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Elegant Vintage Inspired Bayshore Wedding

What I would’ve given to attend this celebration. From a vivant timbalero player, to Spanish guitarists, to specialty cocktails followed by fresh beignets and cafe au lait, every moment is memorable. It’s a marriage made for sharing and Pezz Photo captured it all right here!

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From the beautiful Bride… Jon and I both come from big crazy families with thick accents. His side happens to be Louisiana Cajun while mine comes from Argentina. We celebrated this blending of cultures through music and food. A classic Spanish guitarist performed during our cocktail hour where bartenders served up specialty cocktails named “La Latina” (a pomegranate margarita) and “El Gringo” (a whiskey on the rocks). After dinner, a timbalero took the stage drumming in harmony with our DJ who played salsa and merengue. Once the dance floor was packed we threw a mini New Orleans Mardi Gras. Within minutes the entire room was parading around with umbrellas, masks, hats, beads and feather boas. We even served fresh beignets and cafe au lait.

I always knew I wanted to create a classic, elegant and romantic atmosphere, but my specific décor was inspired by my dress. When I picked a 1920’s style Lazaro gown with layers of ruffles and vintage-inspired embroidery, I knew I had to go a little Gatsby. I picked a classic black and ivory color scheme with metallic accents and tons of candles to help the room sparkle. Our escort cards and menus used Art Deco fonts and geometric patterns. My favorite décor element was our shiny black vinyl dance floor.

Hire the best photographer and videographer you can afford, and do your best to get to know them before the big day. These professionals are with you all day! You want them to be experienced, calm under pressure and willing to take charge. I know they’re expensive when they’re good… but trust me, they’re well worth it!

Photography: Pezz Photo | Videography: Imprint Cinema | Wedding Dress: Lazaro from Kleinfeld's | Cake: Hands on Sweets | Ceremony Venue: The Academy of the Holy Names Chapel | Reception Venue: Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club | Bridesmaids Dresses: Badgley Mischka | Food: Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club | Entertainment: Daniel Giron | Entertainment: Mr. Timbalero | DJ: DJ Papi | Groom's Attire: Suit Supply | Groomsmen's Attire: Vera Wang Black by Men's Wearhouse | Dance Floor: IM Events | Party Rentals: Imperial Party Rental and Linens & Beyond

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Rustic and Elegant Tampa Yacht Club Wedding

What began as a high school friendship soon turned into courtship after college, and when it came time for their Big Day this duo wanted the ultimate celebration. With MMD Events at the helm, their vision became reality in the form of neutral linens, wood tones and lush greenery. Justin DeMutiis was behind the lens capturing it all, and the gallery is the perfect place to see it, right here!


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From the beautiful Bride… Like so many other relationships, ours began after years of friendship. Kevin and I met in high school but didn’t begin dating until after college. After getting engaged, we immediately knew that we didn’t just want to plan a wedding – we wanted to plan a party. We wanted our wedding day to not only celebrate us but to celebrate all of our friends and family who supported and loved us along the way.

Kevin and I decided that an outdoor ceremony and reception felt the most comfortable for us. Because we wanted to get married in Tampa – our hometown and where we currently live – a fall wedding was ideal. We quickly decided on a location that was able to host our entire wedding in one place – the Tampa Yacht & Country Club.

When it came to the décor, I knew exactly what I wanted – neutral linens, wood tones and lush greenery highlighted by candles and market lights with our guests seated at long feasting tables. The amazing team at MMD Events took my vision and made it a reality. The end result was gorgeous but not fussy – so fitting for our big day.

So many of our other vendors aided in making our wedding day the ultimate party. From our quartet playing modern hits to our incredible band who kept everyone on the dance floor with their classic rock covers – we couldn’t have asked for anything more.

Photography: Justin DeMutiis Photography | Videography: Tampaniac Pictures | Event Design: MMD Events | Coordination: Tracie Domino Events | Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza Collection via Joan Pillow | Cake: Publix Greenwise | Ceremony Venue: Tampa Yacht Club | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale via Bella Bridesmaid | Hair: Michele Renee | Band: OnLive Via Sam Hill Entertainment | Officiant: Michael DeArruda | Bridesmaids' Sleep Shirts: Eberjey | Invitations, Save The Dates, Calligraphy, Day Of Signage: Tangerine Calligraphy | Quartet: Classern String Quartet

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Classically Elegant Avila Country Club Wedding

Hillary and CJ infused their classically elegant wedding day with an incredible sense of family love—a love that runs deep and trumps a pretty detail any day. But lucky us, we don’t have to choose one or the other, because these captures from Jacqui Cole Photography are graced with both. From Dad officiating their ceremony to those sweet and sparkly ‘maids, this gallery is cause for a happy, happy dance.

