A Melodic Wedding at The Rusty Pelican

Journal and Imagery by Tampa Wedding Photographers Popping Champaign Photography

In the heart of Tampa, Carmen and Jaron celebrated their wedding with harmony, Caribbean music, and sweet indulgence. While their wedding day love story started at The Current Hotel, Autograph Collection with gloomy weather overhead, they didn't let this keep them from celebrating on this special day!

As Carmen got ready, her and her bridal party had their hair and makeup flawlessly completed by Nicki Mac Brides as they all laughed, sang to Beyonce, and sipped sweet champagne. As Carmen got into her romantic, rose-lace dress and matching cathedral veil with the help of her mother and step-mother, many of the eyes around the room began to glisten. Carmen looked absolutely stunning, and the beautiful eyelash detailing around her neckline and hem set a beautiful and soft ambiance in the room against the natural light, adding an ethereal charm to her already mesmerizing presence. Every delicate stitch of her Grace Loves Lace gown and veil added elegance and grace, making her radiate a timeless beauty that left everyone in awe.

Music has long served as a sanctuary for Carmen and Jaron, both ardent admirers of music and art. To honor this passion, we arranged their first look in the autograph collection hallway of the Current Hotel, surrounded by artistic masterpieces. Continuing our portraits in front of captivating artwork and beside a grand piano felt fitting. Carmen's early piano lessons from her father gifted her a lifelong connection to music, a cherished bond she and Jaron have always shared.

Carmen and Jaron's wedding ceremony had been moved to the Grand Ballroom inside The Rusty Pelican, featuring panoramic views of Tampa Bay, which served as the perfect venue for Carmen and Jaron's celebration of love. The weather may have been gloomy, but the warmth radiating from the couple and their guests filled the air with joy and excitement. As Carmen walked down the aisle arm in arm with her father, Jaron's eyes lit up with sheer admiration. Surrounded by their closest friends and family, the couple exchanged heartfelt vows, promising to weather any storm together. 

The couple's shared love for music reverberated through every note of their wedding day. From their portraits by the piano to the live performance by their groomsman for their first dance, and Carmen breaking out in song at the reception, music was the backdrop to their wedding love story, infusing each moment with emotion and melody. Their entertainment, Mello Vibes, turned their reception into a Caribbean party that kept every guest on the dance floor.

Carmen and Jaron went the extra mile to ensure their guests had an absolute blast at their wedding. They chose the Bouzy Photobooth and the Black Velvet Polaroid Bundle from wedding photographers in Tampa Popping Champaign Photography, setting the stage for endless laughter and memorable moments. The Bouzy Photobooth provided an array of fun props and became a hub of entertainment where guests bonded, struck funny poses, and captured candid shots that will be cherished for decades. Laughter echoed as friends and family gathered, adding another layer of fun to Carmen and Jaron's unforgettable celebration.

Breaking away from tradition, Carmen and Jaron opted for a cake table adorned with an array of different cakes from Publix. The assortment of flavors symbolized the diverse moments of their love, inviting guests to savor the sweetness of the day.

Carmen and Jaron's wedding day, from the getting ready moments at the Current Hotel to the dance-filled celebration at the Rusty Pelican, epitomized a harmonious love story. With music, laughter, and a sweet symphony of colors, their wedding day was a testament to the enduring beauty of shared moments. May their journey continue to be filled with harmony, laughter, and the celebration of a love that knows no bounds.

Carmen and Jaron's wedding was a testament to the fact that love is not confined to perfect weather or flawless plans. As the gloomy day turned into a night filled with laughter and dancing, it was evident that their celebration stood as a testament to the enduring beauty found in all shared moments.

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Hi! We are Zoe & Damara, a best friend wedding photography duo based in Southwest Florida! Our approach in photography and in life is pure, authentic, and candid. Our images are whimsical, joyful, and timeless. Our editing is natural yet refined. Through your love story and our lens, we will provide you with a wedding album of authentic moments and emotions, with a fun and personalized experience. Complete this short form to connect with us. We would love to hear from you!



Tampa Wedding Photographers / Popping Champaign Photography

Tampa Wedding Venue & Caterer / The Rusty Pelican

Getting Ready Hotel / The Current Hotel, Autograph Collection

Planner / Chloe Coastal with Coastal Coordinating

Florist / Boho Floral

Hair and Makeup Artist / Nicki Mac Brides

Bakery / Publix

DJ / Mello Vibes Entertainment

Tampa Photo Booth Rental / Bouzy Photobooth, Popping Champaign Photography

Tampa Videographer / Variant Vision

Bride's Dress / Grace Loves Grace Atlanta, GA

Groom's Suit / Suit Shop

Groomsmen's Suits / The Black Tux

Bridesmaid Dresses / Revelry

Wedding Invites / Truly Engaging