Modern, Elegant, Purple Downtown Tampa Wedding | The Vault

 

The Xpos St. Pete/Tampa Bay Bridal Show

Whenever we have the opportunity to feature a bride who used Marry Me Tampa Bay throughout her wedding planning process, it makes our day.

“Marry Me Tampa Bay was such a great tool! As a bride, many times it is hard to imagine how certain selections will look in your venue, so looking through the featured weddings served as a real life inspiration board for me,” the bride shared. “I enjoyed seeing some of my vendors in action in the features and even got great décor and layout ideas that I incorporated on my wedding day. I also found my wedding planner on Marry Me Tampa Bay!”

Stefany and Erik’s gorgeous downtown Tampa wedding was every ounce of modern elegance and sophisticated glamour. Not only did the couple feature an ivory, silver and violet color palette that complemented the Pantone color of the year, the color also played a significant role in their wedding day.

“We selected classic decorative elements and played them up with modern accents like mirrors, crystals and bold lighting patterns,” the bride explained. “The color violet has a special meaning for the two of us. We chose it to honor the memory of someone very special in our lives who could not be with us during our wedding. Erik’s sister, who introduced us, passed at a very young age due to complications from lupus. Selecting the color for lupus awareness allowed us not only to honor her memory and feel that she was with us on our special day, but also gave us the opportunity to raise awareness about lupus among our family and friends.”

Searching for a seasoned Tampa Bay wedding planner with proven experience to ensure satisfaction for the couple, the downtown Tampa bride hired Special Moments Event Planning.

“I wanted all the little details, which we had meticulously chosen to be a part of our day, to be taken care of and allow us to enjoy the emotions of the day with our friends and family. I fell in love with one of Special Moments Event Planning’s previous weddings, which was featured on Marry Me Tampa Bay, and I said to myself, ‘I have to meet with them.” I loved that they work as a team because each one of their “dream makers” adds something unique to the planning process. On our wedding day, the “dream makers” truly executed our vision to perfection and allowed Erik and I to spend quality time with our loved ones and enjoy each other.”

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With the decor and planner set, the couple researched Tampa Bay reception venues in proximity to their ceremony location, Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Envisioning a space that exuded elegance with a modern twist, they found The Vault.

“There were so many elements that we loved about The Vault, from the moment we walked in: its floor-to-ceiling windows, elegant architecture and contemporary feel. However it was without a doubt the venue’s previous history that sealed the deal for us. We learned The Vault had originally been the National Exchange Bank, which we knew was the perfect venue to celebrate our big day, given that both Erik and I work in the banking and finance field,” the bride shared. “Their service was outstanding! They even accommodated our request to have our dog make a brief appearance during introductions, which was a huge hit with our guest and meant a great deal to us. Overall, they helped to elevate our guests’ experience to the next level.”

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Incorporating a traditional menu with pops of Latin inspired flavor, the couple hired Amici’s Catered Cuisine for their variety in selection and ability to create a truly custom menu.

“We wanted to remain on the classic side with safe options like a chicken and steak duet, while adding tropical flavors in our salad and desserts table. The appetizers were strategically chosen to offer a wide variety of safe and bold flavors, to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. The catering decision was probably one of the hardest ones we had to make, because we wanted to ensure that we were not only offering quality food but also a great service,” Stefany explained. “Amicis Catered Cuisine had the widest selection and flexibility in food options that allowed us to truly make the selections our very own. Their service went above and beyond, as they patiently worked closely with us through our many decisions.”

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With a particular reception look in mind, the couple hired Nature Coast Entertainment Services to bring it to life.

“For me the most important element was the lighting, which not only was able to transform the look of the space, but can evoke certain emotions during key moments of the night,” Stefany explained. “By far Nature Coast truly exceeded expectations. From our first meeting with Mike, we were drawn by his fiery passion when he spoke about how lighting can transform a space and that is exactly what he did for us. He took a blank canvas and transformed it into an elegant space with a flare.

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Looking back on their wedding day, the bride recalls that their traditional Latin celebration of Hora Loca was one of their most cherished moments of the night.

