{Allison & Gus @Hyatt Clearwater Beach}

Allison and Gus were a very sweet couple and had a simple but very elegant destination wedding at the Hyatt Clearwater Beach. The moment I arrived Allison had her dress hanging for me, shoes, jewelry and bouquet all ready to photograph.  The ceremony took place on the beautiful 16th floor terrace of the Hyatt.  Since they are from North Carolina, the views and scene were really important to them, and it was the perfect day with beautiful views of the gulf and the bay.  Allison's maid of honor said that she knew Gus was the one for her since the first day she met him, which was at a wine tasting in Napa Valley:-)  The colors were light pinks with with hints of teal and starfish.  I love her bouquet, the florals were just gorgeous!  Congrats Allison and Gus!!! xoxoxo

Venue | Hyatt Clearwater Beach | Officiant | Florida Wedding Ceremony | Florist | Rose Garden Florist | Hair and Makeup | Michele Renee | Videographer | Celebrations of Tampa Bay | DJ | Grant Hemond 

{Andrea & Brian @Edson Mansion - Phillippi Estate, Sarasota}

Andrea and and Brian had the prettiest vintage, southern, pink and gray wedding!  I love the girls different shades of pink dresses and the flower girls wore lace dresses with flower crowns.  Andrea had a broach bouquet that included a broach from her grandmother, mother and mother in law.  Andrea wore super high and fabulous Betsy Johnson shoes.  Brian made all of the wood signs, there was one that said Mr & Mrs, Thanks Y'all and the funniest one was the one the ring bearer had it said "Last Chance to Run".   Her grandfather officiated the ceremony and her mom walked her down the aisle to meet Brian.  Tons of pretty pink florals decorated their ceremony in the round.  The reception was inside the mansion with pink linens, mercury glass candelabras and a really awesome white couch at their sweetheart table.  They had sweet tea vodka lemonade as their signature drink and a cigar roller.  Andrea changed into a short fun party dress and it was literally the most perfect and beautiful evening for them to move the party outside.  After all the fun the headed to Napa for their honeymoon!!  Congrats Andrea and Brian!! xoxoxo

Venue | Phillippi Estate | Caterer | Nellie's Catering | Event Designer & Planner | Westover's Flowers - Tricia Bechtelheimer | DJ | DJ Fitz Otis | Transportation | Siesta Trolley, Inc | Cake | Mallie Kyla's | Rentals | So Staged Events & Rentals | Gown | The Perfect Dress

{Maritza & Dustin @Carrollwood Country Club}

It was a gorgeous day for a garden wedding at Carrollwood Country Club!  Maritza looked beautiful in her gathered gown with beaded accents and bright pink shoes.  The girls magenta dresses and boys black suits looked awesome on the green backdrop of the golf club.  Maritza and Dustin's daughter Jasmin was a maid of honor and they also included her in the sand ceremony as not only Maritza and Dustin were joining together, but the 3 of them officially becoming a family.  It was really sweet and emotional:-)  The reception decor was spandex chair covers with pink accents and alternating short and tall center pieces.  Cake, toasts, dancing, and amazing moments!!  Congrats Maritza & Dustin!!! 
Venue | Carrollwood Country Club | Florist | Carmen's Flowers | Hair and Makeup | Destiny & Light | Gown Boutique | Alfred Angelo | Cake | Alessi Bakery

BONUS! Day 15: Blingy - A little tip from all of us...

We couldn’t narrow it down to just 14 so here’s a bonus style and a little tip from each of us!! 
Style -  Jim Hjelm blush fit-to-flare bridal gown with a strapless sequined and embroidered elongated bodice. Accessorized with matching swarovski crystal veil, necklace, bracelets, earrings, and sash.

Carrie Wildes Photography – “When it gets down to the day of the wedding, enjoy every single moment and don’t stress!!  It will go so quickly and before you know it, it will all be over!”

The White Magnolia - "Just remember- your wedding day is a party and not a performance. If at the end of the day you married the person you love, then everything went perfectly!" 

Events in Bloom – “Personalize, personalize, personalize!   Make your wedding memorable and unique from any other.”

Aquali Bridal – “The day of your wedding will happen so fast. Remember to relax and enjoy the whole process of the day. From the start of getting your hair and makeup done, to the final dance and kiss. Your wedding is and expression of you! Let your inner beauty shine through!”

Day 14 of 14 for 14: Goddess - Why you should get a wedding album!

