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Andrea and Brian’s downtown Tampa wedding featured luxurious finishes and colorful blooms that brought sophisticated style to their historic venue.  The bride and groom’s top priority was making memories with their friends and family, so they kept the ceremony brief so that they could extend the party.

The bride envisioned a flora-focused celebration filled which she described as a “floral oasis.”  The abundance of flowers was an ideal way to incorporate their jewel-tone color palette with accents of vibrant pink and fuchsia tones, complemented by modern ghost chairs from Kate Ryan Event Rentals.

“I love flowers and bold colors. I knew I wanted lush, bright, and different,” the bride explained. “Our florist even helped me incorporate flowers that my grandmother grew in her garden when I was a child which meant so much to me.”

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Andrea followed Marry Me Tampa Bay on social media to find imaginative ideas, crediting the publication for its unique content.

“I loved watching Marry Me Tampa Bay’s stories for inspiration and outside-of-the-box ideas,” the bride raved. I watched them almost every day for inspiration.”

During their search for the perfect wedding venue, the Tampa couple toured multiple spaces that would accommodate their 150 guests, but none excited them until they found The Vault.

“This is one thing that my husband ended up being particular about, which was surprising. We looked at a couple of different places, and I received very nonchalant and non-committal responses from Brian. Then we toured The Vault. Brian just lit up and said, ‘This is it.’ He works in finance and loved that historically it was the Federal Exchange. I loved the floor-to-ceiling windows and the blank slate to create what we really wanted,” the bride beamed. “We fell in love with the team. They had so much enthusiasm and were so willing to think outside the box and create an event that was unique and personal to us. The catering and service were outstanding.”

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Andrea and Brian’s personalities were injected throughout their event with unique elements that created memorable aspects of their special day.

“We had lots of personal touches everywhere. I surprised my Mom with a bouquet of calla lilies, something she had wanted at her wedding with my father 43 years ago but never had. Our 3-year-old niece walked our 180-lb English Mastiff down the aisle. Our cocktail napkins had our dog embossed on it with the phrase ‘I do, too.’ The brewmaster at Ulele brewed a special wedding beer and delivered the barrel it was aged in for our guests to sign,” Andrea recalled.

The bride admits that she was enthusiastic about including the pair’s pets in their celebration and that the video coverage from FairyTail Pet Care has made her dogs feel like celebrities.

“It was so important to me that the pups were included in our wedding. My husband teased me that I was most excited about our dog, Drake, and my niece, Natalie, walking down the aisle together. We are big rescue supporters and even raised money for dog-related charities as part of our wedding registry,” the bride revealed. “We chose FairyTail Pet Care partially because of their dedicated work with rescues, and I could not have been more pleased. I felt so at ease that our babies were taken care of. The bonus was the dog of honor video they put together of Hawk and Drake’s day. The video is amazing! They caught details that I honestly never saw. The pups video is quite popular and received over 1,000 views on YouTube.”

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Although Andrea was thrilled for her dogs to be a part of the ceremony, it was her own walk down the aisle that created a truly lasting memory.

“Hearing the song that I chose to walk down the aisle to and then coming around the corner on my dad’s arm and seeing Brian for the first time is an experience I can barely describe. I didn’t see anyone else but him when I walked down that aisle; everyone else seemed to just fade away. When I reached him, and he had tears in his eyes (which was surprising because he’s not very emotional in that way), I knew he was having the same magical moment that I was,” the bride reminisced.

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Bride Wearing Embroidered Rhinestone Circle Veil | Rhinestone Embroidered Wedding Dress Bridal Gown | Bright Colorful Pink and Red Wedding Bridal Bouquet with Roses and Flamingo Lilies Anthurium
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What did you look for in a wedding venue?
This is one thing that my husband ended up being particular about, which was surprising. We looked at a couple of different places and I received very nonchalant and non-committal responses from Brian. Then we toured The Vault with James. Brian just lit up and said, “This is it.” He works in finance and loved that historically it was the Federal Exchange. I loved the floor-to-ceiling windows and the blank slate to create what we really wanted. We fell in love with the team. They had so much enthusiasm and were so willing to think outside the box and create an event that was unique and personal to us. The catering and service were outstanding.

