(Article written by Anna Coats, a wedding blogger from Marry Me Tampa Bay which showcases local weddings in the Tampa Bay area.)
Hailee and Kevin met as student athletes while attending the University of Tampa. Within a few months they had both met each other’s families and became inseparable.
The Tampa couple spent a few years apart while Kevin played baseball with the Angels organization in Arizona and Hailee remained in Tampa to pursue teaching. When Kevin returned to Florida, he proposed.
Hailee didn’t want a traditional Florida beach wedding, but still wanted to incorporate the ocean and water, so the Florida Aquarium was a perfect fit.
“As soon as I toured the venue I thought it was beautiful and so different,” Hailee explained. As soon as you walk in, you walk through exhibits and sit in such a gorgeous room with the large fish tank. I also loved that once the ceremony was over, guests could walk the venue and look at the exhibits during cocktail hour.”
During the downtown Tampa wedding reception, guests were treated to buffet style dinner and candy display created by Hailee’s mother and grandmother.”
“We received so many compliments of the food and the choices,” the bride shared. “The candy buffet was a great touch and everyone loved it!”
The couple selected the Explore-A-Shore room for their Tampa wedding reception space to set the tone for a fun-filled night.
“It was a nice large space with a dance floor, and I liked that the bar was a full bar attached to the outside venue,” Hailee said.
What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay Brides who are holding an wedding at the Aquarium?
Become best friends with your planner! The staff, catering and Ashley Valentine, our coordinator, were so helpful and along for every step. They are super important the day of your wedding and helping make everything perfect ahead of time.
Also make sure to pick a photographer that has shot at the Aquarium before as the lighting can be tricky in the ceremony area.
Tampa Wedding Venue: Florida Aquarium
Tampa Wedding Photographer & DJ: Celebrations of Tampa Bay
Tampa Wedding Florist: Apple Blossoms Floral Design
Tampa Groomsmen Suits: Men’s Warehouse
Tampa Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal
Tampa Wedding Hair & Makeup: Destiny and Light Hair & Makeup
Tampa Wedding Photo Booth: Picture Cubby