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Wedding Tails: Amanda & Jamie’s Wedding at the Florida Aquarium

Amanda and Jamie met while attending Bloomingdale High School, although they had been classmates since elementary school.

For their four year anniversary, the couple celebrated in St. Augustine, FL to visit a haunted lighthouse that they had seen on the tv show Ghost Hunters.

“It was early in the morning when we got to the lighthouse. I was so scared because I’m terrified of heights!” Amanda said.

“When we got to the top, I stayed far away from the edge. I saw Jamie get down one knee and ask me, but I was still scared from being up there. I was trying to run down to stairwell and didn’t realize what was going on,” Amanda shared. “I was shaking for two reasons: being up so high and him asking me to marry him!”

Damask, Purple and Green Tampa Wedding

Amanda spent almost a year finding the perfect Tampa wedding venue for her damask, purple and green wedding.

“Jamie and I love the water and I decided on the Florida Aquarium because that was where our first Valentine’s date took place,” the bride shared.

Preserving her big day was important to the bride, so Amanda hired Tampa wedding photographer Kristen Marie Photography.

“I have a horrible memory and that day just went so fast, but because of all the detail shots and unlimited pictures that Kristen took I was able to remember that day!” the bride said. “The one shot that I asked her for was to take the first reaction when Jamie saw me as I was walking down. She did a frame by frame and I will always have that moment.”

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“I honored my grandpa because he was pretty much my father and he passed before I could get married.” – The Bride12 13 14-1 14-2 15-1

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“Natalie who was my wedding coordinator at the Florida Aquarium made sure that everything that I needed was awesome, and she made my guest felt like they were important.” – The Bride20 21 22

What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay brides?
Hire a photographer who has a detailed timeline for the wedding. What’s great with that is that with the time frame set, the vendors will work off of that and make which makes the whole wedding smoother. 

Tampa Wedding Venue: Florida Aquarium
Tampa Wedding Photographer: Kristen Marie Photography
Tampa Wedding Florist: Whidden Florist
Tampa Wedding Cake: Sweetie Delights
Tampa Wedding DJ: Nature Coast DJ
Tampa Groomsmen Tuxedos: Men’s Wearhouse

Anna Coats - Wedding Blogger from Marry Me Tampa Bay 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.

 

Wedding Tails: Lauren & Josh’s Wedding at the Florida Aquarium

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.”

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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

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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 - Wedding Blogger from Marry Me Tampa Bay 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.

Wedding Tails: Caitlin and Mahir’s Wedding at the Florida Aquarium

Caitlin and Mahir met in sixth grade, but never dated during middle school or high school despite Mahir’s affection for his classmate.

“He did give me a very sweet Valentine’s Day gift when we were 11 and I still have it to this day,” Caitlin reminisced.

Years later, while the pair were finishing college, they reconnected on Facebook.

“We would make weekend trips between Tampa and West Palm Beach to see each other,” the bride explained.

After three years of dating, Caitlin and Mahir celebrated their anniversary at Sea World, where Mahir proposed.

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Since the couple had guests attending from both central and south Florida, Tampa was the perfect go-between. They chose downtown Tampa wedding venue the Florida Aquarium as they were frequent visitors of the unique reception space.

“While we were dating, many of our favorite places were right around the corner from where Mahir attended school. The Florida Aquarium was one of those places that we could go to every day and never run out of things to do,” Caitlin shared.

The Tampa bride didn’t want her decor to compete with the Aquarium’s natural beauty and chose neutral shades to complement the wedding venue’s background.

“I chose everything based on its simplicity. The colors were clover and white to add to the backdrop of the fish tank in the aquarium, but not blend in,” Caitlin explained.

And it was those unique surroundings that made an impression on the bride.

“The most memorable moment from the wedding was stepping out into the beautifully decorated ceremony room with the sharks and sea turtle as the backdrop and knowing that everything was perfect,” the bride reminisced. “We wanted people to leave there saying ‘Wow,’ and that’s exactly what happened.”

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The most memorable moment from the wedding was stepping out into the beautifully decorated ceremony room with the sharks and sea turtle as the backdrop and knowing that everything was perfect. – The Bride

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We chose the Florida Aquarium as our venue because of memories we had there. Everything was what I had dreamed of down to the last detail and no other venue could have provided that. The food was incredible. – The Bride

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Now that the wedding is over my favorite part of holding our wedding there was the ambiance of the whole venue. We wanted people to leave there saying “WOW!” and that’s exactly what happened. – The Bride

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What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay Brides who are holding an wedding at the Aquarium?
Book your vendors as early as possible. I started booking over a year in advance and I was able to do research on all of the vendors and choose my top picks.

Tampa Wedding Venue: Florida Aquarium
Tampa Wedding Photographer: Carrie Wildes Photography 
Tampa Wedding DJ: DJ by CJ 
Tampa Groomsmen Suits: Men’s Warehouse
Tampa Wedding Dress: Alfred Angelo
Tampa Wedding Hair & Makeup: Collective Creations

Anna Coats - Wedding Blogger from Marry Me Tampa Bay 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.