Bride and Groom Exchanging Vows at Indoor Downtown Tampa Wedding Ceremony at Tampa Wedding Venue The Vault | Bright Colorful Florida Wedding Ceremony Floral Circle Moon Round Arch with Pink Roses and Purple Orchids and Greenery | Groom Wearing Classic Blue Suit

The Proposal:
We took a trip to Dahlonega, Georgia after Christmas and before New Year’s. It was a fun getaway before the hustle and bustle of the new year. We went with few plans so we just decided on a whim to go have lunch at one of my favorite wineries, Montaluce. After lunch, we went for a walk around the grounds and through the vineyards. We stopped by their pond and took in the scenery. Brian asked me why I loved him and I told him, and I asked why he loved me and he told me. Before I knew it, he was down on one knee, asking me to marry him. I said “Really?” and then, of course, I said “Yes!”

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Bride and Groom Outdoor Downtown Tampa Wedding Portrait at Tampa Theater Marquis | Groom in Blue Suit with Black Satin Lapel | Rhinestone Embroidered Wedding Dress Bridal Gown | Bright Colorful Red and Pink Wedding Bridal Bouquet

Where did you spend your honeymoon?
Ellijay, Georgia. We love spending time in North Georgia. It’s not too far of a drive. There are great local wineries and restaurants. You can rent a cabin, enjoy babbling brooks, coffee on the porch, a nice hike, grill dinner, or go to a local restaurant in town and then enjoy a glass of local wine while watching the sunset on the mountains. It is serene and peaceful.

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Why did you choose to incorporate your dogs into your wedding day?
It was so important to me that the pups were included in our wedding. My husband teased me that I was most excited about our dog, Drake, and my niece, Natalie, walking down the aisle together. We are big rescue supporters and even raised money for dog-related charities as part of our wedding registry.

We chose FairyTail Pet Care partially because of their dedicated work with rescues and I could not have been more pleased. I felt so at ease that our babies were taken care of. The bonus was the dog of honor video they put together of Hawk and Drake’s day. The video is amazing! They caught details that I honestly never saw. The pups video is quite popular and received over 1,000 views on YouTube.

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Colorful Luxury Indoor Wedding Reception at Tampa Wedding Venue The Vault | Feasting Tables with Ghost Chairs and Tall Centerpieces of Pink Gladiolas, Roses, Orchids and Greenery with Gold Bud Vases and Candles | Kate Ryan Event Rentals

How would you describe your theme/wedding design inspiration?
Floral oasis. I love flowers and bold colors. I knew I wanted lush, bright, and different. Our florist even helped me incorporate flowers that my grandmother grew in her garden when I was a child which meant so much to me.

What were your colors?
Jewel tones with pops of pink and fuchsia.

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What did you look for in a wedding bakery?
We actually didn’t have a wedding cake. We had numerous types and flavors of mini desserts. We loved the dessert table concept. My mother is also gluten intolerant, and I wanted to make sure there were gluten-free options available.

We were able to do a typical wedding cake flavor tasting with The Artistic Whisk, which was so fun, and then translate the flavors into mini desserts. We had gluten-free mini mousse, mint chocolate chip petit fours, vanilla mini cupcakes, chocolate mini cupcakes, gluten-free lemon mousse cups with almond meringue crunch, bananas foster trifle cups, apple crumb mini tarts, tiramisu mini tart, and gluten-free strawberry and champagne macarons.

Bride and Groom First Dance Photo | Downtown Tampa Wedding Venue The Vault
Bride and Groom Charicature Custom Illustration Artwork | Groom in Blue Suit with Black Satin Lapel | Red and Pink Bridal Bouquet

What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay couples?
Enjoy the process. The day goes by so quickly so soak up all the love and support you receive during the planning stages. Surround yourself with the right people; you will not feel stressed and you will actually enjoy planning your wedding.

Venue & Caterer: The Vault *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Venue
Photographer: Ailyn La Torre Photography
Videographer: Wedit
Planner: Piper Marie Events
Florist: Tailored Twig
Banquet Table and Ghost Chair Rentals: Kate Ryan Event Rentals *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
Linens: BBJ Linen
Bakery: The Artistic Whisk *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
DJ: Inpulse Entertainment
Officiant: Bride’s Father
Invitations: Minted
Dress: CC’s Bridal Boutique
Shoe Designer: Christian Louboutin
Hair & Makeup: Carey Hinrichs
Pet Care: FairyTail Pet Care *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro

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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