Krystal and Edward’s rustic Plant City wedding captured the outdoor charm perfectly with a soft, spring color palette and gorgeous modern decor. The bride always envisioned getting married outside amongst a canopy of oak trees, but never imagined how picturesque a barn Spring wedding could be.
“Our wedding was rustic and elegant with lots of florals! We picked March because the weather in Florida is not too hot and usually very cool at night,” the bride explained. “We decided on a color palette of mint, gray, dusty pink, and white, because they seemed to mesh perfectly with the venue, theme, and season we planned to wed.”
The high school sweethearts vetted their wedding vendors online and used Marry Me Tampa Bay as a reference.
“When I would research vendors, seeing Marry Me Tampa Bay’s rating would really help with narrowing down vendors,” the bride shared.
To set a romantic tone for their ceremony, Krystal and Edward envisioned live musicians playing their favorite songs.
“We were amazed by how great all of the reviews on Sunset Strings were. From their amazing sample songs on their website to their quick response time and fair prices, we were sold!” Krystal gushed. “The booking process was so easy, and the level of communication from the owner Erica was a bonus! Overall, everything went great and everyone loved them.”
Wanting a natural makeup look that could last all day and withstand some emotional moments, the bride hired Destiny and Light Hair & Makeup Group.
“I’m not a big makeup person, so it was important to me that my makeup popped for pictures, but wasn’t too heavy,” the bride explained. “I had numerous co-workers and friends who recommended Destiny & Light. I was absolutely obsessed with how good my airbrush makeup looked, and I loved how efficiently and fast they did all of the bridesmaids’ hair. Even after the tears I shed during the ceremony and the first dance, my makeup still looked perfect.”
Looking back, music played an emotional part of the bride’s most cherished moments.
“Our wedding day was the best day of my life. There were so many memories, but hearing A Thousand Years play as I was walking down the aisle as Edward was tearing up was the most perfect. It just so happened that he swore he wouldn’t cry, but he did, and we have proof on camera and video,” the bride reminisced. “Our first dance as husband and wife was also very memorable to us. Our song came on and suddenly it really hit me that I was my married to best friend. At that moment something just came over me and I started crying and shaking. I remember Edward asking why I was shaking and after that, I just grabbed him a little tighter and was fine.”
What was your wedding ceremony music inspiration?
For the ceremony, I told Edward how I envisioned a strings duo playing some of our favorite songs. When looking for a vendor, I looked for pricing to compare, their ratings, and listened to sample music.
I want to learn more about Entertainment from Sunset Strings.
We were amazed by how great all of the reviews on Sunset Strings were. From their amazing sample songs on their website to their quick response time and fair prices, we were sold. The booking process was so easy, and the level of communication from the owner Erica during the wedding planning time was a bonus! Overall, everything went great and everyone loved them!
Edward proposed on May 8. My family planned to take me to dinner on the beach to celebrate my graduation for my Bachelors in nursing degree. My stepfather wanted to show my sister the area on John’s Pass where they can fish, which happens to be where Edward and I started dating eight and a half years prior. One of those planes that advertises different businesses was coming down the beach, and I realized it said something different. In big, bold letters the banner said, “Will You Marry Me, Krystal?” Edward was at work to my knowledge, so I didn’t even know how he was somewhere on the beach until he ran up behind me and got down on one knee!
How did you incorporate you and your spouse’s personalities into the wedding?
Our wedding was very casual, relaxed, and fun, which I think defines my husband well. I made it a point to show our personalities with things like a Harry Potter a sign for the gift table and playing the Game Of Thrones theme song as Edward and his groomsmen came down the aisle. Our cake topper was custom-made with a silhouette of a bride, groom, and their dog. Our dog is our best friend and we wanted him included as much as possible.
What were your wedding hair and makeup inspiration?
I wanted my makeup to be very natural, but last all day. I’m not a big makeup person, so it was important to me that my makeup popped for pictures, but wasn’t too heavy.
I want to learn more about Destiny and Light Hair & Makeup Group.
I had numerous co-workers and friends who recommended Destiny & Light Hair and Makeup Group, so it was an easy choice to book them. I was absolutely obsessed with how good my airbrush makeup looked, and I loved how efficiently and fast they did all of the bridesmaids’ hair. Even after the tears I shed during the ceremony and the first dance, my makeup still looked perfect.
How would you describe your theme/wedding design inspiration?
Our wedding was rustic and elegant with lots of florals! We picked March because the weather in Florida is not too hot and usually very cool at night. It worked out perfectly, as most of our family are from up north. Our venue reminded me of the Twilight movie wedding, so that was some inspiration. I used Pinterest to get ideas and organize all my plans.
What were your colors?
Mint, gray, dusty pink, and white. They seemed to mesh perfectly with the venue, theme, and season we planned to wed.
What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay couples?
Hire a day of coordinator. It helps make the day of go so smoothly and prevents you from having to get your hands dirty the day of. Also, don’t sweat the little stuff. Nothing will go 100% as planned, but if it’s small, don’t let it get to you. I had some bumps on the day of, and as much as I thought I would care, I didn’t. I was on cloud nine!
Ceremony/Reception Venue, Rentals and Officiant: Florida Rustic Barn Weddings
Photographer: Love + Covenant
Videographer: Eagle Vision Photography
Florist: Milly’s Flowers and Events
Ceremony Music: Sunset Strings *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
DJ: Rhythm Makers DJs
Invitations: PreppyDigitalArt (Etsy)
Transportation: Olympus Limousines
Dress Shop and Designer: Athena’s Bridal – Allure Bridal
Bridesmaid Dress Shop and Designer: David’s Bridal
Hair Bride, MOH, and MOB: Aveda
Makeup Bride and Bridal Party: Destiny & Light Hair and Makeup Group *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
Koozies: My Wedding Store – Etsy
Cake Topper: Topper For Wedding – Etsy
Dress Sash: Steven Bridal – Etsy
Wedding Shoes: Badgley Mischka