Flamingo Gardens Wedding from Melanie Gabrielle Photography
July 31, 2013
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A wedding filled with this much heart is a sure-fire way to make me break out the awwws. And when that wedding was captured this beautifully (thanks to Melanie Gabrielle Photography), it basically guarantees one fabulous start to my day. From the pretty palette to the sweet details planned by Simply Couture Weddings and all the special moments in between - this is just a peak at all the pretty, there is so much more sitting right here.
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From Melanie Gabrielle Photography...Josh and Bailey are the sweetest couple. Their wedding was planned and coordinated by Teresa of Simply Couture Weddings, and she did a fabulous job! They had a very unique, southern wedding full of so many details!! Bailey had her mother's veil altered to wear on her wedding day with a gorgeous Lazaro gown. Janette Vega did the wedding party's makeup, and Ashley Davis and Angie Bascietto did an amazing job on these beautiful girls' hair.

Josh proposed to Bailey after a hot air balloon ride he took her on for her birthday, so of course they had to incorporate hot air balloons into their special day! Bailey's bridesmaids helped pitch in to bake all of her delicious desserts for her dessert table. The pie and hot air balloon cookies were made by the photographer as a gift to the bride. Publix made the delicious cake and all those yummy cupcakes! Old Florida Catering provided the BBQ dinner. Love Bug Productions provided video, Gerilyn Gianna Events provided the wedding party's bouquets and boutonnieres. All other flowers were provided by Simply Couture Weddings. Hay bales for "mocktail" hour were provided by Griffs Western. Dino DiArtist did a spectacular job providing caricatures to all of Josh and Bailey's wedding guests! Bailey's family made most of the details for the ceremony and reception: games, centerpieces, lights, photobooth and accessories, wooden directional signs, cupcake stands, seating chart, etc. Their venue was so unique! Flamingo Gardens is a botanical garden and wildlife refuge. It was peacock mating season at the gardens, so if you look close enough, you can see the territorial peacocks attacking the guitars behind the ceremony site.

Bailey's dad is a Southern Baptist Pastor, and one of the most special and unique details of the day was the foot-washing ceremony. Mr. Doolin handmade the foot-washing bowl. He gave a short sermon on why they chose to do a foot-washing ceremony. A few of the groomsmen played guitar and sang old hymns (Come Thou Fount and Be Thou My Vision) while the bride and groom's mothers poured the water into the bowl. The bride and groom then washed each other's feet to symbolize the servanthood that Jesus showed to his Disciples. It was a gorgeous ceremony.

Photography: Melanie Gabrielle Photography | Venue: Flamingo Gardens | Design, Planning + Coordination including Dessert Buffet, Lighting Tablescapes + Ceremony Flowers: Simply Couture Weddings | Floral Design: Gerilyn Gianna Floral Design |  Caricaturist: Dino Di Artist | Chair + Linen Rentals: Amazing Event Rentals | DJ: Studio M Events | Cinematography: Love Bug Productions | Cake + Cupcakes: Publix | Catering: Old Florida Catering | Bridal Hair: Ashley Davis | Bridesmaid Hair: Angie Bascietto | Hay Bales: Griffs Western | Games, Centerpieces, Lights, Photobooth, Signs, + Desserts: Bride, Family + Friends DIY