Tara and Matt

October 22, 2011
Mystic Dunes Resort & Golf Club
Photographs by Scott David Photography

Tara Weinbrenner and Matt Marshall love sports, but they don’t always root for the same team. While the two UCF grads are united in their support for their school’s football team, they are divided on their loyalty to pro baseball teams. He’s a Mets fan, and she cheers for the Phillies; the two teams are fierce intra-division rivals. But Matt changed teams, if only for one night, to win over Tara. As the two were about to go out to dinner in May 2010, Matt gave Tara a Phillies jersey with his last name on it. “I laughed knowing how hard it must have been to put his last name on his least-favorite team’s jersey, and when I looked up, there he was down on one knee with the ring box open,” recalls Tara, 28, a speech language pathologist. After a few seconds of soaking in the moment, Tara shouted, “Yes! Yes! Yes!” Matt, 27, a quality engineer, surprised Tara again with an engagement celebration with their parents at Hillstone in Winter Park.  

"Matt slipped my grandmother’s wedding band onto my finger. The same wedding band she received from my grandfather over 65 years ago. It was an incredible moment in time.”


Wedding Planner: Julie Noda, Something Borrowed Weddings, Orlando  
On Choice of Venue: ”We loved the idea of having one location for our rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony and reception that all of our out-of-town guests could enjoy,” says Tara. 
Bridesmaids: 8
Groomsmen: 8
Guests: 160
Most Memorable Moment: For Matt, it was “seeing Tara for the first time in her dress as she stepped through the door to walk down the aisle.” 
Gown: Kameryn by Maggie Sottero from Aurora Unique Bridal Boutique in Melbourne 
Hair Stylist: Alison Richards, Andrea’s Tropical Tans & Hair Salon, Cocoa
Makeup Stylist: Meghann Davis, Makeup by Meghann, Orlando 
Videographer: Rhodes Studios Photography and Videography
Caterer: Mystic Dunes Resort & Golf Club
Cake: Publix bakery
Groom’s Cake: Dana Persons & Dana Hedges, Double D’s Sweet Treats
Florist: Bobby Belanger, Jonathan Gray Florist, Orlando 
Stationer: DIY 
Entertainment: Les and Wendy, Soundwave Entertainment, Orlando; photo booth, Oh Snap! Orlando
Father-Daughter Dance: “My Little Girl” (Tim McGraw)
First Dance: “Hold On” (Michael Bublé)
Officiant: Rev. Glynn Ferguson
Honeymoon: Nine days at Sandals Montego Bay, Jamaica


The couple’s wedding rings
Tara and Matt share a funny moment during the ceremony
 The bride and groom share a quick kiss
Members of the bridal party strike a pose on the veranda
Mystic Dunes ballroom decorated and ready for the reception
Tara and Matt make their entrance to Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train”
The wedding cake, decorated with fresh calla lilies in fall colors
In lieu of a guest book, Tara and Matt asked their guests to sign river rocks so they could display them around their home


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