{Susan & Mike @ The Florida Aquarium Tampa}

Susan and Mike’s evening wedding at the Florida Aquarium had accents of dark purple and silver.  Susan looked gorgeous in her lace-accented gown with off the shoulder sleeves.  Mike’s son, Mikey, had the rings secured in a combination lock safe as the ring security.  Susan and Mike had a quiet few moments together for their “first look but not look” just before the ceremony.  The vows were some of my favorite moments.  As they said them to each other, both had tears flowing down their cheeks.  After it was official, the penquins, who are always dressed for a wedding walked down the aisle first!  As we were doing bridal party photos we noticed a little red lady bug that looked so real!  Scott, from Apple Blossoms, later told me it is their signature.  It means good luck, and that nothing leaves their workshop without one, so awesome.  Their guests enjoyed cocktails and the aquarium exhibits while the ceremony space was transformed into the reception for dinner and dancing with a backdrop of sharks, turtles, and an eel.  They dark purple accents with black linens and silver chivari chairs was so pretty.  The cookie table had favor bags that said "Love is Sweet & So are Cookies" along with boxes for everyone to take cake with them!  They danced and toasted and had an amazing evening! Congrats Susan & Mike!!! xoxoxo 
Venue | Florida Aquarium | Florist | Apple Blossoms Florist | DJ | Dj by Cj | Officiant | Sensational Ceremonies | Cake | Moreno Bakery

{Elizabeth & Paul @ The Grand Plaza Hotel}

Liz and Paul’s wedding was bursting with amazing and fun moments with all their friends and family.  They are our 2nd couple that met while playing in kickball league!  Jessie & Todd were our first and we got to see them there, as well as Carol and Jason who are also friends of the Liz and Paul! Liz’s gown was so pretty! Flowy, with a beaded, crystal back.  Her bracelet was engraved with her dad’s handwriting and her mom sewed her something blue onto her dad’s handkerchief for her.  The bridesmaids navy dresses that can be fashioned all different ways and their bouquets had pink, ivory, and succulent accents.  Paul and his groomsmen all wore socks from their college alma mater.  It was a very windy day on the beach in January, but that didn’t stop them from enjoying every single second.  My favorite moment of the day is right after Liz and her mom walked down the aisle to meet Paul, her mom looked over at her daughter with the most adoring tears in her eyes.  They unified the Big Ten when they poured together 2 vases of gumballs, blue for Penn State and red for Ohio. Their wedding day was styled with travel accents.  Their place cards were luggage tags, each table was named after their favorite cities, and their cake sat on a vintage suitcase.  We did a first look with them and most of their photos before the ceremony so they could spent as much time enjoying the party as possible and they definitely had a fun evening!  Congrats Liz & Paul!!! xoxox
Venue | Grand Plaza Hotel | Hair and Makeup | Destiny and Light | Florist | Rose Garden Florist | DJ | Expert Productions | Cake | Sweet Madness | Gown Boutique | White Magnolia | Officiant | A Perfect Witness 

{Jessica & Steven @ The Florida Aquarium}

Jessica and Steven traveled all the way from Maine to get married at the Florida Aquarium!  Usually, the ceremony starts a few hours after it closes, but this one actually started in the morning before it opened.  There was really something peaceful and serene about it in the morning.  I love Jessica and the girls' bouquets, they were made of white and aqua fabric with little coastal accents. They had 2 little special guests (the penguins of course:-) dressed in tuxes that were actually very photogenic and well behaved. Their adorable son, Blake, is their whole world and he was so sweet and even got to pet the Penguins.  After the ceremony, their guests had a little breakfast, champagne, cake and then we did photos all around the Aquarium with Jess and Steve!  The stingrays are my favorite it always looks like they are smiling.  Congrats Jessica & Steven!!! xoxoxo
Venue | The Florida Aquarium | Hair and Makeup | Elegant Brides | Cake | Chantilly Cakes 

