Meg & Ralph's Clearwater Beach at Sand Key Wedding

They say when you know you know and after a brief consultation over the phone with Meg I knew she was my kind of person. Her best friend is one of my friends, Lauren Grove of my favorite wedding blog, Every Last Detail. Lauren has a gift of connecting people and she knew what she was doing when she sent recommended Meg to contact me. Then I met Ralph and the fun began as we all worked together to create their travel, adventure, Disney, coastal-inspired wedding. I quickly picked up on the fact that they just loved to get out and enjoy life and don't take things too seriously, it was an infectious vibe and everyone needs more of that in their life. Being able to showcase that in their wedding was a real treat.

 Meg and Ralph love to travel, love the outdoors, the beach especially. They love going to Disney together, in fact that is where Ralph asked Meg to marry him (squeal!). Yes, some of the elements were a challenge to bring together and incorporate but I love a good challenge. We brought in their love for Disney in a lot of the signage, using quotes and through their favors. To incorporate their love of travel we used suitcases and globes as decor. Inspired by the water, the color palette was serene with soft monochromatic shades of blue and natural driftwood elements. It was so calming and care-free but still intentional and stylish. 

The color palette 

The color palette 

I honestly don’t know what I would have done without Amber. She started off as a wedding designer and planner, but quickly became a friend. She is incredibly kind and immensely creative, and on top of that, she’s organized, accommodating, and helpful. Our dream wedding became a reality because of the partnership we developed with Amber. Amber has phenomenal taste, and she’s so good about adapting her skills and expertise to her couple’s needs and wants, and that is what makes her AMAZING at what she does. I didn’t have to worry about anything on our wedding day because Amber and her team had it all covered: from a detailed timeline to the set up and breakdown to coordinating with vendors, she managed everything. And the floral arrangements she created were so beautiful they literally brought tears to my eyes. We highly, highly recommend working with Amber Veatch Designs!” -Meg

Meg and Ralph wanted a venue that could help them incorporate the outdoors and wasn't too stuffy. I planned a day filled with venue visits and they were hooked right away at stop one, Clearwater Community Sailing Center. With this view, I was on board with their enthusiasm. We loved that it was outdoors but covered and in February the weather was absolutely perfect here.


When guests arrived to cocktail hour they were greeted by two tables, a sign in table and a name card table. Guests signed a globe in lieu of a guestbook to tie in their love for travel and provide a keepsake to display in their home. The name cards calligraphed in gold were displayed in pieces of sea glass. Each table name was a place that Meg and Ralph had visited together and loved. 

At the end of the night Mickey Mouse shaped rice crispie treats were served as a favors.

At the end of the night Mickey Mouse shaped rice crispie treats were served as a favors.


Meg and Ralph, I wish you many more adventures together. Working with you was an absolute dream and honor. 

The vendors who made it all happen: Photography: Rachel Burkhart Photography | Full Planning, Design & Flowers Amber Veatch Designs | Acommodations: Clearwater Beach Marriott Suites on Sand Key | Ceremony location: Sand Key Beach | Reception location: Clearwater Community Sailing Center | Bride's dress: The White Magnolia Bridal Collection | Hair and Makeup: Lasting Luxe | Transportation: Clearwater Jolley Trolley | Calligraphy and signage: Old City Calligraphy | Ceremony arch, farm tables, furniture: The Reserve Vintage Rentals | Driftwood chargers and candles: The Treasury Rentals | Driftwood chargers: Set Event Rentals | Entertainment: Matt Winter Band | Catering and cakes: 4Rivers | Mickey Mouse treats: Sweetly Dipped Confections

Meg + Ralph, A Fort Desoto Beach Engagement Session

I absolutely love how Meg and Ralph's engagement session by Rachel Burkhart turned out. I wanted to share them with you and officially welcome them as an AVD couple. I love the location Rachel chose for their photos and they did a great job decided what to wear including Meg's awesome Rifle Company Keds! 

Meg and Ralph met in college and have been together for 8 years. They are adventurous, fun and easy-going. Anytime I meet with them I feel like I am meeting with old friends and there isn't much more I could ask for as a planner/designer.


Meg and Ralph love the outdoors, traveling and Disney and wanted me to design a wedding that reflected that. One of the most exciting aspects of my job is infusing details with my couple's personalities. At first, I was a little stumped on bringing all of these things together but I love a little challenge. I have completed their design and I am even more excited for their Sand Key Beach Ceremony and Clearwater Community Sailing Center wedding. The locations they chose are absolutely beautiful and a great reflection of them. I am so excited to get to work with such a great couple! 


Coryn & Brian | Tampa Marriott Waterside Wedding

Coryn and I go way back. We both cheered for our high school. I will never forget how genuinely kind and helpful she was to a younger sophomore like me and not much has changed. We got back in touch at a mutual high school friend's party last year and I was so excited to see she was recently engaged to Brian and had the biggest smile on her face. 

