Christina + Matthew Step Into The Limelight | Grace Episcopal Church | Avila Golf and Country Club | Tampa, FL

Christina and Matthew met for the first time in Tampa at a Christmas church party where they both didn't know anybody. They happened to walk side-by-side on the way into the party and ended up talking with each other the whole night. on the day Matt proposed, He took Christina to the Colombia Restaurant in Clearwater. They both sat at the beach and watched the sunset. That's when he proposed! To celebrate, they went to The Melting Pot for dessert and enjoyed each other’s company. Matt LOVES how kinda and caring Christina is and Christina loves how bold Matt is. Together, they enjoy watching movies and musicals.

Christina and Matt Got married in the church where Christina grew up in. Grace Episcopal Church was and has always been a part of her families like so it only made sense to say their I-Do’s there. Spanish architecture has always been attractive to the two, so the couple decided to have their reception at the beautiful Avila. Their decor was classic and romantic with blue candles, large, tall florals as center pieces, and an ombre blue cake. It was honestly such a beautiful time where the both of them spent quality time together as Mr. and Mrs. Congratulations!!!

Lead Photographer | Carlos Rello
Associate Photographer | Alexa Rodriguez

Bridesmaid Dresses | David's Bridal
Cake | Publix
Caterer | Avila Golf and Country Club
Ceremony Site | Grace Episcopal Church
DJ | Grant Hemond
Event Planner | Serendipity Wedding Day Services
Florist | The Bridal Florist
Hair Stylist | Destiny and Light Hair and Makeup Group
Invitations | Minted
Make-up Artist | Destiny and Light Hair and Makeup Group
Reception Venue | Avila Golf and Country Club
Wedding Gown | Kleinfeld

Kristine + Jacob Step Into The Limelight | The Florida Aquarium | Tampa, FL

Krissy and Jacob’s love story began on March 22nd, 2013 during their spring semester at the University of Tampa, Jake was a senior and Krissy was a junior.  They were out with their respective friends and local college hang out and bumped into each other. Jake bought Krissy a drink and the rest was history.

The fall of 2017, was a crazy time period for Krissy and Jake. In October, Jake had decided that he wanted to make Krissy his forever and got blessings from Krissy’s parents. Krissy’s parents then gave Jake a diamond. Jake decided on a plan to propose to Krissy in Florida during Christmas. However, tragedy happened when Krissy’s dad got hurt in a hunting accident. So, Jake changed his plan. He, Krissy, and their fur baby Chase drove up to Cleveland for the holidays to spend time with her family. While they were headed out to dinner in downtown Cleveland Jake saw the city square lit up so beautifully that he stopped and asked Krissy to come with him. They were standing in front of the Christmas tree and Jake dropped down on one knee. 

Krissy and Jake love everything about each other, especially how they are able to make one another laugh. They are truly best friends in every way and love spending time on the beach walking their fur babies, Chase and Hayden. For their wedding they decided to have it in Tampa since it is where they met and where they live. Most of their family are from the Ohio and New Jersey so it was a perfect time to get their family out of the freezing north and enjoy some beautiful Tampa weather. Krissy and Jake’s inspiration for their wedding was to incorporate their love for animals and what better place to do it than The Florida Aquarium! They even had extra special guests at the ceremony, penguins!

Congratulation’s on finding your forever Krissy + Jake!

Lead Photographer | Stephanie Duffany
Associate Photographer | Audrey Clifford

Cake | The Artistic Whisk
Caterer | Aramark
Ceremony Site | The Florida Aquarium
DJ | Grant Hemond & Associates
Event Planner | CJ Inzirillo, Days Remembered by ND
Florist | Jennie’s Flower’s
Getting Ready Location | Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
Hair Stylist | LDM Beauty Group 
Make-up Artist | LDM Beauty Group
Officiant | Michael Moriarity
Reception Venue | The Florida Aquarium
Transportation | Escot Bus Lines + L3 Limo

Gabriella + Michael Step Into The Limelight | The Floridan Palace Hotel | Tampa, FL

Gabriella and Michael met each other during the famous pirate invasion of Tampa event called Gasparilla in 2015. They had been out with friends celebrating when they just so happen to meet at Macdintons. Michael came up to strike up a conversation after just moving back to the Tampa area and the rest is history!

On Christmas Eve 2017, they were at Gabriella's mother's house having dinner. Somehow, Michael had found the time to sneak away and ask her parent's permission to marry me. Michael surprised her with plane tickets to Hawaii, a place that she had always dreamed of going! They left the morning after Christmas and had an absolute blast. On New Years Eve, they went for a walk on one of the private beaches. They sat on the beach when all of a sudden, Michael got down on one knee and proposed. They rang in the new year in Hawaii and could not wait to come home and celebrate with their family and friends!

Gabriella has this to say about her love for Michael, “Michael has an awesome sense of humor, he is a great friend and gets along with everyone! His laugh is contagious and so unique. He keeps me calm and always is my voice of reason. I love to travel with him because he loves trying new things and always keeps an open mind. He works very hard and is a loyal son, is great with his family and mine.”
Together they bring out the best in each other and have a sense of humor and their LAUGHING is contagious! They enjoy lounging by the pool or beach, traveling and cooking together.

