This wedding was a first for us... it was the first wedding where one of us coordinated while the other was a guest. Beth was hired as the day of coordinator for a wedding that I was invited to with my husband. It was interesting helping her set up all day and then changing into my party clothes and attending while she continued working. Beth did an amazing job with this wedding. It was definitely one of the more complex weddings we have had to put together, but with the help of some great vendors and Beth's hard work, this wedding was a success from both a coordinators perspective and a guest's. :)
Brandon and Liz were married on March 20th in Tampa. Their ceremony was held at the South Tampa Fellowship Church in Ballast Point with their reception following at the Embassy Suites in downtown Tampa. It was a beautiful day for a wedding, and everyone was so happy to see the sun and feel the 70 degree weather after this uncommonly cold season we have been having.
After the ceremony, which was very personal and included a photo slideshow during the pre-ceremony music, the guests headed over to the cocktail hour on the Embassy Suites' roof-top pool deck. There, they were treated to delicious appetizers and music performed by Levi from Bella Musica. There was also a cigar roller from Nicahabana Cigars on hand making cigars for the guests' enjoyment. Another special detail at the cocktail hour was the shrimp and grits served in a martini glass. The groom used to own a restaurant and loves to cook, so he customized some of the menu items with the Embassy Suites and this appetizer was his own personal recipe.
The reception followed indoors. RJ Vida did an amazing job transforming the neutral ballroom into a fuschia night club, with gorgeous lighting, a custom gobo, and cake table lighting that really made the wedding cake pop in the room. He also did the DJ'ing for the event and got everyone out on the dance floor. The bright and bold linens were provided by Linens By the Sea, and the cake, by A Piece of Cake, emulated the damask patterns on the table runners. The florals were provided by Fishhawk florist. The 2 ice sculptures in the room also brought out the swanky mood - one was a martini luge for their signature drink, and the other was a gator sculpture, a nod to the groom's alma mater. The ice sculptures were made by Arctic Ice. Vadim Photography and Movie Magic videography captured the entire wedding and we can't wait to see how everything turned out because they were both really wonderful to work with.
For now we would like to share a few of our personal photos from the day - enjoy!!