I had just relaunched the planning side of AVD so it was perfect timing and I was so glad I could offer month of coordination for Coryn and Brian. Coryn was amazing to work with. She was organized and on top of things, not always necessary when working with me but very much appreciated. Coryn and Brian, it was a complete honor to help you on your wedding day. The way you make each other smile is incredibly infectious and I hope you continue to make each other smile for many, many more years! 


Is this not the cutest first look ever?! You can't help but smile when these two are around. 

Is this not the cutest first look ever?! You can't help but smile when these two are around. 

I loved the view of Tampa Marriott Waterside. It is right on the water with boat docks directly behind it. The weather was absolutely perfect thanks to Florida winter. The boats even blew their horns when the had their first kiss as husband and wife. 

I loved the view of Tampa Marriott Waterside. It is right on the water with boat docks directly behind it. The weather was absolutely perfect thanks to Florida winter. The boats even blew their horns when the had their first kiss as husband and wife. 


Vendors who made it all happen: Photography: Ailyn la Torre Photography |  Venue: Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina | Bride’s Makeup: Carly McClure | Bride’s Hair: Laurie Pollice | Bride’s Dress Store and Designer: The White Magnolia – Mikaella | Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal – Vera Wang | Wedding Coordination: Amber Veatch Designs | Florals: Events in Bloom | Baker: Sugardarlings | Invitations: Invitation Galleria | Decor Rentals: Events in Bloom | Entertainment: Inpulse Entertainment

Kristen & Greg | St. Pete Wedding at Morean Center for Clay

I vividly remember my first conversation with Kristen & Greg. It was a video chat since they live in Boston. I was nervous as I always am when I first "meet" clients. That lasted for about thirty seconds. I immediately felt like I was talking to two old friends. I could truly tell how much they loved each other in the excitement in their voices when we talked about how they met and wedding specifics. I live for these moments with my clients. 

Kristen and Greg came up with their own color palette and it was love at first site for me. Look how fun?!

Kristen and Greg came up with their own color palette and it was love at first site for me. Look how fun?!

Kristen and Greg are a great team. They supported each other throughout the planning process and it was a breath of fresh air. They are so thoughtful and they treated me more like a friend than a vendor. 


I love their venue for several reasons. It's a local non-profit that provides art classes to the community that is located in an old train station. You know I love supporting the arts! The historic brick, big windows and old railroad doors are beautiful pieces of character that I love! The event space is a nice blank canvas but full of character-my kind of venue!

When I was going through wedding details with them there were a few areas that they really wanted to be non-traditional. I could tell they were maybe a little nervous to tell me and when they did I was very excited! I welcome my clients to let their personalities show in the details and not be afraid to go against the norm. I love that they opted for an ice cream sandwich stand instead of a wedding cake. I heard a lot of guests say "best wedding ever!" after they picked out their ice cream sandwich by A Cow Named Moo. I have to agree, it was one of the best days ever!

I also loved that they ditched their fancy ceremony shoes for some sweet dancing shoes, look at those Converse!

Another detail I loved were the place cards and table numbers. They decided to play a little trick on their guests and number the tables with numbers that had meaning to them. I think my personal fav was table $9.99, the cost of their favorite clam chowder. On the back of the table number it explained the meaning behind the unique number. When guests were heading to their table I am sure they had a good laugh and it set the mood for the whole reception. Kristen and Greg's goal was to have a wedding that was classy but not too stuffy and I think their fun table numbers helped set the tone for that. 


I love how the reception design came together. I knew I wanted the centerpieces to be colorful like their color palette. The flowers used each color except teal and Kristen and Greg really wanted to incorporate more teal into their reception. I proposed a bistro napkin with a teal stripe and I think it added the perfect pop of color to the table. Teal can sometimes be an overpowering color and I wanted to avoid that. 


Kristen and Greg, thank you for trusting me to design your wedding. It was truly an honor to work with you to create a special day. I will truly miss working together and I wish you two a lifetime of happiness! 


I seriously got to work with an amazing team of vendors:

 Venue: Morean Center for Clay // Coordination: Blush by Brandee Garr // Design, Styling & Reception florals: Amber Veatch Designs // Personal & ceremony florals: Jodie Katzeff // Hair and makeup: Lasting Luxe // Calligrapher: Old City Calligraphy // Dress designer: Paloma Blanca // Bridal shop: White Magnolia // Hair piece: Powder Blue Bijoux // Groom’s attire: Indochino // Ties: The Tie Bar //Bridesmaids dresses: Modcloth // Catering: Puff ‘n Stuff // DJ: Expert Productions // Dessert: A Cow Named Moo // Ceremony: Espiritu Santo Catholic Church // Cocktail hour music: Breezin’ Entertainment // Videographer: J&S Media // Beer: Treasure Island Brewery //  Transit: Skyline Limousine & AstroSkate Bus // Guy’s getting ready space: Renaissance Hotel

Modern Romantic Wedding Inspiration

I wanted to create wedding inspiration inspired by my branding. I had complete creative control for this project and it was a lot of fun for me! This was also my debut of planning, designing, styling florals and rentals for a shoot! It was a lot of work but it felt right and like I was in my element. The team of vendors that I got to work with did an incredible job and truly helped me bring my vision to life. The photos from Emily Katharine absolutely blew me away and I hope you enjoy them! 

