amy and chris | ybor city wedding photographer | our lady of perpetual help ceremony and the italian club reception photography

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… insight from amy …

what was your favorite moment, or favorite part, of your wedding day?
my favorite part was the dancing at the reception… especially the final song!
is there anything you wish you had done differently when planning your wedding?
nope:)
which three vendors were most important to you when planning your wedding?
photographer, videographer and caterer
what was your biggest wedding day savings? (and was it worth it?)
i didn’t do favors and no one cared:)
what was your biggest wedding day splurge? (and was it worth it?)
getting a videographer… i think so! i haven’t seen it yet.
what was the best advice you received when planning your wedding? (and did you listen?)
get a coordinator!!!!! yes, i did. i was able to be a guest at my wedding because of her.
was there anything encountered during wedding planning that was unexpected?
just all the little details that would pop up… like gifts for everyone.
was there a moment(s) during your wedding day that surprised you?
the train of my dress wouldn’t stay up. thank GOD my coordinator had safety pins that she used on the inside of the dress and it worked perfectly.
when you look back on your wedding day in 50 years, what do you think you’ll remember most?
i will never forget our last dance…everyone circled around Chris and I and the band sang “with a little help from my friends”…AMAZING

… how it all came together …

getting ready location | marriott waterside
ceremony | our lady of perpetual help catholic church
reception | the italian club
Wedding coordination | katie olender
catering | good food
cake artist | renee mari
florals | chris, flora
ceremony music | vic omila
reception band | phase 5
videography | caleb, randall productions
transportation | the olympus limo
stationery | sage sisters press
Wedding dress | moder trousseau
wedding dress boutique | the white magnolia
bridesmaids’ dresses | bella bridesmaids
groom’s & groomsmen attire | men’s warehouse
bride’s hair & makeup | amy’s aunt

kristen & christopher | south tampa wedding photographer | sacred heart catholic church ceremony and tampa yacht and country club reception photography

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… insight from kristen …

what was your favorite moment, or favorite part, of your wedding day?
Sharing the day with family and friends. So many of these people came to celebrate with us from near and far, so catching up with them and just having them there with us was our favorite part.
is there anything you wish you had done differently when planning your wedding?
When planning, remember that perfection will not happen–but it can come pretty close. Be sure to have contingency plans, especially those setup by planners with familiarity of weddings and all that can go wrong. Also wish I had more face-to-face time with certain vendors over purely email contact to better explain things.
which three vendors were most important to you when planning your wedding?
Definitely the caterer / venue because they do this all the time and were our single most important vendor with the planning. She’s seen it all and could direct us on what works and what doesn’t work. Photography and videography were also crucial in our planning. The timelines and questionnaires got us thinking and helped contribute to the planning on process.
what was your biggest wedding day savings? (and was it worth it?)
The DJ, which for us unfortunately was not worth the savings. It wasn’t a bad experience, just not an ideal experience. We went on the basis of a single recommendation and the price was right. The quality was ok, but not what we envisioned.
what was your biggest wedding day splurge? (and was it worth it?)
Photography / videography–which we so far believe to very much worth it from previews. We were always told to make sure we captured every moment and certainly every moment we would see both photographers and videographers. Their experience, know-how, and everything made this wedding truly special. We can’t wait to see the final product!
what was the best advice you received when planning your wedding? (and did you listen?)
Take time to enjoy the event and all that was going on around us, be sure to eat, and not sweat the small stuff. We definitely took time to pause and enjoy everything. We ate whenever we got a chance to–even if it was some speed eating, but we needed the energy to keep us going. It took about an hour to realize not to freak out when something super minor didn’t go as planned, but once we finally did not sweat the small stuff, the stress level went down.
was there anything encountered during wedding planning that was unexpected?
Not really. We were well prepared for most things. There will almost definitely by unexpected costs, but thankfully nothing too prohibitive for us.
was there a moment(s) during your wedding day that surprised you?
For once, everyone seemed to get along well and there was an overwhelming sense of camaraderie, love, and seeing everyone with a smile on their face.
when you look back on your wedding day in 50 years, what do you think you’ll remember most?
Very simple–the overwhelming sense of happiness and how special the moment was. The nuptial mass was perfect and the reception was amazing. We were so happy and just being with so many seemingly happy friends and family was perfect. It was special and memorable.

… how it all came together …

getting ready location | epicurean hotel
ceremony | Sacred Heart Catholic Church
reception | Tampa Yacht and Country Club
event design & coordination | Charlie Cox
second photographer | Ailyn La Torre
catering | Tampa Yacht and Country Club
cake artist | Marie Martinez, Hands on Sweets
videography | Life’s Highlights
florals | Flowers By Karen
stationery | Invitation Consultants
wedding dress | Casa Blanca
wedding dress boutique | Olga’s Bridal
bridesmaids’ dresses | Alfred Angelos
groom’s & groomsmen attire | Men’s Warehouse
bride’s hair | Karen Weinberg, Salon Loft
bride’s make up | Carlos Olivera

britney & tyler | boca grande wedding photographer | boca grande united methodist church ceremony & the pink elephant reception photography

