Classic Ivory and Blush Pink Tampa Wedding | Avila Golf and Country Club

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Julie and Kevin’s classic Tampa country club wedding was filled with soft romantic colors and classic elements for a timeless feel. The bride chose a color palette of ivory, blush pink, and champagne hues accented with natural greenery.

“I wanted colors that were timeless, toned down, neutral yet pretty, and that would complement us and the gorgeous architecture of our wedding venue” the bride beamed.

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While searching for inspiration for their wedding day, Julie shared that Marry Me Tampa Bay was invaluable.

“Marry Me Tampa Bay was one of the resources I used throughout the planning process for ideas, insight, and inspiration in general. I love the way they feature entire weddings,” she gushed.

To accommodate their 70 guests for a summer wedding, the Tampa-based couple sought a venue that offered beautiful interior spaces and felt open and airy, with natural light and attractive architecture. When they found Avila Golf & Country Club they knew it was their dream space.

“Being that we decided on a June wedding in Florida, we knew we wanted to keep it indoors. With Avila’s two-story ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows behind the dining/reception area, it feels very open and not closed in like many other indoor venues,” Julie explained. “Once Kevin and I entered Avila for the first time we both knew almost immediately that we found our perfect venue; it is truly beautiful inside! Avila exceeded our expectations. The team was so helpful and attentive throughout the entire process and day-of. I still have guests raving about the venue!”

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Since their wedding was more intimate in scale, Julie and Kevin opted for a non-traditional wedding element by omitting bridesmaids and groomsmen.

“Our wedding was relatively small, and we chose not to complicate it with a formal wedding party which I feel allowed us to focus on each other on our big day,” the bride shared.

The couple enjoyed quality time with their guests, especially on the dance floor. Julie received several recommendations for choosing Grant Hemond & Associates as their wedding DJ based on their stellar reputation and attention to detail.

“We wanted someone fun who would read the room and play the music that we requested. Ben did just this,” Julie gushed.

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The bride felt like her wedding vision really began to come to fruition when she found “the dress,” an Ines di Santo design from Isabel O’Neil Bridal.

“Every bride wants to look stunning on their big day! I was not sure what that meant exactly until it all started coming together piece by piece. It started with finding the gown at Isabel O’Neil Bridal,” Julie shared. “I fell in love with the detailing of my dress, the lace, and the elegant yet sexy silhouette. From there, it was easy for me to visualize the rest.”

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Looking back, the bride shares the entire day was so magical that every moment was memorable.

“The day went by so quickly yet I feel like I will always remember every minute like it was yesterday,” Julie remarked.

Tampa Wedding Venue Avila Golf & Country Club

Blush Pink Floral Halo Wedding Invitation with Gold Embossed Stationery

Pointy Toe Jimmy Choo Designer Bridal Heels | Wedding Shoe Shot

Hanging Bridal Gown Shot at Tampa Wedding Venue Avila Golf & Country Club | Ines di Santo Designer Bridal Gown Illusion Lace Sexy Wedding Dress | Isabel O'Neil Bridal Collection

Bride Wearing White Lace Robe while Getting Ready for the Wedding

Bride and Mom Putting on the Dress and Getting Ready for the Wedding | Ines di Santo Designer Bridal Gown Illusion Lace Sexy Wedding Dress | Lavender Purple Lace Off The Shoulder Mother of the Bride Dress | Isabel O'Neil Bridal Collection

Loose Curls Bride Hairstyle with Veil and Ines di Santo Designer Bridal Gown Illusion Lace Sexy Wedding Dress | White and Blush Pink Round Rose Bridal Bouquet | Tampa Wedding Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi Beauty Studio

Loose Curls Bride Hairstyle with Veil and Ines di Santo Designer Bridal Gown Illusion Lace Sexy Wedding Dress | Tampa Wedding Venue Avila Golf & Country Club | Isabel O'Neil Bridal Collection | Tampa Wedding Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi Beauty Studio

Ines di Santo Designer Bridal Gown Illusion Lace Sexy Wedding Dress | Tampa Wedding Venue Avila Golf & Country Club | White and Blush Pink Round Rose Bridal Bouquet | Isabel O'Neil Bridal Collection

