Jennifer and Daniel’s Wedding at the Rusty Pelican

Jennifer and Daniel’s wedding at the Rusty Pelican was set against the backdrop of Tampa Bay. The intimate wedding was simple and elegant, and our Special Moments Event Planning team was honored to be a part of it.


Black and white photo of Tampa bride and groom

Get Ready!

For the ladies, the day began with hair and makeup, some fun photos in their wedding day robes, and then again as a group dressed and ready.



Across town, Daniel was having photos taken as his Best Man helped him get ready, and then the guys did their group photos.



That’s My Dad

While the guys were being photographed in one location, Jennifer took time for some photos and a little private time with her dad.


Jennifer and Daniel’s First Look

It was time for the bride and groom-to-be to see each other for the first time. Jennifer snuck up behind Daniel, and his reaction was precious.



Tampa groom's amazing reaction after their first look.

Ho would you caption Daniel’s reaction?


With their first look and some wedding portraits completed, the couple hid away as guests gathered at the venue’s waterfront wedding pavilion.



With This Ring

The wedding pavilion was draped with flowing white fabric and accented with large boughs of white flowers. With Tampa Bay as the backdrop, it was a beautiful setting for their wedding ceremony.


Beautifully decorated wedding pavilion at the Rusty Pelican Tampa


With everyone in place, Jennifer entered, escorted by her father. 


Tampa bride walking down the aisle at the Rusty Pelican


The couple exchanged wedding rings and vows, sealing their vows with a kiss. Needless to say, they were pretty excited!


As they left the ceremony site, they headed off for some photos together while guests enjoyed cocktail hour.


Newlyweds stop for a quick kiss as they walk up the aisle

Tampa bride and groom on the banks of Tampa Bay


Dance The Night Away 

Inside the venue’s ballroom, tables were set with black linens under a canopy of flowing white fabric—the gold chivari chairs with black cushions paired perfectly with the gold candle holders and table numbers. Rustic wooden slabs surrounded by white flowers added a touch of whimsy.


Black and gold wedding decor at the Rusty Pelican Tampa


Their sweetheart table reflected the decor of the guest tables and overflowed with white flowers.


Sweetheart table decorated in black and gold overflowed with white flowers


And how cute is their three-tiered semi-naked wedding cake?


Semi-naked three-tiered wedding cake


Following introductions, the couple took to the dance floor for their first dance as husband and wife. 


Tampa bride and groom's first dance at their Rusty Pelican wedding reception


The night was family dances, touching toasts, delicious food, and great music. The dance floor stayed packed all night long.

However, the newlyweds cleared the dance floor at the end of the night for one last dance alone,


Tampa newlyweds took time for one last dance at the end of their Rusty Pelican wedding reception.


Congratulations, Jennifer and Daniel! We’re glad to have been part of these special moments!


Tampa Wedding Vendors

Wedding Venue: Rusty Pelican Restaurant – Tampa

Tampa Wedding Planner: Special Moments Event Planning 

Makeup: Sugared Salon

Hair Stylist: Glam by Tiffany Lee

Wedding Photography: Mcfarquhar Photography

Florist: Jennie’s Flowers

DJ: Lucas Hornbeck

Draping / Sweetheart Table Backdrop: On The Move Productions

Wedding Cake: Alessi Bakery

Transportation: VIP Limo and Airport Transportation

Accommodations: Hampton Inn Rocky Point

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