“The “Hora Loca” or “Crazy Hour” was the most memorable because of the level of excitement it created among all our guests. We have a very diverse group of friends and seeing the collective reaction of excitement that this very traditional Latin celebration created was just what we were looking for. The dance floor quickly filled up, and all you could see was colorful feathers, flashing lights and smiles. I wore huge angel wings that made me feel like a princess, and Erik wore an oversized top hat with a Real Madrid logo that made him feel like a king. We danced the night away accompanied by samba dancers, props and the laughter of our loved ones,” the bride reminisced.

Pronovias Layered Mermaid Strapless Wedding Dress on Custom Hanger

Bridal Party Getting Ready Portrait with Glitter Confetti | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner Special Moments Event Planning

Bride Getting Ready Indoor Portrait with Bridal Accessories including Jeweled Garter and Floral Beaded Hair Accesory

Bride Getting Ready Indoor Portrait with Floral Beaded Hair Accessory

Interior Bridal Portrait in Pronovias Strapless Wedding Dress | Tampa Bay Wedding Accommodations and Bridal Suite Hotel Venue Le Meridien

What did you look for in hotel accommodations?
We loved the look and feel of Le Meridien Tampa and how it perfectly blends classic architecture with modern décor. The location was ideal and convenient for our guests, as it was located within walking distance of our ceremony and reception locations. Our experience was outstanding, the staff was friendly and helpful at all times. The elegant surroundings served as the perfect backdrop of our getting ready photos that we will treasure for a lifetime.

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Groom and Groomsmen Wedding Ceremony Portrait in Black Tuxedos with White Rose with Greenery Boutonniere

The Proposal:
Erik and I took a trip to Washington D.C. to see the cherry blossoms in peak season. We had the most fun and relaxing day exploring and enjoying all the monuments in the National Mall. He had strategically left the Jefferson Memorial last and even selected a very specific spot for us at the top of the monument entrance with the excuse that we would be watching the sunset. Little did I know that I would be experiencing something much more memorable and romantic than a sunset! Erik took my hands and told me he had spoken to my dad and asked him for my hand in marriage, got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Without hesitation I said, “Yes!” After that he had one more surprise; he had hired a photographer who had been hiding in the crowd to capture the special moment so we could cherish it forever. Immediately after saying yes, we had the most magical engagement photoshoot around the Tidal Basin, which truly captured all the excitement and love of that very special moment.Traditional Church Wedding Ceremony, With White and Greenery Flower Arrangements, Bridesmaid in Strapless Purple Vera Wang Dress, Bride in Pronovias Layered Mermaid Strapless Dress | Downtown Tampa Venue Sacred Heart Catholic Church

What did you look for in a wedding planner?
We looked for a seasoned professional with proven experience. I wanted to have someone who would give me peace of mind. Essentially, I wanted all the little details, which we had meticulously chosen to be a part of our day, to be taken care of and allow us to enjoy the emotions of the day with our friends and family.

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I fell in love with one of Special Moments Event Planning‘s previous weddings, which was featured on Marry Me Tampa Bay, and I said to myself, “I have to meet with them.” I loved that they work as a team because each one of their “dream makers” adds something unique to the planning process. When we met with Tammy for the first time, it was clear that she had prior experience with our ceremony and reception venues and was quick to share suggestions to take our event to the next level. On our wedding day, the “dream makers” truly executed our vision to perfection and allowed Erik and I to spend quality time with our loved ones and enjoy each other.

