Star Wars Wedding Inspired Downtown Tampa Wedding | Armature Works

Just a short time ago, in a galaxy not too far away, Olivia and Chris’ Star Wars-inspired Tampa Heights wedding wowed their guests with starlit walls, shades of blue and gold geometric details, and out-of-this-world towering centerpieces.

“My inspiration for the wedding design came from the vibes of our venue, industrial but classy and elegant,” the bride explained. “My husband is obsessed with Star Wars, so we were able to add some small touches to the guest book, groom’s cake, and our recessional song! The element that was most important to us was the signature drink, named after our pugs.”

The Orlando couple customized each element of their celebration to reflect their personalities. It was those details that the bride attributes for making her wedding day truly one-of-a-kind.

“Our wedding was unique because it really fit us as people and as a couple,” Olivia stated. “There were small touches we had both picked out that described us perfectly.”

To complement her lace gown and adorable personalized jean jacket, the bride selected a braided updo.

“My wedding hair and makeup inspiration were very feminine and glam without going too over the top. I picked Femme Akoi Beauty Studio because their pictures on Instagram really fit the aesthetic I was looking for. They did a great job, and Lana made me feel amazing!” Olivia raved.

It was important to Olivia and Chris that all of their 100 guests have a memorable experience during their reception, so they wanted a DJ that would get everyone on their feet.

“When looking for a DJ, we wanted someone who would keep people on the dance floor at all times,” Olivia shared. “Grant Hemond & Associates was the DJ for my dad’s wedding nine years ago! They were great and really got everyone dancing all night.”

The pair provided glowing props for the dance floor, which ended up being one of Olivia’s favorite memories of the evening.

“The most memorable moment of our wedding was towards the end. Glow sticks were passed out and everyone went into party mode. So much fun!” the bride reminisced.

Blue Watercolor and Gold Foil Splatter Wedding Invitation, Photo Save the Date, Custom Blue Converse Sneakers with Wedding Date, Bride and Groom Wedding Bands in Ring Box
Round Diamond Solitaire Wedding Engagement Ring, Bride and Groom Wedding Bands in Blue Velvet Ring Box, Blue Watercolor and Gold Foil Splatter Wedding Invitation
Custom Blue Converse Sneakers with Wedding Date
Bridesmaids Dresses Hanging on Custom Wooden Hangers
Romantic Lace Wedding Dress Hanging on Window with Nude Lining and Belt
White and Ivory Roses Wedding Floral Bouquet
Florida Bride with Pearl Headband Getting Wedding Ready
Florida Bride in Blue Pajamas and Bridesmaids in Matching Gray Pajamas Popping Bottle of Champagne | Tampa Bay Wedding Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi
Florida Bride in Lace and Tulle Flowy Boho Wedding Dress Getting Ready with Mom | Tampa Bay Wedding Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi
Florida Bride in Lace and Tulle Boho Wedding Dress with Neutral Color Ribbon Belt | Tampa Bay Wedding Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi
Bridesmaids in Mix and Match Dusty Blue Dresses Reaction to Seeing Bride in Wedding Dress | Tampa Bay Wedding Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi
Bride in Lace and Tulle Boho Wedding Dress First Look with Groom | Tampa Industrial Wedding Venue Armature Works

The Proposal:
Chris proposed on Longboat Key Beach with a bottle in the sand. His family was sitting nearby watching, and my best friend photographed it all. It was magical! 

Bride and Groom Holding Hands Portrait Outside Tampa Industrial Wedding Venue Armature Works
Florida Bride in Lace and Tulle Wedding Dress with Veil Blowing in the Wind, Groom in Blue Tuxedo Outside Tampa Industrial Wedding Venue Armature Works
Boho Florida Bride with Braided Updo and Flowers Intimate Photo with Groom Under Veil | Tampa Bay Wedding Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi

What were your wedding hair and makeup inspiration?
My wedding hair and makeup inspiration were very feminine and glam without going too over the top.

I picked Femme Akoi Beauty Studio because their pictures on Instagram really fit the aesthetic I was looking for. They did a great job, and Lana made me feel amazing!

Florida Bride in Lace and Tulle Boho Wedding Dress with Neutral Ribbon Belt, Full Length Veil Holding White and Greenery Floral Bouquet | Tampa Industrial Wedding Venue Armature Works
Florida Bride with Bridesmaids in Mix and Match Dusty Blue Dresses Holding White and Greenery Floral Bouquets | Tampa Industrial Wedding Venue Armature Works | Tampa Bay Wedding Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi

Where did you go on your bachelorette trip?
St. Augustine, FL. It was low-key because of the pandemic, but still so much fun! Chris stayed local in Orlando for his bachelor party. We are holding off on our honeymoon to vacation to Iceland!

