A Vibrant Outdoor Destination Wedding in Florida
The Bride and Groom
The Boston-based couple, both architects, first met in 2004 as undergraduates while working on a group project at Miami University of Ohio. "I won't lie -- I tried to get onto her team. She was very talented, and very cute," says Kyle. "We spent hours designing an ancient Greek pavilion."
Three years later, he got down on one knee in front of the Louvre in Paris during a backpacking trip, and pulled out a ring he'd been carrying the entire time. Naturally, Kyle had designed it himself, incorporating a diamond from the ring his great-grandfather had given his great-grandmother when he proposed in 1933. "Kyle gave me the ring with an architectural drawing of it," says Elle, who then wasted no time whipping up a sketch of her own: a wedding that typified their style.
Here, Elle and Kyle pose at the water's edge, shading themselves from the hot sun with cool parasols.
Centerpieces of antique garden roses, raspberries on the vine, viburnum berries, and nigella give the black-and-white tablecloth bursts of color. Verner Panton -- style chairs and reproductions of vintage light bulbs (hanging from trees) add ambience. "Edison's estate is close by, so we thought it would be a fun touch," says the bride.
Father of the Bride
Here, Elle's father walks her down the aisle to where the ceremony was held on the inn's dock.
The couple chose Useppa, a barrier island off Florida's coast, for their intimate fete. Elle's father, also an architect, spent many years designing homes in the area. "I was only 6 weeks old the first time I visited," she says. "And it's been a special place for my family to return to ever since."
"The sun was starting to set, so the light was perfect," recalls Kyle of the dockside vows.
Guests were given bright and colorful parasols to shade themselves during the afternoon ceremony on the dock. Here, they are displayed creating a beautiful rainbow.
Elle and Kyle handpicked oranges from trees on the island for guests' welcome bags.
Elle's bouquet of peonies, roses, wild grasses, passion flower vine, viburnum berries, and nigella.
A bold, bright bridesmaid's bouquet of red and fuchsia cabbage roses and scabiosa, lush island foliage, and raspberries on the vine.
The Bridal Party
Pre-ceremony, the wedding party assembles around a banyan tree; they wear out-fits that match the CMYK color scheme Elle chose (a designer's tool, the letters stand for cyan, magenta, yellow, and black), and the bride wears a Morgane Le Fay dress of ostrich feathers.
Unique Guest Book
Instead of a guest book, attendees signed a vintage atlas; says Elle, "It added to the Old Florida vibe we were going for."
An assortment of brass vases, goblets, and urns filled with flowers make up the centerpieces.
The couple's signature drink, kir royale.
The Happy Couple
The couple approach the grand staircase to the inn postceremony.
Here, Elle poses with her bridesmaids all dressed in different colors and patterns.
The colorful bridal party pose for a cute photo on the balconies of the inn.
Guests were given small bottles of bug spray to keep the insects away during the outdoor ceremony and reception.
After the ceremony, guests moved up to the lawn for an outdoor dinner party, where the 27 guests dined on family-style salads, platters of freshly grilled grouper and pork tenderloin, and an authentic Key lime pie in lieu of a traditional wedding cake. "We incorporated as much local food as possible," says Kyle.
Elle and the wedding guests celebrate with sparklers.
Location and Catering:Useppa Island Club
Event Planning: Rebecca Stone of Duet Weddings
Flowers: Kate Holt of Flowerwild
Rentals: Cort Event Furnishings; Creative Events and Rentals
Wedding Photography: Max Wanger
Gowns: Morgane Le Fay; Yigal Azrouel
Bride's Shoes: Prada
Bridesmaids' Dresses: Kate Spade
Menswear: Prada (jacket and shirt); Marc Jacobs (pants)
Groom's Shoes: Paul Smith