Walking Out of Wedding Ceremony
Romantic Bride and Groom Kissing on Staircase Outside Tampa Traditional Wedding Venue Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Romantic Bride and Groom with Wedding Party, Groosmen and Bridesmaids in Gold Dresses | Tampa Bay Wedding Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi Beauty Studio | Bridesmaids Attire Bella Bridesmaids
Romantic Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait in Bamboo Garden | Tampa Bay Wedding Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi Beauty Studio

Where did you spend your honeymoon?
Mitchell and I have always loved to travel. We’ve been blessed to experience many different countries, cities, and cultures. Some of our favorite memories have been made while traveling the world. As for our honeymoon, we always knew we wanted to go somewhere tropical and romantic. When deciding where to go, we also wanted to pick a place that we might not ever get to go to in the future considering we always looked at our honeymoon as a once-in-a-lifetime event. Therefore, we ended up deciding to visit a few different islands in French Polynesia.

We first flew to Los Angeles and then to Tahiti where we took a ferry to the Hilton in Moorea and stayed there for five nights. After that, we flew to Bora Bora where we stayed at the St. Regis Resort for six nights. After that, we flew back to Los Angeles where we stayed for two more nights before returning home. It was one of the best times of our lives, and it was a trip we will never forget. 

Where did you host your bachelorette party?
My bachelorette party took place in Miami, FL, and lasted from Thursday-Sunday. It was a very fun weekend, and one I’ll never forget. I chose Miami because of how close it is to Tampa so it was easy for everyone to commute there and back. I also have family in Miami so it’s always been a city close to my heart and has been like a second home.

My husband also hosted his bachelor party in Miami, and it took place during the same time as mine. We stayed in separate Airbnbs and had separate plans the entire time. Except on the last day, when we all came together as one big group and hung out the entire day. It was a very memorable trip, and we’re extremely glad we ended up doing it in the same city so we could all come together towards the end of it. 

Romantic Wedding Reception Decor, Custom Dog Printed Napkins, Gold Foil and White Bar Menu
Romantic Elegant White and Gold Wedding, Gold Chiavari Chairs, Tall All Whit3e Floral Bouquets with Roses, Hydrangeas, Hanging White Florals on Chandeliers, White Linen Draping | Tampa Bay Wedding Florist Botanica International Design Studio
Romantic Elegant White and Gold Wedding, Gold Chiavari Chairs, Tall All Whit3e Floral Bouquets with Roses, Hydrangeas, Hanging White Florals on Chandeliers, White Linen Draping | Tampa Bay Wedding Florist Botanica International Design Studio

How would you describe your theme/wedding design inspiration?

We always knew we wanted our wedding to resemble a classy, glamorous, and elegant dream. It was a night we had always talked and dreamt about, and we knew exactly what we wanted when it came to the design. More than anything, we wanted a room full of florals everywhere because we both have always had a love for flowers. Roses are something Mitchell has always gifted me for basically every occasion, and it was a flower that we knew we wanted throughout our wedding day. The florals in the room consisted of mainly roses but also orchids and hydrangeas to add to the design. Aside from the florals, we also wanted to make sure our colors remained light and romantic so we ended up going with white, ivory, champagne, and gold. There were also a few rose and blush-colored florals added in to add a small pop of color. 

What were your colors? 

Our colors were white, ivory, champagne, and gold. We always knew we wanted our wedding colors to be light, airy, and romantic. The light colors really made the room feel like a total dream and made the ballroom look even bigger. 

Gold and White Romantic Wedding Reception Decor, Long Feasting Table with White Table Linen, Gold Rimmed and Clear Glass Chargers, Gold Flatware, Gold Chiavari Chairs, White Roses and Hydrangeas Floral Centerpiece and Candles | Tampa Bay Wedding Florist Botanica International Design Studio
White and Gold Romantic Wedding Reception Decor, Gold Flaftware, Clear Glass and Gold Rimmed Charger, Candlesticks and White and Blush Pink Roses Lush Table Long Floral Centerpiece
Romantic Elegant White and Gold Wedding, Gold Chiavari Chairs, Tall All Whit3e Floral Bouquets with Roses, Hydrangeas, Hanging White Florals on Chandeliers, White Linen Draping | Tampa Bay Wedding Florist Botanica International Design Studio
Romantic and Elegant All White Wedding Reception Decor, Acrylic Sweetheart Table and Chairs with Lush White and Blush Pink Roses, Hydrangeas Floral Waterfall Arrangement | Tampa Bay Wedding Florist Botanica International Design Studio

What did you look for in a wedding florist? 

Since florals were a very important element to us, we knew we wanted the best of the best when it came to a wedding florist, and we knew Botanica International Design and Decor was exactly that and more. We looked at several of their reviews and each one assured us they were the ones for the job. We also really loved that it’s a family-owned business that has been in the industry for 30+ years.

From the beginning, we loved what their entire process entailed and how each stage of the process was very detailed and nothing was overlooked. We also loved that we got to have several meetings along the way including a sample viewing with them a few weeks before the wedding in order to see all the designs before our big day. Throughout the years of planning, Botanica was always extremely responsive and always there whenever we had any questions or concerns. We were continuously told by several others that Botanica would exceed our expectations, and they truly did just that and more. We worked very closely with Zoe Gallina, and she made sure each design came out perfect and exactly how we had talked about. 

All White Wedding Reception Decor, White Hydrangeas, Roses and Blush Pink Lush Circular Floral Wreath Arrangement, Six Tier White Wedding Cake with Cascading Flowers | Tampa Bay Wedding Florist Botanica International Design Studio
All White Wedding Reception Decor, White Hydrangeas, Roses and Blush Pink Lush Circular Floral Wreath Arrangement, Six Tier White Wedding Cake with Cascading White Orchid Flowers | Tampa Bay Wedding Florist Botanica International Design Studio

“We really wanted to create a ‘wow' factor with several floral designs. Since florals were very important to us, we knew we wanted the best. One element that we really wanted was some type of florals to be hung or suspended from the ceiling to create an overall dreamy design throughout the room. Zoe came up with a design to hang orchids from all 12 chandeliers throughout the ballroom, versus just being over the dance floor. This design ended up looking more beautiful than we ever could have imagined and ended up being even more amazing than what we originally had in mind! We were continuously told by several others that Botanica International Design Studio would exceed our expectations, and they truly did just that and more!”

-The Bride

Romantic Bride and Groom First Dance on White Dance Floor with Custom Gold Monogram | Wedding Venue Tampa Marriott Water Street

Which vendors really exceeded your expectations?
We were extremely fortunate and blessed to work with the most amazing vendors. They all exceeded our expectations. Our photographer, videographer, and DJ in particular were the ones who we were mainly with throughout the day, and they worked so hard to make sure it was a day we would never forget. Also, the venues, our florist, and decor/drapery vendors perfected the entire design. Everything came out so beautiful and better than we ever expected.

What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay couples?
Truly cherish every single moment of your wedding day. The day truly flies by in the blink of an eye and before you know it, one of the most special days of your life is just a memory. Every time we look back we still can’t believe how quickly it all went by and wish we could relive every second of it.

We would also advise other couples to make decisions based on what you and your significant-other want. Throughout the planning process, you will hear many opinions from others, and it’s important to remember the most important opinions are yours and your partners. One of the most beautiful parts about a wedding is that it reflects the couple coming together, therefore it should be made up of what that couple wants regardless of what that looks like. Lastly, it can be easy to get caught up in the wedding and the planning process but don’t forget the main part of the day is about your marriage itself and how special it is to love someone so much that loves you back just as much.

Quotes have been lightly edited for clarity and brevity.

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