Lauren met Allen at work, and after some pursing by the groom the pair began dating.
Four years later, Allen proposed with the help of his and Lauren’s four-legged friend.
“Soon after we arrived home from work, Allen sent one of our dogs upstairs claiming he had a defective collar. I looked at it and found an engagement ring tied to it with ribbon. He had a ring hidden in our house for a month! He came upstairs and got on one knee and asked me to marry him!” Lauren reminisced.
Silver, White & Black Downtown Tampa Wedding
Lauren is originally from the Tampa Bay area and chose the Florida Aquarium as her wedding venue.
“When we were looking at venues, we wanted something unique, but stilll enjoyable to all guests,” the bride explained. “After seeing the Aquarium wedding pictures and walking around the venue with Natalie, we decided it was perfect and did not want to look anywhere else.”
The couple held an elegant silver, white and black wedding, using the backdrop of the Aquarium as the focus of their decor.
“We chose not to overshadow all of the beauty at the Aquarium,” Lauren said.
While planning the downtown Tampa wedding, one of Lauren and Allen’s main priorities was entertaining their guests.
“Our wedding was was a fun and unique atmosphere; we wanted something that was not boring or traditional,” the bride said.
Looking back, Lauren said that her Florida Aquarium wedding was unforgettable.
“It was the best night of our lives! Having all of our family and friends in one place for the weekend was the most amazing experience!” the bride exclaimed.
What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay Brides who are holding an wedding at the Aquarium?
To make sure and enjoy every second of the day, it goes so fast!
Tampa Wedding Venue: Florida Aquarium
Tampa Wedding Photographer: Brad Hall Studios
Tampa Wedding Florist: X Floral Salon
Tampa Wedding Cake: Chef Nelson’s Cake Studio
Tampa Groomsmen Tuxedos: Jos. A Bank
Tampa Wedding Dress: Alfred Angelo
Tampa Wedding Hair & Makeup: Destiny and Light Hair & Makeup
Tampa Wedding Invitations: MagnetStreet
Tampa Wedding Rings: Gordon Jewelers
Anna Coats is a wedding blogger from Marry Me Tampa Bay which showcases local weddings in the Tampa Bay area. Her 11-11-11 St. Petersburg, FL wedding was featured on USA Today.