Florida Bride in Lace and Tulle Boho Wedding Dress, Bridesmaids in Mix and Match Dusty Blue Dresses and Groomsmen in Blue Suits | Tampa Bay Wedding Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi | Industrial Wedding Venue Armature Works
Boho Bride in Lace and Tulle Wedding Dress and Custom Denim Jacket with Full Length Veil | Tampa Industrial Wedding Venue Armature Works
Boho Bride in Lace and Tulle Wedding Dress and Custom Denim Jacket with Full Length Veil Kissing Groom Outside Tampa Industrial Wedding Venue Armature Works
Industrial Elegant Wedding Ceremony Decor, Wooden Arch with White Linen and Greenery, White Floral Arrangements, Wooden Cross Back Chairs, Eucalyptus Hanging Off Chairs, Gold Geometric Candles | Tampa Wedding Venue Armature Works
Industrial Wedding Reception Decor, Wooden Arch with White Linen Draping, Lush Greenery, Eucalyptus, Ivory Roses Floral Arrangement
Industrial Wedding Reception Decor, Wooden Arch with White Linen Draping, Lush Greenery, Eucalyptus, Ivory Roses Floral Arrangement | Tampa Wedding Venue Armature Works

What was your wedding theme?
My inspiration for the wedding design came from the vibes inside the venue, industrial but classy and elegant. My husband is obsessed with Star Wars, so we were able to add some small touches to the guest book, groom’s cake, and our recessional song! The element that was most important to us was the signature drink, named after our pugs. 

Industrial Wedding Ceremony Decor, Wooden Cross Back Chairs with Chalkboard Reserved Signs, Gold Geometric Candle Holder
Industrial Chic Wedding Ceremony, Bride and Groom Exchangin Wedding Vows, Wooden Arch with White Linen Drapery, Lush Greenery and Ivory Floral Arrangement, Wooden Cross Back Chairs with Eucalyptus Hanging | Tampa Wedding Venue Armature Works
Industrial Elegant Wedding Reception Decor, Purple Uplighting, Round Tables and Long Feasting Wooden Tables, Wooden Cross Back Chairs, Tall Ivory and Greenery Floral Centerpieces | Tampa Wedding Venue Armature Works
Industrial Elegant Wedding Reception Decor, Purple Uplighting, Round Tables and Long Feasting Wooden Tables, Wooden Cross Back Chairs, Tall Ivory and Greenery Floral Centerpieces | Tampa Wedding Venue Armature Works
Industrial Elegant Wedding Reception Decor, Purple Uplighting with Yellow Dot Projections, Round Tables and Long Feasting Wooden Tables, Wooden Cross Back Chairs, Tall Ivory and Greenery Floral Centerpieces | Tampa Wedding Venue Armature Works
Industrial Chic Wedding Reception Decor, Round Table with Blue Tablecloth, White Linen Napkins, Tall Gold Stand with Eucalyptus, White Roses and Hydrangeas, Candles | Tampa Wedding Venue Armature Works
Industrial Wedding Reception Decor, Wooden Table with Floating Candles, Hurricane Candles, Greenery
Four Tier White Textured Wedding Cake with Roses and Hydrangeas, Custom Unique Star Wars Cake Topper
Four Tier White Textured Wedding Cake with Roses and Hydrangeas, Custom Unique Star Wars Cake Topper "I Love You I Know"
Unique Groom Wedding Cake, Star Wars Light Storm Trooper Head, Top Layer Yellow and Green Swiss Cheese Slice Green Bay Packers
Bride and Groom First Dance During Wedding Reception | Tampa Bay Industrial Wedding Venue Armature Works | Wedding DJ Grant Hemond and Associates

What did you look for in a wedding DJ?
We wanted someone who would keep people on the dance floor at all times.

Grant Hemond & Associates was the DJ for my dad’s wedding nine years ago! They were great and really got everyone dancing all night.

Unique and Fun Bride and Groom Wedding Photo in the Dark Holding Star Wars Light Sabers
Unique and Fun Bride and Groom Wedding Photo in the Dark Holding Star Wars Light Sabers
Unique and Fun Bride in Denim Jacket Kissing Groom Under Star Wars Light Sabers Being Held by Groomsmen

What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay couples?
Do your research on vendors! There are so many in the area with so many different vibes.

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Armature Works
Photographer: Caroline Allen Photography
Videographer: Legendary Films by Damir
Planner: Piper Marie Events
Florist: Events in Bloom
Caterer: Good Food Events and Catering
Cake: The Pink Mixer Baking Co.
DJ: Grant Hemond & Associates *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
Invitations: MagnetStreet
Dress: Madi Lane – Harper
Shoe Designer: Converse
Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie
Hair & Makeup: Femme Akoi Beauty Studio *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
Rehearsal Dinner: Maggiano’s
Photobooth: Snapshoot Photobooth

Quotes have been lightly edited for clarity and brevity.

*Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pros are highly respected by our local wedding community and have been personally vetted by our editor.

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