Ines di Santo Designer Bridal Gown Illusion Lace Sexy Wedding Dress | Outdoor Bridal Portrait at Tampa Wedding Venue Avila Golf & Country Club | White and Blush Pink Round Rose Bridal Bouquet | Isabel O'Neil Bridal Collection | Tampa Wedding Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi Beauty Studio

Ines di Santo Designer Bridal Gown Illusion Lace Sexy Wedding Dress with Slit | Outdoor Bridal Portrait at Tampa Wedding Venue Avila Golf & Country Club | White and Blush Pink Round Rose Bridal Bouquet | Isabel O'Neil Bridal Collection

What did you look for in a wedding dress?
Every bride wants to look stunning on their big day! I was not sure what that meant exactly until it all started coming together piece by piece. It started with finding the gown at Isabel O’Neil Bridal. I fell in love with the detailing of my dress, the lace, and the elegant yet sexy silhouette. From there, it was easy for me to visualize the rest.

Bride and Dad Wedding Day First Look Portrait in Black and White Photography

Tampa Wedding Venue Avila Golf & Country Club Indoor Ceremony with Gold Chiavari Chairs and Crystal Chandelier

Tampa Wedding Venue Avila Golf & Country Club Indoor Ceremony with Gold Chiavari Chairs, Pipe and Drape Backdrop with Blush Pink and Ivory Rose Floral Arrangements with Greenery and Crystal Chandelier

What did you look for in a wedding venue?
Being that we decided on a June wedding in Florida, we knew we wanted to keep it indoors. With Avila’s two-story ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows behind the dining/reception area, it feels very open and not closed in like many other indoor venues. Once Kevin and I entered Avila Golf & Country Club for the first time we both knew almost immediately that we found our perfect venue; it is truly beautiful inside! Avila exceeded our expectations; their team were so helpful and attentive throughout the entire process and day-of. I still have guests raving about the venue!

Tampa Wedding Venue Avila Golf & Country Club Indoor Ceremony with Gold Chiavari Chairs, Pipe and Drape Backdrop with Blush Pink and Ivory Rose Floral Arrangements with Eucalyptus Greenery

Wedding Ceremony Aisle Urn Centerpiece with Blush Pink Roses and Ivory Hydrangea and Eucalyptus Greenery | Tampa Wedding Venue Avila Golf & Country Club Indoor Ceremony with Gold Chiavari Chairs, Pipe and Drape Backdrop and Crystal Chandelier

Tampa Wedding Venue Avila Golf & Country Club Indoor Ceremony with Gold Chiavari Chairs, Pipe and Drape Backdrop with Blush Pink and Ivory Rose Floral Arrangements with Eucalyptus Greenery

Bride and Dad Walking Down the Aisle with Black and White Photography

Bride and Groom Exchanging Vows at Tampa Wedding Venue Avila Golf & Country Club Indoor Ceremony with Gold Chiavari Chairs, Pipe and Drape Backdrop with Blush Pink and Ivory Rose Floral Arrangements with Eucalyptus Greenery

Bride and Groom Exchanging Vows during Indoor Wedding Ceremony | Loose Curls Bride Hairstyle Femme Akoi Beauty Studio

Bride and Groom First Kiss Bride and Groom Exchanging Vows during Indoor Ceremony with Pipe and Drape Backdrop with Blush Pink and Ivory Rose Floral Arrangements with Eucalyptus Greenery

The Proposal:
The day of our proposal Kevin told me we would be going out for a surprise dinner date. This was not totally unusual of him. The only question I had was what to wear. We ended up dining at Elevage in the Epicurean Hotel, which is where he took me on our first date. After dinner, we made our way up to the Edge which is the rooftop bar at the hotel. There, he had a table with two dozen roses and champagne waiting for us. The next thing I knew, Kevin was on one knee! Shortly after I said, “Yes,” our families and a few close friends came through the doors to help us celebrate our engagement.

Ines di Santo Designer Bridal Gown Illusion Lace Sexy Wedding Dress | Outdoor Bride and Groom Portraits at Tampa Wedding Venue Avila Golf & Country Club | White and Blush Pink Round Rose Bridal Bouquet | Groom in Classic Black Tux Suit with Bow Tie | Isabel O'Neil Bridal Collection

What was your wedding beauty inspiration?
I used Femme Akoi Beauty Studio for my hair, and the mother/sisters-in-laws/mother-in-laws hair and makeup. I actually had three trials with them, which they were very understanding and accommodating. The day of everything went simply and smoothly which was so important.