Traditional Church Wedding Ceremony, With White and Greenery Flower Arrangements Bride in Pronovias Layered Mermaid Strapless Dress | Downtown Tampa Wedding Ceremony Venue Sacred Heart Catholic Church | Planner Special Moments Event Planning

Traditional Church Wedding Ceremony, With White and Greenery Flower Arrangements Bride in Pronovias Layered Mermaid Strapless Dress | Downtown Tampa Wedding Ceremony Venue Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Traditional Church Wedding Ceremony, With White and Greenery Flower Arrangements Bride in Pronovias Layered Mermaid Strapless Dress | Downtown Tampa Wedding Ceremony Venue Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Modern Violet Wedding Reception with Tall White and PInk with Greenery Centerpieces in Silver Candelabras | Downtown Tampa Wedding Venue The Vault | Custom Monogram Lighting and Purple Uplighting by Nature Coast Entertainment | Planner Special Moments Event Planning

What did you look for in a wedding venue?
Initially we looked for a venue that was convenient, in relation to distance to the church we had selected for our ceremony. We also envisioned a space with character, that truly embodies elegant virtues with a modern twist. To our surprise, we didn’t have to settle, because that’s exactly what we encountered when we found in The Vault.

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There were so many elements that we loved about The Vault, from the moment we walked in, its floor-to-ceiling windows, elegant architecture and contemporary feel. However it was without a doubt the venue’s previous history that sealed the deal for us. We learned The Vault had originally been the National Exchange Bank, which we knew was the perfect venue to celebrate our big day, given that both Erik and I work in the banking and finance field. Their service was outstanding! The team had great suggestions and were flexible within reason to allow us to customize our event. They even accommodated our request to have our dog make a brief appearance during introductions, which was a huge hit with our guest and meant a great deal to us. Overall, they helped to elevate our guests’ experience to the next level. I can say that during the wedding reception, I always had one of their team members making sure that I was well taken care of.

Modern Violet Wedding Reception Pink and White With Glass Beads and Greenery Centerpiece in Tall Glass Vase | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner Special Moments Event Planning

Modern Violet Wedding Reception with Pink and White and Greenery Low Centerpiece | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner Special Moments Event Planning | Caterer Amici's Catered Cuisine

What was your wedding menu inspiration?
We wanted to remain on the classic side with safe options like a chicken and steak duet, while adding tropical flavors in our salad and desserts table. The appetizers were strategically chosen to offer a wide variety of safe and bold flavors, to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. We had mini burger sliders, ahi tuna, shrimp tacos and watermelon/feta skewers.

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The catering decision was probably one of the hardest ones we had to make, because we wanted to ensure that we
were not only offering quality food but also a great service. Amici’s Catered Cuisine had the widest selection and flexibility in food options that allowed us to truly make the selections our very own. Their service went above and beyond, as they patiently worked closely with us through our many decisions.

Four Tier Round White and Silver Wedding Cake with Pink Roses and Greenery, on Silver Cake Stand with Stylish Custom Monogrammed Cake Topper

Modern Violet Wedding Reception Bride and Groom First Dance Portrait, Bride in Layered Mermaid Strapless Pronovias Dress, with White Chiavari Chairs and White and Pink Tall Centerpieces | Downtown Tampa Wedding Venue The Vault | Planner Special Moments Event Planning | Custom Monogram Projection and Purple Uplighting Nature Coast Entertainment | Tampa Bay Wedding Shop Isabel O'Neil Bridal Collection

What did you look for a wedding entertainment? 
As a bride, sometimes it can be challenging to describe your vision to vendors, but Mike from Nature Coast Entertainment Services was able to understand and execute it flawlessly.

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By far Nature Coast is the vendor who truly exceeded expectations. From our first meeting with Mike, we were drawn by his fiery passion when he spoke about how lighting can transform a space and that is exactly what he did for us. He took a blank canvas and transformed it into an elegant space with a flare. In addition, he was super animated and entertaining as a DJ/MC, which kept our guests on the dance floor all night. He even surprised us with his ability to make excellent transitions between the Latin and English songs. Nature Coast worked with us in adding photo booth to our celebration. This was also a huge hit with our guests, which also encouraged them to visit the historic walk in vault within the venue. As a cherry on top, we received an album with most of the pictures that our guests took, with brief but beautiful messages they left for us.

Modern Violet Wedding Reception First Dance Portrait, Groom in White Jacket, Bride in Strapless Ivory Lace Ines Di Santo Dress | Downtown Tampa Wedding Venue The Vault | Custom Monogram Projection and Purple Uplighting Nature Coast Entertainment | Dress Shop Isabel O'Neil Bridal Collection

Modern Violet Wedding Reception Bride and Groom First Dance Portrait

How would you describe your theme/wedding design inspiration?
Modern elegance. We selected classic decorative elements and played them up with modern accents like mirrors, crystals and bold lighting patterns. Like our venue, we wanted the ambiance to feel classically chic.

