With couples embracing unique themes and personalized details for their wedding celebrations, the Tampa Garden Club hosted a mid-century modern inspired photoshoot, harkening back to its founding year of 1964. Drawing cues from the decade's popular fashion, color palette, and minimalist-meets-futuristic styling, this wedding inspiration included an elevated interpretation of the bygone era.
“The theme was mid-century modern meets 2021. The mid-century vibe has stood the test of time. TV Shows, Movies, fashion, and home décor all still live in this realm so I thought well what about weddings?” Annah Tarallo, planner and designer of Everlasting Affair explained. “Our colors were orange, green, marigold, and white. We wanted to stay true to the original aesthetic of mid-century, and they are deeply vibrant and give off those eclectic retro vibes!”
Showcasing original terrazzo floors and clean lines with floor-to-ceiling windows, the South Tampa wedding venue provided a beautiful blank slate for the inspiration shoot with features reminiscent of the iconic 1960s.
“The Tampa Garden Club on Bayshore opened its doors in 1964 when the mid-century modern era was still in its prime. The architecture of the building has preserved its minimalist, organic form with its open floor plan and floor-to-ceiling windows,” Annah shared. “This venue also has a very close connection to my family as my great grandmother was one of the original founders, and her name is proudly printed on the plaque as you step inside the Tampa Garden Club's doors.”
The bride and groom dressed in retro-inspired fashion, sporting a vintage tea-length cocktail dress with bateau neckline and dapper vest and dress pants with velvet loafers. Even the couple's dog was dressed to the nines in a custom marigold tuxedo bandana, courtesy of Fairytail Pet Care.
Nods to the classic characteristics of the time period were reflected in details from the stationary to the tableware. Elements like the cosmic-influenced floral arrangements, vintage place settings, and an ever-popular bar cart, conjured visions of hip cocktail parties from back in the day. Many of the decorative elements were furnished by the team of vendors who collaborated for the photoshoot, resulting in a truly unique and special final design.
“We had an amazing team of vendors come together and create a dream,” the planner raved. “My husband and I created the geometric arch for the ceremony while the florist had super vibrant Eiffel chairs. The florist truly transformed the space with her floral artistry. We found a custom-made wooden piece used for the reception and had an out-of-this-world-inspired wedding cake. We were able to bring so many pieces including furniture, tableware, and grid panels from our own personal collections as every vendor involved has a love for this style so we all were able to come together and create a larger-than-life styled shoot!”
How would you describe your theme?
The theme was mid-century modern meets 2021. The mid-century vibe has stood the test of time. TV Shows, Movies, fashion, and home décor all still live in this realm so I thought well what about weddings?
What were your colors?
Orange, green, marigold, and white. We wanted to stay true to the original aesthetic of mid-century, and they are deeply vibrant and give off those eclectic retro vibes!
How did the Tampa Garden Club fit within your theme?
The Tampa Garden Club on Bayshore opened it’s doors in 1964 when the mid century modern era was still in its prime. The architecture of the building has preserved its minimalist, organic form with its open floor plan and floor to ceiling windows.
This venue also has a very close connection to my family as my great grandmother was one of the original founders and her name is proudly printed on the plaque as you step inside the Tampa Garden Club's doors.
What was your inspiration for this shoot?
Geometric shapes, bold colors and a minimalist design, but also my family. I like to believe I am an old soul like so many others out there. I have always loved anything retro, and I immediately gravitate to vibrant colors. More and more couples are straying away from non-traditional weddings, and we wanted to showcase that you can make a stunning wedding with a fun and quirky theme.
Estimated Cost of this Wedding: Venue: $5,000 | Florals: $1,500 | Photography: $2,500 | Videography: $1,750 | Cake: $400 | Invitations: $200 | Bride's attire: $100 (Vintage dress) Groom's Attire: (Rented suit) $100 | Rentals: $1,000
Venue: Tampa Garden Club *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Venue
Photographer: Regina as the Photographer
Videographer: Givenchy Jones House of Film
Planner and Designer: Everlasting Affair
Florist: By the Bay Floral
Cake: Lia's Dolce Delights
Invitations: Homestead Ink
Hair and Makeup: Savannah Olivia Beauty Boutique
Dress: Retro Stage
Table Numbers, Place Cards, Aisle Runner: She Made It Like That
Pet Planners: FairyTail Pet Care *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
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