Ines di Santo Designer Bridal Gown Illusion Lace Sexy Wedding Dress | Outdoor Bride and Groom Portraits at Tampa Golf Course Putting Green | Groom in Classic Black Tux Suit with Bow Tie | Isabel O'Neil Bridal Collection

Ines di Santo Designer Bridal Gown Illusion Lace Sexy Wedding Dress | Outdoor Bride and Groom Portraits | Groom in Classic Black Tux Suit with Bow Tie

Wedding Seating Chart Mirror with Blush Pink Rose and Ivory Hydrangea Floral Arrangement with Eucalyptus Greenery

Wedding Reception Table with Blush Pink Napkins on Gold Charger Plates and Tall Gold Candlestick Loose Floral Centerpiece featuring Blush Pink Roses and Ivory Hydrangea with White Stock and Eucalyptus Greenery

Tampa Wedding Sweetheart Table with Blush Pink Rose Gold Sequin Table Linen and Gold Mercury Candles with Ivory Hydrangea Floral Arrangement

How would you describe your theme/wedding design inspiration?
Romantic, elegant, and classic.

What were your colors?
Ivory, blush, greenery, and champagne accents. I wanted colors that were timeless, toned down, neutral yet pretty, and that would complement us and the gorgeous architecture of our wedding venue.

Wedding Reception Table with Gold Chiavari Chairs and Blush Pink Napkins on Gold Charger Plates and Tall Gold Candlestick Loose Floral Centerpiece featuring Blush Pink Roses and Ivory Hydrangea with White Stock and Eucalyptus Greenery | Tampa Wedding Venue Avila Golf & Country Club

Four Tier Wedding Cake with Buttercream Rosettes and Fondant Lace and Fresh Flowers Topper of Blush Pink and White Roses Gold Cake Stand | Wedding Cake Table with Gold Mercury Candles

Bride and Groom First Dance at Tampa Wedding Venue Avila Golf & Country Club

What did you look for in a wedding DJ?
We wanted someone fun who would read the room and play the music that we requested. Ben did just this. Grant Hemond & Associates and Ben came highly recommended. I provided him a list of “must plays” and please “do not play” songs.

Bride and Groom First Dance at Tampa Wedding Venue Avila Golf & Country Club

What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay couples?
Be true to yourselves and focus on what is important to you both when planning your wedding day.

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Avila Golf & Country Club *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Venue
Photographer: Justin DeMutiis Photography
Planner and Florist: Artistry Designs
Cake: A Piece of Cake
DJ: Grant Hemond & Associates *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
Officiant: Pastor Wes Morris
Invitations: Minted
Dress Shop and Designer: Isabel O’Neil Bridal Collection –  Ines Di Santo *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
Hair & Makeup: Femme Akoi Beauty Studio *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
Bride and Mother of the Bride’s Makeup: Giselle Feituri
String Quartet: Bella Musica
Valet Parking: 717 Parking Services
Wedding Favors: Le Macaron




Romantic Dusty Rose Tampa Wedding | Avila Golf and Country Club

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Colleen and Bryan’s local roots, along with a simple floral illustration that caught the bride’s eye, inspired the couple’s gold and pink Tampa country club wedding.

“I have always been very simple and also very girly. I actually oddly enough came across my table numbers first. I fell in love with the floral design and gold accents on them and ended up basing everything off of that,” the bride shared. “I just love pink. I did not want it to be overdone with too many colors, so I stuck with pink (dusty rose to be exact.) It also made it very easy to find things in all categories/accessories in this color.”

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Since she organized her wedding without a planner, Colleen turned to Marry Me Tampa Bay for local wedding inspiration and vendor reviews.

“Planning isn’t really my thing, so this wedding planning process was a lot to take on. Everyone wants to throw random opinions at you during this process, but reading featured blogs, stories, and seeing pictures from real Tampa weddings with Tampa vendors was so helpful,” the bride explained. “I looked at pictures and read info on Marry Me Tampa Bay DJs and photographers. I loved seeing all of the information, pictures, and even direct links to request quotes on the website.”

When it came time to choose a wedding venue to host their 150 guests, the Carrollwood bride and groom recalled their first date at Avila Golf & Country Club and knew returning to that sentimental locale would make their wedding day even more special.

