Hello dear friends - it's been a while!
I'm sure many of you have noticed, but if not WE GOT MARRIED! it's been a very blissful month to say the least. We spent the weeks leading up to the wedding with both of our families and all of our closest friends. Even in the hustle and bustle of making last minute wedding arrangements, hanging lights, painting signs, doing yard work, and running errands, we got to spend time with the people we love the most. It was such an incredible experience to have everyone we hold dearest to our hearts all in one place. It's only a couple of times in a lifetime when that happens and it was magical to have everyone there on the greatest day of our lives.
The wedding was at my father's house in my hometown in Pierson, Florida. Since my dad is fern grower, it was really important to me to have fern be the main focus in all of our décor. Since the house is so rustic, I wanted neutral colors so that the fern and white flowers would really pop! I'm so happy with how everything turned out and it was amazing to see my vision come to life! You know how much we love food, so I think that was one of the hardest details to really nail down on the wedding. Since it was a rustic backyard wedding, we didn't want anything too pretentious and stuffy, but we also didn't want a straight up bbq. It ended up being exactly what I hoped for - and to be honest I was so consumed with the speeches and chatting with everyone that I wasn't even concerned about the food! My dad knew a cook who had a giant smoker, so he grilled the most tender filet mignon I've ever had and lemon pepper chicken (which I forgot to even taste!). For all of the sides we had roasted potatoes, grilled asparagus, and mushroom risotto and that was brought from a caterer!
The hours leading up to the wedding were amazing being with all the girls going through the emotions of excitement and nerves. We spent the day sipping mimosas, opening gifts, jamming to Shania and Spice Girls, and they helped me deliver Thomas' note and gift to him. Since we both did speeches at the reception and traditional wedding vows at the ceremony, we wanted to exchange letters before the wedding that were essentially what we would have said had we written our own vows. It was one of the sweetest moments getting to read that letter beforehand - by that time I was SO ready to walk down the aisle to see him standing at the end.
Just a quick side story, at my college graduation Thomas and I had only been dating about 5 months and he got me a Marc Jacobs watch as a graduation gift. He engraved the underside of it with "what if we are extraordinary" with his name and the day we met. How freaking thoughtful right?! So for our wedding for his gift I got him a Hugo Boss watch and engraved it with "We are extraordinary" with our wedding date ❤️ I was so so excited to give it to him! You can see in one of the pictures below where we are holding hands around the corner of the house without looking at each other - and I'm looking down at his watch because he had just opened it!
My biggest take-away from our wedding and from what I've heard from every single bride I've talked to, is to enjoy your day and do not sweat the little details because you're not going to know about it anyways. Apparently during our cocktail hour, there was no plates for our cheese board and people were just using napkins. Before the wedding, that little detail would have mortified me, but on that day I could have cared less and I didn't even know about it because we were taking pictures! After we had danced our butts off until 1 in the morning, everyone came up to us and said that it one of the best weddings they've ever been to, albeit them holding brie in their hands... So even if you have a small thing screw up, don't stress - it will be magical no matter what.
Below is the sneak peek of our pictures! Carly Robertson did such an incredible job and captured our day perfectly. This is only 20 pics and I am so in love with them - I can't wait to get the rest! We also have a wedding video coming and I am dying to see it! I'll share that as well as soon as it comes. I was so happy with all of our vendors and they are the best people to work with, so if you have a Florida wedding definitely use these folks! I have referenced everyone at the bottom of the post!
Wedding Details & Vendors
my dress - BHLDN // bridesmaids dresses - David's Bridal // Thomas' suit - Hugo Boss // groomsman ties - The Tie Bar // bridesmaids robes // Etsy // Photography - Carly Robertson Photography // Videographer - 5 Star Productions // Floral - Holly Pugh //
Makeup - Camila Santos // Wedding Coordinator - Coastal Coordinating // Catering - Cocktails Catering // Rentals - Special Event Services