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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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Romantic Wedding at the Oxford Exchange

I have this little place in my brain where I tuck away weddings I want to remember forever. Ones where if I ever had a wedding redo (to the same handsome hubby of course), I would want to steal every.single.detail. Well this beauty from Justin Demutiis Photography just moved to the front spot of that special place. Beautifully planned by Confetti Events + Weddings with florals so pretty I could cry by MMD Events, it goes without saying I’m swooning hard over this soiree. See it all here.

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From Amanda with MMD Events…The unique venue set the stage for a lot of different centerpieces. Her style centered on lots of foliage – maiden hair ferns, plumosus, ruscus, eucalyptus, geranium, sage, rosemary, jasmine and thyme. For the color palette we went with soft peaches and blushes with lots of deep color accents. It’s a style we call “dutch master style.” The light tones are made more luscious with the implementation of dark jewel tones. The flowers we used were black and white anemone, white helleborous, Juliette garden roses, baronesse garden roses, white ranunculus, pale pink spray roses, white O’hara garden roses, queen annes lace, pink O’Hara garden roses, burgundy parrot tulips, scabiosa pods, and white scabiosa.

We created 4 types of arrangements…Head table- Elaborate garland heavily filled with garden roses, ranunculus, and anemones. The table was also accented with gold rimmed glasses and gold and silver mercury glass votives. Garden feasting tables – many small unpolished low brass containers filled to bursting with large blooms and trailing greenery. Terrarium Tables – Large glass containers filled with pillar candles, moss and small delicate blooms flanked with trailing greenery and mercury glass candles. Super long feasting tables 30’– we used long mixed foliage garland without flowers and used brass taper candle sticks to elevate dramatic single blooms and accented the whole piece with mercury glass votive candles.

Photography: Justin Demutiis Photography | Event Planning: Confetti Events + Weddings | Floral Design: MMD Events | Cake: Chocolate Pi | Ceremony Venue: Academy Of Holy Names Chapel | Reception Venue: Oxford Exchange | Makeup Artist: Jess Waldrop | Bridal Boutique: Malindy Elene

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Fresh Summer Cocktails, 3-Ways

I can’t think of anything better to cool off with on a summer evening than fresh, cold-pressed juice mixed with a dash of liquor! Sarah Dyles and Erin, Executive Chef at the Oxford Exchange, are sharing not one but three brilliant cocktail recipes inspired by Chef Erin’s original cold-pressed juices. After looking at all the mouthwatering photos from Justin DeMutiis, I’m itching to try my hand at the Market Margarita, Asian Lemonade, & Cool as a Cucumber Cocktail!

Now for what you’ve been waiting for- the cocktail recipes! Each recipe uses a different cold-pressed juice as it’s base. The juices are made from local, fresh, organic ingredients and you can purchase them at the Oxford Exchange Market or try your hand at making your own version.


ingredients
1.25 oz Tequila
2.5 oz Spicy Lemon (blend of fresh lemon juice, cayenne, agave, & water)
Sea salt + raw sugar blend for rim (50/50 ratio)
Small amount of simple syrup to rim glass

directions
1. Shake ingredients well with ice.
2. Gently dip rim of glass into simple syrup, then sea salt + raw sugar blend.
3. Pour into glass, garnish with lime wedge.


ingredients
1.25 oz Vodka
2.5 oz PH-G (blend of fresh lemon juice, ginger, & stevia)
4-5 Thai Basil Leaves
1 tsp Simple Syrup
Granulated candied ginger for rim
Additional simple syrup for rim

directions
1. Gently muddle basil leaves and simple syrup to release natural oils and fragrance from the leaves.
2. Add vodka, juice and ice and shake ingredients well.
3. Gently dip rim of glass into simple syrup, then into candied ginger.
4. Pour ingredients into glass and garnish with a basil leaf.


ingredients
1.25 oz Gin
1.25 oz Chillax (blend of fresh pineapple, cucumber, romaine lettuce, lemon juice & cilantro)
3 Cucumber Slices
2 lime wedges
Approximately 10 cilantro leaves

directions
1. Crush cucumber, lime and cilantro with a muddler to release natural oils and juices.
2. Add ice, gin and Chillax and stir gently.
3. Top with sparkling water.

Photography: Justin DeMutiis Photography | Recipes: Chef Erin & Sarah Dyles | Shop: Oxford Exchange

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