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Tampa Bay Wedding from Debra Eby Photography

This is one of those days where every perfect detail you’ve ever dreamt of comes together in one fabulous wedding.  Where a gorgeous Vera Wang stands hand in hand with lush florals from FH Weddings and a modern meets classic vibe planned by Elan Event Studio that is all kinds of amazing.  This, my friends, is what we’re calling a “serious lesson in pretty” and you can see every last moment captured by Debra Eby right here in the full gallery.

And a little something special from 829 Films?  Yes, please.

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From Debra Eby Photography… Bridesmaids float in their blush Lazaro gowns doting on the bride in all her Vera Wang splendor. The VIP suite of the Grand Hyatt offers a light-filled space for laughter and tears as the girls prepare. Gifts, stories, and sentimental smiles are shared generously.

Holding to tradition, Ryan and Rachel’s first look is on the aisle as they wed. Emotion fills the sanctuary as friends and family stand. Rachel walks on air, as if in a dream, to her groom. The stained glass windows let in streams of sunlight on this perfect Florida day.

There is a quiet understanding in the love shared between Ryan and Rachel. They are full of flirtatious glances and stolen kisses. Ryan elicits beaming smiles of his bride. Rachel’s touch rouses a blush on her groom’s debonair face.

The sun sets over the bay, Ryan and Rachel begin the wedding celebration. The atmosphere is a cocktail party denoting suave elegance. A James Bond esque affair swimming with black, white, and golds. City lights twinkle as the bride and groom dance in each other’s arms.

The perfect beginning to a perfectly dreamy happily ever after.

Photography: Debra Eby Photography | Wedding Planner: Elan Event Studio - Holly Shump | Floral Design: FH Weddings - Stephanie | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Wedding Dress: The Collection Bridal | Cake: Chocolate Pi | Stationery: The Write Stuff | Reception: Grand Hyatt | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Lazaro | Hair Stylist: Femme Akoi | DJ: Grant Hemond & Associates - Cory Barron | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Groomsmen's Attire: Vera Wang | Cinema: 829 Films | Make-Up Artist: Femme Akoi | Second Shooter: Sarah Sharpe Photography

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We love Monday through Friday on SMP Florida, but Saturdays are equally special.  Because that’s when we get to cozy up with some of the nearest and dearest members of our SMP family who just happen to be right in your backyard. And today, we get the pleasure of spending some serious quality time with Isabel O’Neil Bridal Collection. A bridal boutique that we couldn’t possibly adore more, and might be a tad bit jealous of all the brides-to-be that get to experience their one-of-a-kind boutique. But it gets even better lovelies, because they are hosting some note-worthy events right in their store – allowing those brides-to-be to get the dress of their dreams at a discount. Now that, my friends, is fabulous.

About Isabel O’Neil Bridal CollectionThe belief at Isabel O’Neil Bridal Collection is to provide a unique and personalized shopping experience for brides that will be enjoyable and unforgettable. Isabel O’Neil carries an exclusive assortment of couture gowns, veils, and accessories. It’s is the only one in the bay area featuring wedding gown designs by Romona Keveza, Ines Di Santo and Alyne.

An Isabel O’Neil bride has an eye for detail, admires quality and design and has an appreciation of service. She is a bride who is looking to reflect her amazing style in her entire wedding. She doesn’t want to feel like every other bride and is looking for a gown that speaks to her style and personality.

The inspiration behind the design and styling of the boutique was to create a modern and luxurious space where brides and their parties would feel welcome and relaxed. It has an intimate feel with a great seating area for the brides’ loved ones.

We would love to announce two exciting events happening in our boutique! Our Romona Keveza Trunkshow will run from November 22 thru 24 , and we will be offering a 10% discount on new gown orders during the event! Additionally we have a sample sale event on November 29th with  30% to 50% off select sample gowns! We hope to see you there! 

