Heather & Austin | Florida Garden Wedding | 1.20.18

Bride & Groom frozen as the hustle and bustle of Oxford Exchange in Tampa swirls around themPIN It!IMAGEAt the south end of the Davis Islands in Tampa, FL, Heather & Austin said “I do” during their Florida garden wedding. It was a gorgeous day at the Davis Islands Garden Club filled with love, laughter, and stories shared about a couple who have been together for ten years. The only guests missing were Heather & Austin’s adorable cats (who were the stars of their engagement photos)!

We started the day at Oxford Exchange which made for an epic getting ready area, first look and key caffeine boost for us and for the bridesmaids. Surrounded by fashionable finishes and portraits of historical figures, Austin saw his bride for the first time.

Something we always tell our brides and grooms is to remember to stop, breathe, look around and just take it all in. Your wedding day goes by so quickly and it’s so important to take little moments to yourselves. Heather says some of her favorite moments from their wedding was when it was just her and Austin together (for picture time) because they got to relax and just enjoy it.

 

The bridePIN It!IMAGE
The bridePIN It!IMAGE
the bridesmaids in their teal bridesmaid dresses help fix the bridePIN It!IMAGE
The bridePIN It!IMAGE
side by side shots, on left, the groom buttons his Perry Ellis suit jacket on the stairs at Oxford Exchange, on right, the bride gazes down at her train surrounded by old exposed brickPIN It!IMAGE
the bridePIN It!IMAGE
the bride glances down at her shoulder as two of her bridesmaids finish the buttons on her dressPIN It!IMAGE
the bride places her En Vogue bridal belt around her waist for the finishing touch at Oxford ExchangePIN It!IMAGE
A bridesmaid adjusts the bridePIN It!IMAGE
Portraits of historical figures hang along the stairs at the Oxford Exchange in TampaPIN It!IMAGE
side by side, on left, the groom awaits his bride in his navy Perry Ellis suit, on right, bride and groom embrace on the landing of the portrait lined staircase at Oxford ExchangePIN It!IMAGE
Bridal bouquet by JenniePIN It!IMAGE The groom & his groomsmen looking dapper in their navy Perry Ellis suits outside University of TampaPIN It!IMAGE
The groom kisses his bride on the forehead on the brick-lined porch of a University of Tampa buildingPIN It!IMAGE
the bride & groom share a moment outside Oxford Exchange as he carries her bouquet for herPIN It!IMAGE
the wedding party with their navy and teal accessories give the bride and groom a huge group hug outside a University of Tampa buildingPIN It!IMAGE
the groom kisses his bride under her Essense of Australia bridal veil PIN It!IMAGE
The groom leads his bride down the stairs of a University of Tampa building surrounded by huge ornate columnsPIN It!IMAGE
The wedding party lines the concrete steps outside of University of TampaPIN It!IMAGE
side by side, on left, the groom kisses his bridePIN It!IMAGE
side by side, on left, the bride looks lovingly at her future husband surrounded by old bricks at the Henry B. Plant Museum, on right, the bride stands beneath the ornate archway on University of Tampa campusPIN It!IMAGE

Heather made the sign for the bar herself! She said it took her forever, but man was it worth it. Perhaps this is a new side hustle for you, Heather? ;)
side by side, on left, floral details at Oxford Exchange, on right, the bar menu sign that the bride handmadePIN It!IMAGE

hanging mason jar flower pots lined the aisle at the Davis Island Yacht Club ceremony with beautiful gold chairs from A Chair AffairPIN It!IMAGE
the bride & groom provided navy blankets to warm up their guests during FloridaPIN It!IMAGE
The CarnivalPIN It!IMAGE
Black and white photo of the groom looking adoringly at his bride coming down the aisle at the Davis Island Yacht ClubPIN It!IMAGE

Heather walked down the aisle to “Your Song” by Elton John which had sentimental meaning, she said:

“Austin had specific voicemail recordings for everyone in his phone. He played piano and sang a portion of that song as my voicemail recording.”

side by side, on left, the bride and her father walking down the aisle, on right, the bride and groom standing hand in hand at the altarPIN It!IMAGE
the groom shakes his soon-to-be father in lawPIN It!IMAGE
The guests looking on as they exchange vows at their Florida garden wedding at the Davis Island Yacht Club PIN It!IMAGE
the bride and groom take their first walk as husband and wife after their Davis Island Yacht Club ceremonyPIN It!IMAGE
the groom bell kicks with excitement after marrying his best friendPIN It!IMAGE
Gorgeous market lights with white lanterns hung by Tampa Lights kept the reception glowing even after the sun went downPIN It!IMAGE
the bride and groom stroll together along Tampa Bay looking out over the Downtown Tampa skylinePIN It!IMAGE
the bride and groom announced into their Davis Island Yacht Club reception by DJ Kyle from Celebrations 24PIN It!IMAGE
the bridePIN It!IMAGE
the groom laughs as his best man delivers his toast at their Davis Island Yacht Club receptionPIN It!IMAGE
delicious teal and gold cupcakes from Sweet! By HollyPIN It!IMAGE
The bride and groom cut their Sweet! By Holly red velvet cakePIN It!IMAGE
A bridesmaid singing her heart out using a Corona bottle for a microphone during their Davis Island Yacht Club receptionPIN It!IMAGE
Guests dancing the night away to the amazing mixes from DJ Kyle from Celebrations 24PIN It!IMAGE
guests perform a rousing rendition of "YMCA" during their Davis Island Yacht Club receptionPIN It!IMAGE
everyone cheers as the bride & groom kiss during a huge group photoPIN It!IMAGE
Beautiful glowing lanterns and market lights by Tampa Lights lit up the night at their Davis Island Yacht Club receptionPIN It!IMAGE

Heather’s advice for brides planning now:

Delegate. I did a great job delegating. :) I was not into planning a wedding like most girls, I just wanted to show up to a beautiful night. Unfortunately it doesn’t work that way and I did end up having to plan a lot — but I delegated to the moms where possible.

It takes a village to plan a wedding and Heather & Austin have a pretty spectacular village supporting them! We are so happy for you guys and we can’t wait to see where life takes you! Thank you for letting us be a small part of your incredible day!

♥ The SFP Team

Wedding Vendor Love

Venue: Davis Islands Garden Club

Florist: Jennie’s Flowers

Succulents: Crazy Critters, Inc.

Caterer: Whaley’s Blazin’ BBQ

Cupcakes: Sweet! By Holly

Officiant & DJ: Celebrations 24

Hair & Makeup: Eyes on You Salon & Spa

Wedding Dress: Essense of Australia

Bridal Belt: En Vogue Bridal Accessories

Bridesmaids Dresses: CC’s Bridal Boutique

Groom & Groomsmen Suits: Perry Ellis

Groom & Groomsmen Ties: The Tie Bar

Bartenders: Spunky Spirits

Table & Chair Rentals: A Chair Affair

Strung Lights: Tampa Lights

Bridal Necklace: Brighton

 

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