(Your regularly scheduled "Outside the Ballroom" is being put on hold until Friday to bring you Chapter 3 and the conclusion of our Alice in Wonderland wedding!)
Don Vicente, Ybor City, Tampa, Florida
Have you ever stepped into a place that feels like a dream, but you pinch yourself and you don't wake up. You look around and there are others like you who don't quite fit in, but they are there with you. Then there are those that totally look like they are in the right place, but everyone is mingling and it really starts to feel like it's not a dream. What if this world was a reality and where you thought you had come from was the dream?
During Jessica and Wade's ceremony, Mandaddy, the officiant, said something to the point of "When you responded to that RSVP, you did not know what you are getting into."
What Jessica and Wade told me at our first meeting excited me, but what actually transpired went beyond what I had imagined. I am so thankful they invited me into their world to capture it, it was an amazing place.
One of my favorite things in life is skipping from one place to the next, one experience to the next, one reality to the next. Sometimes the many experiences will look the same and other times, the times that I enjoy the most, they are like nothing you could have imagined. Jessica and Wade turned their dreams inside out, fed all of their guests something from a little bottle that said "shrink," and suddenly everyone was there together.
With five different locations it only added to the experience of never really knowing where you were at. Three of them were venues, and two were hotels. By the time we showed up to the last one, we had found our rabbit and he was telling us how late we were for a very important date. Then he just ran off!
Did you notice Jessica's outfit change? Two amazing dresses in one day!
Did you notice that those are playing cards being thrown at them. This was something we had talked about the night of the engagement session, so it was really cool to see it happen!
If you missed the first chapters or the engagement session you can find it here.
The Characters -
Event design by Jessica and Wade
Wedding Consultant/Day of Coordinator - Erica Petramala with Occasions
Videographer - Eric Von Billington
Photography - Pilster Photography
second photographer/assistant - Tara Sproc (I can not say enough amazing things about her, she did a fantastic job!)
Ceremony- Bok Tower
The Mad Hatter Tea party was at Chalet Suzanne
The girls got ready at the Holiday Inn Express and the guys at Bok Tower
Second Reception- Columbia Museum
Hair and Makeup by Holly Nazaro from Collective Creations
Ceremony Music by guitarist Bobby Koelble
Officiant- Chuck "Mandaddy" (Who kept the crowd crying and laughing at the same time and is also available for Death Metal Performances)
Floral done by Events in Bloom
Music provided by DJ Hellroy
Cakes by A Piece of Cake & Cupcake Spot
Catering by Columbia Restaurant
Rentals from Coast to Coast
Awesome artwork by Travis Louie
Thanks you two for inviting me to some amazing parties and letting Pilster Photography be a part of your day!
I don't think this will be my last meeting with Jessica and Wade or the white rabbit.