Good morning SMP Florida and Happy Halloween! After much debate, we decided not to trick you all and instead share a special treat with you. This intimate and gorgeous wedding has not one or two, but three adorable French Bulldogs and a whole slew of other pretty, pretty details. Everything was kept small and simple and the bride and groom DIYed the entire fete. Immediate family gathered around the pool for their nuptials and then everyone feasted on gourmet foods like filet migon and crab mac and cheese. Yummy! Sara Kauss Photography captured the day (and the doggies) beautifully and there’s so much more in the full gallery.
From the Bride…Bryan and I met in Austin, Texas through mutual friends in college and we were great friends for years. After graduation he and his brother decided to move to Florida to start a business – and soon after he moved we decided to start a long distance relationship! That went on for about 2 1/2 years then I moved to Florida as well. We bought our house together in 2006 and have spent the last 5 years renovating. We have been together for 11 years.
Our engagement was a complete surprise to me. It was Christmas 2010 and honestly I had no clue. Not even a little bit! We never wanted a large wedding and we wanted to choose a destination that was fun for our entire family. We also wanted something fairly close to home so our three French bulldog “kids” could come too! We only had immediate family. So the search began and we found Casa Aqua in Cudjoe Key and it was everything we were looking for.
Working in the wedding industry I was able to use all my most trusted vendors…Mark Turner Floral did my bouquet and floral centerpieces. I picked them up so we wanted something simple that was easy to assemble once we got there. They were all cymbidium orchids, little did I know they were out of season and had to be shipped all the way from New Zealand! My cake was vanilla rum and chocolate with butter cream… my favorite! Michael Calderin performed the ceremony, we have known each other for years through the wedding industry. We had a private chef (Josh) prepare our food. I like small portions and big variety…so we had salads, filet mignon, lobster, shrimp, grouper, chicken and crab mac ‘n cheese. Everything was fantastic!
Our theme was small and simple…although doing everything ourselves was far from simple but it was perfect for us!