Valerie and Justin’s Love Story:
Justin is from Colorado and I’m from Illinois, but we came to Florida to attend the University of Tampa. Each of us decided to stay in Tampa after graduation and get jobs, where we ended up meeting
We met at work and started dating Memorial Weekend of 2010. We both knew early on that we were each others “the one.”
He proposed on Good Friday in 2013, on the beach where we had our first date, and we were married on the following February.
Valerie planned her Tampa wedding to celebrate with friends and family.
“I just wanted our guests to have a great time,” the bride said.
“We reached out to several venues in the area, but it seemed that we couldn’t see the space for several days, or the dates didn’t match up or people didn’t get back to us in time. We chose the Marriott Waterside because we are rewards members and found the staff and space perfect,” Valerie explained.
The bride choose navy blue and gray with light pink accents for her downtown Tampa waterfront wedding.
“Blue is one of our favorite colors, and the gray and pink came about when I was looking at ideas on Pinterest. I just loved the color scheme,” the bride gushed. “I wanted our wedding to be classic and simple, yet pretty.”
When it came to hiring a Tampa wedding florist, the couple looked for someone who could put together the vision they had for their wedding day.”
“Scott [of Apple Blossoms Floral Design] was friendly, professional and offered great ideas for our wedding,” Valerie shared. “We had to change things until the week of the wedding, and Scott made that process easy and less stressful.”
Looking back, the bride shared one of her most memorable moments of the day.
“Walking down the aisle towards your future husband is like tunnel vision,” Valerie reminisced.
“I looked for a wedding florist who could put together the vision I had for the wedding day. Apple Blossoms Floral Design was friendly, professional, and offered great ideas for our wedding. They have been in the business for many years.” – The Bride
“I enjoyed the preview of our reception room. It’s just amazing to see how all the months of planning came together perfectly. It’s overwhelming joy.” – The Bride
“Every wedding is unique because each couple getting married is different and unique in their own ways. On the outside it may have seemed like just another wedding, but to us it was unique and perfect.” -The Bride
What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay Brides?
You can’t control what you can’t control so don’t stress. Everything will be OK.
Once you’re engaged and you start planning, put together a general timeline to keep you on track and stay organized.
Enjoy your wedding day!
Tampa Wedding Ceremony Venue: St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church
Tampa Wedding Reception Venue: Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina
Tampa Wedding Photographer: Limelight Photography – Ann Fuentes
Tampa Wedding Planner: Confetti Events – Nicole Voute
Tampa Wedding Florist: Apple Blossoms Floral Design
Tampa Wedding Caterer: Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina
Tampa Wedding Cake: Cakes Plus
Tampa Wedding DJ: Grant Hemond & Associates – Tony Lange
Tampa Wedding Transportation: Skyline Limo
Tampa Wedding Officiant: Father Stavros Akrotirianakis
Tampa Wedding Photo Booth: Tampa Bay Booths
Tampa Wedding Hair & Makeup: The Michele Renee Hair & Makeup Artist Group
We are proud to have Apple Blossom Floral Designs as a Marry Me Tampa Bay sponsor!