Yayyyyyy my first Florida wedding! In May, I had a wonderful opportunity to photograph Reese and Adam’s wedding right on the University of Tampa‘s campus. Surrounded by incredible architecture of Plant Hall, amazing views of the city, and perfect weather, this wedding was everything I imagined a Florida wedding would be 🙂 Yes it was hot and yes I eventually realized that a black outfit soon will have no place in my wardrobe anymore. Still, it was a fantastic experience and I thank the newly minted Lees for allowing me to celebrate with them!Reese has worked at UT for a few years, and in her words, she had her wedding venue picked out way before she even met the man who would become her husband. It was only fitting that she would get ready right in her own office on campus, at Plant Hall.
Yes, that is indeed a Star Wars themed garter 🙂
We had plenty of time before the ceremony to explore the hallways, nooks, and crannies of what used to be the Tampa Bay Hotel, and arranged a first look between the lovebirds in a long winding hallway flooded with great natural light.We got special permission to go upstairs in Fletcher Lounge and take photos that showed off the magnificent domed ceiling.
The bridal party was relaxed and enjoyed being silly and having loads of fun on the East Verandah.
Ceremony time! The ring is safe with this little Stormtrooper ring bearer!
Just some of the amazing views we were treated with – including the “Sticks of Fire” sculpture; its title alludes to legendary Indian meaning of the word Tampa “bringing light of knowledge and warmth of feeling to a people who don’t just wish to exist, but to excel.”
Some details. And a Darth Tater cake topper 🙂
The reception was held at Fletcher Lounge (of the domed ceiling fame). It started with a traditional Polish tradition of breaking bread, then some toasts, and of course, the first dance by the newlyweds…
… which quickly became a flash mob dance to the Party Rock Anthem! Surprise!
I adore this image below. We had an excellent view of the Tampa University from the hotel room, and that night my husband remarked to me how the moon looked just like the moons on each tower and spire. I quickly grabbed my camera and fired a few shots before the moon set beyond the tree line.
Thanks to Bryce my 2nd photographer for the day, and thanks to Canon for fixing my 5D classic at no charge after the mirror fell out in the middle of bridal party pictures RIGHT after the ceremony! Yikes! And the biggest thanks goes to the Lees for inviting me to Florida and helping me set in motion all the things that needed to happen to make the eventual physical move to Florida (Orlando) possible. YAY!
Orlando Tampa Wedding Photographer 🙂