Spur of the moment elopement ceremony in Tampa

Spur of the moment elopement ceremony in Tampa

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Tom and Katie were traveling to Tampa from Miami and decide to they wanted to get married. They contacted us on Friday morning and asked if we had an officiant available to perform a spur of the moment elopement ceremony in Tampa the following day. They had their marriage license and wanted to have the wedding at the Epicurean Hotel in Tampa. George Sr. was available to officiate so we quickly put the plans together.

Tom asked if we could get them a bridal bouquet and groom’s boutonniere, and we could! We were able to get a beautiful bouquet and boutonniere from our friend’s at Flowerama.

The wedding took place on Saturday on the 4th floor balcony of the the Epicurean Hotel overlooking Tampa. It was a beautiful afternoon and the balcony was empty which made for the perfect intimate elopement ceremony. George Sr. brought their flowers and officiated the wedding ceremony. During their wedding ceremony, Katie and Tom said beautiful words to each other. Recognizing obstacles and challenges they may encounter on their journey ahead, however, never forgetting the love they have for each other. It was truly a perfect heartfelt elopement ceremony.

Later that evening Tom and Katie were going to a celebratory dinner at Bern’s Steakhouse.

Tom and Katie both thanked us for everything!! They were so pleased and appreciative of all we did to make their spur of the moment elopement ceremony in Tampa wonderful.

Last minute wedding ceremonies and elopements are fun for us and we love being a part of them. If you’re considering a spur of the moment elopement ceremony in Tampa area, we’d be glad to help you put it together!

A Look Back at our 2016 Tampa Area Wedding Ceremonies

A Look Back at our 2016 Tampa Area Wedding Ceremonies

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As we take a look back at our 2016 Tampa area wedding ceremonies, we smile and feel so grateful. We had the privilege, pleasure, and honor to officiate so many wonderful weddings and vow renewals throughout 2016. We met a ton of couples and families from many different states and countries. Each ceremony had it’s own uniqueness and style; all of our 2016 Tampa area wedding ceremonies were truly amazing.

One of our first 2016 Tampa area wedding ceremonies was for  dear family friends, Kim and Felipe. George Sr officiated their wedding ceremony at Sunken Garden’s in St Petersburg on January 2nd. Their ceremony included a wine love letter box, Harry Potter, references to fantasy football, and so much love.

Kim & Felipe Sunken Gardens Ceremony

Kim & Felipe-Sunken Gardens wedding ceremony

In April 2016, Charmaine donated her officiant service to the ‘Mission I Do‘ wedding charity. She had the honor of officiating Tim and Anh’s ‘Mission I Do’ wedding ceremony at The Barn at Crescent Lake in Odessa. Tim is a wounded veteran. The wedding, ceremony, and all wedding costs were generously donated to Tim and Ahn from all the vendors in honor of, and to raise awareness, for the services and sacrifices of all of our USA military. Tim and Anh’s wedding ceremony was a truly honorable event to be a part of.

In 2016 we performed a number of vow renewal ceremonies throughout Tampa and Clearwater.  We love vow renewals! Lisa and Terrance celebrated their 25th year wedding anniversary at Sand Key Park in September. They were vacationing with their daughter, son in law, and granddaughter from England they took a break from Orlando activities and had us officiate a beautiful sunset vow renewal ceremony.

Lisa and Terrence 25 years

Lisa and Terrence celebrated 25 years of marriage with a wedding anniversary vow renewal. Photo by George Sr.

As the laws changed in 2016 for same sex marriages, we officiated a number of Tampa area wedding ceremonies for same sex couples. Angelia and Barbara were married at Sunset Beach in Tarpon Springs in August.  Mathew and Andrew had a holiday wedding at Sunken Gardens in December. We provided officiant service for many more same sex Tampa area wedding ceremonies throughout the year. It was wonderful to be a part of so many beautiful unions.

Holiday Wedding Sunken Gardens

Holiday Wedding Sunken Gardens

We were a part of all sorts of Tampa area wedding ceremonies: small wedding ceremonies, big wedding ceremonies, simple weddings, fancy weddings, funny weddings, wedding ceremony on a boat, backyard wedding ceremonies, Florida elopements, and many more! George Sr photographed a number of the Tampa area wedding ceremonies we officiated. We enjoyed every ceremony, every couple, and all the preparation and correspondence with all of our couples. What a great year= THANK YOU!!! We look forward to 2017!!!

Fancy wedding ceremony setup for a wedding we officiated in 2016

Fancy wedding ceremony setup for a wedding we officiated in 2016

St. Pete Beach Wedding

St. Pete Beach Wedding

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It was a gorgeous day on Sunday morning for Marissa & Mike’s St. Pete Beach wedding. After a wash out day on Friday & rain off-and-on Saturday, we were all so happy to see a beautiful sunny day on Sunday.  The wedding was at Grand Plaza Resort in St Pete Beach.

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The Grand Plaza is a great place for St. Pete Beach wedding ceremony and reception.

The ceremony was on the white sandy beach between two palm trees. They had white folding chairs for guests and had a beautifully decorated white arch with mango colored flowers. Marissa colors were mango and white. Bridesmaids wore knee length mango dresses carried bouquets with white and mango colored flowers. Marissa even had her nail tips painted in mango color. The men were casually dressed for a beach wedding. Mike had white slacks and a black Florida print shirt and the groomsmen were wearing white slacks with mango and black print shirts. The ring bearers also had matching Florida print shirts and beige slacks.

