Enough Dilly-Dallying

We have a reception venue!

Davis Island Garden Club

This is the perfect indoor/outdoor venue for us. It is located on a small island called…wait for it…Davis Island. There is a channel separating Davis Island and downtown Tampa, and the Garden Club is located right on the water. It has beautiful mature oak trees, a huge covered patio, and stunning views of the Tampa skyline.

Oh yeaaah. Check it out folks.

Nighttime view of downtown Tampa from the Garden Club:


Image via Vadim Photo

If you were next to the water and turned around, this is what you would see:


Personal photo

I will be the first to admit, my photos do NOT do this venue justice! There is actually a lot more space between the trees and the building. This is where we hope to have the feasting table. I regret not taking pictures under the trees so you could get a better sense of things.

A wider shot captures the gazebo (perhaps where the bar will be):


Personal photo

A lot of couples who use this venue have the ceremony out by the gazebo, cocktail hour under patio, and dinner and dancing inside. Honestly, the inside is just your average beige reception hall. Instead, we will have the cocktail hour and dancing outside on the patio, and dinner will actually be served under the trees out on the lawn. I like that we have the inside space in case it rains, but why go inside when the outside rocks this much??

Our dance party will be quite a bit rowdier than this one:


Image via Tampa Lights

You may have caught on to my light (twinkle, cafe, etc.) obsession by now. Here are a couple rough examples of what it would look like. I’m planning to have long feasting tables under the trees so it’ll end up looking a lot different than this:


Image via Tampa Lights / Photo by Limelight Photography


Image via Tampa Lights

It’s kind of perfect.

Close to the church, big trees, indoor backup option, beautiful view, and yes this anti-beach bride even found herself some water. What do you think—did we find a good venue or what?

It was almost as good as finding Mr. Squirrel.


Personal photo

Almost. 🙂


Mrs. Squirrel

Tampa, FL
Wedding Date:
May 2013
Hoppily Ever After: Wedding Day's Eve
Snapshots of Moments in Time
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  1. Member
    Beezysbreezy 540 posts, Busy bee @ 7:17 am

    I love your venue. It was our 2nd runner up! My only issue with them is it seemed they wanted to nickle and dime us for everything! Other than that, the views and surroundings are beautiful!!!

  2. mssquirrel Bee
    mssquirrel 276 posts, Helper bee @ 7:23 am

    @shakira0202: I can see what you mean and I was intimidated at first. But then I realized one of the things I really liked about this place was that it wasn’t all inclusive. I wanted to be able to pick out my own vendors, provide my own alcohol, make my own seat cushions, etc.

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    Miss Care Bear 193 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:30 am

    Very pretty! Can’t wait to see your vision come to life Miss S 🙂

  4. msmongoose Bee
    msmongoose 264 posts, Helper bee @ 7:47 am

    Your venue rocks! And I love what you want to do with the string lights. It’s going to look so romantic 🙂

  5. bracelet Bee
    Mrs. Bracelet 279 posts, Helper bee @ 9:35 am

    That looks like a great wedding spot!

  6. beanstalk Bee
    Mrs. Beanstalk 770 posts, Busy bee @ 3:28 pm

    What a great view! I love the look of the twinkling lights in that gorgeous garden setting!!!

  7. bat Bee
    bat 285 posts, Helper bee @ 3:41 pm

    Umm, if the pictures don’t do your venue justice, I definitely need to visit, because the pictures are GORGEOUS. What a great venue!!

  8. mspony Bee
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 6:40 pm

    What a gorgeous venue, I love all the twinkle lights and that view is amazing!

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