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Weddings that Give Back: Kim + Jose, Rialto Theatre, Tampa, FL

*EDITOR NOTE: We thought in honor of Veteran’s Day we’d pull out of our favorite veteran weddings from 2016. Share this story of community and unconditional love, once more, couldn’t be better timed and appreciated.  Enjoy friends and thank you to all who have served our country!
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It astonishes me how generous and GOOD the wedding world truly is these days. When Hope, from Rialto Theatre , originally shared this couple’s story in the Black Sheep Bride vendor Facebook group, and asked if anyone would be interested in gifting this couple, it had instant interest, volunteers and vendors coming together to make the day possible. You see, Jose and Kim met in the Army, and have since spent the last five years together in service to this country. Even one of our BSB photographers, Brandi of Alexis June Weddings, flew in from out of state to donate her time and talent, to this couple, because she was also in the service and knew the value of these individuals sacrifice.
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Jennifer Buono, of Bourbon and Blush Events, was the planning and design mastermind behind all of the magical details and logistics for the day. Here is what she had to share:
 When I think about the country we live in and the people who selflessly give their lives for the service of our country it moves me in a way that is so hard to put down in words. Their dedication and commitment to the protection of our people, their fight for our independence, their families fight; none of it goes unappreciated in my eyes. And I wanted to give back in a way that would be meaningful to them, so I donated my time, services and expertise to help plan one of the most special days of their lives. I was honored to be able to serve this couple and to create an entire day for them that they would remember forever. Every detail had it’s place and a special meaning to them.
 The Retired Jose Cabrera and active duty Kimberlee Ashton joined together and were married by Jose’s Uncle on the day of their fifth wedding anniversary, June 5th 2016. It was so important to them that their family was a part of their union and celebration. (C)AlexisJuneWeddings | Kim + Jose Married, Rialto, Tampa Florida | NYC + Destination Wedding Photographer Kim’s stationery was all handmade and designed around the navy details infused into her wedding, by Blush Design Studio. (C)AlexisJuneWeddings | Kim + Jose Married, Rialto, Tampa Florida | NYC + Destination Wedding Photographer(C)AlexisJuneWeddings | Kim + Jose Married, Rialto, Tampa Florida | NYC + Destination Wedding Photographer ©AlexisJuneWeddings | Kim + Jose Married, Rialto, Tampa Florida | NYC + Destination Wedding Photographer(C)AlexisJuneWeddings | Kim + Jose Married, Rialto, Tampa Florida | NYC + Destination Wedding Photographer(C)AlexisJuneWeddings | Kim + Jose Married, Rialto, Tampa Florida | NYC + Destination Wedding Photographer(C)AlexisJuneWeddings | Kim + Jose Married, Rialto, Tampa Florida | NYC + Destination Wedding Photographer
Kim and Jose had never before had professional portraits of themselves. So they were deeply moved when Brandi, Alexis June Weddings, an Air Force Veteran and incredibly talented New York based photographer offered to fly down to capture their special day. In fact, one of Brandi’s favorite moments was the first look. “They were so nervous. It was such a magical moment as the two of them took that time to be with only each other.” (C)AlexisJuneWeddings | Kim + Jose Married, Rialto, Tampa Florida | NYC + Destination Wedding Photographer(C)AlexisJuneWeddings | Kim + Jose Married, Rialto, Tampa Florida | NYC + Destination Wedding Photographer(C)AlexisJuneWeddings | Kim + Jose Married, Rialto, Tampa Florida | NYC + Destination Wedding Photographer©AlexisJuneWeddings | Kim + Jose Married, Rialto, Tampa Florida | NYC + Destination Wedding Photographer©AlexisJuneWeddings | Kim + Jose Married, Rialto, Tampa Florida | NYC + Destination Wedding Photographer Inna of Inna Olimpiyuk Events did such a beautiful job on bringing in a romantic and lush feel to the room. The soft ivories in Kim’s bouquet really stood out against the vibrant pops of burgundy red garden roses and navy in the bridesmaids dresses.  (C)AlexisJuneWeddings | Kim + Jose Married, Rialto, Tampa Florida | NYC + Destination Wedding Photographer©AlexisJuneWeddings | Kim + Jose Married, Rialto, Tampa Florida | NYC + Destination Wedding Photographer ©AlexisJuneWeddings | Kim + Jose Married, Rialto, Tampa Florida | NYC + Destination Wedding Photographer ©AlexisJuneWeddings | Kim + Jose Married, Rialto, Tampa Florida | NYC + Destination Wedding Photographer ©AlexisJuneWeddings | Kim + Jose Married, Rialto, Tampa Florida | NYC + Destination Wedding Photographer©AlexisJuneWeddings | Kim + Jose Married, Rialto, Tampa Florida | NYC + Destination Wedding Photographer©AlexisJuneWeddings | Kim + Jose Married, Rialto, Tampa Florida | NYC + Destination Wedding Photographer Kim and Jose chose to have their wedding at the historic Rialto Theatre  in downtown Tampa. The old brick walls, blue tile and painted details create the perfect combination of old and new. This venue is a gem for our city providing a grand space with 27 foot ceilings and a beautifully remodeled, historic backdrop(C)AlexisJuneWeddings | Kim + Jose Married, Rialto, Tampa Florida | NYC + Destination Wedding Photographer©AlexisJuneWeddings | Kim + Jose Married, Rialto, Tampa Florida | NYC + Destination Wedding Photographer One of our favorite planning moments was being able to tell Kim + Jose that their border collies, Thor and Loki, would be able to attend their wedding as the flower girl and ring bearer, thanks to FairyTail Planning. Kim was so happy she began to tear up and at that moment we were so humbled to have been able to make such a special detail come to life for them. (C)AlexisJuneWeddings | Kim + Jose Married, Rialto, Tampa Florida | NYC + Destination Wedding Photographer(C)AlexisJuneWeddings | Kim + Jose Married, Rialto, Tampa Florida | NYC + Destination Wedding Photographer©AlexisJuneWeddings | Kim + Jose Married, Rialto, Tampa Florida | NYC + Destination Wedding Photographer(C)AlexisJuneWeddings | Kim + Jose Married, Rialto, Tampa Florida | NYC + Destination Wedding Photographer©AlexisJuneWeddings | Kim + Jose Married, Rialto, Tampa Florida | NYC + Destination Wedding Photographer The floral details were carried out throughout the reception, where vibrant navy crushed satin linens provided by Kate Ryan Linens adorned the tables, complete with burgundy red dupioni napkins and the most elegant ivory china place settings from Ever After Vintage Weddings. ©AlexisJuneWeddings | Kim + Jose Married, Rialto, Tampa Florida | NYC + Destination Wedding Photographer Blush Design Studio did a beautiful job of incorporating a calligraphy escort card display, menu cards and stationery suite.(C)AlexisJuneWeddings | Kim + Jose Married, Rialto, Tampa Florida | NYC + Destination Wedding Photographer©AlexisJuneWeddings | Kim + Jose Married, Rialto, Tampa Florida | NYC + Destination Wedding Photographer(C)AlexisJuneWeddings | Kim + Jose Married, Rialto, Tampa Florida | NYC + Destination Wedding Photographer(C)AlexisJuneWeddings | Kim + Jose Married, Rialto, Tampa Florida | NYC + Destination Wedding Photographer ©AlexisJuneWeddings | Kim + Jose Married, Rialto, Tampa Florida | NYC + Destination Wedding Photographer©AlexisJuneWeddings | Kim + Jose Married, Rialto, Tampa Florida | NYC + Destination Wedding Photographer©AlexisJuneWeddings | Kim + Jose Married, Rialto, Tampa Florida | NYC + Destination Wedding Photographer
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The Icing on the Cake to their whole day, was that the couple PAID IT FORWARD and donated their wedding registry to Fisher House Foundation. The Bride shared why Fisher House Foundation was important to them as a couple:
‘We chose Fisher House because it helps accommodate military members, and their families, while they visit their loved ones being treated in the hospital. These houses offer rooms at no cost to the families. We both have a personal connection to this foundation because in early 2014, less than a year after we got back from deployment, I got a call from Jose’s Mom that he was in the ICU due to having acute pancreatitis. He was in excruciating pain and was losing too much fluid. They pushed fluid and he literally ballooned up from water weight to keep his organs from shutting down.
 