“We wanted a venue that was beautiful and breathtaking in its own skin. We didn’t want to go into a venue and have to overly decorate. That is something I truly loved about Avila, especially that main room where we had the ceremony and dance floor. From the hanging chandelier to the beautiful wood floor and arches surrounding the room, everything was just beautiful and had a character all of its own,” the bride gushed. “The service was amazing! I did not have to worry about anything not being executed the way we wanted it. And the food was incredible; we still have family talking about how it was the best food they’ve ever had at a wedding!”

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When it came time to select a Tampa wedding photographer, the couple wanted a team that would make them feel comfortable and gently guide them through their photos. It was important that their photography team make them feel stress-free on their wedding day, but also naturally capture the events and emotions as they unfolded.

“Bryan and I both don’t really love being the center of attention, so we knew we would need photographers that could coach us through pictures and the process. We wanted photographers that would keep us calm in those anxious moments but also capture the true emotion that is involved in a wedding, without forcing anything on us,” Collen explained. “Many of my friends had already used Lifelong Photography Studio and had amazing pictures and experience. They truly were incredible. They were so easy to work with and captured everything and more. They captured our true emotions and feelings and we had so much fun with them.”

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Luckily, with an experienced photographer by their side, Colleen was able to feel comfortable in front of the camera despite an earlier mishap.

“I, unfortunately, broke my foot three weeks before our wedding. So, I had to figure out how to be a graceful bride with a big boot on. I decorated my boot with some fun words like our hashtag and last name and also bedazzled it,” the bride shared. “It does make for a great story now. (I wasn’t so sure I’d ever think that.)”

To capture the special moments and emotions of their day on video, the bride and groom sought a wedding videographer who could not only document their complete wedding experience but also someone whose presence they would enjoy throughout the day.

“We loved Bonnie Newman Creative! I loved that Bonnie wanted to meet before we did anything involving money. That spoke volumes to me. I loved her even more after meeting her and talking with her,” Colleen beamed. “The fact that Bonnie gave us a sneak peek videos in 48 hours also exceeded our expectations. We actually got them right when we landed in St. Lucia for our honeymoon. It was such a great start to our vacation! She even gave us an extra sneak peek video for fun with my broken foot. It made us laugh and helped make light of the fact that I had a broken foot on my wedding day.”

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Although Colleen jokes that one of her favorite memories of the day was walking down the aisle in her boot without falling, she credits her first dance with Brian as the highlight of her wedding day.

“We were not sure if we wanted the whole song or not and even had a plan with the DJ to cut it off if we needed. We ended up dancing to the whole song. It was such a special moment for us to have that time together and have everyone in our lives surrounding us. When else do you get that opportunity? I highly suggest dancing to your whole first dance song and really taking in that moment,” the bride reminisced. “Even though everyone told me the day would fly by, I did not believe them for some reason. So, take that advice to heart. Before I knew it, Donna Summer’s Last Dance was playing, and it was time for our exit. It all seemed to be a blur so be sure you take a moment to step back and just take it all in.”

What did you look for in a wedding videographer?
We really wanted a videographer who would capture those same moments as the photographer. We wanted someone with a great personality that would capture those raw and real emotions and not force anything on us.

We loved Bonnie Newman Creative! I loved that Bonnie wanted to meet before we did anything involving money. That spoke volumes to me. She also had her packages and pricing all listed on her website, and I loved that information being available upfront. Then, I loved her even more after meeting her and talking with her. The fact that Bonnie gave us a sneak peek videos in 48 hours also exceeded our expectations. We actually got them right when we landed in St. Lucia for our honeymoon. It was such a great start to our vacation! She even gave us an extra sneak peek video for fun with my broken foot. It made us laugh and helped make light of the fact that I had a broken foot on my wedding day.