The design board I created for the shoot. I wanted modern elements like the geometric terrariums and metallic accents balanced with older elements like the exposed brick and historic details that Ybor City and CL Space offers. I tend to always have romantic and whimsical elements in my design without trying and the flowers really represented that for me. I loved how beautiful but effortless Jenny's look was. The dress had unique details like the intricate beading and open back but it wasn't over the top with lots of poofy layers or fuss. I loved that about it! 

The invitations from Wedding Paper Divas were the first detail I started with. I saw them and had to have them! The movement in the colors and the metallic gold elements totally had me. 

Our models were Jenny and Mike who just celebrated their 2nd wedding anniversary. Jenny and I volunteer together through The Junior League of Tampa and she is just the sweetest. She is also the owner of Bar Method Tampa and if you haven't checked it out yet I highly recommend it!

I can never get enough of Ybor City's charm. All the brick and cobblestone gives me all the heart eyes! 


The seating chart is the easiest way to incorporate your personality into your wedding. For this I had my husband stain and add nails to a palette. It played off the industrial look of CL Space. I hand lettered marble tiles in metallic gold with guest names and table number. 

I squealed when Trudy delivered this cake. It reminded me so much of my logo and she totally did that unintentionally! She created this design just by looking off of my design board. I added the florals and terrarium and it was the perfect piece to this design. 

You can see this inspiration shoot featured on Every Last Detail.

The team who made this possible: Photography: Emily Katharine Photography  // Styling, concept, design and flowers: Amber Veatch Designs // Venue: CL Space // Bridal gown: Rebecca Schoneveld via The Bride Tampa // Hair & Makeup: Style Hair and Makeup // Cake: Trudy Melissa Cakes  // Copper Arch, blue glassware, bar table: Ever After Vintage Rentals // Gold Flatware, gold chargers, farm table, clear glassware: Set Event Rentals // Benches: MMD Events // Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas  // Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab


What Does it Mean To Work With A Designer-Planner? | My Design Process

Unfortunately my job is foreign to a lot of people. They know what a wedding or event planner does or have a good idea. But, when you hire me you aren't getting just a planner, you are getting a designer. In fact design is my specialty. My goal is to take you from Pinterest overwhelm to crying at your wedding because it was better than anything you could have ever imagined. You know what you want or are pretty darn close to it but you don't know how to get there. I can help and here is how I do it. (I have included photos from Tiara & Ike's design process and actual wedding to help explain).

I meet with my clients and really listen about what they are saying and sometimes not saying. For my wedding couples I ask a lot of questions to pinpoint what their specific style is. I ask questions like what style the decor is in their home, where they shop for clothes and what brands they are drawn to to name a few. My goal is to understand what style makes them happy and best represents them individually and as a couple. It is important to me that my client's weddings and events are a representation and celebration of who they are. I feel strongly about this because it is a big part of why I started my business and why I love this work. Life and love are very much worth celebrating and I don't want the celebration to be generic. 

How I start. I start by seeing a few photos from my clients. This can be four pictures or an entire Pinterest board. I have the ability to look at several random photos and decide what the common factor is. Maybe I can see that you love romantic floral arrangements but a pop-of-color is what you are really drawn to. Maybe I see that you like a lot of greenery or none at all. Maybe I see that you are drawn to a certain color and I help you incorporate that into your design.

After I go through a design questionnaire and talk with you and see your inspiration photos I start creating your design plan. This part of the process is what takes the longest. I search through so many different images and select the ones that communicate the vision. My design plan includes a color palette and a break-down of each main component of your event. For my wedding clients it will start with the color palette, the fashion, the paper goods, the ceremony decor, cocktail hour, reception design, floral inspiration (or a full break down if I am doing their florals), transportation and send-off. Within those main components I incorporate ideas for details. For example, suggesting specialty rental items, a unique escort display, lounge area, photo opportunity (custom backdrop, props, photo booth), a dessert display, specialty drink and more! It depends on each individual client, their priorities and the space I am designing in. 

Below is Tiara & Ike's actual wedding compared to the design board I created them. 

