What is it about the Florida light?  Maybe it’s Glass Jar Photography‘s exquisitely dreamy photographs in particular but it seems like every wedding from the sunshine state basks in a glorious glow.  A sweet, simple, maritime-themed wedding like this one just shines, like those adorable bridesmaid hair clips and sassy gold shoes, in that luminous light.  Check out all the lovely, laid back details in the full gallery!

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From the Bride…Our theme was playful and easygoing, and we tried to focus more on hosting a great party for our family and friends than on having a traditional wedding. Mike is a true New Englander and grew up in Boston, so we wanted to blend our gorgeous Florida setting with traditional maritime elements.  We had our guests sign these great hand painted buoys and we served dark and stormies for the cocktail hour.  Our menu was casual and inspired by one of our favorite restaurants in New York, the Mermaid Inn (lobster rolls, crispy fries, and mac and cheese). My baby sister happens to be a genius baker and kindly baked us an entire bundt cake bar in lieu of a traditional wedding cake.  One of my favorite elements came as a gift from my dad’s family who live in Hawaii. They sent us stunning traditional Hawaiian wedding leis that we put on at the end of the ceremony and my dad, who grew up in Hawaii, gave a tender speech about their significance at the reception.

The party wouldn’t have been anything without the help of our great vendors and our families who were beyond amazing.  My mom tirelessly helped me make our programs, menus, and goody bags and my dad was up early on the wedding day stringing lights and planting flowers- it was a true family affair. Mike’s parents hosted a fantastic poolside bash the night before the wedding which really helped to set the tone for the  weekend.

Our florist/planner, Lara, coordinated everything seamlessly and helped us achieve the laid back, seaside vibe that we were going for. Our DJ, RJ Vida, was absolutely amazing and dealt with about a million last minute changes, but he still managed to have everyone on the dance floor the entire night. There wasn’t a dry shirt (or pant for that matter) in sight! And as you can see from the photos, Whitney and Bethany from Glass Jar Photography were incredible. They were so much fun to work with and they were really able to translate the entire wedding attitude into the photos.  They are an absolutely adorable married couple which doesn’t hurt either!

In the end, it was such an amazing weekend, made special by all of our family and friends who travelled to celebrate with us. We loved dancing, eating, and catching up with all our loved ones. It was the perfect way to start off our new life together!

Floral + Planning: Lara’s Theme / Reception: Sea Oaks Beach Club / DJ: RJ Vida / Wedding Photography: Glass Jar Photography

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