Classic Blush Pink Tampa Wedding Stationery Embossed Invitation Suite with Calligraphy

Tampa Wedding Bride Tennis Shoes Gold Glitter Keds by Kate Spade

A-line Wedding Gown Illusion Lace Neck Ballgown

Bride and Mom First Look Wedding Portrait | White Allure Ballgown Wedding Dress with Long Train

White Allure Ballgown Wedding Dress with Long Train | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studio

Tampa Wedding Venue Avila Golf & Country Club | White Allure Ballgown Wedding Dress with Long Train | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studio

Ballgown Wedding Dress with Lace Illusion Neckline | Blush Pink Dusty Rose Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses

Indoor Ballroom Wedding Ceremony with Black Chiavari Chairs and Chandelier | Elegant Tampa Bay Wedding Venue Avila Golf & Country Club

Indoor Ballroom Wedding Ceremony with Black Chiavari Chairs and Blush Pink Dusty Rose Pomander Balls | Tall Wedding Altar Floral Arrangements | Elegant Tampa Bay Wedding Venue Avila Golf & Country Club

Tampa Wedding Venue Avila Golf & Country Club | Indoor Ceremony with Chiavari Chairs and Chandelier

What did you look for in a wedding venue?
We wanted a venue that was beautiful and breathtaking in its own skin. We didn’t want to go into a venue and have to overly decorate. We also wanted a space where the dance floor was big! We wanted everyone to have space to move and enjoy dancing the night away.

We had our first date at Avila Golf & Country Club! It was so special for us to be able to get married in the first place we met. On our wedding night, we even went in and crashed a dinner party to be able to take pictures at the table we ate at for our first date. The fact that we got married where we had our first date really brought everything full circle. From the hanging chandelier to the beautiful wood floor and arches surrounding the room, everything was just beautiful and had a character all of its own, especially that main room where we had the ceremony/dance floor.

The service was amazing! I did not have to worry about anything not being executed the way we wanted it. And the food was incredible, we still have family talking about how it was the best food they’ve ever had at a wedding.

Tampa Wedding Venue Avila Golf & Country Club | Indoor Ceremony with Chiavari Chairs and Chandelier | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studio

Tampa Wedding Venue Avila Golf & Country Club | Indoor Ceremony Blush Dusty Rose

The Proposal:
I had done my fair share of annoying hinting, so Bryan had his work cut out for him to keep it a surprise. We had a big Mother’s Day celebration at my parents’ house with both families. Bryan knew I would want everyone there, and he made it happen without me fully knowing. My brothers lured me to the backyard to play some yard games, and before I knew it, Bryan was on one knee. He also knew having pictures was important to me, so as he got down on one knee, my best friend popped out to take pictures. He had her hiding in the neighbor’s house. I love that our families were there and how special it was to happen at my childhood home. We then all got to celebrate together for the rest of the day!

Tampa Wedding Venue Avila Golf & Country Club | Indoor Ceremony with Chiavari Chairs and Chandelier | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studio

Tampa Wedding Venue Avila Golf & Country Club | Indoor Ceremony | Bride and Groom First Kiss

Tampa Wedding Venue Avila Golf & Country Club | Bride and Groom Outdoor Fountain Portrait | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studio

Tampa Wedding Venue Avila Golf & Country Club | Bride and Groom Outdoor Garden Portrait | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studio

Bride and Groom Outdoor Garden Wedding Portrait | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studio | Tampa Wedding Venue Avila Golf & Country Club

What did you look for in a wedding photographer?
Bryan and I both don’t really love being the center of attention, so we knew we would need photographers that could coach us through pictures and the process. We wanted photographers that would keep us calm in those anxious moments but also capture the true emotion that is involved in a wedding, without forcing anything on us.

Many of my friends had already used Lifelong Photography Studio and had amazing pictures and experience. They truly were incredible. They were so easy to work with and captured everything and more. They captured our true emotions and feelings, and we had so much fun with them.

Bride and Groom Outdoor Garden Wedding Portrait | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studio | Tampa Wedding Venue Avila Golf & Country Club

Tampa Wedding Venue Avila Golf & Country Club | Bride and Groom Outdoor Fountain Portrait | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studio

Bride and Groom Outdoor Golf Course Putting Green Wedding Photo | | Photographer Lifelong Photography Studio | Tampa Wedding Venue Avila Golf & Country Club |

Tampa Wedding Venue Avila Golf & Country Club | Indoor Ballroom Reception with Black Chiavari Chairs and Chandeliers

Romantic Indoor Ballroom Reception with Black Chiavari Chairs and Chandeliers | White Linens and Low Blush Pink Dusty Rose Centerpieces | Elegant Tampa Wedding Venue Avila Golf & Country Club

How would you describe your theme/wedding design inspiration?
I have always been very simple and also very girly. I oddly enough came across my table numbers first. I fell in love with the floral design and gold accents on them and ended up basing everything off of that.

