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Departments 6 8

The Publisher’s Notes Bridal Style Glamorous and Stylish Wedding Accessories

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Features 54

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58 Rustic Ranch Wedding Stephanie Wehrmann and Robby Thigpen PHOTOGRAPHY BY LIMELIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY 62 Rusty Pelican Wedding Kaitlin O’Brien and Pete Hendrickson PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANDI DIAMOND PHOTOGRAPHY 66 Rusty Pelican Wedding Nada and Mina PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANDI DIAMOND PHOTOGRAPHY

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76 Hollywood Glam EVENT DESIGN BY ERIN WHITMAN, PAPERED HEART PHOTOGRAPHY AND BOTANICA INTERNATIONAL DÉCOR & DESIGN STUDIO PHOTOGRAPHY BY PAPERED HEART PHOTOGRAPHY 80 Rococo Style EVENT DESIGN BY PEA TO TREE EVENTS PHOTOGRAPHY BY LISA OTTO PHOTOGRAPHY

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Cakes Seasonal Cake Design Trends

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Flowers Distinctive Designs From Bouquets to Centerpieces

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Gown Guide The Latest Gown Trends

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Destination 42 Grand Velas Resort in Riviera Maya 50 Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya

Inspiration 70 Great Gatsby EVENT DESIGN BY EXQUISITE EVENTS & FH WEDDINGS & EVENTS PHOTOGRAPHY BY K&K PHOTOGRAPHY

Great Gifts Timeless Gift Ideas for the Wedding Party and Each Other

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Honeymoon Style Get Away In Style

Romantic Real-Life Weddings 54 Outdoor Waterview Ceremony Farrah Elchahal and Dr. Tariq Salman PHOTOGRAPHY BY DJAMEL PHOTOGRAPHY

Groom Style The Sharp Dressed Man

The Wedding Experts Wedding Professional Profiles

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Wedding Checklist 12-Month Planning Itinerary

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Budget Wedding Budget Worksheet

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Contact List Organize Important Contacts

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Resources Advertiser Resource Guide

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EverAfter

Cover (A) Credits

Cover (B) Credits

Photographer: Papered Heart Photography Florals: Botanica International Décor & Design Studio Gown: Dori by Hayley Paige Design Bridal Store: The White Magnolia Bridal Collection Jewelry: Haute Bride Location: Le Méridien Hotel Model: Morghan Walrich

Photographer: Ryan Joseph Photographs Floral: The Perfect Settings Gown: Paloma Blanca Bridal Store: Malindy Elene Cout´ure For The Bride Veil Designer: Erica Koesler Jewelry/Earrings: Tapper’s Diamonds & Fine Jewelry, West Bloomfield, MI Wedding Bands/Engagement Ring: Tilden Ross Jeweler, St. Armands Circle, Sarasota Model: Sasha Goodrich

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Publisher’s Notes Start Dreaming! Some girls start dreaming even before they get engaged, while others wait until the question and ring are officially presented before the wedding planning begins. Some of you may know exactly what you want, while others need ideas and inspiration — that is our goal at Tampa Bay Weddings magazine. We are part of the community and a local source for all things filled with love and beauty. We will be your source to find a planner, venue, dress, caterer, hair and makeup, décor or more, from any of the top-notch local bridal professionals. From bridal, groom and honeymoon style to great gift ideas, we hope to be your inspiration for creating magic and memories. In this issue check out the new section, The Wedding Experts. We offer informative profiles of the people leading the local wedding industry. We offer three Real Weddings that show incredible detail and the love of each bride and groom on their special day inside this issue. We had the pleasure of featuring Stephanie & Robby’s rustic, elegant outdoor ceremony and reception at Safari Wilderness Ranch, photographed by Limelight Photography. Waterfront locations served as the backdrop for Farrah & Tariq, who celebrated at Tampa’s Marriott Waterside Hotel and photographed by Djamel Photography, and Kaitlin and Pete who had a ceremony and reception at the Rusty Pelican and photographed by Andi Diamond Photography. When a talented group of designers, planners, photographers and others plan an inspiration shoot, the results are stunning. Inside this issue, we have a Hollywood Glam shoot at LeMeridien Hotel, Old World details at Rococo Steak, and 1920s Great Gatsby at 900 Park Street. We hope you will agree that the results are inspirational. We welcome submissions for Real Weddings and Inspirations. Please send a link to the images for us to review, along with a list of participating vendors and any special details that make the day unique or different. Please check out our newly redesigned website, www.TampaBayWed.com, where we dedicate all things bridal, with links to everything you need to plan your most memorable day. Join us for the next Elegant Wedding Showcase on July 26, 2015 at the Renaissance International Plaza Hotel for a day filled with top bridal experts. Enjoy a presentation from local bridal shops of the latest fashions, and great raffle prizes. We hope to see you there. Cheers,

Publisher / Editor-in-Chief Stephen Parag II Publisher / Managing Editor Ronda M. Parag Associate Publisher Patricia Vorbrich Executive Art Director Chad Vorbrich

Photo by Ellen Leedy

Contributing Photographers Nadia D Photo Andi Diamond Photography Djamel Photography Kristina Houser Photography Ryan Joseph Photographs K&K Photography Limelight Photography Lisa Otto Photography Papered Heart Photography Pezz Photo Vadim Photo

President / CEO Stephen Parag II Vice President / CFO Patricia Vorbrich Vice President Ronda M. Parag Vice President Chad Vorbrich

Ronda M. Parag Publisher/ Managing Editor

Publishers of: Tampa Bay Metro™ Tampa Bay MetroHome™ Tampa Bay Weddings Magazine™

Tampa Bay Weddings Magazine is published bi-annually by Metro Life Media, Inc. at 3404 S. Omar Ave., Tampa, FL 33629 (813) 835-7700 Fax (813) 835-7700 • Copyright 2015 Metro Life Media, Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction of, or use without written permission of the publisher, of editorial, pictorial or design content in any manner is prohibited in the United States. Tampa Bay Weddings Magazine,™ are trademarks of Metro Life Media, Inc. Advertisers represent that they are authorized to use submitted materials.

