logo

Real Wedding

Florida Botanical Gardens Wedding: Daniel & Rick

Ashlee Hamon Photography

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.
Ashlee Hamon Photography
Ashlee Hamon Photography
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.
Ashlee Hamon Photography
Ashlee Hamon Photography
Ashlee Hamon Photography
Ashlee Hamon Photography
Ashlee Hamon Photography
Ashlee Hamon Photography
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.
Ashlee Hamon Photography
Ashlee Hamon Photography
Ashlee Hamon Photography
Choosing vendors was the hardest part of planning. They received great recommendations from their caterer and “hit the jackpot” by finding photographer Ashlee Hamon.
Ashlee Hamon Photography
Ashlee Hamon Photography
Ashlee Hamon Photography
Ashlee Hamon Photography
Ashlee Hamon Photography
Ashlee Hamon Photography
Ashlee Hamon Photography
Ashlee Hamon Photography
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!
Ashlee Hamon Photography
Ashlee Hamon Photography
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.
Ashlee Hamon Photography
Ashlee Hamon Photography
Ashlee Hamon Photography
Ashlee Hamon Photography
Ashlee Hamon Photography
Ashlee Hamon Photography

Their LGBTQ-Friendly Vendors

Photographer: Ashlee Hamon Photography, INC. // Cake Designer:  Let Them Eat Cake // Professional:  Spunky Spirits // Equipment Rentals:  Tufted // Other Location:  USF Botanical Gardens //

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

S. Walker is a freelance writer for GayWeddings.com.

More Real Weddings