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Romantic Outdoor Wedding at Hardeman's Secret Garden in Tampa, Florida


bride and groom smiling at each other in covered outdoor entryway

Kiara and Tavone had an absolutely breathtaking wedding earlier this month at Hardeman's Secret Garden outside of Tampa, Florida. Their day incorporated so much of what they cherish together- friends, family, the outdoors, and of course their very good boy, Leo!


The couple got ready at the recently opened Hotel Haya in Ybor City, sharing their morning separately in the company of their bridal party and family members. Balconies outside each of their rooms provided spectacular views of the historic neighborhood and the beautiful weather outside. And when the time came, T came up to Kiara's room where they shared their first look together and exchanged gifts. Definitely an emotional event for everyone!




Not to be left out, the couple made sure to get some time in with their dog Leo before heading off to the venue! FairyTail Pet Care looked after Leo until his parents were ready to see him, and boy did he get excited when they stepped out of the elevator! As luck would have it, there was a parade going on outside and the streets were blocked off, giving these three a chance to stand and pose in the middle of 7th Avenue!



Once they had arrived at Hardeman's Secret Garden, Kiara and T snuck away before the ceremony began to share their personal vows with each other. Remarkably enough, portions of their words for one another were nearly identical, causing some laughter in an otherwise tear filled moment.


groom reading his vows to bride outdoors in garden setting

The ceremony was held at the outdoor amphitheater space where the couple said their 'I Dos' in front of about 100 of their closest friends and family members. The tiered seating provided a perfect view for everyone in attendance.



bridal party gathered around bride and groom and hugging outdoors

bride and groom forehead to forehead smiling with sunset behind them

The venue's covered reception space provided a unique and picturesque setting for dinner and dancing. The sweetheart table was set on an elevated platform where the couple were toasted and celebrated by their guests. Kiara and Tavone also chose to end the evening with a private last dance, a trend we are definitely seeing more and more frequently.



And to send the couple off at the end of the night, everyone gathered at the exit and said their goodbyes while waving light sticks- a much safer alternative to the traditional sparklers that can be a bit treacherous at the end of a wedding reception! It was a wonderful ending to an amazing day, and we wish the newlyweds all the best!



Film + Photo - Mars and the Moon Films

Planner - Stephanie Voth

Hair/Makeup - Femme Akoi

Very Good Boy Watcher - FairyTail Pet Care

Officiant - Mimi Giordano

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We're Bonnie and Jon, otherwise known as #TeamBonJon, and we're here to document your wedding day, not dictate it. 

We are a wife-husband videography and photography team based in southern Maine, capturing really cool, dope weddings and elopements across all of New England. 

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