What do you get when you mix the lush outdoor spaces of the Sundy House, a bright yellow and green color palette, a fun, laid-back couple and a Kate Spade-obsessed bride? You get a very pretty, intimate little wedding, overflowing with daisies and lots of fun, personal details. (Oh, and a wedding crasher or two.) Captured by Stay Forever Photography with pretty pretty florals by J Morgan Flowers, this is the kind of wedding that will lift your spirits.
I loved how the bride, Heather, described their different personalities and how they came together to plan the wedding: Devin is a very laid back, easy going person. He is the guy that sits back and watches everything happen and never says anything because that's my job. I will chat, chat, chat your ear off. Because Devin and I are older and times are tough with the economy, we chose to pay for the wedding ourselves. Because we (he) paid, he was able to add his thoughts and ideas. I will say that if it wasn't for him, we would have never found the Sundy House as our venue. I honestly thought it was out of our budget. Devin and I wanted a small, intimate wedding with our close friends and family. We didn't want it to be a typical fancy shamcy wedding with tuxes, suits, etc. We wanted people to feel comfortable because (1) it was outside (2) it was in the middle of September and (3) Devin didn't want to wear a suit. When we went and toured the Sundy House before we even had a chance to discuss whether we liked it or not, Devin was already asking what days were available. I knew this was the place.
The colors of our wedding were yellow and green. I am a Kate Spade junkie, I have her handbags, accessories, shoes, clothes and now her bedding! When I see the color green I think of Kate Spade. I wanted to incorporate some of the details to be Kate Spadish. Yellow came about for 2 reasons, its my nephew's favorite color and I wanted to be different and not traditional and do pink. I'm girly but Devin would've put the stop on pink. I also love the flower daisy and the color inside was yellow so...
Heather and Devin did a first look before the ceremony, and their experience is just another reason why they are such a good thing to do. Says Heather, I was so nervous about everything, would he like the dress, was it too fancy? The makeup, did I have too much on? When he turned around, I will never forget his words to me. "You look stunning!" He kissed me and I knew everything was perfect.
Heather and Devin met randomly, not once - but twice - before they finally made a connection. Says Heather, I was with a group of friends at a going away party and he was there doing the same thing with his friends. From across the bar I saw him and thought we had gone to high school together so I gave him the hand jesture to come over to where I was at. Devin and his group of friends all came and I asked him if we went to high school together, he assured me we didn't but I insisted he did, until he said no I'm pretty sure we didn't. I asked him where he went and he replied, "an all boys military school in upstate New York." Yeah, he was right, we didn't. I'm born and raised in Florida so I knew right away.
We ended up somehow exchanging numbers. He called me the next day to do dinner, etc but I blew him off. Six months later we were both with a group of friends at a sports bar in Lake Worth watching the final four. My girlfriends noticed this guy at the bar kept turning around and looking at our table. My back was to him so I turned around to see what they were talking about and said, "that's Devin." That night, I went home and remembered that I had seen him on match.com so I emailed him. That next week, I heard back from and we set up night to go our for a date. Our first date was a wine tasting at a gourment market. At the end of the evening we said our goodbyes in the parking lot and shared a kiss. I got these crazy butterflies in my stomach. Never in my life did I have these butterflies. In fact, for the longest time I was convinced I didn't want to get married. But when he kissed me and I had these feelings I knew I was going to marry Devin. The rest is history...
The idea for the polaroid guest book actually came from a joke by Devin, when the subject of hiring a photographer came up during the planning: "lets just get a polariod and take photos that way"! Heather created the guest book pages, filled with predictions about the couple and a place to give advice, and had a friend take pictures of each guest as they came to the ceremony. Says Heather, It's fun to go back and read who said what and what was predicted. The advice was great because we had people at the wedding who had been married for 40 years (my parents) to friends who had been married for less than a year.
Before the reception, we were standing off to the side and I noticed a group of 3 people around the table where the guest pages were. Then, I noticed that they had a guest page in their hands. They were wedding crashers. I was not upset in the least. In fact, I was thrilled someone crashed my wedding. I had the group fill out a guest book page and Stay Forever Photography was there so I had her take a photo of us. Today, they are in my guest book and a photo of them is also on my facebook page :) That was fun!!!
Devin, Heather and 12 guests (!) had birthdays the week before or after the wedding (two that day alone). So instead of a groom's cake, they had a birthday cake - and had a great time singing happy birthday and cutting it with their guests.
It really just looked like so much fun! Congrats you two - thank you so much for giving us a peek into your big day. And big thanks to J Morgan Flowers and Stay Forever Photography for sharing this lovely wedding with us!
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Sundy House | Photography: Stay Forever Photography | Floral Design: J Morgan Flowers | Music: DJ Innovations | Hair Styling: Desiree from Alesandra Salon | Dress: Ann Taylor | Sandals: Kate Spade | Groom's Attire: Cubavera