After almost a week they were finally able to move him from ICU to a normal room. He was in Georgia still at this point at Fort Gordon. His mom could only be with him for a couple of days, but I packed a bag and drove up to be with him for the remainder of the time he was hospitalized. I had no idea how I was going to be able to afford a hotel room for 2 weeks. Luckily, Jose’s Mom found out from one of his surgeons that they secured a room in the Fisher House for me to stay while taking care of him. I came very close to losing him that week. Had it not been for Fisher House, I would have been stuck and he wouldn’t have had support after his Mom had to go back home.
 
Fisher House homes are normally built within walking distances of the hospitals on base. They have full kitchens – full of food, laundry rooms with supplies and the rooms are fully furnished. These houses can have a few rooms. I think the one I stayed in had maybe 8. So it can be very difficult for families to get a room here, but when they do, it is one of the best gifts family of military can get, because it is completely free accommodations for the guest/s.’
Thank you to the amazing vendors that made this day possible for this deserving couple!  
Planning + Design: Bourbon and Blush Events // Photography: Alexis June Weddings // Linens: Kate Ryan Linens// Catering: Tastes of Tampa Bay // Venue: Rialto Theatre  // Floral: Inna Olimpiyuk Events // Table and Chair Rentals: A Chair Affair // Lounge Furniture: Danilyn Vintage Rentals // Dishes and Decor: Ever After Vintage Weddings // Stationery & Ceremony Backdrop: Blush Design Studio // Pet Sitting: FairyTail Planning // Wedding Cake: Trudy Melissa Cakes // Transportation: His and Hers Limousines // Entertainment: DJ Jenks // Mini Desserts: Sweetly Dipped Confections

Tampa Wedding Community Gives Back to Couple in Need – Wedding World Changer Day

A week ago Black Sheep Bride officially organized our first Wedding World Changer FREE WEDDING to a deserving couple, Astrid and Gary! The premise was simple, couples were nominated on our site and shared how they are actively involved in their community. If they won the Wedding World Changer wedding, they would also have to donate 100 service hours in the first year of their marriage back into their community. Astrid and Gary were one of the last couples to enter the contest and won the hearts of our vendor team. They’re love, gratitude and sincere appreciation for all those that served on their BIG DAY could not be quantified. My heart is full knowing the Black Sheep Bride and Tampa vendor community came together and gave back to this amazing couple, that have forever touched our lives. Thanks to The Portos, Jeanine Leigh Photography and Green Pearl Photography for providing us with the video and photo highlights from their BIG DAY! GPP_8478 Peek-2 Here is their story: Gary is a firefighter in Palm Harbor with a tender heart for serving others and his community, and Astrid is currently working towards her degree in Pediatric Occupational Therapy, while also volunteering her time on Sundays with her local children’s ministry, at their church. They were planning for a wedding in a few years, however Astrid’s mother’s recent battle with cancer had them seeking ways to plan their wedding sooner. Out of the applications available the Tampa Vendor Team voted and their story touched our hearts most. When we called to tell Astrid, they were the voted winners, she surprised Gary at his fire station with the news, and luckily for us, recorded the whole thing, refer below! A HUGE THANK YOU to all of the participating vendors, sponsors, and donors that helped make their WEDDING POSSIBLE: Planning: Oh Hello Events | Ceremony Design: Bourbon and Blush Events | Reception Design: Amber Veatch Designs | Floral Design : Andrea Layne Floral Design | Photography: Jeanine Leigh Photography and Green Pearl Photography | Venue: CL Space Ybor | Hair + Makeup: Michele Renee |  Paper Goods: Citrus-Press Co. | Catering: Tastes of Tampa Bay | Cocktail Hour Catering: Chalk Board Special | Linens: Kate Ryan Linens | Cake : Trudy Melissa Cakes | DJ: Graingertainment | Bartending : Mix It Up FL | Ceremony Altar/Rentals: Wish Vintage Rental | Pipe and Drape: Coast To Coast Event Rentals | Smaller Wooden Signage: Aerie Lane | Rectangular Farm Tables, Chargers: Set Event Rentals | Media Partners: Creative Loafing and Marry Me Tampa Bay | Succulents: The Succulent Source | Lavender: Tin Can Event Company | Chairs, Square Tables, Dinnerware, Flatware, Glasses: A Chair Affair | Videography: The Portos | Bridesmaids Dresses: Two Birds Bridesmaid | Wedding Dress: The Bride Tampa | Tuxes: All Brides 2 Be Tampa | Hotel Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Ybor | Peek-3 Peek-4 Peek-5 Peek-6 Peek-8 Peek-9 Peek-10 Peek-11 Peek-12 Peek-13 Peek-14 Peek-15 Peek-16  Peek-18 Peek-19  Peek-21 Peek-22 Peek-23 Peek-24 Peek-25 Peek-26 Peek-27 Peek-28 Peek-29 Peek-30 Peek-31 Peek-53 Peek-54 Peek-55 Peek-56 Peek-57 Peek-58 Peek-59 Peek-60-2Peek-32 Peek-33 Peek-36Peek-35  Peek-37 Peek-38 Peek-39 Peek-42 Peek-43 Peek-44 Peek-45 Peek-46 Peek-48  Peek-50  Peek-52 We also found out on the day of their wedding, that a local news station covered their awesome story at the same time the wedding was taking place! Here is the sweet video of their story online. Thanks to Jennifer’s husband, from Oh Hello Events, for recording the segment! Black Sheep Bride couldn’t be more proud of our community of #VendorsthatGiveBack for making this event possible! It was truly an honor to work along side each and every vendor! We will be taking this first event and creating a plan of attack so we can duplicate efforts in other cities next year! Find out about the other locations over at Wedding World Changer’s website. Thank you all for making this day possible! Astrid and Gary’s humble hearts and gracious spirits were worth all the hard work!  

