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Thy and Dominick’s South Tampa wedding featured vibrant flora in shades of pink and orange, a waterfront garden ceremony, elegant metallic gold accents, and global cuisine in honor of their cultural roots.

“Our wedding theme was a mix of botanical/garden and traditional. Since we were having a garden wedding, I wanted to incorporate vibrant, rich colors in our florals to contrast the greenery of the garden. We complemented those bright florals with traditional, gold, and minimalist décor,” the bride shared. “Our florals were bold fuchsias, orange tones like coral and peach, with a little burgundy. Bridesmaids wore forest green dresses which contrasted with the bold florals.”

The bride relied on Marry Me Tampa Bay’s expertise, looking to the publication for inspiration, vendor selection, and even to personally answer her questions.

“Using Instagram accounts like Marry Me Tampa Bay to see featured weddings really helped expose us to vendors in our area and narrow down the ones we liked. Along with providing inspiration and introducing various vendors by featuring them in their posts, Marry Me Tampa Bay helped answer many questions I had throughout the process. They were always a quick DM away,” Thy revealed.

The Pinellas pair planned to host their February wedding in Tampa to pay homage to where they met and also got engaged. They envisioned a venue with views of the city they loved, and ample space for their 150 guests.

“We primarily wanted a venue that gave us the freedom to use outside vendors and not restrict us to their preferred vendor’s list. We fell in love with the view and location of Tampa Garden Club. Being able to do our ceremony out in the garden and reception inside the ballroom was also what sold us. Bridget was so wonderful throughout the whole process. We booked our venue before we knew of COVID and she was so transparent with us regarding their policies and what they were doing to stay compliant with the city’s COVID mandates.”

The couple created an Asian-inspired wedding menu reflective of their Vietnamese heritage.

When asked what elements made their wedding so unique, Thy assured, “Definitely the people and the food!  It was important for us to have traditional Vietnamese wedding fare. Many of our guests have never had Vietnamese wedding food and everyone really loved the food!”

After their original wedding florist disappeared with their payment in full just two months before the wedding, Thy scrambled to find an affordable and reliable florist with the skills to manifest her wedding vision.

Budget was extremely important as we got very differing quotes from various florists. Communication was also important as well. We wanted a florist that really understood what we wanted. Thankfully we found Jean from Monarch Events and Design who was so wonderful and reassuring that she understood my vision and our insane circumstances booking her so last minute. She hands down exceeded our expectations. Our florals were one of my favorite details of the day.” Thy raved. “Jean did such an amazing job, and I’d recommend her over and over again. She went above and beyond what we discussed in our planning phone calls. I call her my wedding angel because she saved our wedding!”

For the reception, the bride rented boxwood walls to continue the greenery theme indoors, enhanced the room with wall draping, and elevated her tablescapes with gold chargers.

“We looked for a rental company that was professional and communicative. Kate Ryan Event Rentals‘ team was so helpful in allowing me to come to their studio to see what they had in person and to help me build my table setting,” the bride shared. “The visuals and décor for the wedding were important to me and when you’re planning so many details for a wedding (imagine having 10,000,000 tabs open in your head) it’s so helpful to be able to see and build your tangible table setting instead of looking at pictures.  

After all of the months of planning and the uncertainty of the pandemic, Thy credits the reception reveal as one of the most special memories of the entire day.

“Walking in to see our reception space before everyone entered was one of my favorite moments. I loved getting to see our wedding vision come to life. I definitely cried,” the bride recalled. “But overall I just loved having all of the people we love and care about around us to celebrate with us. Especially with the craziness of the world and being so uncertain if we would even have a wedding at all.”