What were your colors?
This all goes back to my floral find and the fact that I just love pink. I did not want it to be overdone with too many colors, so I stuck with pink (dusty rose to be exact.) It also made it very easy to find things in all categories/accessories in this color.

Tampa Wedding Venue Avila Golf & Country Club | Indoor Ballroom Reception with Chiavari Chairs and Chandeliers | White and Blush Dusty Rose | Tall Centerpiece with Hydrangea Roses and Greenery

Tampa Wedding Venue Avila Golf & Country Club | Indoor Ballroom Reception with Chiavari Chairs and Chandeliers | White and Blush Dusty Rose | Low Floating Candle Centerpiece with Hydrangea Roses and Greenery

Wedding Place Setting with Gold Charger and White Napkin | Wedding Favors with Watercolor Floral Tags | Blush Dusty Rose

Ribbed Textured Buttercream Wedding Cake with Fresh Flowers Rusty Rose and Calligraphy Gold Cake Topper

Tampa Wedding Venue Avila Golf & Country Club | Indoor Ballroom Reception with Dance Floor and Chandeliers | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studio | DJ Grant Hemond & Associates

What did you look for in a wedding DJ?
We had wedding guests that ranged in age from 18 to over 80. I wanted to ensure that everyone would enjoy the music, and we could have the dance floor full as often as possible.

We hired Grant Hemond & Associates after being at a number of events that they also DJed. From start to finish, we had a great experience with grant Hemond. Our DJ Doug did an outstanding job! He really listened to what we wanted, what we did not want, and kept that floor full!

Tampa Wedding Venue Avila Golf & Country Club | Outdoor Twilight Nighttime Bride and Groom Wedding Portraits | Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer Lifelong Photography Studio

What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay couples?
Make sure you are making your wedding about you as a couple. People will be giving you their opinions (sometimes whether you ask or not). It is very easy to slowly drift from your vision or from what you as a couple really want for your big day. Remember it is you and your fiancé’s wedding, not anyone else’s. You can do whatever you want and should not feel obligated to do something. We were so happy with everything we decided to do or not do. It truly made our wedding ours and was everything we wanted and more.

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Avila Golf & Country Club *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Venue
Photographer: Lifelong Photography Studio *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
Videographer: Bonnie Newman Creative *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
Florist: The Bride’s Bouquet
Rentals: Elite Events and Rentals
Linens and Draping: Custom Linens
Cake: Tracey’s Tasties
DJ: Grant Hemond & Associates *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
Officiant: Mary Waterbury
Invitations: Inviting Business
Transportation: ESCOT Bus Lines
Dress Shop and Designer: Athena’s Bridal – Allure
Bridesmaid Dress Shop: Azazie
Hair & Makeup: Lili’s Weddings




Avila Wedding: Blush, Champagne and Gold Vintage Wedding

Avila Wedding by Ailyn La Torre Photography

This Avila bride’s love for romance led her to chose a vintage blush, champagne and gold vintage wedding theme. The wedding reception decor featured birdcage centerpieces with pearls, vintage books and pink and white rose floral arrangements. In addition to a Frank Sinatra inspired piano player, the coupled continued their vintage theme by driving off in a 1950’s Bentley.

Blush, Champagne and Gold Vintage Avila Wedding

Tampa couple Cinthia and Rob hosted an elegant blush, champagne and gold wedding.

“The romantic in me always believed that someday I was going to find my Prince Charming. When I did, I was instantly inspired with the elegance that the 1950’s and 1960’s bring, so I chose a romantic, vintage theme,” the bride explained.

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To set the tone of their wedding, the pair chose Tampa wedding venue Avila Golf & Country Club.

Avila Golf & Country Club just took our breathe away,” the bride gushed. “We fell in love with our venue the minute we saw it. From the glistening chandelier to the elegance of the flooring, it had a just enough romance to go along with the vintage feel that we were looking for.”

In addition to having a pianist play Frank Sinatra classic’s during cocktail hour, Cinthia and Rob continued their vintage theme throughout their wedding.

“Instead of choosing a regular limo to whisk us off to the hotel, we chose a 1950’s Bentley,” the bride shared. “It was absolutely divine to drive away as husband and wife in that white vintage beauty.”

To capture all the memories of their big day, the pair hired Tampa wedding photographer Ailyn La Torre Photography.