Introducing The 2016 Wedding World Changer Couple: Astrid and Gary, Tampa, FL

It’s with great pleasure and so much emotion we are excited to announce the first ever Wedding World Changer Couple, Astrid and Gary! Black Sheep Bride will be celebrating our second birthday on 7/5/16! Since our launch we’ve desired to put on a free wedding for a deserving couple that have been actively involved in giving back to their community, so this past January we got the ball rolling and launched the Wedding World Changer site! Couples nominated themselves and shared their stories, vendors from all over the world have reached out, interested in participating in their areas! Due to proximity, Tampa, FL is our first market and we will be celebrating Astrid and Gary’s wedding day on Tuesday, 7/5/16, thanks to the love, support, hard work, and time and financial investments of amazing local vendors passionate about giving back! Here are some adorable photos from their engagement session with Jeanine Leigh Photography and Green Pearl Photography. Astrid&Gary-11 Photo by Jeanine Leigh Photography Here is their story: Gary is a firefighter in Palm Harbor with a tender heart for serving others and his community, and Astrid is currently working towards her degree in Pediatric Occupational Therapy, while also volunteering her time on Sundays with her local children’s ministry, at their church. They were planning for a late fall wedding, but Astrid’s mother’s recent battle with cancer had them seeking ways to plan their wedding sooner. Out of the applications available the Tampa Vendor Team voted and their story touched our hearts most. So excited to share this special day with a couple that we have all grown to love so closely!   A HUGE THANK YOU to all of the participating vendors, sponsors, and donors that helped make their WEDDING POSSIBLE: Planning: Oh Hello Events | Ceremony Design: Bourbon and Blush Events | Reception Design: Amber Veatch Designs | Floral Design : Andrea Layne Floral Design | Photography: Jeanine Leigh Photography and Green Pearl Photography | Venue: CL Space Ybor | Hair + Makeup: Michele Renee |  Paper Goods: Citrus-Press Co. | Catering: Tastes of Tampa Bay | Cocktail Hour Catering: Chalk Board Special | Linens: Kate Ryan Linens | Cake : Trudy Melissa Cakes | DJ: Graingertainment | Bartending : Mix It Up FL | Ceremony Altar/Escort Card Display/Rentals: Wish Vintage Rental | Pipe and Drape: Coast To Coast Event Rentals | Smaller Wooden Signage: Aerie Lane | Rectangular Farm Tables, Chargers: Set Event Rentals | Media Partners: Creative Loafing and Marry Me Tampa Bay | Succulents: The Succulent Source | Lavender: Tin Can Events | Chairs, Square Tables, Dinnerware, Flatware, Glasses: A Chair Affair | Videography: The Portos | Bridesmaids Dresses: Two Birds Bridesmaid | Wedding Dress: The Bride Tampa | Tuxes: All Brides 2 Be Tampa | Hotel Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Ybor |   Photos below courtesy of Jeanine Leigh Photography Astrid&Gary-17    Astrid&Gary-18    Astrid&Gary-32 Astrid&Gary-33   Astrid&Gary-61 Astrid&Gary-68 Photos below courtesy of Green Pearl Photography GPP_3818 GPP_3863 GPP_3922 GPP_3940  GPP_4160 Can’t wait till July 5th to see their wedding day come to life! Keep your eyes peeled, there is MORE to come from their BIG DAY! For more information about the 2017 Wedding World Changer Events, check out www.weddingworldchanger.com

