This wedding is the ULTIMATE!!! Be prepared for our longest wedding post to date, ha
It’s full of celebration, laughter, love, tender moments, and LOTS of good times!
Our favorite parts of this wedding? Has to be the incredible First Look shared by Whitney and Matt, when they both did the “Dougie” during their cake cutting, and the GLOW TAMBOURINES, yes you heard right. GLOW TAMBOURINES.. Oh and all the sparkly fashion and the most outrageous wedding party entrances, EVER. Enjoy!!
Cheers and Lots of Love,
Erin and Liz
Words from the sweet bride:
· Why we did the ceremony in Matt’s back yard:
o Matt’s parent’s home always had a very special meaning to us. It was where we first started to get to know each other, over winter break of our senior year of college – when Matt invited me over to his parent’s house to lounge by the pool or go for a boat ride literally every single day for 3 weeks. It was a clever swooning tactic considering how breathtaking his backyard is – the house is on the water overlooking Bayshore Blvd and Downtown Tampa, and the sunsets from his dock are absolutely magical. We’ve also hosted many special parties together there as couple, and some of our absolute favorite moments and memories of our life together have taken place at his parent’s house, including his proposal. So naturally, it was the perfect place to get married, and with the help of my mom’s amazing friends – we transformed his backyard into a fairytale, with twinkling lights draped romantically underneath the cabana and sprinkled throughout the vibrant bougainvillea. It was beyond my wildest dreams.
· Favorite parts of the day / night
o My First Look with Matt will forever be the most incredible moment of my life. It was the most invigorating and incredible feeling, and I will never ever forget it. I owe everything to Erin & Liz for making it happen and capturing those moments so beautifully
o The wedding ceremony was extra special for me, since my mom was the one marrying us!
o Exchanging our vows – we wrote our own vows together, which was a beautiful experience in and of itself, but to hear him say his vows out loud with such conviction, commitment, and love – it absolutely blew me away and took everything in me to hold back the tears.
o The wedding party entrances – Naturally, Matt and I had to add some non-traditional spunk to our wedding, and the wedding party entrances were the perfect opportunity to do it. We told our bridesmaids and groomsmen that each pair had to come up with a choreographed dance of their choice, and that costumes of any form were strongly encouraged. When it came time for the wedding party to perform, I have never smiled so big or laughed so hard in my entire life! We had everything from Macklemore’s Thirft Shop to PSY’s Gangnam Style, and the crowd went absolutely wild! It was epic. Matt and I choreographed our own entrance dance as well, to Party Rock by LMFAO, of course. It was quite the bonding experience as we had several intense practice sessions leading up to the wedding. And we had the most amazing time being able showcase our goofy personalities and our love for costumes and dance parties.
· Advice on the planning process
o Soak in the little moments – don’t let the inevitable chaos and mayhem of the wedding day consume you. Focus on the details that matter to you, and delegate the rest so you can have fun and enjoy what matters!
o Do not forget your passport for your honeymoon!!! Yes, true story. Matt and I completely forgot to pack our passports and realized the day of the wedding that they were sitting in our apartment in NYC. Luckily, you can literally buy anything for a certain price in NYC – so we were able to avoid the disaster by paying a hefty fee, but it was definitely a painful 30 minutes of panicked problem solving – although it did prove that my husband is indeed an exceptional thinker under pressure. But nonetheless, do not overlook those critical details – especially since the honeymoon is the best part!
o Find the right photographer – at least for me and Matt, the photographer was the most important part. We spent weeks searching through wedding wire, and I am convinced it was fate that helped me find Liz & Erin at Papered Heart. They are truly exceptional in every way – their creativity and attention to detail is astounding, and their personal touch and genuine passion for their clients is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. We are blown away by their work and so grateful for all the special moments they helped create and capture for a lifetime of memories.
Thanks to all the fabulous vendors that made their day so amazing! They are:
- Gown – Reem Acra
- Gown Shop – Gabriella New York Bridal Salon
- Menswear – Vera Wang Tuxedos
- Ceremony Location – Groom’s Family Home on Davis Island, Tampa
- Reception Venue – The Oxford Exchange, Tampa
- Shutterbooth (photo booth)
- Band – LaTraia Savage
- DJ – Eladio, Delite Entertainment
- Cake – Chocolati Pi
- Flowers – Apple Blossom
- Hair and Makeup by Jess Waldrop