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Bridal Style

It is a day for the bride to shine and be the star of the day. From a short reception or rehearsal dress to the stunning heels or comfy flats, the bride-to-be will certainly be stylish and chic.

Pure and Simple

Photo by Julia Mazza

A sleeveless white dress that enhances the figure and is easy to wear will have all the focus on the bride-to-be. The Bar III Cupcake dress flatters all shapes and sizes. $79.50. Available at Macy’s or www.Macys.com.

Dangling Elegance Completely Irresistible Romantic Design diamond drop earrings featuring radiant, heart and pear shaped stones totaling 2.34 carats with 1.40 ct tw Round Brilliant Diamonds set in platinum. $7,999. Available at Gold & Diamond Source.

Floral Clip A bride will be sleek and chic with this gold and blush flowered hair comb from Haute Bride Design. $300. Available at The White Magnolia Bridal Collection.

It’s a Clutch

Flower Power Be stylish in these Charlotte Olympia Daisy PVC Ankle-Wrap Sandals. $895. Available at Neiman Marcus or www.NeimanMarcus.com.

Hold all the day’s essentials in this Charlotte Olympia’s Pandora Marry Me Box Clutch. $990. Available at Neiman Marcus or www.NeimanMarcus.com.

Blushing Bride

Strappy Flat Your feet will thank you after spending a wonderful evening in these Rene Caovilla Crystal Strappy Sandals. $1,265. Available at Neiman Marcus or www.NeimanMarcus.com.

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A new Florida-based company with a line of crafted, long-lasting mineral blushes that won’t wear off. Countour Powder Duo $27. Available at select salons and beauty supply retailers or www.ModelLauncher.com.


Groom Style

While sometimes the bride-to-be overshadows the groom-to-be, we’ve found a few essentials for the man walking down the aisle.

Man in Black Photo:Julia Mazza

The groom will be dashing in a black tuxedo by Boss Hugo Boss. $895. Available at Neiman Marcus or www.NeimanMarcus.com.

For the Best Dressed Groom Hand Engraved Sterling Silver Cufflinks from Gold & Diamond Source. $100; Engraving from $50. Available at Gold & Diamond Source.

Don't Be Late

Vibrant Scent A man should have a signature scent and Calvin Klein's Reveal will have the groom smelling clean and woodsy, fresh for the day of celebration. $80. Available at Macy's or www.macys.com.

A sleek Sapphire Synergy Chronograph Watch in Silver and Black by Movado, will certainly let the groom know when it is time to be at the church. $1,995. Available at Neiman Marcus or www.NeimanMarcus.com.

Accessories Rule Complete the groom's look with a Brioni Cummerbund and Bow tie set. $545. Available at Neiman Marcus or www.NeimanMarcus.com.

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Honeymoon Style

Relax and recharge after all the stress of planning for the big day on a beachy honeymoon. From the perfect pair of sunglasses to the sexy white swimsuit, we’ve got a few essentials that must travel along. Sleep in Silk He won’t be able to take his eyes off you in the lace and silk teddy. For extra coverage get the matching kimono robe too. Teddy $78; Kimono $168. Available at Victoria’s Secret.

Dream Watch Enjoy every minute of being together and keep time with a Waikkii Dream Watch from Tommy Bahama. $175. Available at Tommy Bahama or www.TommyBahama.com.

Paradise Found Scoot around town looking fashionable with these designs from Tommy Bahama. Him: The Emfielder Polo - $88; Plaid Dei Marmi Shorts - $98; Sunglasses - $125; Penny Loafers - $198; Kona Grand Prix Watch - $250; Her: Briarwood Tunic - $148, Pewter Gladiator Sandals - $128, Bikini top - $80. Available at Tommy Bahama or www.TommyBahama.com.

Made in the Shade Protect the eyes and look stylish too with these Tory Burch Sunglasses. $175. Available at Macy’s or www.Macys.com.

Sleek & Sexy A one piece maillot can be sexy with the zip up back and open mesh on sides, front and back. A perfect combination of style and beauty. $202. Available at Cerulean Blu Swim & Resort Wear Boutique. www.ceruleanblu.com.

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Initialize It

A Vera Bradley large tote is the perfect size to carry all the essentials on the honeymoon. The front zip wristlet is ideal for on-the-go. $88 Tote, $34 Wristlet. Available at Macy’s or www.Macys.com.

A necklace and bracelet with a personalized monogram of your new initials provides a wonderful keepsake. Available in gold or silver. Call for ordering and pricing. Available at Gold & Diamond Source.

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Great Gifts

Finding the right gift for the bridal party and the happy couple will make everyone remember the festive and joyous occasion. Here are a few ideas to inspire your search.

Groom to Bride The bride will treasure the sterling silver and cubic zirconia drop earrings and pendant with chain. $230. Available at Gold & Diamond Source.

Bridesmaids Bride to Groom

The earrings by Victoria Townsend will be an everlasting memento for your girls. $100. Available at Macy's or www.Macys.com.

