Tropical Meets Vintage Tampa Bay Wedding | Cross Creek Ranch

Florida Signature Bridal Affair | Tampa Wedding Show October 21st, 2018
Alex and Bill’s vintage Tampa Bay wedding featured a gorgeous color palette of ivory, navy, and pink that perfectly incorporated dainty touches of colorful flowers and flamingo accents. Family and friends fell in love with the outdoor setting and couldn’t get enough of the amazing dessert bar filled with some of the couple’s favorite tasty treats.

“Our theme was along the lines of vintage meets retro with a touch of old world Floridian,” the bride shared. “We love the tropical flowers, colors, and dense luscious greenery, but also found a way to work in vintage design elements such as cake platters and servers, while incorporating touches of colorful flowers and flamingo accents.”

As the bride and groom made arrangements for their destination Tampa wedding from New Jersey, they knew offering mouthwatering desserts was a must have for their special day.

Alessi Bakery provided a great variety and everything was delicious. I’m a baker and love desserts, so getting quality, great tasting desserts was important. We wanted to include Bill’s favorite desserts like donuts, pinole cookies, key lime, and lemon cupcakes!” Alex shared. “We continued to eat the desserts days later, and they were still tasty and moist. We can’t wait to recut and try our wedding cake at our one-year anniversary!”

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Both Alex and Bill agreed they wanted a Tampa Bay wedding DJ who had a good reputation and was flexible when it came to song choice.

“We heard great things about Grant Hemond & Associates, and they had high reviews,” Alex explained. “They were great and very accommodating. We loved that they played whatever we wanted, even last-minute dance floor recommendations from us!”

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Looking back on their wedding day, the bride and groom shared that pledging their love for one another stood out the most.

“We absolutely loved the ceremony! It was a moment just for us and about us, that we will always remember,” the bride gleamed. “We stood outside cocooned by nature and loved holding on to each other while sealing our promise to always love, respect, cherish, and protect one another. At that moment, we felt like it was just the two of us.”

Tropical Inspired Wedding Invitation Suite with Wedding Rings on Palm Tree Leaves | Tampa Bay Photographer Rad Red Creative

Yellow Gold Band with Round Diamond Engagement Ring and Yellow Gold Diamond Encrusted Wedding Ring in Groom's Wedding Ring | Tampa Bay Photographer Rad Red Creative

Strapless Sweetheart Neck Line Lace Wedding Dress Hanging Outside on Greenery Arch Doorway | Tampa Bay Photographer Rad Red Creative

Outdoor Bride and Bridesmaids Getting Ready Portrait in Tropical Green Palm Tree Leaves Robes | Tampa Bay Photographer Rad Red Creative

Tropical Flamingo Painted and Burlap Close Toed Flats with Wedding Rings | Tampa Bay Photographer Rad Red Creative

Tropical Pink, Yellow, Orange, Red and Greenery Floral Wedding Bouquet | Tampa Bay Photographer Rad Red Creative (21)

Outdoor Rustic Wedding Venue Cross Creek Ranch | Tampa Bay Photographer Rad Red Creative (20)

Outdoor Tropical Inspired Wedding Ceremony Decor, Wooden Arch with Pink, Yellow, Orange, Red and Greenery Bouquets, White Ceremony Table with Black and Gold Vase withe Palm Tree Leaves | Tampa Bay Photographer Rad Red Creative | Venue Cross Creek Ranch

Groom Reaction to Bride Walking Down the Aisle | Tampa Bay Photographer Rad Red Creative | Venue Cross Creek Ranch

The Proposal:
Bill, knowing that I can be particular about things, wanted to make sure I had a ring I loved, so we went ringing shopping. We found the perfect ring but, that’s when the waiting began. We were going on vacation in April to Florida (Sarasota/ Bradenton), and I thought he was going to ask me then and maybe try to be romantic. But, in March we were heading out the door to dinner at our favorite sushi restaurant when he turned and to me and said, “I can’t wait any longer will you marry me?” I, of course, said “Yes!”

Outdoor Tropical Wedding Ceremony Portrait | Tampa Bay Photographer Rad Red Creative | Rustic Venue Cross Creek Ranch

Outdoor Tropical Bride and Groom Wedding Ceremony Portrait | Tampa Bay Photographer Rad Red Creative | Rustic Venue Cross Creek Ranch

How did you incorporate you and your spouse’s personalities into the wedding?
I think everything about our wedding screamed “us!” We are outdoorsy people so having our ceremony outside was important. We are plant and nature people, so our ceremony was different and resembled us. I love to bake and have many antique milk glass platters, so using my platters for our dessert bar was great to see.

