Amanda and James

Tampa, Florida



Photography | Limelight Photography | @limelightphotos

Venue | The Florida Aquarium | @floridaaquarium

Event Designer | Events By Jess | @eventsbyjess_

Floral Designer | Events in Bloom @eventsinbloomtampa

Gown Salon | CC’s Bridal Boutique @ccsbridalboutiques

Bridesmaid Dresses | Adrianna Papell | @adriannapapell

Hair and Makeup | Studio Bride | @studiobride

Bakery | Hands on Sweets | @handsonsweets

Invitation Designer | Watercolor Design Studio | @watercolordesignco

DJ | Music On The Move DJ’s | @onthemoveproductions

Cinematography | Resurgent Fire Films | @resurgentfirefilms

In 2014, James was finishing up his residency and Amanda was working as a nurse in the orthopedic unit at a hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida. James initiated their friendship by coming to Amanda’s unit at the hospital to bring her coffee. They both seemed to work off the same humor and it was effortless to make one another laugh. One day, James worked up the courage to ask Amanda for her phone number. They went on several dates and James swept Amanda off her feet! James proposed to Amanda after a romantic dinner at Armani’s. They came home and Amanda went to pet their dog, Stella, when she discovered that James had placed an engagement ring around her collar. When James knew she noticed the ring, he got down on one knee, while holding Stella and asked Amanda to marry him! What made it even more memorable was that The University of Florida baseball team won the College World Series National Championship that day! They are huge Gators fans… so they celebrated their engagement with champagne, laughs, love and a National Championship! James and Amanda originally planned on getting married on Duck Key in The Florida Keys, however, Hurricane Irma had a different idea. The hurricane damaged their wedding venue and they were forced to relocate. James and Amanda love sea life, so after touring The Florida Aquarium, they knew it was where they wanted to say their wedding vows.