We featured an engagement session a few months ago, of this lovely couple doing big, intentional and wildly purposeful things in their community, with their non-profit, Four Letter Word! You can catch up on that side of their wedding story here. Fast forward a few months and they’re now married and had one heck of a socially conscious wedding to boot! The amount of thoughtful consideration that went into every, I repeat… EVERY, aspect of their BIG day is absolutely awe-inspiring! Grateful for this couple’s hearts for others, the bride’s amazing recap (shared below), and our BSB vendor, Savannah Lauren, who was there to capture every moment!
‘Including our community and the environment into our wedding day was a very special experience. We did this not only to bring awareness, but it is important to us, and a lifestyle we pursue daily.
We learned a lot about people and got to know our community in a more intimate way. We experienced humility, and we are thankful for the efforts everyone put in, to not only making our day great, but making our community great. Our hearts are to bring not only us, but also our community, together as one.
Wedding Coordinator: Rhonda Abdalla, From Yes to I Do and Events
Ceremony Venue:Amazing Love Ministries, Ybor
Reception Venue:CL Space, Ybor
Caterer:Holy Hog BBQ
Second Photographer: Ivana Cajina
Will Jackson is the Creative Director for Grace Family Church in Tampa, Florida. He invests in youth and worship ministries, he is very passionate about his career in ministry and serves well as a leader to his community.
Officiant:Sixto and Susan Ward
“Sarah gives back by supporting Ezra/Beat NB (A childhood cancer research foundation) and by donating her old clothes and furniture to Salvation Army. Sarah has a career as a music teacher in Hillsborough County, Tampa a truly finds passion in teaching the next generation music.”
Hair: Sally Bakalyar
“Sally donates time at her salon to give free back-to-school haircuts. She serves on the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary. Sally also advocates for the homeless, women’s shelters, and is involved with many churches and charities in the Tampa Bay area.”
Small Paper Flowers: Made from old recycled bibles and hymn books, bought locally at Oldsmar Flea Market, crafted by Rayna and Robin Cohen – also seen in Brides Bouquet, Grooms Boutonnière, and Centerpieces.
Makeup: Maribel Guisto
Invitations: Forever Fiancés
Envelopes: Recycled paper bag envelopes from Amazon
RSVP and Details: Designed by Rayna, printed locally by Ashtay Printing/Zebra flyers
Bride Rings: Bought locally from a Gemologist, conflict-free diamonds
Grooms Ring: Alamea, crafted from sustainable harvested Koa wood from Hawaii
Bouquets and Hair Pieces: Babies Breath – grown in the Brasier garden and filled with additional babies breath from Carlstedt’s
Confetti: Made from the remnants of the paper flowers
Large Paper Flowers: Bought second- hand. Artist: Yanet Ademan
Centerpieces: Wood rings – from a neighbor’s fallen tree, Manzanita – from Blooms and Branches
Pallet Signs: Painted by Beverly Bakalyar
Party Favors: Trail mix bar, local fruit bought from Bearss Groves and dried by Rayna and Jon
Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Ybor
Pipes and Drape/Uplighting: BayStage Live (www.baystagelive.com)
Tables/Chairs/Linens: Rent All (www.rentallcity.com)
Broccoli Bouquet: Bearss Groves Market
Grooms Bowtie: Two Guys Bowties
Groomsmen watches and sunglasses: TreeHut
Bridemaids Skirts: Space46 Boutique
Dress and Veil:Allure – CC’s Bridal Boutique
Featured local craft brews: Cigar City Jai Alai, 3 Daughters Beach Blonde, Florida Avenue IPA, Green Bench Brewing Sunshine City IPA
All other goods made by the bride and groom, bought locally, or supported skilled artisans; bridesmaids robes, parent gift photo albums, garter, hour glass, flower girl basket, stamps, pearl head piece.
To learn more about the bride and groom’s desire to serve others with their non-profit, Four Letter Word, visit their website!