Boca Raton Wedding at B'nai Torah Congregation by Jessica Lorren Organic Photography
July 3, 2012
It probably won't surprise you that I'm a complete wedding photography junky. I eat it up by the heaping spoonfuls and there are a few shots that get me every time. First looks send me into an emotional tailspin. That walk back down the aisle as newly crowned husband and wife; also a tear-jerking favorite. And last but certainly not least any and all images containing long, flowing tulle veils. I DIE for those images and this wedding captured by Jessica Lorren Organic Photography has about a million of them. It's a gorgeous Florida flavored fête crafted by Kasey D Weddings and all enveloped in a layer of gauzy veil goodness. See more right here.
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From the Bride... My husband and I are still in awe over how beautiful everything turned out. All we could ask for our wedding day, in addition to sunshine and our family and friends, was to be surrounded by nature, or at least, infuse warm, natural elements into the decor and details. If we had to describe the look-and-feel we were going for, it could be casual, garden romance. But with so many great ideas out there, we were overwhelmed with how to execute our decor/theme and challenged by the formality of our venue. In a perfect world, we would have gotten married in a more natural, country setting in the North Georgia mountains where we met or somewhere in North Carolina (I'm a Tar Heel and Matt's from Raleigh), but I'm from Florida and our parents insisted that the wedding take place in Boca Raton at my family's synagogue — a far cry from a country barn. We wanted to stay away from the typical, tropical or sleek aesthetics that are so common in South Florida, so it was VERY important that our vendors help bring a touch of country/nature to Boca.

It was also really important that we take our wedding portraits in a natural spot, so our venue wasn't going to work. We are grateful that our photographers, videographers, and wedding party were willing to take on the Florida heat to get some special shots at Spanish River Park prior to heading to the synagogue. Jessica Lorren's photographs from the park turned out to be like a dream and we will cherish them forever. Kasey from Kasey D Weddings really understood the mood/decor we wanted to set for both the rehearsal dinner and wedding. She had the awesome idea to create two shared pin boards on Pinterest, one for the wedding, one for the rehearsal, and we spent the next few months consolidating and collaborating ideas to bring our special weekend to life. And with Jessica Lorren capturing our day, we had complete faith that our photos would be special, no matter where the wedding would take place. (And they were stunning.) I tried to add warm, personal touches by finding some neat props with character — we found wooden crates, trays and other items on Etsy and from an antique shop in Raleigh, North Carolina. Etsy really became a great resource, and it was nice to support artists and small business owners — we ordered everything from place cards, a custom stamp, cocktail napkins, wood table number holders, to our beautiful guest book from various vendors.

Our favorite part of the wedding, besides the flowers and photography, were the details. From the Ray Bans our wedding party wore during formal pics to match our save-the-date and the wooden entrance sign made by Kasey D, to the cake topper, cross-stitched ring pillow (both made by good friends) and the cafe lights hanging in the courtyard for cocktail hour, it was all like a dream. We also had a fun stamp made on Etsy with our faces from the save-the-date-, which we used on a lot of our wedding materials (programs, napkins, thank you notes) and thought it really put our "stamp" on the day. :) I also really ended up loving my dress (Bianca by Ulla-Maija-Anna Maier). After having a bit of buyers remorse in the beginning (I wasn't 100% sold on one-shoulder), I realized that it had a easy, classic, and romantic feel to it — with a modern twist. Mostly, it was the perfect light and comfortable dress for a long, warm day. I wish I could wear it again.

Wedding Photography: Jessica Lorren Organic Photography / Wedding Venue: B'nai Torah Congregation in Boca Raton, Florida / Wedding Portrait Location: Spanish River Park / Wedding Planning + Decor: Kasey D Weddings / Floral Design: Daniel Events / Wedding Cinematography: Well Spun Weddings / Catering: Executive Caterers / Wedding Cake: Anna Paz Cakes / Wedding Invitations: Rifle Paper Co. / Music: South Florida's Heatwave / Guestbook: Bleu de Toi / Wedding Dress: Anna Maier Ulla-Maija "Bianca" via Joan Pillow Bridal / Bride's Shoes: BHLDN / Hair: Kristin Brown / Makeup: Kristin Brown + Janna Vann / Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew + BCBG / Flower Girls' Dresses: J.Crew / Groom's Attire: Ralph Lauren / Groomsmen's Suits: Their Own