Erin + Chris | Jan 18, 2020
Rustic, boho wedding with a muted pastel color palette and urban setting at the Rialto Theatre in Tampa, Florida
Chris and Erin met at the young age of 14 at a party, and spent years as nothing but friends. Years later, they ran into each other their sophomore year of college, and the energy was undeniable. After four years of dating, Chris swept Erin away to Portland, where he proposed underneath a waterfall.
“It was an amazing, romantic, surreal experience,” said Erin.
Their winter wedding combined rustic and boho-chic elements at a romantic, urban space in sunny Tampa. Mutel pastel tones were paired with wildflowers, and there was an abundance of candlelight and love to go around.
“I wanted our day to be magical,” said Erin. “I wanted love to make people tingle.”
With her precious pooch and bridesmaids by her side, Erin and the ladies spent the morning of the wedding getting dolled up inside the bridal suite. They wore gorgeous, mismatched dusty blue gowns that effortlessly complemented Erin’s bridal look.
Erin looked exquisite in a sheer long-sleeved, A-line gown with ethereal lace detail, a dramatic plunging neckline and an embellished belt. Her long blonde curls cascaded delicately over her shoulders, and she wore a cathedral length veil.
“I've always been an old soul,” said Erin. “From the time I was a child I knew I wanted lace, a cathedral veil, and long sleeves.”
Awaiting his first look at his beautiful bride, Chris stood eagerly in a navy three-piece suit, paired with a Carolina blue pocket square, matching bow tie and rustic twine-wrapped boutonniere. As soon as he laid eyes on Erin, both were overcome with abundant happiness and emotion.
“I would say my most anticipated moment was our first look,” said Erin.
They posed for intimate portraits as well as group shots with their wedding party, before stepping through the venue’s extraordinary, sapphire blue double doors. Inside, the texture of old brick walls, painted plaster details and towering ceilings created the idyllic urban atmosphere for their wedding.
“We always knew we wanted exposed brick and a venue space with history of our home,” said Erin.
Guests sat in rustic cross back chairs beneath a string of twinkling fairy lights, facing the altar. The entire wooden pergola-style arbor was wrapped in lush greenery, dried pampas grasses, blush roses and wildflowers galore.
“I actually ended up wanting our wedding to look like a greenhouse by the end of it all!” said Erin.
As Erin walked down the aisle, clutching a foraged arrangement of seeded eucalyptus, blue thistle, wildflowers, pampas grass and dusty pink roses, there were very few dry eyes in the room. To pay respect and acknowledge the acceptance of all forms of love, Erin and Chris decided to incorporate the “Jumping the Broom” tradition into the ceremony.
“Being black and white is and will always be a part of who we are,” said Erin.
Following the ceremony, guests celebrated the new Mr. and Mrs. at the most enchanting reception. Tables were set with sand-colored linens, centerpieces nearly growing out of them, and glass-enclosed candles nestled on beds of moss.
“I always knew I wanted candles and a romantic ambiance,” said Erin. “I actually told my wedding planner that I wanted people to say 'wow, this is way too many candles.'"
The candlelight was accented by an elegant tablescape design, featuring mismatched, pastel-colored crystal glassware, textured copper chargers and beautiful ivory crocheted table runners. At the couple’s sweetheart table, they sat on a regal, ivory tufted loveseat in front of a half moon table. Abundant florals overflowed from the top of the dusty rose table to the ground, surrounded by candlelit hurricanes.
When the moment came for Chris and Erin to share their first dance, all of her nerves melted. They were surrounded by so much love and compassion outpouring from their friends and family around them.
“I spent the entire first dance with my eyes closed,” said Erin, “holding Chris and belting ‘Tennessee Whiskey’ at the top of my lungs.”
Their three-tiered wedding cake was covered in florals, from the cluster of fresh roses on top to the gold leaf and pastel, floral-inspired pattern. On top of the lacey ivory linen, there were woven baskets overflowing with cream-filled donut holes and other mini decadent sweets.
“Towards the end of our reception, I started pulling flowers out of our altar and dancing with them and passing them around!” said Erin.
They wrapped up the evening with a unique "final dance" moment, with all of their closest friends and family hugging them while tears and champagne flowed steadily.
“My favorite part of our wedding was the love spilling out from every direction of the room,” said Erin. “Our wedding was easily, and will always be the best day of my entire life.”
Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs.!
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