Chilling, preserving and serving his favorite wines at any occasion just got a whole lot easier, thanks to the KRUPS Wine Aerator and Dispenser. Preserve open bottles of wine for up to ten days by removing oxygen from the bottle. $500. Available at www.BedBathandBeyond.com or Macys.com.

Groomsmen The guys will treasure the engravable stainless steel money clip by Chisel. $35 plus cost of engraving. Available at Gold & Diamond Source.

Party Favor A box of Godiva Chocolate is certainly a sweet treat to provide for the bridal party or as a favor for the guests. Boxes shown $15 - $50. Available at Macy's or www.Macys.com.

For the Couple A whimsical Kate Spade New York glassware set is ideal for the bride and groom to toast their union. The etched glass has a his and hers and ours on the decanter. Set of 2 glasses $49.99; Decanter $99.99. Available at www.BedBathandBeyond.com.

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Our beautiful settings, combined with love and laughter, shape the memories of your special day at Innisbrook.

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As you take your first steps as husband and wife, you’ll find unmatched facilities with elegant ballrooms, an exclusive kitchen for catering, 900 acres of expansive natural beauty and over 500 spacious guest rooms and suites.

855.747.8387 VisitInnisbrook.com

CREDIT: COREY CONROY PHOTOGRAPHY

A Grand Beginning to Happily Ever After


Cakes

Be creative with your wedding theme and carry it all the way to the reception with a simply designed or ornate wedding cake. From a crisp white or ivory color to a stunning emerald green, guests will be lined up for a taste of the delicious cake.

Tiramisu Tower Cake Designer: Alessi Bakery Photographer: Pezz Photo

Tiers of Delight Cake Designer: A Piece of Cake Photographer: Vadim Photo

Simple Elegance Cake Designer: The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club Florals & DĂŠcor: La Vie En Rose Photographer: K&K Photography

Initial It Cake Designer: Chocolate Pi Wedding Planner: Brooke Palmer – rsbp Events Floral Design: MMD Events Photographer: Pezz Photo

Mixing Shapes Cake Designer: A Piece of Cake Photographer: Nadia D Photo

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Flowers

Flowers are such an integral part of the ceremony and reception décor. Whether the theme is modern or vintage or something in between, there are a variety of sizes, shapes and texture of blooms to set the tone.

Dalí Fantasy Floral Designer: MMD Events Planner: rsbp Events Photographer: Pezz Photo

Pretty in Pink Floral Design: La Vie en Rose Photographer: K&K Photography

Purple Passion Floral Designer: FH Weddings & Events Planner: Burkle Events Photographer: Kristina Houser Photography

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Classic Statement

Draped in Beauty

Floral Designer: MMD Events Planner: Jessica Meiczinger of Simply Divine Events Photographer: Pezz Photo

Floral Design: Botanica International Design & Décor Studio Photographer: Djamel Photography

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Gown Guide

Bridal Magic Gown Trends | By Ronda M. Parag

Romance and imaginative style gowns set the scene for a stunning wedding day. Every bride-to-be becomes a reflection of beauty and grace when she finds the dress of her dreams. From delicate and ornate fabrics to fashion-forward silhouettes, there are styles and designs to fit every woman. Having just returned from Bridal Week in New York, owner of Malindy Elene, Megan Bubalo, saw all the latest designers and trends for the season. “It was the season of lace, tulle and open backs,” said Megan Bubalo. “Every collection was filled with romance and soft detailing. Illusion tops and backs were shown in each collection, as well with tattoo lace or soft beaded details among the illusion. I loved it all!” Malindy Elene offers designers such as Anne Barge, Reem Acra, Badgley Mischka, Ivy and Aster, Augusta Jones and Theia White Collection. Eye-catching elements by way of color and crystal embellishments are at hand in each collection this season, while staples such as intricate beading, lace details and classic silhouettes offer brides the consistency, taste and quality associated with Val Stefani and Moonlight Collection spring collections. “I have noticed a huge jump in the amount of illusion necklines our designers have been creating in their newest collections,” said Ashley West, manager at The White Magnolia Bridal Collection. “I love this trend. It’s very Audrey Hepburn.” West sees this trend in gowns from Christos and Hayley Paige. “You’ll never regret a gown with such a classic and elegant strap choice,” said West. Still a big trend is to change dresses or remove the skirt to create a short reception dress that is easy for the bride to celebrate and dance the night away. With an eye on your personal style, there are so many gorgeous gowns to choose at local Bay area bridal shops. We are sure you will find the right designer that has created a dress to make you feel special and beautiful. TBW

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Pronovias


Ines DiSanto


White by Vera Wang


Alice by Modern Trousseau


Pandora by Modern Trousseau


Theia White Collection


Anne Barge


Anne Barge


Karolina by Theia White Collection


Karolina by Theia White Collection


Pronovias


Anne Barge


Ines Di Santo


Ines Di Santo


Ines Di Santo


Theia White Collection


Pronovias


Pronovias


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Destination

Where It’s All About Love Grand Velas Resort in Riviera Maya | By Ronda M. Parag

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The ideal destination for romance and love is the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Resort in Riviera Maya, located just five minutes from Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Providing the most sophisticated and ultra-luxury all-inclusive resort experience in the Caribbean with both pristine beach and jungle settings, Grand Velas is the idealistic setting for either a destination wedding or blissful honeymoon. Fly into Cancun, Mexico and the drive to Grand Velas, Riviera Maya is about an hour and a half.

