Timeless, White and Greenery Filled South Tampa Wedding | Oxford Exchange

 

Florida Signature Bridal Affair Tampa Wedding Show | July 2018

Skoti and Michael’s South Tampa wedding featured a clean design and a classic black and white color palette of with accents of greenery.

“I am all about simple and elegant, from colors to decor, so I went primarily with greenery with a touch of white blooms throughout,” Skoti explained. “We also made the decision to do black tie. Staying with the theme of black, I chose black long dresses for my bridesmaids.

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The bride and groom searched for a Tampa wedding venue that reminded them of their city life and researched local venues and wedding pros on Marry Me Tampa Bay.

“Living in NYC for six years, we both wanted to find a venue that had a bit of the ‘city’ incorporated (i.e., brick walls, cozy atmosphere, etc.),” the bride shared. “I used Marry Me Tampa Bay when I was looking for venues. It was very helpful! I also used it to research specific vendors.”

Searching for a Tampa wedding photographer who had a fun personality and experience at their venue, the couple gravitated toward Ailyn La Torre Photography.

“I looked at what felt like hundreds of blog posts of weddings at our venue. When I looked through Ailyn’s album (of Ailyn La Torre Photography), I noticed that many of her weddings were posts I had seen before and loved. It was also clear to me that she was very natural and loved light, which was important to me!” Skoti gushed. “Ailyn was such a pleasure to work with on our wedding day. She was energetic, fun, and knew exactly what she was doing. She made us feel comfortable and at ease the entire day. We cannot say enough good things about her and her team!”

Wanting to keep the party going and their guests on their feet during their reception, the couple hired Tampa wedding entertainment group, the Matt Winter Band.

“After watching a few of Matt Winter Band’s demos online, it was immediately clear that they were the life of the party!” the bride beamed. “We really enjoyed their music and song selection. They honestly exceeded our expectations at the wedding. We had so many friends and family members tell us how great the band was!”

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Looking back on their wedding day, one of the most memorable moments between the bride and groom was reflecting on the night together.

“During the cocktail hour, Michael and I snuck upstairs to look down at everyone in the beautiful atrium and take in all of our friends and family celebrating. It was a great way to pause for a few minutes as a newly wedded couple,” the bride reminisced.

Watercolor Green Fern on White with Black Script Wedding Invitation Suite

Chrystal Drop Bridal Earrings and Engagement Ring on Greenery Fern Wedding Invitation

Badgley Mischka White Jeweled Flat Strappy Sandal Wedding Shoes

Lace Bodice Hayley Paige Wedding Dress with Veil on Hanger and Brick Wall

Indoor Bridal Getting Ready Portrait with Veil | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Ailyn La Torre Photography | Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi Beauty Studio

Bridal Party Getting Ready Portrait, Bride in V Neck Lace Bodice Hayley Paige Dress, Bridesmaids in Strapless Floor Length Black Kenneth Winston Dresses | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Ailyn La Torre Photography | Venue Oxford Exchange | Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi Beauty Studio

What was your wedding beauty inspiration?
I am all about simple. I wanted a classic, natural look with both my hair and makeup.

I want to learn more about hair & makeup from Femme Akoi.

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I had a great experience with the trial at Femme Akoi. On the day of, they did an excellent job with my ask to keep my makeup natural and hair in a classic updo. They also did a great job with timing (we had 11 people in total) and finished right on time.

Bridal Portrait in Open Back Ribbon and Lace Hayley Paige Dress with White Floral and Greenery Bouquet | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Ailyn La Torre | Venue The Oxford Exchange | Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi Beauty Studio

Indoor First Look Portrait | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Ailyn La Torre Photography

The Proposal:
A few days after moving into a lower Manhattan apartment together, on a Friday evening walk through SoHo, Michael proposed on a small cobblestone street. He had an entire “staycation” in Brooklyn planned – everything from hotel, to brunch, to dinner. It was a special weekend!

Indoor First Look Portrait, Bride in Lace V Neck Hayley Paige Dress, Groom in Black Tuxedo, with White Floral and Greenery Bouquet | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Ailyn La Torre Photography | Bridal Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi Beauty Studio

Indoor Bridesmaid Portrait in Strapless Black Kenneth Winston Dress, with White Rose and Greenery Bouquet | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Ailyn La Torre Photography

Indoor Wedding Party Portrait, Bride in V Neck Lace Bodice Hayley Paige Dress, Bridesmaids in Strapless Floorlength Black Kenneth Winston Dresses, Groom and Groomsmen in Black Tuxedos with Rose Boutonniere | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Ailyn La Torre Photography | Venue Oxford Exchange | Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi Beauty Studio

Historic Downtown Tampa Wedding Venue Oxford Exchange

Wedding Welcome Table at Historic Downtown Tampa Wedding Venue Oxford Exchange, with White and Greenery Floral, Framed Photo and Black PRinted Sign, and Guest Book

Watercolor Greenery and Black Printed White Wedding Ceremony Program with White Floral and Greenery Bouquet

Indoor Wedding Ceremony Portrait | Tampa Wedding Photographer Ailyn La Torre

Indoor Wedding Ceremony Portrait | Tampa Wedding Photographer Ailyn La Torre | Venue The Oxford Exchange

Indoor Wedding Portrait on Staircase with Greenery, Bride in V Neck Dress, Groom in Black Tuxedo | Tampa Wedding Photographer Ailyn La Torre Photography | Downtown Historic Venue The Oxford Exchange

What did you look for in a wedding photographer?
We wanted someone fun and natural. It was also important to have someone who had shot at our venue before.