Photography: Amy Pezzicara, Pezz Photo | Wedding Dress: Isabel O'Neil Bridal Collection | Reception Venue: Oxford Exchange | Hair: Ty at David Gavin Salon | Make Up : Linny Correa

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Tampa Fall Wedding from Jillian Tree Photography

It’s always amazing to me how I seem I get to know the couples that grace the pages of SMP. It’s like meeting a new group of friends each day, and getting a peek at their personalities through images as gorgeous as these from Jillian Tree Photography is just the icing on the cake. With a wedding this lovely, and a couple this darling this gallery is one fabulous way to spend a day. See it all here.

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From the Bride… Gabe and I met and became friends through the Lighthouse Church youth group when we were both in high school. Those were the days! I used to leave to go to school really early every morning in order to get a parking space (Cypress Bay was a very overcrowded high school), and Gabe would get there early on the bus most days…so he would come sit with me in my car until the bell rang. My mom encouraged him to do this so that I would not be alone in the “scary” parking lot; she referred to him as my body guard. Now, if you know anything about Weston or Cypress Bay (or my mom for that matter), you know that this was a ridiculously unnecessary precaution…but I did start looking forward to seeing him every day! Sometimes I would even bring him hot chocolate or some tasty breakfast treat =D Also, our houses were pretty close together, so a lot of times I would drive him home after school or he would just come home with me and we’d do homework together…

One particular day in January, my mom invited Gabe to come to the beach with us (us = me, my mom, and my sister). And yes, I said January (one of the perks of living in South Florida)! Upon arriving at Hollywood beach, we got some delicious pizza, and then my mom and sister decided that they were going to go for a walk (a total set-up!)…so, once they left, Gabe and I walked toward the water and plopped down in the sand. And, following some nervous stalling, Gabe told me that he liked me. After keeping him in suspense for a bit, I eventually told him that I liked him too! Then I asked him if we could take 2 months to pray about our developing relationship before we became “officially” boyfriend and girlfriend (of course, he agreed).

After a little over two months, on April 7th of 2007, Gabe took me out (on our first “official date) to an Italian restaurant called Tarantella. After dinner, we walked over and sat in front of the big fountain in Weston Town Center, and I told him that I would love to be his girlfriend. I will never forget how Gabe then prayed aloud the words that were in my heart for our relationship, and how I felt that God was smiling down on us – as HE was beginning to write our love-story.

Since then we have made tons of memories together – from our high school graduations, to road trips, to birthday parties, to cooking together, to theme parks, to picnics, to walks around IWU campus (sometimes in the snow), to concerts, to coffee runs, to classes together and LOTS OF STUDYING, to my college graduation, to ring shopping, to our epic engagement story – we haven’t stopped falling in love.

Sure, we’ve faced some challenges: many miscommunications, the living long-distance thing, times of sickness, excessive loads of stress at times, etc. but I can say that I am thankful for each and every challenge because they have been opportunities for our relationship and our love to grow deeper and stronger.

It is so wonderful to know now, without any doubt, that Gabe is so perfectly “right” for me, that He loves and respects me, and that He has chosen me to be his bride. And I would have never been able to imagine – at the start of our relationship 5 years ago – how very much I would grow to love and appreciate this man. But it is even more wonderful to know the love of God for me and to have Jesus as the foundational ROCK of Gabe’s and my relationship! In fact, this is what our “wedding logo,” the three roses, is all about! It is a symbol that God must be the center rose who intertwines us (the outside roses) – for we know that ONLY HE can satisfy our deepest needs and ONLY HE can give us the ability to love each other selflessly.

So, even though our upcoming wedding is a celebration of Gabe’s and my earthly romance and commitment to be faithful to one another for life…if you look a little closer, you will see that it is really a celebration of our heavenly “romance” and the never-failing faithfulness of God in our lives. In summation, “we love because He (Jesus) first loved us” (1 John 4:19).

Photography: Jillian Tree Photography | Cinematography: Life's Highlights | Floral Design: Sherwood Florist | Ceremony Venue: Brooksville Wesleyan Church | Reception Venue: Brooksville Country Club