Brynne and Eric’s wedding at the Rialto Theatre was filled with personal touches and incorporated the many talents of their family and friends—we’re especially impressed with the hand-built raw-wood chevron bar and dessert backdrop build by Eric’s brother. The punchy black, white and gold palette makes for some fun graphic photos by Rad Red Creative as do all the fun details by Ashton Events. We know you’ll be inspired!
What made the wedding special and unique?
After planning the wedding for over a year, to see everything come together was such a joy! I loved the vibrant colors that we used and just how all the details matched so well together. From the beginning of planning, Eric and I decided that we did not want to do a first look. I think that made the moment when I first saw him even more emotional. It was great to be surrounded by our closest family and friends celebrating our journey thus far together and the beginning of our marriage. Every detail was a choice that we made together to celebrate and represent our union. It was the most amazing day.
Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!
My dress was made by Anne Barge. The top was a lace material with an illusion fabric underneath. The material transitioned at my waist into a ruched chiffon material tightening at my knees into a mermaid bottom. Luckily, I have a great friend of mine who works at the bridal boutique Malindy Elene in Tampa Florida. My friend was so helpful as I really had no idea what style or look I was going for. Initially, I had a hard time choosing because I felt that there were so many beautiful dresses…how do you pick just one? Eventually, I tried on this Anne Barge dress and felt that it was the perfect dress for me. We were even able to have them place a champagne layer underneath the chiffon that gave the dress a little something special.
What were some touches added to make it personal?
This was really important to me. I wanted our bridal party, parents, and guest to feel special and as much a part of celebrations and day as possible. We had many personal touches throughout the day. Here are to me the most memorable:
– Eric used to play professional football so one thing that we did for the bridal party was get “Team Bride” and “Team Groom” jerseys with their names on the back. Those created really great pictures prior to the wedding that we absolutely love. The jerseys also created fun relationships and communication between the bridal party.
– We had a large gold-glittered sign that hung as our focal point for our ceremony that read “I won’t give up”. Our song has always been “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz which was naturally the song we chose to dance to for our first dance. To have that sign hanging there was just a great piece to help us remember the true meaning of commitment and marriage.
– My father-in-law officiated our ceremony which was very touching and sentimental for us. He did an amazing job and we could tell he took great pride in his position. Eric and I wrote the ceremony which was very special for us. We were able to specifically choose words and sayings that we love and incorporate them into the ceremony. We also asked my Godmother, Eric’s uncle, three of my high school friends, and one of our co-workers to come up with a personalized speech, poem, or saying that they would share with us during the ceremony. We allowed them to choose what they wanted to say which created some surprise and personality during the ceremony.
– My brother-in-law built us a wooden bar that was used as main bar for our guest to go for their drinks and a matching 6-ft wall that was used as the display for our dessert wall.
– In the room for the cocktail hour we had ceiling to floor banners made with pictures of our guests with some of our favorite quotes also incorporated. I had many compliments from our guests who enjoyed finding themselves and looking back at their influence on our relationship.
– We asked my father to design our cocktail napkins as one of his favorite hobbies is drawing. He used our wedding colors in the design.
– My sister sang for our first dance song which meant a lot to us.
– Our guest signed a hand-painted globe as they walked in representing our love for travel.
– At the end of the night, our guests received sparklers, personalized matches, and personalized Arturo Fuente Cigars.
What was the most memorable part of the day?
I think my most memorable part of the day was when the curtain pulled up as I was walking down the aisle. I had just so much emotion and could feel the love and energy in the room. It was an amazing moment to see my future husband at the end of the aisle. Throughout the whole night, I just loved looking around and seeing all the planning, money, and stress leading up to the big day was absolutely worth it.
Tell us how you met and became engaged.
Eric and I met at a local bar in Tampa over 4 years ago. We actually have some disagreement as to who approached who but we just hit it off. We started dating and getting to know one another. About 2 ½ years after dating he proposed to me at the La Costa Resort in San Diego, California. We were surrounded by his family and close friends. He proposed a day before my birthday so I was only thinking he was going to have everyone sing happy birthday or something like that. As he started speaking to the group he started getting emotional and shaky so I became more concerned for him. Then I looked around and everyone had their cell phones out pointing at me so then I knew something was going on. He then got down on his knew and asked me to marry him. The whole group was cheering and celebrating. It was a very beautiful moment.
Photography: Rad Red Creative // Florals, Wedding Planner: Ashton Events, Laura Helm // Venue: Rialto Theatre Tampa // Stationery: Eleven Note // Beauty: Michele Renee The Studio // Wedding Dress: Malindy Elene, Tampa FL // Cake: Hands on Sweets // Catering: Puff’N’Stuff // Entertainment: Grant Hemond & Associates // Entertainment: Brian Sutherland Band // Videography: Lexoria Wedding Films // Rentals & Decor: Kate Ryan Linens // Rentals & Decor: Gabro Event Services // Transportation: 863Limos // Travel & Accommodations: Embassy Suites Tampa // Hilton Tampa Downtown