A Casual Green Wedding at a Yacht Club in Florida
Candice and Scott
Candice and Scott attended the same boarding school but never really crossed paths until after graduating, when they sat next to each other at an alumni planning event. Friends first, the two eventually started dating, and the rest, as they say, is history. After three years, they wed on an early March day in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Inspired by the area's palm trees -- they used them as their color-palette inspiration and for some of their visual details -- Candice and Scott opted to blend comfort and class with some traditional Florida aesthetics.
Chris Eastland created the couple's wedding logo: a palm tree and a burgee flag sporting the couple's initials. It was first introduced on the invitation suite, which was designed and letterpressed by Dauphine Press.
The reception and response cards were also letterpressed in green, with blind hits of the flag and the palm tree, respectively.
The Ceremony Location
Candice and Scott were married in All Saints Episcopal Church; 130 guests attended the late-afternoon nuptials.
Candice carried a bouquet of lilies of the valley, ranunculus, and tulips made by Parrish Designs.
Programs emblazoned with the couple's wedding emblem were handed out to guests.
A harpist played at the Episcopal ceremony, and the couple memorized and recited their vows, which they felt showed their acknowledgment of the serious nature of their lifelong commitment.
Directly following the ceremony, Candice and Scott boarded her father's boat for the journey from the church to the reception venue. A "Just Married" banner (in the color of the day) was affixed to the stern.
Candice and Scott took some time to sit together on the bow before the festivities began -- one of the bride's favorite moments of the day.
Candice and Scott timed their ceremony to end just in time for them to watch the sun set on the water as they journeyed down the Intracoastal Waterway.
Photographer Liz Banfield was on hand to capture the luminescence and precious moments between the couple.
After the ceremony, the flag emblem, first flown on the boat, featured the couple's new shared last initial. A larger flag hung on the flagpole at the reception site, the Lauderdale Yacht Club.
The Bridal Party
Candice and Scott kept their bridal party small -- just best man Peter and maid of honor Dana, who wore a green J.Crew dress.
The Escort Cards
Candice worked with her florist to display the escort cards in a bed of grass.
The Signature Cocktail
Cocktails were served with napkins featuring the couple's logo. Dark and Stormy cocktails were the special drink, as the couple had served them years prior at a party and they were a huge hit. Plus, the drink was fitting for the Florida locale.
The Reception Venue
Guests enjoyed cocktails alfresco as the sun set.
Round tables in the reception tent boasted white-and-green floral centerpieces, half of them with multiple vases of singular types of flowers, the other half with a single, mixed arrangement. Ranunculus, tulips, anemones, hyacinths, and bells of Ireland helped keep the mood fresh and appropriate without going too tropical.
The Place Settings
Lily grass tied an orchid and a place card to each napkin. Woven-reed chargers highlighted the relaxed Florida vibe.
A simple three-tier vanilla cake covered in cream-cheese buttercream made by We Take the Cake was dressed up with a cascade of fresh flowers.
The First Dance
Street Talk Orchestra played Josh Kelley's "Sunset Lover" as the newlyweds took to the dance floor.
To get everyone dancing, the band moved right into Hall and Oates' "You Make My Dreams."
When Candice was younger, her father gave her a shirt that read "Daddy's Little Co-Pilot." As a nod to that memory, the two danced to Frank Sinatra's "Come Fly With Me."
Wedding planner Vanessa Oppo of Karma Goddess pulled the petals off 200 white roses for guests to toss as the couple exited the reception.
Candice's good friends decorated her father's golf cart during the day so the couple would have a special getaway car. The sign incorporated the flag and palm icons.
Photography: Liz Banfield