Clarissa and Greg have a Catholic Sacred Heart wedding and a literary themed wedding reception at Rusty Pelican with a vintage, red Mustang.
I remember when they shyly told me how they met on Tinder and had their first date at an awesome Tampa restaurant, Miguel’s. Greg even proposed in the same place! I got to know Clarissa and Greg especially during their engagement session and I found that Clarissa loves to giggle and Greg loves to make her do that. He’s not a boisterous comedian, but he knows how to make her smile for sure. All of this about their personalities carried true throughout the wedding day and they both laughed so much with each other, their friends and family.
They decided on a Sacred Heart wedding ceremony since they are catholic and this church is breathtaking. Right in the middle of downtown Tampa, it makes its own statement and I get chills every time I enter. After the ceremony we had a couple of hours to kill, and they KILLED the photos! They rented a ’65 red Mustang from Revvies and there was no lack of photos with this beauty. Seeing as Greg is an English teacher and Clarissa appreciates literature, their reception was literary themed with some beautiful details done by the couple. Loving music and dancing together, they also booked a musician and band from one of their first dates, Forrest Hoffar.
Things I remember the most about their day:
The confetti poppers with the girls during getting ready, the breathtaking Sacred Heart Church, of course the 1965 red Ford Mustang, AND the sparkler exit I convinced them to drive through! Thank you to Fr. George Corrigan for performing a great ceremony, Rusty Pelican for the awesome food, Revvies Classics for providing the car, Destiny and Light for hair and makeup, Arlene Floral Design, Forrest Hoffar and band, Minted for Stationary, Tri-Five violin quintet, Snapbooth and Jolley Trolley. Her dress is Martina Liana- Vow’s and his suit is Jos. A. Bank.
Her smile as she walked in to Miguel’s for the first time. I knew that she was already nervous about our first date, but seeing her smile and the excitement that she had, even though she was nervous, was memorable.
When I first met Greg, the first thing I noticed about him was that he was incredibly handsome. Through text messages I had deciphered that he was very intelligent and funny. He was also very honest and polite. But when I walked into our first date I was down right scared/excited because all of these amazing qualities were wrapped up in someone who was also so darn attractive!
I had a favorite hat (Wake Forest, my alma mater) that I’ve had for almost 10 years but the back of it was broken so I couldn’t wear it anymore. For Christmas one year, after scouring the internet for a duplicate AND calling the manufacturer directly to an avail, she was able to sneak the hat away from me, take the back of another random hat that she found that matched mine, and did a little hat surgery in order to make my lived-in hat new again. She took something that I loved and made it new again. It was awesome.
Greg put great thought and care into his proposal like he does most things. It was this amazing full-circle: being at our first date restaurant, wearing the same outfits, eating (/noteating) the same foods, but then he shocked me with his menu switch and everyone we loved all together with us for this special moment. I could not have been happier that day.
We’d only been dating a month or two, and she said that she’d always wanted to go to California…so I said, let’s do it. Traveling with someone is a very different and intimate experience, so it was a risk so early in our dating, but spending time in San Francisco (introducing her to soup dumplings in Chinatown and getting our nerd on during a tour of Alcatraz) and taking a day trip in a little Fiat convertible to Napa were great experiences and I love how she’s always up for an adventure.