Surrounded by 100 of their family and friends Megan and Adam married in a picturesque garden ceremony. The green-thumbed bride grew up by the Florida beaches, so the couple went with a garden by the beach theme. The reception, filled with smiles and laughter, had a view of sailboats in the bay as the sun set. Watch their love blossom with this unique and personal wedding photographed by Tampa based wedding photographers, Caroline and Evan Photography.
Tell us how you met…
I was working at a record store until I finished the first semester of nursing school. Once I completed my first semester I was qualified for a job at the local hospital. I trained my replacement, a recently out of the service Marine named Tim, and moved on to my new job. About 6 months later, I went to the old store to buy some records for my brother for Christmas. Tim was working and invited me to a party at his apartment, complete with flyer and all. It happened to be on one of my roomate’s birthdays, so I wasn’t sure I would make it. But her party was over early and I got a friend to agree to go the other party and hang with some of the people I used to work with. One of Tim’s roomates was my husband Adam. We hit it off at the party and the rest is history.
We want to know about all the wedding details, was it small and intimate or big and traditional?
It was medium to large but with our own twist on just about everything. Our ceremony was non-denominational, focusing on our love and commitment to one another.
Tell us about your wedding gown and what your bridal party wore.
My wedding dress was an ivory lace strapless mermaid with a sweetheart neckline. I wore a bolero for the ceremony and a birdcage veil and lace flower headband. My bridesmaids were in seafoam green strapless maxi dresses with sweetheart necklines. The groom and groomsmen wore dark brown suits with seafoam green ties.
Can you give us an overview of the event?
Ceremony held at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in front of a large fig tree. The Gardens are located on Sarasota Bay. Reception followed in the Great Room by the Bay with a view of sailboats in the bay as the sun set.
What inspired the theme or style?
I have a green thumb and grew up going to the Florida beaches.
What were your playful twists that made the event unique?
Instead of pouring sand or lighting a candle, we had a special moment with our families immediately following the ceremony. I have collected many sea shells from my visits to the local beaches. Adam and I picked out the most unique ones and scattered them on a table. Each family member picked one shell. Then Adam and I stood at the table and our family members came up to us one by one, dropping their shell into our clear vase. They hugged us and some gave words of encouragement or advise. We now display the vase proudly in our house and think of our family and wedding every time we look at it.. We also played “Pure Imagination” (from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory) as the wedding party walked out at the beginning of the ceremony.
Did you DIY any of the details?
We ordered petals online and covered the aisle with them. We made our own programs that were also fans for our outside ceremony. My mother made signs directing guests to the ceremony and reception. She also had an oak tree slice cut which she then put resin over it and we used it as a rustic cake stand. Our friend, that was with me when I met Adam, was the officiant and we wrote our own vows.
What was the most memorable moment?
The end of the reception when Adam and I were enveloped in a circle of friends singing and dancing the last song- Soulshine by The Allman Brothers.
What kind of energy did your entertainment give the guests?
There was a good mix of fast and slow paced songs. Adam and I were able to choose all the songs that were played and upload our personal music libraries to the DJ’s website.
If there was one thing you could change, what would it be?
I would have spent more time confirming that the DJ understood what I wanted played during my wedding march. I asked for the standard wedding march (you know- dun dun da dun, dun da da dun, etc) but he played some classical piece of music I’d never heard before AND his speakers popped while it was playing. If I had to do it over again, I would have probably just let pure imagination play through for my march.
Venue: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens | Photographer: Caroline and Evan Photography | Floral: Beneva Flowers | Caterer: Sarasota Catering Company | Cake: A Slice Of Heaven | Dress: The Dressing Room | Videographer: Rick Huff