Runnin’ Down A Dream

Missy and Charlie’s wedding was absolutely a dream! As they live out of town, we worked on a good bit of the planning with Missy’s sister.

Bride and groomenjoying thier garden wedding

The wedding day was filled with incredible details. There were so many details that this intimate wedding of close family and friends had nearly as many vendors as guests!

Getting Ready and The Couple’s First Look

The couple each spent the early part of the day with their wedding parties and getting ready. Before heading off to the Florida Botanical Gardens, they had their first look and some time alone.

Bride looking over the gulf of mexico while she gets ready for her wedding

groom fixing his tie

We LOVE this first look where Missy is sneaking up on Charlie!

bride sneaking up on her groom for thier first look

groom smiling seeing his bride to be for the first time

With This Ring

Wedding guests enjoyed a pre-ceremony drink as they arrived at the botanical gardens. The wedding gazebo was draped in soft white fabric, accented with two large floral swags.

garden wedding at the florida botanical gardens

floral swag on the wedding gazebo

With the groom and wedding parties in place, Missy made her entrance, escorted by her mother.

bride being escored down the aisle by her mother

The couple exchanged rings and wedding vows surrounded by family and friends. They ended the very personal ceremony with a kiss to the sounds of “Signed, Sealed, Delivered!”

Garden wedding at the Florida Botanical Gardens

Garden wedding at the Florida Botanical Gardens

Bride and groom showing off their wedding rings after their garden wedding

Cocktails and Steel Drums

Following the wedding ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and the sounds of steel drums while exploring the gardens.

steel drums playng during cocktail hour for a garden wedding at the Florida Botanical Gardens

Meanwhile, the wedding garden ceremony was transformed into a fun evening filled with music and great food.

Sweetheart table under the wedding gazebo in the wedding garden at the Florida Botanical Gardens

Missy and Charlie’s wedding invitation set the tone for all of the décor. The bright, colorful tropical flowers were perfect for the garden setting and were found everywhere. Colorful details included the custom welcome sign, fun personalized cocktail napkins, a floral monogram for the front of the bar, and the tabletops.

wedding invitations for a garden wedding

custom welcome sign for a garden wedding

custom beverage napkins for a garden wedding

floral monogram for a garden wedding

tropical centerpieces for a garden wedding

Other fun details included miniature succulents for each guest as a wedding favor and an album that guests were invited to autograph.

Succulent wedding favors for a garden wedding

Album for a wedding guest book

Following introductions, the evening flowed with touching toast, delicious food stations, a cigar roller, and the couple cutting their three-tiered wedding cake decorated with bright tropical flowers and custom bride and groom that look exactly like the.

Cigar Roller at a Garden wedding at the Florida Botanical Gardens

There tiered white wedding cake with custom bride and groom cake topper

Dessert included the yummy wedding cake and a huge display of cookies, including some Tom Petty-themed cookies.

Tom Petty themed cookies for a garden wedding

The special treat for the evening was an incredible Tom Petty Impersonator. The newlyweds took to the dancefloor at the end of his set for their first dance to “I Need You.” He was pretty amazing and lots of fun, hanging out for photos with the couple.

bride and groom's first dance at their garden wedding

Tom Petty impersonator playing for a Florida garden weding

brid eand groom taking photos with a Tom Petty impersonator

Missy and Charlie were indeed “Runnin’ Down A Dream!” Congratulations!

Newlyweds taking photos with a Tom Petty impersonator

Thank You!

We truly appreciate the kind words from the bride and groom as well as the 5 Star Google review from the bride’s sister, Lori!

Tammy, Thank you for making our wedding day the most perfect ever. Every special detail was perfect. We could not have done this without you. You are a master at your skill and we are so blessed you coordinated all of it! Thank you, Missy and Charlie


Google 5 Star Review

Where do I even begin! If you are getting married locally or are a bride from out of state doing a destination wedding, you NEED to hire Tammy Waterman. My sister got married on 10/15/21. She hired Tammy because her primary residence is in MD and she needed help coordinating pretty much EVERYTHING due to a very hectic work and travel schedule. I had the opportunity to work closely with Tammy for 5 months during the planning process and she is the most organized, professional, dedicated, hard-working, down-to-earth (and I could go on and on) person I have ever had the pleasure of working with.

Her years of experience in the business were apparent from the get-go and she is always one step ahead with recommendations to make your wedding perfect. I honestly don’t know what I would have done without the support of Tammy and her team to help plan my sister’s wedding from 1,000 miles away. Tammy works with the best and most reliable vendors while keeping your budget in mind at all times. She eliminated so much stress because I knew I could trust her with even the smallest details. Again, I don’t have enough words of praise that I can give to Tammy and Special Moments Event Planning for making my sister’s wedding absolutely perfect.


The Wedding Team

Tampa Bay Wedding Planner: Special Moments Event Planning

Florida Wedding Venue: Florida Botanical Garden

Steel Drum Duo: Caladesi Steel Band

Catering: Delectables Fine Catering, Inc.

Rentals: Gabro Event Services

Floral Design: The Brides Bouquet

Lighting: Mobile Wind

Stationery: Special Moments Event Planning

DJ: Grant Hemond and Associates

Photography: Lifelong Photography Studio

Videography: Contessa Films Wedding Videography

Wedding Cake: A Piece of Cake & Desserts

Cigar Roller: Cigar Creations

Photo Booth: Express UrSelf Media

Transportation: Jolley Trolley

Accommodations: Holiday Inn Harbourside

Tom Petty Tribute: Southern Accents

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