rustic tampa wedding: sarah + dave

His back was turned as she walked toward the ceremony site on her father’s arm. Not for lack of anticipation, but because he had made a promise not to see her until she was standing at the end of the aisle. And as his best man gave him the nod to turn around, he simultaneously caught his first glimpse of her and lost every bit of his breath. She was radiant. And maybe it was the way the sun caught her veil as she walked the rest of the steps towards him. Or maybe it was the fact that her smile grew wider as she did. But she had never looked more beautiful to him than she did in that moment. And their love had never felt greater than it did as they made their vows that day.

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Sarah and Dave tied the knot! The two of them had a gorgeous rustic Tampa wedding day at Cross Creek Ranch, which was the perfect kick-off for our spring wedding season! Sarah wore a beautifully detailed gown completed with aaaaaaaallll the sparkly accessories (can we just talk about those SHOES?!) Likewise her bridesmaids were stunning in their blush floor length dresses. Of course, Dave and his guys were not to be outdone. They all donned navy suits before heading off to a ceremony beneath the giant oak tree. We loved that instead of sneaking some peeks as Sarah approached the ceremony, Dave waited to turn around until she was at the very end of the aisle. He had such an incredibly sweet reaction to seeing his bride. So it was awesome that Sarah was close enough to see it!

Cross Creek as always KILLED it with an endless amount of perfect details. Namely the lanterns and florals that filled the ceremony to the mismatched china and centerpieces that decorated the reception. It all came together perfectly and the sparkler exit after the party was the icing on top of an already oh-so-sweet cake.

Sarah and Dave, every bit of your wedding planning adventure (from our first Skype date to your best day ever) has been so much fun to be a part of. We couldn’t have loved your rustic Tampa wedding any more. So a million thanks for inviting us to be a part of it!

Love + Laughs,

Sarah & Ben


Bridal shoes on a hardwood floor surrounded by the bride's veil Gold foil wedding invitation and champagne wedding shoes Bride's diamond bracelet against the blush of a bridesmaids gown The bride's earrings and the wedding bands against the bride's multicolored bouquet The brides wedding rings between the shoes The wedding dress hanging in a rustic greenery filled arch The bride in her lace trimmed wedding dress putting her earrings inBridal jewelry against the white lace of the wedding dress Bride putting her wedding heels on silhouetted by the sunlight from the window Groom in navy suit with red floral boutonniere Groom and Groomsmen wearing Navy suits with red floral boutonniere Bride holding her bouquet surrounded by natural light pouring in through the forest Bride and Bridesmaids in blush Bride and her flower girls in matching dresses with hearts in the back The wedding bouquets with blush and white dresses Classic image of a bride holding her flowers while standing in a rustic forest in Tampa Florida Ring bearer dwarfed by all the tall groomsmen in classic black and white Traditional portrait of a wedding groom in Black and White A wedding ceremony under old oak trees in rustic Florida Flowers on decorative apple crates and an unplugged wedding sign The groom looks away as the bride walks to the end of the aisle Groom covers his mouth in shock as he sees his bride for the first time Bride walking down the aisle with her father and a side angle of the bridesmaids standing by the altar Groom smiling at his bride as she makes her way down the aisle The bride and groom standing at the altar under the oak tree at cross creek ranch by Sarah & Ben Photography Bride smiling at her groom in the sunlight of the florida sun Bride and Groom laughing while holding hands under their floral wedding arch First Kiss with floral wedding altar Excited Bride and Groom as they make their way up the aisle by Sarah & Ben Photography Bride and Groom wedding portraits during golden hour at cross creek ranch Beautiful moment between the Bride and Groom by Sarah & Ben Photography Bridal portrait as bride holds her flowing dress in Tampa, FL The bridal party standing under the old oak trees at Cross Creek Ranch The bridal party in navy and blush in rustic, FL Bride and groom wrapped in her veil, made transparent by the sun light by Sarah & Ben Photography Bride and Groom during golden hour framed in by the oak trees Black and White wedding photo with veil blowing in the wind Flowing wedding gown on the bride as they share a kiss in the rustic forests of Seffner, FL Bride leading her groom across the lawn at cross creek ranch by Sarah & Ben Photography Groom holds his brides hand and her bouquet of flowers Bridal portrait of the wedding couple by Sarah & Ben Photography The reception venue was a highly decorated converted barn with the initials of the bride and groom Short floral centerpiece with string lights A candleholder centerpiece with floral accents on a navy tablecloth Sweetheart table with rustic accents including lace napkin holders and floral pops of color The wedding cake surrounded by reflecting mirrors and string lights with pops of floral accents Guestbook table with rustic barrel accents by Sarah & Ben Photography Bride and Groom during their first dance at Cross Creek Ranch in Seffner, FL Bride and Groom dance during their first dance at the reception Bride and groom with "Love" sign glowing in the night Bride and Groom running through a tunnel of sparklers by Sarah & Ben Photography


Credit Where Credit is Due:

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Cross Creek Ranch 

Hair & Makeup: Lasting Luxe

Wedding Dress Designer: Stella York

Wedding Dress Store: Something Blue Bridal

Bride Shoe Designer: Badgley Mishka

Groom & Groomsmen’s Apparel: Stephen Geoffrey

Bridesmaid Dress Designer: David’s Bridal

Caterer: Catered by Vesh

Coordinator: Nancy Spooner from CCR

Videographer: Rad Red

Florist: Alta Fleura

Cake Design: Alessi Bakeries

DJ: Grant Hemond

Invitation Designer: Minted


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