Tampa Wedding

Ring Around the Roberts

After waiting weeks for these pictures we finally have them! So excited to show off our stunning bride Ainsley. Ainsley was married to her hubby on June 25th. She wore a stunning Legends by Romona Keveza gown from the Spring 2015 collection.

The natural waist of this gown, chapel length train, pearl beaded Alencon lace, and keyhole back make it equal parts unique and beautiful. Ainsley accented her Isabel O'Neil Bridal Collection dress with the perfect cathedral veil from Anglo Trousseau.

IOBC: How did you and your husband meet?

Ainsley: Up until about two months ago I worked at Johnsons Barbecue in Plant City. One day, in came Garrett with his older sister and parents. Later that afternoon he randomly followed me on Instagram and after that social media wrangled me in. He farms strawberries. About two weeks later, after being up all night during a freeze, he messaged me on Facebook. In his words he was delirious, but hey, we had our first date and the rest is history. Thanks to his delirious messaging I'm blessed with the best husband and couldn't be happier to spend the rest of my life with him.

IOBC: What is your favorite memory with him?

Ainsley: It's so hard to try and pin down just ONE favorite memory with him. No matter what we always have a great time. The first memory that pops into my head is our third date. We went to Olive Garden and not only did I finish all of my food but I finished the other half of his as well. He was very persistent that I needed to try his because he was done. Well, I tried it...and I finished it. To this day we still laugh about it and his family still know that I am the girl that goes back for seconds.

IOBC: We love that about you! Any funny moments on your wedding day?

Ainsley: The funniest moment looking back now had to be how nervous I actually got about thirty minutes before the ceremony. I was getting antsy in my suite because I was zipped into my dress and I wasn't allowed to leave my room yet. To make myself feel better I was blaring "Unsteady" by X Ambassadors and remixing it about passing out in my dress. Once they lined my bridal party up outside my suite, it was just me and my mom left in the room. I proceeded to stand in front of the mirror and sing and dance to "Stand by You" to keep my mind calm until someone told me I was finally allowed to leave my suite. When I told Garrett about it later that night he laughed. Every time we hear those songs now he just looks at me and chuckles.

IOBC: How did you know that this was THE dress? 

Ainsley: IOBC was the second of bridal shops that I visited during my day of dress shopping. We pulled about eight dresses and I honestly loved the way I looked in them all. What helped me most was when my stylist Alex looked at me and said, "You're gonna look great in them all. It's all about choosing what kind of bride you want to be." Two dresses after Alex's encouraging words, I walked out in the dress of my dreams. I loved everything about it and everyone in the room from my mom to my mother-in-law had tears in their eyes. It made me feel so beautiful and I knew Garrett would absolutely love me in it. There was no doubt at that point that I had found my dress. 

IOBC: What advice do you have for brides searching for their gown?

Ainsley: I would tell other brides to be confident in what YOU want, not what others want for you. Your wedding day is about being the bride you've dreamt of. You're going to look beautiful in multiple dresses, in the end it comes down to the bride you want to be on your big day. Don't let anyone sway you away from following your heart.

 

"Two dresses after Alex's encouraging word, I walked out in the dress of my dreams. I loved everything about it and everyone in the room from my mom to my mother-in-law had tears in their eyes. It made me feel so beautiful and I knew Garrett would absolutely love me in it. There was no doubt at that point that I had found my dress."

Bride of the Month: Annie Goodwin Pyle

We are beginning a monthly feature on our beautiful brides. We HAD to start this blog series with something amazing and Annie and Greg's wedding provided just that. Annie came to Isabel O’Neil Bridal Collection in the hopes of finding the perfect gown for her dream wedding and that is exactly what she received.

When I first asked Annie for pictures from her wedding day she was so excited to share her special day with us. Her bright personality shines through even over email and was perfectly captured in their wedding photos. They have a stunning 8 year old daughter with whom her husband did a first dance (cue the tears).  The couple got married at Sacred Heart Church in Tampa, Florida.

Alyssa: How did you and your husband meet?
Annie: Greg and I met through mutual friends while I was down in Orlando for an internship the summer going into my senior year of college.  

Alyssa: What is your favorite memory with him?
Annie: My favorite memory I have with Greg is probably the night we met. I was with a group of my friends who knew some of his friends. He was joking around and dancing so I walked up to him with possibly the worst pick-up line ever, something completely sarcastic along the lines of, "nice dance moves." He will never let me live that one down. We talked for a bit, exchanged numbers and the rest is history.  


Alyssa: Describe your experience at Isabel O'Neil.
Annie: Isabel O'Neil Bridal Collection far exceeded my expectations. From the minute I walked in the door MaryIsabel and Alex were there to help me ever step of the way. They were there helping me find the perfect dress and were there on the day of my wedding to answer my frantic phone call when my mom couldn't figure out how to do my bustle, even though Alex had just practiced with her the day before. The ladies at Isabel O'Neil are there for one reason, to make sure the bride leaves happy with the dress of her dreams. 

Alyssa: How did you know this was THE dress?
Annie: I knew as soon as I put on my dress that it was the one. It was fun, different and unlike any other dress I had seen. It was only the second dress I tried on so we went ahead and tried on a few more but all I wanted to do was get back into what I knew was THE dress. We put it back on and added the veil, it was a done deal.

At Isabel O’Neil Bridal Collection we constantly catch ourselves saying that we have the best brides ever. Stories like these just solidify that for us. Every weekend we say hello to new brides in search of their dress. In the same day we send off another bride who over the past year has purchased her dress, went through fittings, searched for bridesmaids dresses, and leaves for their wedding day. Our boutique lends itself to having a personal and welcoming experience. Our brides really do become our family and we are so happy that Annie and Greg found their family in each other.

 

Wedding date: 04.30.16

Dress Designer: BLISS by Monique Lhuillier

Photography: Black & Hue Photogaphy


Written by: Alyssa Sassor

Our Brides: Lena

Congratulations to our beautiful bride, Lena, and her husband, Dylan, who celebrate their anniversary today! The love that these two have for each other is obvious to anyone who sees the beautiful images from that special day (exquisitely captured by Ryan Joseph Photographs). 

Lena's Ines Di Santo gown and veil were the perfect choice to compliment her and the setting of her ceremony at Sacred Heart Church in Downtown Tampa.

Lena, as well as her mom, were amazing to work with and truly some of the most genuinely sweet people we have ever met. We can't express enough, how incredibly happy we are for Lena and Dylan and wish them all the best for years to come!