On a warm summer evening, Ali and Devin gathered their families and a few close friends to witness their union.
Friends since their teens, it took a fishing challenge from Ali (and yes, she won the challenge) to connect them in a way beyond old friends. They wanted a very short and not too personal ceremony from Marry You I Do. This was their third attempt at a wedding and they didn't want to prolong or risk even a long ceremony.
After several cancellations and reschedules, Wallace Ranch was chosen as the perfect nearby location as it looks and feels like a South Carolina Lowcountry home, one of their dream locations.
Natalie of Landrum Photographycaptured each smile, tear, and giggle. And several of the guests got to meet cows up close!
When Michigan native, Nate, met the lovely Ecuadorian Sarah on a business trip to Canada, he knew he had to make her his own. After getting to know them via video chats, I wrote a personal wedding ceremony for them, including ending with them jumping the broom into their future. This was only my second time writing a broom jumping and the couple was able to tell me exactly what that ritual meant to them and their union.
Loading up THE dress, their two best friends, and a decorated broom they drove to Florida.
Their Vendor Team - Even an elopement needs a team of professionals!
Southern Streams Ranch, Laura Davis Photography, and Marry You I Do came together to create this magical afternoon for them. The mini horses kept the couple and their friends amused while the gorgeous rustic venue in Thonotosassa prepared a steak dinner for them.
Amber & Evan's Wedding at
Paradise Cove - Orlando
I love when a couple personalizes their event with a theme that has a deep meaning to them. This unique couple met at a gaming meet up and fell into a conversation about their favorite book.
Their ceremony took place in "Middle Earth" - or Bok Tower Gardens to the left of the Tower.
Instead of flowers, these two adventurers carried lanterns to light their combined path.
The attendants dressed as elves and they asked me to get into the spirit, dressing as Bilbo.
Photographer Megan Pitts captured the essence of the theme, along with each tear and giggle.
Marry You I Do loved meeting the challenge of including Lord of the Rings AND dressing the part of Bilbo.
The amazing events staff of Bok Tower handled everyone and everything with calm, professionalism, and grace.
Marjorie & Jamal's Love Story
The Wedding Retreat
They originally met at a party, Taylor, being somewhat shy, noticed Matthew was the life of the party. A great balance for each other, it wasn't long before they found themselves spending more and more time together.
Ten days before the wedding, Taylor graduated nursing school and took her State Boards for her Registered Nurse certification. After all, it wasn't like she had anything ELSE going on!
Their Vendor Team:
The Edison was the ideal venue - a perfect combination of vintage industrial meets country setting. The Edison lights throughout the interior provided a magical glow for their guests.
Lindsey Vander Wal Photography captured every smile, and every tear.
Officiant Marry You I Do wrote a sweet ceremony with just enough smiles to keep Taylor from ugly crying.
Leasa and Jen fromL & J Elite Events decorated and coordinated their perfect day.
They locked eyes at work but he thought she was taken.
Then she saw him on a dating site - and swiped right!
Two years later, they promised to be sweethearts forever.
Their romantic and the fun moments were captured by Photo Harp Weddings
Marry You I Do blended their Christian and Muslim beliefs and traditions along with their silly sense of humor and banter.
The Wedding Retreat provided the perfect setting, decor, DJ, and coordination
A bright, sunny, and beautiful December day,
30 plus people from Connecticut gathered on
St. Petersburg Beach
to wish these two beauties well.
The laughter and love were obvious on every face -
from the "I love you more. I win"
to the butt grabbing kiss
DJ: Desmond Williams
Photography: Chrissy Ann Photography
Arch florals: Simply Chic Events
Kaitlyn & Max's Blended Nuptials
Terrace Hotel Lakeland
Caitlin & Nick
Chad & Breanna's Nuptials
Simpson Lakes - Dade City
Lisa & Jo's July Mini-mony
Florida Botanical Gardens, Largo
Taylor and Matt's Romantic Day at
The Edison in Dade City
This sweet couple met at University of South Florida, outside of a class. Nick's opening line was "Why are you standing here?" - a line that was woven into their ceremony, both of their personal vows, and the reception. Added was a touch of Disney, as Caitlin looked the part of a princess.
The beautiful Crystal Ballroom North Tampa glowed almost as brightly as the couple's love. And with a beautiful harp playing, they combined their different cultures and faiths with a handfasting and the sweet twinkling of Irish wedding bells as they exited as a married couple. A memorable experience for Nick and his Caitlin AND their guests.
Photography was done by Photo Harp Weddings
Harp music before and during the ceremony plus cocktail hour was provided by Harpist Kristen Elizabeth.
Officiant Marry You I Do
On a very windy afternoon, Chad and Breanna pledged their love and lots of laughter to one another and their families. In a unique unity ritual they took Fireball shots as I described the similarities of a good marriage and a good whiskey.
Lindsey VanderWal Photography captured their love while Labif Filmhouse was charged with videography duty.
Tipsy Tampa Bartender & Events provided decor and bartenders.
Wedding Live Artist was Cory Wright.
The gorgeous venue was Simpson Lakes.
Casey & Stephanie's Destination Dream
Sirata Beach Resort
On a brisk January day, these two - with help from their son - pledged forever. They were able to set up a Zoom conference for their family and friends in Pennsylvania who were unable to travel due to COVID19.
Their non religious ceremony, with Zen touches, represented both families and their love. The trio of ring security guys, their dark glasses, precision walk, and somber expressions were a hit with the guests.
Paradise Cove in Orlando provided a large outdoor space with a lakeside white sand beach, palm trees, and lots of covered outdoor space for the reception.
Nate & Sarah's Destination Wedding
The Lake Mirror Room of the historic Terrace Hotel provided an ideal spot for the blending of two families, two religions, two lives into one love fest.
Harpist Kristen Elizabethoffered the perfect musical background as she always does.
Photography and videography was provided by Photo Harp Weddings
OfficiantMarry You I Do blended Christian and Judeo traditions along with the couple's mad love for all things Disney.
Sammy & Patricia's
Bilbo Baggins / Lord of The Rings
Bok Tower Gardens
Their Story: Lisa & Jo, along with daughter Mia, moved to Florida to begin a new life together. When they decided to finally marry, they had a special date in mind. Thinking early afternoon would be somewhat cooler than later in the day, they chose a 1 p.m. ceremony time.
After saging the area, we began!
Unfortunately, Mia was visiting grandparents in another state, so she asked that her Bunny represent her. I wanted Bunny to have a good view, so asked Bunny to help me officiate.
Venue: Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo (pop up style)
Photography by:Anthony Galvez Photography
Ali and Devin's Pandemic Micro-mony
Wallace Ranch- Dade City
Marry You I Do