Rachel and Morgan had a whimsical Epicurean Hotel wedding in Tampa with colors of maroon, sage, navy, baby pink and champagne.

I received an inquiry from Morgan just after their engagement happened and I never heard back. Later I noticed these two hot girls getting married on Facebook and I was like, “That’s the Morgan that sent me an inquiry, I HAVE to shoot their wedding!” So I messaged them and when we met, we all knew it was going to be magical. You may remember their engagement session and they KILLED IT! They decided to have an Epicurean Hotel wedding because Rachel is an incredible chef (currently at Oxford Exchange if you want to sample some of her cuisine). I would describe them as very good looking, hilarious and two people I’d hang out with on a regular basis.

How they met:

At Gaspar’s Grotto is where I first saw Morgan. She walked into the bar and I noticed her instantly. My whole world changed that day. We dated for a few months but were both so young, then we lost touch, and came back together again. Now I am lucky enough to marry my soul mate and best friend.

Rachel and I met at Gaspars Grotto in ybor. We fell for each other instantly. It was love at first sight.

What I remember about the wedding day:

How incredibly happy and emotional they both were, how Morgan’s dress moved, Morgan’s hair (OMG Omar Sassin with Salon Sassin is a true artist!), Rachel’s face when she first saw Morgan at the ceremony, the words spoken by their friend and officiant Maryteresa Sassin during the ceremony, the amount of insane dancing that occurred and their Drunk History video made by the talented Rad Red Creative.

Thank you to Sarah Fairbarn with One Fine Day for planning amazingly, Chad with the Epicurean for the beyond delicious meals, Chocolate Pi for the cake and desserts, Bay Bouquet for the gorgeous florals, and Grant Hemond for keeping everyone on the dance floor (though I think they’d all dance even if there wasn’t music). Rachel’s suit is from HM Cole and Morgan’s dress is from White Closet. Some of the photos you’ll see below are from their “day after” session because we unfortunately didn’t have time for a lot of the portraits they wanted on the wedding day, but we had a blast during the second session!

To read a very deep and connected excerpt from their ceremony, scroll to the end.

If I could have one character trait of Morgan’s it would be to be easy going. She is such a roll with the punches kind of person. I love her carefree attitude and the way she approaches the world with love, fun, and adventure.

Just have to say how gorgeous Morgan’s mom is and how much they look alike!

Rachel’s ability to give. She is so compassionate and thoughtful of others. I don’t think a day goes by that she doesn’t do something for someone else even if it doesn’t benefit her at all.

One of the sweetest things Morgan has done for me was on our first valentines day together she got me this collage of every sweet note I had given her and she had given me throughout the year. It also included the very first note I ever gave her along with notes from when we dated in the past. Some notes were years hold that I couldn’t believe she still had! It was so beautiful and amazing.

Rachel helped me restart my life and didn’t give up on me when others easily would have. She has made me more successful, goal driven and thoughtful everyday just simply by always being my biggest fan.

The thing that stands out most about the proposal was that I was getting to propose to Morgan. We had such a colorful love affair that the fact that it was her and I that ended up together was the best thing ever.

When Rachel got the lyrics of the song that will be our first dance at our wedding tattooed on her.

One moment that made me love Morgan more was when she got us a bracelets that said the latitude and longitude of where we first met. She gave it to me in our first year of dating. It was beautiful that she remembered, and thought about it to do that.

I think the thing that is most important to Morgan is living life to the fullest. Having a happy home, with all our animals, and enjoying every day with love, laughter, and adventure.

Rachel is a really good dancer. One time, she won a twerking contest in ybor 😀 (she is going to kill me for telling you that)

From Plato’s Symposium:

To understand the power of love, we must understand that our original human nature was not like it is now, but different. Human beings each had two sets of arms, two sets of legs, and two faces looking in opposite directions. There were three sexes then: one comprised of two men called the children of the Sun, one made of two women called the children of the Earth, and a third made of a man and a woman, called the children of the Moon. Due to the power of these original humans, the Gods began to fear that their reign might be threatened.

It was then that Zeus divided the humans in half. Each of us when separated, having one side only, are always looking for our other half. Those whose original nature lies with the children of the Sun are men who are drawn to other men, those from the children of the Earth are women who love other women, and those from the children of the Moon are men and women drawn to love one another. And when one of us meets our other half, we are lost in an amazement of love and friendship and intimacy, and would not be out of the other’s sight even for a moment. We pass our whole lives together, desiring that we should be melted into one, to spend our lives as one person instead of two, and so that after our death there will be one departed soul instead of two; And the reason is that human nature was originally one and we were a whole, and the desire and pursuit of the whole is called Love.