Turquoise + Fuchsia Downtown Tampa Wedding Straz Center Maestro’s – Vadim Photo


Your Tampa wedding should reflect you and your hubby-to-be. While the colors, flowers and decor elements can set the mood for your big day, nothing tells your guests more about you as a couple than the personal details. Emily and Cory emphasized the important parts of their lives by incorporating personalized handkerchiefs, a vintage wedding dress, family jewelry in the bride’s brooch bouquet and a custom wedding cake topper of their pet Boston Terrier Beans.

The Tampa couple’s March wedding was held at Christ the King Chapel, where they had 120 of their closest friends and family watch them tie the knot. They even had virtual guests attend via Skype, set up by the bride’s father, so that Emily’s grandparents could watch her walk down the aisle.

The downtown Tampa wedding reception was held at Maestro’s Restaurant at the Straz Center. Emily and her family were very involved in the wedding planning process and DIY’d lots of the decor.

Tampa wedding photographer Vadim Omeltchenko from Vadim Photo captured every last detail of Emily and Cory’s big day.

“Most of the day was covered in a ‘contemporary’ wedding photography style, which emphasizes the story and atmosphere of the day,” said Omeltchenko. “With this style the viewer has an appreciation of what the wedding was like, rather than a series of pre-determined poses.”

As I was preparing my camera and lights, Emily put her head on Cory’s shoulder while he started whispering something to her. They looked completely relaxed holding each other, enjoying a quiet moment, and catching a split second break from the crazy fast-paced day it had been so far. It’s the moments like that we, wedding photographers, live for. – Vadim Photo

Tampa Wedding Coordinator: Swank Shindigs
Tampa Wedding DJ: DJ Heist
Tampa Wedding Reception Venue & Catering: Maestro’s at the Straz Center
Tampa Wedding Cake: Publix Greenwise Bakery
Tampa Wedding Decor & Flowers: Revel Design Company
Tampa Wedding Chair Rentals: First Class Rentals of Tampa
Tampa Wedding Hair & Makeup: Michele Renee Hair & Makeup Group
Tampa Wedding Linens: Connie Duglin
Tampa Wedding Photographer: Vadim Photo
Tampa Wedding Dress: La France

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What personal touches will/did you include in your wedding? Comment below!


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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