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Simple + Elegant Tampa Wedding

Ladies, get ready, because this precious flower girl in her pink tulle tutu is going to melt your heart. And that’s just the beginning. Photographed by Justin DeMutiis Photography and planned by Clover & Company Weddings And Events, this Tampa wedding is full of heartfelt touches—from the Maker’s Mark groom’s cake to the couple’s adorable dog. Swoon over all the pretty in the gallery.

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From Clover & Company Weddings And EventsOne of the Clover Girls favorite sayings is that the “Love is in the Details.” This elegant, yet simple wedding sums up the essence of what we as planners strive to encourage our brides and grooms to do and that is to make it personal. It is the little touches of a couples style or personality that guests will remember. This particular wedding achieved just that. From the signature drink “Moscow Mule” to the mix of diamonds softened by pearls, allowed the perfect balance of bringing rustic glamour down to earth. Who doesn’t love gorgeous florals, sparkle, and tu-tu’s?!?!. This unique, rustic and glamourous wedding is certainly an inspiration for southern weddings of any season.

Photography: Justin DeMutiis Photography | Event Planning: Clover & Company Weddings And Events | Floral Design: Botanica International Design Studio | Wedding Dress: The White Magnolia | Cake: Outrageous Cakes | Cake: Chocolate Pi | Invitations : Minted | Band : Easy Posse | Officiant : Sensational Ceremonies | Harpist : Tampa Bay Harpist | Venue: Tampa Yacht & Country Club | Make- Up & Hair: Lasting Luxe | Photo Booth : Foto Box

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Rustic Chic Tampa Spring Wedding

One of the best parts of my job is reading stories from brides; I’m always eager to learn the reasons behind various wedding decisions. So with this couple, in learning they choose their venues for deeply personal reasons, made me fall even more in love with their whole celebration. Jacqui Cole’s pics, Salon Inga’s gorgeous work and one romantic gown were the icing on the cake. See it all right here!

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From Jacqui Cole Photography… McKay and Kenny’s Tampa Yacht Club wedding is just so beautiful and I’m thrilled to share this one with you1 Luckily for us, this January 3rd wedding could have been any time of the year in sunny Florida!

McKay’s details were both whimsical and rustic while still maintaining the classic elegance of a traditional wedding. Her bridal party looked fun and girly in their mismatched Ann Taylor dresses and gorgeous bouquets. McKay’s jaw-dropping, low-cut back dress from Malindy Elene couldn’t have been any more perfect for her! With absolutely stunning florals from the internationally acclaimed Botanica Design Studio and a dance floor overlooking the Tampa Bay, their reception was just heavenly. The specialized coffee cart and separate dessert room was of course an added bonus! Unique little touches throughout the entire day really made this wedding one to remember. Thank you McKay and Kenny for allowing me to capture these beautiful memories for you!

From The Bride… Kenny and I met when we both interned over the summer at the same church. It was technically not allowed for interns to date each other, but about two weeks into the summer, Kenny consulted our boss about breaking that rule, received permission, and that’s when it all began! After we had dated a year and a half, I went to spend Christmas with Kenny and his family in Washington. The Saturday before Christmas, he popped the question at his parents home by the Christmas tree. It was such a sweet proposal and moment shared between the two of us. Afterwards, we celebrated with his family and then continued with a fancy date for just the two of us at a local restaurant. When we returned from dinner, we walked up to his parents home and inside, I was surprised with a swanky engagement party filled with his family and friends! Overwhelmed and excited, I turned into the next room to take off my coat and found my parents, who Kenny had flown from Florida to join us, waiting to excitedly congratulate us! It was a perfect day and one that I will always cherish.

We chose Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church where we interned that summer, and where Kenny now works full time, as the location for our ceremony. Not only was the location special to us, but our boss from that summer, and dear friend, David performed the ceremony. It was so sweet and personal to be married by someone who knows us both so well!

For the reception, we chose the Tampa Yacht and Country Club where both my parents and maternal grandparents held their wedding receptions. When we considered how special it was, in addition to the great food and ample dance floor, we knew it was the place for us!

My priorities for the rest of the planning were to find a great photographer and a dress I loved. Jacqui was recommended by our florist and I knew as soon as I saw her beautiful website that our styles would mesh effortlessly. She was an absolute JOY to work with, for both our engagement session and wedding day. Next came the dress, which the wonderful staff at Melindy Elene Bridal in Tampa helped me to find at my first appointment. It was a dream and so exciting to have those two important aspects of the day planned!

It is so difficult narrowing down one favorite moment of the day! I loved my first look with my bridesmaids and with Kenny and will cherish those joyful moments forever. But my favorite moments of the whole day were probably spent on the dance floor at the reception when Kenny and I were both free to celebrate such a wonderful day and dance with our closest friends who had come from all over the country. It was such a happy time!

My advice for those couples in the wedding planning process is, despite how wonderful and exciting it is to plan for this one special wedding day, to devote time to preparing yourself for the actual marriage you are entering into. Take a break from all of the decisions, and have a date night. Maybe read a book together about the purpose of marriage or have an older couple share their wisdom about marriage with you. Those conversations are important and will bless you. Marriage is beautiful and tough and I believe is worth taking the time to prepare for in addition to the wedding day!

