Maria and Jason were married at their own home in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. on June 14. “Our engagement party was actually a surprise wedding to all of our guests,” Jason said. “For the first hour and a half of the event, we were dressed casual. We made an announcement over the microphone thanking everyone for coming to share in our special day. We then dropped the bomb that no one was supposed to leave because the party was really our ‘surprise wedding!’ We said were going upstairs to change, and we were to be married in 30 minutes. And that is exactly what happened. People’s faces were in complete shock, and one person even yelled out, ‘Are they for real?’ Once reality settled in, everyone started clapping and congratulating us.” The bride wore a strapless lace wedding gown, accessorized with a her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls with a jeweled headband, while the groom wore a khaki vest and pants, accessorized with a pale blue tie and pair of Vans slip-ons. Her bouquet featured cymbidium orchids. The very important extra was Piglet, the flower pup. Following the outdoor ceremony, dinner and dancing began underneath a tent. To beat the heat, refreshing drinks in beverage dispensers, such as pink lemonande, were served. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Not everything is going to come out perfect,” he said. “Just roll with the punches and enjoy your day.” Almost everything was handmade! Tables included burlap runners, mason jar centerpieces, lanterns, and lots of candles. “They were full throttle on making something beautiful from scratch,” Stephanie Rawcliffe, the photographer, said. “What an amazing job she did!”
Ashley and Dan were married at Maclay Gardens in Tallahassee, Fla. on April 5. “We wanted the wedding to reflect our personal vibe, so we didn’t have a set color scheme,” Ashley said. “We focused on pieces that felt authentic to our relationship and went from there. The result was a setting filled jewel tones, prints, neutrals, vintage metals, textures, and lots of colorful flowers and crystals.” The bride wore a cami strap maxi wedding gown with lace inserts, accessorized with hair down in loose curls, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a solid tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched long dresses and carried umbrellas instead of bouquets! “Maclay Gardens became the natural choice since Dan and I have always loved exploring the grounds,” she said. “He even proposed to me there! We know it’s a place we can return to often to relive all the beautiful memories we’ve made there together.” During the ceremony, it poured down rain. “But we just kept going with huge smiles on our faces,” Ashley said. “Don’t let the small things get you down; this is a day to celebrate your love!” Fun fact: they even incorporated parts of Dan’s grandparents’ ceremony into theirs. The reception was held underneath a tent. Tables were decorated with white linens, burlap runners, candle sticks, mercury glass centerpieces atop wooden slices, and scattered berries. “There was a big, funky dance party,” she said. “Looking around the tent and seeing all of our family and friends getting down made all the months of planning so very worth it.” The newlyweds’ favorite moments? “Where Dan and I secretly slipped away and took the night in together,” Ashley said. “It was important for us to step back from everything and just be. One specific moment though, was when we left the reception at the end of the night and read our vows to each other again.”
Devin and Eddie were married at the bride’s grandparent’s home in St. George Island, Fla. on August 3. “I have always known it was where I wanted to get married,” she said. “My family has owned it my entire life. It is my absolute favorite place in the world. There was nowhere else I would rather have been on my wedding day.” The bride wore a flower embroidered tulle wedding gown with an illusion back and capped sleeved, accessorized with a headband in her short pixie hair, while the groom wore a tan suit, accessorized with a bow tie. “After a ridiculous, rainy summer, somehow it turned out to be clear, breezy, and not too humid!” she said. “I was waiting in my room while all of our guests were arriving, and I could see everything from my second-story vantage point. I was peeking through the curtains, along with my flower girl and maid of honor, when I saw my now-husband walking down the aisle with his best man. I couldn’t even see his face because his back was to me. Somehow, it finally felt real.” They wed before 85 along the shores of the Gulf Coast. Fun fact: ceremony programs were shaped like seashells. What did the newlyweds do after they were pronounced husband and wife? Jump for joy! Literally. Famous Apalachicola oysters were served and cocktails were displayed in a canoe. Koozies served double-duty as favors! Tables were decorated with striped linens, luscious centerpieces filled with tulips, ranunculuses, and kale surrounded by starfish and sand dollars. “Our cake was beautiful AND delicious!” Devin said.
Stephanie and Brandon were married in a traditional church ceremony at Memorial Presbyterian followed by a reception at The White House in Saint Augustine, Fla. on April 13. “It matched our theme, provided us with everything we wanted, and the location and inside of the venue was perfect,” Stephanie said. The bride wore a sweetheart lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with a jeweled sash, while the groom wore a dark gray three-piece suit, accessorized with a patterned tie. Bridesmaids wore short pale blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, billy balls, daisies, and baby’s breath. “We both agreed that my trip down the aisle was the most memorable to both of us,” she said. “I enjoyed watching his reaction with tears in his eyes, and he enjoyed watching me being handed over by my father.” How did they symbolize their unity? With a cord tying! “I have them displayed in a box in the living room as a constant reminder of the vows we took that day,” Stephanie said. The reception followed with tables decorated with mason jar centerpieces, chalkboard numbers, “stop by” and “say hi!” chair decor signs, and an I Spy card at each place setting. “I loved the yellow chevron theme,” she said. “To this day, I am still obsessed with it and every time I see chevron, I think of our big day.” Following their first dance, the newlyweds played the shoe game. Plus, there was a photo booth complete with props too.
Planning a wedding in Miami? Then you’ll definitely want to head to the Wedding Salon Showcase this coming Monday, June 9th, from 5 to 8pm. The event is at the EPIC Hotel, and will be a one-stop shop to creating your dream wedding. You’ll be able to meet with some of the top wedding professionals in the area, as well as resorts and destinations from all over the world to plan your amazing honeymoon, including Curacao Tourism, GeeJam Collection, Capella Marigot Bay, Coral Gables Country Club, Puerto Rico Tourism Board, Aruba Tourism Board, Mayfair Hotel & Spa, SunSwept Resorts and more.
And wait, there’s more! Cake tastings, cocktails, beauty makeovers, gorgeous gowns and stylish men’s formalwear, entertainment and lots of great giveaways! Oh, and you’ll also get a fabulous goodie bag featuring products from Fekkai and Dove. Want in? Get your tickets on The Wedding Salon’s website now.