Marissa and I had been corresponding for months in preparing her perfect St. Pete Beach wedding ceremony. After so many months of online correspondence it was so nice to finally meet her. She wanted a sand ceremony and to have their two children participate in blending of the sands. They each had a different color and bottles were placed on white table under the arch.

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Her father would be giving her away. Marissa was very thorough and paid attention to all the details in her ceremony; and I could see she was with all her wedding preparations.

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They were having a reception in the Presidential Ball Room at the Grand Plaza. The Ball Room is way up 20th floor overlooking the ocean. It’s a gorgeous gorgeous view especially for a day time wedding.

Marissa sent me a message on Monday saying, “Thank you sooo much for your kind help. You were fantastic and a true professional.”

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Moonlight Wedding in Port Richey Florida

Moonlight Wedding in Port Richey Florida

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On Saturday, September 6th  Giovanni contacted George Jr. about having an impromptu short and sweet moonlight wedding in Port Richey Florida. George Jr. was available and liked the idea of a romantic moonlight wedding. So later that day close to midnight when the moon was bright, George met Giovanni and Liondra at Lake Lisa Community Park to officiate their moonlight wedding in Port Richey Florida. The night was beautiful and the park was light be the moon…it was very romantic.

George Jr. with Giovanni and Liondra

George Jr. with Giovanni and Liondra

George performed their short and sweet ceremony then took a few pictures for them. Everyone was happy.

This Port Richey moonlight wedding was very romantic

This Port Richey moonlight wedding was very romantic

Congratulations, Giovanni and Liondra!

Giovanni and Liondra having fun at their moonlight wedding in Port Richey Florida

Giovanni and Liondra having fun at their moonlight wedding in Port Richey Florida

 

Your Florida Marriage License

Your Florida Marriage License

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To be married in Florida you must obtain a marriage license issued from a County Clerk’s Office. If you are a Florida resident you will have to wait three days after getting the marriage license to be married, unless you have completed premarital preparation course from a registered course provider. Then no waiting period is required for Florida residents. If you are not a Florida resident no waiting period is require. Meaning you can get your marriage license and the same day have it notarized and be married.

I like to take care of all the "business" aka marriage license before the ceremony so afterwards the couple can just enjoy! Photos by George Sr.

I like to take care of all the “business” aka marriage license before the ceremony so afterwards the couple can just enjoy! Photos by George Sr.

We have on many occasions shown up at weddings only to find out that the couple doesn’t have a marriage license or they have forgotten to bring it with them to the wedding. Your marriage isn’t legal until the license is notarized and returned back to the County for recording. You can get your marriage license at any County Clerk’s office in the state of Florida. It doesn’t need to be in the county where you are being married. Both parties must be present when obtaining marriage license and present a valid form of identification . We always remind couples that a Florida marriage license is required and not something that we can provide. Please be sure to bring your Florida marriage license to the ceremony with the return envelope (given to you when marriage license is issued). On the day of your wedding, we will notarize your Florida marriage license and return it to the County for you. It will take 10-14 days for County to send you your certified copy. If you need your certified marriage license right away, you can take the notarized marriage license back to the County in which you obtained the license and they will give you the certified copy right then.

On your wedding day have your marriage license ready so we can notarize it

On your wedding day have your marriage license ready so we can notarize it

Information on obtaining a marriage license can found for various counties in Florida on the Resources section of our website. Each County has information about obtaining a marriage license which will answer a lot of questions. Hours of operations are also posted.

If you have any additional questions about obtaining your Florida marriage license or getting married in Florida please don’t hesitate to contact us your favorite Tampa wedding ceremony officiant team!

George Jr. makes your wedding officiate process fun!

Once we notarize your Florida Marriage License it’s official…you are married!!!

Tallahassee Officiant Performs Wedding at The Front Porch

Tallahassee Officiant Performs Wedding at The Front Porch

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On June 28, 2014, I had the pleasure of officiating Jenni and Jason’s wedding at The Front Porch in Tallahassee. Jason’s mom, Carolyn, had helped arrange everything for the wedding including me, the non-denominational Tallahassee Wedding Officiant 🙂 Jenni and Jason were originally going to get married at the Court House but Carolyn wanted to help make it a little bit more special so she hired me and arranged the reception.

Reception table

Reception table

The Front Porch restaurant is located in Midtown Tallahassee, Florida, and presents fresh, locally-sourced seafood in an upscale, casual atmosphere. The Front Porch brings an unexpected culinary offering to the famed location where southern hospitality has abounded for years. The Front Porch restaurant previously was a fancy french restaurant called Chez Pierre. I had officiated a beautiful intimate wedding there a few years ago so it was neat to go back and see how The Front Porch had modernized the room and decor.

Tables for receiption

Tables for reception

Jenni and Jason had a short and sweet ceremony in front of the fire place. The wedding was on the 2nd floor of The Front Porch. Jenni’s daughter, Stephanie, helped with the rings when I asked during the ceremony. After the ceremony friends and family were going to have a lovely meal.

 

The wedding was held in front of this fireplace

The wedding was held in front of this fireplace

A lot of people go to the Court House to get married, and that’s okay! But if you are open, and interested, in doing something a little more special please contact me for ideas and help! I have worked with many couples to create simple ceremonies that created memories much more meaningful and beautiful than the Court House. I truly care about all the couples I married and don’t see you as a number in line so please contact me at 850-322-0911  to learn more about my non-denominational Tallahassee Wedding officiant service.