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From Jacqui Cole PhotographyHillary and CJ were such a joy to photograph and I feel beyond blessed to have captured these memories for them. Every single aspect of Hillary and CJ’s day was perfectly planned. From the beautiful getting ready details in the bridesmaids’ Pretty Plum Sugar pj’s to the gorgeous florals by Carrollwood Florals. My favorite moment of their day was the moment the new Mr + Mrs turned around from their first kiss to walk up the aisle as husband and wife. The sheer elation and joy in their face as they looked at each other was so memorable!

From the Bride… CJ and I met at the University of Florida during our junior year (Go Gators!). We were both from Tampa, but our paths never crossed until college. We dated our entire senior year and after graduation CJ had to move cross-country to Phoenix, AZ for a new job. I was finishing up nursing school in Gainesville while we dated long-distance. We saw each other every six weeks, either in Tampa or in Phoenix. A week before our two-year anniversary, on his latest trip to Tampa, he proposed at the end of Davis Island overlooking beautiful Tampa Bay. His 16-year-old sister, and budding photographer, hid in the grass, catching the proposal while the sailboats passed behind us. We spent the rest of the day celebrating with our families. The next day, we drove up to Gainesville where all of our friends threw an engagement party for us. It was the most amazing weekend of celebrating with the people we love.

I finished nursing school in August, so we knew it would be perfect to have the wedding in the fall. We had three dates to match up vendors with, all of them revolving around Gator football. We ended up choosing October 18th, Florida’s Homecoming game. Needless to say, all of our guests were fortunate enough to miss the debacle that was the Missouri/Florida game.

During our venue search, we wanted to find something with character and meaning in the Tampa Bay area. CJ’s dad, Steve, has been the Senior Pastor at Holy Trinity Presbyterian Church for 16 years. We were so blessed and honored to have him officiate and marry us in the church he leads each Sunday. The neighborhood I grew up in, Avila, has this gorgeous “old-world” Spanish architecture that complimented the church and the historical charm that I love. The most attractive feature of the club was the expansive atrium; perfect for all the dancing we knew would go down.

Since our venues elevated the wedding to a more formal mood, I wanted to throw in some laid-back, organic features. My theme became bohemian glamour. My dress looked fancy, but was as comfortable as a nightgown. It had two layers, a champagne silk gown with a beaded lace overlay. It fit me perfectly with flats, so all I had to do was bustle it! The bridesmaids’ dresses were nude with silver beading. They looked like champagne from far away, but were shorter for a more casual look. Everything at the reception was mercury glass, a natural shimmer in candlelight. The groomsmen matched the groom, with modern tuxedos and suspenders, for a more relaxed approach. I met with my florist, Jaclyn, who is also a friend from high school, numerous times during the six-month engagement to get the flowers just right. We came up with the word whimsical to describe the arrangements. I wanted the flowers to almost sparkle against the bridesmaids’ dresses with their light natural colors and textures.

We had the most beautiful ceremony with the music lead by the team from our church in Gainesville. My dad walked me down the aisle to “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”, sung by my good friend Brittany. Both my dad and my grandpa gave me away. On my right wrist was my grandma’s tennis bracelet, alongside my great-grandma’s coral and pearl ring. The bridal party recessed to “O Love That Will Not Let Me Go”, a beautiful yet upbeat song that got us all dancing down the aisle and into the back of the church. It was such an amazing feeling to see the gospel on display in front of our family and friends and to be married at the same time. I was feeling nervous all morning, but I’ve never been so happy and affirmed at the commitment CJ and I had just made. When I hear that song today, it brings back so much joy.