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… insight from britney …
what was your favorite moment, or favorite part, of your wedding day?
We had 2 parts of the day that really stand out to us. The first part, is the special moment we had having a first look. This was special to us because with having a small wedding, it added to the intimacy of our event.
Next, when we left the church in our golf cart. This was one of our favorite moments because it hit us that we were officially married and beginning our life together as we drove off to the reception.
is there anything you wish you had done differently when planning your wedding?
No, it was exactly how we wanted it!
which three vendors were most important to you when planning your wedding?
Venue, photographer, dress
what was your biggest wedding day savings? (and was it worth it?)
Having a small wedding with 28 guests. It was what we wanted, (we didn’t limit the number for budget reasons) but in the end it saved a lot of money. 100% worth it!
what was the best advice you received when planning your wedding? (and did you listen?)
Keep it small and focus on what we wanted for our day- not what would please our guests. All too often, people get caught up and worry about what their guests would like or be impressed by. We listened, and we are so happy we did. The weekend was perfect and our families were so pleased with everything.
was there anything encountered during wedding planning that was unexpected?
The difficulty in finding a weekend available at the Gasparilla Inn.
was there a moment during your wedding day that surprised you?
The weather, it was cloudy and misty all morning. Out of nowhere the skies turned blue right before it was time for our first look.
when you look back on your wedding day in 50 years, what do you think you’ll remember most?
All of it…. how unbelievably happy we felt all weekend, our letters we wrote to one another that we will always be able to read over again as a wonderful reminder of the love we share, how our families came together and bonded ….

… how it all came together …

ceremony | boca grande united methodistreception | the pink elephant
event designer, cake artist and caterer | sharon, the gasparillia inn and club
florist | gina, blue pagoda
wedding dress boutique | malindy elene
brides hair and makeup | rachel reumann

sarah & tristan | south tampa wedding photographer | palma ceia presbyterian ceremony and tampa yacht and country club reception

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… insight from sarah …

what was your favorite moment, or favorite part, of your wedding day?
all of it! way too many moments to pick just one
is there anything you wish you had done differently when planning your wedding?
i wish i would have been more organized in keeping track of all the communication and payments with vendors. we didn’t have a wedding planner, just a day-of-coordinator, and sometimes i think a wedding planner would have helped in keeping everything in line. but in the end, everything was taken care of, payment discrepancies were resolved, and i’m proud to say that tristan and i planned the whole event ourselves.
which three vendors were most important to you when planning your wedding?
photographer, DJ, and venue!
what was your biggest wedding day savings? (and was it worth it?)
our biggest savings was having our day-of-coordinator print out all of our programs, name cards, table numbers, etc. she has a side printing business and she was able to design and print all of our stationary for 25% of what we would’ve paid on Etsy.
what was your biggest wedding day splurge? (and was it worth it?)
our biggest splurge was paying $$ to have a large tent taken down that was outside the yacht club. the tampa yacht & country club is such a beautiful venue, and we wanted the outside to all be open and viewable without the eye sore of a big white tent. it wasn’t cheap, but i am so glad we had it down for the wedding.
what was the best advice you received when planning your wedding? (and did you listen?)
the best advice we received was to find time to soak in everything, just husband and wife. we set aside about 20 minutes before the reception for us to go up to a special private room, eat hors d’oeuvres, drink champagne and just enjoy each other for a little without all of the distractions for the day.
was there a moment(s) during your wedding day that surprised you?
how quickly it went by! people will tell you that the day flies, but it really felt like i was in a wormhole or something. haha
when you look back on your wedding day in 50 years, what do you think you’ll remember most?
standing in the back of the church, arm-in-arm with my dad, waiting for the doors to swing open! i secretly wanted tristan to cry when he saw me, and boy did he ever! it was such a special moment.

… how it all came together …

ceremony | palma ceia presbyterian church
reception | tampa yacht & country club
coordinator and caterer | shelagh, tampa yacht & country clubevent designer | melissa, the jubilee company
cake artist | publix
florist | jennie’s flowers
reception music | jonathan, knex events, llc
other rentals | ashley, posh events of tampa bay
wedding dress boutique | jon’s bridal
bridesmaids dresses | olga’s boutique
groom and groomsmen attire | jos a bank
brides hair and makeup | destiny and light

hilary & jackson | the postcard inn wedding ceremony and reception | st. pete beach wedding photography

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… insight from hilary …

what was your biggest wedding day savings? (and was it worth it?)
Flowers/centerpieces: Hilary’s mom, who lives a few hours away, came up with a vision for the flowers, purchased the flowers through a wholesale contact, transported them to St. Pete, and arranged them so beautifully. She helped so much throughout the planning in coming up with great ideas and finding ways to cut costs but it was unreal how beautiful the flowers were and the low, low cost she was able to do it for!
We were also able to save on the bridesmaid’s bouquets, groomsmen’s boutonnières, and corsages for family members by using fake flowers from a crafts store.
what was your biggest wedding day splurge? (and was it worth it?)
We splurged on a band, The Foreman’s Five, and it was absolutely worth it. Though the wedding reception was kind of a blur, I’ll always remember that the dance floor was packed from the moment after our first dance until the end of the reception.
when you look back on your wedding day in 50 years, what do you think you’ll remember most?
Having most of our guests stay at our venue for the weekend. Rather than only seeing our guests between for a few hours on Saturday night, we were able to see them and actually spend time with them throughout the weekend. We highly recommend an “on campus” wedding.

… how it all came together …

ceremony and reception | the postcard inn
wedding coordinator | cara,the postcard inn
second photographer | maria felton
cake artist | publix
ceremony and reception music | foreman’s 5
other rentals | alexis, 2birds events
wedding dress boutique | jons bridal
bridesmaids dresses | dido bridal
groom and groomsment attire | macys
brides hair and makeup | lili, michele renee