Style - Goddess  A Hayley Paige silk georgette draped bridal gown with a crystal floral beaded strap and crisscross tulle detailing in the back accessorized with a dramatic freshwater pearl headpiece.

Tip: Why you should get a wedding album!

Now days everyone wants the high resolution files.  That’s what the magazines and everyone tells you right?  Well reality is most people probably do nothing with them!  After the wedding you want to get your life going and who has time to try and try and figure out where to make prints or create a book online?  When you are 70 and your grandkids want to see your wedding pictures you aren’t going to sit them down in front of Facebook, you are going to do one of 2 things:  1. Pull out your wedding album and relive your beautiful wedding memories or 2. Say that you wish you had a wedding album to show them but you don’t and have nothing to show for it!  Which do you want to be? 

Your wedding album should tell a story and the albums we offer are ones that consumers can not even come close to getting something like we custom design for them on their own.  When you are looking at photographers really look at the products they offer in terms of quality and custom creation.  I guarantee no one will ever say “I wish I hadn’t done an album”.

Day 13 of 14 for 14: Simple - Wedding Gown Timeframe

Style: Simple - A Modern Trousseau thai silkball gown with a strapless sweetheart neckline and wraparound ties at the natural waist accessorized with a fingertip ribbon-edge veil and drop earring.


Tip: Wedding Gown Timeframe
Guest Blogger - Ashley West - The White Magnolia

Here at The White Magnolia we find that the wedding dress is usually one of the first things a bride checks off her list. Typically once you have a date and venue chosen, it is the perfect time to shop for your gown! We suggest ordering your wedding gown anywhere from 8 months to a year in advance to avoid any stress, but rush orders can be accommodated on a shorter time frame. We work with brides anywhere from three months to a year and a half in advance! Each gown is custom made to order and can take about 4 to 5 months to come in, and you want to give yourself a few months for alterations ideally. As with most things when it comes to wedding planning, the earlier the better. Nothing feels more exciting than deciding on your wedding day look- you can actually envision yourself walking down the aisle on your big day! 

Day 12 of 14 for 14: Modern - Wedding Gown Budgeting

Style - A Tara Keely two piece stunner; an ivory alencon lace mini dress and tulle overskirt with a horehair accented hem. Accessorized with a deep blue LK Bennett sparkle shoe and freshwater pearl & brooch necklace.
Sparkly Heels - Navy Hyde Park

Tip: Wedding Gown Budgeting
Guest Blogger - Ashley West - The White Magnolia

Planning the budget for your wedding day is no doubt one of the most stressful parts, but the most important thing is to prioritize. Decide which vendors and details are most important to you, and put the bulk of your budget into those key things. Most experts suggest putting 10-20 percent of your overall wedding budget towards your gown depending on how it ranks on your list of importance! No matter where you get your dress from, make sure you are working with someone you trust. Who you choose to work with in purchasing your dress is just as important as other wedding day vendors- this person is taking your measurements, placing the order for your dress (color, sizing, and customizations are all important to note!) and helping you alter and accessorize to look perfect for your big day. At The White Magnolia we offer gowns ranging $1400-$5500 and are confident there is a gown for every girl, no matter what her budget is. 

Day 11 of 14 for 14: Princess - Preparing for your Floral Appointment

Style - A Mikaella re-embroidered lace and organza ball gown featuring a dropped waist and a tiered ruffle skirt with mohair detailed edging. 

Tip - Preparing for your floral appointment!
Guest Blogger: Jana Stall - Events in Bloom

Pick a style that fits your personality and your venue: Every wedding has a style. You will find it easier to put your decor and ideas together if you chose a style from the beginning and stick with it.

Do your homework: Don’t go into a decor appointment clueless. There are so many resources out there like wedding blogs, magazines, and of course Pinterest!  At least pull photos of things you like and don’t like.  Create a Pinterest board and pull all the things together that you like so it's visual!

Know your budget range: It is very difficult to help a bride that has no idea what she can spend or in what areas she wants to spend it. 15% of your overall budget for the wedding is a good starting point for flowers.

If you need more help we have an online help page for our brides! We will be glad to give you access!

Day 10 of 14 for 14: Sexy - Timing and Seasons for Getting Married

Style: Sexy - A Hayley Paige stretch satin and organza fit-to-flare bridal gown with an open back and tulle detailing connected by a jeweled brooch and accessorized with a chandellier earring.