{Angela & Tommy @The Palmetto Club}

Angela and Tommy made a very unique entrance into their ceremony.  They each walked into the sanctuary on opposite side with their parents.  Their parents walked down the aisle and then Angela & Tommy walked down the aisle together.  They had the cutest group of flower girls and ring bearers all in white and black.  Angela wore a beautiful long sleeve lace overlay, and the girls were in different hues of blue while the guys were in black and white.  After they were officially Mr & Mrs Tellson, their guests played corn hole and badminton on the lawn at the Palmetto Club while we took photos of them in the lush garden. They had a kids table with all kinds of activities to keep them busy, and Puff N Stuff even had a special buffet just for them.  Angela’s family is from Germany and surprised them with the Umbrella game! Angela’s mom, aunt, and cousins entered in full German attire. Angela and Tommy got to choose guests to open a letter and do whatever the letter said with the couple.  Angela’s cousin performed an amazing Bavarian dance and then everyone enjoyed all sorts of German desserts!  We stole them away for a few photographs and night and you could just feel the joy and love these 2 have for each other! Congrats Angela & Tommy!!! xoxoxo
Venue | The Palmetto Club | Church | Saint Stephen's | Hair and Makeup | Lili's Weddings | Catering | Puff n Stuff 

{Melissa & Joshua @ The Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay}

Melissa & Joshua live in Germany, but flew home for a sweet, intimate wedding with their family at The Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay.  Melissa's dad had the biggest smile on his face when he saw his beautiful daughter before they walked down the boardwalk to meet Joshua. Right after the sunset we went up to Armani's on the rooftop to catch the beautiful dusk sky and views of the bay.  Congrats Melissa & Joshua! 

Megan & Brett @ The Dali Museum

Megan and Brett had a holiday styled, evening wedding with a red, silvery and white color palette.  We captured such sweet moments of Megan’s mom getting her bridal ready at the Vinoy.  Megan walked around the corner and down the spiral staircase as their friends and family watched from the balcony!  We love this venue because of the unique architecture and Dali artwork as the backdrop.  The cold (for FloridaJ breeze picked up and their reception was moved inside, but we still were able to get some awesome photos of Megan and Brett in the Avant Garden and by the wish tree.  They had a jazz duo playing for their dances and the exited under rose petals!  Congrats Megan & Brett!! xoxoxo 
Venue | The Dali Museum | Musicians/DJ | Bernie Maloney | Catering/Cake |  Puff n Stuff 

{Siera and Eric @ A La Carte Event Pavilion}

Siera wore a beautiful strapless gown with silver sparkly Vans for her and Eric’s gold and navy Great Gatsby styled wedding.   Just before the ceremony, Eric and Siera had the sweetest moment holding hands around a door before walking down the aisle!  As their guests arrived they signed gold Christmas ornaments for Eric and Siera’s first Christmas tree this year, what a fun and unique ideaJ The grand foyer was decorated with gold mercury glass votives and tall glass cylinders filled with floating candles.  Siera walked down the aisle that was sprinkled with daisies to meet Eric under the white canopy.  Eric’s son was the ring bearer and they also included him in the sand ceremony, as they officially became a family of 3!  The reception was draped in white and navy and gold lines.  The centerpieces were white daisies and Siera’s favorite books.  There was a little sign on each table that said “As our gift to you, please take 1 book , As we create our love story, enjoy one already written”.  The finishing touch was their custom monogram on the white dance floor.  It was an epic party, their friends have some pretty awesome moves, and beardsJ  We snuck them out for a few minutes for nighttime photos before their sparkler exit!  Congrats Siera & Eric!! xoxoxo
| Venue | A La Carte Event Pavillion | Hair and Makeup | Michele Renee The Studio | DJ | Inpulse Entertainment | Gown Boutique | Demetrios Bride | Stationery | Zazzle.com 

{Lisa & Tushar @ The Renaissance Vinoy}

Here’s part 2 of Lisa and Tushar’s wedding day!  Yesterday I posted some sneaks of their beautiful Indian Wedding CeremonyAs soon as the first ceremony was over we did a few family photos and then it was time for a total dress, hair and makup change!  I LOVE Lisa’s gown, it was light blush with lace detail and cap sleeves and a layered tulle skirt.  Her bridesmaids and the Michele Renee team got her ready for the next ceremony!  Tushar changed into a black suit with a silver bowtie and he even had a diagram to fold his pocket square! We need a copy of thatJ The flower girls and ring bearers decided to take a lap around the fountain before actually making their way down the aisle it was so cute! Lisa’s room overlooked the tea garden and she gave us a key so we could get some gorgeous overhead views of both ceremonies.  They said the vows the wrote to each other and put a letter to each other in a wine box for their first anniversary.  Their ceremony was at sunset, and the twinkle lights in Straub park were waiting for us! The reception décor was simple and elegant with pink and blush sequined accents.  Their favor was a little elephant tea light which signifies good luck.  The reception started off in true Bollywood fashion followed by toasts, including a group toast from all of Tushar’s groomsmen. Later in the evening they had a tower of elephant shaped cake pops and donut hole station.  Lisa and Tushar, congratulations again we loved every minute!! xoxoxo
Venue | Renaissance Vinoy | Coordination | Winsor Event Studio | Hair and Makeup | Michele Renee The Studio | Florist | Events In Bloom | Videography | Trinity Wedding Cinema | DJ | Grant Hemond | Gown Boutique | CC's Bridal Boutique | Stationery | Minted.com | Linens | Linens by the Sea | Chivari Chairs | Signature Events