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The wedding specialists at Grand Velas will provide impeccable service to help plan an intimate wedding for just a few, or a grand scale reception for thousands. There

are a variety of venues and vistas for ceremonies and celebrations from the white powder sand beach to a tropical, Zen-like garden oasis. Wedding packages

offer plenty of services and amenities to create the celebration of a lifetime. The property recently completed a Chapel large enough for 143 people to provide Catholic


ceremonies. From the bridal spa suite to coordinator services, spa credits and morning-after romantic breakfast in bed, Grand Velas helps make wedding dreams a reality.

Regardless if you plan a destination wedding or if you decide to marry locally, consider the all-inclusive luxury Grand Velas Riviera Maya for the much-needed

honeymoon escape. The stunning resort sits on 205 acres and offers all adult ocean-front views, spacious accommodations with over 1,100 square feet with balconies and some


with private plunge pools. Each room has a full mini-bar with snacks and beverages that are re-stocked daily. The all-marble interior bathrooms are extra large with spacious walk in glass showers and jacuzzi soaking tubs. Grand Velas strives to deliver and exceed expectations with exceptional service, 24/7 ensuite service and 24-hour butler service. Dining is such a treat at any of the eight restaurants, including five gourmet options that offer dishes from Mexico, Europe and Asia. Reservations are a must, but do not miss the opportunity to dine at Cocina de Autor, the AAA Five Diamond Award, and the only all-inclusive restaurant in the world to win this prestigious distinction. Each of the eight courses from the Tasting menu tantalizes the palate and is creatively presented. Arrive early for dinner and have a cocktail at the Lounge.

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Whether it’s a romantic couples massage or simply relaxing during the signature seven step water journey, the Grand Velas Spa, a Leading Spa of the World and recipient of the award for “Best Luxury Resort Spa in America of 2014” by World Luxury Spas, is a must-do. Relax and recharge at the Spa, known for its authentic Mexican treatments. Other amenities around the resort include three infinity edge swimming pools, two fitness centers, water sports, Karaoke Bar, Koi Sports and DJ bar, piano bar and business center. At Grand Velas, begin a lifetime of love and let the memories begin. For ceremony rates, contact a personal wedding coordinator at 1.866.868.0922 or Velas Resorts' dedicated weddings website at www.velasweddings.com. For more information on Velas Resorts or to make a reservation, call 1.866.847.4609 or visit www.velasresorts.com. TBW

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Destination

Peace, Love and Harmony All-Inclusive Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya | By Ronda M. Parag


Soak up the sun and enjoy a honeymoon filled with romance and harmony at the Hard Rock Hotel in Riviera Maya. The sunny skies and beautiful azure waters of the Caribbean Sea surround the edges of the resort. The expansive all-inclusive resort means everything is included from the room, dining, cocktails and entertainment. The All Inclusive Hard Rock Hotel has created three exclusive packages for honeymooners, with a little inspiration by Colin Cowie. For honeymooners, the With Love package of mini cake, sparkling house wine, honeymoon dinner, in-room breakfast and jacuzzi experience is complimentary. For those wishing to receive the Showstopper experience, the blissful couple receive additional benefits including VIP Access to the hotel, concierge service, pick-up from the airport, flower petal heart design with the couple’s initials in the center of the bed, honeymoon t-shirts and more for additional pricing. When selecting this property, be sure to book into the adult (Heaven) section. The property is large and offers a total of 1,264 rooms with multiple room styles and sizes, and a separate side for families. Guests are able to enjoy the amenities throughout the entire resort. For honeymooners, enjoy the peaceful serenity at the all-adult beachfront pool. There are daily activities and nightly entertainment to keep busy during the stay. For spa lovers, the Rock Spa has 75 treatment rooms and special treatments created just for Hard Rock including a couples massage. The resort is about an hour from the Cancun airport and transportation should be arranged in advance. Upon arrival, guests are offered a cocktail. The check in process is quick, as the team knows that guests are ready to experience all the resort has to offer.

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To keep in touch with anyone state side, the property provides unlimited calls to the US and Canada. Complimentary Wi-Fi is offered in-room and throughout the property. Each room has a private in-room liquor dispenser and the refrigerator is stocked with beer, soda and water daily. Room service is available 24/7. The delicious dining experience includes more than twelve options, including buffets or reservation-required restaurants, that offer specialties such as Asian, Mexican, French and Italian. There are eight bars and lounges, including Club Heaven that is surrounded by water and a DJ spins the latest club music. The club opens at 11 p.m. where guests flock to the private lounge seating areas. Those more adventurous, can jump into the water and rock out to the music. If you ever wanted to be a rock star, now is your chance at the Hard Rock Riviera Maya. The all-inclusive resort offers an interactive Music Lab which is available to guests ages 12 and up. There are three classes that combine for a fun-filled music experience. The three classes — Jam Band, Spin Session and Rock Tube, are created for musical fun. Be sure to register once you arrive at the property at the public relations desk. If you must leave the resort, there are plenty of things for honeymooners to explore off-property. The happy couple can shop on 5th Ave. in Playa del Carmen, swim with the dolphins or explore the archeological site of Tulum. There is so much to explore and plenty of activities at the Hard Rock Riviera Maya, you may never want to leave. TBW To book a honeymoon, at the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, visit www.hrhallinclusive.com or call 888-762-5002. Honeymoon Packages are available with Resort credits available based on length of stay.

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Farrah Elchahal and Dr. Tariq Salman Photography by Djamel Photography

Farrah and Tariq Marry at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Two families and fabulous friends gathered at the Marriott Waterside in downtown Tampa, to celebrate Farrah and Tariq’s special day. Guests enjoyed an outdoor ceremony, with the Marina in the background on a warm winter day. Guests had a wonderful time, leaving everyone looking forward to the next cause for celebration.

