I am utterly in love with this beautiful garden wedding captured by Merari Photography. The images are just stunning! And the florals are this perfect blend of romantic and unique. The best part though is how the couple chose to do custom lego mini-figures for their escort cards. It really goes to show that you can have a really elegant event, but still have fun and unexpected details that reflect your personalities.

When we began planning our wedding, we knew that it would be in Miami and that it would be in the Spring. After that, all I knew is that I wanted to have beautiful flowers and all Stuart kept saying was: romantic. We decided on location first: Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens– it is beautiful, lush and romantic. We knew that we wanted to keep everything soft and pretty and settled on blush and soft greens/aquas. Stuart had no idea that my dress was in blush, and we kept the secret the whole time! 

garden wedding invitation | Merari Photography | Glamour & Grace

my wedding vows | Merari Photography | Glamour & Grace

elegant garden wedding | Merari Photography | Glamour & Grace

silver bow heels | Merari Photography | Glamour & Grace

elegant garden wedding | Merari Photography | Glamour & Grace

elegant garden wedding | Merari Photography | Glamour & Grace

lush tropical bouquet | Merari Photography | Glamour & Grace

blue bridesmaids | Merari Photography | Glamour & Grace

The first look was our absolute favorite part of the day. We were so hesitant about seeing each other before walking down the aisle but it was such a good choice and we have Merari to thank for that. We got to spend some much needed “alone” time together during the day and seeing each other as I walked down the aisle towards him was still incredibly special (we both cried!)

first look | Merari Photography | Glamour & Grace

ceremony arch | Merari Photography | Glamour & Grace

elegant garden wedding | Merari Photography | Glamour & Grace

elegant garden wedding | Merari Photography | Glamour & Grace

elegant garden wedding | Merari Photography | Glamour & Grace

elegant garden wedding | Merari Photography | Glamour & Grace

elegant garden wedding | Merari Photography | Glamour & Grace

We wanted to make the wedding really feel like us and be welcoming to both sides of our family: my family is Cuban and his is British (English and Scottish). We also had a lot of guests coming in from Texas where his family lives now. We made sure that the food reflected both of our cultures but weren’t too strict on that theme. Mini-Beef Wellingtons and mini-ropa vieja on tostones were some of the examples. We really kept our family informed of all our decisions but tried to make all of the decisions between the two of us. Working things out that way resulted in both of us being very happy and our families being very happy for us. We also made sure the music reflected us. We had a string quartet and they played classical music for Stuart and I walked down the aisle to Queen’s Somebody to Love.

elegant garden wedding | Merari Photography | Glamour & Grace

elegant garden wedding | Merari Photography | Glamour & Grace

elegant garden wedding | Merari Photography | Glamour & Grace

elegant garden wedding | Merari Photography | Glamour & Grace

elegant garden wedding | Merari Photography | Glamour & Grace

elegant garden wedding | Merari Photography | Glamour & Grace

As we continued the planning process, we started to feel like maybe there wasn’t enough of “us” in what was beginning to shape into a very beautiful wedding. So we decided that, even though it was a lot of work, we were going to make customized lego place card holders for all of our 150 guests. Stuart loves Lego and I’ve really fallen in love with them too and we had so much fun customizing them to look like our friends. My favorites include the goth girl for my maid of honor and the pharoah and Cleopatra for some of our Egyptian friends.

lego escort cards | Merari Photography | Glamour & Grace

lego escort cards | Merari Photography | Glamour & Grace

lego escort cards | Merari Photography | Glamour & Grace

elegant garden wedding | Merari Photography | Glamour & Grace

elegant garden wedding | Merari Photography | Glamour & Grace

wood table number | Merari Photography | Glamour & Grace

elegant garden wedding | Merari Photography | Glamour & Grace

floral cake | Merari Photography | Glamour & Grace

The day really was romantic and captured how much love we have for one another. 

elegant garden wedding | Merari Photography | Glamour & Grace

Photography | Merari Photography | Venue | Fairchild Tropical Gardens | Planner | JCG Events | Florist | Ines Naftali Floral & Event Design | Cake | Todo Dulces | Caterer | Mena Catering | Invitation | Wedding Paper Divas | Rentals | Hitched | Linens | Leyani Linens | Videography | Concept Lounge Creations | Dress | Allure Bridals from Merlili | Hair Comb | Jennifer Behr | Earrings | Jenny Packham | Shoes | Kate Spade | Suit | Suit Supply | Hair | Kevin Farias | Makeup | Jackiy Aviles | Musicians | Innocenti Strings | DJ | DJ Serge Ramirez | Transportation | Padrino Limousine

There is so much dreamy golden light in this sweet and southern bridal portrait session from Designs by Karinda. The grounds of a beautiful Texan manor make for the perfect backdrop for this southern belle.

southern bridal portraits | Designs by Karinda | Glamour & Grace

southern bridal portraits | Designs by Karinda | Glamour & Grace

southern bridal portraits | Designs by Karinda | Glamour & Grace

southern bridal portraits | Designs by Karinda | Glamour & Grace

southern bridal portraits | Designs by Karinda | Glamour & Grace

southern bridal portraits | Designs by Karinda | Glamour & Grace

southern bridal portraits | Designs by Karinda | Glamour & Grace

southern bridal portraits | Designs by Karinda | Glamour & Grace

Photography | Designs by Karinda | Location | Ashelynn Manor | Bouquet | Striking Stems

I love the blue, green, and gold color combination of today’s DIY wedding from Bee Mine Photography. It still feels very light and spring-y, even though there is the rich navy hue. My favorite detail is the cute gold YUM balloons at the dessert station. And the personalized playlist CD favors are perfect for a music loving couple.

