This is Halloween!

ToniMarie and Angel’s October wedding was just before Halloween. This adorable couple wanted a dark and moody wedding design as a nod to ‘Nightmare Before Christmas.’ This wedding with deep rich tones of black and purple, held in an old courthouse, was everything they wanted.

bride and groom on the steps of  the Le Meridien Hotel Tampa


A Change of Plans

Initially, ToniMarie and Angel’s plans were to host a block of rooms and their rehearsal dinner at the Le Meridien Hotel in downtown Tampa. About nine months before the wedding, after revisiting the hotel, they decided it was exactly what they wanted for their wedding day.

The hotel is located in what was an old Federal Courthouse retains many of the old historic elements, blended with modern luxurious features. It had all the feels, from tall stone columns as the backdrop to their wedding ceremony to hosting the wedding reception in the original courtroom.


Setting the Stage

This wedding video trailer of ToniMarie and Angel’s day by Media Tree Studios will give you a great idea of the couple’s day as it unfolded.


After a morning with her wedding party, and hair and makeup, ToniMarie gave the girls quick look before heading off to see her father. Needless to say, dad was a little overwhelmed.

bridal part dressed n shades of purple get a sneak peek at the bride

father of the bride in tears before her Le Meridien Tampa wedding

We love the photos of the bride surrounded by the hotel’s incredible marble walls. The light from the enormous windows was magical, washing over her beautiful wedding gown. And her bridal bouquet, with its rich tones and texture, was amazing.



I’ve Waited A Hundred Years

The outdoor ceremony space was set on the steps facing the tall columns and beautiful details of the building. Purple and white floral arrangements with tall silver branches framed the area where the couple, who have known each other forever, would finally exchange their wedding vows.

steps of the Le Meridien Hotel Tampa set for a halloween wedding ceremony

With everyone in place, ToniMarie, escorted by her father, made her entrance to ‘Turning Page’ by Sleeping At Last.

bride and her father heading toward her halloween wedding

groom looking on from the steps of the Le Meridien Hotel as his bride walks down the aisle

Surrounded by family and friends, the couples exchanged rings and the vows they wrote for each other. They were touched by the number of people who offered well wishes and honked their horns as they passed.

bride and groom exchanging wedding vows at their Tampa  halloween wedding

a halloween wedding on the steps of the Le Meridien Hotel Tampa

wedding ceremony on the steps of the Le Meridien Hotel Tampa

a bride and groom's first kiss after their halloween wedding


“For it is plain, as anyone can see. We’re simply meant to be.” -Jack Skellington.


A Sneak Peek A The Reception

Wedding guest made their way to the pool area for cocktails while the newlyweds and their wedding party took time for a few photos.

wedding party wearing purple and black for a halloween themed wedding

bride and groom kissing in the elevator of the Le Meridien Hotel Tampa

The couple made their way to the ballroom for a sneak peek at how everything came together. Our Special Moments Event Planning team created a seating chart with a Nightmare Before Christmas vibe. Tables were draped with matte black linens to accent the silver charger plates and lush floral arrangements in deep purple, lavender, and white.

Nightmare before Christmas themed seating chart for a Tampa halloween wedding

ballroom of the Le Meridien Tampa set in purple, black and silver for a halloween themed wedding

ballroom of the Le Meridien Tampa set in purple, black and silver for a halloween themed wedding

Their sweetheart table was set on a riser overlooking the room. Luxurious floral arrangements framed their table accented by purple lighting around the room. Even the custom place card with the guests’ entrée selection fit the theme.

A sweetheart table in black, silver, and purple for a halloween wedding

Another incredible detail of the wedding reception was their five-tier white and silver wedding cake, accented with purple flowers – created by the groom’s aunt.

A five tier white and silver wedding cake for a nightmare before Christmas themed halloween wedding

Before leaving the ballroom, the couple took time for some spectacular portraits with the fantastic cold spark fountains.

bride and groom in front of a sparkler fountain in the ballroom of the Le Meridien Tampa


From This Moment

Following introductions to ‘This is Halloween’ by Marilyn Manson, the newlyweds took to the dance floor for their first dance to ‘From This Moment.’

bride and groom's first dance at their halloween wedding

The evening continued with touching toasts, special family dances, a delicious dinner, dessert table, photo booth, and plenty of dancing.

bride and groom toasting from their sweetheart table

photo of guest at a halloween themed wedding at the Le Meridien Hotel Tampa

The couple and their friends ended the spectacular evening with sparklers and a Grand Exit.

Grand Exit with sparklers at a halloween wedding at the Le Meridien Tampa

Congratulations, Toni Marie and Angel!


The Team of Wedding Vendors

Tampa Wedding Planner: Special Moments Event Planning

Tampa Wedding Venue: Le Meridien Hotel Tampa

Floral Design: The Brides Bouquet

Photographer: Cara DeHart Lewis

Videography: Media Tree Studios

DJ/ Photos Booth / Sparkler Fountains: Spark Wedding Events

Rentals: Gabro Event Services

Custom Printing: Special Moments Event Planning

Dessert Table: Alessi Bakery

Wedding Cake: Groom’s Aunt


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