This Tampa Couple Will Make You Smile!

If you are anything like our Special Moments Event Planning team, Samantha and Jake’s recent Tampa wedding makes you smile.

All you have to do is look at them. They literally smiled all day long—giant ear to ear smiles.


Get Ready

Samantha started her day with her wedding party, champagne, and a lot of laughs.


bride and her bridesmaids  in matching floral robes drinking champagne


Across town, Jake was busy getting ready for the big day. He looked sharp in a white dinner jacket, black tie, and white shoes with black piping.



groom standing in front of a mirror adjusting his bow tie

photo of the grooms white shoes with black trim, bow tie, sunglasses and watch

groom in white tuxedo jacket putting on his watch


Meanwhile, the ladies moved on from sipping champagne to hair and makeup and getting ready.


bride having her hair and makeup done before her wedding


Samantha wore a beautiful organza gown with sheer lace overlay, lace applique sleeves, and illusion back accented with buttons.


Her shimmering shoes and jewelry and headband paired perfectly with the wedding gowns rhinestone belt. A beautiful bridal bouquet in ivory, blush, and lavender complimented the look.


Tampa bride's wedding gown hanging in front of a window

rhinestone covered wedding shoes, bracelet and wedding rings

bridesmaid and mother of the bride helping her put on her wedding gown

bride looking into a mirror before her Tampa wedding

tampa bride holding her ivory, blush and lavender bridal bouquet


Get Me To The Church On Time

Jake and his wedding party arrived at the church in time for some photos before his first look.


groom with his groomsmen just before his first look


After a deep breath, Samantha made her way to the front of the church to see her groom-to-be for the first time.


We love their first look!


Tampa bride taking a deep breath before walking up for her first look with her groom

Tampa bride walking up behind her groom to be on the steps of the church

Tampa bride standing behind her groom  on the steps of the Chapel of the Holy Cross

Tampa bride and groom right after their first look


The couple had built enough time into their schedule before the wedding ceremony for family and wedding party photos as well as some time alone.

Samantha’s ear to ear smiles continued as her Father walked her down the aisle. The couple exchanged their wedding vows in an intimate ceremony surrounded by family and friends.


Smiling bride walking down the aisle with her father

Tampa bride and groom on the altar of The Chapel of the Holy Trinity


Following the ceremony, the newlyweds headed off in a limousine for some photos along Tampa’s Bayshore Drive.


bride and groom inside a limousine heading to Tampa Garden Club

bride and groom posing for photos along Bayshore  Boulevard in front of Tampa Bay


Wedding guests enjoyed a cocktail hour in the gardens at the Tampa Garden Club. How cute are these cocktail arrangements created in cigar boxes?


cocktail table floral arrangement made in a cigar box


The cocktail reception included Mini Tomato Bisque Shooters with Grilled Cheese Wedges, Beef, and Black Bean Empanadas with Salsa Fresca, Mini Flatbreads with Caramelized Onions and Brie with a Balsamic Drizzle, and Meatballs with Sweet and Sour Sauce.


The Wedding Reception

Our Special Moments Event Planning team created custom-designed seating charts and menu boards that matched the wedding décor.

Keeping physical distancing in mind, the ballroom was designed to allow for six feet between each table. Tables were draped in ivory linen and accented with floral centerpieces in blush and ivory. With guest safety in mind, silverware was rolled into blush napkins and accented with a gold ring.


custom seating chart made by Special Moments Event Planning

Tampa Garden Club Ballroom set with tables six feet apart for social distancing

silverware wrapped in blush napkin sitting next to wedding favor


Large floral pieces surrounded the newlywed’s sweetheart table, accented with gold Mr. & Mrs. Letters and gold votive candles.


rectangular sweetheart table with white floral centerpieces and gold Mr and Mrs letters


After toasts by the Father of the Bride, Maid Of Honor, and Best Man, guests enjoyed a plated dinner before the couple took to the dance floor for their first dance. Samantha and Jake chose a classic, “At Last,” by Etta James.


Tampa newlyweds dancing their first dance to At Last by Etta James


We love this intimate wedding cake with a gold “forever and always” cake topper. Choosing a smaller wedding cake allowed guests to be served from several larger cakes held safely in the kitchen.


intimate chocolate wedding cake with a gold forever and always cake topper


The couple and their guests ended the night dancing to “Electric Love” by BØRNS before making their exit under a shower of sparklers.


Sparkler exit for Tampa newlyweds at the Tampa Garden Club


Congratulations, Samantha and Jake! We wish you a life filled with as many smiles as your wedding day.

Our Special Moments Event Planning team truly appreciates the very kind words from Samantha’s mother, Charlene.

Thank you Tammy at Special Moments Event Planning for your invaluable expertise in helping us create a beautiful wedding for Samantha and Jake. We appreciate your professionalism, reassurances and creativity. We are very grateful for Melissa and Kathy for a wedding and reception that ran smoothly. We all enjoyed the day without worries. Samantha, Jake, their family and friends have sweet, wonderful memories they will never forget thanks to you!


The Team

Thank you to all of the Tampa Bay wedding professionals who made this day such a success.

Tampa Wedding Venue: The Chapel of the Holy Cross

Tampa Wedding Reception: Tampa Garden Club

Hair and Makeup: Beauty Brought Out

Tampa Bay Caterer: Delectables Fine Catering, Inc

Floral Design: Jennie’s Flowers

Wedding Photography and Video: Castorina Photography and Films

Draping and Rentals: On The Move Productions

DJ: Boone’s Professional Events

Wedding Cake: Wright’s Gourmet House

Transportation: Bayshore Limo



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