TJ & Brooke

We got to photograph the moment these 2 actually got engaged, when TJ got down on one knee in Curtis Hixon Park in February! (You can see that HERE:-)  It was so special to capture that moment for them and now their engagement session, and their wedding coming up next April! They live on Harbour Island, and enjoy the beautiful waterfront there so it was the perfect spot! 

Two Bright Lights Editors Choice

We love getting our couples weddings and engagement sessions featured on different publications!  Not only is it awesome for them to see their ideas featured but it's also great exposure for us and all the wedding professionals involved.  Two Bright Lights is what we use to both share images with all wedding professionals, and to submit to all different online and print publications.  Since we started using Two Bright Lights we've had 90 weddings, engagements, and styled shoots featured!  We have 16 for 2014 that are pending and you'll see soon!  The editors choice award goes to the top 5% of photographers who get published so with over 14,000 photographers using 2BL that is pretty awesome!  

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5 Year Anniversary and Surprise Unveiling

I always love throwing fab parties!  Our 5 year anniversary and introducing a new venture was the perfect reason!  I wanted the theme to be mystery and elegance because of the surprise we would be unveiling and I love all things pretty:-)  We are so fortunate to work with the best in the industry here in the Tampa Bay area and I can not thank everyone involved enough for their hard work and amazingness on this event.  Everyone listed below are not only talented in what they do but also some of the best people both in character and friendship that I know. Jenny and Anthony Sanschagrin from 1930 Grande, Linda Somersall from Linda Marie Weddings, and Jana Stall from Events in Bloom are all to thank for making my small vision a gorgeous reality.  They know me so well and I can not thank them enough for seriously how perfect everything was!  

Florals and linens were white with lots of crystals, textured aqua linens, and Jana even incorporated votives with a chevron pattern.  uDream Events did our aqua glow bars for the sushi station and mobile bar.  FH weddings black and white chic furniture created a perfect lounge space.  The food and red velvet signature Lovetini were over the top delicious.  RJ, from the Production Crew took care of the sound, visuals, stage and one of my favorite things was the live twitter feed we had.  I LOVE social media so everyone's tweets and pictures were projected on the walls.  Monique, from Shutterbooth brought Open Booth and also another super cool thing.  At the event you could put #carriewildes on instagram and your photos would print out at the Glam Station.  

Everyone that knows me knows I love wedding cake, and we had a Cake Boss Style unveil in the center of the room with a sequin and chevron encrusted decadent red velvet creation by Alla and Boris from The Cake Zone.  The perfect addition to cake is delicious Gelato from the best, the Gelato Carte.  The girls from Aquali Bridal matched the cocktail models hair/makeup exactly with the florals and decor.  With the theme being mysterious, we had Nathan Coe Marsh perform some of his illusions that I think we are still trying to figure out!  Cory, from Grant Hemond was our MC and DJ extraordinaire.  All the stationery from invitations to menus and tent cards were done by Invitation Galleria also incorporating a little chevron.  My husband, David, even surprised me with a very sweet speech and a dozen roses!

The thing I was most excited about was our surprise unveiling.  It was something no one would ever guess and we did a pretty good job keeping it a secret:-)  Many of you know that David and I are foster parents, and we had a pretty tough year in 2013 with a sweet little baby we had for 6 months.  The short version of the is, together, Holly Nazario and I came up with the idea to start a foundation to start breaking down the financial barriers so that more people can adopt and give so many children that need it a forever family.  The foundation is named after our foster baby, Promise Love.  We hope to help people get the most important gift that can be given family.  It's in the beginning stages but are VERY excited to see where God takes this.  I can not thank Alex and Jocelyn from Voila Cinematic enough for the time and work they put into this video below.  

