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How to Make Perfect Tea

A 101 on Making Tea? Absolutely. A 101 on Making Tea + a beautiful space to boot? Um, hello gorgeous! This lovely spread was hosted at the Oxford Exchange and was gussied up to include a tea pairing and 2 yummy recipes, with a design from the fabulous Justin Demutiis, Courtney of Dishie Rentals, & Botanica International Design Studio. And the result is everything that SMP loves in a girl. Or a tea shop.

In just over a year of business, the Oxford Exchange has set the bar in Tampa. Their restaurant is booming for breakfast and lunch during the week, and might just be the most popular choice for brunch on the weekends. They also have the most fantastic shop, bookstore, offices, and coffee shop, but perhaps those will be saved for another SMP Living post. On the weekends, between 3-5 they offer Afternoon Tea. We decided to take it up a notch and add whimsical mismatched vintage plates and glassware, a touch of florals.

The Salted Caramel Latte and Lavender Fog are two of our most popular drinks at Tebella Tea Company and they are both simple and easy to replicate at home. Here are the simple DIY steps:

SALTED CARAMEL LATTE

Begin by mixing 3 teaspoons of our Caramel Black tea with 3 teaspoons of German rock sugar and steep them together in 16 oz of water for 3 minutes. Strain the leaves before adding a dash of steamed milk, 2 teaspoons of caramel syrup and a pinch of sea salt. Top off the mixture with foam and caramel topping (and a sprinkling of extra sea salt if you’d like), and you’ve got a decadent treat for any time of day!

LAVENDER FOG

Our Lavender Fog is a delightful variation on the London Fog, a tea drink that was invented by an unknown barista in Vancouver, British Columbia. While a traditional London Fog is made with Earl Grey, we use our Earl Grey Lavender for a modern twist. Steep 3 teaspoons of the tea with 3 teaspoons of German rock sugar for 3 minutes in 8 oz of warmed milk and 8 oz of boiling water. Strain the fog mixture into a teapot and add 2 teaspoons of vanilla syrup. Top it off with foam and enjoy the creamy combo of lavender, bergamot and vanilla—perfect for a rainy day.

Reception Venue: Oxford Exchange | Florals: Botanica International Design Studio | Plates And Glassware: Dishie Rentals | Sweet And Savory Bites: Oxford Exchange Restaurant | Tea: Tebella Tea Company

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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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Style Me Pretty Florida Welcomes Our Advertisers!

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 | Make Up: Linny Correa | Hair: Ty at David Gavin Salon

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