Traditional with a Twist: A Timeless Tampa Wedding

Sometimes tried-and-tested is best. Elegant and timeless describes Phillip and Stephanie’s relationship perfectly. As such, they wanted a wedding that resembled their relationship—traditional with a twist. Their sunset wedding in Tampa Bay was simple, but sentimental. 

The Style

The wedding style combined classic and meaningful traditions with fun, modern and exciting daytime vibes. Keeping in mind the couple’s priorities and the convenience of their guests, One Fine Day Inc began to search for a venue to host both the ceremony and reception, that served delicious food and had an open bar. 

Oxford Exchange, with its spacious ballroom, glass walls, grand staircase and checkerboard marble floor was the ideal venue. Besides fitting all the couple’s requirements this smart venue was in sync with the wedding theme. Intricately decorated interiors with statement metal elements perfectly complemented the soft floral arrangements for a formal, yet romantic ambience. 

Glimpses of the couple’s fun-loving personalities could be seen in how beautifully the wedding blended a formal setting with playful aspects. While the couple opted for a traditional ceremony and formal dress code, they wrote their own vows and danced to Matt Winter’s rocking seven-piece band, played up in a trendy photo booth, hit the open bar and received a surprise dance performance from the groom!

Colour Palette

The wedding colours were primarily classic white and black. Elements of pastel pinks and peaches added a playful femininity and subtle hints of gold included luxury to this formal and sophisticated colour palette. 

This elegantly timeless colour palette was inserted mindfully into every aspect of the wedding—from décor to the stationery and even the bridal party attire. Write Stuff Tampa designed a refined vintage-style invitation with cursive calligraphy presented in beautiful lined envelopes

Phillip, the groom, wore a traditional black tuxedo from Calvin Klein with patent leather shoes. He opted for matching tuxes for his groomsmen while the bridesmaids chose long, formal black gowns in silhouettes to fit their individual styles. Mikaella Bridal created a clean and classic crêpe dress for the bride, Stephanie. A fishtail cut with a sexy slit in the front of the dress was perfect to show off her crystal embellished Badgley Mischka shoes. The bride also wore a classic long veil, a headpiece by White Magnolia Bridal and stylish diamond hooped earrings. Her bridal bouquet included an heirloom from her late grandmother as an inspiration and reminder for the bride and groom to strive to make their marriage as strong and special as their grandparents. 

Tampa Makeup Artist gave the bride a fresh and soft dewy look to complement her luxe aesthetic. She also wore a beautiful white robe while getting ready for her big day. Matching black satin robes with customised initials were given to the bridesmaids for the bridal photoshoot. Shauna and Jordan also captured stunning couple’s portraits at the venue and on the grand steps of the Le Méridien Hotel in downtown Tampa.  

Florals and Décor

In line with the overall theme, the wedding flowers were subtle and simple to add to, but not compete with the lovely venue. Carmen’s Flowers Tampa created bouquets and centerpieces using white, ivory, blush, and champagne flowers with bunches of greenery. Soft pastel elements, tall candles and fancy crockery decorated the tablescape to lend a delicate and romantic feel. The newlyweds had an intimate sweetheart table that was perfect for a quick break from the wedding craziness, so that they could enjoy each other’s company. 

Hands on Sweets baked a gorgeous four-tier cake adorned with florals. The cake’s hexagonal-shaped base had a hint of gold leaf to give it a fun and modern touch. To commemorate the groom’s love for the Gators and the couple’s first date, white chocolate alligators were offered in lieu of a groom’s cake. 

Made in black-and-gold wedding colours, guests received drink coolers (or koozies or stubby holders, depending where you are in the world!) emblazoned the song title of the couple’s first dance. They selected koozies as the wedding favours not only because they are fun and useful, but because they held a symbolic meaning for the couple. During the proposal, the groom had in fact carried the ring in a koozie to hide it from his bride-to-be! 

A stand-alone photo booth for guests to take exciting pictures with custom photo strips was the perfect way to celebrate and remember this formal yet fun wedding. 

Key Tips 

  1. 1. Classic attire is a great way to create a formal luxe atmosphere. Have the wedding party dressed in timeless themes like red carpet or black-tie outfits. Trust us, you can never go wrong with a little (or in this case long) black dress!
  2. 2. Consider things, such as family heirlooms, that are important and inspirational to you and your partner. Finding innovative ways to include them in your décor, outfit, or bouquet lends meaning to the ceremony and celebrations and is sure to make the day more memorable. 
  3. 3. Choosing a pre-wedding photoshoot with your bridesmaids and groomsmen while you get ready offers a chance to create some fun memories and makes for amazing photos to look back on. 

Tip from the couple: “Enjoy the process and lean on your support system throughout the planning process. Once the big day arrives, don’t sweat the small stuff, do your best to enjoy every moment, take in your vows and special moments with your partner, and look around and appreciate being around all of your favorite people at once!”




Photography: Shauna and Jordan | Venue: Oxford Exchange | Services: Published + Pretty | Event Planning: One Fine Day Inc | Floral: Carmen’s Flowers Tampa | Band: Matt Winter Band | Videography: Voila Cinematic | Wedding Cake: Hands on Sweets | Beauty: Tampa Makeup Artist | Stationery: Write Stuff Tampa | Catering: Oxford Exchange | Wedding Dress: Mikaella Bridal | Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Groom’s Attire: Calvin Klein | Wedding Ring: Bachendorfs | Headpiece: White Magnolia Bridal | Submitted via: AisleSociety