A Vintage Pink-and-Blue Wedding Outdoors in Florida
Shannon and David
Shannon, an occupational therapist, and David, a contracts manager, aren't exactly sure when and where they first met. But after five years together, they were sure that their September 24, 2011, nuptials on the Florida coastline would infuse elements of the South, for a kick-off-your-shoes-and-dance type of wedding.
The bride and groom chose Cabana Blue for its mix of beach and garden settings, Choctawhatchee Bay views, and a cafe-light-strewn deck that was perfect for dancing under the stars.
David wore a small boutonniere featuring feathers, a burlap leaf, and a button.
Bella Flora used David Austin roses, dahlias, lisianthus, dusty miller, and succulents in Shannon's bouquet. Handkerchiefs that had belonged to the bride's grandmothers were wrapped around the stem.
A Stitch in Time
Shannon's best friend, Tami Huston, embroidered the couple's name and wedding date on the inside layer of the gown's skirt. It served as the bride's "something blue."
A Handmade Touch
The mother of the bride made Shannon a birdcage veil, which was accented with a few fresh blooms.
Pretty in Pink
Shannon's bridesmaids wore convertible coral wrap dresses by Coralie Beatrix.
Dressed to Impress
Shannon's friend Heather Bracewell of Expealidocious made the flower girl dresses and embroidered each girl's first initial on her bodice.
A lace-trimmed painted canvas detailed the key parts of the wedding service and was displayed at the entrance to the ceremony location.
Stands made from branches flanked the aisle. The florists donated soup to a local shelter (and gave their time to serve it) and then used the empty tin cans to display flowers at Shannon and David's reception.
The wedding service was performed by the father of the groom and included a reading of Proverbs 3. David had read it to Shannon when he proposed with a ring he created with Rock Hard Designs. Their bands, something quite old, had belonged to the groom's great-grandparents. At the ceremony's conclusion, the newlyweds walked up the aisle to The Beatles' "All You Need Is Love," played by friend Sean Diedtrich on a vintage keyboard.
Special koozies with the wedding logo and date were on hand for guests to keep their cold beverages cool. They served as favors, too.
The Guest Book
The couple set out an album of their engagement photos for their loved ones to write their well wishes in, but also included a less traditional guestbook. They set up a canvas and laid out paints in their wedding's color palette for people to add a "stroke of love." The original artwork now hangs in their home.
A collection of vintage bottles, jars, doilies, and mercury glass votives decorated the tables. Blooms in soft, muted corals, peaches, pinks, whites, and ivories completed the centerpieces.
The confection sat on a table made from an old iron gate. One of the cake's tiers was red velvet (just one nod to the bride's Alabama roots) and the other was marble.
The dessert table boasted red velvet, strawberry, and chocolate cake pops placed in metal tubs and supported by with white beans. Mini pecan pie pops (another Southern touch) were also offered as take-home favors.