Venue | 1930 Grande Room | Cuisine | StoneChef Caterers | Florals | Events In Bloom | Coordination | Linda Marie Weddings & Events | Open Booth and Glamstation | Shutterbooth | Production, AV, Live Twitter Feed | The Production Crew | DJ & MC  | Grant Hemond | Linens | Kate Ryan Linens | Stationery | Invitation Galleria | Entertainment | Nathan Coe Marsh | Cake | The Cake Zone | Gelato | The Gelato Carte | Furniture | FH Weddings | Promise Love Video | Voila Cinematic | Models Hair & Makeup | Aquali Bridal | Carrie's Hair & Makeup | Collective Creations | Glow Bars | uDream Events

{Gabby & David @Florida Aquarium}

Gabby and David are both Marine Biologists at Harbor Branch Oceanographic which is why the Florida Aquarium was the perfect location for their wedding! Gabby teaches college courses and David was actually one of her students, that is how they met:-)  They are a perfect match! David is an avid fisherman and scuba diver so the boutineers were hand made fishing lures. Gabby also had a custom made lure in the shape of a heart made for David!  Both the ceremony and reception were in front of the big tank with blue and aqua accents.  Gabby designed all of the table decor herself with some help from some very special friends.  Each table was named after a different sea creature.  So many fun and beautiful moments!  Congrats Gabby and David!! 

Venue | Florida Aquarium | Hair and Makeup | Michele Renee Hair and Makeup | DJ | Grant Hemond | Gown | Solutions Bridal | Photobooth | Shutterbooth 

{Mariah & Tyler @Rocking H Ranch}

Mariah and Tyler are friends with Ryan and Moira, who were also one of our couples and in fact, were in Mariah and Tyler's wedding:-)  Knowing that crew, we knew we would be in for a lot of fun!  Mariah's mom made a beautiful handkerchief with a special message for her daughter, and the ring she wore was her grandmother's engagement ring.  The girls wore navy with white bouquets.  Tyler and his best man, Rob, have been friends since childhood.  These guys are hilarious, the pictures really explain it.  Ryan was up to his usual free styling and break dancing on queue.  I love that there are double glass doors for you to enter the outdoor ceremony.  They said their vows under an enormous ancient oak tree that was dressed with flowing white fabric, twinkle lights and a beautifully lit chandelier. The sun was setting and it made for a beautiful backdrop to the ceremony.  

The reception was on the lawn under the twinkle lights with accents of burlap and mason jars.  Tyler loves cooking, so the gift to their guests was "love rub", so creative!  Mariah had denim jackets for the girls to wear on the perfectly cool fall Florida evening.  They danced, laughed, shared so many special moments together and after they exited with sparkers found out the guys had carefully wrapped Tyler's entire truck in saran wrap!  Amazing-ness all around.  Congrats Mariah and Tyler!!! xoxoxo

Venue | Rocking H Ranch | Coordination | Ashton Events | Catering | BubbaQues BBQ | Hair/Makeup | Salon Lofts | Florals | Taylormade Floral | Cake | Home Sweet Home Cakes | Lighting | Tampa Lights | Gown | The White Closet

{Heather & Jason @The Florida Aquarium}

I have a questionnaire I send out when our brides first contact us, and on there is "tell us how you met or random facts".  I always love reading what people tell me, and I couldn't sum it up better than Heather, so here's what she told me:

"Jason and I met at a krewe meeting....I didn't remember him, something he has NEVER let me live down! We have a ton of mutual friends yet we are nothing alike...I truly believe it was meant to be, as I spent many years living outside of Tampa, which is my home. I decided after many years away that I was going to come home and make a life for myself here, good or bad...I met Jason 2 days later and here we are getting married. Jason is the life of the party, very talkative and extremely kind, he is everything I never dreamed I would find!!! We both love our families immensely...almost as much as we love beer!!! He is a fourth degree blackbelt in karate while I take boxing classes and try to beat him up whenever he isn't looking...that almost never works in my favor. We have 3 cats, no children and a fantastically busy life that I wouldn't trade for anything in the world. We aren't perfect, but we work perfectly together."

I love her last sentence.  Their wedding was exactly how Heather described them, full of family, friends, and a lot of laughter!  They had party masks for everyone and Heather wore teal shoes with peacock feathers for the ceremony and aqua cowboy boots for the reception.  I especially love their cake topper, you have to look from behind to see what i mean:-)  Jason's best man gave a little more of a roast than a toast and had everyone laughing till their were tears in their eyes.  Congrats Heather and Jason!! xoxoxo

Venue |  The Florida Aquarium | Florist | Apple Blossoms | Cake | Chocolate Pi | DJ | Crew Entertainment | Draping & Lighting | Savvy Events and Entertainment