Let me just start off by saying that burlap and mason jars make my heart sing.  Like, seriously sing. So, when I saw them popping up in this gorgeous Tampa affair, I knew we were in for a day of non-stop lovely.  And lovely.it.is – with my fave organic details and pretty purple hues joining forces with a garden party extravaganza like you’ve never seen.  It’s lush whimsy meets downright perfection meets a gallery full of breathtaking images by the ever-so-talented Justin DeMutiis Photography.  See them all here.

From Justin DeMutiis PhotographyRob and Caitlin met way back in 2003, the summer before Rob went to college. Caitlin’s childhood friend, Mandy, and invited over three friends (Rob included) from school to Caitlin’s house. It was raining, and for some reason, everyone was hanging out in Caitlin’s garage. After an hour or two, Caitlin got bored of the boys being there and went inside to have her mom come out and tell them to leave. Little did she know that a few months later she would run into Rob again. The next time the two met, Caitlin was eating a lime, which Rob thought was weird. After becoming friends over the next few months, they started dating. After years of long distance, while Rob was in college at Ohio University and Caitlin was at home in Maryland, then when Caitlin was in college at University of Florida, then Rob was in Tampa and Caitlin was in Gainesville — finally, the two were ready to be together in the same town. After Caitlin graduated from nursing school, she moved to Tampa to live with Rob.

On an ordinary Wednesday, Caitlin was on her way home from work and the gym, hands full with work bag, scrubs and yoga mat, when she was welcomed with a little surprise. She unlocked the door and saw Rob standing in the shirt he was wearing that day in the garage with flowers and candles on the table. He had recreated the first meal she had ever made for him and was playing “their song.” At that point, he told her to put down everything while he got on one knee and asked her to marry him! (And of course, she said “Yes!”)

Wedding Photography: Justin DeMutiis Photography / Wedding Venue: Davis Islands Garden Club in Tampa, Florida / Floral Design: Ian of Botanica International Design Studio / Event Design: Caitlin Williams (The Bride) / Catering: Ken Jurgenson of Chives / Music: DeLair Entertainment / Wedding Dress: Ella via Cindy of The White Closet Co. / Bride’s Shoes: Nina / Hair + Makeup: Donna Camposecco of Camposecco Artistry

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