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Ashley and Jason’s romantic, rustic chic outdoor Tampa garden wedding featured a sophisticated color palette of blush, ivory and merlot with a touch of navy and gold.

“I wanted everything to be light to play up the beauty of the outdoors,” the bride explained. “I had inspiration from blog posts and Pinterest, where I got it in my head that I absolutely had to have the guys in navy blue and the girls in ivory. The merlot was our florist’s recommendation, and it couldn’t have been more beautiful with our dresses among the green grass and blue sky and water.”

The Tampa bride thought of every coordinating detail for her outdoor garden wedding reception. From the beautiful white farm table to the vintage whitewashed chairs and down to the chargers from Tampa Bay wedding rental and decor company A Chair Affair.

A Chair Affair provided us with our chargers. Much of my inspiration for the wedding came from my love of modern, chic rustic decor, but I also wanted it to feel romantic and dreamy. The chargers were really the finishing touch on our tables, which added to that chic, romantic feel.”

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Knowing that photography would play an important part in their special day, the couple hired Tampa Bay wedding photographer Kera Photography.

“I really wanted someone who could capture the beauty of our venue, while also being affordable and easy to work with.” Ashley explained. “Kera of Kera Photography’s natural light photography and personality were awesome! She is the sweetest and so talented. Her work was amazing! We loved the end result.”

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Looking back, the bride’s most memorable moment was locking eyes with her groom for the first time on her big day.

“The whole day went by so incredibly fast, so I tried to take in every moment I could. The whole event itself was definitely memorable, but one thing I will always remember is walking down the aisle and seeing Jason for the first time. He was tearing up and looked so incredibly handsome!” the bride reminisced.Navy and Gold Vintage Garden Party Wedding Invitation | Tampa Wedding Photographer Kera Photography

Diamond Cushion Cut Stud Earrings with Yellow Gold Halo | Gold Diamond Wedding Jewelry | Tampa Wedding Photographer Kera Photography

Light Gold Sparkly Jimmy Choo Wedding Shoe with Ankle Strap | Tampa Wedding Photographer Kera Photography

Ivory and Blush Lace Alvina Valenta Sweetheart Wedding Dress and Chanel No. 5 Perfume Wedding Portrait

Bridal Wedding Portrait in Ivory and Blush Alvina Valenta Lace and Tulle Wedding Dress with Ivory Rose Wedding Bouquet | Tampa Wedding Photographer Kera Photography

Bridal Wedding Portrait in Ivory and Blush Alvina Valenta Lace and Tulle Sweetheart Wedding Dress | Tampa Wedding Photographer Kera Photography

Bridal Party Wedding Portrait in Ivory Hayley Paige Bridesmaids Dresses and Ivory Lace and Tulle Alvina Valenta Wedding Dress | Tampa Wedding Photographer Kera Photography

The Proposal:
Jason proposed while we vacationed in New York City for my 30th birthday. The morning he asked me to marry him we were walking around Central Park and came upon the lake where you could rent rowboats. We hopped on one and after a while (in more a secluded area), Jason popped the question! He had a photographer snap the whole thing from the bank of the lake. It was definitely memorable!

Groom Wedding Day Portrait in Blue Suit with Navy Bowtie and Ivory Floral Boutonniere | Tampa Wedding Photographer Kera Photography

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony with Vintage Whitewashed Wooden Chairs | Tampa Wedding Photographer Kera Photography

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Brown Lantern with Candle Aisle Decor and Vintage White Wooden Chairs | Tampa Wedding Photographer Kera Photography

Outdoor Garden Wedding Under Gazebo with Wedding Arch of Greenery and Ivory Flowers | Tampa Wedding Photographer Kera Photography | Venue Davis Islands Garden Club

Bridal Wedding Ceremony Portrait | Tampa Wedding Photographer Kera Photography

Outdoor Garden Wedding Ceremony under Wedding Arch of Greenery and Ivory Roses and Hydrangea Flowers | Tampa Wedding Photographer Kera Photography | Venue Davis Islands Garden Club

Bride and Groom Wedding Day Portrait in Ivory Lace Alvina Valenta Wedding Dress with Ivory Rose Wedding Bouquet | Tampa Wedding Photographer Kera Photography

What did you look for in a wedding photographer?
I really wanted to have someone who could capture the beauty of our venue, while also being affordable and easy to work with.

Kera of Kera Photography’s natural light photography and personality were awesome! She is the sweetest and so talented. Her work was amazing! We loved the end result.

