Tampa Wedding by Dearly Loved Photography
May 18, 2011

I can't help but think of that 80's tune by Christopher Cross when I look at this next wedding. You know the one, "Saillllling takes me awayyyyyy..." Or the way my uncle would shout, "Port-about-hard-a-lee" at my clearly confused sister and I as we sailed into harbor. Seriously though, how sweet is this little sailboat nuptial? This adorable couple braved the open sea to say their I Do's and Dearly Loved Photography was there (hanging by the mast no doubt) to capture all the special moments. See the rest here in the galley, I mean gallery.





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From the moment of our engagement we had two thoughts in regards to our wedding: sailboat and vintage Schwinn tandem. Not a traditional combination...but that suits us. Our wedding was full of DIY projects. A graphic designer by trade I wanted to create the perfect environment to showcase our personalities and style. The invitations were hand illustrated and digitally letter pressed, the grass centerpieces were grown by my father in the backyard, the flowers designed by a family friend, and the cake...what cake?! Our vision of a whimsical Little Debbie Snack tower came to life, set off by antique Pez toppers. The 1967 Schwinn tandem became a prop for the photo guestbook, and all the guests went home with a custom messenger bag. Our private ceremony was held at sunset in the middle of Tampa Bay aboard the vessel Hare-itage. I was escorted down a dock of sun drenched 2x4’s by my Father. I wore a 1950’s vintage dress purchased on Ebay and a flower from Lithuania in my hair. Jim wore a perfectly tailored Armani suit. It was an amazing spring night although a bit rougher at sea than we had hoped. We were hanging on for dear life while saying I do! The rings were delivered lovingly by our lifejacket clad toy poodle Ludwig. With rings on and I do’s done the celebration began. The following day accompanied by our amazing friends and family we made our entrance as Mr and Mrs. Together with our guests we sailed from the hotel to the Yacht Club via a flotilla of boats. Guests sipped Presidente beer barefoot while enjoying beautiful Tampa Bay. With the boats all safely docked and guests back on dry land, the night began with a traditional Tampa Cuban feast, continued with drinks and dancing, and ended with late night Cuban sandwiches. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect weekend. The many hours of hard work and planning paid off. Our wedding celebration was a perfect reflection of our life and love.

Photography: Dearly Loved Photography / Ceremony and Reception Location: Davis Island Yacht Club / Design: Bride, Rabbitt Design