They wanted their wedding to be very romantic and traditional. They knew that they wanted to embrace Tampa's culture and show their guests why they love this city so much. Everything felt fresh but still warm with florals and lighting. The Floridan is so iconic and grandiose, boasting the most beautiful architecture and was absolutely stunning during the holiday season. The black tie attire certainly matched the ambiance and set the tone for a glamorous final weekend in 2018!

Gabriella was most excited for her wedding dress and they both loved their band, the florals. They also had some amazing details during the cocktail hour that are unique to Tampa - a cigar aficionado and a flamenco guitarist!

Gabriella and Michael really love to have fun and entertain, and they certainly paid attention to every little at the biggest party they will ever have! They picked out each detail together so that everything at the wedding was a reflection of both of their families and history, and the different pieces that bring them happiness.

So many special emotional moments throughout the day left all of the guests feeling overjoyed and in awe of the elegant decor. You could see and feel the love as Gabriella was first walking down the aisle with her dad, when her dad gave her away and as Gabriella and Michael said their vows. The excitement and celebration of love continued as their shared their first kiss and first dance as husband and wife with all of the most special people in our lives being in one room witnessing their joy.

Lead Photographers | Michael and Rebecca Zoumberos

Band: The Bay Kings Band
Cake: Elise's Pieces
Caterer:  The Floridan Palace Hotel
Ceremony Site: Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church
Cigar Aficionado: Delite Entertainment
Drapery + Lighting: Delite Entertainment
Flamenco Guitarist: Delite Entertainment
Florist: Northside Florist
Hair Stylist: Destiny and Light Hair & Makeup Group
Invitations: The Write Stuff
Make-Up Artist: Destiny and Light Hair & Makeup Group
Reception Venue:  The Floridan Palace Hotel
Videographer:  Voila Cinematic
Wedding Gown: The White Magnolia | Watters Too Dress
Wedding Planner | Taylor Falcon Events
Photobooth: Snapshoot

Ann + Phillip Step Into The Limelight | The Rusty Pelican | Tampa, FL

Ann Marie and Phillip met through work when Ann Marie reserved a private tour for Thriller Speedboats. She wasn’t going to go since she was working but Phillip insisted that she join them. It was a beautiful sunny Florida day and she couldn’t resist. She told herself, “why not?” A couple days after the tour Ann Marie and Phillip arranged to have their very first date. On this date, they could tell that they loved everything about each other!

Phillip proposed to Ann Marie by customizing their new puppy’s dog tag. A friend of theirs came over to visit their new addition and that’s when Ann noticed something different about her puppy. There was a tag on the collar, she looked at the tag and their was a picture of Ann and Phillip together as well as, “will you marry me?” ….and of course she said yes!

Ann Marie and Phillips’ wedding was directly on the water which provided amazing waterfront views of Tampa as well as the Sunset…and boy did they get an AWESOME sunset! The views outside as well as inside of their beautifully decorated reception room were enchanting. 

The 17th day of the month is an important day for Ann Marie and Phillip. It was when they had their first date and now, it is the date of their marriage.

In a “tale as old as time,” congratulations Ann Marie and Phillip on becoming husband and wife!

Lead Photographer | Stephanie Duffany
Associate Photographers | Keyont’e Howard + Audrey Clifford

Bridesmaid Dresses | Lulu’s
Cake | Alessi Bakeries
Caterer | The Rusty Pelican
Ceremony Site | The Rusty Pelican
DJ | DJ LV Productions
Event Planner | Ann Tipton
Florist | Arlene Floral & Event Designer
Hair Stylist | Chelsea Barefoot
Invitations | Minted
Make-up Artist | Richelle Ramon
Reception Venue | The Rusty Pelican
Wedding Gown | CC’s Bridal Boutique

Desiree + Stephen Step Into The Limelight | Avila Golf and Country Club | Tampa, FL

Desiree and Stephen met 8 years ago. A few of their family members knew each others family's Pawn and Jewelry store. After meeting Stephen there, he found out Desiree worked at Cracker Barrel and Stephen started bringing his family for breakfast on Sundays. A year and half in, the two went on a cruise with about 20 to 30 family and friends. After an awesome excursion in Honduras, they boarded are ship and went to the top deck for the view. Stephen asked for Desiree to face the Island for a picture and as Desiree turned back around and Stephan asked for her hand in marriage.

Desiree and Stephen had a wonderful day with the most beautiful weather Florida could provide! Both the ceremony and reception took place at the Avila Golf Club and Country. Their ceremony was short and sweet but very beautiful! Their friends and family then joined the two at their reception. The tables were decorated with light pink, coral and peach floral, glass plates with silver beading on the edges, Slate Blue napkins and keys for each guest. What an evening full of fun and special moments. Congratulations o the newlyweds!!!

Lead Photographer | Carlos Rello
Associate Photographer | Alexa Rodriguez

Piano & Cello Players | Richard Kittelstand
Bridesmaid Dresses | JJ's house
Cake | Elise's Pieces
Caterer | Avila Golf Club and Country
Ceremony Site | Avila Golf Club and Country
DJ | Grant Hemond and Associates, Inc.
Event Planner | Event Sisters
Florist | Hilda's Flower Company
Hair Stylist | Beauty Brought Out
Invitations | Echo Blueprint
Make-up Artist | Beauty Brought Out
Reception Venue | Avila Golf Club and Country
Wedding Gown | Malindy Elene
Rental | Elite Events and Rentals
Photo Booth | Snap Shot Photo Booth 
Transportation | Ambassador Limousine