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Farrah and Tariq

Photos: (clockwise) A beautiful table adorned with crystal candelabras overflowing with pink peonies stood atop the tables; gorgeous place settings with ivory dupioni napkins carried on the pink peony theme; Farrah and Tariq share a kiss with a water view in the background; a six tier cake floated on a bed of white peonies, garden roses and hydrangeas; invitations were on display.

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D E T A I L S

Floral & Event Design: La Vie en Rose Event Planner: Table 6 Productions Venue: Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina Cake: Chocolate Pi Photography: DJAMEL Photography Lighting & Pinspots: La Vie en Rose Decor: Custom Linens, White Dance Floor, Wall Fabric Vignettes, Glass Beaded Chargers, Crystal Candelabra, Chairs, White Stage Cover: La Vie en Rose Custom Linens: Over The Top Invitations: URBANcoast Hair & Makeup: Michele Renee The Studio Video: Lucky Lemon


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November 15 | Lakeland

Stephanie Wehrmann and Robby Thigpen Photography by Limelight Photography


A Rustic Wedding at the Safari Wilderness Ranch in Lakeland, Florida The happy couple met back in kindergarten and have a great love for the outdoors. Robby proposed on his boat down on the water where they had their first date. The couple chose the Safari Wilderness Ranch to host both their wedding and reception, as Stephanie’s father is part owner of the property. Planning the wedding took 10 months with the help of wedding planner, Sandy Rule and the design team of CONCEPTBAIT’S Lynn McGhee creating the perfect blend of elegance and rustic chic.

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Stephanie and Robby

Photos: (clockwise): Cafe lights are strung through the reception area to create a wonderful glow; Stephanie and her bridesmaids wore Lucchese Boots under their dresses; the reception was held inside the barn with tables covered in ivory glamor linen with vintage floral overlay; Stephanie and Robby kiss under the stunning archway covered in beautiful florals and a hanging chandelier; the wedding cake was created by the bride’s mother; guests enjoy the drinks from the custom made beer bar.

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D E T A I L S

Event Venue: Safari Wilderness Ranch Planner & Event Design: Sandy Rule Events Catering: Puff 'n Stuff Florals, Décor, Draping, Chandeliers & Rentals: CONCEPTBAIT Linens: Over the Top Lighting: Baystage Live Chairs and Farm Tables: A Chair Affair Ceremony Musicians: Groom’s Uncle, Cousin and Friend Reception Music & Band: DeLeon Entertainment Photography: Limelight Photography Invitations: URBANcoast Make-up & Hair: Rachel Reumann Dress: Jim Hjelm, CC’s Boutique Shoes: Lucchese Boots Bridesmaids’ Attire: Bill Levkoff


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February 28 | Tampa

Kaitlin O’brien and Pete Hendrickson Photography by Andi Diamond Photography

Kaitlin and Pete’s Tampa Wedding at the Rusty Pelican Kaitlin and Pete’s ceremony at the Rusty Pelican had a great view of the water for them and their guests. The couple exchanged vows, rings, and then their first kiss officially as husband and wife. Guests then entered their elegant reception, dined on delicious food and drink, and danced the night away to a live band.

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Kaitlin and Pete


Photos: The reception ceiling was beautifully draped and crystal chandeliers hung from the celing; the three-tier cake was simple and elegant with Mr. and Mrs. as a toppper; the candelabra’s were adorned with beautiful florals and hanging crystals; small votive candles and table lanterns with a gold number decorated each table; initials of Mr. and Mrs. hang from the chairs at the sweetheart table. Opposite: Pete and Kaitlin share a loving look with Tampa Bay serving as a waterfront backdrop.

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D E T A I L S

Photography: Andi Diamond Photography Ceremony, Reception Venue and Catering: The Rusty Pelican Wedding Coordinator: Don Valente of The Rusty Pelican Wedding Dress: CC’s Boutique Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids Entertainment: De Leon Entertainment Hair and Make-up: Shear Art Salon Videographer: Tampaniac Pictures Décor: Arlene Floral Designer Floral Design: Northside Florist Cake: Publix Bakery

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November 2 | South Tampa

Nada and Mina Photography by Andi Diamond Photography

South Tampa Egyptian Wedding for Nada and Mina It was such a lovely day for Nada and Mina, their traditional Egyptian wedding ceremony was held at St. George Coptic Orthodox Church, where family and friends gathered to witness the two devote their lives to one another. Both the bride and the groom wore traditional, decorative ceremonial robes during the wedding at the church. The celebration then continued at their wedding reception at Renaissance Tampa International Plaza, where Nada and Mina danced the night away with their guests. It was full of energy, color, music, family, and of course love!

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Photos: (clockwise) The four-tier, square wedding cake was a delicate ivory color and decorated with sugar flowers by A Piece of Cake; the bride and groom grew up together in Egypt, but reconnected years later through Facebook and celebrate their love with engraved champagne flutes; orchids and candles were part of the décor created by Milly's Flowers; traditional dances and music kept everyone on the dance floor; the bride and groom's initials were displayed on the draped walls; Nada and Mina dance to their first dance at the reception.

