Elizabeth and Henry’s rustic, peach Tampa Bay wedding reflected the pair’s easy going attitudes.
“We are a pretty silly, no-frills couple,” the bride said. “The general laid back nature of the reception and décor simplicity is representative of our personalities.”
With a guest list of nearly 100, most from out-of-town, the Tampa couple made their weddings guests’ happiness as a top priority.
“We wanted the experience to be intimate, fun and hassle-free for everyone there,” Elizabeth explained. “We carefully planned timing, transportation, etc. to make sure getting to town was all anyone needed to worry about. Even though we had 100 people present, the day felt truly intimate.”
With the wedding guests in good hands, booking a Tampa Bay wedding photographer was next on Elizabeth and Henry’s wedding planning checklist.
“We wanted a photographer who would capture the day as it happened, with an artistic eye. Secondly, we really needed a photographer who we connected with personally. Henry and I are a bit camera shy, so this was very important,” the bride shared. “We immediately hit it off with Marc [of Marc Edwards Photographs]. He seemed to have a great talent for capturing couples’ personalities and pays such close attention to his surroundings that he is able to capture shots that do not need heavy editing. That is exactly what we wanted.”
Looking back, one the bride’s most memorable moments came as she her wedding ceremony began.
“Walking down the aisle and seeing Henry’s face is something I will always remember. In that moment, it was just the two of us,” Elizabeth reminisced.
How did you incorporate you and your husband’s personalities into the wedding?
Our dog, Bubba was included in the ceremony. He walked down the aisle with my sister, Danielle and was present throughout the reception. Henry and I rescued him about a year before the wedding, and he is the coolest dude ever.
During the ceremony, we put a spin on the traditional sand ceremony. I am from Pensacola, FL, and Henry is from Wilmington, NC, both beach towns. For our sand ceremony we each poured sand from our respective hometowns into the center jar.
Henry proposed at Sunken Gardens in St. Pete three weeks before our five year anniversary. We both love botanic gardens—when we travel, if there is one in the area we stop by.
We arrived at Sunken Gardens first thing on a Saturday morning. Henry rushed me through the gardens, until we arrived to a path covered with my favorite flower: yellow plumerias. The path led to a small pergola. Under it was the wooden memory box we built together the first time I visited his hometown in North Carolina. The box was full of the plumerias with a box nestled in the center. By the time I turned around he was dropping to one knee.
The whole day was so very thoughtful—the amount of effort and planning he put into it really showed through and made it so special.
How would you describe your theme?
Overall, we wanted the day to be beautifully simple, yet elegant. In general, we are a pretty silly, no-frills couple.
An outdoor venue was perfect because we were able to add accents to the already gorgeous surroundings.
What were your colors?
We chose a palette of colors, but overall we wanted soft, earthy tones that would complement the outdoor location.
The bridesmaids and groomsmen wore shades of light peach.
What did you look for in a wedding photographer?
We wanted a photographer who would capture the day as it happened, with an artistic eye. Secondly, we really needed a photographer who we connected with personally. Henry and I are a bit camera shy, so this was very important.
We immediately hit it off with Marc [of Marc Edwards Photographs]. He is so personable, and his photos are absolutely gorgeous. He seemed to have a great talent for capturing couples’ personalities and pays such close attention to his surroundings that he is able to capture shots that do not need heavy editing. We really loved the clean artistry in his photographs. That is exactly what we wanted.”
What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay Brides?
Take it all in. The day is going to fly by! Try to stop every so often and really absorb everything going on around you—the emotions, the interactions, everything.
Venue: Karnes Stables
Photographer: Marc Edwards Photographs *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Vendor
Videographer: Voila Cinematic
Planner: Tampa Wedding Studio
Florist: Tampa Wedding Studio
Caterer: Spotlight Catering, Inc
Cake: Frostings, Etc
DJ: Clearwater DJs – Reko Rivera
Officiant: Felicia Knight-Marlow (Mother of the Bride)
Transportation: Olympus Limousine
Wedding Dress: Stella York
Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Wedding Hair & Makeup: Collective Creations