Peter and Kristin met after a Tampa Bay Lightning game while Peter's ship was docked at the Port of Tampa. Although their encounter was brief, the connection the couple felt was strong. Peter, a Massachusetts Maritime Academy student, was soon off to sea without phone or internet. But when he returned for a visit a couple of months later, the pair knew they had a connection.
“We decided it was to be an all or nothing relationship if we were going to make this last long distance. We made it a point to see one another at least every other month from that point on,” Kristin explained. “We would schedule our following visit as soon as possible so we had something to look forward to.We met and started dating with distance as an obstacle and made it through.”
After almost two years of long distance dating, Peter moved to the Tampa Bay area to be with his soon-to-be bride and their baby girl. A year later they were engaged.
The Tampa Bay couple chose the Davis Islands Garden Club wedding venue because of its natural beauty. When it came to decor, Kristin was a DIY bride. She used Pinterest and Google for her Tampa wedding inspiration, then shopped local craft store like Michaels and Jo-Anns Fabric as well as local thrift stores.
When it came to the wedding photography, the couple chose their family photographer, Tampa wedding photographer Ashfall Mixed Media, to document their wedding day. “She captures the great moments every time without us even knowing it and even with rain as a factor on our big day! She has patience and is a wonderful person to work with. I wouldn't have chosen anyone else to photograph my wedding. She is an artist,” Kristin shared.
Since Peter wasn't a “tux” kind-of-guy, he took his own spin on a groomsmen suit and added vintage details like suspenders and scally caps.
One of Kristin's most memorable moments of her wedding days was “the tears in my husbands eyes as I walked down the aisle.”
Tampa Wedding Venue: Davis Islands Garden Club
Tampa Wedding Photographer: Ashfall Mixed Media
Tampa Bridal Dress & Bridesmaid Dresses: All Brides 2 Be, LLC and Formalwear
Tampa Wedding Caterer: Hungry Harry's Famous BBQ
Tampa Wedding DJ: Grant Hemond & Associates
Tampa Wedding Cake: Chef Tom Powell (the bride's father) and Chef Harry Siswanto of the Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club