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D E T A I L S

Photographer: Andi Diamond Photography Event Designer: Dj Felix Events Reception Venue: The Renaissance International Plaza Hotel Cake Designer: A Piece of Cake Tampa Transportation: Ambassador Limousine DJ: CMG Events/DJ Felix Linens and Coverings: First Class Rentals of Tampa Bay Hair Stylist: Michelle Renee Hair and Makeup Floral Designer: Milly’s Flowers Location: St. George Coptic Orthodox Church Dress Designer: Vera Wang for David’s Bridal

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I N S P I R AT I O N

Great Gatsby Design Collaboration by Exquisite Events and FH Weddings & Events Photography by K&K Photography

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Gatsby Inspired Waterfront Wedding Venue: 900 Park Street, St. Petersburg, FL Design Collaboration: Exquisite Events and FH Weddings & Events Floral, Furniture & Décor: FH Weddings & Events Catering: Puff ’n Stuff Events/Catering Cake: The Cake Zone Bridal Gown & Bridesmaid Dresses: Anglo Couture by Vicky Anglo Tuxes: Mr. Paul Tux Videography: Jake Jalbert at Iyrus Entertainment Chairs: A Chair Affair Photography: K&K Photography Hair, Makeup & Accessories: Femme Akoi Drone Aerial Photography: Brian Cirillo Transportation: Angelo Rumore

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THE IDEAL DESTINATION TO BEGIN YOUR JOURNEY TOGETHER. Renaissance® Tampa International Plaza Hotel is the perfect venue for the wedding of your dreams. With 12,500 square feet of elegant event space, a picturesque courtyard, custom menus designed by our award-winning Executive Chef, and a professional team of event planners, your celebration will be the one they’re talking about for years to come. Start planning today; call 813.877.9200 or visit renaissancetampaweddings.com.

RENAISSANCE TAMPA INTERNATIONAL PLAZA HOTEL 4200 Jim Walter Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33607 t: 813.877.9200, renaissancetampa.com © 2015 Renaissance Holdings, Inc.

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Hollywood Glam Design Collaboration by Erin Whitman, Papered Heart Photography and Botanica International DĂŠcor & Design Studios Photography by Papered Heart Photography

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Hollywood Glam Event Venue: Le Méridien - Downtown Tampa Photographer: Papered Heart Photography Design Collaboration: Erin Whitman, Papered Heart Photography and Botanica International Décor & Design Studio Floral Designer: Botanica International Décor & Design Studio Cake Designer: Hands on Sweets Paper: Mates + Co Dress: The White Magnolia Bridal Collection; ‘Dori’ by Hayley Paige Design Jewelry: Haute Bride

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on location extensive staff to handle large wedding parties specializing in camera-ready makeup

813.531.7770 MicheleReneeTheStudio.com See Our Work at: www.Facebook.com/MicheleReneeTheSudio Instagram: MicheleReneeHairMakeup www.TampaBayWed.com

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Rococo Style Design by Pea to Tree Events Photography by Lisa Otto Photography

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Rococo Style Concept and Design: Pea to Tree Events Photographer: Lisa Otto Photography Paper Goods: URBANcoast Venue: Rococo Steak Model: Monica Mercado Gown and Accessories: Isabel O'Neil Bridal Collection Hair and Make-up: Destiny & Light Hair and Makeup Group Floral Designer/Chargers/Glassware: Milly’s Flowers China/Rentals: Jefferson Courtyard Bakery: A Piece of Cake Linens: Over The Top Rental Linens

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THE WEDDING

EXPERTS


THE WEDDING

EXPERTS

1930 GRANDE ROOM AND STONE CHEF EVENTS & CATERING Together, owners and husband and wife duo, Anthony & Jennifer Sanschagrin, combine their individual talents and expertise to assist couples in planning for their big day. Jennifer lends her design and event planning background to assist couples each step of the way, while Chef Anthony creates custom menus by fusing culinary elements and cultures to please the palate. The Award Winning Venue and Catering Services are the perfect pairing for two people to begin a lifelong journey of love. 1930 East 7th Avenue Tampa, FL 33605 813.786.3135 www.granderoom.com www.stonechef.com


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BOTANICA INTERNATIONAL DESIGN & DÉCOR STUDIO In 1989, Ian Prosser opened Botanica International Florist to serve the greater Tampa Bay area and now, the expanded Botanica International Design & Décor Studio and Ian Prosser Productions. The companies design award-winning weddings and events across the State of Florida and the globe. Botanica and Ian Prosser Productions are an exclusive event design studio encompassing all elements essential to a spectacular celebration. Specializing in floral décor, specialty linens, rental furniture and chairs, draping and custom wedding event accessories. 1713 W. Cypress Street Tampa, FL 33606 www.BotanicaFlorist.com 813.831.0965


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FH WEDDINGS & EVENTS FH Weddings & Events is a full service creative design company that offers florals + dĂŠcor. They offer a wide range of services including modern + vintage furniture, draping, lighting + florals. The team specializes in transforming any venue into a unique and custom space. For over a decade, owners Marty & Stephanie have been creating stunning designs that transform a room into a dream wedding. Their fresh designs & professional approach helps create timeless and unique events. 903 N. Howard Ave. Tampa, FL 33606 www.fhweddings.com events@fhweddings.com 813.390.9371

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EXPERTS

RYAN JOSEPH PHOTOGRAPHS Celebrating his 15th year documenting marriage and family in Tampa Bay and around the world, Ryan Joseph has been recognized by industry and public alike. In 2013, he was honored to be named one of the Top 10 Wedding Photographers in the world by American Photo Magazine. His work, interpreted as both classic and contemporary, has been featured in just about every major wedding publication both here and abroad. Recently, Ryan and his wife, talented hair and makeup artist Elena Joseph, opened their new South Tampa Studio. See more of their work at www.rjphoto.com. 3013 W. San Rafael St. Tampa, FL 33629 813.248.5533 www.rjphoto.com


Wedding Checklist Congratulations you’re engaged! Wedding bells will be ringing soon, but in the meantime it’s all about the planning. Here’s a helpful 12-month itinerary to make sure your big day goes off without a hitch.

