Tampa Bay couple Katie and Andy knew that the city that held a majority of their memories would be the perfect place to host their downtown Tampa wedding.
“We both grew up in Tampa, and after years of living outside of Tampa, we decided to move back to our hometown to start our life as a married couple,” the bride shared. “We knew we wanted to be married at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, so it was an easy choice to pick a downtown location for our reception venue as well.”
The couple’s elegant, traditional Tampa wedding ceremony, focused on family and religion, which was an important element to both the bride and groom. Katie and Andy had special scriptures, hymns and prayers selected for their ceremony, and even had her uncle, a Methodist minister, give the final blessing.
After their downtown Tampa nuptials, guests were escorted to the ornate wedding reception venue, The Floridan Palace Hotel, just steps away from Sacred Heart Church. The venue combined their Florida lifestyle with a classic “old Tampa” theme.
To complement their elegant venue, Tampa wedding florist Northside Florist created tall centerpieces, featuring ivory hydrangeas and dusty white roses with greenery accents.
“I looked for a florist who had great taste with fair prices. We hired Northside Florist because Kathy came highly recommended from family friends,” Katie shared. “Kathy was attentive to our requests and my vision, and she delivered classic, elegant and beautiful arrangements. She also provided beautiful draping for the entrance to the ballroom and spent extra time to make it work.”
What did you look for in a wedding florist?
I looked for a florist who had great taste with fair prices. We hired Northside Florist because Kathy came highly recommended from family friends. My family had also received and purchased flowers from Northside Florist, and we were always impressed with the quality and design.
Kathy was attentive to our requests and my vision, and she delivered classic, elegant and beautiful arrangements. She also provided beautiful draping for the entrance to the ballroom and spent extra time to make it work.
In December, after my law school finals, Andy took me to Sand Key Beach for a relaxing weekend to celebrate the end of the semester. He had made reservations at the Columbia Restaurant on Sand Key and before dinner, we went down to the beach to watch the sunset. It was there that he proposed down by the water!
Little did I know that he had a dear family friend photographing the entire event. Both of our families were waiting for us at the restaurant to celebrate; he had been planning the proposal for four months.
How would you describe your theme?
Classic elegance with a nod to the beach, a twist of old Tampa and homage to our home state of Florida. I am a traditional girl, and I wanted to be able to look back on our wedding and not regret any style choices.
Because Andy proposed to me on Sand Key Beach in Clearwater, Florida, we wanted to bring in an aspect of the beach without clashing with the aesthetic of classic elegance and without bringing in the beach too literally.
Both the historic Floridan Palace Hotel and Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Tampa were already decorated with our color palette and also brought in the “old Tampa” feel that we wanted. We also wanted to tastefully showcase our love for our home state of Florida, which we brought in by including it on our paper products and our cookie favor.
What were your colors?
I think the most beautiful color combination in the world is ivory, gold and deep sea mist, and we tried to stay true to that palette throughout.
Ceremony Venue: Sacred Heart Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Floridan Palace Hotel | Florist: Northside Florist | Photographer: Anna Kirby Photography | Videographer: Movie Magic Productions | Planner: Burkle Events | Caterer: Floridan Palace Hotel | Linen Rentals: Kate Ryan Linens | Cake: Alessi Bakeries | Band and Lighting: Phase5 | Officiant: Father Zachary Elliott | Invitations: A&P Design Co. | Paper Goods: Green Duck Stationary | Dress Shop and Designer: The Dressing Room – Justin Alexander | Bridesmaid Dresses: JCrew | Hair & Makeup: DB Studios