In a blast from the past, I thought a Halloween wedding celebration in Ybor City might raise some spirits around here this week.
Janel and Roc in many ways, were not our typical bride and groom. They planned their wedding with us almost two years in advance, attended over 10 open houses and bridal show tastings, and took the design elements of their special day to a whole new level.. Why not their wedding date was October 31st!
This lengthy planning time was a plus for the couple who started out desiring an almost complete vegetarian menu. But all said and done, they added several meat and seafood items to their feast because of the many food items they sampled along the way.
When they couldn't decide on one color, they decided to do eight! Black was a base color used for the table cloths. The couple took advantage of the holiday and the historic location (a rennovated cigar factory) to give the wedding and reception a Mid-Summer's Night Dream spin. The groom and his men were dressed like gangsters. The bride wore white with a black damask touch and her maids came attired as Geisha girls.
Guests were encouraged to dress for the occasion and the couple provided many dress-up and make items for those less prepared.
Every element of Janel and Roc's wedding incorporated a fun, yet gothic element all in good taste. We applaud Limelight Photography for capturing the uniqueness of this event with their creative eye.
The second floor of the Lions Eye Institute was the backdrop for the both the wedding and reception. A smaller meeting room accommodated the 150+ guests in attendance. We are so sad that Lions Eye is no longer allowing outside events in this space.
THE DARK SIDE OF THE GARDEN?
Florist Pam Verschere of Flowers by Pam created a menagerie of colorful bouquets and ceremony trappings fit for bride and her attendants.
Pam created a whimsical ceiling spray of lights and vines above the dance floor. Each guest and accent table had a different centerpiece which ranged from mossy natural plants to vibrant tall orchids and Bells of Ireland. Daisies. hydrangea, and various shades of Calla Lilies also made the mix.
. These items were strategically placed by our staff throughout the event. Over the course of the 24-month planning period, Janel collected a variety of signature Hallowed Eve memorbillia ranging from ceramic skeletons to a variety of gargoyles given to guests as their favors.
Each place setting a sequence of napkin colors with a picture of the bride and groom tucked inside.
A CAST OF CHARACTERS
Janel and Roc's celebration attracted a wide variety of characters of all ages.
The food was just as colorful as everything and everyone at the wedding. Our staff spent over an hour designing the a delightful cheese and fruit display featuring mini vegetable and pimpkin carvings and vibrant daisies.
The event ended on a sweet note with a huge assortment of candies in all of the wedding colors.
The "ghastly" wedding cake was full of dead-heads and was topped with a special cake topper personally selected by the bride and groom.
MASKED AT MIDNIGHT
Masks were handed out to everyone at the stroke of midnight for a fine farewell to the bride and groom. We hope you enjoyed this tribute to Hallowed Matrimony!
Planning, Coordination, Decor, Catering: Catering By Robert/Event Concepts. FL,
Ashley Davis Allred, Kent Billiter, Christy Stalnaker Monaco, designers
Florist: Flowers By Pam
Photography: Step into The Limelight