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Whimsical Fall Historic Home Wedding in Florida

Posted by Caitlin on Nov 25, 2013

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Karina and Taylor were married at the restored Spanish farmhouse Casa Feliz in Winters Park, Flor. on October 13. Pumpkins atop hay bales stating, “welcome to our wedding” greeted guests as they arrived. The bride wore a v-neck wedding gown and Mary Jane checkered print pumps whereas her ‘maids wore purple dresses and saddle pumps. Bouquets featured dahlias, calla lilies, mums, fern curls, and thistle. The outdoor ceremony and reception overlooked the golf course with twinkling cafe lights overhead. Tables were decorated with lace linens, red napkins, tea candles, and unique centerpieces — succulents with hot air balloons — while glass bulbs were filled with blooms for favors.

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Photography: B. Mello Photo | Venue: Casa Feliz 

Anastasia & Steve

May 5 

Islamorada, Florida 

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Q & A with the Bride: 

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

When I chose to get married in the Florida Keys, I scoured the Upper and Central Keys for a vacation home where my closest friends could stay and where I could hold the wedding. The majority of vacation home rentals, however, prohibit wedding ceremonies over 20 people due to zoning and noise ordinances. I was familiar with Pierre’s Restaurant, a venue famous for its sunset weddings. When I went to Pierre’s to scope it out, hip Greek techno music was playing on Pierre’s beach and after my exasperating search to that point, I took it as a sign that this was my venue! 

2. Which two details from your wedding were your favorites?

I adored my wedding dress and flowers. When people told me, “You will know your dress when you see it,” I thought, “Do they know how many ugly wedding dresses are out there?” Truth be told, I literally lost my breath the moment I saw my dress. To all disheartened brides out there, I urge you to keep looking. I am living testament that there is a dress for everyone! Given the overwhelming expense of a wedding, it is tempting for a bride to skimp out on the flowers. But flowers are the only creation on Earth, aside from human beings, that create light. Next time you see a bouquet of flowers or a field of wildflowers, notice how your heart center expands. 

3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

My favorite part of the wedding day was having the Greek Orthodox ceremony on the beach. The Orthodox Church, much like the Catholic, rarely approves requests to marry outdoors. We were extremely lucky and never will forget the beauty and significance of our ceremony as we overlooked the vast and beautiful ocean, caressed by the wind and kissed by the sun. 

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Eco-Friendly Spring Rooftop Wedding in Florida

Posted by Caitlin on Aug 01, 2013

Amber & Steven

May 4

St. Augustine, Florida  

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Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

The rooftop, which was open and airy for the wedding ceremony and dancing portion of the reception, sold us on The White Room. It was absolutely the most ideal location for a wedding party of 80.  Everyone stayed and danced even past the 11 p.m. deadline.

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. Photographer

2. Wedding dress

3. Dance party reception

3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

Our wedding ceremony exit is something we will all always remember.  Once our officiant officially announced us as husband and wife, we danced to “The Good Life,” by Kanye West on our exit down the aisle.  It was totally unexpected by our audience, since our ceremony was so sentimental and sweet. However, it fit our personalities and following the exit, everyone switched gears and was ready for the dance reception to begin.

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Intimate Gray and Pink Beach Wedding in Florida

Posted by Caitlin on Jun 27, 2013

Lauren & Ryan 

April 18

Santa Rosa Beach, Florida

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Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

It was different than anything we had seen – it wasn’t the typical banquet hall, hotel or golf course. It was simple and relaxed, exactly what we had envisioned for our wedding.

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. Being able to have both my grandmas be a part of the day even though they are both no longer with me. I carried one grandma’s rosary in my flowers and wore my other grandma’s pearl bracelet.

 2. Our programs – I loved our message to our guests. We wanted them to know that we truly felt loved for everyone coming to Florida. We are from Chicago. 

3. Our favors! Who doesn’t love a good koozie? 

3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

Our first dance, all eyes were on us, but it felt like we were the only two people in the world. We were trying to soak up the moment that we were married! 

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Whimsical Rustic Spring Wedding in Florida

Posted by Alexandra on May 31, 2013

Allie & Matt

May 18

Tallahassee, Florida

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Q & A with the Bride:

What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

We knew about this place first, and loved it but wanted to find something more wild. After searching all over Tallahassee we were just drawn back to Lichgate and its sweet cabin and huge live oak. It just looked like a fairytale.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

We loved the handmade bananagrams tiles laser cut by Matt’s brother and my best friend, Michael Taylor; the individually bought tea sets that we turned into candles (which were our favors), and the white lights strung over the reception, particularly over the dance floor and under the big tree.

If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?

People say it all of the time, but seriously, get someone to run the wedding the day of. My best friend/MOH planned the entire wedding, but her and her boyfriend tag-teamed running the actual wedding that night. She had a schedule for everyone and everything. If she wasn’t there that day nothing would have run nearly as smoothly as it did. 

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

We keep randomly bursting out with, “It was so perfect, It was so beautiful!.” But the funniest part is, after all of the planning, we forgot to rent cups! So everyone drank out of champagne flutes!

 

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