Modern Downtown Tampa Wedding
Caycee and Kyle have been long time friends of mine and even longer with my husband. They dated for about forever before the two became (finally!) engaged. I was so excited when Caycee enlisted the help of Southern Glam to assist her and Kyle in bringing their Downtown Tampa wedding to life.
I always ask each of my couples what their priorities are for the wedding, aside from the ceremony, so I can ensure everyone is on the same page. Kyle and Caycee answered with amazing foods, great drinks, a fun party, and a marching band. Yes, a marching band! Jeff Mason Photography was there to capture this amazing Downtown Tampa wedding!
The gals glammed up at Caycee’s residence while the gentleman brunched and got ready at a groomsmen’s house. How gorgeous is this lace wedding dress? A little sparkle is always in order too!
Cake pops that doubled as a guests’ place cards and favors were a great, and delicious, idea!
The couple chose to have a Downtown Tampa wedding after falling in love with the view from the Glazer Children’s Museum that overlooked Downtown Tampa, the Hillsborough River, and the University of Tampa.
Caycee wanted a simple, modern, and industrial look to accompany the warm rustic elements she had been pinning on Pinterest. We achieved the goal by incorporating vibrant greens with whites and then accented with rich brown tones. White draping helped define the room and a mixture of round tables and long feasting tables gave the space an intimate feel.
The Floridan Hotel provided a gorgeous and historic backdrop for photos that was conveniently across the street of the ceremony location at the Sam M. Gibbons Federal Courthouse. That day we had an untraditional courthouse wedding with 120 guests to witness it.
Cue the first look in 3… 2… 1..
And these photos are the exact reason why I alway advocate for having a first look. The raw unscripted emotion that is captured is so sweet.
A stylish wedding party complimented the bride and groom perfectly.
On the top floor of the Sam M. Gibbons Federal Courthouse building was the courtroom that the ceremony would take place in. The views of Downtown Tampa from that top floor were gorgeous!
Caycee knew she wanted to hold the wedding ceremony in the courtroom where she spent many hours during her judicial internship with Judge Covington. How special it was for the ceremony to be officiated be the same judge who had such an influence in Caycee’s career. The couples’ parents sat in the defense and plaintiff tables while guests filled in the jury box and the official audience seating areas.
After the knot was tied, the bridal party, family, and guests stepped outside and were welcomed with a full drum line band ready to escort them to the reception venue a few blocks away. Kyle and Caycee’s wish had come true!
One of the most amazing things to witness was the fun everyone had as they marched together through the streets of Downtown Tampa! Spectators cheered on the newlyweds from restaurants, bars, and balconies while watching the show as the drum line cadenced along the route.
The Downtown Tampa wedding reception officially started at the Glazer Children’s Museum by the drum line welcoming each guest as they walked by and into the museum.
Guests were then greeted with a signature cocktail at the door and mingled on the patio before the first dance took place and dinner was served.
Bay Kings Band was phenomenal and kept the guests dancing all night long!
Congratulations Kyle and Caycee!
Downtown Tampa Wedding Vendors
Ceremony Venue: Sam M. Gibbons Federal Courthouse
Reception Venue: Glazer’s Children Museum
Photography: Jeff Mason Photography
Catering: SaltBlock Catering
Wedding Planner: Southern Glam Weddings & Events
Cake: Publix Greenwise Market at Hyde Park
Florist: Apple Blossoms Floral Design
Draping and Lighting: FH Weddings & Events
Linens and Chair Rentals: A Chair Affair
Band: Bay Kings Band
Makeup: Lindsay Does Makeup
Hair: Serendipity Salon & Spa
Drum Line: T. R. Robinson High School