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From This Day: Tracy Negoshian and David Phillips

ST. PETERSBURG — Her mom saw him first, in the family portrait in an Atlanta trade-show booth.

"Is that your husband?" Linda Smith asked Lindsay Phillips, a Clearwater native and creator of SwitchFlops, a line of stylish interchangeable sandal straps.

The man in question was Phillips' brother, David. Once Smith learned that he was single, "the questions started flowing," Smith's daughter Tracy Negoshian says. "My mom is outspoken. I love it to pieces."

Just before Labor Day 2013, "after a year and a half of (Smith's) trying to get us together," Tracy says, she accepted a lunch date with David. They went to Ciccio Cali in the Northeast Park Shopping Center.

"I fell in love with her as soon as I saw her," says David, a 32-year-old real estate lawyer. "I was mesmerized by her eyes. I love everything about her, from her personality to her energy and everything in between. She's the perfect woman for me. I'm just so proud of all of her accomplishment."

"I was extremely intrigued," says Tracy, a 32-year-old fashion designer who lived in St. Petersburg, "to meet a man who was intelligent, with whom I could have a conversation.''

Not long afterward, they started planning their wedding. They wanted it to be in an intimate setting. The Abaco Islands, in the northern Bahamas, are a favorite retreat for the couple, and Tracy's mother married Tom Smith in Hope Town a decade ago.

Tracy Negoshian's first standalone store opened in Naples last year. A few months from now, she will open another in St. Petersburg's Sundial complex. Naturally, she thought about designing her own wedding dress.

"I was planning on it the whole time," she says, "and then David and I took a trip to New York with my parents and sister," Megan, to have their wedding rings designed.

David, whom Tracy describes as "very much into men's fashion," made an appointment for her at Kleinfeld Bridal in New York, where she found the perfect gown from designer Pnina Tornai.

With a guest list at around 35, the couple decided not to have attendants, although Tracy created custom swimsuit coverups for all of the women. The print, which features coral, starfish and an image of the Hope Town lighthouse on a turquoise background, is called "Hope Town Wedding." The style: "Now Mrs. Phillips."

The couple and their guests arrived at the resort on a Tuesday. Over the next several days, they relaxed, listened to Bahamian "rake-and-scrape" music and island-hopped with family and friends.

On Saturday, storm clouds cleared up an hour before the ceremony, which took place at the Firefly Sunset Resort.

"We got married right on the water at the property," Tracy says. "We did everything outside."

The couple are making their home in Belleair. "The house is one of the old 1960s Florida homes. No one has redone it. It's all original,'' David says, although he did spend several recent weekends removing old layers of paint from the front door and applying several coats of turquoise, Tracy's favorite color.

"I truly know what life partner means now," she says. "There's someone to talk about your days, someone to support you and even reason with you sometimes. David's definitely brought out the best in me."

"We do everything as one family now," David says, adding that Tracy's brother, Todd, has bought a house nearby. Her golden retriever, Rudy, and his yellow Labrador retriever, Scout, are becoming pals. Tracy carries the Lindsay Phillips collections in her Naples store. "They have a fun-loving 1 1/2-year-old and another baby on the way," she says. "I have another sister, and it's so nice."

And the bride, who was a golf standout at Zephyrhills High School, says her husband is starting to take up the game; they live by the public course near the old Belleview Biltmore property.

Tracy Negoshian and David Robert Phillips, married April 19, 2014, at the Firefly Sunset Resort, Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas.

From This Day: Tracy Negoshian and David Phillips 05/27/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 7:38pm]
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