Paula and Desmond met while they both attended University of Florida. They lived in the same dorm in their freshman year, and for that first year, only saw each other in passing. Sparks really started to fly in the Spring of their sophomore year, and 7 years later Desmond proposed to Paula in the Winter Park rose garden! He totally surprised her with their friends and family there to celebrate with them!
For their wedding, Paula and Desmond wanted an elegant affair with champagne and gold details. They were married in Paula’s home Catholic church, and their reception was at The Vault in Downtown Tampa. From her Monique Lhuillier gown from Solution’s Bridal to her stunning emerald cut engagement ring, Paula’s wedding day style wowed everyone. There was no shortage of special details, including a delicious chocolate-dipped strawberry for every place setting. We especially loved the cuff links worn by her father, which were engraved with the wedding date and “I’ll always be your little girl.” Can you get much sweeter?
Paula and Desmond’s day was completely gorgeous and full of wonderful moments, including a serenade by Desmond’s fraternity brothers. Their wedding party, families, and guests were in full celebration mode!
Advice from Paula, the bride:
What advice would you give other couples about the wedding planning process?
Our top priority was our guests. We wanted them to have a good time especially that they’re taking time off from work, spending money on you, and traveling to be with you. So we would say be considerate of your guests (i.e. start on time, enjoyable atmosphere, have good food/drinks). Be open to change because no matter how much you plan there is something bound to go wrong. Don’t let it bother you and just enjoy the day because only you will notice.
Is there any advice that you would give engaged couples about married life?
Our advice would be don’t ever stop trying. We know it sounds cliche, but it is true. Don’t ever fall into a routine. Try to have date nights and spontaneous adventures. Always be mindful of your spouse. For example, if they have a busy week at work then help them out by cooking dinner. It shows you care and want to help.
Ceremony Venue: Nativity Catholic Church
Reception Venue: The Vault
Planner/Designer: QuickCare Events
Photography: Leah Langley Photography
Videographer: Justified Films
Dress Designer: Monique Lhuillier
Dress Salon: Solution’s Bridal
Caterer: Delectables Fine Catering
DJ: Grant Hemond & Associates
Cake: Alessi Bakery
Hair and Makeup: Destiny Hair & Light
Limo: Elite Party Bus
Photo Booth: Tampa Bay Photobooth