The pictures of the bridal party were taken in my backyard. I loved snapping one with my groom under the bougainvillea arch where I had taken countless family and prom pictures before. It was such a special day, centered around two families coming together as one in the presence of God. At the reception, I had two goals: to eat and to have fun. It was hands down the most amazing party I’ve ever experienced. Isabel, our wedding coordinator prepared us to-go boxes of filet, chicken and the leftover cake, and we exited to our friends holding sparklers and wishing us well.

We stayed at the Le Meridian in downtown Tampa before heading to Jamaica for our 11 days of tropical paradise. Following the honeymoon, we headed straight to Arizona, my new home. We currently live in the Phoenix area, and I just accepted my first job as a Labor and Delivery nurse. We have a great group of friends and a church that we’re growing to love. I definitely miss the southeast and our friends and family, but love the opportunity to explore and enjoy the west!

Photography: Jacqui Cole Photography | Floral Design: Carrollwood Florist | Cake: Publix Bakery | Bridesmaid Dresses: Lord & Taylor | Hair And Makeup: Destiny And Light | DJ: Grainger Entertainment | Bridal Gown: Allure Bridals | Bridal Store: CC's Bridal | Bridesmaid PJs: Pretty Plum Sugar | Country Club: Avila Golf And Country Club

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Glamorous Tampa Wedding Sprinkled with Sequins

Whether you consider yourself the most casual, no-frills bride on the block, I think there’s a little piece of every girl who dreams of the glamour. The candles, the sequins, the whole nine yards – and this love affair at The Oxford Exchange is just that. It’s an ode to all things fabulous and both Marissa Moss and Storybook Weddings captured everything to perfection. Get started here.

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From Marissa MossJessica was very hands-on in creating the beautiful wedding she envisioned using her budget wisely in a few key areas. She secured The Oxford Exchange for her venue which set the tone for a beautiful, intimate wedding in a gorgeous venue. She also had a very specific vision for her flowers that she felt she could execute herself, which she did so wonderfully! I still cannot believe that she made all of her own centerpieces and bouquets and that they turned out so lovely. The rest of her vision came together in the form of sparkly bridesmaids dresses, picked to suit each maid, a beautiful cake, and lots of candlelight.

Photography: Marissa Moss | Videographer: Storybook Weddings | Stationery: Swoozies | Catering: The Oxford Exchange | Hair & Makeup: Level Salon Hyde Park | Officiant: Sensational Weddings | Cake Artist: Chocolate Pi | Ceremony & Reception: The Oxford Exchange | Reception Music: The Smoking Jackets | Sequin Bridesmaid' Dress: Badgley Mischka | Wedding Dress Boutique: The White Magnolia | Wedding Dress Desginer: Tara Keely

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Ybor City Engagement Session

When it comes to engagements, I love those that capture two darlings doing what they love best. Say, sippin’ on a cup of cappuccino with your sweetie, trolly-ing around one of your favorite cities and lots of hand holding and laughing—that’s how this adorable duo spent their day with Pezz Photo. Take a stroll with them in this lovely gallery!

From Pezz Photo… Meredith and Ancelmo “Ray,” a U.S. Marine, love the history of Ybor City, including its cigar manufacturing heritage.

Photography: Pezz Photo

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Elegant University of Tampa Wedding

Whenever a wedding comes along that is filled to the brim with beautiful blooms, you can bet it wins my pretty vote right off the bat. Enter this elegant university affair from K and K Photography that begins with soft neutrals and is then layered with vibrant petals galore from FH Weddings. It’s just the dose of lovely we need this Monday afternoon.

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From the beautiful Bride… Greg and I are both from Tampa so the inspiration behind our wedding really stemmed from wanting our guests to experience downtown/historic Tampa. The riverfront and UT were the perfect location to showcase our city. A lot of planning and effort went into the floorplans for the ceremony and reception as well as choosing decor that would make the room feel warm and elegant.

Photography: K&K Photography | Coordinator: Kaylea Frantzis, Confetti Events | Wedding Gown: Allure Bridals | Cake: Greenwise | Band: Bay Kings Band | Officiant: John Melchinger, A Perfect Witness | Transportation: His & Hers Limousines/Airport Limo Of Tampa Bay | Venue: Fletcher Lounge | Alterations And Jewelry: Malindy Elene | Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Floral/Decor: FH Weddings | Hair & Make-Up: Femme Akoi | Invitations & Day-Of Stationery: A & P Designs

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