10 to 12 Months This is the period of research and exploring, what kind of wedding do you want? Pretend you are a detective seeking the best of everything: style, venue, honeymoon, the works. ❑ Schedule engagement photos ❑ Mail out engagement announcements ❑ Set a date ❑ Meet clergy, especially if one of you is converting so you can start classes immediately ❑ Start making bride/groom guest list ❑ Decide on a budget ❑ Decide on indoor or outdoor wedding, be sure to keep in mind weather conditions for outdoor weddings and it’s always a good idea to have a backup plan ❑ Begin scouting locations for ceremony, reception and rehearsal dinner. ❑ Begin researching caterers, florists, photographers, musicians and bakers ❑ Make a list with fiancee of honeymoon destinations and songs for your first dance ❑ Decide on members of the wedding party ❑ Begin shopping for your wedding dress

7 to 9 Months Now it’s time to start narrowing things down. In order to have time for the details, it’s important to get some of the big stuff out of the way. ❑ Send engagement announcement to the local paper ❑ Order your wedding dress ❑ Decide on venue ❑ Choose clergy ❑ Choose your colors ❑ Take bridesmaids shopping for their dresses ❑ Take mom shopping for her Mother of the Bride dress ❑ Meet with florist and decide on flowers for venue, wedding party and reception ❑ Meet with caterer to decide on menu and schedule menu tasting ❑ Book photographer ❑ Meet with musicians to discuss play list ❑ Meet with travel agent about honeymoon ❑ Book reception venue and make deposit

4 to 6 Months Ok, take a deep breath and relax, but not too much. Look at all you’ve accomplished; now it’s time for the details. ❑ Finalize menu with caterer ❑ Finalize guest list ❑ Order wedding invitations ❑ Start shopping for wedding rings ❑ Make appointment with jeweler if want to custom design rings ❑ Meet with baker to view and taste cake options ❑ Order bridesmaids’ dresses ❑ Shop for and order fiancée and groomsmen tuxes ❑ Book honeymoon

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❑ Make sure passports are current if going out of the country

2 to 3 Months Now things are beginning to take form and your dream wedding is unfolding right before your eyes. Just keep focus and have fun. ❑ Order wedding rings ❑ Confirm with florist all flowers for ceremony and reception ❑ Order cake ❑ Register for gifts ❑ Shop and order party favors ❑ Pick song for your first dance ❑ Finalize play list with musicians

4 to 8 Weeks Everything is locked in, your dress is being tailored and everything is ordered. Now is the time to CONFIRM, CONFIRM, CONFIRM. ❑ Mail wedding invitations ❑ Order programs for the ceremony ❑ Go with fiancée to get marriage license ❑ Obtain, fill-out and mail all necessary forms for your name change ❑ Pick up wedding rings and check fit ❑ Final fitting for wedding dress and wedding party ❑ Make appointment with hair and makeup stylist ❑ Make nail appointment ❑ Start shopping for honeymoon clothes ❑ Purchase wedding party gifts ❑ Purchase wedding gift for your fiancée ❑ Pick up your dress and start wearing shoes around the house to ensure comfort on the big day ❑ If traditionalist–make sure have something old, new, borrowed and blue ❑ Plan rehearsal dinner ❑ Pay final payment on reception hall

1 Week Can you hear the wedding bells? That’s right in just one week you’ll go from bride-to-be, to wife! Now just a few minor details before you walk down the aisle into happily ever after. ❑ Confirm with EVERYONE, caterer, photographer, baker, florist to make sure everything is on schedule ❑ Confirm wedding party picked up dresses and tuxes ❑ Get everything packed for honeymoon ❑ Pick up plane or cruise tickets and travel itinerary for honeymoon from travel agent ❑ Hold rehearsal dinner and handout wedding day schedule to wedding party ❑ Take bridesmaids out for brunch and a spa day for the last time as a single gal ❑ Attend wedding rehearsal ❑ Schedule two days for yourself, one for family and one for friends


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Wedding Budget [ OUR BUDGET ] Our total budget is: __________________

ESTIMATED COST

CEREMONY

ACTUAL COST

Officiant

$

$

Venue

$

$

Venue Decorations

$

$

Other

$

$ ESTIMATED COST

WEDDING ATTIRE

ACTUAL COST

Dress

$

$

Veil and Headpiece

$

$

Bride’s Accessories

$

$

Groom’s Tuxedo/Suit

$

$

Groom’s Accessories

$

$

Other

$

$ ESTIMATED COST

RECEPTION

ACTUAL COST

Venue

$

$

Rentals

$

$

Other

$

$ ESTIMATED COST

CATERING

ACTUAL COST

Bartender/Beverages

$

$

Food Services

$

$

Other

$

$ ESTIMATED COST

JEWELRY

ACTUAL COST

Rings

$

$

Earrings/Necklace

$

$

Other

$

$


ESTIMATED COST

PHOTOGRAPHY/VIDEOGRAPHY

ACTUAL COST

Photography

$

$

Videography

$

$

Additional Prints

$

$

Additional DVDs

$

$

Other

$

$

FLORAL

ESTIMATED COST

Bridal Bouquet

$

Bridesmaid Bouquets

$

$

Boutonnieres/Corsages

$

$

Ceremony/Reception

$

$

Other

$

$

INVITATIONS

ESTIMATED COST

$

Invitations

$

Save the Date

$

$

Other

$

$

CAKE Cake

$

Other

$

WEDDING PLANNER Planner

$

Other

$

MUSIC

ESTIMATED COST ESTIMATED COST ESTIMATED COST

$

$ $

$ $

Ceremony

$

Reception

$

$

Other

$

$

MISCELLANEOUS $

ESTIMATED COST

$

$

$

$

$

$

$

$

$

$

ACTUAL COST

ACTUAL COST

ACTUAL COST ACTUAL COST ACTUAL COST

ACTUAL COST


Wedding Contact List Use this list of important contacts as a handy tool to keep you from worrying about all the small stuff on your big day. Provide this list to your wedding planner before your big day in case of any emergencies, questions or alteration in plans.

