Halle and Matt's intimate downtown Tampa wedding featured an organic color palette of greenery and neutrals. Bringing together both traditional elements and modern details, the bride and groom focused on creating a personalized ceremony and inviting environment for their guests.
“Old and new was the theme. It was just something we came up with because of our new love, but we had rings from each others grandparents. I incorporated fresh and dried flowers, and our venue was a new hotel, in an old courthouse,” the bride explained.
With only two months to plan their wedding, the West Palm Beach couple explored Marry Me Tampa Bay when they first began looking for Tampa Bay wedding venues. Searching for a unique, comfortable and easy venue, that was easily accessible for guests flying into town, they selected for Le Meridien.
“When we were first looking for venues, my husband used Marry Me Tampa Bay, which is how we found the Le Meridien,” the bride shared. “Since we don't live in Tampa, we were depending on them to really help with organizing things and making it seamless for the day of. I just wanted to be a bride and not think about anything on my wedding day. Le Meridien was awesome!”
Looking back on their wedding day, the most important elements were also the most cherished. The couple focused on creating an intentional ceremony and fun time with their guests.
“The whole weekend was memorable. Everyone stayed at the hotel, we had other events, and it just seemed like one long celebration. We tried to stay focused on what really matters, the fact that we were getting married.”
Matt planned a trip to California. While we were there he surprised me by taking me to The Front Porch Farm in the north of San Francisco. The Russian River runs through the property there and that is where he got down on one knee with his grandmother's ring to ask me to marry him. It was one of the best moments of both of our lives. We got to enjoy the farm and walk through the flower fields.
What did you look for in a wedding venue?
Something that was comfortable, unique and easy.
When we were first looking for venues, my husband used Marry Me Tampa Bay, which is how we found Le Meridien. Since we don't live in Tampa, we were depending on them to really help with organizing things and making it seamless for the day of. I just wanted to be a bride and not think about anything on my wedding day. Le Meridian was awesome!
How would you describe your theme/wedding design inspiration?
Old and new was the theme. It was just something we came up with because of our new love, but we had rings from each others grandparents. I incorporated fresh and dried flowers. The venue is a new hotel in an old courthouse. We were mixing the old with the new. It kind of just happened.
What were your colors?
No specific colors, but more on the neutral side so everything just went together.
What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay couples?
Listen to what is important to each other. Find a venue that matches who you are as a couple.
Ceremony/Reception Venue and Caterer: Le Meridien
Photographer: Ian Joseph Jones
Florist: The Bride
Rentals: Elite Events & Rentals
DJ: Jeff Staples
Officiant: Keith Case
Invitations: Flower & Fringe and Heartswell
Transportation: Ambassador Limo Tampa
Ceremony Dress Shop and Designer: Something Blue Bridal Boutique – Madeline Gardner
Reception Dress Designer: BHLDN
Bridesmaid Dress Shop and Designer: Revolve
Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Ana
Violinist: Chris Barbosa