After nearly four years, I am happy to finally share our wedding! Tim and I were married on a cool, crisp, sunny October day in Winter Park, Florida. Our ceremony was held at Rollins' Knowles Memorial Chapel.
We worked very hard to keep the entire thing as intimate, sustainable and affordable as possible. Many of the items we used were either locally grown/made, purchased second hand or DIY.
It took me forever to find the right dress. In fact, it wasn't until this May (5 months before the date!) that I actually found the one - a J. Crew sample sale gown on eBay. It was exactly what I wanted - perfectly romantic and sweet, and at a third of the original price.
Our invitations and reply cards were from Milkmaid Press (this style, but with blank backs, no faux bois), printed on recycled paper. I scouted eBay for pretty vintage postage that matched our style, and used a custom made stamp from Antiquaria to create our website cards. Once all those piece were together, I tied each invitation set with string before placing in the envelopes.
Of course, I had to do the flowers. Like many other aspects of our wedding, it was very important to Tim and I to take a sustainable, affordable approach to our wedding flowers. For the bouquets, I mixed of pink and cream organic roses along with locally grown herbs and wildflowers. I arranged the flowers for the reception early in the week and put the bouquets together the night before the wedding, after the rehearsal dinner. My maids, a few close friends, and my mom helped put the corsages and boutonnieres together while I worked on the bouquets.
To keep things simple all the guys wore black suits. We didn't set a specific style or designer. Tim's was from J. Crew and my brother's, pictured above, mismatched their pieces from local thrift shops, Goodwill and various department stores.
Our reception was held, just a few blocks from the chapel at the super quaint, historic Winter Park Country Club.
To save money (and make fun memories!) my mom, good friend, Kelly and I spent the entire Friday before, setting everything up. Tables, chairs, linens, candles, flowers, decorations - everything.
Tim and I ordered food from Whole Foods and hired freelance caters/waiters to manage. The self-serve bar was stocked with our favorite wines, brews and champagne.
On the porch, a photo booth was constructed out of Ikea curtains and dowl rods. An instant camera, stock-pile of film, gold washi tape, markers and an album was set on a table to the side for guests to sign as they took pictures. We be bought enough film for each guest to take two pictures, so they could take a memory home with them too.
The cake is sort of a funny story, because our local Whole Foods doesn't make multi-layer custom cakes and Tim was adamant that it be vegan/organic (which our conventional grocer, doesn't do). So he decided that he (who has never baked before… ever!) would make us a homemade wedding cake. I, myself, am a horrible baker so I quickly discouraged the idea. Tim, however, attempted anyway. So, we ordered all the special tools, like pans, icing knives, rods, etc, and two days before the wedding, he gave it a shot… but it didn't really turn out. The tops of the layers completely sunk in and the icing had a really interesting greyish tint. So, we ended up having to go to the nearest conventional grocer and order a simple, graduated, three-layer cake. I think it served it's purpose. :)
Our date, October 20th also happens to be my older brother's birthday (pictured below, in the suspenders). So, after our cake cutting, we lit the candles on a surprise vegan birthday cake that we got him and sang happy birthday. After that it was back to dancing our feet off until we had to leave for the airport.
I don't think we could have dreamt up a more romantic, magical celebration. It was worth every minute of anticipation and I am so thankful to all the people involved who helped make it happen.
CREDITS: Photography: Kaylee Labor Photography, Flowers & Event Styling: Mary Stonecypher Maslow, Attire: J. Crew, Ceremony: Knowles Memorial Chapel, Reception: Winter Park Country Club, Invitations: Milkmaid Press, Website Card Stamp: Antiquaria, Catering: Whole Foods Winter Park & Kate/Katherine, Rentals: Kirby Rentals (Tables, Chairs, China, Etc), Cakes: Whole Foods, Publix, Guest Book: By O-Check from the Rifle Paper Shop, Reception Music: Local Gutarist, Evan Gibb