Tip - Timing and Seasons for Getting Married

In Florida we actually have 2 wedding seasons.  March – June and end of September – beginning of December is when the weather is usually the nicest.  If you are planning your wedding in these months plan early because they are the busiest! The earlier you plan, the more likely the wedding professionals you want will be available.  For an outdoor ceremony, we recommend starting the ceremony 1.5 hours at minimum before sunset.   Usually outdoor ceremonies start 10 minutes late and are about 15-20 minutes long.  This allows for the cocktail hour to be that hour before sunset, which is the best lighting for pictures.  Especially if it is a wedding on the beach or waterfront, that 10 minutes before and 10 minutes after sunset is that beautiful glowing light we love:-)  In the fall, the first Saturday in November is daylight savings so after that the sun sets about 5:30pm.  In the spring, the first Saturday in March is daylight savings so after that, the sun sets about 7:30pm.  We always develop a timeline with our couples to make sure we are maximizing their time and getting the best lighting for your wedding!  If your ceremony is earlier or sunset is later like 8:30 ish, we plan it so that we can go our during the reception and still get the beautiful lighting! 

{Ashley & Marco @Cross Creek Ranch}

Ashley and Marco had a pretty country cottage themed wedding at Cross Creek Ranch.  Ashley looked beautiful in her lace gown, and all her jewelry was her mom’s.  It was rainy for the ceremony, so instead of it being under the big oak tree it was under the twinkling lights and chandelier in the rustic barn.  Even though it wasn’t what was planned, it was very sweet and romantic!  The rain stopped we were able to do all the rest of their photos outside.  Ashley’s sister’s fiancé was the best man and quite a character!  The reception was draped in white and pink accents with mason jars, books, and vintage frames.  Ashley’s grandmother was so much fun, she was on the dance floor all night long!  Her grandparents have been married for 55 years.  They had a very short toast, just klinking glasses, no speeches!  They ended the night with sparklers and it was an amazing evening had by all! Congrats Ashley and Marco!!! xoxoxo

Venue | Cross Creek Ranch | Florist | Alta's Market Square Florist | Makeup Artist | Lili's Weddings | Cake | Alessi Bakery

Day 9 of 14 for 14: Gatsby - Wedding Day Hair Tips

Style - Gatsby: A Modern Trousseau italian sequined and silk crepe wedding gown fashioned into a 1920's style with a scoop neckline and delicate straps accessorized with swarovski crystal headpiece and matching bracelet.

Tip: Wedding Day Hair!
Guest Blogger: Michelle Stall - Aquali Bridal

Show and tell.  On the day of your hair trial, bring anything you think will help your stylist understand the looks you love or the style of your wedding. Have a friend take a photo of you in your dress at a fitting.  Bring pictures of brides, celebrities, models—anyone whose look inspires you.

Shampoo…not! Unless you are going to be wearing a loose blowout, make sure you wash your hair the night before the ceremony; slippery-clean locks have trouble holding a curl or staying put in an updo. A good dry shampoo can be a great purchase for those with greasy hair.

Go big or go home: Pageant hair is big for a reason—hair appears smaller in photography and when viewed from afar (i.e., from a back pew). Another reason to try for size: Your style will likely collapse a bit in height and width as the day wears on.

Extend yourself.  Don’t shy away from having hair extensions for your wedding day; it’s way less of a drama than it may sound. And no one needs to know—it can be our secret! Extensions are great if you want a little more length or fullness, or if you or your artist is worried about your hair holding a particular style all through your wedding day. Even if your own hair falls, the extensions won’t.

Accessorize.  There are so many great hair accessories available now to add a gorgeous accent to your wedding hair. It will depend on the look you’re going for. For a more classical look, you might want to wear a Swarovski crystal brooch. Jeweled barettes can be great. Some of our favorites at the moment are bird-cage veils, feathers, and flowers, which go beautifully with more flowing, playful gowns.

Be honest. If there is something you want to change about your hair, try to contact your stylist and let them know prior to the wedding day. This will help the stylist in planning so that everything runs smoothly the day of your wedding!