Photography: Jacqui Cole Photography | Floral Design: Botanica International Design Studio | Cake: Let Them Eat Cake | Ceremony Venue: Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church | Reception Venue: Tampa Yacht And Country Club | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Ann Taylor Loft | Catering: Cafe A La Carte | Hair And Makeup: Tanja At Salon Inga | DJ: Impulse Entertaiment | Men's Attire: Mens Wearhouse | Bridal Store: Malindy Elene | Rentals: PKS Rentals

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Southern-Inspired Coastal Florida Wedding

This pastel-infused coastal Florida wedding is truly so beautiful, I’m really not sure where to begin. From the soft pastel Bridesmaids dresses, to the charming watercolored stationery from A&P Design, to the three (yes, three!) gorgeous cakes, there’s really too much pretty in this gallery from Best Photography to describe in a few short lines. But don’t just take my word for it – click here to see it all!

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From Best PhotographySouthern inspiration paired with a gorgeous couple and whimsical details is nothing short of a perfect combination. Christine and Nils are some of the sweetest, selfless people you will ever meet. Not to mention, ridiculously photogenic. These two are practically supermodels. They poured their time and hearts into their wedding, and that fact is easy to see. With so many romantic details, and the gorgeous West Florida sunlight to set the tone, we are swooning… Between all of the incredible vendors and people that came together to make this elegant affair happen, we couldn’t have imagined anything more beautiful! It was perfect…

From the Bride… Nils and I were both terribly shy teenagers when a mutual friend in high school introduced us. We were too nervous to speak in person so we spent hours chatting on instant messenger (embarrassing screen names and all). It didn’t take long before we became best friends and high school sweethearts. By the time graduation came around, we had our hearts set on two different out-of-state universities. Nils and I went our separate ways, learned, loved and started making our own lives; he calls these the “lost years.” It wasn’t until three years later that I opened my inbox to find a surprising message from the same boy I fell so hard for in halls of our high school.

Nils proposed by recreating our first real date in high school, the first one where Nils got a truck and our parents didn’t have to drive. He recreated a picnic near a local Tampa bridge and even remembered the brand of sweet tea that we had so many years ago! We moved to Gainesville, FL where Nils began graduate school and dove right into wedding planning. We knew we wanted to get married in our hometown Tampa and I always dreamed of getting married in October, just like my parents and my grandparents. Our wedding took place on the same day my grandparents were married 70 years before.

Nils and I may be natives of the sunshine state but that doesn’t stop us from loving the south. Our collegiate tie to Georgia and Alabama keeps southern hospitality running through our veins and there was no doubt that we wanted to bring this same comfort to our wedding. With the help of our coordinator Kyela Faett and Anna Lucia Events, our vision for a beautiful southern affair came true.

We started with simply beautiful letterpress from A&P Designs complete with a monogram and cute map of Tampa Bay. The map included the Gasparilla pirate ship, locations of some of our favorite spots and even our two pups! We had a copy of the map blown up and have it hanging in our home.

I spent hours on blogs and Pinterest but had a hard time coming up with a distinct theme. Nils and I knew we adored the huge oaks trees at our venue so we kept the greenery flowing throughout our ceremony and into the crisp white tent for our reception. Botanica International Designs created the most beautiful garland and mint julep centerpieces. For décor I drew inspiration from table numbers we found at Rifle Paper Company and had a marvelous time mixing wreath and ribbon images to create our DIY paper products like the menus, program, escort and place cards. When it came to picking a color for my bridesmaids, I couldn’t get the Dusty Shale color from J.Crew out of my mind. I knew it would be a perfect compliment to the oak trees and even my strawberry blonde bridesmaids. Our happy day wouldn’t have been complete without the amazing music of Deleon Entertainment and their rendition of Come Thou Fount that will always remind me of walking down the aisle with my daddy.

Our favorite detail of our wedding was the DIY personalized escorts cards that welcomed every guest individually. This was such a small detail but made every one of our guests feel special and loved. Unique details like these were the reason we decided to have a wedding with fewer than one hundred guests. The wedding may have been a celebration for Nils and I, but we would be nowhere without the love and support of our loved ones and we made sure all of our wedding guests knew how special they were to us. We even managed to squeeze in a few rivalry college football digs on the escort cards that made everyone laugh.

We couldn’t resist adding foods like mini ham biscuits and shrimp and grits to our cocktail menu and completed the night eating sweet peach cobbler on wooden rocking chairs. Our cakes were made by the amazing husband and wife team at Hands on Sweets and were the perfect focal point for our tent reception. How did we end up with three cakes? It was completely impossible to choose just one flavor and design! We could not have been happier with our pink champagne with eucalyptus garland and that beautiful sugar magnolia.

Photography: Best Photography | Event Planning: Signature Events | Floral Design: Botanica Floral Designs | Cake: Hands On Sweets | Stationery: A&P Design | Hair And Makeup: Femme Akoi | Band: DeLeon Band | Officiant: Rev. Lee Crane | Transportation: Network Limousines | Venue: Tampa Yacht Club | Event Planning And Design: Anna Lucia Events | Linens : Over The Top Linens | Photo Booth: Photogenica

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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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