Lauren & Shawn
Private Home, Merritt Island, Florida
Our Q&A with the Bride:
What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
We got married at my mom and step-dad’s historic house. It was the perfect location because it is home. The house is absolutely beautiful and perfect for a wedding. It was also special because my mom and step-dad were married there too.
Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
I worked really hard to make our wedding special, personal, and also budget friendly. During the planning for the wedding I found out that I was a lot craftier than I ever knew. One of my favorite things ended up being my bouquet. I made it myself out of antique brooches and earrings, a lot of which originally belonged to family members and friends. It made it that much more special knowing that people who loved us contributed to it. I also made about 300 pinwheels, some for favors, some for centerpieces and some for cupcakes and they were precious. I made all of our centerpieces also, I used mismatched vases, candle sticks, and votives that I collected from antique stores, yard sales and thrift stores. I also painted some myself and even layered some mason jars with fabric. We had pictures of Shawn and I as children on each table as well. My step-mom made all my table number pennants and everything came together beautifully, I loved our table arrangements!
If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?
As complicated and stressful as planning a wedding can be I really tried to not let any of it get to me. I knew that things weren’t going to be perfect and that was okay. Also, make the wedding personal. More than anything, I wanted our family and friends to leave our wedding and say “Wow! That was definitely Lauren & Shawn’s wedding!” We had so many personal details that it made it so much more fun and unique!