Wild Roots is not your ordinary floral and plant store. It is a place with with the most lavish tropical plants and flowers and a place that can go from nursery to wedding ceremony within seconds. Wild Roots is a venue where couples like Zach and Elise can say “I do” with the surroundings of a nature-filled background. This beautiful curated nursery set the tone for the couples vision of having a secluded and romantic venue for just the two of them.
What words would you use to describe your wedding?
Cozy, natural, euphoric
It was the morning of Zach’s Veterinary School graduation, and our family and friends were in town to celebrate for a few days. As we were getting ready for the ceremony, I came into the living room and Zach surprised me with a beautiful succulent plant (I have a slight houseplant obsession). He began explaining that the weekend was also about celebrating us and our future, as he got down on one knee to propose–and I said yes right away. It was so surreal! Best weekend ever!
We knew we wanted a low-key, elopement-style wedding with just the two of us, and would follow up with a casual friends-and-family celebration later. We live in Tampa and wanted to do the ceremony locally. It was also important to us to find a service that would include a photography package.
THE PLANNING PROCESS
I researched elopement services online and thankfully came across Elope Tampa Bay. I saw that they had done ceremonies at plant shops like Wild Roots and fell in love with that idea. I was nervous at first because I had no idea how to go about planning a wedding, but I explained our vision and they took care of the rest! I am grateful and amazed at how easy the process was with ETB.
YOUR OUTFITS AND ACCESSORIES
Zach wore a light grey Indochino suit, Grand Frank pastel floral shirt, and his grandpa’s watch. I wore a lace crop top from MilaBridal on Etsy and an emerald green floor-length skirt from Morning Lavender. My silk flower bouquet was from NomadGlitter on Etsy, and pinned to it was my favorite accessory: the heirloom pin my mom made for me. It held my great-grandma’s ring (something old), a photo pendant of Zach and I (something new), and her blue pearl charm (borrowed & blue).
All of them! From walking in to see the stunning setup at Wild Roots, to the post-ceremony celebratory beer at Pinellas Ale Works across the street — and our incredible photographer Mariah (MariahLacy Photography) perfectly captured every moment in between.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES
You don’t have to feel pressured into a large-scale wedding if that’s not what you truly want.
Mariah Lacy Photography captured the energy and the sweet moments.
If you are interested in having your elopement at Wild Roots, contact us for more information!
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