Matt and I are so happy with the way the wedding turned out; it was a true reflection of us and I think that is what makes the most successful wedding days.
The ceremony and reception were at the Ribault Club, an incredibly gorgeous historic property near Amelia Island, Florida. We don’t have any family in the area and we live almost on the other side of the state, but I wanted a destination wedding and Matt wanted to stay in Florida so we compromised! Matt and I are very different, we’re both laid back and we love music but in this case opposites certainly attract, and that was reflected in little ways that somehow perfectly meshed.
Matt and I chose the music very carefully. We brought back the 80s and sent each other mixes throughout our first year of dating, so we have our own soundtrack of sorts. Matt and his groomsmen walked in to “Walk the Line” by Johnny Cash, the bridemaids entered to “All You Need is Love” by the Beatles (inspiration for the drink stirrers) and I walked down the aisle to the acoustic version of “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz, which turned out perfectly because right as he sang the first “i’m yours” was when I made eye contact with Matt. For the end of the ceremony, we had it arranged so at the moment we kissed, “God Only Knows” by the Beach Boys started…it felt like we were in a movie!
Like many people in the past year or so, we ran into some financial troubles along the way and I had to get creative to come up with ways to save money. Right off the bat, I got my dress at a Saks sample sale and my shoes on eBay. I bought all the antique bottles, mason jars and votives and have since sold them. With the help of my friends I made all the cupcakes and put together all the flowers for the centerpieces. The flowers were quite simple, just blush garden roses, white anemones and blue thistle. I also made the menus, programs, drink stirrers, cupcake flags and toss packets.
I love Italian food while Matt loves traditional Southern fare, so we had both.
Photographers: Our Labor of Love
Ceremony/Reception site: Ribault Club
Planning: Aurora of Amelia Occasions
Catering: The Chef’s Garden
Bridesmaids: Vineyard Collection, Priscilla of Boston
Invitations: Kristin from Twin Ravens Press
Once Wed copy writer Lauren was recently able to visit the Boca Raton Resort & Club, which is an incomparable wedding venue in the south of Florida. After an unparalleled stay, she can't wait to share her experience with you!