College sweethearts Sam and Tyler's style was industrial with a modern twist, and they also prioritized getting married in the heart of Tampa as “that was the area that we met and fell in love, and both sides of our friends and family were mainly in that area.”
The style of CAVU matched the vibe they were going for, and it was nestled in Ybor City, which is known for its historical yet young feel with LGBTQ+ nightlife, brick roads, and old architecture. “The staffing at the venue was also incredibly friendly and welcoming of LGBTQ+ couples which made any concerns of same-sex wedding concerns disappear.”
After exchanging an emotional first look and captures around the city's bright wall art backdrops, they exchanged their vows and rings, Tyler wearing one of his grandmother's rings and Sam donning his mother's wedding band. “We wrote our own vows and they were very intimate and emotional. Not sure there was a dry eye in the house,” says the grooms.
Cocktail hour was next door at the coffee shop, and the room was flipped to reveal a reception that felt very classy and intimate. Guests found their tables with copper mugs that doubled as favors. “Our favorite drink is a Moscow Mule so we had it as our signature drink and they were served in these at the reception.” Gold chargers popped against the black table linens and geometric candle holders mirrored the triangle backdrop that was made by Tyler's dad.
As the night closed down, while guests exited for the sparkler send-off, Tyler and Sam took the time to have their first dance. “We had a last dance with just the two of us in the reception space. We danced to ‘Golden Hour' by Kacey Musgraves.”
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