cross creek ranch wedding: mandy + ken

Seeing the two of them together makes you understand fairytales. They complement each other, not in a way that makes you see them as opposites, but as two souls made so perfectly to fit together you can’t help but believe in a world of happily ever afters. So as they walked back up the aisle that day there were no words more fitting, than the ones that rang through the echo of the woods…..

“There in your eyes, it’s just beginning

Feel your heart beat faster

Reach out and find your happily ever after . . . . ”

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Mandy and Ken are married! Before their amazing reception they said their “I-Do’s” in the most enchanting of ceremonies. It included a hand fasting ritual and so much laughter. Then they shared a kiss beneath the mossy oaks. The jewel-toned color palette of the bridesmaid dresses and florals popped beautifully against the lush greenery of the Cross Creek wedding venue. And we were basically obsessed with every bit of Mandy’s bridal look. From her succulent-filled bouquet to her grandmother’s heirloom pearls and also the lace appliqué of her gown, every detail turned us into a walking, talking version of the heart eye emoji. Ken looked incredibly dapper as well, and the two of them shared the smiliest of first looks before heading to their ceremony in the enchanted forest.

After the ceremony, guests headed to cocktail hour before finding seats in the stable. There, the reception was decorated beautifully, with greenery draped chandeliers hanging over the feasting tables and also geometric centerpieces mixed in with the flowers and candles. After their grand entrance the newlyweds surprised guests with an amazing choreographed first dance. Then, in a surprise moment of her own, Mandy also debuted a groom’s cake sporting Ken’s alma mater. After the party the newlyweds ran through a sparkler-lined tunnel before heading off to begin their happily ever after.

Mandy and Ken, from the moment we first met we’ve just adored you two to bits, and we couldn’t have felt luckier to spend the day by your sides. Truly, thank you for making every bit of your wedding journey so fun. Your Cross Creek wedding was a highlight of our year. 

Love + Laughs,

Sarah & Ben

Wedding invitation with Bride's details and heels and rings Th Bride and Grooms wedding rings in a custom wood box by Sarah & Ben Photography The Bride's shoes and her Floral Bouquet with a close up of the pearl earrings The wedding dress hangs in the bridal suite before this cross creek wedding in Seffner, FL The wedding dress in the reflection of a mirror in timeless black and white photography The Brides formal shoes and reception sneakers with bows A cross creek wedding day filled with greenery and flowers filled with white tulle Bride's floral purse and wedding invitation against the trees on the cross creek ranch property A cross creek wedding day always starts when the bride rings the bell to kick off the wedding festivities The Mother of the Bride helps her into her heels in the bridal suite of Cross Creek Ranch Timeless black and white photo of a Bride and her Bridesmaid sharing a laugh A Groom gets ready for his cross creek wedding by adjusting his necktieGroom adjusting his tie clip before his cross creek wedding Bride and Groom share a smile and laughter during their first look in rural Tampa, FL Bride and Groom pose for formal photo before their cross creek wedding Candid photo of the Bride and Groom laughing at Sarah & Ben Photography Groom escorts his Bride from their first look to their cross creek wedding ceremony Wedding Party poses along a large wall of greenery on the cross creek ranch gardens Bride and Groom walk the paths with their wedding party behind them Bride and her Bridesmaids pose holding their bouquets by Sarah and Ben Photography Groom and his Groomsmen pose for a formal photo on the mulch path Groom stands for a formal portrait in his navy suit under the ancient oak trees of Cross Creek ranch Wedding decor around the cross creek wedding venue including a floral tree swing and chalkboard signscross creek wedding ceremony in the enchanted forest with large floral circle Wedding ceremony details including wooden sign and large floral ring at the altar Groom sees his Bride coming down the aisle and smiles from ear to ear by Sarah and Ben photography Bride walks down the aisle with her two dads on each arm during her cross creek wedding Groom looks into his Bride's eyes during their vows in Seffner, FL The officiant speaks to the wedding attendees as the Bride and Groom hold hands Wide shot of the enchanted forest during a cross creek wedding ceremony under the oak trees and spanish moss Bride smiles up at her Groom before they kiss during their ceremony Bride and Groom hold a rope ties into knots symbolising their love and relationship Bride and Groom kiss behind their large floral ring after their cross creek wedding Bride smiles at her ring bearer and walks down the wooden aisle of her wedding ceremony Bride poses for a formal portrait in front of her large floral altar while pinching her veil After their cross creek wedding, the Bride and Groom walk back up the aisle together Bride nested into her grooms shoulder as he kisses her forehead in a quiet moment after the cross creek wedding The Bride walks away looking over her shoulder under the oak trees on the Cross Creek property Bride and Groom's hands with wedding rings hold the rope of a swing Classic black and white photo of the Bride and Groom by Sarah and Ben Photography Bride smiles while walking with her new husband on the way to their reception at Cross Creek Ranch in Seffner, FLWide shot of the Bride and Groom walking under the oak trees before their cross creek wedding reception Reception details such as a guest sign in book and a Love sign with lights The reception barn at Cross Creek Ranch with the Bride and Grooms initials above the door The glass etched table numbers and the candle lined feasting tables inside the Barn Beautifully decorated feasting tables at this cross creek wedding reception inside the barn by Sarah and Ben Photography The wedding head table covered in florals and a dinner plate on a charger Bride and groom hold hands as they enter their reception to applause Welcome table filled with florals and family photos and the Bride and Groom share a first dance Bride and Groom enjoy a first dance as husband and wife in timeless black and white photography Newlyweds sit at their table exchanging a loving glance during their cross creek wedding reception Dessert table filled with wedding cake and smaller cupcakes by Sarah and Ben Photo Wedding cake details include florals and two sugar otters as cake toppers and the cake forks on a plate Bride and Groom share a kiss under the stars Bride and Groom dance on the bridge over Cross Creek next to a lit up sign that says "Love" Last dance photographed by Sarah and Ben Photography in black and white Bride and Groom exit their cross creek wedding under a sky of sparklers held by family and friends


Photography: Sarah & Ben

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Cross Creek Ranch 

Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Pink

Wedding Dress Designer: Allure

Wedding Dress Store: Lily’s Bridal

Bride Shoe Designer: Betsy Johnson

Groom & Groomsmen’s Apparel: Men’s Wearhouse

Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Azazie

Caterer: Roux

Coordinator: Annika LaSala

Videographer: A Peachy Life Productions

Florist: Alta Fleura

Cake Design: Alessi bakery

DJ: Jody from Grant Hemmond & Assoc.

Invitation Designer: Shutterfly


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