MICHAEL + AMANDA | RUSTY PELICAN - TAMPA, FL WEDDING

Christmas time has always held a special place in Amanda’s heart, especially last Christmas. Everyone in her family received a new ornament that year, and were directed to search for theirs on the tree. As Amanda was combing through, she came across an ornament of a ring box with the inscription, “will you marry me?”, on it. As she turned around, Michael with the most beautiful double banded solitaire, swept her away by asking her to spend a lifetime with him. The ornament is now a permanent addition to their Christmas tree every year as a sweet reminder of this beautiful piece of their story. 

Because of what the holiday season means to them, it was only natural to have a Christmas inspired wedding in December. This day was filled with emotion, tradition, and the warm embrace of devoted long time friends and two Italian families joining together to celebrate their love.  

Michael + Amanda—I can’t thank you enough for bringing me in, and allowing me to document this new chapter in the story you’re writing together. I feel blessed and so honored. Much love, Elaine.

VENDORS

Ceremony Venue | St. Patrick’s Catholic Church

Reception Venue + Catering | The Rusty Pelican

Cake | Publix

Hair & Make-up | Destiny and Light Hair & Makeup Group

DJ or Band | DJ Nick Potts

Invitations and/or Paper Goods | Karen’s Paperie

Transportation | Clearwater Jolley Trolley

Wedding Favors | Agape’ Tile Works

Signage | Ever Laser

Second Shooter | Shawna Meadors Photography

These were her girls. The best group of gals Amanda could have ever chosen to stand by her side. Also, Christmas wedding calls for Christmas jammies! All. The. Yes. How adorable are they?!?!

Amanda, you are stunning! 

Amanda sent Michael a letter + a gift during prep. I'd say, he was pretty surprised!

These are Michael's guys. The most fun + lively bunch you'll ever meet. 

Amanda gifted her father a custom embroidered handkerchief right before the ceremony. The joy on his face....<3

Seeing each other for the first time. Gosh, these moments will never get old. 

They had a trolley transport them and the wedding party to the reception. How fun!! 

The dance floor. Where they began the night, where they celebrated all night long, where everyone gathered to make this a night they'd never forget.