Chrissy and Connor's Tampa wedding was an enchanting evening that channeled the romance and whimsy of high tea in an English garden through a pastel color palette, spring-inspired florals, and elegant gold accents.
“The theme of the wedding was English garden/Bridgerton, with some rustic, industrial vibes from the venue,” the bride shared. “Our colors were periwinkle blue, navy, and gold accents. Periwinkle is such a light, spring color, and it's not used tremendously. It's a color I enjoy in my personal life, so it was fitting for the wedding. Navy and gold really rounded out the color scheme and helped tie in Bridgerton/high tea vibes.”
The local Tampa couple recognized the importance of having a seasoned wedding planner in their corner while hosting a memorable celebration for their 200 guests. They sought a planning team that would be as invested in their wedding vision as they were and who could keep them organized and stress-free throughout the process.
“We looked for a person who we connected with and wanted to feel like she understood me and my vision and all that I dreamed of accomplishing, and that's exactly what happened!” Chrissy raved. “I connected with Ashley from B Eventful right off the bat. She took care of everything I needed literally 24/7. She gathered my thoughts into organized plans and made so much come true.”
With the help of their planner, the bride and groom personalized their May wedding to reflect their relationship by customizing small details throughout the celebration.
“We had four different cocktail napkins with fun facts about us on each one. Our signature drinks included nods to our cat and dog,” the bride detailed.
Chrissy envisioned pops of sparkling gold to elevate the table settings and decor to achieve her chic Bridgerton-garden style. Metallic gold charger plates from Outside The Box Rentals added a touch of shimmer to the place settings, while gold votive candles injected the space with the romantic warmth of candlelight to help set the mood for the reception.
“I rented candle votives and chargers from Outside The Box Rentals,” the bride articulated. “The chargers really brought the theme together and added more gold accents into the mix.”
The months of planning design elements, along with the anticipation of seeing everything come together, made for an emotional moment when the wedding ceremony began. That feeling, along with a special dance to close out the evening, will forever stand out as favorite memories for the bride.
“The moment my processional music started playing and the huge doors to the silo garden opened, I caught glimpses of all the details and people in the crowd. Then I rounded the corner and saw the bridal party and then Connor, and it was all I was waiting for all day. As soon as I saw him, I was so comforted, and it felt like the day was truly beginning,” the bride reminisced. “An iconic moment; for the last song of the wedding, we did Love Story by Taylor Swift. Everyone was jumping and singing in front of the marquee lights (which made for awesome photos and videos). At the part where the song goes, ‘He got down on a knee and said marry me, Juliet…' Connor got down again and pretended to propose again. The video we have of this moment is amazing.”
Where did you host your bachelorette party?
Key West, Florida. I wanted to do something poolside, not necessarily beachside. Several of my bridesmaids had already been to Key West before, so they knew some great places to go for a nice dinner and fun poolside day drinking, and they planned other activities like frolicking down Duval Street and going on a sunset boat cruise.
How would you describe your theme/wedding design inspiration?
The theme of the wedding was English Garden/Bridgerton, with some rustic/industrial vibes from the venue.
What were your colors?
Our colors were periwinkle blue, navy, and gold accents. Periwinkle is such a light, spring color, and it's not used tremendously. It's a color I enjoy in my personal life, so it was fitting for the wedding. Navy and gold really rounded out the color scheme and helped tie in Bridgerton/high tea vibes.
I thought we were taking family photos in downtown New Port Richey, and instead, I pulled up to where everyone was supposed to be, and Connor was on the end of the gazebo dock with a whole set up (and not wearing the outfit I purchased for the family photos anymore!). He proposed and said let's go grab a drink and breathe. We walked up the stairs to The Social, all of our family and friends were there for a surprise engagement party.
What did you look for in a wedding planner?
We looked for a person who we connected with and wanted to feel like she understood me and my vision and all that I dreamed of accomplishing, and that's exactly what happened!
I connected with Ashley from B Eventful right off the bat. She took care of everything I needed literally 24/7. She gathered my thoughts into organized plans and made so much come true.
How did the rentals enhance the ambiance of your wedding?
I rented candle votives and chargers from Outside The Box Event Rentals. The chargers really brought the theme together and added more gold accents into the mix.
Where did you spend your honeymoon?
Napa Valley, California. We are both wine lovers, so it was a very easy location to choose. There is incredible food and sightseeing in Napa.
Which vendors really exceeded your expectations?
Videography and photography. They captured every emotion of me, Connor, my parents, his parents, and every guest. They are truly incredibly talented.
What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay couples?
Don't spend any time comparing your wedding dreams to someone else's. And that includes comparing your budget to theirs.
At the beginning of wedding planning, pick one or two categories that are super important to you and that you would be willing to spend money on. Later, if you're trying to choose between a more expensive and a less expensive decor item, like chargers, for example, thinking about the top two important categories helps put that decision in perspective.