It's time to talk about adorable couples. Adorable couples who tie the knot in uber-beautiful weddings planned and designed by Wed Perfect - to be exact. Because today's stunning Naples wedding? Well, it happens to feature just such a couple, plus beautiful blooms from Signature Florals, vibrant paper lanterns and a whole lot of happy-filled romance. The always amazing Audrey Snow Photography captured all of the pretty and it's a glorious joining of cultures that will quickly move atop your favorites list. See so much more right here.
From Wed Perfect... The wedding of Yael and Ignatious (Iggy) Low took place on Sunday, September 30th, 2012 at the stunning Naples Botanical Garden here in Southwest Florida. From the moment I met Yael, my fabulous bride, almost a year ago, I knew this wedding was going to be a BLAST to plan and would be chock full of deeply personal details, amazing cultural significance and a deep respect for both the bride's and groom's family heritages and nature in itself. The bride is Egyptian and Jewish in religion, the groom is Asian, and it was important to them that we pulled both cultures into the wedding to celebrate and respect both sides. There are so many details and nods to each culture through every portion of the weddding: from the tea ceremony the couple did with their parents earlier in the day, the handmade chuppah, yarmulkes, Ketubah/Kiddish Cup and smashing of the glass, the hand-painted parasols, the hand fans for each guest favor, the abundance of red and white paper lanterns, and all of the fabulous pops of red in the floral through the design of the entire day. Also helped that every one of them was GORGEOUS! It was even a full moon that weekend, as well as the weekend of the Chinese Moon Festival, which the bride and groom respected by serving little "moon cakes" along with the wedding cake and giving a speech to explain it. The mix of cultures in this wedding is, in itself, just stunning, and the personal touches we designed for these clients really took the entire wedding to a new level. The bride's deep love of nature is what brought us to the lush landscape of the Naples Botanical Garden and the overall DIY look of the reception design. During the planning and design process, I worked out with Yael that she wanted to really "extend" the look of the gardens through the design, which worked well with the fabulous florals designed with Sue at Signature Florals.
The ceremony took place on a beautiful lawn lakeside at the gardens. Guests then enjoyed cocktails and appetizers in the gardens structure called "The Labrynth," which is a circular walkway that is meant to provide tranquility and answers to any longing questions of the heart. Just perfect for a wedding! After the cocktails, the guests made there way to the Asian-themed garden, where we had the rest of the reception. The escort card display was a favorite of mine. DM Paper Designs created cute cards with the same gorgeous bird pattern from the couple's invitations. I utilized this amazing stone structure that the Asian Gardens has right at the entrance and strung up the cards within the structure using hemp twine and these adorable little clips the bride collected. Another of my favorite details was the handmade cake topper on the huge cupcake tower. The reception began with traditional introductions, first dances and toasts, and of course the hora, which every guest participated in ... I've never seen a happier group dancing the hora before! Cater Masters provided a yummy meal that was Asian-inspired as well, and DJ Ceron kept things running so smoothly through dinner, before finally moving the entire party to one last area within the gardens to dance the night away!
This wedding was a super special one for everyone involved. I personally just fell in love with this couple, who have been together for so very long and support one another so well. Anyone who meets them can just tell they are going to be together forever. It is wonderful to have a couple that really "gets it" and focuses the planning on the true meaning of a wedding. It is about celebrating the true love between the couple getting married, with friends and family and truly coming together in an event that speaks to who you are as a couple. We managed to capture Yael and Iggy everywhere in the details of this wedding, and I am so pleased to have been a part of it!
Wedding Photography: Audrey Snow Photography / Wedding Venue: Naples Botanical Garden in Naples, Florida / Wedding Design + Planning: Jennifer Dube of Wed Perfect / Floral Design: Sue Bain of Signature Florals / Officiant: Rabbi Wolf, A Family Friend / Wedding Cinematography: Eric Lu, A Friend of the Bride & Groom / Catering: Cater Masters / Cupcakes: Grace & Shelly's Cupcakes / Wedding Invitations, Table Numbers + Place Cards: DM Paper Designs / DJ: DJ Chris Ceron / Lighting: O'Ryan Lighting and Sound / Linens: Connie Duglin Specialty Linen & Chair Cover Rental / Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals via For The Bride / Hair + Makeup: Sir Daniel + David Frohmberg of Faces by Frohmberg