Bride and Groom Wedding Day Portrait in Ivory Lace Alvina Valenta Wedding Dress with Tulle Skirt | Tampa Wedding Photographer Kera Photography

Bride and Groom Wedding Day Portrait in Navy Suit and Ivory Lace Alvina Valenta Wedding Dress | Tampa Wedding Photographer Kera Photography

Bride and Groom Wedding Day Portrait in Navy Suit and Ivory Lace Alvina Valenta Sweetheart Wedding Dress | Tampa Wedding Photographer Kera Photography

Rustic Wooden Window Mirror Wedding Guestbook Idea | Vintage Wedding Guest Book Alternatives | Tampa Wedding Photographer Kera Photography

Outdoor Garden Party Wedding Decor With Lantern Wedding Centerpieces | White Wooden Mismatched Wedding Reception Tables with Vintage White Wooden Chairs | Tampa Wedding Photographer Kera Photography | Venue Davis Islands Garden Club

How would you describe your theme?
At first, I was going for a rustic, chic look. I think it morphed a little bit into a romantic theme as we went through the process, which turned out amazing. I love uncontrived bouquets, eucalyptus, raw/whitewashed wood, etc., so that played a big part in the decision making process.

What were your colors?
Blush pink, ivory and merlot, with hints of navy and gold. I wanted everything to be light to play up the beauty of the outdoors. I had inspiration from blog posts and Pinterest, where I got it in my head that I absolutely had to have the guys in navy blue and the girls in ivory. The merlot was our florist’s recommendation, and it couldn’t have been more beautiful with our dresses among the green grass and blue sky and water.

Rustic Wedding Centerpiece with Lantern and Candle Surrounded by Wreath of Ivory and Merlot Roses and Greenery | Tampa Wedding Photographer Kera Photography

Rustic Garden Party Wedding Decor With Lantern Wedding Centerpieces | White Wooden Mismatched Wedding Reception Tables with Vintage White Wooden Chairs | Tampa Wedding Photographer Kera Photography

What did you look for in a wedding rental company?
Much of my inspiration came from my love of modern-chic rustic decor, but I also wanted it to feel romantic and dreamy. A Chair Affair provided us with chargers, and they really the finishing touch on our tables, which added to that chic, romantic feel. The company was very responsive, easy to work with and the chargers looked great!

Garden Party Wedding With Blush Satin Tablecloths, Ivory and Burgundy Floral Wedding Centerpieces and Rustic Ivory Wooden Chairs | Tampa Wedding Photographer Kera Photography

Ivory and Burgundy Rustic Wedding Centerpieces with Eucalyptus Leaves and Mercury Glass Candle Votives | Tampa Wedding Photographer Kera Photography

Naked Rustic Two Tier Wedding Cake with Blush and Merlot Colored Roses with Cupcakes Wedding Dessert Table | Tampa Wedding Photography by Kera Photography

Naked Two Tier Wedding Cake with Blush and Merlot Colored Roses with Greenery | Tampa Wedding Photography by Kera Photography

Outdoor Rustic Garden Wedding with Specialty Rustic Chairs | Tampa Wedding Photographer Kera Photography | Venue Davis Islands Garden Club

Bride and Groom First Dance Wedding Day Portrait | Outdoor Garden Wedding | Tampa Wedding Photographer Kera Photography

Engagement Ring and Wedding Band Portrait on Red Velvet Cupcake | Tampa Wedding Photographer Kera Photography

What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay couples?
Hire a wedding planner! It was the best decision we made. I can’t imagine what we would have done without ours. Wedding planning can be stressful, especially when you work full-time. You want to be able to enjoy the process, so the extra money it takes for a planner is more than worth it.

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Davis Islands Garden Club
Photographer: Kera Photography *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
Videographer: Life’s Highlights
Planner: Burlap to Lace
Florist, Tables and Chair Rentals: Botanica International Design
Caterer: Puff n Stuff Catering
Charger Rentals: A Chair Affair *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
Cake and Desserts: Elise’s Pieces Decorated Cakes
DJ: Inpulse Entertainment
Officiant: Rev. Scott Collins
Invitations: Minted
Transportation: BLU Moon Luxury
Dress Shop and Designer: Malindy EleneAlvina Valenta
Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Hayley Paige Occasions
Makeup: Krystina Alba
Hair: Megan Perry
Lighting: Tampa Lights




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Marry Me Tampa Bay editor, Anna Coats, created Marry Me Tampa Bay in 2012 to showcase the area's best local weddings and vendors. She has been featured as a wedding expert on the national talkshow Daytime, Fox13, ABC Action News, Great Day Tampa Bay, and Bay News 9 (now Spectrum).

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