From our first glimpse of this sparkly Fort Lauderdale wedding, we were in love - a modern, non-traditional venue, tons of DIY projects by the gorgeous bride, and golden glitter everywhere! Starfish Studios captured every detail beautifully and I KNOW you're going to love it as much as we do.
Adrienne and Jonathan met at FSU, but didn't start dating until they both moved to Jacksonville and ran into each other at a Jaguars game. They share a love of travel, adventure, and food; says Adrienne, "We love to try new recipes and sample local flavor!"
Working in the fashion industry, Adrienne gets to work (and fall in love with!) tons of gorgeous dresses; she knew right away that she wanted her 'maids to pick something they would love and feel pretty in. Her only rule? They had to sparkle: "At my bridal shower my bridesmaids joked that my favorite color was actually glitter; I have always loved sparkle, I can't help it!" To tie all the styles together, Adrienne found gold glitter bows from a Christmas decoration store to add to their shoes - a designer-inspired touch for fifty cents each.
Having grown up in South Florida, Adrienne knew she wanted something other than a big hotel for her wedding venue: I knew as soon as I walked in that I wanted [the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale] as my venue, and hearing that the Andy Warhol exhibit would be up was an added bonus. Gail and the Events team at MoAFL were amazing and really helped my vision come to life. We also got to incorporate something I had seen on a wedding blog years ago – we hired an artist to paint a scene from our reception as it was happening. Our guests loved seeing him in action and we love that we can hang it in our home as a constant reminder of our wedding day.
The two chose the last Saturday of the year, right before New Year's Eve, as their date - which went perfectly with their sparkly, black-tie ideas! Says Adrienne, It's always been a fun holiday in my family; we grew up having big parties at my parent's house and I always loved the decadence, the gold and black tiaras and sparkle. I also knew I wanted a black and white dance floor – something about it just fit right into our theme and I had always envisioned it for my wedding day.
We focused our budget on our amazing band (whose concerts we would go to at Florida State), our unique venue and our delicious food; that left décor, flowers and extra touches up to us. I decided to forgo fresh flowers primarily because my church, where I grew up, is beautiful at the holiday time and also because I loved the idea of keeping my bouquet for forever. I made all the bridesmaids bouquets and boutonnieres with one of my best friends the weekend Hurricane Isaac hit in August, and since they were silk I was able to wrap them in tissue and box them up til December! I also made all the centerpieces, bar/dessert bar signs, photobooth, photobooth signs and props. I really enjoyed all the crafting behind it, and walking into our reception and seeing it all come together, made all the work totally worth it.
I also asked the bride to share some of her favorite memories from the day: Seeing Jonathan for the first time was so exciting. Just before I walked out of my parent's house into the backyard where he was standing, I was in a room by myself and as if it was meant to be, right in front of my was a picture of my dad's parents wedding day which was almost 70 years ago. That really made it real to me, that this was my wedding day. My uncle also brought the program from my mom's parents' wedding day and put it inside the pew so that her parents could be a part of our ceremony. Dancing with my dad was extremely special because of some health issues he has had, and when the whole reception joined in singing along to "My Girl" with our band, seeing my mom's face during that was something I will always remember.
At the end of the night we jumped on a rickshaw (which was totally unplanned) that took us to our hotel – except she could not take us over the Intracoastal bridge so we got to walk which was a perfect ending to a perfect night.
Ceremony Venue: Church by the Sea | Reception Venue: Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale | Photography: Starfish Studios | Catering: Hugh's Catering | Hair Styling: 2 Blond Salon | Makeup: Leslie Capasso | Dress: The White Dress Bridal | Cake: Publix | Invitations, Menus & Programs: Sorelle Paper & Prints | Band: Chris McCarty Band | Artist: Nicholas Tellis | Submission: Two Bright Lights