Tyler & Aimee • Tropical Inspired Wedding • Davis Island Garden Club • Tampa, Florida

Surrounded by friends and family, Tyler & Aimee said "I do" on a beautiful Spring day back in April at the Davis Island Garden Club.

"We chose Davis Island Garden Club because it was beautiful, raw, and allowed us to piece it together how we wanted. We loved that there was a ton of green grass, a view of the river, and a great location near downtown Tampa for all of out-of-town guests. DIGC was a blank canvas for us and really let us (and my mom- the florist) create our vision. Aside from that, we really wanted the rest of the wedding to be very simple and clean with all white table clothes."

Taking inspiration from the proposal in Maui, Tyler & Aimee's wedding featured beautiful tropical florals, including orchids, by Aimee's mom.

My grandparents used to live in Hawaii and while they were there they grew orchids. When Tyler proposed there were orchids spread all across the beach. We incorporated tons of tropical flowers (many even flown in from Hawaii). My bouquet and the ceremony toss flowers were all orchids. 

Advice for future brides:

Try to take in every moment. I know everyone says it flies by, but it truly does. Try to especially cherish the moments in the morning with your family and bridesmaids, because it gets hectic when things get rolling. Those moments just relaxing, laughing, and crying with everyone that morning was so special. I loved having everyone there with me that day.

Advice for future grooms:

Everything takes a little bit longer than you'd think (particularly getting your groomsmen together and on the same page). 

What were some of your favorite memories from your wedding day?

Both of our favorite memory was the first look. We were on the fence about doing a first look because we were wanting to be traditional. At first we felt like we were just doing it for logistics, but we were so happy we did because it ended up being the best part of the day. It was calming to be able to see each other and to be able to spend time together and with our closest friends and family together before the ceremony.
I loved having these 10 girls by my side for the wedding day (and for their help with all the decisions leading up to it). Those moments just relaxing, laughing, and crying with everyone that morning was so special.

Bridesmaid dresses by Joanna August from Bella Bridesmaids.

It was really great to have 9 of the most important people in my life together, especially before the wedding. They really helped to keep me calm and relaxed. 

Groomsmen suits from Generation Tux.

What is something that happened on your wedding day that you didn't expect?

We both didn't expect Tyler to cry.
One of our favorite things we did for the wedding was having craft beer. We picked a beer from where we met in Gainesville, FL (Wild Nigh - Swamp Head Brewing Company), where we got engaged in Maui, HI (Big Swell IPA - Maui Brewing Company), where we started a home together in Nashville, TN (Lovebird - Jackalope Brewing Company), and where we got married in Tampa, FL (Florida Cracker - Cigar City Brewing Company).

Aimee's dress is from the Willowby by Watters collection and she purchased it The White Magnolia in Tampa. (our fave!)

My necklace was a wedding day gift from Tyler.

Tyler's suit was purchased from Generation Tux.

The collar stays and the tie bar were wedding day gifts from Aimee. The collar stays had words engraved from the song Aimee would be walking down the aisle to, "Take my hand, take my whole life too." And the tie bar had our wedding date engraved on it.
We loved being able to dance outside under the market lights on the patio. The DJ played WipeOut (a favorite song of my Grandpa) which was a surprise for him for their entrance into the reception. And my grandma's favorite song, The Chicken Dance has always been a fun family tradition.

Thanks goes out to...

We are so thankful for all of the help we received from our family and friends. Particularly, Sherree for somehow managing to be mother of the bride and also an incredible florist and knocking the flowers out of the park. She drove down from New Jersey (where her flower shop is) with a car full of supplies to make it happen! And Bob for making sure everything was perfect on the wedding day-- we think he probably sweat through several shirts that morning. Cheri and Jack for an amazing rehearsal dinner, and for the Sunday afternoon get together to really cap off a perfect weekend. Special thanks to Kerry and Spenser for their artistic talents and for moving the beer canoe stand about 15 times. Don, Judy, and Mary Ellen for making the beer canoe and canoe stand that held the most precious items of the night! And then of course our floral team of Kelee, Jessi, Grandma, and PopPop!

Who made this day happen?

Planner: Natalie Melillo, Blue Skies Event Planning

Make Up Artist: Michele Renee, Michele Renee The Studio

Bridal Salon: The White Magnolia

Florist: Sherree Patterson, Flower Power Florist

Caterer: Delectable's Fine Catering

Bakery: Mini Doughnut Factory

Videographer: Brianna Rizzo, Sunshine City Films

DJ: Kevin Kramer

Stationary: Minted

Alterations: Rachel Swayne, Alter My Heart

Tyler & Aimee, we are honored to have been your wedding photographers and we hope that you cherish these images for years and years to come! - Jake & Katie