It’s a well-known fact that returning from a holiday weekend isn’t always easy, but a beautiful bride with an “aversion to all things boring” and a drop-dead gorgeous Fort Lauderdale wedding can make the transition much, much easier.  Believe you me.  Especially when that wedding happens to be filled to the brim with vibrant hues, succulent-filled lovely from Victoria Park and one breathtaking image after another captured by Kat Braman Photography.  See them all in the full gallery.

From the Bride… I was never the kind of bride who had planned her wedding from when she was a girl, so when I started planning, we made things simple. We wanted our guests to have a good time, our food to be good, pictures memorable, and atmosphere fitting to my husband and I. Since we lived out of town, my parents did the initial scouting of locations. The first place they brought us to check out was the Bonnet House, and from that point on no other venue could compare. From its Floridian and art history roots (my husband is both a history and art buff) to its a rustic and beautifully refreshing setting, we were sold.

With the vivid colors of the Bonnet House as a backdrop and my aversion to all things boring, we went with a color scheme of brilliant purple, yellow, and dark green. After choosing my dress, which had a lace overlay to give the artistic flair of lace without weighing the dress down, I picked out most of my accessories from small artists on Etsy. Hairpieces, belt, and veil were all chosen to highlight but not overpower the dress. The bridesmaids picked their own style of dress from the Dessy After 6 line in African Violet, and the groomsmen rented tuxedos with silver vests from Joseph A Banks.

The rest of our wedding went so smoothly thanks to a handful of wonderful vendors. I’m not the most artistic person, but finding Victoria Park Flowers made it smooth sailing. Steven Turner took my initial thoughts on color scheme and whimsical request to integrate vegetables into the centerpieces and ran with it, turning it into something amazingly vivid and beautiful. I love sunflowers, but know they can be overwhelming, and he made sure to work them in beautifully. Event Bliss came in and made suggestions to make the tent where the reception was held more soft and festive, but overall, we let the beauty of the Bonnet House speak for itself.

All together, a weekend of fun on the beach with our closest friends and relatives, beautiful wedding weather, great food and some breathtaking photos helped make our wedding a great success.

Photography: Kat Braman Photography | Flowers: Victoria Park | Invitations: Paper Niche | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy After 6 Collection in African Violet | Catering: Chez Gourmet | Men's Attire: Joseph A Bank | Bride's Dress: Jasmine Bridal Style F141053 | Decor: Event Bliss | Hair + Makeup: Susana Betancourt | Hairpiece Flowers: OliniFloral | Music: Derek Mack Band | Officiants: Rabbis Analia Bortz and Mario Karpuj | Veil: Damselfly Studio | Wedding Location: Bonnet House

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