Tara and Ryan’s Love Story:
My husband and I met when I was 15 at a local cheerleading competition. We started dating when I was 16, and we were together for eight years before he popped the question.
On June 30, 2012, the first day of our 8-day cruise, he proposed on our private balcony during sunset. It was the perfect start to an amazing cruise.
Modern White, Blue and Silver Florida Aquarium Wedding
Tara and Ryan held an elegant, white wedding in downtown Tampa.
“We wanted our wedding to have a timeless feel,” the bride shared.
The bride dubbed her and her husband as “two big kids” and chose the combination of the beauty and playfulness that the Florida Aquarium offered for their wedding ceremony and reception.
“Ryan and I wanted to have a unique space for our wedding, and the Aquarium fit that perfectly. It had a gorgeous backdrop for the ceremony, amazing scenery for lots of great photos and allowed our guests to tour the venue,” the bride explained. “Being able to privately view the different areas of the Aquarium during the wedding allowed us to let loose.”
And every big kid/bride needs the Florida Aquarium’s very special guests to accompany her down the aisle.
“How many people can say they had penguins at their wedding or was able to take pictures with them?” Tara gushed. “Our guests are still to this day talking about the penguins.”
With the bride and groom managers in the food and catering industry, the menu was one of the most important elements of their wedding.
“We wanted to make sure the food represented us well, the Aquarium delivered and made that happen,” Tara said.
Looking back, the bride shared that her most memorable moment came at the end of her wedding reception.
“All of our guests got in a giant circle and started dancing around us. It was an amazing memory and a great way to cap off an amazing wedding and the start of our new journey,” Tara reminisced.
“Ashley from the Aquarium was amazing! She made sure I felt comfortable, walked me through everything and was my go-to for anything on the day of the wedding.” – The Bride
“How many people can say they had penguins at their wedding or was able to take pictures with them? Our guests are still to this day talking about the penguins!” – The Bride
“Ryan and I wanted to have a unique space for our wedding, and the Aquarium fit that perfectly. It had a gorgeous backdrop for the ceremony, amazing scenery for lots of great photos and allowed our guests to tour the venue.” – The Bride
What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay Brides?
Just have fun! Your wedding comes and goes so fast, but sometimes brides are too consumed and stressed to enjoy planning it. This day is for you and your future husband, do what makes you happy and in return your guests will love it!
Tampa Wedding Venue: Florida Aquarium
Tampa Wedding Photographer: Victoria Angela Photography
Tampa Wedding Videographer: Brad Hall Studios
Tampa Wedding Florist: La Vie en Rose
Tampa Wedding Caterer: Florida Aquarium
Tampa Wedding Cake: A Piece of Cake
Tampa Wedding DJ: Grant Hemond & Associates
Tampa Wedding Officiant: Pastor Paine
Tampa Wedding Transportation: Ambassador Limousine Services
Tampa Wedding Dress: Aurora Bridal
Tampa Wedding Hair & Makeup: The Michele Renee Hair & Makeup Artist Group
Tampa Wedding Photo Booth: FotoBox
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.