One year ago, I walked into the first ever Rising Tide Society meeting in Tampa. We all had high hopes for new friendships but we were unsure of what to expect. We crowded into the tables of Datz Dough in South Tampa and shared our experiences as creative small business owners. It was such a wonderful evening!! Fast forward one year later, and here we are, celebrating our first anniversary! Many memories, connections, collaborations, adventures have been shared in this past year. It’s truly such a blessing to be part of this group. I’m so thankful for our leaders Kelly (Tampa) and Jenny (St. Pete). They serve us so well, not only at our Tuesday meetings but consistently whenever we need them. I was honored when Kelly asked me to photograph the details of our anniversary get together last week at the gorgeous Rialto Theater. It was filled with special champagne sent from the Rising Tide founders, delicious treats from Tastes of Tampa Bay, and a motivating/hilarious magic show by Jeff Kaylor and his friends. He showed us the value in loving people better. It was such a sweet reminder. Enjoy these photos from our one year Tuesdays Together celebration!
Leaders: Kelly Hancock Event Planning and Jenny Ricker (This Good Life Photography)
Caterer: Tastes of Tampa Bay
Venue: The Rialto Theatre / 8 Count Productions
Signage: Amber Veatch Designs
Speaker: Jeff Kaylor
I have an interesting question for you. How is the wedding industry currently helping the world? My friend, Danielle, founder of Black Sheep Bride is creating a movement of motivating engaged couples and wedding vendors to be more sustainable and to give back/help others. I loved interviewing Danielle for today’s Vendors You Should Know blog because she is truly passionate about creating a socially conscious mindset in the wedding industry. I met Danielle at the first Tampa Rising Tide meetup last year and I was so impressed by her. I could have talked to her all night. It made me think of my own wedding day when David and I decided to honor our guests by donating to The Orlando Sentinel Family Fund to support low-income families. We wrapped cookies stating our donation and put them in a basket at the door for the guests to grab as they left (and this was before Pinterest, that’s why it was such a boring label. Ha!). Danielle’s niche in the wedding industry is a little different and not so typical but it MAKES SO MUCH SENSE. Please keep reading to learn how we can help create more sustainable weddings and help the world while we’re at it.
What is one thing that EVERY engaged couple needs to research, visit, discuss with the family, read online reviews, etc to find the perfect match? The venue, of course! There are so many different options for venues in Central Florida – in a church, garden, museum, beach, on a boat, under a big oak tree, or even in a beautiful refurbished building. Everyone has their own style and preferences and that’s the beauty of each unique wedding. I am so excited to share some valuable wisdom from the owners of the gorgeous, built in 1925, Rialto Theater in Tampa. When I walked through the bright blue doors for the first time recently at the Tampa Indie Flea, my jaw dropped and my eyes could not peel off of the gorgeous, gigantic arch and the surprisingly high ceiling over the stage. It is such a pretty and unexpected sight. Hope and George have a unique background and knew they were the perfect match to purchase and renovate the theater. Read below for more information about the Rialto Theater and Hope’s helpful tips to all you engaged couples.
Dear ladies and gents, get ready to meet one of the coolest and badass DJs in the Central Florida wedding industry! This is Kristin of Our DJ Rocks. She is the founder and Senior DJ/MC of this incredible business. I got to meet and work with Kristin and Gaby (and their signature sparkly Toms) at Leah and Greg’s wedding at the Lake Mary Events Center last weekend. I was SO excited to spend the reception with two fun, energetic female DJs (such bossbabes!). I was so impressed when Kristin got every. single. guest. out on the dance floor during the beginning of the reception. The guests were dancing all night! If you are engaged or have any need for a DJ/MC in the future, read on for some super helpful advice from this passionate wedding vendor.