Coral & Gray Indian-Colombian Tampa Wedding | Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Nick and Anita first met in the campus church at the University of Florida some years back. The city of Tampa holds a lot of meaning for them. “This is the city where Nick and my relationship really began to blossom,” explains bride Anita, “It was the city where we wanted to begin our journey together as a married couple.”

Faith means a lot to this couple. As they got to know each other, they recognized that it was “our faith has bonded us together as a couple,” Anita shares. “From the moment we moved to Tampa, we fell in love with the beauty of the Sacred Heart Church. The location of the ceremony has a very special meaning to both of us, and so, it made sense to make this the location of the ceremony.”

As you’ll see in the photos below, the happy couple focused on combining their Colombian and Indian cultures to create a unique and beautiful wedding ceremony, while still maintaining their common traditional Catholic elements. Coral is one of Anita’s favorite colors, and I’m sure you’ll agree with her when she says, “I thought it was a flattering color, and that it would look good on all of my bridesmaids.”

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The Proposal
Nick and I were in St. Petersburg, FL celebrating both of our August birthdays and had planned to go out for our birthday dinner. Nick told me he wanted to give me my birthday present before we left for dinner. So he has me sit down on the couch in the hotel room and presented me with a beautiful photo album, filled with pictures from the past year.

The album contained some of our favorite memories. As I continued to turn the pages, I came to a page with a few pictures missing and I read the words “Let’s continue the story…” I started to get that feeling as if I knew what was coming next.

I turned the page and the following page read, “Will you marry me?” I look up and see Nick down on one knee, holding the ring. Of course, I said yes! I was in tears and so overwhelmed, but it was absolutely the most perfect and intimate proposal for me.

See Their Engagement Photo Session: Music Lover’s Engagement Session | Downtown St. Pete, Florida

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Most Important Moments
For Nick and I, the most important element was capturing the beauty and sacredness of our wedding ceremony. Entering the Sacrament of Marriage is one of the most important and beautiful decisions of our lives. We wanted to hold true to our Catholic faith, while also incorporating some of my own “Syro-Malabar Catholic” (Indian) traditions during the ceremony.

For me, walking down the aisle and seeing Nick at the end was one of my favorite memories as well as reciting our vows to one another.

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Advice to future brides
When looking for our wedding photographer, “we wanted someone who had a natural eye for a good shot, and someone [who] would be able to really capture our love in a photograph.

My advice would be to meet with Marilyn of Castorina Photography and Films and take a look at her work. Her portfolio speaks for itself, but after meeting with her, you will see how wonderful and pleasant she really is to work with as well!

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See Their Engagement Photo Session: Music Lover’s Engagement Session | Downtown St. Pete, Florida

Ceremony Venue: Sacred Heart Catholic Church |  Reception Venue: Higgins HallPhotography: Castorina Photography & Films | Videographer: Trinity Wedding Cinema | Planner/Coordinator: Danah Lee at Higgins Hall | Florist: Arlene Floral Designer | Caterer: Catering by the Family | Cake: Publix | DJ: DJ Firoz | Officiant: Fr. Masseo Gonzalez & Fr. Don Finney | Invitations: Vistaprint |  Transportation: Jolley Trolley & VIP Limo | Wedding Dress & Brand: Leggenda Bridal (Coral Gables, FL); Brand: Allure | Bridesmaid Dresses: Sarees from India | Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Warehouse | Wedding Hair & Makeup: Destiny and Light Hair and Makeup Group 

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