Outdoor Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait, Bride in A-Line Sweetheart Strapless Lace Wedding Dress with Tropical Floral Bouquet, Groom in Navy Blue Suit and Pink Tie | Tampa Bay Photographer Rad Red Creative | Rustic Venue Cross Creek Ranch

Outdoor Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait on Swing from Tree, Bride in A-Line Sweetheart Strapless Lace Wedding Dress with Tropical Floral Bouquet, Groom in Navy Blue Suit and Pink Tie | Tampa Bay Photographer Rad Red Creative | Rustic Venue Cross Creek Ranch

Outdoor Rustic Wedding Venue Cross Creek Ranch | Tampa Bay Photographer Rad Red Creative (20)

Rustic Tropical Wedding Reception Wooden Wedding Sign with Colorful Tropical Flowers | Tampa Bay Photographer Rad Red Creative

Rustic Tropical Wedding Reception Lounge Seating Decor, Grey Couch with Pillows, Wooden Backdrop, Gold Frame with Tropical Floral Bouquets | Tampa Bay Photographer Rad Red Creative | Rustic Venue Cross Creek Ranch

Glamorous Rustic Wedding Reception Decor, Sweetheart Table with Gold Sparkle Tablecloth, Tropical Floral Bouquet, White Wooden Chairs, Linen Drape Backdrop with Red, Orange, Pink, White and Greenery Flowers, String Lights and Chandelier | Tampa Bay Photographer Rad Red Creative | Rustic Venue Cross Creek Ranch

Tropical Inspired Wedding Reception Decor, Round Tables with White Folding Chairs, White Tablecloth, Gold Chargers, Blush Pink Linens, Low Tropical Pink, Yellow, Orange, White and Greenery Floral Bouquet, String Lights and Orange, Red, and Greenery Floral Bouquet Hanging from Ceiling | Tampa Bay Photographer Rad Red Creative | Rustic Venue Cross Creek Ranch

Tropical Inspired Wedding Ceremony Decor, Tall Centerpiece with White, Orange, Yellow, Red, and Greenery Florals on Golden Candlestick and Palm Tree Leaves | Tampa Bay Photographer Rad Red Creative

How would you describe your theme?
Vintage, retro, old world Floridian. We love the tropical flowers, colors, and dense luscious greenery. We used vintage design elements such as cake platters and servers, while incorporating touches of colorful flowers and flamingo accents.

What were your colors?
Ivory, navy and a pop of flamingo pink for Florida. Navy looks flattering on everyone, and we wanted a pop of color because we love color, and we love fun.

Tropical Inspired Wedding Reception Decor, Gold Charger, Blush Pink Linen with Green Leaf, Red, Yellow, Orange, White and Greenery Floral Bouquet on Palm Fronds and Lace Table Runner | Tampa Bay Photographer Rad Red Creative

Unique Creative Tropical Inspired Table Seating on Palm Fronds with Gold Font and White and Pink Paper Flower | Tampa Bay Photographer Rad Red Creative

One Tier Semi Naked Wedding Cake with Tropical Yellow, Red and Greenery and Flamingo Cake Topper | Tampa Bay Photographer Rad Red Creative | Wedding Cake Alessi Bakery

What was your wedding cake inspiration?

I’m a baker and love desserts, so getting quality, great tasting desserts was important. We wanted to include Bill’s favorite desserts like donuts, pinole cookies, key lime, and lemon cupcakes!

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Alessi Bakery provided a great variety and everything was delicious. We continued to eat the desserts days later, and they were still tasty and moist. We can’t wait to recut and try our wedding cake at our one-year anniversary!

Wedding Reception Bride and Groom First Dance Under String Lights | Tampa Bay Photographer Rad Red Creative | Rustic Venue Cross Creek Ranch

What did you look for in a wedding DJ company?
We heard great things about Grant Hemond & Associates, and they had high reviews.

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They were great and very accommodating. They played whatever we wanted, even last-minute on the dance floor recommendations from us!

Outdoor Nighttime Bride and Groom Portrait with LOVE Sign and Tropical Floral Bouquet | Tampa Bay Photographer Rad Red Creative

Outdoor Nighttime Bride and Groom Portrait Under Trees | Tampa Bay Photographer Rad Red Creative | Rustic Venue Cross Creek Ranch

Bride and Groom Sparkler Exit | Tampa Bay Photographer Rad Red Creative

What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay couples?
Have fun planning, we did! Use vendors that you feel comfortable with and are reliable. Get married outdoors! Tampa Bay has so many great outdoor venues. We could get married over and over again at different locations if we had an endless pot of money!

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Cross Creek Ranch
Photographer: Rad Red Creative
Florist: Alta Fleura
Caterer: Catered by Vesh
Cake: Alessi Bakery *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
DJ: Grant Hemond & Associates *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
Officiant: Matthew Skowronek and Emily Shaw (Friends of the Couple)
Invitations: Minted
Transportation: Lyft Events
Dress Shop and Designer: Jay West Bridal (Haddonfield, NJ), Justin Alexander
Bridesmaid Dress Shop: Weddington Way
Hair & Makeup: Creative Collection
Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse




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