Lauren met Josh at Tampa country bar, The Round Up, on Christmas Day. She was a freshman at the University of South Florida and he was playing professional baseball.
While Lauren was visiting Josh in Nashville, TN after his business relocated him there, he proposed after eight years of dating.
“He picked me up from the airport and took me to Gaylord Palms in Nashville where he proposed under a waterfall,” the bride reminisced.
Lime Green & Peacock Blue Tropical Paradise Florida Aquarium Wedding
After living in Tennessee together for a year, the pair moved back to Florida to fulfill their love of being near the water.
The couple’s passion for the Florida lifestyle was reflected in their choice of wedding venue.
“We cannot be away from the ocean for long periods of time which is why we choose to get married at The Florida Aquarium,” the bride explained.
The couple also share another love, which added to the Aquarium being a perfect fit for their big day.
“My husband and I have a big heart for animals, which made our wedding even more enjoyable,” Lauren shared.
As a gift from the bride’s father, the couple had a some unexpected wedding guests, complements of the Aquarium.
“My husband and I could not believe my dad surprised us with the penguins. I could feel the tears starting to roll down my face as I saw the biologist come down the hall with them!” the bride gushed.
Lauren said that one of her most memorable moments, in addition to the penguin encounter, was posing with mermaids in one of the Aquarium’s large fish tanks.
“Our guests were amazed, especially the children. We continue to hear how it was the best wedding from our guests to this day.”
“My husband and I could not believe my dad surprised us with the penguins. I could feel the tears starting to roll down my face as I saw the biologist come down the hall with them! Our guests were amazed. We continue to hear how it was the best wedding from our guests to this day.” – The Bride
What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay Brides?
Definitely stay organized through your entire wedding process.
Make sure you, your fiancee and family are communicating through the entire process so everyone can enjoy your wedding planning experience.
Tampa Wedding Venue: Florida Aquarium
Tampa Wedding Photographer: Captured Images by Augie
Tampa Wedding Florist: Publix Greenwise
Tampa Wedding Cake: Publix Greenwise
Tampa Wedding DJ: Grant Hemond & Associates - Ben
Tampa Wedding Officiant: Pastor Jerry Nordsiek
Tampa Wedding Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Tampa Wedding Transportation: HART Trolley
Tampa Wedding Dress: Mora Lee Bridal
Tampa Wedding Hair & Makeup: Rare Accents Salon
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.