Tampa Wedding Photographer: Meagan and William Photography
Venue: Tampa Marriott Westshore
Event Designer: Elaine’s Silks
Cake Artist: Sugar Entice and Everything Nice
Dress: Bridals by Lori
We had such a great time photographing Leonora and James’ Wedding on August 16th. The wedding party and all the guests were a lot of fun to capture throughout the entire night.
The wedding took place at the Tampa Marriot Westshore. When we got in the ballroom that was hosting the ceremony we immediately saw the beautifully decorated seats, aisle runner with flower petals, and the elegant alter with beautiful flower arrangements. It was very obvious that Leonora had handpicked each piece that was displayed. After we captured each of these very important pieces of the room we headed up to Leonora’s Bridal Suite on the top floor of the hotel. The room was very spacious and really housed the bridesmaids and other female bridal attendants well. We immediately took notice of the beautiful natural lighting that was coming in the large glass windows in the Bridal Suite. It was casting the most perfect directional light on each of the bridesmaids as they were getting their makeup done by Ebonee Ranselle, Leonora’s niece, who did a beautiful job. At about 5:45pm Leonora decided she was ready to step into her gorgeous and elegant wedding gown made by Bridals by Lori! There were sequins and jewels along the bodice of the gown that were clearly meant for Leonora. Trying to hold back tears of joy and happiness, Leonora was officially in her gown! As her bridesmaids helped get her zipped up we utilized the window light to showcase the beauty of the dress. As it got closer to 6:45pm we headed downstairs with Kristi, the catering manager, to help us get into our places for the ceremony to start. Leonora’s grandson gave her away to James to begin the ceremony. Beautiful words of love and wisdom for a healthy marriage were shared, prayers were prayed, and vows were promised and they were announced as man and wife. Before the recessional took place a very important African-American wedding tradition of “jumping the broom” took place. This action represents the symbol of sweeping away the old and welcoming the new, or a symbol of new beginnings. William and I headed over to the reception area to photograph details of the venue once again without anyone inside. We got so many beautiful shots of the room that truly showcased the beautiful ambient lighting and each piece of the décor that was designed by Elaine’s Silks. When Leonora and James made their entrance they immediately went into their first dance. The guests, wedding party and Leonora were enjoying the night moment by moment. Then came the fun and exciting part of the night, the time for people to get up and dance the night away! As we circled the dance floor it was obvious how much fun the guests were having. We loved working with Firestorm Entertainment. They kept the party going all night as people were having a great time dancing. The 4-layer cake was made by Sugar Entice and Everything Nice. The flowers on the cake are Sugar hydrangeas. Leonora wanted the color to match the blue color on the table center pieces. In this photo, we used the centerpieces to highlight the cake better. Overall, Leonora and James’ wedding day was a spectacular event that everyone involved had a good time. We wish Leonora and James Garrison all the best and many, many years to come! Best wishes!
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