“Ailyn came highly recommended to us, and the moment I met her I instantly knew she was the one,” Cinthia beamed. “Her passion for photography was so captivating that I couldn’t wait to start working with her. Everytime we look at our wedding photos it always takes me back to that special day and only Ailyn could have made that happen.”

Looking back, one the bride’s most memorable moments occurred just moments before she walked down the aisle.

“As I heard the song A Thousand Years by Christina Perri, I knew that was my cue to start my journey,” Cinthia reminisced. “As soon as I gazed upon my son’s face, I was instantly filled with emotion and having him there to give me away was an absolute blessing. Soon thereafter, I looked upon the man that I would be spending the rest of my life with; the man that made my magical wedding come true.”
Wedding Jewlery PearlsWedding Jewlery Pearl Earrings and Lace GarterWedding Rings in FlowerBling Jeweled Wedding ShoesWhite Wedding BouquetLace Wedding DressLace Wedding DressBride Getting ReadyLace Wedding Dress“The most important element of my wedding was getting ready with my mom and daughter. Having the both of them helping me into my dress left such an impression on my heart. I couldn’t have even fathomed the idea of getting ready without them there.” – The Bride
Blush Pastel Bridesmaid DressesWedding Cigar and CufflinksVintage Wedding GroomsmenAngel Water FountainBride and Groom First LookBride and Groom First Look

The Proposal:
While visiting my hometown of Honduras, Rob insisted that we go for a walk along the beach. It was raining, and I wasn’t a happy camper because it was quite cold. But since he was insisting, so I decided to go.

Suddenly I noticed Rob down on one knee, and I instantly knew what was happening. I said “OMG” like 50 times! I was filled with such excitement that I hugged him so tight for about 10 minutes, while he was still down on one knee.

He was so nervous that he didn’t realize that he was grabbing my right hand and not my left. While all of this was happening I was in tears, tears of joy to be exact.

Tampa Bride and GroomAvila Wedding CeremonyWhite, Pastel Wedding Ceremony Floral DecorAvila Wedding CeremonyTampa Bride Walking Down AisleAvila Wedding CeremonyBlush Pastel Bridesmaid Dresses with White Wedding BouquetsTampa Bride and Groom First KissTampa Bride and Groom Walk Down the AisleBlush Pastel Bridesmaid Dresses and Groomsmen Bridal PartyPhotos by Ailyn La Torre PhotographyBlush Pastel Bridesmaid Dresses and Groomsmen Teal Socks Bridal PartyAvila Bride and Groom

“Ailyn [of Ailyn La Torre Photography] came highly recommended to us, and the moment I met her I instantly knew she was the one. Her passion for photography was so captivating that I couldn’t wait to start working with her. Everytime we look at our wedding photos it always takes me back to that special day and only Ailyn could have made that happen.” – The Bride

Avila Bride and GroomWedding Reception at Avila Golf and Country ClubBirdcage Wedding Centerpiece with Vintage BooksBlush Pink and White Low CenterpiecesTraditional Round White Wedding CakeWedding Reception at Avila Golf and Country Club

“All of my vendors did an exceptional job, and if I had to do it all over again, I wouldn’t change one.” – The Bride

Wedding Toast Wedding Reception at Avila Golf and Country ClubVintage Wedding Car Rolls Royce“Instead of choosing a regular limo to whisk us off to the hotel, we chose a 1950’s Bentley. It was absolutely divine to drive away as husband and wife in that white vintage beauty.” – The BrideWedding Rings on Piano

What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay Brides?
A lot of hard work goes into planning the perfect wedding; try your hardest to enjoy every moment. Your wedding day passes by so fast that you want to make sure you can capture and appreciate every waking moment of it.

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Avila Golf & Country Club
Photographer: Ailyn La Torre Photography
Florist: Tampa Wedding Studio
Caterer: Avila Golf & Country Club
Rentals: Signature Event Rentals
DJ: Wild Out Entertainment
Officiant: Weddings by Lily Ana
Invitations: Tampa Wedding Studio
Transportation: Ambassador Limousine Services
Bridesmaid Dress: Alfred Angelo
Hair: K ShaRhea

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Elegant Blue & Grey Tampa Wedding | Avila Golf and Country Club

 

Sometimes love is right under your nose! Ashley and Chris knew each other since they were just little kids, but it took 19 years for them to realize that they have chemistry. Their traditional wedding with a vintage influence was held at Tampa Bay wedding venue Avila Golf and Country Club.