We wanted a classic wedding, but with elements of personal style and a DIY aspect. We love succulents, so we incorporated them into our scheme in a minimal way as a small centerpiece to hold the table numbers, a few in the bride’s bouquet, and as the cake topper. We used classic looking baby’s breath bouquets with dusty miller for bridesmaids, the ceremony aisle decor, and reception centerpieces. I love the way they look with navy and gold. The bridesmaids wore mismatched navy dresses, and the men wore matching dark grey suits.

blue spring DIY wedding | Bee Mine Photography | Glamour & Grace

blue spring DIY wedding | Bee Mine Photography | Glamour & Grace

blue spring DIY wedding | Bee Mine Photography | Glamour & Grace

blue spring DIY wedding | Bee Mine Photography | Glamour & Grace

blue bridesmaids | Bee Mine Photography | Glamour & Grace

We’ve lived in North Carolina for about 4 years, but we wanted to ensure we had it in Ohio. We love our roots, and wanted family and friends to gather where we both grew up. Additionally, we wanted to incorporate some meaningful things into the wedding, such as our love for music. We decided to create a mix CD for our wedding favor which features some of our favorite songs and staples from our early years as a couple up until now. 

blue spring DIY wedding | Bee Mine Photography | Glamour & Grace

blue spring DIY wedding | Bee Mine Photography | Glamour & Grace

soft make up | Bee Mine Photography | Glamour & Grace

blush bouquet | Bee Mine Photography | Glamour & Grace

blue spring DIY wedding | Bee Mine Photography | Glamour & Grace

We chose to wed at my husband’s childhood church, Trinity Lutheran, which is connected to an Historic Ohio Home with beautiful grounds. The reception venue was a picturesque room on a small lake just minutes away from the church. The venue screamed “Ohio Wedding” for us (we live in North Carolina), and the building backs up to a corn field and faces west making for spectacular sunset lighting.

blue spring DIY wedding | Bee Mine Photography | Glamour & Grace

blue spring DIY wedding | Bee Mine Photography | Glamour & Grace

blue spring DIY wedding | Bee Mine Photography | Glamour & Grace

blue spring DIY wedding | Bee Mine Photography | Glamour & Grace

blue spring DIY wedding | Bee Mine Photography | Glamour & Grace

I designed our programs, our table numbers and name cards (I hand-cut all of the name cards!). We handmade our CD favors. My sister and I made the baby’s breath bouquets for the aisle decor as well as the centerpieces. My dad painted all of the centerpiece terra cotta pots gold and planted all of the succulents. 

CD favors | Bee Mine Photography | Glamour & Grace

CD favors | Bee Mine Photography | Glamour & Grace

blue spring DIY wedding | Bee Mine Photography | Glamour & Grace

eclectic centerpieces | Bee Mine Photography | Glamour & Grace

blue spring DIY wedding | Bee Mine Photography | Glamour & Grace

YUM dessert table | Bee Mine Photography | Glamour & Grace

blue spring DIY wedding | Bee Mine Photography | Glamour & Grace

blue spring DIY wedding | Bee Mine Photography | Glamour & Grace

To be honest, it was perfect, even with a blip in our transportation of the bridal party (we rode with our two photographers)! A primary highlight — kissing my new husband, then running out of the church doors into the fantastically beautiful day with all of our family and friends greeting us with bubbles blowing overhead. I’d received a lot of advice on the importance of taking a moment by ourselves and reflecting on the people who are around you. We did this more than once! I loved seeing all of the laughter and smiling faces, old friends meeting new, and our families colliding. Then, after dinner at the golden hour, Erin (our photographer) asked Ian and I if we would want to venture across the lake to the empty field for more photos. It was beautiful, and we got to see everyone having fun from afar just as the sun was setting. It was a party, and we loved every second.

blue spring DIY wedding | Bee Mine Photography | Glamour & Grace

Photography | Bee Mine Photography | Ceremony | Trinity Lutheran Church | Reception | Water’s Edge Event Center | Planning | Eco Chic Events | Florist | Annette’s Victorian Garden | Cake | Every Now & Jenn | Caterer | Bella Bleu’s | Videography | Wedding Bug | Dress | Global Bridal Gallery | Jewelry | Kate Spade | Shoes | Walkin on Air | Hair | Studio 19 | Entertainment |  NYTE FLYTE | Transportation | Fox Limousine

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