MOTHER OF THE BRIDE

CEREMONY SITE

name:

name:

phone:

phone:

cell:

cell:

email:

email:

FATHER OF THE BRIDE

RECEPTION SITE

name:

name:

phone:

phone:

cell:

cell:

email:

email:

MOTHER OF THE GROOM

PHOTOGRAPHER

name:

name:

phone:

phone:

cell:

cell:

email:

email:

FATHER OF THE GROOM

CATERER

name:

name:

phone:

phone:

cell:

cell:

email:

email:

MAID OF HONOR

CAKE DESIGNER

name:

name:

phone:

phone:

cell:

cell:

email:

email:

BEST MAN

FLORIST

name:

name:

phone:

phone:

cell:

cell:

email:

email:


RENTAL COMPANY

TRAVEL AGENT

name:

name:

phone:

phone:

cell:

cell:

email:

email:

GOWN SHOP

VIDEOGRAPHER

name:

name:

phone:

phone:

cell:

cell:

email:

email:

GROOM’S FORMALWEAR

TRANSPORTATION

name:

name:

phone:

phone:

cell:

cell:

email:

email:

CEREMONY MUSIC

___________________________

name:

name:

phone:

phone:

cell:

cell:

email:

email:

RECEPTION MUSIC

___________________________

name:

name:

phone:

phone:

cell:

cell:

email:

email:

HAIR & MAKEUP

___________________________

name:

name:

phone:

phone:

cell:

cell:

email:

email:


Resources

Welcome to the Advertising Resource Guide A list of the wonderful advertisers inside this issue of Tampa Bay Weddings Magazine. For more information, or to contact an advertiser, just click on an advertiser’s web link.

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1930 Grande Room Tampa, FL 33605 813-786-3135 www.granderoom.com

Gold and Diamond Source Clearwater, FL 33762 727-573-9351 www.goldanddiamond.com

Andi Diamond Photography Tampa, FL 33609 813-503-5056 www.andidiamond.com

Grant Hemond & Associates, Inc. New Port Richey, FL 34655 727-736-2316 www.granthemond.com

Blowbar Express Salon Tampa, FL 33609 813-876-2569 www.blowbarexpress.com

Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club Palm Harbor, FL 34684 727-942-2000 www.visitinnisbrook.com

Botanica International Decor & Design Studio Tampa, FL 33629 813-831-0965 www.BotanicaFlorist.com

Isabel O'Neil Bridal Collection Tampa, FL 33629 813-251-1749 www.IsabelBridal.com

Dazzle Tampa, FL 33629 813-425-1819 www.datztampa.com

Loews Don CeSar Beach Resort St. Petersburg, FL 33706 727-360-1881 www.loewshotels.com

Exquisite Events St. Petersburg, FL 33708 727-954-3911 www.etbevents.com

Makeup & Hair by Monique Clearwater, FL 33760 813-765-1354 www.makeupandhairbymonique.com

FH Wedding & Events Tampa, FL 33606 813-390-9371 ww.fhweddings.com

Malindy Elene Tampa, FL 33606 813-251-4334 www.malindyelene.com

Feather Sound Country Club Clearwater, FL 33762 727-573-5666 www.feathersoundcc.com

Michele Renee The Studio Tampa, FL 33614 813-531-7700 www.MicheleReneeTheStudio.com

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Puff ‘n Stuff Catering Tampa, FL 813-712-7833 www.puffnstuff.com

The Destiny & Light - Hair and Makeup Group Tampa, FL 33635 813-476-8386 www.DestinyandLight.com

Quail Hollow Zephyrhills, FL 33544 813-333-0033 www.QuailHollowNow.com

The Vault Tampa, FL 33602 813-225-3450 www.TheVaultTampa.com

Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel Tampa, FL 33607 813-877-9200 www.renaissancetampaweddings.com

The Webb Works Tampa, FL 33629 813-817-9840 www.thewebbworks.com

Rococo Steak St. Petersburg, FL 33701 727-822-0999 www.rococosteak.com

The White Magnolia Bridal Collection Tampa, FL 33606 813-787-8812 www.whitemagnoliabridal.com

Ryan Joseph Photographs Tampa, FL 33629 813-248-5533 www.rjphoto.com

The Write Stuff Tampa, FL 33629 813-837-0400 www.writestufftampa.com

Shutterbooth Tampa, FL 33673 813-600-3636 www.shutterbooth.com

Vein & Cosmetic Center of Tampa Bay Tampa, FL 33607 813-282-0223 www.VeinCenterTampa.com

Stonehouse Events Tampa, FL 33647 813-973-9834 www.stonehouseevents.com

Wedding Invy Brandon, FL 33511 813-330-7986 www.weddinginvy.com

Sunken Gardens St. Petersburg, FL 33704 727-551-3106 www.sunkengardens.org

Yacht Starship Tampa, FL 33602 813-223-7999 www.yachtstarship.com

Swann Medical Tampa, FL 33606 813-253-5969 www.swann-medical.com The list is compiled at

Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina Tampa, FL 33602 813-221-4900 www.marriott.com/tpamc

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