I’ve developed a serious crush on the color yellow and the downright cheeriness that it brings to each and every wedding it touches. And when combined with the color gray, I am more than crushing… I am head over heels in love. Take for example this gorgeous Fort Lauderdale affair, which is not only filled to the brim with my new favorite sunshiny color, but a plethora of fabulous DIY details, beautiful blooms by Tulips A Florist and a sweet-as-can-be “Love” necklace for the stunning bride (which I ADORE). And with a gallery full of lovely images by 13:13 Photography, there’s enough pretty to keep us smiling all weekend long. Join me there for even more!
From the Bride… It didn’t take long after we were engaged for Derek and I to decide that we both wanted a wedding that was small, full of DIY details and most importantly, “us.” Our vision for the wedding was less pomp and circumstance and more Party for 100. We wanted our wedding to have a relaxed, fun feeling about it. Most of our guests showed up in sundresses or slacks (tie optional!) and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Derek and I both love the outdoors, so getting married outside in South Florida was a no-brainer. Derek is a History teacher and it only took one visit to the Historic 1905 New River Inn before we realized that it would be the perfect location for our wedding. My only fear was that I wouldn’t be able to pull off creating a wedding in a completely raw space. Luckily, I had the help of family and friends to make sure it all come together.
My mother-in-law came up a week before the wedding and helped me finish up some of my last-minute projects and various friends came over to my house throughout the week to help put together programs, paint signs, and cut out table numbers. It was important for me to have as many personal details as possible. I created the programs, signs, and invitations. My bridemaids wore personalized bracelets with our wedding colors, the groomsman wore cufflinks that featured a map cut-out of their hometown, and Derek and I wore charms on our bouquet and boutonniere with a picture of a family member who was no longer with us. The most important detail, however, were our charity wedding favors. Derek’s family is very involved in Organ Donor awareness so in lieu of favors we made a donation to The Transplant Foundation, an organization which provides financial and emotional support to people in need of an organ transplant as well as their families. Each seat got a green bracelet promoting organ donation and a card with the explanation of the charity.
We got married in a gazebo adjacent to the New River Inn and had our reception on the east side of the building, right next to the New River. After the ceremony our guest threw colorful pom-poms at us as we walked back down the aisle forever joined as husband and wife. After pictures with family and our bridal party while our guest enjoyed cocktail hour, we re-joined the party, eating until our bellies were full and then broke it down on the dance floor and took turns taking pictures in our fauxto-booth for the rest of the night. At the end of the night we made our grand exit via bike taxi.
Wedding Photography: 13:13 Photography / Day of Coordination: Classic Affairs / Venue: 1905 New River Inn / DJ: Liquid DJs / Caterer: Hugh’s Catering / Wedding Cake: Yes Ma’am / Wedding Videography: My Treasure Video / Florist: Tulips A Florist