Burgundy and Gold Sunflower Inspired Rustic Wedding | Cross Creek Ranch

Tampa Bay Best Local Wedding Venue 2021

Jenna and Michael’s rustic Tampa Bay wedding incorporated rich autumnal shades and the bride’s favorite bloom, sunflowers, for a colorful and cheery outdoor celebration. The North Port couple hosted 80 of their closest friends and family at a sprawling farmstead in Dover, Florida, exchanging vows amidst mossy oak trees before dining and dancing beneath twinkling barn rafters.

“Our design was rustic with a touch of modern. We decided on this theme based on the venue and the overall look and feel of how we wanted the wedding to be,” the bride revealed. “Our colors were burgundy and gold. We chose these colors because we knew that sunflowers (my favorite flower) were going to be the main flower for the wedding, and we just loved the color combination of the sunflower yellow with the deep rich color of burgundy with the accents of gold.”

The more the bride envisioned her dream wedding dress, the more she realized how much she favored a timeless lace gown in a shade of champagne that would complement her warm color palette. Knowing that the shopping process can be quite involved, Jenna sought a bridal boutique that offered a large selection and personal attention and service.

“I chose Truly Forever Bridal Sarasota as my bridal shop because I didn’t want to shop at a large chain bridal store. I wanted to shop at a local small shop where I knew I would be remembered every time I went in. I wanted to make that connection with the staff, and they did not disappoint!” Jenna raved. “Both the store managers Laura and Jules were amazing during the process, listening closely to what I wanted in a dress and even pulling some that I may not have said, just to make sure I had all my options. They made me feel like a princess, and they always remembered me when I went in. We really did build a strong connection during the whole bridal gown process from saying yes to the dress, to the fitting, altering, and even dress preservation.”

The wedding details mixed chic elements such as gold Chiavari chairs and chiffon draping with rustic accents such as lanterns and wood crates, to reflect both Michael’s modern taste and Jenna’s southern style. Everything came together in a way that made their day distinctly them.

Jenna and Michael prioritized their guests’ experience with various activities throughout the evening and plenty of great music to get everyone on the dance floor.

“DJ Tom from Grant Hemond & Associates was amazing!” the bride raved. “During our phone meeting we discussed songs that we wanted to be played and our style of music; he really listened to what we wanted. DJ Tom was awesome and played a great mix of styles and genres!”

Although the pandemic shrunk their guest list from 113 to 80, the pair were truly grateful to be able to start their life together as husband and wife and to celebrate with their friends and family as planned.

“The most memorable moment of the wedding was the ceremony, it was just absolutely beautiful, and we wish that we could relive it every day! We loved that we got to celebrate with all our friends and loved ones,” Jenna reminisced. “The whole wedding day was memorable as we are just so thankful we were able to have the wedding on the original scheduled date and that we did not have to postpone or cancel due to COVID-19.”

Rustic Dover Burgundy and Yellow Sunflower Wedding Invitation with Something Blue Bridal Garters
Wedding Dress Hanger Shot | V Neck Champagne Lace Bridal Gown Wedding Dress from Sarasota Dress Shop Truly Forever Bridal | Custom Name Hanger on Rustic Wood Plank Wall
Bride Getting Dressed and Ready with Bridesmaid Putting on Shoes | Long Burgundy Chiffon Bridesmaid Dress | V Neck Champagne Lace Bridal Gown Wedding Dress
Bride Putting on Earrings Looking in Mirror | V Neck Champagne Lace Bridal Gown Wedding Dress from Sarasota Dress Shop Truly Forever Bridal | Low Bun Chignon Bridal Hairstyle

What was your wedding dress inspiration?
My wedding dress inspiration was all over the place. I swore up and down that I wanted a strapless ball gown dress, but the more I really thought about the dress I knew that’s not what I really wanted. I wanted something that was going to be timeless. I have always loved the look of lace dresses, and I have always loved the antique but royal look of a champagne-colored dress, plus I knew I wanted straps. I put my dress on and just knew it was it!

I chose Truly Forever Bridal Sarasota as my bridal shop because I knew I didn’t want to shop at a large chain bridal store. I wanted to shop at a local small shop where I knew I would be remembered every time I went in. I wanted to make that connection with the staff and let me just say, they did not disappoint! Both the store managers Laura and Jules were amazing during the process, listening closely to what I said I wanted in a dress and even pulling some that I may not have said, just to make sure I had all my options. 

Truly Forever Bridal Sarasota made me feel like a princess, and they always remembered me when I went in. We really did build a strong connection during the whole bridal gown process from saying yes to the dress, to the fitting, altering, and even dress preservation. I can’t recommend them enough!