I looked at what felt like hundreds of blog posts of weddings at our venue. When I looked through Ailyn’s album of Ailyn La Torre Photography, I noticed that many of her weddings were posts I had seen before and loved. It was also clear to me that she was very natural and loved light, which was important to me! Ailyn was such a pleasure to work with on our wedding day. She was energetic, fun, and knew exactly what she was doing. She made us feel comfortable and at ease the entire day. She’s also extremely responsive and accommodating. We cannot say enough good things about her and her team!

Indoor Wedding Portrait on Staircase with Greenery Bouquet , Bride in V Neck Lace Hayley Paige Dress, Groom in Black Tuxedo | Tampa Wedding Photographer Ailyn La Torre Photography | Downtown Historic Venue The Oxford Exchange

Wedding Party Portrait on Staircase with Greenery, White Floral Bouquets, Bridesmaids in Black Dresses Groomsmen in Tuxedos, with String Lights | South Tampa Wedding Photographer Ailyn La Torre | Downtown Venue The Oxford Exchange | Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi Beauty Studio

Atrium Wedding Reception Fountain with Greenery at Downtown Tampa Historic Wedding Venue The Oxford Exchange

Stylish Intimate Atrium Wedding Reception, with Long Metal Feasting Tables with Greenery Garland Centerpiece, Black Crossback Chairs, Gold Chargers and Black LInens | Downtown Tampa Historic Wedding Venue The Oxford Exchange

What were your colors?
I am all about simple and elegant, from colors to decor, so I went primarily with greenery with a touch of white blooms throughout. We also made the decision to do black-tie. Staying with the theme of black, I chose black long dresses for my bridesmaids.

How did you incorporate you and your spouse’s personalities into the wedding?
Living in NYC for six years, we both wanted to find a venue that had a bit of the “city” incorporated (i.e., brick walls, cozy atmosphere, etc.). It was also important to keep the decor and vibe simple yet classic, which is why we went with a minimalist look with flowers and decor and black-tie for the attire.

Stylish Intimate Atrium Wedding Reception, with Long Metal Feasting Tables with Greenery Garland Centerpiece, Black Crossback Chairs, Gold Chargers and Black LInens | Downtown Tampa Historic Wedding Venue The Oxford Exchange

Stylish Intimate Atrium Wedding Reception, with Long Metal Feasting Tables with Greenery Garland Centerpiece, Black Crossback Chairs, Gold Chargers and Black LInens | Downtown Tampa Historic Wedding Venue The Oxford Exchange

Wedding Reception Dessert Table with Macarons, Cupcakes, Cake Pops on Mismatched dessert trays

Indoor Wedding Portrait on Staircase, Bride in V Neck Lace Hayley Paige Dress, Groom in Black Tuxedo | Tampa Wedding Photographer Ailyn La Torre Photography | Downtown Historic Venue The Oxford Exchange

South Tampa Wedding Live Musician Matt Winter Band | Photographer Ailyn La Torre Photography

What did you look for in a wedding band?
We wanted a band that could keep the party going and get everyone on their feet!

I want to learn more about Entertainment from Matt Winter Band

Book with confidence. Matt Winter Band is a trusted Marry Me Tampa Bay preferred wedding pro. Powered by ConvertKit

After watching a few of Matt Winter Band’s demos online, it was immediately clear that they were the life of the party! We really enjoyed their music and song selection. They honestly exceeded our expectations at the wedding. We had so many friends and family members tell us how great the band was. They were also very responsive and easy to work with leading up to our big day.

Bride and Groom FIrst Dance Portrait, Bride in RIbbon Cross Back Cutout Lace V Neck Layered Skirt Hayley Paige Dress, Groom in Black Tuxedo | Downtown Tampa Historic Wedding Venue Oxford Exchange | Photographer Ailyn La Torre Photography

Aerial Wedding Reception Group Portrait | Downtown Tampa Venue The Oxford Exchange | Photographer Ailyn La Torre Photography

What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay couples?
Stay organized! Google Sheets was our best friend during the planning process. It helped us stay on top of our to-dos, guest list, thank you notes, etc. Also, perhaps most important is to do what feels right to you. Don’t feel pressured about something just because it is considered a wedding tradition; it’s ok to go outside of the box!

Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Oxford Exchange
Photographer: Ailyn La Torre Photography
Planner: One Fine Day
Florist: La Vie en Rose
Desserts: Chocolate Pi
Band: Matt Winter Band *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Officiant: Sensational Ceremonies
Invitations: Bella Figura
Transportation: Jolley Trolley
Dress Shop and Designer: Kleinfeld Bridal, Hayley Paige
Bridesmaid Dress Shop and Designer: Kenneth Winston
Hair & Makeup: Femme Akoi *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro




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