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DIY Wedding at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Admittedly, I am super un-crafty.  With all of my effort, there’s not a DIY bone in my body.  So when I come across a wedding as gorgeous as this sweet affair, I am all sorts of impressed.  Because this, loves, is DIY at its finest, from that gorgeous gown to the yummy cakes to the paper goods all crafted by seriously awesome family + friends.  See it all captured by Ricky Stern right here.


From Ricky Stern PhotographyThis gorgeous wedding was a true DIY masterpiece by the bride and groom (as well as their family and friends).  Here is the bride, Stephanie, running down each item they crafted by hand:

The tree stumps: we actually went to my uncle’s land in Naples to cut down a tree to make those tree stumps.  We made a family trip out of it.
• The three cakes were made by my best friends (chocolate, vanilla, and red velvet).
• The Podium used during the ceremony and all the rest of the directional signs throughout the event were made and designed by Lester and myself.
• The guestbook I made with the Shutterfly website.
• The card box we bought and designed ourselves, Lester added the Plexiglas for safety precautions.
• All the mason jars and flowers in them were bought by us and my family and I put them all together the night before. My mother actually made the arrangement for the large tool box on the book signing table that came out beautiful.
• My mother-in-law made my wedding dress and veil.
• The seating chart was created by myself and another girlfriend of mine.
• The candy station and the candy station sign was created by my sister and myself.
• The invitation was made between a large group of us (family and friends).

Photography: Ricky Stern Photography | Floral Design: Le Printemps Florist | Catering: Amelia And Carmen | DJ: Entertainment Management Group | Ceremony / Reception: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden | Photography - Assistance: Randy Borges | Vintage Furniture Rental: The Salvage Snob

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Sunny Vizcaya Museum + Gardens Engagement Session

If you’re looking for a love session recipe like no other, we’ve got you covered with this loveliness my dears. Mix one part Haring Photography, one part Vizcaya Museum And Gardens, two parts stylish bride & groom-to-be, top with sunshine and voila! A little shake here, a snap there and you’ve got a combo that will quench any love-craving. See it all here!

From Haring PhotographyIt was a beautiful day for Alisha + Rahim’s fine art vintage engagement session at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens in Miami Florida. The classic grounds set by water was a perfect place for their engagement session. Alisha and Rahim choose to wear casual and classic outfits that reflect their natural romantic style.

Photography: Haring Photography | Cognac Strap Heels: Zara | Coral Top: Akira | Floral Crown: Akira | Ivory Skirt: Champagne & Strawberry Via Akira | Venue: Vizcaya Museum And Gardens | White Lace Dress: Akira

Floridian Spring Wedding Inspiration

I thought a New England Spring was pretty darn fabulous but a Floridian Spring? It might just take the cake. This inspiration crafted by Anthology Co. and Gianny Campos Photography is a colorful spread peppered with sparkle and the outdoor beauty of the South East. And whenever a naked cake is involved, like this beaut by Cloud 9 Bakery, we’re all in. Take a peak at the pretty gallery for even more.

With spring knocking on our door, I was eager to do a shoot which would embody a “Floridian Spring.” The shoot took place in February, and as all my fellow Floridians know, our winters are blessed with beautiful weather and flora. Our inspiration was sparked with some lively colorful dishes found at Anthropologie. The location, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens, was as well a source filled with Florida natives as well as an abundance of flowers and other exotic foliage. This location accomplished the more organic local approach we had envisioned.

We picked some leaves and blooms from our backyard such as begonias, bleeding heart, and bahama coffee which were put together with garden roses, blue thistle, orchids and more. Local fruits were also included in the mix like guava, star apple and passion fruit which we sourced from our local farmer Robert Is Here. Anthology Co.’s attention to detail truly made all the arrangements special while the Salvage Snob wowed us with their elegant yet unique multicolored array of seating choices.  How often is it you see three crystal draped chandeliers adorning a massive oak tree?

As we have constantly rising temperatures we decided to have the bride a little cooler and more comfortable. I’m sure all you Floridian brides can relate. The bride wore a short sleeve white oxford shirt coupled with a beautiful gold sequin skirt thus melding elegance and classic comfort. The groom, looking quite dapper, sported a glen plaid suit with a chambray shirt. Putting a fun spin on a still very classy look.

The naked cake made by Cloud 9 Bakery is a great example as to how keeping something simple can actually be more appealing than unnecessary elaborations. Embellishing the cake with some thistle, guava and some other fruits around that gorgeous pedestal base really tied it all in with our original theme. What is that original theme? Well, lets just say its a bit eclectic some rustic with a hint of elegance and a dash of class. All in time for spring.

Florist: Anthology Co. | Invitations: Chirp Paperie | Jewelry: Anthropologie | Groom's Attire: Jcrew | Groom's Shoes: Banana Republic | Bridal Headpiece: Lacielle Roselle | Bride's Attire: Anthropologie | Bride's Shoes : Moho Moxy | Cake : Cloud 9 Bakery | Dinnerware: Anthropologie | Fruits: Robert Is Here | Hair + Makeup: Makeup By Marz | Outdoor Wedding Venue: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens | Photography + Design: Gianny Campos Photography | Rentals: The Salvage Snob | Venue: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens

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