{Stephanie & Craig @Tampa Museum of Art}

Stephanie and Craig met at University of Tampa in math class. Craig actually proposed to her in the same classroom where they met!  Craig loved wedding gift from Stephanie.  She gave him a pocket watch engraved with his initials and on the inside was a photo of his grandfather who passed away.  Such a sweet and sentimental gift.  It rained for Stephanie and Craig’s engagement session and the entire morning of their wedding.  Thankfully, when it was time for the ceremony, the clouds parted and the sun actually came out!  The rest of the day was beautiful!  How appropriate that the backdrop for their ceremony was the University of Tampa, just across the river.  A single white rose was placed on a front row chair of the ceremony to honor all the family members that are no longer with them.  Gorgeous spring flowers alternating in tall and short vases decorated each table. The cream and light green colors looked so pretty! A long table for the bridal party sat in the middle of the dining area allowing guests to have a clear view of the bride and groom from wherever they sat. A YUMMY and GORGEOUS sweet treat table was teasing everyone as they walked to their tables! It was very hard to not grab one on the way by! It had chocolate covered strawberries, glittery cake pops, raspberry pastries, macaroons, and of course the cake!There was a basket was placed on the dance floor with all sizes of flip flops that was labeled "Dancing Shoes". The guests definitely needed these because DJ Papi kept this party on the dance floor!  Stephanie and Craig ended their perfect evening with a sparkler send off on the water!  Congrats Stephanie and Craig!! xoxoxo

Venue | Tampa Museum of Art | Catering | Mise en Place | Florist | Geoffery's Floral | Hair and Makeup | Michelle Renee Hair and Makeup | Videographer | Starstruck Video | DJ | DJ Papi | Transportation | Advantage Limousine | Tampa Water Taxi | Gown Boutique | Malindy Elene Bridal | Cake | Hands on Sweets 

Day 8 of 14 for 14: Vintage - How to Choose Bridesmaid Dresses

Style: Rustic - A Tara Keely modified ball gown with mikado trumpet skirt underlay, illusion V-neckline accented with venise lace, and a harsehair hem. Accessorized with a champagne ribbon at the waist and sparkly bown cowgirl boots.

Tip - How to Choose Bridesmaid Dresses
Guest Blogger: Ashley West - The White Magnolia
Boots - Navy Hyde Park

Choosing the right look for your bridesmaids can be almost as stressful as finding your wedding gown! Remember to always be a good friend, and that one size does not fit all. Make sure to search for a style that flatters all the different body types in your bridal party so everyone feels comfortable and ready to help you on your big day. A trend we love is the bride choosing a designer and fabric, and then letting her maids pick the dress they like best. If you order them all at once, they will be cut from the same dye lot and match perfectly while letting each girl put her own style into her bridesmaid look! This is usually a surefire way to make sure everyone is happy while still looking well put together.

Day 7 of 14 for 14: Vintage - Wedding Favor Ideas

Style: Vintage - A Modern Trousseau French alencon lace fit-to-flare gown with a sheer V-neckline decorated in hand-cut lace applique. Accessorized with matching swarovski belt and bracelet combo and vintage flower & feather hair clip.

Tip - Wedding Favor Ideas!

People ask us all the time for creative and fun favor ideas.  One of the newer trends we are seeing is in lieu of favors donating to a charity.  We’ve seen this done a couple of different ways.  Sometimes couples will donate the amount they would have spent on favors to a specific charity and have a little sign on the tables sharing that with their guests.  One of our recent couples were huge dog lovers.  They even had their dogs in the wedding.  They asked their guests to bring dog or cat food instead of gifts to support a local dog shelter.  How sweet is that?  They had cute little wooden signs on the table and their guests loved it!  It’s a great way to give back and get your friends involved in a cause that you love as well.

Day 6 of 14 for 14: Classic - Choosing the Perfect Wedding Colors

Style - Classic:  Tara Keely ivory shantung bridal ball gown featuring an alencon lace bateau neckline, pockets, and a deep V back, accessorized with a double layer fingertip length veil.

Tip: How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Colors
Guest Blogger: Jana Stall - Events in Bloom

Choose wedding colors that are easy to find and work with really make your wedding planning a lot easier!  Unusual color combinations or colors that are hard to find in flowers, dresses and linens can make your life---well---miserable.  Choosing the right color combinations for the feeling and style you are trying to convey is also very  important.  You would not pick hot pink, orange and lime green for a soft romantic feel.  It's not going to work.  Think before you pick!  Right now, vintage with soft blushes, golds, and ivorys are very popular.  Seasons can make a difference as well, deep colors for fall, light colors for spring.  Luckily, in Florida since it's almost always warm you can get away with anything!  Your color choices lay the ground work for everything else.  If you are not sure if you are making the right choices, turn to the experts like your florist or decor/design company.  Colors are SO important they set the tone for your day!