I present the design plan to my clients. This is a digital look book that explains each component that I listed above and sometimes more. This is a very helpful tool for my clients for several reasons. It helps them see how I am taking their inspiration photos and creating a cohesive plan that they can visualize. When they are able to visually see my vision planned out it helps them. It is also a great resource for my clients when they are meeting with their other vendors. My clients can reference the design plan and show their vendors so they can clearly see a defined style and vision and can stay within that specific concept. By doing that you are more likely to have a more cohesive design because everyone is on the same page aesthetically. 

Scroll through my design plan for Tiara & Ike's wedding below.

Once this design plan is approved by my clients I begin making it happen for them. I am reserving rental items, securing vendors that I know will do a great job and fit the look of the wedding or event and a lot of other behind the scenes work you will never know about. I also love create design mock-ups for my clients so they can again visualize how it will all look and make any changes to the design if needed. 

On the day of the wedding or event I style all the details and components that we designed and planned. After all the careful thought I put into this design I have a very good understanding of your goal for the look of the event and can make that happen for you. In some cases even after all that careful thought and design planning I have to take the initiative to make design changes. I know that in most cases my clients will be okay with these changes because they trust me to know what they want. (If it is a major change I consult my clients without stressing them, don't worry!) I put careful thought into where and how I style each detail and it is important to know that you can trust my vision. 

I hope this helps you understand my process and what you are getting by hiring a designer and planner. I help you take your inspiration and create a meaningful wedding or event that celebrates your story and individual style. If this sounds like just what you need contact me and let's work together! 

My favorite Tampa area wedding venues

I am doing a round up of the Tampa area venues. These venues make my design heart happy and inspire me creatively. There are so many great venues in our area but I tend to lean toward those that have a historic elements full of character and stories behind them. I am a sucker for exposed brick, simple floors like concrete or hardwood! I also love an outdoor wedding with old oak trees and Spanish moss and a big field to use as a blank canvas. Here are a few of my favorites that fit within this aesthetic. 

1. Armature Works 

Armature Works offers several beautifully renovated event spaces to entertain your guests. These unique spaces have originality dating back to 1910 when it was first built, including restored windows and exposed brick walls. The renovation even went to the extent of taking the wood planks from the original ceiling and using them to create the beautiful hard wood floors you will see throughout 40% of the building. The views to the Hillsborough River and the downtown Tampa skyline are stunning. 

This room makes me want to squeal because it's so beautiful but it isn't even completely restored yet. 

This room makes me want to squeal because it's so beautiful but it isn't even completely restored yet. 

This will be restored but I already just love this building! 

This will be restored but I already just love this building! 

I imagine a ceremony on the lawn next to the Hillsborough River, a cocktail hour in their courtyard and a reception in the old theatre with stunning reclaimed hardwood floors, exposed brick and all the windows. I couldn't pick my jaw up from the ground when I toured it and it wasn't even finished yet! I can't wait for Kristen & Greg's wedding there in May with Emily Katharine Photography!

2. Rialto Theatre 

Rialto Theatre is a theatre in Tampa dating back to 1925. It was restored in 2013 and serves as a gallery for artists to display art and other collaborative art events. I love the concept behind it and it is seriously stunning inside! It has concrete floors, very high ceilings, white walls and my favorite, the arch where the theatre stage was. It is a beautiful piece of character and the background is all brick! 

Photo by:  Best Photography  via  Every Last Detail    Design and florals:  Ashton Events  Linens:  Kate Ryan Linens

Photo by: Best Photography via Every Last Detail

Design and florals: Ashton Events Linens: Kate Ryan Linens

3. Le Meridien Hotel

Le Meridien Hotel was transformed from a courthouse into a swanky and beautifully designed hotel. One of the court rooms is now a ballroom with beautiful character. The staff is very accommodating and they have a delicious restaurant, Bizou Brasserie. It is right next door to the stunning Sacred Heart Catholic Church too! 


Green Bench is a brewery in St. Pete, FL and it is awesome! I love the big outdoor space and the greenery climbing up the white brick. you could cater your reception here or my favorite, bring in a food truck since it is right of the street! This space isn't for the most traditional couple but it has a beautiful and fun vibe. 


Located in South Tampa, Forty-Two Ten is a beautifully designed smaller scale venue. I love the outdoor courtyard area because you could put seating for dinner out their under their bistro lights, you could have an awesome cocktail hour or you could have your ceremony. Sandy, the owner is amazing to work with and I love the neutral elements she chose so you can truly make the space your own. It is also the perfect option for a rehearsal dinner or shower! 

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Photos by Migrant Collective Weddings Design by Amber Veatch Designs

You can see more photos of Forty-Two Ten from our pop-up dinner party here.


I hope this introduced you to some amazing venues. I think we have so many great options in our area and it was hard to narrow it down! If you are planning to have your wedding at any of these venues just know that I would be honored to help you design your wedding because these places are so inspiring for me.