This week I’ve got a bright and happy Florida wedding to bring in some sunshine to those lost in gray winter. I’m in love with the bride’s gown (anything sheer and I’m swooning!) And I love all the colorful paisley details and the fact that this couple brewed their own beer! Totally personal and loads of fun!
The beautiful bride Rosie gives us the details:
Ryan and I met in our Freshman year of High School and started dating shortly after. We got engaged around 8 years later right before Ryan left for Navy Boot Camp. Our main goal for the wedding was that it would reflect who we are – even if that meant being a bit non-traditional. We wanted to have an outdoor ceremony and a laid back reception with good food and lots of laughter.
I found the venue while Ryan was in boot camp so I had no way of showing him. I booked it right away and mailed him pictures saying “this is where we are getting married… I hope you like it!” Luckily he did. :) Neither of us could think of a more perfect venue. The guests had plenty of places to walk around, the reception building had beautiful views out of all the windows, and the gardens for the ceremony were just breathtaking.
We chose an eclectic theme of cobalt blue, kelly green, paisley and trees. The main thing we had tying our theme together was our invitations. We had found an invitation template off of etsy of a paisley tree that we (painstakingly) edited to be in our wedding colors. To make sure the theme was cohesive I made sure to use the image in all of the signs and labels for the day of the event.
We had a lot of personal and homemade touches for our ceremony and reception. My mother knitted our chuppah cover using our wedding colors and our kiddush cup was my great Grandmothers. I wore a strand of my mother’s and my grandmother’s pearls. We brewed beer and sodas for guest favors and made personalized labels using one of our engagement photos. I sewed all of the ties for the men including our fathers. Each tie was embroidered with the wearer’s name using my grandmother’s sewing machine. I cut out decorative circles of paisley fabric for each of the guest tables as a less expensive way to jazz up the linens. We made a “W” out of sticks (for our new last name) to go over the fireplace. Our guest book was a fingerprint tree that one of my bridesmaid’s drew. My wedding coordinator handled all of the flowers and centerpieces. She made my dream of “whimsical and woodsy” flowers come to life.
When we look back at our wedding day we wouldn’t change a thing.
Photography | Caroline and Evan Photography
Venue | Hollis Gardens Lakewood Park
Caterer | Affordable Catering
Cupcakes | Sugar Darlings
Hair and Make Up | Michele Renee
Day of Coordinator | All in the Details
Woodcuts | Little Wee Shop
Groom’s Ring | Mark Kaplan
Invitation | CB Design Collection