Rock the Ranch Recap- Benefitting Make a Wish Foundation

A few months ago we participated in a wedding event benefiting the Make A Wish Foundation at The Rocking H Ranch, called Rock the Ranch! It was such an amazing event to watch the creative planning vision and vendor collaborations come together for such a great cause! RocktheRanch-267 We love that the giving didn’t stop at the event, but that most of the participating vendors give back regularly with their businesses to help others also!  Jordan, of Jordan Weiland Photography, and Heather, of Taylormade Floral Design and Events are two of our amazing Black Sheep Bride vendors that give back on a local Lakeland and global level! Jordan donates her time photographing charity events throughout the year, including photos for a children’s home, and a day of beauty for a women’s shelter. Heather gives back to many organizations that support those less fortunate, battling diseases, orphans, most recently donating her time and talent to a charity event for Women of Compassion. Ashton Events, helped coordinate the event and they give back by organizing an annual gift-wrapping fundraiser benefiting Parker Street Ministries. People drop off their gifts to be wrapped, and their “elf shop” gets them tree ready. Très Chic Southern is a ‘Wish Granter’ for Make a Wish Foundation and also serve on the Finance Council of Junior League of Greater Orlando to raise money to eliminate children’s hunger and poverty, as well as promote health and wellness in her community. *All other participating vendors listed throughout and at the bottom.* Photo credit: Jordan Weiland Photography
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Attire: Albert Griffin Bridal | Makeup: Sarah Riley | Hair: Mary Galletta
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Dessert Table : Chefin RocktheRanch-208RocktheRanch-197RocktheRanch-195RocktheRanch-193RocktheRanch-186RocktheRanch-180
Fence Feasting Table and Plum Crushed Tables Designed by: Design: Ashton Events |  Florals: Events in Bloom | Paper Goods: Stationery Loft | Rentals: A Chair Affair
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Beautiful Cake Display : Cut the Cake
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Fruit Infused and Sweet Heart Tables: Design: Tres Chic Southern Weddings | Paper Goods: Carillon Couture Florals: Cloud 9 Wedding Flowers  | Rentals: A Chair Affair
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Loving this gorgeous vintage furniture/accent rentals from : Wish Vintage RentalRocktheRanch-130RocktheRanch-125RocktheRanch-123RocktheRanch-121RocktheRanch-116
Gold crushed Satin Tables : Designed by Confetti Events | Rentals: A Chair AffairRocktheRanch-113RocktheRanch-105RocktheRanch-101RocktheRanch-85RocktheRanch-83RocktheRanch-80RocktheRanch-78RocktheRanch-75
Fruit Infused and Sweet Heart Tables:Design: Tres Chic Southern Weddings | Paper Goods: Carillon Couture Florals: Cloud 9 Wedding Flowers  | Rentals: A Chair Affair
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Ivory Luxe/Antler Tables: Design: Kelly Hancock Events | Florals:  The Wild Hare Flowers| Stationery: A&P Design Co. | Rentals: A Chair Affair 
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Featured Photographer: Jordan Weiland Photography / Videography: Storybook Weddings Videography / Event Planner, Table Designer: Ashton Events   / Table Designer: Très Chic Southern Weddings   / Table Designer: Confetti Events   / Table Designer: Kelly Hancock Event Planning   / Day of Execution: Sassy Soiree / Floral Design- Table and Personal Flowers: Events in Bloom   / Floral Design- Table and Ceremony Flowers: Taylormade Weddings Flowers / Floral Design- Table and Ceremony Flowers: The Wild Hare Flowers   / Floral Design- Table and Sweetheart Table: Cloud 9 Wedding Flowers   / Cake Baker: Cut the Cake   / Dessert Table: Chefin   / Harpist: Harpist Kristen Elizabeth   / Band: The Brian Sutherland Band   / Cocktail Music: Graingertainment   / Makeup Artist: Sarah Riley / Hair Artist: Mary Galletta / Wedding Attire: Albert Griffin Bridal   / Draping: Party People Celebration Co.   / Tent & Chivari Chairs: Premier Party / Rentals & Farm Tables: A Chair Affair / Vintage Rentals: Wish Vintage Rentals   / Linens: Kate Ryan Linens   / Catering: Publix Aprons / Programs/Printing: Stationery Loft   / Marketing: Let’s Make It Extraordinary / Venue: Rocking H Ranch / Officiant: Access Church / Other Participating Photographers: Sunglow Photography & Gongora Photography