What were your colors?
Violet, ivory and silver. Violet has a special meaning for the two of us, we chose it to honor the memory of someone very special in our lives who could not be with us during our weeding. Erik’s sister, who introduced us, passed at a very young age due to complications from lupus. Selecting the color for lupus awareness allowed us not only to honor her memory and feel that she was with us on our special day, but also gave us the opportunity to raise awareness about lupus among our family and friends.

Outdoor Nighttime Wedding Reception Bride and Groom Portrait with Dog of Honor, Bride in Strapless Mermaid Pronovias Dress, Bridesmaids in Dusty Purple Vera Wang Dresses | Tampa Bay Wedding Pet Coordinator Fairy Tail Pet Care

How did you incorporate your pet into your wedding?
The Fairy Tail Pet Care team took care of our most precious guest during our wedding day, our dog Tequila. On our wedding day, they spent quality time with her playing her favorite game of fetch and exploring downtown Tampa, while sending us updates along the way. She was brought over to join the bridal party for photos and made her surprise appearance at our reception, bringing smiles to the faces of all our guests and adding an element of fun to our reception. After all the day’s excitement, Fairy Tail event took her home and sent us pictures of her resting comfortably. We loved the images we received from them capturing her adventures on our wedding day.

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Outdoor Nighttime Bride and Groom Portrait, Bride in Lace Layered Mermaid Ines Di Santo Dress, Groom in White Tuxedo with Hora Loca Props Angel Wing and Oversized Top Hat with Classic Antique Car | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner Special Moments Event Planning | Dress Shop Isabel O'Neil Bridal

What was your wedding dress inspiration?
I have always believed that a woman looks the most beautiful when she feels confident, for that reason I looked for a wedding dress that was figure flattering, elegant and comfortable. Those exact three things are what my Ines Di Santo gown from Isabel O’Neil Bridal embodied. The modified mermaid lace dress with plunging illusion back was the perfect way to surprise my new husband and guests during our first dance.

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I chose Isabel O’Neil Bridal Collection based on the unique selection of designers and great reviews from other local brides. The staff was wonderful in assisting me find a dress with a perfect fit that highlighted my best features and my dress made me feel radiant and ready to enjoy the night.

Outdoor Nighttime Downtown Tampa Bride and Groom Portrait, Bride in Lace Layered Mermaid Ines Di Santo Dress, Groom in White Tuxedo with Hora Loca Props Angel Wings | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner Special Moments Event Planning | Dress Shop Isabel O'Neil Bridal

What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay couples?
Carefully select your vendors. If you select the right group of professionals to partner with for your wedding celebration, you will be able to enjoy your special day with your loved ones knowing that your vision will be flawlessly executed. Invest time in finding a team that you can trust to make your dreams come to reality.

Ceremony Venue: Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Reception Venue: The Vault *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Venue
Photographer and Videographer: Castaldo Studio
Planner: Special Moments Event Planning *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Florist: Acuarela Events
Caterer: Amici’s Catered Cuisine *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Rentals: Signature Event Rentals
Cake: Cacao Cakes by Sheyla
DJ/ Lighting/ Photo Booth: Nature Coast Entertainment Services *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Invitations: Tampa Calligraphy
Ceremony Dress Shop and Designer: Emelina’s Bridal, Pronovias
Reception Dress Shop and Designer: Isabel O’Neil Bridal Collection *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro, Ines Di Santo
Bridesmaid Dress Shop and Designer: David’s Bridal, White by Vera Wang
Hair and Makeup: Beauty by Yara
Pet Care: Fairy Tail Pet Care *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Linens: Connie Duglin Linen
Hora Loca Dancers: Orlando Entertainment
Midnight Snack: Alma Llanera
Hotel Accommodations: Le Meridien Tampa *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro




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