Emily and Vinny

Tampa, Florida



Photography | Limelight Photography | @limelightphotos

Venue | Rialto Theatre | @rialtotheatretampa

Location | Aloft Tampa Downtown Hotel | @alofttampa

Floral Designer | Oneco Florist

Gown Salon | The Dressing Room | @thedressingroom_stpete

Bridesmaids Dresses | Azazie | @azazieofficial

Makeup | Femme Akoi Beauty Studio | @femmeakoi

Caterer | Milan Catering & Event Design

Invitations | Zola | @zola

Band | No Filter

DJ | Breezin’ Entertainment & Productions | @breezinentertainment

From the Photographer

I first met Emily during a styled shoot for Milan Catering. Emily is a wedding planner and we clicked right away as we worked together during the session. At that point I could not have imagined I would be photographing her very own special moments as a stunning bride. I met Vinny during their engagement session along with their cute lil pup Pim… it was so nice getting to know the one who swept Emily off her feet and let me tell you… even though they met on Tinder (ha!) they are absolutely perfect for each other. Emily has such a natural way of being calm in the middle uncertainties (honestly, no one would ever know anything unplanned is happening!) She just has a way of gently fixing a situation and moving things along… Vinny on the hand NEEDS his Emily by his side. He makes her smile (constantly!) and Emily is able to truly enjoy each moment with him. They compliment each other beautifully. She plans, he smiles and melts her heart ??


Their wedding day was incredibly beautiful… the bright reds and golds made it so classic! The rustic feel of the venue made it so glam and gave us all Old Hollywood. Each little detail was carefully thought out and the end result was just gorgeous in every way. I am still in awe that I was trusted to photograph Emily & Vinny’s dream wedding. I wish you both ALL good things… cheers to many beautiful memories together!

Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette?

Our wedding theme was vintage classic. We wanted to play off of the overall feel of the Rialto Theater and its rich history. Both of our favorite colors are red so I knew we needed some serious pops of color to blend into the overall black and gold palate.


Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception?

The Rialto Theater is like one giant blank canvas just waiting for someone to come in and make it their own. Since the ceilings are so high, we used cafe bulb strands and tall centerpieces to help make it feel more intimate. We also rented a gorgeous vintage furniture arrangement as a space for our guests to relax. I wanted to keep our table decor detailed yet not too busy. We went with clean black linens to help the intricate gold rimmed plates and glasses stand out.


What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?

Florals played a very important roll in our wedding! I wanted my bridal bouquet to really stand out against my wedding dress so I chose an all red arrangement for myself and my maid of honor and then all white for my bridesmaids. Our centerpieces were a big beautiful combination of both bouquets set on top of very tall gold stands. We wanted people to walk into the reception room and go WOW.


Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?

I think I can speak for every person at our wedding when I say the band really made the wedding what it was. We wanted high energy and for people to hit that dance floor and not want to leave. That being said I think my favorite parts of the wedding were looking around the room and seeing how much fun everyone was having and all of the support we received from our loved ones. It’s truly an overwhelming experience seeing how many people show up for you and your spouse.


Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.

My dress wasn’t anything I expected to choose but ultimately exactly what I wanted! I knew I wanted something with an old fashion feel so I chose one that was all lace and form fitting. The train is what ultimately sold me with its intricate all lace design and scalloped edge. Upon buying the dress I went to a local seamstress with the hard task of creating the sleeves. I really wanted the dress to look like my great grandmother had worn it so my seamstress created a sleeve that went up over my hand at a point and wrapped around my middle finger with pearls. I was blown away with the final product.


How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

Vinny and I met the modern, unconventional way of Tinder! Most people are embarrassed to admit to using Tinder for it’s not so stellar reputation but I think it just goes to show that even in the most unlikely successful situation, we were still able to find each other. Vinny proposed to me in our home one night before going to bed. It was so simple and sweet and totally us.


What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

One of the most special moments for me on my wedding day was doing a first look with my father. Being able to share a private moment with him before him giving his first daughter away is something neither of us will forget. The most anticipated moment above all was seeing the look on my husbands face as I walked down the aisle. As cheesy and predictable as that may sound, it was the most special moment by far.


Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?

Being a wedding planner who got married and experienced the process from a brides perspective was very unique. I would say the best advice I can give a couple is to remember to take a step back when you are feeling upset or overwhelmed. Remember that the purpose of your wedding isn’t for the perfect Instagramable photo and not everything needs to go exactly as planned. Relish in the moment of your day with your now spouse and don’t take a single second for granted. And above all, try to laugh off anything that goes wrong on your wedding day because trust me, at least one moment will be unplanned.