“Avila set itself apart from other venues we looked at and hands down, it won. Its so beautiful inside and out. The drive inside is even breathtaking. My husband and I are both from Virginia and inside Avila’s gates, it had a Virginian feel to it,” Ashley gushed.

The bride chose ivory, sapphire blue and grey for her wedding colors. “My wedding was mostly ivory and I brought in a pop of blue and grey in the wedding party outfits because they are our favorite colors. I always wear blue and he ALWAYS wears grey. Our friends know us well and pretty much knew they would be our colors,” Ashley explained.

Family was big theme throughout the Tampa wedding. Chris chose his father as his best man and Ashley incorporated a special sister- brother dance. To honor her mother, she recorded a heartfelt message that was played after the cake cutting. “I previously recorded some words for her speaking of how much she meant to me, how much I appreciated her and to never worry about me because now Chris and I had each other to lean on. I dedicated the next song to her and urged every son and daughter to dance with their mother to the next song to show how much we love and appreciate them. Then “Mama’s Song” by Carrie Underwood played and the dance floor was filled with ones dancing with their mothers and tears and laughter spread the room.”

Ashley and Chris chose Tampa wedding photographer Victor’s Photojournalism to capture every moment. “As a photographer myself, I knew I needed a photographer I could plainly tell the details of the photos I was looking for and feel confident that they would carry them out. I had met with over 10 photographers and I didn’t feel comfortable with any of them for my wedding day. I understand it can sometimes be a daunting task to work with another photographer, but I knew what I wanted and since photography is the biggest part of my life, I knew I couldn’t bare to come away from my wedding feeling like none of the photos I wanted were taken. I wanted to dive deeper and get the raw fun we were having. I was happy we were able to communicate well with Victor before our wedding day because I would have forgotten everything with all the activities of our day,” Ashley said.

My favorite moment of the entire wedding was when I walked down the aisle. At Avila, I walked down the steps from upstairs and while I was doing so, Chris was turned around so he couldn’t see me. I wanted to be sure we saw each other at the very same time. When I reached the bottom of the stairs, Chris’ best man (his father) tapped him on the shoulder to turn around and we saw each other at the very same moment. I was so anxious and had jitters flying through me when I was on the stairs but as soon as we saw each other, it felt like we were the only two in the room. Chris had the biggest smile on his face and so did I. I literally didn’t look at one other person in the room other than him when I was walking down the aisle. The moment seemed to last for a while and I loved every moment of it. I don’t think I will ever forget the look on his face and pure joy he had radiating from him and hopefully our photos and video will help us live the moment over and over for the rest of our lives.

My parents have been married for over 30 years and his parents have been married for over 25 years, thats a huge accomplishment and I was happy to bring some light to that on our wedding day. – the Bride

This picture of Ashley and Chris expresses their demonstration of love for each other – Victor Junco, Victor’s Photojournalism

What advice do you have for other Tampa Bay brides?
Shop around! Even though you’re on a budget, don’t settle. You can always find something you’ll love. Definitely get a videographer! Most importantly do not ever settle for a photographer or videographer. Even if they’re “a good deal,” it doesn’t mean your photos will turn out great and you’ll regret it! Spend more time and money on your photographer and your DJ too!

Tampa Bay Wedding Venue: Avila Golf and Country Club
Tampa Wedding Planner, Decor and  Chiavari Chair Rental: Posh Events of Tampa Bay
Tampa Wedding Cake and Flowers: Publix
Tampa Wedding Photographer: Victor’s Photojournalism
Tampa Wedding Videographer: Solis Productions
Tampa Wedding Dress: The White Closet Company
Tampa Wedding Dj: Breezin’ Entertainment

 

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Tampa Bay Wedding Inspiration of Day – Avila Country Club Wedding – Kimberly Photography

 

There are some Tampa wedding venues that are so beautiful that they don’t need a lot of decor. I love the grandeur of this Avila Country Club wedding captured by Tampa wedding photographer Kimberly Photography at Mallory and Roberto’s fall wedding.

“Mallory and Roberto decided to participate in a first look and have all of the formals completed before the ceremony,” said Kimberly Romano of Kimberly Photography. “These two had great chemistry and because they did a first look, we were able to capture a ton of amazing images such as this one.”

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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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