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From Co-Workers, To Friends To Husband And Wife: A Local Love Story

WHAT THEY DO: Tara, 34, is the front office manager for Romagosa Dermatology Group, and Michael, 44, is the project manager for Coastal DKI.

HOW THEY MET: Tara and Michael met while working together at a local A/V company where they became friends.

HOW THEY KNEW THEY’D FOUND THE ONE: It wasn’t until Tara switched careers that Michael expressed interest in her. They remained close friends and shared common interests, including cycling, triathlon and running. “He was one of my best friends, and he ended up being there for me through a very trying time in my life,” Tara says. “We have very similar personalities, and he always knew how to make me laugh and see the humor in any situation. I quickly knew that I was falling for him and the rest was history.”

ON THE PROPOSAL: The couple loves to frequent their local winery, Summer Crush Vineyard & Winery in Fort Pierce, so they decided to plan a day to visit Lakeridge Winery in Clermont for its annual Wine & Seafood Festival. It was raining the day of the trip, so Tara asked Michael if he still wanted to go. He insisted they should. They enjoyed a wine tasting, lunch and then tour of the grounds. “Little did I know, he had a tiny red box in his pocket the entire day,” she says. “He knows I love to take pictures, so as we were walking to the car to leave, he suggested that we stop to take a few photos in the vineyard.” It was then that he asked her to spend the rest of her life with him.

ON THE THEME: The couple chose a rustic vintage theme with elegant accents. Succulents and eucalyptus, as well as pops of cabernet-colored florals, were found throughout. Hand-cut wine bottles and grapes within stacked wine crates lined the ceremony entrance. Other highlights included a cigar bar; a wine-based cocktail menu (including wine slushies) and their signature drink: the “Just Married” Moscow Mule; an Italian-inspired dinner menu; and a bottle of homemade limoncello for each guest to take home.

ON THE SPECIAL DETAILS: Tara and Michael’s reception included a wine bottle ceremony during which they wrote each other a love letter and placed it in a box with one of their favorite wines. “We plan to open the box in five years to read each other’s letters and share the bottle of wine,” Tara says. They plan to continue the tradition every fifth wedding anniversary. The couple also had a sparkler “send-off” and created their own wedding hashtag.

Wedding Date: Oct. 7, 2017

Ceremony and Reception: Summer Crush Vineyard & Winery

Wedding Designer: Galina

Cake Maker: The Cake Lady

Photographer: Linda Gallagher, Merry Time Photography and Niki Seiler, Declaration Photography

Flower Designer: Sarandipity Floral

Transportation: Legendary Limousine