I absolutely adore a bride who isn’t afraid to use a little color and when it’s bright pops of green against a black and white color palette, well, I doubly adore her. Add to all of that pretty a polka dot meets New York City theme, apple-filled centerpieces, a breathtaking ballroom reception and one gorgeous, gorgeous gown and it all equals one fab.u.lous soiree where traditional meets modern in the most amazing way. Oh, and the bride’s feather fascinator? LOVE. Lucky for us, RD Visuals was there to capture every stunning detail, so join me in the gallery for each and every one!
From the Bride… We always knew we wanted to get married in Boca Raton, FL, my hometown. We had spent a lot of time there during the winter months while dating and were confident our friends and family from New York and Maine (2/3 of the guest list) would not mind escaping the cold, February weather and heading down to sunny Florida for a holiday weekend wedding! We wanted to have a traditional ceremony paired with a modern wedding reception…and a few “Big Apple” touches incorporated since we live in the city. Because so many guests were arriving from out of town, we chose to get married at Ascension Catholic Church in a nuptial mass and hold cocktail hour, the reception and an after-party all at the nearby Wyndham Garden Hotel. It would give guests the option of staying at the hotel for the weekend and avoiding additional transportation. This was a key decision because more than 100 people (out of a total 135) did not reside in Boca Raton.
Regarding color scheme, we went with dramatic black and white with splashes of apple green throughout the venue, especially present in and around the table floral arrangements and escort card display (which consisted of black cards nestled in individual, faux apple slices). Each custom-designed table number card represented a New York City subway or train line and included a one sentence explanation of why that destination was special to us. This was a conversation starter for many of our guests and a great way to bring some “NYC” details into a Florida wedding! We also chose to include small, polka dot details, in black and white of course, throughout the wedding. The bridesmaids’ shoes, dinner napkins, wedding cake, groomsmen pocket squares, ring bearer bow tie and flower girl dress all had polka dot accents on them…and our invitations even had a custom polka dot stamp! When guests walked into the hotel ballroom after a poolside cocktail hour, they were greeted by swaths of green and white lighting and a long, bridal party banquet table with our initials in flowers…and lit up on the dance floor. The lighting fixtures in the ballroom were adorned with DIY white flower balls with crystals hanging from them. After a sit-down dinner and many warm wishes for the bride and groom and cake (the groom’s cake was an X-box replica), the DJ had the entire room on the dance floor all night long…ending the reception with- you guessed it, Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York!”
Guests left the reception for the After-Party with green, satin bags of candy of their choice from a Candy Bar with hang-tags thanking guests for attending…from the new Mr. & Mrs. Rogers!
Wedding Photography: Richard Dodge of RD Visuals / Flowers: New York Floral Design / Venue: The Wyndham Garden Hotel / Make-up + Hair: A. Rossi Salon & Spa / Linens: Atlas Party Rental / Lighting: All Access Audio Visual & Lighting / Graphic Design: Katie Maneri / Wedding Cakes: Cake Creations by Jan / Bridal Gown + Veil: Boca Raton Bridal Consultants