Oval Diamond Engagement Ring in Ivory Velvet Ring Box, Diamond Wedding Band in Green Velvet Ring Box, Custom Wax Seal Stamp, Classic White Wedding Invitation
Oval with Halo Diamond Engagement Ring and Thin Diamond Wedding Band in Ivory Velvet Ring Box
Classic V Neckline Tulle and Lace Wedding Dress Hanging on Door
Tampa Bay Bride Holding Gold Foil Mrs Balloon with Bridesmaids in Tropical Matching Pajamas
Tampa Bay Bride Getting Wedding Ready with Mom in Lace V Neckline with Straps Bodice and Tulle A-Line Skirt with Full Length Veil
Tampa Bay Bride in V Neckline Lace Wedding Dress Holding Vibrant Colorful Pink and Orange Roses Floral Bouquet | Wedding Florist Monarch Events and Design
Florida Bride Sitting on Couch Holding Vibrant Colorful Pink and Orange Floral Bouquet with Bridesmaids in Mix and Match Emerald Green Dresses | Tampa Bay Wedding Florist Monarch Events and Design | Wedding Venue Tampa Garden Club
Classic Bride in Plunging V Neckline Lace Strap and Tulle A-Line Skirt Wedding Dress Holding Vibrant Colorful Pink and Orange Floral Bouquet | Tampa Bay Wedding Florist Monarch Events and Design | Wedding Venue Tampa Garden Club
Florida Groom Orange Rose with Greenery Flower Boutonniere | Tampa Bay Florist Monarch Events and Design
Florida Bride and Groom First Look Outdoor Photo | Wedding Venue Tampa Garden Club
Classic Bride Wearing Plunging V Neckline Lace with Straps and Tulle A-Line Wedding Dress Holding Vibrant Colorful Pink, Orange Roses and Red Floral Bouquet, Groom in Black Tuxedo and Orange Rose Boutonniere | Tampa Bay Wedding Florist Monarch Events and Design

The Proposal:
Dominick and I lived in downtown Tampa. We frequently would walk our dog down the riverwalk to Curtis Hixon Park and at the time they had the Winter Village set up with ice skating, faux snow, Christmas lights, the works. Dom knows how much I love the holidays and asked if I wanted to walk the dog to the Christmas Tree Lighting they were having that night. When we got there I was on a mission to get funnel cake except he was insisting we get a “good spot” for the tree lighting. When we found our spot he got down on one knee and I swear I blacked out! He also had our families and my best friends be there for the proposal.

Romantic Bride and Groom Under Wedding Veil Photo
Classic Bride and Bridesmaids Outdoors in Mix and Match in Emerald Green Dresses Holding Vibrant Colorful Pink, Orange and Red Floral Bouquets | Wedding Venue Tampa Garden Club | Tampa Bay Wedding Florist Monarch Events and Design

Where did you host your bachelorette party? 
We did a beach house rental in Longboat Key! We wanted to stay relatively local and low-key. 

Classic Bride and Bridesmaids Outdoors in Mix and Match in Emerald Green Dresses Holding Vibrant Colorful Pink, Orange and Red Roses with Greenery Floral Bouquets | Wedding Venue Tampa Garden Club | Tampa Bay Wedding Florist Monarch Events and Design
Elegant Garden Wedding Ceremony Decor, White Welcome Sign in Gold Frame with Greenery Garland | Tampa Bay Wedding Florist Monarch Events and Design
Outdoor Garden Wedding Ceremony Decor, Gold Chiavari Chairs, White Pergola, Vibrant and Colorful Pink, Orange and Red Floral Arrangements on Gold Geometric Stands, White Welcome Sign in Gold Frame with Greenery Garland | Wedding Venue Tampa Garden Club | Wedding Florist Monarch Events and Design | Wedding Rentals Kate Ryan Event Rentals

What did you look for in a wedding venue? 
We primarily wanted a venue that gave us the freedom to use outside vendors and not restrict us to their preferred vendors’ list.

We fell in love with the view and location of Tampa Garden Club. Being able to do our ceremony out in the garden and reception inside the ballroom was also what sold us. Bridget was so wonderful throughout the whole process. We booked our venue before we knew of COVID, and she was so transparent with us regarding their policies and what they were doing to stay compliant with the city’s COVID mandates. 

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Garden Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Decor, White Pergola with Lush Vibrant and Colorful Floral Arrangements, Greenery, Pink, Orange, Red and Purple Flowers, Gold Chiavari Chairs | Wedding Venue Tampa Garden Club | Wedding Florist Monarch Events and Design | Wedding Rentals Kate Ryan Event Rentals
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How would you describe your theme/wedding design inspiration?
Our wedding theme was a mix of botanical/garden and traditional. Since we were having a garden wedding, I wanted to incorporate vibrant, rich colors in our florals to contrast the greenery of the garden. We complimented those bright florals with traditional, gold, and minimalist décor. 

What were your colors? 
Our florals were bold fuchsias, orange tones like coral and peach, with a little burgundy. Bridesmaids wore forest green dresses which contrasted with the bold florals. We wanted the focus to be on the florals so the décor was very minimal touches of gold. 