Day 5 of 14 for 14: Seaside - How to Pick Fabulous Wedding Shoes

Style - Seaside: A Watters hand beaded slip dress, featuring a bateau italian illusion neckline and pearl buttons down the back, accessorized with mint and gold sandals and bangles.
Sandals | Navy | Florals | Events in Bloom

Tip: How to Pick Fabulous Wedding Shoes
Guest Blogger: Victoria Bowa - Navy Hyde Park

On your big day what you wear on your feet is just as important as your dress, after all you are going to be dancing the night away so you need to be both stunning and comfortable.  When choosing your footwear consider your venue.  Outdoor weddings call for functional wedges or a trendy flat while a fun sandal is better suited for a beach wedding.  Shoes also offer brides an opportunity to introduce a pop of color to their look.  Just remember: there are no rules for your Cinderella moment so pick a shoe that looks and feels fabulous!!

Day 4 of 14 for 14: Formal - How to Choose Your Photographer

Style - Formal: A Modern Trousseau mermaid gown richly embroidered with French alencon lace and a voluminous skirt in layers of pulled silk organza, accessorized with a cathedral length veil and drop earrings


Tip: How to Choose Your Photographer

This is one of my favorite topics, and it is a loaded question!  I’ll try to be brief with this one but here’s what I think are the top 3 things to consider:

1. YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR!!!!  This is especially true with photography!!  If it’s too good to be true it probably is, and you could be left with a lifetime of regret after. The companies who are amazing, and actually do this for a living have to include the following in their costs:  equipment, insurance, labor costs, product costs, utilities, business licenses, web costs, software/computer equipment and the lists goes on and on.  Many “photographers” who are charging ridiculously low prices are either going to burn out, build a bad reputation, or won’t be able to pay the bills and won’t be around for long.

2.  What kind of priority is photography is your budget? We see inquires all the time where couples say photography is a high priority but then spend all their money on the venue or décor and leave only a tiny amount for photography.  It doesn’t matter if you spend a million dollars on your wedding if the photos are bad that is all you will have left when everything is said and done!  

 3. Personal connection and trust is so important.  Whoever you choose is going to be there from when you are getting dressed to when you leave at the end of the evening.  If you don’t love them and fully trust they are gong to capture your story how you want to remember it, all it’s going to do is cause you to worry the whole day.  Take the time to actually at least have a conversation with, and if at all possible, meet with prospective photographers. Face to face is so important because anyone can make themselves look good online.  

Day 3 of 14 for 14: Unique - Wedding Day Makeup Tips

Style - Unique: A Modern Trousseau blushing beauty featuring an assymmetrical silk ruched bodice and a dropped waist accessorized with an oversized flower headpiece and drop earring.

Tip: Wedding Day Makeup Tips
Guest Blogger: Michelle Stall from Aquali Bridal

Your goal is to bring out your best features- not to prove how well you apply your makeup. So keep it simple but pretty. Sometimes less is more. If you’re going get your makeup done by a professional makeup artist, be sure to tell him/her what you want from your makeup. If you want something bolder, or some specific color, you should be able to get it. It is after all YOUR day, and you’re the one who gets to decide how your makeup looks. you should however still be open to wearing a slight bit more than normal because it will show up much better in photography.  Be sure your artist is a true makeup Artist . You get what you pay for in the makeup world.  Do your research and find someone you feel comfortable ,someone you think can truly see your vision and bring it to life for you . Don't forget all eyes will be on you and it will be worth every penny in the end .

- Beware of high SPF foundations/skincare.  Some will react to the flash of a camera and pale you out
- Use a primer under your foundation.  A primer will help to smooth out your skin, tone down un-even patches and redness and most importantly, it will make the foundation or makeup you put on last all day. 
- Make sure you foundation is blended with the rest of your body. There is nothing worse than a pale face and a tan body ladies!
- If you’re getting any facial treatments, make sure to get them several days before the wedding day.
- Get  your brows plucked and shaped (possibly even dyed) before the wedding day. If you pluck them on your wedding day, your brows may look red, swollen and irritated.
- If you’re going to wear contact lenses on your wedding day, put the lenses on before applying your makeup.
- Try not to stress too much (easier said than done, I know!).  Stress may cause impurities on your skin. If  you have some impurities, do not pick at them as it makes them worse! Also, put a clean pillowcase on every night and drink plenty of water (avoid sugars, excess milk, and carbonated beverages).  
-ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS use waterproof mascara so it won’t end up on your cheeks if you happen to shed a tear (or a dozen). 
Good Luck ladies and Congratulations From Aquali Bridal :)