I know I gush over weddings on the daily, but this darling DIY wedding is just as charming as they come. The setting, the personality-packed details, the sweet vintage touches – it’s all just fabulous. But what I really love is this couple. Their love is so obviously genuine, making not gushing over this gallery from B&E Photographs practically impossible.
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From B&E Photographs…Allie and Zach’s wedding this May was nothing short of incredible. The venue was dropped right in the heart of an epic Florida forest that isn’t even a wedding venue. The couple made it their own in every way. We were beyond humbled when they asked us to fly out from California to photograph their day.
From the Bride and Groom…What was your inspiration behind the day?
WE LOVE FORESTS. We love being outside, being adventurous, going for hikes, and taking in all of the natural beauty that God has surrounded us with. Being the typical girl that I am, I love enchanted, magical forests, you know, stuff you see on disney princess movies and stuff like that. So that was our goal: find a simply beautiful forest, and make it look all fancy and enchanting by bringing in shades of pink and gold (my favorite colors).
For the reception, we wanted to continue the “fancy and magical” theme but make it a relaxing environment as well – in my parents backyard – we had beautiful vintage couches making small living room areas, as well as some tables scattered throughout with chandeliers hanging overhead. We also wanted our guests to have fun and relax so we had a game section with Life-sized Jenga, Corn-hole, and Ladder Golf.”
What was your “perfect wedding” vision?
My perfect wedding was a small mini wedding with only our parents and siblings in the Redwood Forests of California. However, Zach’s perfect wedding was a huge celebration with anyone and everyone we’ve ever met. So after talking about it for what seemed to be months, we decided to keep the wedding at a reasonable number, with our closest family and friends, but to keep the forest theme, since that was something we both really wanted.
What are three unique details that you infused into your decor?
Glitter. Gold. And old things. Everything had glitter on it. Because what girl doesn’t love sparkly things? The majority of our decorations were things you could find in a recycling bin: old bottles, cans, cardboard, random pieces of scrap wood, really whatever we could find; that most people would consider garbage, we decided to make it glamorous.
What – if anything – did you DIY?
We basically DIY’d EVERYTHING. My sister-in-law, Katy, was in charge of all of the decorations, and set up of everything and she did an incredible job! She made beautiful centerpieces out of bottles, cans, wine jugs, spray paint, twine, and glitter. She also decorated the ceremony site with a beautiful fabric altar. We got most of our supplies from Michael’s and JoAnn’s Fabric, but a lot of the stuff was random things we just had laying around. My dad was in charge of building all of the big projects, and he now officially hates the word “Pinterest” because he knew if I said “Hey Dad, I saw this thing on Pinterest…” it would mean I had found something else for him to build me. He built these BEAUTIFUL doors out of wooden pallets for the ceremony and for the reception site, he made benches for our guests to sit on, he also made a beautiful swinging bench with a tulle canopy that looks lovely in pictures, and he made LOTS of other things that would take entirely too long to list. Also one of my very good friends Julianne Brown (the 5th of the band FourFifths) made our wedding invitations, and I made the programs for the wedding. We got our flowers from King’s Wholesale Florist, and my sister-in-law, Katy, did all of the arrangements.”
What was your most memorable moment?
My most memorable moment was right after the ceremony when Zach and I walked out of the ceremony and for a few seconds it was just us, being able to hug each other and really take in that we just got married, without anyone coming over to congratulate us or complement the wedding. For those 45 seconds, it was just me and my new husband taking in the craziness of the day, and it was one my favorite parts.
What song did you do your first dance to?
Zach and I are terrible dancers – like the worst ever. So we decided to forgo the first dance. However, I walked down the isle to “Come to Me” by the Goo Goo Dolls.
What was on your menu?
We had an INCREDIBLE private chef that has been a family friend of ours for a long time. He created a wonderful menu for us of cocktail style food that was still filling, there were Sweet and Sour Chicken Skewers, Braised Beef Sliders, Caesar Salad Cones, Bruschetta Rounds, Meatball Skewers, and many other delicious items. We also are big Coffee Junkies, and we love sweet treats, so our friends at the Coffee Barn and Bakery catered coffee, Cold Brew, and assorted pastries and deserts as well as adorable Bride and Groom Cake Pops.
Photography: B&E Photographs | Wedding Dress: Jon's Bridal | Ceremony Venue: Hog Island Recreation Area | Reception Venue: Private Residence | Hair Stylist: Meghann Zarillo | Cake And Dessert: The Coffee Barn And Bakery | Music: FourFifths