Florida Botanical Gardens Wedding: Daniel & Rick
May 23, 2015
Rick and Daniel met at Bradley’s on 7th, in Ybor City, Florida. They hit it off immediately, exchanging stories until the bar closed. Their first date was at The Colonnade on Bayshore, where they sat and continued to get to know each other. After dinner, they walked up and down Bayshore, admiring its beauty together.
Daniel knew he wanted to marry Rick when their first dog, Zoe, fell fatally ill. They had adopted her early in their relationship, and she was like their child. The loss was devastating, but the way that Rick comforted Daniel, and the way he insisted on emergency surgery, blew him away. He knew at that moment that Rick’s heart was bigger than his own, and that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with him.
Unfortunately, gay marriage wasn’t legal in Florida at the time, but they made a promise to marry when it was. As they anxiously watched the news, they hoped to be treated as equals in Florida. On January 6, 2015, the tides turned, and marriage equality reached their home. They were over the moon.
It took just a week for Daniel and Rick to start planning their wedding, to pick out their venue, purchase their rings, and decide on their menu! The moment they arrived at USF Botanical Gardens they knew it was perfect.
Choosing vendors was the hardest part of planning. They received great recommendations from their caterer and “hit the jackpot” by finding photographer Ashlee Hamon.
Every moment was pure bliss. They loved walking down the aisle and seeing everyone gathered together, waiting to watch their special moment together. Daniel even surprised Rick a drone videographer!
For their honeymoon, Daniel and Rick rented a gorgeous house, sitting on six acres of Colombia River waterfront, in the quaint town of Stevenson, Washington. They enjoyed a fun-packed week with lots of sightseeing, zip line tours, and retreating back to the comfort of a home. It was the perfect opportunity to deomcpress from all of the wedding day chaos.
S. Walker is a freelance writer for GayWeddings.com.