Rustic Wood Wedding Welcome Sign | Choose a Seat Not a Side You're Loved by Both the Groom and Bride
Rustic Dover Burgundy and Yellow Sunflower Outdoor Wedding Ceremony with Wood Benches and Round Grapevine Branch Arch and Lanterns down the Aisle
Rustic Dover Burgundy and Yellow Sunflower Outdoor Wedding Ceremony with Wood Benches and Round Grapevine Branch Arch with Eucalyptus Greenery and Sunflowers
Groom Wearing Classic Charcoal Grey Gray Suit with Champagne Bow Tie and Vest and Yellow Sunflower Boutonniere
Bride Walking Down Aisle with Father during Rustic Dover Burgundy and Yellow Sunflower Outdoor Wedding Ceremony with Wood Benches Lanterns down the Aisle
Rustic Dover Burgundy and Yellow Sunflower Outdoor Wedding Ceremony with Wood Benches and Round Grapevine Branch Arch | Long Chiffon Burgundy Bridesmaid Dresses | Groom and Groomsmen in Classic Charcoal Grey Gray Suit Tux with Sunflower Boutonniere

The Proposal:
Our proposal was at the “happiest place on Earth!” I am a huge Disney fan and always dreamed of a proposal on Main Street, USA in front of Cinderella’s Castle. Michael on the other hand likes Disney, but isn’t as big a fan as I am so I had always just assumed my dream proposal was out of the question! We were there for my mom’s birthday, and we were having some pictures taken. The next thing I knew he was down on one knee in the middle of Main Street surrounded by my parents and hundreds of people we didn’t know! It was truly a day that we will never forget!

Bride and Groom First Kiss during Rustic Dover Burgundy and Yellow Sunflower Outdoor Wedding Ceremony with Round Grapevine Branch Arch | V Neck Champagne Lace Bridal Gown Wedding Dress from Sarasota Dress Shop Truly Forever Bridal | Groom in Classic Charcoal Grey Gray Suit Tux with Sunflower Boutonniere
Bride and Groom Outdoor Portrait in Dover Florida with Oak Trees and Greenery | V Neck Champagne Lace Bridal Gown Wedding Dress from Sarasota Dress Shop Truly Forever Bridal | Groom in Classic Charcoal Grey Gray Suit Tux with Sunflower Boutonniere
Bride and Groom Outdoor Portrait on Tree Swing with Greenery and Sunflowers | V Neck Champagne Lace Bridal Gown Wedding Dress from Sarasota Dress Shop Truly Forever Bridal | Groom in Classic Charcoal Grey Gray Suit Tux with Sunflower Boutonniere

Where did you go on your honeymoon?
We spent our honeymoon in Mexico. We chose this location actually as a second choice. We were supposed to be going to Paris but due to the pandemic and being unable to travel to Europe, we went with Mexico, and honestly, we would not have changed that. We had a blast in Mexico and we were actually so glad that we chose to go somewhere warm in December rather than somewhere freezing cold. 

Rustic Dover Wedding Farm Barn Ranch Reception with Bride and Groom Monogram Letters over Barn Doors
Rustic Dover Burgundy and Yellow Sunflower Wedding Barn Reception with String Lights and Ceiling Draping | Round Reception Tables with Burgundy Maroon Red Linen Table Cloths and Gold Chiavari Chairs
Rustic Dover Burgundy and Yellow Sunflower Wedding Barn Reception with String Lights and Ceiling Draping | Round Reception Tables with Burgundy Maroon Red Linen Table Cloths and Gold Chiavari Chairs | Wood Crate Centerpiece with Red Roses and Yellow Sunflowers with Gold Charger Plates and Wood Frame Table Numbers
Rustic Dover Burgundy and Yellow Sunflower Wedding Monogram Wreath with Red Chrysanthemums and Yellow Daisies and Sunflowers

What were your colors?
Burgundy and gold. We chose these colors because we knew that sunflowers (my favorite flower) were going to be the main flower for the wedding, and we just loved the color combination of the sunflower yellow with the deep rich color of burgundy with the accents of gold.

Rustic Dover Burgundy and Yellow Sunflower Wedding Reception Sweetheart Table with Monogram Wreath with Red Chrysanthemums and Yellow Daisies and Sunflowers | Wood Crates with Lanterns and Gold Mr and Mrs Tabletop Signs | Pipe and Drape Barn Doors with String Lights, Crystal Chandelier, and Ceiling Draping
Two Tier Simple Smooth Buttercream Wedding Cake with Yellow Sunflowers and Red Roses and Baby's Breath topped with Die Cut Wood Name Cake Topper
Wedding Cake with Yellow Sunflowers and Red Roses and Baby's Breath topped with Die Cut Wood Name Cake Topper
Bride and Groom First Dance during Rustic Dover Wedding Barn Reception with String Lights and Ceiling Draping

What did you look for in a wedding DJ?
DJ Tom from Grant Hemond & Associates was amazing! During our phone meeting, we discussed songs that we wanted to be played and our style of music; he really listened to what we wanted. DJ Tom was awesome and played a great mix of styles and genres! 

Bride and Groom Holding Hands | Wedding Ring Shot | Wedding Marquee Light Up Letters LOVE

What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay couples?
Breathe and live in the moment. Yes, the planning process is hard and can sometimes be stressful, even with getting married at an all-inclusive wedding venue, but the outcome and the ending are all worth it to be Mr. and Mrs.

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Cross Creek Ranch
Photographer: Love View Weddings
Florist: Alta Fleura
Caterer: 3 C’s Catering
Cake: Alessi Bakery
DJ: Grant Hemond & Associates – DJ Tom *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
Officiant: Pastor Wes Morris
Invitations: Basic Invite
Dress Shop: Truly Forever Bridal Sarasota *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
Suit: Men’s Wearhouse

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.

MEET THE EDITOR

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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