Classic Bride and Groom Candle Lighting Unity Ceremony
Classic Outdoor Garden Ceremony, Bride and Groom Holding Vibrant Colorful Pink, Orange and Red Bridal Floral Bouquet Walking Together Down the Aisle | Tampa Bay Wedding Florist Monarch Events and Design | Wedding Venue Tampa Garden Club
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Tampa Bay Romantic Classic Bride and Groom Waterfront Photo
Tampa Bay Bride in Classic Lace Plunging V Neckline Tule A-Line Wedding Dress Holding Vibrant Colorful Orange and Pink Floral Bouquet
Tampa Bay Bride in Classic Lace Plunging V Neckline Tule A-Line Wedding Dress Holding Vibrant Colorful Orange and Pink Floral Bouquet
Garden Wedding Reception Decor, Greenery Hedge Backdrop with Vibrant Colorful Pink, Orange Lush Floral Arrangements | Tampa Bay Wedding Florist Monarch Events and Design | Wedding Rentals Kate Ryan Event Rentals

What did you look for in a rental company?
We looked for a company that was professional and communicative.

Kate Ryan Event Rentals’ team was so helpful in allowing me to come to their studio to see what they had in person and to help me build my table setting. We rented our charger plates, boxwood walls, and draping from them. The visuals and décor for the wedding were important to me and when you’re planning so many details for a wedding (imagine having 10,000,000 tabs open in your head) it’s so helpful to be able to see and build your tangible table setting instead of looking at pictures.  

Classic Garden Wedding Reception Decor, White Seating Chart with Couples Monogram, Greenery Garland | Tampa Bay Wedding Florist Monarch Events and Design | Wedding Rentals Kate Ryan Event Rentals
Romantic Garden Wedding Reception Decor, Long Feasting Tables with White Floral Table Linens, Gold Chiavari Chairs, Tall Long Rectangular Gold Stand with Lush Vibrant Colorful Floral Arrangements, Greneery, Pink, Orange and Red Flowers, Linen Drapery | Tampa Bay Wedding Florist Monarch Events and Design | Wedding Rentals Kate Ryan Event Rentals | Wedding Venue Tampa Garden Club
Elegant Wedding Reception Decor, Round Tables with White Table Linens, Gold Chiavari Chairs, Tall Gold Stand with Lush Vibrant Colorful Pink, Orange and Greenery Floral Centerpiece | Wedding Venue Tampa Garden Club | Wedding Rentals Kate Ryan Event Rentals | Wedding Florist Monarch Events and Design

What did you look for in a wedding florist? 
The budget was extremely important as we got very differing quotes from various florists. Communication was also important as well. We wanted a florist that really understood what we wanted. 

We had an awful experience with our initial florist where we paid them in full and never heard from them again. Two months before our wedding we thought we weren’t going to have florals. But thankfully we found Jean from Monarch Events and Design who was so wonderful and reassuring that she understood my vision and our insane circumstances booking her so last minute. She hands down exceeded our expectations. Our florals were one of my favorite details of the day. She did such an amazing job, and I’d recommend her over and over again. She went above and beyond what we discussed in our planning phone calls. I call her my wedding angel because she saved our wedding! 

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Elegant Three Tier White Wedding Cake with Vibrant Cascading Pink, Orange and Greenery Flowers | Tampa Bay Florist Monarch Events and Design
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Bride and Groom Sparkler Wedding Reception Exit | Wedding Venue Tampa Garden Club

What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay couples? 
You’ll get a lot of unsolicited advice and opinions from anyone and everyone. Don’t let it bother you. Have your select few people who you can consult or bounce ideas off of. You don’t need to add any unnecessary stress to an already stressful process.

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Tampa Garden Club *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Venue
Photographer: Shawna Meadors Photography
Videographer: Sunshine City Films
Planner: Flawless Fetes
Florist: Monarch Events and Design *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
Caterer: Hao Wah Catering
Rentals: Kate Ryan Event Rentals *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
DJ: DJ Cory Barron & Co.
Officiant: Peyton Johnson
Invitations: Etsy, Minty Paperie Shop
Dress: Justin Alexander Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: Dear Cleo
Hair & Makeup: Ashlee Ann Hair and Makeup
Rehearsal Dinner: Malio’s Prime Steakhouse

Quotes have been lightly edited for clarity and brevity.

*Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pros are highly respected by our local wedding community and have been personally vetted by our editor.

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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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